Thanks for your clarification.
I'll repost here what I already wrote, for the sake of future
readers, and continue from there:
Chakras are ultimately as real or unreal as the nerve plexuses
and endocrine glands to which they correspond, but, in ultimate
truth, anything with a form, whether perceptible to the human
eye or the third eye, is but symbolic of a function of spirit,
or definitionless awareness.
Spirit will still digest experience whether it is attached to
the third chakra, the solar plexus of nerves, or the adrenal
glands. So it will function in other ways, as well.
There is no proof, for those born blind, that colors exist,
yet listening to the agreement of those who experience them
will ultimately convince the greatest skeptic. Keeping apart
from such people may allow you to maintain, with others, that
colors are an illusion, and in a sense they are, but they are
useful to those who experience them.
The real question might be, if colors or chakras are perceptible
to others, can anything be gained by exploring their observations?
Which is easier - for a blind man to comprehend color, or for a
normal person to comprehend chakras?
A simple page with traditional representative symbols and brief
explanations of the chakras is on this page from tibetshop.biz:
An excellent page to begin the exploration of chakras is this one
from the Crystalinks website of Ellie Crystal:
Another is this introductory page from the extensive website of
Suzan Caroll Ph.D., whose description of chakras makes it clear
that she can perceive them with clarity. Links to individual
pages on each chakra follow in the huge numbers of links to other
related topics at the very bottom:
Those who can see chakras are often called clairvoyant, meaning
'clear seeing', but not all clairvoyants see chakras, as the
term applies to other functions of the third eye, as well, such
as being able to view something remotely. Ellie's page on the
topic of clairvoyance is here:
It should be noted that not all people who are psychically
sensitive see chakras or auras, and those who do may perceive
them in different ways. Some, who 'see' energies, auras and
chakras, see them clearly, with the third eye, and collectively
describe them as looking like spinning vortices. One of my
real-life spiritual teachers, Paul Solomon, who did psychic
'readings' similar to those of the famous "Sleeping Prophet",
Edgar Cayce, described them in this way. These vortices are
shaped something like a miniature tornado, with the tail on
the inside of the aura and body. Figures 1 and 2 on this page
which is in Spanish are some of the best for showing them the
way they appear to a true clairvoyant. You can also see why
they are sometimes said to resemble flowers:
Some people do not 'see' auras and chakras in this way, but
are able to obtain impressions using the faculty of imagination
to perceive mental images which provide intuitive information on
the significance of what is being observed. They may get an
impression or mental image of a red chakra, representing the
first chakra, and see a discoloration which indicates a problem
with the condition of that chakra, or a problem with a function
associated with that chakra.
Others, such as a friend of mine, cannot see auras and chakras
at all, but can perceive them through the sense of feeling. This
is called 'clairsentience', or 'clear feeling'. He started out by
using his hands to explore the space around someone's body and to
focus his perceptions, but this soon evolved into the ability to
empathetically perceive changes in his own chakra centers based on
the condition of another person's chakras. If someone's chakras are
blocked, he can feel this as a kind of 'congestion' in his own
centers. Allowing energy to flow into these congested areas within
himself will often produce improvement in the other person. They
may experience this flow of energy as heat in the affected area,
relief of a congestion, a release of emotion, or an actual flow
of energy. He can do this without the use of his hands, just by
being in the same room with someone, if he has their permission,
and opens his perceptions.
That brings up another point. Sensitives and psychics quickly
learn not to walk around 'open' all the time, and learn to
regulate their sensitivity so that they are not bombarded by
perceptions they cannot use.
Almost everyone, including me, can see auras to some extent.
Just have a friend stand in front of a very white wall in
very bright light, and most people will soon be able to see
a translucent glow around the body, especially the head, of
the friend. It may help to have them sway a little. It also
helps to de-focus your vision a little, so that you're more
aware of your peripheral vision than usual.
