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Manipura, the solar plexus chakra: Personal power

Innate inner wildness Editor’s note: The Chakra Series, by Todd Mangum, MD, first appeared in CATALYST in 1995 and was repeated in 2009. These stories remain among the most read in …

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Svadhisthana, the sacral chakra

Innate inner wildness. CHAKRA TWO Location: In the pelvis. Governs: Sexuality and Desires. Main issue: Involves ability to experience pleasure and sensation especially as these rel …

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Muladhara, the root chakra

Survival and security Location: near the base of the spine, in the perineum. Governs: our understanding of the physical world. Main issue: survival and security. Externalizes: as t …

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Chakra Series part 1

Reclaiming the caduceus The caduceus, better known as the medical symbol, with its central staff, entwined snakes and feathered wings on top, looks uncannily similar to the subtle …

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Chakra Series: Chakra Seven

The Sanskrit name of the seventh center, sahasara, translates roughly as “the thousand-petaled lotus.” The first chakra anchors the roots of our being within the Earth. From the cr …

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Chakra Series: Chakra Six

Through the fifth chakra we experienced the vibrations of sound. Through the sixth, carried on the vibrations of light, we can transcend physical limitation and journey to other di …

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Chakra Series: Chakra Five

Through the fourth chakra we feel love. Through the fifth we have the ability to express it. Throughout history humans have chanted as a form of praise or to enter deep states of m …

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Chakra Series: Chakra Four

The energy of the 4th chakra can be easily felt. Unfortunately for many, this only becomes obvious after experiencing the breakup of a desired relationship or the loss of a dream. …

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Chakra Series: Chakra Four

Through the third chakra we begin to access the astral planes —more subtle frequencies of energy than are experienced through our five senses alone. This center is receptive to the …

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Chakra Series: Chakra Two

Chakra two, the sacral chakra, is the source of passionate emotions. It embodies our innate inner wildness. When this wildness has been repressed, we will often seek to destroy its …

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Chakra Series: Chakra One

When the first chakra is balanced, we have what is needed; we feel safe and secure. Until this chakra is balanced and its issues addressed, we will find it hard to focus our attent …

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Reclaiming the Caduceus

The caduceus, better known as the medical symbol, with its central staff, entwined snakes and feathered wings on top, looks uncannily similar to the subtle energy system described …

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Flu Shot or Not?

by Todd Mangum, M.D. It’s your body—here’s some good information to help you decide. I’m continuously asked, especially as flu season approaches, about the pros and cons of vaccina …

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Health Series: Accessing the body’s wisdom

by Todd Mangum Relaxed awareness creates a presence in the body. It is key to good health. Shamanistic practices, meditation, breating exercises and being in nature are as good for …

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Return to Health: The Vision and the Decision

by Todd Mangum, M.D. Becoming clear and committing to that vision is Step One on the road to health. Health and wellness are about both the quality and quantity of our lives. A lon …

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