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Planet Earth’s Chakras

May 26, 2009

I wanted to connect with something fun this week, so decided to connect two of my favorite themes – chakras and nature – and do a post on the earth’s chakras, and specifically, potential locations.

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)

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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

Machu Picchu

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

Uluru

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)

Glastenbury from Tor

Glastonbury from Tor

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.

Ganges River at Rishikesh

Ganges River at Rishikesh

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)

Giza

Giza

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.

Nile River

Nile River

6th Chakra or Third Eye- Mt. Fuji, Japan (Asia)

Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji

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

Mount Kailash

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 Sites

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)

Alternative mapping, by a Dowsing (water finding) organization

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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  1. May 26, 2009 9:56 pm

    I have to say your feeling about these locations is as good as anyone else’s. I could probably think of another list, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we honor such landmarks as well as countless others, and the lines of energy that connect the whole planet and all life forms living on it.

  2. May 27, 2009 12:21 am

    I’ve always wanted to travel around the world. Now I have an objective! This is good stuff! Thanks for the roadmap!

  3. mommymystic permalink*
    May 27, 2009 2:17 am

    Pamir – I agree, the exact locations aren’t that important. Although it is fun, and great awareness training, to try and interact with the earth in this way, and sense the particular type of energy, and states of awareness, that are available at each one. This aspect of various shamanic paths, and the more occult Tibetan traditions, are favorites of mine…

    Jay – Well, if you come to the Grand Canyon/Desert southwest area, you have a place to stay – we have a house there and I would love to meet you in person! (and take you to meditate in some of the power spots there, which is guaranteed to blow you wide open… in a good way…)

  4. May 27, 2009 2:30 am

    This is beautiful! While I am very aware of energy places around the world I don’t think I have been consciously aware of a world chakra system. You have inspired me to continue travelling to the world’s scared palces. Thank you.
    As an Australian I wanted to share about Uluru. I recently went there for the first time – expecting to be disappointed as one sometimes is. However, I could feel the energy everywhere, in the red soil, in the rock, in the trees and plants. On our second morning there I was woken around 4 in the morning by Uluru calling me. I resisted for a half hour, then jumped into the car to go and spend time some alone time with this entity – I encoutered my Beloved and was in bliss.

  5. mommymystic permalink*
    May 27, 2009 2:51 am

    Wow, Rita, thanks for sharing your beautiful story about Uluru, I love it!

  6. May 27, 2009 7:41 am

    As soon as I read the title of your post I got excited! I love this topic. It’s something I think about now and again, but locations more as energy centres or ‘portals’. So I’ve never actually conceptualised it as the earth having chakras until I read your post. And of course, it feels intuitively right. And it’s a beautiful idea.

    Uluru makes sense to me. Very powerful place. And I feel certain that Glastonbury is some kind of energy centre, even if it’s not the ‘heart’. New Zealand has some incredible power places – a very dynamic energy and reminiscent of the energy around Mt Fugi.

    What this post also made me think of is the Gaia concept/ earth philosophy. It speaks to this quite elegantly, I think.

  7. May 27, 2009 8:20 am

    How interesting. That every continent gets one seems a little too neat, but what do I know.

    Here are my personal thoughts/experiences:

    Rootedness, or the root chakra, is very important in my ways. That I have been drawn to the Grand Canyon for the longest time makes even more sense with this.

    Machu Picchu is incredibly powerful. I had a spontaneous trance experience there. But, and this is very interesting now to me from what you’ve said, the ‘source’ didn’t feel from underneath but rather from a distance. I wish now I knew which direction it was.

    Glastonbury is over-hyped imho. It does have tons of energy, but no more than so many other spots in England. The Tor itself was an unti-climax for me.
    I’ve only seen a tiny part of the Ganges, and at the time I didn’t think of power spot, but I remember there was an enormous energy from it.

    Never made it to Giza, only Luxor. I don’t think you could go far wrong with Egyptian, Aztec or Mayan sites. They were on to something.

    That’s it.

    Wow, pancakes on top of Mt Fuji!? How trippy!

  8. May 27, 2009 11:18 am

    I am still learning about chakra in my own life. But in nature, never thought of it, although maybe subconsciously I did. There part of our surrounding world that call to us and make us feel a certain energy and that does not have to be in a far away land, although, I do love the choices you posted here. A couple of places for me were in my own home land, Dominican Republic.

    Waterfall in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic, called Salto Baiguate

    Water falls in Jarabacoa with its surrounding caverns just seems mysterious and refreshing and peaceful to me. There are others but my brain is a little fried right now.

