Our understanding of chakras – what they are and the part that they play in regulating our physical bodies, has developed greatly over the past few decades.
This is mainly due to an increasingly number of therapists, a wide range of psychospiritual disciplines, are now working with these important energy centres and who are now sharing their insights and experiences; all of which is adding to our understanding and appreciation of these energy centres.
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Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Chakras, written and compiled by Cyndi Dale – an internationally recognised author, speaker, healer, and business consultant, features an exhaustive exploration of the subject of chakras as well as their various offshoots or related energy systems.
The book is formed of three parts or sections.
Part One: titled ‘What are Chakras?’ introduces the beginner to the subject by explaining the main functions of chakras, how they work in transforming energy; as well revealing their effects physically, psychologically and spiritually.
In this section the author utilises the popular seven-chakra system and briefly explains early on the position and structure of them both in isolation to one another and collectively.
Part One concludes with a look at the vital energy force that flows in an upward direction through all seven centers – from the lower part of the body to the upper, and which is commonly referred to as Kundalini.
The chakra system originated from Eastern spiritual practices and so in Part Two, ‘’The Hindu Chakra System’, Dale digs deeper into Eastern beliefs and reveals the deeper aspects to each chakra from their perspective; leading from the Muladhara through to the Sahasrara.
Because of the Chakras important role in regulating physical health they act as keys to understanding the well-being, or otherwise, of our physical bodies.
At each centre she catalogs the physical purpose behind each chakra, including its related internal organs, their common diseases, associated archetypes, psychological functions, and associated occult correspondences.
In Part Three, titled ‘Fundamentals of Chakra Medicine’, the author promotes the far-reaching benefits to be had from working directly with the energetic fields connected to each centre. However in the opening of this section of her book Dale looks not at the energy that we put out but at the equally important counter-influence that results from drawing into our subtle fields the energies of others.
These do clog up the chakra and stop it from circulating in an outward direction our own natural energy so that we can experience traumas, negatives beliefs, and various stresses as a result.
These subjects are covered in depth here along with advice on how to resolve these issues along with advice on how to build stronger building blocks for health.
Part Four, ‘Chakras in Depth’ explores the historical and scientific aspects to chakras. This begins with a look at the ancient Vedic Scriptures along with their history and relationship to chakra theory. The book then moves into consideration of the Upanishads and finally of Vedic Yoga. This also includes the often misunderstood subject of Eastern Tantra.
Part Five of Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Chakras takes a broader look at the subtle energy fields in the Universe and here the book shifts in emphasis upon traditional esoteric philosophy into modern scientific paradigms. This includes the role of torsion fields, Pilot Wave theory, and Quantum energy. Theories entered around how these contemporary theories interpenetrate with chakra theory closes this part of the book.
In the next section, Part Six, the author introduces the chakra systems of India, the crossover between Tantra and Buddhism as well as other Asian chakra systems such as those found within Taoist Alchemy, Zen and with Korea.
From Asia the author then travels to a variety of other places in the World and describes the chakra system within Africa, Ancient Egypt, Old Europe, including the Scandinavian, the Celts, the Greeks, and Early Orthodox Christianity.
Many Mediterranean religions are then featured along with an explanation of how energy systems were interpreted in Zoroastrianism, the Sufis and the Hebrews.
The book’s travels are drawn to a conclusion with a look at the Americas and in particular within the Hopis, the Cherokees, the Sioux, Iroquois nations. From North America to South America the book then catalogues the energy systems of the Andean, the Incans and the Mayans.
Part Eight looks at the way in which chakra-energy theories and ideas have become infused into popular Western thought. These have been through the work of both noted occult writers as well as through the teachings of various secret societies as he Golden Dawn A.R.E. and he Theosophical Society.
In Part Nine – the closing section of the book, the author ties things up with a look at a variety of unusual chakra-related concepts.
These include legends connected to Earth Chakras, animal Chakras, and crop circles.
Finally it concludes its exhaustive examination of chakra and subtle energy with a look at the increasingly popular extended twelve- chakra system.
The book closes with a glossary, endnotes and index.
Our Review of The Complete Book of Chakras by Cyndi Dale
Weighing in at just on one thousand pages this is a publication which on sheer volume strives to be, as its title states, a complete guide of the subject.
In many ways it achieves what it sets out too but in other ways it surpasses even this benchmark by introducing key concepts related to subtle energy which do not feature in other publications of this type.
This approach broadens its scope and in doing so justifies both its immense size and weight, and makes for an utterly engrossing treatise on the subject.
Overall this is well-constructed book which is very readable despite its more technical, scientific and occult aspects.
Illustrated with diagrams, charts and tables the information is equally well-presented throughout.
If you are a student of chakras and chakrawork then look no further than this publication.
If you are new to the subject I recommend that you splash out a little extra money on this quality book and give yourself the opportunity to understand energy work in a much broader context.
This is a highly impressive work that justifies its high price!