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With the rise in popularity of both yoga and meditation in the United States today, it should come as no surprise that Americans are more familiar than ever with the existence of the chakras. However, while we familiarize ourselves with the way these energy centers work within ourselves, we often overlook the way they connect with those around us.

Everything in the world is connected through a universal energy, known as prana. Each of us takes in this energy, influencing our lives, but at the same time, we also share our own energy with the world around us and those that we meet along the way.

Within each of us are 7 important energy centers or chakras throughout which this energy moves. When they are working in an optimal fashion, the energy within our body flows freely through us, empowering us to release negativity from within while inviting and welcoming positive energy. However, if our chakras become blocked or unbalanced, it can prevent the flow of energy, encouraging negativity in our lives. For this reason, it is important that we learn how the chakras work and how to restore our own emotional and spiritual health.

Addressing solely the movement of energy within our body, however, means disregarding a large piece of the bigger puzzle – the way that we connect and communicate with those around us. You see, the universe is so much bigger than any one person. When we connect with others, we enable ourselves to help heal and care for those that we meet. For example, if someone is suffering, we can transmit positive energy into their lives, bringing them peace. This doesn’t come without risk, however, as these same people could use this connection to transfer negativity into our own lives.

If you want to empower yourself to connect with others at a deeper, more meaningful level you must first take the time to understand how we communicate on a spiritual level with those that we meet. Each of our chakras serves a different purpose, and as such, they communicate differently.

Here’s a brief explanation of way each of the body’s chakras communicate with others:

The Crown Chakra

Believed to be the highest level of connection, communication through the Crown Chakra is reserved for relationships that rise above our worldly desires. These are relationships that may span multiple lives, with a loyalty that trusts and loves one another in a way that can’t be broken by anything. It is the level of connection often associated with soulmates.

The Third Eye Chakra

The chakra most often associated with intuition and self-awareness, the Third Eye Chakra allows us to see past the surface and acknowledge the spiritual person within. Those relationships that communicate through this chakra are not only focused on their connection with one another, but also on their ability to create peace and harmony in the world around them. They encourage and empower one another in these efforts.

The Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra is most often associated with truth, honesty, and moral values. It is for this reason that the connections that develop through the Throat Chakra are often spiritual in nature. We connect here based on shared moral values and beliefs, as well as an understanding that our lives here on Earth are so much more than just our human emotions and desires. These relationships aren’t rooted in the here and now, instead, they are connections that transcend human life.

The Heart Chakra

Given the association we most often draw with the heart is one of love and romance, you likely won’t be surprised to learn that those relationships that communicate through the Heart Chakra are relationships in which we love one another deeply. It is important to note, however, that there are different types of love – love for a family member, the love of a friend or a romantic love. All are possible through this connection.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

The chakra associated with ambition, drive, and accomplishment, you will find that relationships that communicate through the Solar Plexus Chakra generally follow one of two paths. Either they are directly in competition with one another, feeding off this air of competition, or they are connected with the purpose of propelling one another forward towards success. While competition can take a positive turn, as long as you ensure that your intentions are good these forms of communication can bring us closer to our goals and dreams.

The Sacral Chakra

When one communicates with someone through the Sacral Chakra, their connection is one built on their shared comfort and wealth. This could be a couple building a beautiful home together, sharing their goals for the lavish furniture that they wish to add, or a friendship in which two people regularly exchange heartfelt gifts. Understand that while relationships that communicate through the Sacral Chakra can bring us happiness, they run the risk of becoming completely materialistic in nature driven by our tendencies for self-preservation and greed.

The Root Chakra

The most grounded of the chakras, the Root Chakra is connected with our primal desires. For this reason, connections that communicate primarily through the Root Chakra are driven by sexual energy. It could be that you are in a sexual relationship, a primal connection that underscores many of our closest romantic relationships, or it could be sexual energy that neither of you has acted upon at this point in your lives, but it still influences the connection you share.

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