  9. May 27, 2009 1:21 pm

    I knew there was a reason why I LOVE Sedona. I used to fly there all the time from San Diego, just to be close to those amazing red hills (and have a fabulous lunch at the airport). Now I know why it beckoned me to keep coming back. Perhaps I should move there?

    I haven’t had the chance to visit any of the others… although I did stay at the Luxor in Vegas! Does that count? ;-)

  10. May 27, 2009 4:35 pm

    Human chakras can be confusing–with the colors, locations, what they do…There is a very effective, simple meditation on chakras that requires absolutely no knowledge: http://www.beyond-karma.com/how-to/how-to-light-up-chakras-instantly-release/

    As far as the earth chakras…I’m not sure about that, but if there were such a thing I would think the chakras would be in the depths of oceans or in the core. There’s no reason to think that the chakras would be in places which human beings consider beautiful or fascinating.

    I don’t think human beings can seriously damage or heal the earth. We should certainly stop the madness to environment, because it is not harmonious–but the disharmony is hurting us, not the earth. The earth has been around for five billion years, and will likely double that; in comparison, human beings have been around for less than a second. The earth has survived much worse; it can adjust; we cannot.

  11. May 27, 2009 5:29 pm

    This is interesting. I can sense that different location has different, distinct energy, but never related it to chakra system. I’ve been thinking more in male – female or yin-yang energies.

    For example, I live in Portland, Oregon, now, and the energy here is very feminine and nurturing. I’ve been wondering if it’s because it’s near the Pacific — the Pacific is the center of female energy, legacy of the ancient Lemuria. I grew up in Japan, and although the energy in the urban areas are pretty much messed up, the old area still harbors feminine energy there, too. And Hawaii flourishes with female energy.

    The Atlantic is considered to be the center of male energy. I’m not so familiar with this area. I was in NYC for a few days, and again, the energy of cities are pretty messed up. I lived in Ohio for 10 years, and the energy there was kind of neutral, but if I must say, was more male — down to earth, solid kind of male energy.

    I’ll contemplate this chakra system on earth. Thank you for an intriguing post.

  12. mommymystic permalink*
    May 27, 2009 5:55 pm

    Hi all, I’ll respond to all of you individually in the next comment, because I really appreciate the detailed responses. However, just a general note that this was somewhat for fun – I don’t claim to know where the earth chakras are, or even that there are any. I do think it’s an intriguing model for looking at earth’s energies, and that trying to sense these things, and human’s responses to different places, is an interesting awareness exercise. -Lisa

  13. mommymystic permalink*
    May 27, 2009 6:03 pm

    Docwitch – yes, I love this idea of portals, and it jibes exactly with my own experience of nature. Particular places take me to different states of awareness – it is like as I relax in a place, and absorb it, it takes me on a meditative journey specific to it. And I also love the Gaia idea – one of the Hopi-Tibet articles I found talked about the earth breathing in each morning in Tibet (since the tallest peaks in the world there feel the first rays of the sun each day) and then breathing out each night at the Hopi mesas, where there are these amazing evening winds…

    Mon – thanks for your comments, you have visited far more of these than I have! I think after this research exercise and your comment, Machu Picchu has moved to my top 10 places to visit in my lifetime list. And Glastonbury too, just to see what I feel there. I couldn’t get much from the pictures, but it may be because it is so populated, i.e. full of human awareness.

    Yira- beautiful pictures, thank you!

  14. mommymystic permalink*
    May 27, 2009 6:10 pm

    Lises – by all means, move to Sedona! I am planning to move to the Zion/Bryce area, so then we will be just across the Grand Canyon from each other:-) Also, I count the Luxor in Las Vegas, it’s the closest I’ve gotten to the inside of pyramid too…

    Karmarider – This was more meant to be a fun exercise, not definitive, and of course it does make sense that some spots would be in the ocean or otherwise inaccessible to humans. As for your comment on the earth, I agree – if we blow it, the earth will just get rid of us, and it will be our loss, not hers. But the idea here is that different spots on the earth do represent different awareness portals (which has nothing to do with the aesthetics), and of course this is an idea present in many different spiritual traditions around the world, and that through human actions we can in fact pollute and block them, just like human chakras. Again, the loss is ours if we do so.

