Planet Earth’s Chakras
For those that resist the idea of chakras, in the human body or the earth, think of it this way: Chakras are simply energy vortexes or intersection points, which we know exist in some form in virtually every structural and energetic system. Think joints in the skeletel system, or glands in the endocrine/hormonal system. Electromagnetic research is starting to be able to detect these intersections – in both humans and the planet – something I may write a future article on (if I can sort through the research – I attempted for this article, but ended up in a white-rabbit type mental hole.)
Another model I like for thinking about chakras is as a doorway for awareness. Whether you are meditating on your own chakras, or traveling to a ‘power spot’ in nature for contemplation, chakras are a doorway. This is a common theme in both indigenous and Eastern mystic systems. You can pull a certain type of energy through each chakra into your physical body if you need to (for healing purposes, say), or you can travel through them the other direction in a Mists of Avalon type of way. For those of you that have read Mists of Avalon (and if not, it’s a great summer read!), it’s interesting how the characters that don’t know about the doorway to Avalon react when they come upon the spot where the two worlds connect. Whether or not they can sense the true power of the place, and how they respond to it, is a direct reflection of the state of awareness they bring to it.
Like human chakras, earth chakras can be damaged or blocked. Many contemporary seers and intuitives feel this is what is happening now, and that this process is ultimately more damaging than the physical harm we have done to our planet. The earth sustains us on many levels. And like the doorway to Avalon, certain doorways of awareness may close off to humans forever if we don’t work to heal the damage that has been done.
Over the years, I have read many different mappings of the earth’s chakras. Although certain places get mentioned in almost every version, the same earth location is often associated with a different chakra ‘position’ (out of the usual 7) in each system. And then some systems are entirely unique. So after contemplating all the different versions, I decided to just post the mappings that feel right to me. These do overlap with some other systems (and I link to some of these at the end of the post), but they don’t match any single one exactly. Of course every locale also has many smaller chakras, so I would love to hear your input in the comments on both world and local chakras you have found…
Ok, here’s my personal take (and be sure to click on the pictures if you have time to gaze each spot, it is worth it):
1st or Root Chakra – Grand Canyon/Sedona/Black Mesa (North America)
Many systems place the root chakra in North America, but Mount Shasta is actually a more popular choice for this chakra then the Grand Canyon area. I love Mount Shasta, but this just doesn’t feel right to me. The Grand Canyon has a rawness, a connection to the core of the earth, that I associate with the root chakra. Of course I don’t claim objectivity here, because two of my favorite places in the world, Zion and Bryce canyons, are just north of the Grand Canyon and draw on its energy. To the south are Sedona, also often mentioned as a chakra site, and the Hopi mesas.
For those who don’t know, the Hopis are a fascinating, peaceful and very secretive Native American tribe. The mesas they live on are said to be directly opposite Mt. Kailesh on the planet, a Himalayan mountain sacred to many cultures, particularly the Tibetans. The Tibetan and Hopi cultures share certain traits, and the Dalai Lama has met with Hopi elders. Some have posited that the two cultures descended from a common ancient tribe. Here’s an article reviewing all the writing on this, although the author is a bit skeptical of the idea himself. In my earth chakra system, I have placed Mt. Kailesh in the crown chakra position, but interestingly, several systems reverse these two, placing the U.S. desert southwest in the crown position (particularly Sedona) and Tibet in the root chakra position.
2nd or Sacral Chakra – Machu Pacchu/Peru/Amazon River (South America)
Machu Picchu, often called the ‘lost city of the Incas’ is located on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. The river that flows through the valley is a headwater of the Amazon River. This general area, or other spots along the Amazon, or often referred to as an earth chakra. For me, the sensuality, rhythym, and natural abundance of this area say ‘sacral chakra’. I’m not sure exactly where the center of this chakra is, but chakras radiate outwards, so knowing the exact center isn’t really necessary. Machu Picchu made a better picture than the general shot of the Amazon River that I found, so I chose that:-)
3rd or Navel/Solar Plexus Chakra – Uluru, Australia
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is a rock formation in central Australia, part of the Kata Tjuta National Park. It is sacred to the Aboriginal people of the area, and has many legends associated with it. I am the least familiar with this location, but the idea of Australia as the home of the world’s 3rd chakra, usually associated with self-definition and personal power, rang true for me. Other power spots that came up alot for this part of the world were the Great Barrier Reef area, and Lake Rotopounamu in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand.
