Hi all, this has been on my mind for a while. Energy work might be fun and interesting but apart from that what use is doing energy work? You might say it heals your body. I have cured illnesses by good thoughts so I do not have to do energy work. I read on a forum that Robert Bruce says it is good to do energy work to evolve. It sounds vague to me.
I was generally not sure about the usefulness of energy work (via the chakras) until I was exposed to two sources. Each is free and available on the Internet. What distinguishes these resources from others that I have read is their 'non-physical perspective'.
First, the Miranon recordings at the Monroe Institute (which I have discussed elaborately here on other threads) provided my first non-physical explanation of the chakras and their general purpose. Explorer recordings 5, 6, 13 and 14 compose a series of interviews with Miranon - a non-physical being from level 46. Tapes 6 and 13 specifically address the human's non-physical chakras in some detail, but listening to all the recordings will help both with context (the Universe's structure of 7's) and a human understanding. Listen to the recordings sequentially here:https://www.monroeinstitute.org/free-audio-downloads
Second, the work of Tom Kenyon has been very helpful to me. The higher dimensional beings who Kenyon works with consistently acknowledge the utility and purpose of the chakra system. These beings (especially the Hathors) provide chakra-focused exercises and meditations which I have very beneficial.
I warn you that there is a steep learning curve with Kenyon's materials. He goes to great effort to document not only the instructions provided by the higher dimensional beings but also his own perspectives as a psychotherapist and researcher.
I want to also note that the chakra system is a different focus than our aura, which is characterized by an expanded light around our physical body. I know this because I have had conversations with someone who can physically see auras (e.g., Jonas Elrod), and he sees something much different than the chakras. While these two energy systems are related, do not confuse the two. Overall, chakra energy work (e.g., 7 levels along the pranic channel) has given me a common construct or format to flow, release or clear blocked energy - especially as I focus beyond 'physical perspectives'. You can also "charge up your energies" using the chakra system, and the ancient Egyptians had some particular interesting sexual practices for charging up this energy system. There are many (outer) motivations for using the chakras.
Finally, in working with the chakras, I have found in my out of body experiences that a focus on the chakras consistently projects me into the RTZ (real time zone). If there is a mapping of the levels of consciousness, this is closest level to physical reality (e.g., lowest). In some contrast, the Monroe Institute focuses its first time students upon building up energy using the "aura" (called REBAL technique). So, this gives you some idea about the chakra's usefulness with projecting. It can help, but it usually places me at the lowest entry into the non-physical.
Overall, Chakras are real from my experience, but I doubt that they look like all the pictures of "7 glowing colors lined up in a body" that we commonly see on the Internet (although I have not seen mine or others).