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Never heard that word in my life.

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not sure but I think some people get them re-balanced

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Chakra is a Sanskrit term meaning circle or wheel. There is a wide literature on chakra models, philosophy and lore that underpin many philosophical systems and spiritual energy practices, religious observance and personal discipline. Theories on chakras fit within systems that link the human body and mind into a single unit, sometimes called the bodymind. The philosophical theories and models of chakras as centers of energy were identified through the mystical practice of yoga in Ancient India where they were first codified.

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This Wikipedia article explains what it is in quite some detail:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakra

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The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column. In addition the chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and much, much more.
Chakra Seven:
Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge
This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.
Chakra Six:
Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection
This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture."
Chakra Five:
Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression
This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.
Chakra Four:
Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance
This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness
Chakra Three:
Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition
This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.
Chakra Two:
Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification
The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
Chakra One:
Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.

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it is an energy center, for harnessing energy.

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Your stomach area getting tight is a physical manifestation of your solar plexus chakra reacting to the fearful situation you are in. It is the place of personal power, where, in Eastern martial arts your chi is located. In this sense it acts as a sensory organ so you can activate your chi or energy.
I guess you'll need to research it more to move it out of the myth section.

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A chakra is a point in the human energy field where energy collects. There are anywhere from 5 to 11 (or more) major chakras, depending on which system you use. These chakras are aligned vertically, in line with the spine and roughly midway between the chest and the back. There are also hundreds of minor chakras - the palms of the hands and soles of the feet come immediately to mind through my own work with energy healing. Usually, a joint will mark a minor chakra, although there are many other points, eg. the chinese system of meridians. Each chakra has a color associated with it.

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In Tantric yogic lore, a number of chakras are placed in the esoteric body below the level of the pelvis. These chakras correspond with "hell realms" of which the lowest is Patala, situated around the feet. The other, better known chakras (7 or 9 major chakras depending on tradition) that are symbolically situated along the torso to the head correspond with earthly, etheric, and celestial realms. A similar construct exists in Kabbala where the "Tree of Life" has spheres on it (called sefira) that are very similar to chakras in how they are thought about. An inverse mirror-image of the "Tree of Life" has sefira on it that correspond with negative --or demonic-qualities while the sefira on the regular Tree of Life represent earthly, etheric and celestial spheres of being.

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