Paul Solomon also taught classes in "Inner Light Consciousness"
which allowed average people to develop their psychic ablities
and get impressions about others which could be verified.
Actually seeing chakras as they are is a relatively rare
occurence, and requires considerable spiritual development,
depending, in the view of most teachers, on the raising of
the kundalini to activate the sixth chakra or third eye,
as discussed on Suzan Caroll's page on the chakras, given
Nor should such an opening be sought prematurely, as noted
by Suzan and reaffirmed in this reading from Paul Solomon:
"Now if any one of you in this moment were suddenly to open
that of the third eye or become aware of all those spirits,
the nature of those things that occur about the life that is
in the atmosphere about you, you would not be able to cope
with the understanding, with the realization of it; so that
there would be the violence within, and the confusion, the
loss of sanity. It has occurred often in those that you treat
here for the insanity, [and these might be cured if] there
only were the closing, the shutting down of such sight and
returning within the physical body to deal with the physical
world of that that you call reality."
In fact, there's a school of psychology that holds that mental
illness is sometimes the result of a premature awakening of the
kundalini energy which is termed a 'spiritual emergency', as
written about by Stanislov Grof, who pioneered Transpersonal
Psychology and his wife Christina:
Grof also pioneered Holotropic Breathwork based on his observation
of a powerfully effective therapy conducted with the client under
the influence of LSD. He concluded that many people taking LSD and
other psychedlics without the benefit of therapeutic guidance were
sometimes triggering psychotic episodes and subsequent mental illness
due to the unresolved spiritual emergencies triggered by the drugs.
The chakra system is actually at the center of the aura, serving
as the backbone and spinal column of the subtler body called the
etheric body, which the aura surrounds. The aura is a more or less
egg-shaped body of light which surrounds a human, and has been
observed and spoken of by 'psychics', shamans, and brujos such
as Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan, who spoke of the "luminous egg"
visible to the Toltec shamans.
Kirlian photogaphy supposedly captures images representative of
the aura which correspond in brightness to its strength. This
method satisfies most people as a method of representing the
aura and its chakras to those who cannot otherwise perceive them.
Many such images are available via this search on Google Images:
Kirlian photography first gained publicity in the 60s, when a
group of Russian scientists discovered that, just as with a
psychic perceiving auras, anomalies in the photographs were
predictive of physical conditions which had not yet manifested
in the body. The development of Kirlian photography is discussed
on this page on the website of Rubellus Petrinus:
A psychic healer then, can also perceive blockages and 'dark
spots' in a persons aura, before they show up as physical
conditions and disease, and can often eliminate the problems
before they manifest.
Some such healers are so powerful that they can impact large
numbers of people in attendance at a workshop, without even
working with them directly. One such healer who is currently
giving workshops is constantly receiving letters of thanks
from people who merely attended the workshop, and walked out
with a chronic condition having disappeared, or having been
considerably improved. He is a young man named, coincidentaly,
Adam, and the testimonials can be seen on the right-hand side
of the page:
Healers such as Adam may or may not perceive the chakras of
others, but they are most certainly accomplishing healing by
utilizing the accelerated functioning of their own, no matter
what they may be perceiving during the process. I haven't
read Adam's books yet, so I'm not sure what his process is.
For those who cannot perceive chakras, it is still possible
to work with them using focused mental imagery and the colors
given in this reading from the archives of the Paul Solomon
Music can also have a beneficial impact on the chakras, as
noted in this Paul Solomon reading:
I made some comments on another Google Answers question that
had to do with chakras, and you may find them useful, as well:
If anything is unclear please post a Request for Clarification
before rating this answer.
Additional information may be found from further exploration
of the links provided above, as well as those resulting from
the Google searches outlined below.
Searches done, via Google and Google Images:
"paul solomon" chakras
"russian scientists" "kirlian photography" 60s
Semyon and Valentina Kirlian
"spiritual emergency" kundalini