The concept of chakras has been around for centuries, with its roots in ancient India. The oldest known text to mention chakras is the Vedas, which were written between 1500 and 500 BC. Other ancient texts, such as the Shri Jabala Darshana Upanishad, the Upanishad Cudamini, the Yoga-Shikka Upanishad and the Shandilya Upanishad, also make reference to chakras. The first Western reference to chakras that is accepted by modern scholars is from Johann Georg Gichtel, a disciple of Jakob Böhme.
Gichtel wrote about them in his book Theosophia Practica (1696). He described centers of internal force that are closely related to Eastern chakra doctrines. Chakras are used in a variety of yogic rituals and meditative practices. They are believed to be connected to radiant inner energy (prana) and mind-body connections.
By understanding and working with chakras, practitioners can gain insight into their physical and mental health. Today, chakras are widely studied and discussed in many spiritual and healing circles. They are believed to be powerful tools for self-discovery and personal growth. By learning more about chakras, we can gain a better understanding of our own energy systems and how they affect our overall wellbeing.