Best Audience: Folks who want a serious understanding of the Chakra system
I was early in my study of energetics and relating arts when I found Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith (Llewellyn’s New Age Series). I was looking for an in-depth look at the chakras and energetic system without wanting to learn Ayurveda, which seemed much to big and complex a topic for the beginning place I was in at the time. That was over a decade ago, and despite the fact that I’ve learned a lot since then I still keep coming back to Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) as a practical reference.
Anodea offers a lengthy explanation of the chakra system, including how it develops within the context of a human life. She covers basic ideas, such as how kundalini flows through the system and how the nadis feed and work with the chakras. For someone who wants to have a basic understanding but isn’t interested in getting in deep, her treatment of the system as a whole is perfect.
Where Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) really shines, though, is in her treatment of each chakra. Anodea devotes a whole chapter to each. She includes correspondences and symbolism, practices and meditations, an explanation of how the chakra manifests in the body and mind as well as how to work with the power and energetic pathways of the chakra. Each chapter is thorough and offers a selection of further reading and resources for those who want to work more in-depth with that specific chakra. If I had any regrets it was that there weren’t more chakras to explore!
In the decade or so since I read Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) the first time, I’ve come back to it again and again as a refresher and idea-starter for working with the chakra system. It’s been a wonderful intro and an outstanding support to my personal and professional practices.
The Bottom Line: Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith (Llewellyn’s New Age Series) has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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