4th or Heart Chakra – Glastonbury Tor, U.K (Europe) -or- Ganges River, India (Asia)
The 4th chakra was a tough one, as there were lots of competing thoughts on this. If you subscribe to the idea that each of the 6 major continents (excluding Antarctica) have a chakra, then the Glastonbury area was the most commonly sited choice for Europe (next to Stonehenge.) It is home to the Glastonbury Tor – Tor is a celtic word for ‘conical hill’ – and celtic, Druid, and the Arthurian legends are all linked to it. It is in fact believed to be the site of Avalon by many.
No offense to British readers, but I personally had a hard time seeing the U.K. as home of the earth’s heart chakra (please feel free to argue this one in the comments:-) Although it blows the whole each-continent-gets-a-major-chakra theory, the one I heard long ago – the Ganges River – makes a lot of sense to me, particularly sacred cities such as Rishikesh and Varanasi along the Ganges River that have been spiritual centers for hundreds, maybe even thousands, of years. Many consider Hinduism to be the oldest world religion, and the roots of it sprang to being alongside this great river. Thousands venerate it daily still, and bathing it, and/or having your ashes floated there upon death, is believed to purify your karma (which has admittedly become a pretty big sanitation problem for India…)
5th or Throat Chakra – Giza/Nile River/Nile Delta (Africa)
Egypt comes up in pretty much every earth chakra mapping, and different systems emphasize different locales. Some feel that the Giza pyramids and Great Sphinx, part of the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, were built on the center of this chakra. Others feel the actual center is a little ways off, along the Nile River delta. Either way, what we know of Ancient Egyptian culture ties in well with the throat chakra, in terms of a focus on both dreaming and expression, music and language, religion and science. The nearby Middle East is also often sited as a chakra location, usually the Mount of Olives or Mount Sinai.
6th Chakra or Third Eye- Mt. Fuji, Japan (Asia)
I am partial to this one, as one of my most memorable life experiences was hiking to the top of Mount Fuji all night in order to see sunrise from the top – something allowed for just two months a year. Zen monks serve pancakes on top. Let me tell you, pancakes + sleep-deprivation + sunrise on a power spot = memorable shifts in awareness:-) This mountain is featured in some of the most famous Japanese art, including many paintings and haiku by Zen masters, and I think the clarity and insight associated with it, and with Zen, correspond exactly to a well-functioning third eye.
7th or Crown Chakra – Mt. Kailash, Tibet (Asia)
Mount Kailash is a Himalayan peak held sacred by people of Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Bon faiths. To climb it is considered desecration, and so no one has attempted it. Pilgrims from all four religions travel there from far and wide, and some circumnambulate it in full prostration. As I mentioned, this mountain is particularly sacred to Tibetan Buddhists, and is believed to be exactly opposite the earth from the Hope mesa area, which I included in the 1st chakra.
Other commonly mentioned sites are:
Haleakala crater in Maui, Hawaii
Palenque – Mayan archaeological site in the Mexican state of Chiapas
Lake Titicaca, on the border of Bolivia and Peru
Table Mountain, in South Africa
Bali, Indonesian Island
Fiji, in the South Pacific
Kuh-e Malek, in Siah Iran (couldn’t learn much about this one)
Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa
Easter Island, Polynesian Island
If you are interested in some other mappings, here are three:
Mapping by Robert Coon, claimed to be based on Druid teachings, and one of the more popular systems (click on the online book link towards the bottom)
Compendium of many mappings, by Starstuffs
So what do you think? I’m interested to hear opinions on where the earth’s 7 major chakras are, or any other more local ones that you have found…
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