The chakras are an elaborate network of energy centers which process and distribute prana throughout the physical and subtle human anatomy. Prana is the primary, active, generative life force, out of which all the other elements, and thus all matter, arise. The light …particles of prana are in constant movement and vibrate at a very high frequency causing the chakras to rotate and glow as prana is processed through them. Paradoxically, the chakras are not only made of prana, they also distribute prana, and are sustained by prana. Prana is often associated with the breath due to common yogic breathing exercises that help build pranic reserves in and around the body; however, prana can be understood on varying levels ranging from the breath, bodily functions, to consciousness itself. Prana gives rise to all our senses and faculties, without which we could not function. The 5 Chakra Light Channels are pathways that are formed along routes where prana routinely enters and exits the human body. In the lower body, there are five entrances and exits including points on the penis, scrotum, perineum, anus, and coccyx of males; and the clitoris, vagina, perineum, anus, and coccyx of females. Conversely, in the upper body, there are five points where prana routinely enters and exits including the left and right nostril, the left and right eye, and the fontanel (the soft spot on the crown of the head). While the points on the upper body are fairly tangible (yang), the points on the lower body are more subtle in nature (yin). Upon entering the body, the prana light particles collide with one and other, causing the prana to flow in specific routes or pathways (called channels, meridians, or nadis). The configuration of these pathways is determined by the alignment of the pranic entry and exit points in relationship to the chakras. You could view these pathways similar to an architecturally complex super-highway, complete with entrance and exit ramps, spiraling overpasses, and areas where traffic naturally slows or quickens. Prana’s movement through these channels is assisted and directed by the “spokes” or “petals” of the wheel-like chakras (similar to the concentrated movement of air by the blades of a rotating fan). Each chakra has a different number of “spokes” or “petals” as well as a precise orientation in or outside of the physical body, resulting in variation of the speed and the direction of the pranic “winds” (movement of prana through the channels). According to ancient spiritual traditions, there are 3 “primary” pathways or channels commonly referred to as the Sushumna (central channel), the Ida (left channel) and the Pingala (right channel) that work in partnership with the 5 “secondary” channels to process and transform prana into different types of pranic “winds.” Both systems work in tandem to support and sustain the major and minor chakras and the human organism as a whole. In the ancient Egyptian “Flower of Life” tradition, the 5 “secondary” channels are known as The 5 Chakra Light Channels; but they are also known in other traditions by various names such as the 5 Pranas, the 5 Vayus, and the 5 Wind Channels. The winds associated with these 5 light channels cause pranic light particles to vertically ascend and descend the channels in a spiraling, serpentine motion in alignment with the spinal column (on the physical level) and the major chakras (on the subtle level). As each of the 5 winds pushes the pranic light particles through its corresponding chakra light channel (similar to dust particles being blown by the wind through a tunnel), a different end-result is produced according to the direction of the “winds.” For example:
• “Inward” moving wind results in the reception of food, water, breath, and sensory perception.
• “Downward” moving wind governs all forms of elimination including urine, feces, carbon dioxide, negative thoughts and emotions, as well as the reproductive process (i.e., a newborn baby is expelled through the birth canal in a downward motion).
• “Upward” moving wind results in physical growth, effort and will, speech, spiritual evolution including the development of the higher subtle vehicles such as the Merkaba, etc.
• “Balancing” wind moves from periphery to the center in a churning fashion. It aids in the digestion of food and assists the lungs in digesting oxygen, as well as helps the mind homogenize and digest experiences.
• “Outward” moving wind from the center to the periphery governs circulation on all levels. It moves nutrients, blood, and oxygen throughout the body, and keeps our emotions and thoughts circulating and fresh. It also assists all the other winds in their work.
The quality of health and consciousness in an individual is therefore dependent upon the vitality of these winds. Blockages in the channels or weak prana can create illness in both body and mind. Even such things as “good fortune” or “bad fortune” can be the result of the quality of the pranic winds. It should be noted that certain types of meditation, breath work, and compassion for self and others generate a higher quantity and vitality of pranic light particles. As these particles build in mass, motion, and constancy through the circuitous chakra light channels, the pranic light particles change form and become a wave. And that opens up a whole new paradigm to wondrously ponder!
(as channeled by Melissa Applegate http://
image from “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life” Volumes I&II by Drunvalo Melchizedek