Chakras & Qi—Old Stories for the Base-Line Experience. Improve your physical & mental health by connecting body and mind.

Epistemic sta­tus: Based my ex­pe­riences, a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion for some very old ideas.

The con­nec­tion be­tween body and mind. Con­scious pro­pri­o­cep­tion, us­ing the main mus­cles of move­ment, , see­ing the sparkles, feel­ing the power of the hu­man body when it is used cor­rectly.… qi, chakras...

Chakras.

“Chakra” is prob­a­bly the most well-known ter­minol­ogy in English for a con­cept that ap­pears in many tra­di­tions. I re­main vague about ‘many tra­di­tions’ (my knowl­edge is in­suffi­cient to com­ment) and I in­clude no defi­ni­tion for “chakra” but the ex­is­tence of chakras is a topic that ap­pears to split peo­ple (who have an opinion on the topic and in­habit the on­line world) into two camps—those who talk of chakras as if they are real phe­nomenon and those that say it all sounds like non­sense. Is that a fair as­sess­ment?

My First Thoughts.

When I started work­ing with my Base-Line - fo­cus­ing on ac­ti­vat­ing my pelvic floor and rec­tus ab­do­mi­nis mus­cles, sec­tion by sec­tion from pu­bic sym­ph­ysis to chest - I found my­self think­ing ‘red, or­ange, yel­low, green …’ as I en­gaged these mus­cles and the con­cept of chakras came to mind.

Re­search.

I would clas­sify my start­ing ‘knowl­edge’ as al­most zero. I’ve seen the typ­i­cal posters (go-ogle images) but I’ve never been to a yoga class and don’t even have an­other ex­am­ple of where I might en­counter chakras.

For illus­tra­tive pur­poses only!

I went look­ing for the origi­nal source of chakras (in­ter­net trawl­ing).

Read­ing the blurbs from a cou­ple of ‘clas­sic’ chakra books in­stinct/​ra­tio­nal thought said to me this is not the right path/​seems like a load of BS and most in­for­ma­tion that ap­pears via go-ogle is an echo-cham­ber—en­ergy cen­tres, med­i­ta­tion, block­ages, sym­bols, colours, petals … It gets flaky fast.


I did how­ever deem a cou­ple of ar­ti­cles book­mark-wor­thy at the time:

chakra or cakra has mul­ti­ple mean­ings.
The ear­liest known men­tion of chakras is found in the later Upan­ishads, in­clud­ing speci­fi­cally the Brahma Upan­ishads and the Yo­gatattva Upan­ishads.

I stopped read­ing at the “seven ba­sic chakras”. I had nei­ther the time or need to read.

I skimmed the Wikipe­dia page and a cou­ple of other sites for in­for­ma­tion on the Upan­ishads. I came across: In­tro­duc­tion to The Upan­ishads (I haven’t read them—text starts here).


  • Tantrik stud­ies: Makes some in­ter­est­ing points on how chakras are por­trayed and the mod­ern as­so­ci­a­tions with them. A few lines:

… books on the chakras based on sound com­pre­hen­sion of the origi­nal San­skrit sources so far ex­ist only in the aca­demic world.
There’s not just one chakra sys­tem in the origi­nal tra­di­tion, there are many.
The chakra sys­tems are pre­scrip­tive, not de­scrip­tive.

Assess­ment.

  • The con­cept of “chakras” origi­nate in texts called The Upan­ishads.

  • The origi­nal texts are writ­ten in San­skrit a long time ago.

  • “chakra” has mul­ti­ple mean­ings.

  • There are many “chakra” sys­tems de­scribed.

  • The chakra sys­tems are pre­scrip­tive, not de­scrip­tive. Use the word ‘imag­ine’ be­fore the de­tails...

I can’t read San­skrit so all in­for­ma­tion available to me is a trans­la­tion. Trans­la­tions are sub­ject to in­ter­preter er­ror and whim. Most in­for­ma­tion available is an echo-cham­ber from a cou­ple of ‘clas­sic’ trans­la­tions. I haven’t found a source I would con­sider re­li­able.

The mod­ern pre­sen­ta­tion of ‘chakras’ ap­pears to be both sim­plified and elab­o­rated.


Qi, Prana.

Chi, Ki.

Many la­bels when I was search­ing for a defi­ni­tion. A feel­ing of vague­ness, some­thing there but not solid. An ex­pe­rience, a sen­sa­tion?

Qi trans­lates as “air” and figu­ra­tively as “ma­te­rial en­ergy”.
Prana—breath, vi­tal force form­ing part of any liv­ing en­tity.

(I’ve no more words to pad this bit out...)


My Ra­tionale on Chakras and Qi.

I be­lieve these con­cepts are all try­ing to de­scribe the sen­sory ex­pe­rience of con­scious pro­pri­o­cep­tion and the strength and power of the body when the ‘main mus­cles of move­ment are fully en­gaged.

