Our Energy Anatomy, Based On Yogic Chakras: Caroline Myss


Caroline Myss, the five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally acclaimed medical intuitive explains how illness is not just physical but symbolic of deeper problems. Her central premise is that different kinds of mental and emotional stressors influence our body’s seven energy fields (Yogic chakras) and trigger illness.

The Seven Chakras by Caroline Myss

Located from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, the chakras have been known for thousands of years as the critical regulators of the flow of life-energy (prana or chi or kii or Qi). They are also seen as a seven-stage hierarchy of consciousness by the Hindu system and interestingly, they also overlap closely with the Christian sacraments and the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life.

Myss shows how specific patterns of emotional and psychological stresses influence our chakra system, leading to illness in a particular part of the human body.

1st Chakra: Mooladhara (Root support)

  • Physical location: Base of spine
  • Represents: Survival, the material world
  • Organs: Base of  spine, bones, legs, rectum, immune system
  • Mental/Emotional Issues: Physical safety/ security, providing for life’s necessities, standing up for self, feeling at home, law and order
  • Associated Colour: Red

2nd Chakra: Swadishtana (Special abode)

  • Physical location: Sexual/reproductive organs
  • Represents: Power, sexuality, work, physical desires
  • Organs: Sexual organs, colon, lower vertebrae, pelvis appendix, bladder, hip area
  • Mental/Emotional Issues: Blame and guilt, money and sex, power and control, creativity, ethics and honour (in relationships)
  • Associated colour: Orange

3rd Chakra: Manipura (City of the shining jewel)

  • Physical location: Navel
  • Represents: Self, ego, personality, self-esteem
  • Organs: Abdomen, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gall bladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine
  • Mental/Emotional Issues: Trust, fear and intimidation, self-esteem, self-respect, self-confidence, care for oneself and others, decision-making, sensitivity to criticism, personal honour
  • Associated colour: Yellow

4th Chakra:  Anahata (Unstruck sound)

  • Physical location: Heart
  • Represents: Love, forgiveness, compassion
  • Organs: Heart and circulatory system, lungs, shoulders and arms, rib-cage, breasts, diaphragm, thymus gland
  • Mental/Emotional Issues: Love and hatred, resentment and bitterness, grief and anger, self-centeredness, loneliness and commitment, forgiveness and compassion, hope and trust
  • Associated colour: Green

5th Chakra:  Vishuddha (Purification)

  • Physical location: Throat
  • Represents: Will, self-expression, communication
  • Organs: Throat, thyroid gland, trachea, neck vertebrae, mouth, teeth and gums, esophagus, parathyroid, hypothalamus
  • Mental/Emotional Issues: Choice and strength of will, personal expression, following one’s dream, using personal power to create, addiction, judgment and criticism, faith and knowledge, making decisions
  • Associated colour: Blue

6th Chakra:  Ajna (Command)

  • Physical location: Forehead
  • Repesents: Clarity, mind, intuition, insight, wisdom
  • Organs: Brain, nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, pituitary gland
  • Mental/Emotional Issues: Self-evaluation, truth, intellectual abilities, feelings of adequacy, openness to ideas, learning from experience, emotional intelligence
  • Associated colour: Indigo

7th Chakra:  Sahasrara (Thousand petalled lotus)

  • Physical location: Crown of head
  • Associated With: Oneness, spirituality, transcendence, universal love
  • Organs: Skeletal system, muscular system, skin, pineal gland
  • Mental/Emotional Issues: Trusting life, values, ethics, courage, altruism, selflessness, seeing larger picture, faith and inspiration, spirituality and devotion
  • Associated colour: Violet


  • What are some of the main mental and emotional stressors that bother you? What steps can you take to address them?
  • Some stressors are subconsciously ingrained and you may not be able to easily identify them. Consider the affected part of your body and look at the corresponding stressors. What new insights do you gain?
  • Where can you get high-quality help to decode your deepest stressors and release them?


Book: “Anatomy Of The Spirit” by Caroline Myss 


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