    Akemi – I 100% am with you on the Pacific-yin, Atlantic-yang thing. I had not thought of it in those terms, but I have lived on both coasts, and I think this is so true. And I have also always associated most trees with a feminine/compassion type energy, so all the big trees around Portland, and the Sequoias down here in CA, also seem to be a reflection of this yin energy…

  15. Wendy Hawthorn permalink
    May 27, 2009 11:01 pm

    It is great to consider the energy centres around the earth. I had not thought to associate them with a chakra system. I have read that gemstones and minerals are like the Earth’s nervous system and organs. It would be interesting to know which minerals were predominant at each of these locations.

    When I travelled in India to Alandi in Maharashtra I felt an energetic change that made me consider that the stories of miracles with a buffalo reciting the Vedas and walls moving were entirely possible. Although I was aware that I may have been picking up on the thoughtforms, there was something energetically underlying them that is unusual in that area, as if the whole area was open to and part of another realm entirely.

    I live on a farm and I am moving to another house which is on a hill that I am sure is a power point/energy portal. How do I look after it? I feel to tidy up old machinery and the likes lying around, much like removing clutter from a home is good Feng Shui.

    Thanks for a thought-provoking post!

  16. May 28, 2009 2:30 am

    Hmmm…looks like I really need to do more traveling round the world! I would love to have the opportunity to visit Sedona. I missed a chance for a visit when my husband (then boyfriend) was staying in Arizona for two years.

    I am not sure about visiting Egypt though because I have past life memories of the place. My memories were not all that pleasant. I’d have to do a lot of energy clearing before I go there. It will be interesting to travel there with my daughter, as she definitely has a deep connection with Egypt.

    Thanks for laying these places out in a post. Reading it puts me in a holiday mood!

  17. May 28, 2009 5:26 am

    This was fun. Thanks for taking me around the world with you. My kids and I were talking about the Grand Canyon today, about the jolt that place gives you. Mount Kailash sounds interesting. Cavities and protuberances. Our bodies have those things too. The idea of gender energy in certain places resonates with me, as well as gemstones and minerals having vital purpose. Very, very interesting stuff. Thanks, Lisa.

  18. May 28, 2009 2:36 pm

    this is just marvelous, lisa, thank you so much for this enlightening viewpoint! I’d love to visit each of these power centers. i’ve experienced sedona, az and have to agree with you on that one. when there, i feel like i am absolutely pulled down, magnetized, stuck to the rocky earth.

    i’ll suggest another. Canyon deChelly in northern az. right in the middle of the navajo reservation. i think it’s connected to the root chakra with some kind of conduits to the heart chakra. when there, i am so emotional, feel like i am in the womb of “the Mother,” safe and loved, and cry upon leaving as if I am leaving my true home. amazing.

    i was happy to see mt. kailash there. i wondered where you might place it and sure enough, my hunch was right. :-)

  19. mommymystic permalink*
    May 28, 2009 4:56 pm

    Wendy – thanks for mentioning gemstones, I do think this is a fascinating field too, and wonder how the energetic properties associated with each map to different center. As for your farm question, I think you’re right – tidy up and beautify. I always think intuition is the best approach on these things – walk around the land, connect with it, and let it tell you what it wants and needs. I remember reading this is how architects that use feng shui principles actually work – they walk around a location many times before designing, and even meditate there, in order to let the land guide them.

    Evelyn – that’s interesting that you have a poor association with Egypt. Mine is more positive, I have such a nostalgia for it, although of course the end was tough. Although I am somewhat afraid to visit it now, because it is so different, and I am afraid I will be disappointed.

    Brenda – that’s right – cavities and protuberances, and, I might add, veins, which is kind of what rivers are like. Famous rivers connect so many of these places, and are really what make life possible for humans, in terms of carrying water from place to place.

    Jan – I have always wanted to visit Canyon deChelly, I will definitely have to do so now, after your description.

  20. May 28, 2009 9:51 pm

    This is a very comprehensive list. Love the links for further reading. I agree with Pamir. To choose to value all places, including those which stand out for you at this moment, is part of the exercise of learning love strengthens the global energy grid. Concentrations of love energy shift according to consciousness. Ancient tribes or civilisations live in areas of higher awareness when they nurture certain timeless knowledge and tachings. This magnifies light energy for those who are ready and willing to feel it. You can awaken anywhere, anytime.

  21. May 29, 2009 12:48 am

    Hi Lisa – I read The Mists Of Avalon many years ago (at least a couple ot times) – it still sits centre-stage on my bookshelf.

    I love the way you have made your own list – and I was hoping you would put Uluru for the third! I’ve been there, and what doesn’t show up in photos is how utterly beautiful it is – the colours are really soft and beautiful. Our camping tour arrived at night, in the dark, and then I emerged from my tent the next morning and looked up at it – it was so big!