Chakras, Qi etc. - words try­ing to guide us in how to use the body cor­rectly.

De­scribing/​pre­scribing the ex­pe­rience of the body func­tion­ing at op­ti­mal, dy­nam­i­cally bal­anced and al­igned. Ap­pro­pri­ate pre­sen­ta­tions for their time, not de­tails to be mem­o­rised and re­gur­gi­tated.

When the body is bal­anced and free of ten­sion, the mind is quieter/​calmer/​clearer. En­light­en­ment is now the word I want to use. I feel bet­ter than I ever have - more bal­anced, con­nected, re­laxed.

Some­thing to be felt to be un­der­stood.

All you need to start do­ing:
Breath­ing with your Base-Line
The fun­da­men­tal step to work on the con­nec­tion be­tween body and mind, ev­ery­thing stems from Base-Line.

I would be very in­ter­ested to com­pare the origi­nal words in the Upan­ishads to the main mus­cles of move­ment and all as­so­ci­ated con­nec­tive tis­sues (bones, car­tilage, lig­a­ments, ten­dons, aponeu­roses … )

Pre­scrip­tions of chakras = mind’s aware­ness of our anatomy = vi­su­al­is­ing shapes and at­tach­ments of the rele­vant anatomy. (Easy in­tro. to the anatomy).

The fol­low­ing is me hav­ing a ‘guess’ at what’s what (a work in progress but the de­tails aren’t im­por­tant, it’s the ex­pe­rience that counts):

Pelvic floor mus­cles = “root chakra”. The pelvic floor a cres­cent on midline. The mus­cles are ‘petals’.

The “7 chakra sys­tem” - work­ing up the rec­tus ab­do­mi­nis and trapez­ius mus­cles. The pan­els of mus­cle of each rec­tus ab­do­mi­nis sep­a­rated by the tend­i­nous in­ter­sec­tions and linea alba. At­tach­ing to the ribs, link­ing to the trapez­ius mus­cles. The trapezii six func­tional sec­tions - tri­an­gles and hori­zon­tal strips. The shape of its at­tach­ments to the skull via a lam­ina of con­nec­tive tis­sue. ‿‿

The linea alba and nuchal & supraspinous lig­a­ments a string from ‘head to tail ’that should be felt to fully ex­tend and al­ign.

I imag­ine a strong rib­bon that runs through the body from pu­bic sym­ph­ysis of the pelvis to ex­ter­nal oc­cip­i­tal pro­tu­ber­ance at the back of the skull. The rib­bon should be able to flex and ro­tate at ev­ery level with­out crum­pling, the rest of the body ex­tend­ing from our cen­tral core.

The aponeu­roses that sand­wich the mus­cu­lar tis­sue of each rec­tus fe­moris. The glu­teus max­i­mus mus­cles balls of mus­cle con­nect­ing the legs to the torso

En­ergy.

How would I de­scribe the sen­sory ex­pe­rience of pro­pri­o­cep­tion—the aware­ness of the po­si­tion, mo­tion and bal­ance of my body? (An in­tro­duc­tion to my ex­pe­riences.)

I’ve gone with ‘sparkles’ but “en­ergy” seems a rea­son­able de­scrip­tion of what I feel and vi­su­al­ise about the po­si­tion and con­di­tion of my body when work­ing from Base-Line. See­ing my anatomy in lights and colours, a con­stant flow, a buzz …

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We are elec­tro-chem­i­cal be­ings, a con­stant move­ment of ions and elec­trons.

{A thought ex­per­i­ment: Think of elec­trons as pos­i­tive, pro­tons as nega­tive. Does it change your per­spec­tive at all? }

Some­where along the line I started to think: pro­ton-elec­tron ~ yin-yang. Ran­dom maybe but I feel the need to in­clude the com­ment here.

Now with my re­turn­ing full range of move­ment I can move my head and hips pic­tur­ing this con­figu­ra­tion.

Smooth and un­re­stricted through a full range of move­ment, chang­ing di­rec­tion in any po­si­tion. An easy flow of a bal­anced body.

Or maybe a strange at­trac­tor is a bet­ter illus­tra­tion of a full range of move­ment.





Block­ages In En­ergy.

I be­lieve “block­ages in en­ergy” are phys­i­cal re­stric­tions on the body.

Phys­i­cal re­stric­tions re­duce range of move­ment and af­fect the sen­sory feed­back, leav­ing ‘blank spaces’ and mis­al­igned sig­nals on the body map in the mind. Re­leas­ing the re­stric­tions al­lows the sparkles to be ex­pe­rienced—the ‘en­ergy’ to flow.

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Fo­cus on your Base-Line mus­cles.

See what you ex­pe­rience.

It’s that sim­ple—if you give it time and thought.

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