What are chakras?
These are the names for some locations along the trunk and head of the human body associated with particularly large or intense amount of energy. In some cases, they are associated with nerve channels or internal organs or bodily functions. They are often referred to as ‘wheels’ or as ‘lotus’ or ‘energy centers’.
Why do they matter?
Depending on your social circles sometimes they turn up as a kind of jargon. Metaphysical or spiritual people may often seem to refer to chakras, to auras, astrology, past lives, deities, yoga – jargon of this nature.
Those who practice hands on healing of most kinds, and acupuncture or acupressure consider chakras in relation to the body’s ‘meridians’ (which generally means nerve channels) and they are therefore relevant to health care.
People who practice yogas and other types of fitness training intended to balance the energies in the body often refer to chakras in relation to those.
Depending on your own life, you may first hear of chakras in relation to what seem like some kinds of super powers. Spiritual people and occultists seem to both advertise and protectively guard knowledge and insight about the super powers associated with ‘open chakras’.
What every one of the so-called super powers are, is heightened awareness that makes perception transpersonal to a degree considered to be far beyond ‘normal’. These are often interpreted as or believed to be ‘psychic’ – genuinely transpersonal awareness.
In detail, the whole matter is more complicated but if you had no idea this is a good, clear intro to the subject.