How to See Chakras

by Rhys Thomas; Illustrations by Amy Pattachiola

There is nothing more beautiful than to see and experience the chakra system of another person. Because you go beyond looking at him or her with your eyes, you open all of your senses to experience this person’s inner light and potential at every level. Amazingly, everyone can see the chakras, however we just don’t know what we are looking for. Being told that chakras are spinning vortexes of light that can be seen clairvoyantly emanating from specific points in our bodies, puts them out of reach for most of us to imagine seeing. Although the chakras are very mystical, they are also the grounding of our everyday lives.

Each of the seven chakras corresponds to specific emotions, imagery and function in its role as an energy gateway in our body. These chakra descriptions may help you get to “see” each one a little better.

[Editor's note: I am putting the descriptions of the Chakras in their proper colours...]

Chakra One — Being Real

The first chakra is like a tree. It is powerful and majestic, solid and unmoving, alive and thriving, simple and loving. Its form is the embodiment of intelligence and function.

To see your first chakra, look at everything that is pragmatic, simple and solid. Start with your body. How does it feel? Where is it strong, weak or sick? What illnesses has it had over your lifetime? Look at your body in a mirror; do you look vibrant, tired, or angry?

Then look at everything in your life that is solid. These include anything you could bump into at any given moment; your house, your car, family members, co-workers, the things that are objects of your affection, the things you are sentimental about, the food you eat, etc.

Look at how all the physical objects in your life (including you) are working, and/or not working and you can get a snapshot how your first chakra is functioning. Imagine a tree and its many personalities: tall and strong, stunted, diseased, home to many others, solitary, and so on. What kind of tree is your first chakra?

Chakra Two — Sensational Life

In the East it is believed that everything is so directly connected and in relationship to everything else that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can trigger a hurricane on the other side of the planet. It is in the second chakra that you can feel both the butterfly flapping and the hurricane spinning and know that they both influence your life.

Your second chakra is your ability to let the world in through all your senses by feeling how it flows to and through you. These sensations put you in contact with the world. How are you aware of all the people, places and things in your life? How do they touch you and how do you feel when they do? How aware are you of vibration, light, sound, other people intensions, your desires and passions?

Secondary aspects of sensation are their accompanying emotions. A sensation is the raw unit of feeling. Emotions are feelings coming to consciousness from those sensations and are triggers that move you to turn either inward or outward. Notice how much your sensations drive your emotional behavior in both positive and negative directions. This flapping and whirling is a picture of your second chakra.

Chakra Three — Loving Your Life

To gaze upon a person who is enthusiastically being themselves is to see the sun shining through every pore of their body and mind. Look at everything in your life that makes you unique in the world and you will see your third chakra. You are a one-and-only. Your third chakra is your power to take action on your deepest desires that fill you with passion and joy and use your willpower to let go of unhealthy obsessions that drain your life force. Your life purpose is directly related to your uniqueness. Albert Einstein said, “It is only to the individual that a soul is given.”

Look at how often you freely allow yourself to be yourself, and relax and enjoy that person. How often do you suppress your desires and the unique person you were born to be so that you might conform in some way to external pressures? Once you recognize this aspect of yourself, you are seeing your third chakra.

Chakra Four — Relationships

The fourth chakra is the balance point in the system of the seven chakras. It is the secret that Robert Frost spoke of that “sits in the center and knows.” It loves you, and everyone else, just as you are, unconditionally, in the present moment. It is the heart, the healer of all wounds.

When your heart is open you live in the present moment in honesty and integrity, even if it means being vulnerable at times. Look at the relationships you have with yourself and others in your life, and notice how forgiving and compassionate you are in each relationship.

How easily do you find balance and deep enjoyment in these relationships? When your heart is closed, you live in the past or the future, seeing only what you don’t forgive in another or in yourself. When you look at your ability to “stand in the fire with another and not shrink back,” as Oriah Mountain Dreamer says, you see the radiance of your fourth chakra.

Chakra Five — Expressing Who You Really Are

The fifth chakra is the center of your creative self-expression. It is your willingness to speak the truth of your deepest feelings and highest aspirations and say, “Yes,” and mean it, and “No,” and mean it. To experience an open fifth chakra is to feel the subtle vibration of human expression that manifests itself in every one of your thoughts, feelings and actions. You are a master artist and your life is the canvas you work on every day.

Notice how you communicate your inner world of subtle feelings and awareness out into the world. In the fifth chakra you make the really tough choice of speaking your inner truth even when it goes against who you have been told you are supposed to be. You are fearless and call your power and gifts out for all to see, and you simultaneously call your weakness and addictions out so that they lose their power over you.

Becoming aware that you are a creation machine allows you to realize that it takes no less energy to create a thrilling life of joy than it does to create a frustrating life of pain and suffering. Knowing that life is a choice guides you to begin to live the spiritual truth, “ask you shall receive,” and if you don’t ask or assume you don’t deserve it, that, too, you shall receive. Watch your inner artist paint the canvas of your life to see your fifth chakra. Is your artist painting from a blank canvas each day creating life fresh, or is he or she trying to fix yesterday’s painting?

Chakra Six — Seeing Your Place

The sixth chakra, also known as the mind’s eye or third eye, is the center of clairvoyant sight where spiritual guidance flashes into awareness. To gaze upon an open sixth chakra is to see the flash of intuition like a twinkling star in the night sky that brings clarity and meaning to your life and your place in it.

See yourself from the eagle’s view 20,000 feet above and you will be seeing from the sixth chakra perspective. Notice how your unique talents and skills support and radiate outward in every direction. Do you see any environments you have chosen where you don’t belong?

The third chakra reveals to you your own individuality and uniqueness; in the sixth chakra you see how that uniqueness impacts the world around you. Are you a mother, a leader, an artist, a yogi, or all of the above? In the sixth chakra you see from a higher perspective how you fit into the world and how important your contribution to the world truly is.

Chakra Seven — Knowing That Anything is Possible

The seventh chakra is the crown of the auric system. When it is open, it brings conscious awareness of the infinite system of abundance that we are all embedded in. Imagination, mystery and the ability to give meaning to the infinite are the gifts of the seventh chakra. A closed seventh chakra brings limitation in some form and pessimism into our lives.

Consider your relationship with infinite possibility. Do you embrace all people, religions and walks of life? Do you question how things have always been done to explore new ways of doing things or are you stuck and limited in your life and vision?

In the seventh chakra, imagination, consciousness and genius live hand-in-hand in the brilliance of that aspect of our minds opening to infinite possibility and thought. Imagine your brilliance as the sunlight dancing on the ocean’s endless horizon and you will see your seventh chakra.

Rhys Thomas is the founder of the Rhys Thomas Healer Training Programs at the Solstice Healing Arts Center in Medway MA. He is a certified energy medicine practitioner, professional speaker, ordained minister, second degree black belt, crystal bowl healer, intuitive and soul reader. He can be reached at (508) 740-3038 or visit http://www.rhysthomashealing.com