    Cheers – Robin

  22. mommymystic permalink*
    May 29, 2009 3:53 pm

    Robin – yes, it was hard to find a picture for Uluru. Some of the most beautiful ones only showed part of it, but with the light reflecting off it, which really highlighted the variations in color. I would love to visit here someday.

  23. June 2, 2009 3:46 am

    Interesting, and fun! I have been thinking of chakras lately because three years ago I intuitively tattooed “om” on my sacral chakra… in honor of becoming a mother and a writer.

    My next tattoo, the path of continually opening my heart and connecting me to all life, is a fiddlehead fern opening, near my heart. (I used to intuitively draw a spiral with my finger in between my breasts whenever I felt drawn or connected or touched by life and death.)

    Interesting to think of recognizing these universal energies, in all forms.

  24. mommymystic permalink*
    June 2, 2009 6:10 pm

    Stacy – love the tattoos!!! I have an Egyptian Wings of Ra on my lower back. We are cool mamas:-)

  25. September 26, 2009 8:42 am

    Another suggestion: Arunachala in Tamil Nadu, India.

    Ramana Maharshi who was there for 50+ years said that it was the “axis of the world” — some of his devotees, figured that an axis should have a matching place on the opposite side of the Earth and Mount Pacchu has been mentioned as a candidate.

    That is how I came accross your website and posting.

    When I have a few moments, I think I may take a look to see if there are matching sites to the others you have mentioned.

    Live pictures of Arunachala can be seen here:

    http://www.arunachala-live.com/

    Kindest regards

  26. mommymystic permalink*
    September 26, 2009 2:36 pm

    Chuck, thanks so much for visiting and mentioning Arunachala. I am very familiar with Ramana Maharshi and inquiry practice (I recently interviewed Gangaji, you might be interested in that), and Ramana’s relationship with Arunachala is a beautiful and fascinating story. My sense (and this is entirely subjective of course!) is that it definitely is a spiritual chakra, but not a ‘main vein’ in the earth – like the body I think there several ‘main spots’ and then hundreds of smaller, more specialized ones. As I wrote here, I like the Ganges river, and by extension much of India, as the seat of the heart or 4th chakra. So perhaps Arunachala is a major energy center related to that?

  27. March 22, 2010 11:03 am

    Good, good… great places for sure.
    I have a strong link wit the Big Pyramid in Egypt. UK as a heart chakra? Not for me. India as a whole does it. I just love the energy around Fátima and Tomar in Portugal, makes me feel nurtured and 100% accepted.

    And Mt. Abu in India is for sure a place of high energy, as is the local nuclear power plant.

  28. March 22, 2010 5:01 pm

    Wim – thanks for your insights. I have read about the shrine in Fatima, but never visited there.

  29. thinkingsoul permalink
    September 11, 2010 11:50 pm

    I don’t mean to step on any toes, but the Heart Chakra of the Earth is in Hungary, and no less than His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said so.

    “The approach and behavior of Tibet, -similarly to other saint knowledge-, sees and experiences the eternity as unity. According to this, the so called power and energy centers are being counted not only in a Human body but on Earth as well. According to tradition, the Earth hearth chakra is in Hungary, more exactly in the area called Pilis.”
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    “I consider Hungary as a second homeland of mine. People of the country are kind and have good heart, and as it is well known, Dobogókő (Beating Stone) is a holy place, where the heart of the Earth is beating. When I teach the method of Enlightenment here in Hungary – I often come to visit you – it feels like teaching the whole world.”
    Tanpai Rinpoche

  30. September 13, 2010 5:27 pm

    thinkingsoul – no toes stepped on at all, I always like to learn about other chakra systems, in both the human body and the earth. I had not come across a fixed Tibetan earth chakra system in any of my reading, but I will research the Dalai Lama’s quote to learn more.

    But in any case, I would consider the Tibetan system one system among many – just like the various human chakra systems, there are many different mappings that have been developed around the world in different cultures and traditions. They are all of interest to me, but personally I do not align myself with any one. In this post, I was simply presenting my own opinions at the time on what the mappings might be…

  31. Divina permalink
    October 29, 2010 10:38 pm

    I’ve had incredible experinces while visiting Table Mountain, Cape Town. I’ve felt the energy in the rootchakra/the base.

