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. Chakras are the energetic version of these intersections, and each one conducts a different type of energy. Electromagnetic research is starting to be able to detect these intersections – in both humans and the planet.
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 fun 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 – they can only sense the true power of the place if they live in a state of awareness open 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 are 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. I’ve posted the mapping that feels the most correct to me, although that may change. Of course there are many other amazing energetic vortexes on the planet besides these seven, so this is really just one way of mapping the earth’s energy, and it isn’t really a matter of one being ‘correct’ and all of the others being ‘wrong’. Different mappings serve different purposes.
Consider clicking on each picture to enlarge and gaze it for awhile, and see what energy you feel from each place.
1st or Root Chakra – Grand Canyon/Sedona/Black Mesa (North America)
Many systems place the first/root chakra in North America, and the Grand Canyon or Mount Shasta are the two most often mentioned. I love Mount Shasta, but its energy doesn’t feel as root chakra oriented 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. This entire southwest region is anchored in the raw power of the Grand Canyon, and each offers a different emanation of it.
Regarding the Hopi mesas, the Hopis are a fascinating, peaceful and fairly 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 (see below.) 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 on this.) 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 come up alot for this part of the world are 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)
Various earth chakra mappings offer a lot of different ideas for where the heart chakra of the earth lies. If you subscribe to the idea that each of the 6 major continents (excluding Antarctica) have a chakra, then the Glastonbury area is 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 this location. It is in fact believed to be the site of Avalon by many.
Although it blows the whole each-continent-gets-a-major-chakra theory, another common choice for the earth’s heart chakra is in India, particularly the area of sacred cities such as Rishikesh and Varanasi along the Ganges River. These have been spiritual centers for thousands of years – Hinduism is the world’s oldest religion, and the roots of it sprang to being alongside this great river. Thousands venerate it daily, and bathing in it, and/or having your ashes floated there upon death, is believed to purify your karma (which has unfortunately become a sanitation problem, but that’s another issue.)
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, Zen pancakes + sleep-deprivation + sunrise on a power spot = memorable morning! 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 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 Hopi mesa area, which is in the radius of the Grand Canyon/root chakra.
Other commonly mentioned earth ‘chakra’ 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
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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