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What Does the Bible Say About Chakras?
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What Does the Bible Say About Chakras?

Chakras are becoming an increasingly popular concept, especially in New Age and Eastern spiritual circles. But what does the Bible have to say about chakras? As Christians, it’s important that we evaluate spiritual ideas like chakras in light of God’s Word.

Introduction

Chakras originate from Hindu texts and are connected to yoga and meditation practices. They refer to seven energy centers located along the spine, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.

Each chakra supposedly correlates with specific emotions, spiritual states, colors, elements, mantras, body parts, and more. The goal in the chakra system is to balance and align the chakras through various practices so that energy can flow freely for health and enlightenment.

While ideas about energy and the connection between mind, body and spirit may have some validity, the chakra system as a whole is incompatible with Christianity.

As we search the Scriptures, we find no direct mention of chakras. And upon closer examination, the worldview and practices behind chakras contradict Biblical truths related to God, creation, salvation, the spiritual realm, the human body, and the practices God has prescribed for His people.

Key Takeaways:

  • Chakras originate from Hinduism and are central to yoga and Eastern meditation practices
  • There is no direct mention of chakras in the Bible
  • The chakra system’s worldview and practices contradict Biblical truths
  • We must be discerning about spiritual ideas and test them against Scripture

As Christians, we need to approach ideas like chakras with discernment. We should seek to understand God’s Word so we can test spiritual concepts against it (Acts 17:11).

The Bible warns us not to be taken captive by hollow and deceptive philosophies (Colossians 2:8). So what does the Bible reveal about concepts central to chakras and why they don’t align with Biblical truth? Let’s explore further.

What does the bible say about chakras?

The Chakra System’s View of God and Creation

The chakra system comes from Hindu texts and practices. Unlike Christianity, Hinduism views God as fully integrated and identified with creation rather than separate from it. There is no clear distinction between the Creator and the created.

The chakra system sees divinity or ultimate reality within each person. Energy flows through the chakras to unite the individual with the divine cosmic energy of creation.

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But the Bible makes clear distinctions between God and human beings. Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” God existed before He created the world and universe. He transcends His creation.

God made human beings in His image, but He remains distinct from us as our holy Creator and Lord (Isaiah 55:8-9). We are His creatures, not extensions of His divine energy.

The chakra system also teaches that everything is essentially divine energy. But the Bible teaches that while God sustains His creation and His presence fills heaven and earth, He alone is God—the only eternal, almighty, all-knowing, self-existent, and supreme Spirit Being (Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 40:28).

All other spiritual beings, including angels and demons, are part of the creation under His authority. And certainly human beings, while made in God’s image, are not divine ourselves.

The Chakra System’s View of Humanity and Sin

The chakra system sees human beings as essentially good, divine, and unified with all reality. The problem is not sin as rebellion against God requiring salvation, but ignorance of our supposed divinity. Practices like meditation on the chakras reveals our “true self” as part of the divine energy.

But the Bible reveals that human beings were originally created good and for communion with God. When Adam and Eve rebelled, sin entered the world, corrupting human nature (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12). All people since, except Christ, are born with a sinful nature inclined to rebel against God.

We can’t find enlightenment through inner divinity because no such divine spark exists. Only through Christ can we be saved from sin, reconciled to God, and transformed to reflect His holy character (Ephesians 2:1-10).

The solution to sin isn’t meditation or chakra alignment, but repentance and belief in Christ (Mark 1:15; John 3:16).

The Chakra System’s View of the Spiritual Realm

Each chakra is associated with spiritual forces and deities known as “energies” or “spirits” that supposedly guide meditation. But the Bible forbids attempting to contact or worship any spiritual beings other than the Lord (Deuteronomy 18:9-13).

Scripture also makes clear that not all spiritual forces are benign guides. Evil spiritual forces exist as well, aligned with Satan to deceive people away from God (2 Corinthians 11:14-15; Ephesians 6:11-12). Practicing meditation toward anything other than God is dangerous, both physically and spiritually.

Through Christ, believers have the Holy Spirit indwelling them. Other spiritual forces have no place or authority in a Christian’s life. The Bible encourages us to focus our minds on God and His truth, not empty out our minds in pursuit of mystical forces and occult practices (Romans 12:1-2; Philippians 4:8).

The Chakra System’s View of the Body and Energy

The chakra system teaches that proper alignment and flow of energy through the chakras along the spine brings health, while blocked chakras lead to physical and psychological disorders. But the Bible does not present a specific energy system in the body like chakras.

While it acknowledges the integrated nature of human beings, Scripture focuses on moral and spiritual causes, not energy imbalances, as the root of human troubles. Sinful attitudes and actions disrupt our relationships with God and others, leading to brokenness (Mark 7:20-23).

Even sickness may not be linked to personal sin, but to the fallen state of the world (John 9:1-3).

The Bible warns against obsession over physical health and proscribed diets, teaching instead that godliness with contentment benefits us greatly (1 Timothy 4:7-8; 6:6). Seeking wholeness is a good thing, but the answer is found in drawing close to God, not a mystical energy system (Isaiah 26:3-4).

Believers can pray for healing and seek medical help for illnesses, of course. But we also know suffering is part of living in a fallen world and God can use it for growth in character (Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4).

The Chakra System’s Prescribed Practices

The chakra system prescribes various contemplative practices like meditation, mantra chanting, yogic postures, and visualization of the chakras. The goals include tuning into mystical energy, encountering spirit guides, and merging into cosmic oneness.

But according to the Bible, these practices and goals are incompatible, even dangerous, for Christians. Scripture commands us to meditate on God’s Word and His works, not empty our minds or tune into cosmic energy (Psalm 1:2; 77:12).

We are to sing praises and give thanks to the Lord, not chant impersonal mantras (Psalm 100:4; Ephesians 5:19). We should present our bodies to God as living sacrifices, but avoid any practice aiming for an altered state of consciousness (Romans 12:1-2).

And the Bible forbids attempting to contact the spirit realm or engage in occult visualization practices (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

Instead, we are called to develop the fruit of the Spiritlove, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

This happens not through emptying or alleviating the mind, but renewing it by focusing on God and His truth (Romans 12:1-2). The Holy Spirit fills and transforms us from within as we yield ourselves fully to God.

Conclusion

While parts of the chakra system such as the connection between mind, body and spirit sound intriguing, overall it’s incompatible with Biblical truth. As Christians, we need to approach spiritual ideas with discernment.

The Bible warns us not to be taken captive by hollow philosophies that contradict Christ (Colossians 2:8).

Rather than emptying our minds or seeking spiritual forces, we are called to renew our minds by meditating on God’s Word and presenting ourselves fully to Him (Romans 12:1-2). The Holy Spirit fills and transforms us, producing fruit and gifts that glorify Christ.

Chakra theory and practices lead away from God’s truth as revealed in the Bible. Let’s cling to Christ and build our lives not on mystical ideas but on the sure foundation of Biblical truth.

Focusing on Christ, who alone can save us from sin and transform us for righteousness, is the path to wholeness. May we build our lives on Him and the truth of God’s Word.

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Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.