  32. Barbara permalink
    January 10, 2011 6:57 pm

    I like this approach, thou i think we need to look beyond human frame. Earth is a planet… Gaia can have 10, 20 100, or 1 chakra… Planet is a different being than humanoid.

  33. January 13, 2011 3:19 am

    Barbara – I agree, and in fact different human chakra mappings have different numbers of chakras, although the 7-chakra system is the most well-known in the West. I do think the 7-chakra system is useful as an archetypal structure, in terms of the energy aspects each represents, and for that reason it’s interesting to think what might correspond to these 7 in the earth. But there are thousands, if not millions, of different kinds of ‘power places’ on this planet – many of my favorites that I have visited are not even on this list. It is an amazing planet:-)

  34. February 3, 2011 9:57 pm

    hello
    i have sent you a link to my website that shows smaller chakra trails

  35. February 5, 2011 11:37 pm

    Here is another possible place for chakra:

    http://english.pravda.ru/science/mysteries/07-06-2010/113680-arkaim-0/

  36. Anonymous permalink
    October 26, 2011 8:38 pm

    “The approach and behavior of Tibet, -similarly to other saint knowledge-, sees and experiences the eternity as unity. According to this, the so called power and energy centers are being counted not only in a Human body but on Earth as well. According to tradition, the Earth hearth chakra is in Hungary, more exactly in the area called Pilis.”

    -His Holiness the Dalai Lama-

    More exactly: Dobogókő (Pulsating stone)

    confineless unconditional love to all ^^

  37. October 27, 2011 4:39 pm

    Hi Anonymous, yes someone else put this same quote in up in a comment up above…I did find mention of a Tibetan earth chakra system in a book I was reading recently, 5 chakras instead of 7 in that case, as it was based on a 5-chakra human body model (the Tibetans have a few different chakra system variations in various lineages). There are a lot of different systems/mappings – for both the human body and the earth – and there’s a lot of overlap between them. It’s interesting that the heart chakra seems to have the most views and differentiations. Of course there’s no reason the earth can’t have more than one – this post was just for fun, not meant to be a definitive map.

  38. Katrina permalink
    February 25, 2012 3:47 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed with this post. I’m a Celtic/Druid/Christian who lives with a Native American. We live not far from Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Three years ago we stayed in Sedona for a week and hiked into several energy vortexes. At one particular site, I stood in the center and looking straight up I could feel the earth moving and the sky standing still. It was very intense and I must admit, the next day I was extremely sick. We went to the Grand Canyon even though I was not well because we had planned the trip carefully and this was our only chance, so I have no idea how the energy vortexes in the Grand Canyon affected me since I was sick from the day before. Also, we live in the high desert of northern New Mexico. When someone moves here from another state, there’s a window of time where they either adjust or “the mountain rejects them, and throws them out.” If they refuse to leave willing the mountain may drive them crazy or make them sick. We’re both very comfortable here, and have bonded well with the mountain and all the wild life and earth energies. But we’ve seen many others leave after only a few months or even weeks of living here.

  39. February 26, 2012 3:47 pm

    Hi Katrina, I replied on your last comment on the About page, but I also wanted to comment here, because I do think this idea about power places is so important – that we need to approach them with the utmost respect and a clean awareness – we can’t bring our baggage to them. I know just what you mean about getting ‘thrown out’. I think this is really the idea behind sacred pilgrimage and power or vision quests – that we approach a place like this with humility and our best selves, and then we can be transformed by the energy and doorways available to us there. Otherwise, it can go very wrong. Thanks for commenting! – Lisa

  40. March 14, 2012 5:02 am

    This is such a fascinating post, bringing together my love of energy medicine, anthropology, spirituality and travel. (Have you seen the book called ‘Sacred Earth’? You would like it.) I have been to only one of these places, but I’d love to visit them all. I liked your personal story about visiting Mt. Kilimanjaro (pancakes no less!).

    When I first starting studying the chakra systems, I knew the earth must be no different than we. I never researched it though, and was glad to see your post here. Thank you. :)

  41. March 14, 2012 3:39 pm

    Thanks Maggie, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I have a beautiful photography book called Sacred Earth is that the one you mean? It is gorgeous. I also have one on sacred places, many of which are man-made in terms of being religious sites, but others are natural like these. I also love this idea of earth’s chakras, although I don’t claim to actually know where they are, and of course, who says there are just 7? But this was a fun post to research and write…

  42. March 14, 2012 6:16 pm

    Yes Lisa, that is the book I was referring to. I love looking through it, all those beatiful and powerful places. I believe that every place definitely has its own energy vibe to different degress/intensity, and an elemental chakra of predominance. I think your choices were good ones!

  43. April 5, 2012 2:27 am

    l was told by Zig Longhorn,a master in his own right.
    That MOUNT WARNING in Australia is the TOP place for Energy,
    also l do think Glastonbury is an Amazing place,

    hugs Peppa and Chris….Tasmania

  44. April 19, 2012 8:17 pm

    Great portal photos and great info!

  45. April 19, 2012 8:24 pm

    Thanks Becca – I assume one of your main portals is Hawaii?? If you see this, wondering if you have a favorite spot there…

  46. April 20, 2012 1:39 am

    Great article! I certainly believe in, and have felt, energy vortexes coming from the earth. There is a significant one, if only minor in comparison to the major chakras, on Sparrow Hawk Mountain in Tahlequah, OK, home of Sparrow Hawk Village and Sancta Sophia Seminary. As above, so below, right? :)

    If you have the time, check out the work of Trigueirinho, a mystic who some believe is the third in the line of esoteric teachers, of whom Blavatsky and Alice A. Bailey were the first two. He has many wonderful online lectures which are free (callinghumanity.org) and which contain truly amazing information.

  47. April 20, 2012 4:47 am

    Andy, I will check out Trigueirinho, have read both Blavatsky and Bailey so am intrigued. Thanks for visiting.

  48. September 9, 2012 11:21 pm

    Hi Lisa: I wanted to revisit this post because we’ll be travelling to Phoenix (from St. John’s, NL) for a conference at the end of September, and will be visiting Sedona for a couple of days. It sounds like it’ll be worth it for us to drive for a couple more hours to visit the Grand Canyon as well! I look forward to experiencing the groundedness of the red rock of Sedona.

    More locally, different lakes in the Canadian rockies are said to represent the 7 chakras. (I used to live in Calgary, which is close to the rockies). http://www.earth-keeper.com/canadianrockiesarticle.shtml

    · (7) Lake O Hara – Crown Center
    · (6) Emerald Lake – Brow Center
    · (5) Lake Moraine – Throat Center
    · (4) Lake Louise – Heart Center
    · (3) Peyto Lake- Emotional Center
    · (2) Bow Falls – Creative Center
    · (1) Athabasca Falls- Root

    I certainly felt that Lake Louise opened my heart whenever I spent any time there.

    And the seven sacred pools on Maui are said to represent each of the seven chakras. I still visit these pools during my sacred journeys.

    I definitely want to spend some in Machu Pichu eventually, as I am very drawn to the ancient wisdom from Peru.

  49. September 10, 2012 1:06 am

    Janice, thank you so much for your wonderful sharings. I have been to the 7 sacred pools in Maui (amazing!) but not the Canadian lakes, although I have been to many lakes in northern Minnesota as I have family there. I think the chakras provide a wonderful mapping system for energies throughout our bodies and world. Have a great trip!! – Lisa

  50. December 3, 2012 8:50 pm

    Hi I appreciate your work and intent on this sight but you may want to look further into the list. The first chakra is actually Mt. Shasta. I have been doing some research on the earth chakras and have actually been to Mt. Shasta. Sedona is an energy vortex but not a chakra.

  51. Valaki permalink
    December 5, 2012 5:12 pm

    thinkingsoul:
    “His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said”
    here you can hear what he has said http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7zOw2diQlg

  52. December 5, 2012 8:14 pm

    Hi Shanda, thanks so much for your comment. There are a lot of different opinions on the chakra mapping for the earth, and on the number of ‘major’ vs. ‘minor’ chakras. I stuck with 7 here, but of course there are probably many more – why would the earth have only 7 like a human subtle body? And in fact, even within human chakra systems, there are many different mappings, ranging in number from 4-12, or even more. So I was offering the mapping that feels right to me, with the understanding that it is one way of looking at it. I don’t feel any chakra mapping is an ‘absolute’ – they are all maps that serve different purposes – like different maps of the same physical place (a geologic map, a road map, a water map etc. – each is valid in its own way for its own purpose.) I do think Mt. Shasta is very powerful, but it’s hard for me to see it on the same level as these 7 – to me it is similar to Sedona, an energy vortex. I don’t consider Sedona a chakra itself, but a vortex connected to the Grand Canyon, which I do consider a chakra.

    So there’s a lot of different ways to view it. I appreciate you sharing your views though! – Lisa

  53. January 1, 2013 11:15 pm

    What an interesting article. Thank you; I loved the reasons you picked the sites. I agree!

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