Wednesday, 18 May 2016
NOVEL REVIEW: THE CHAKRA DIARIES BY BECCA CHOPRA
The Chakra Diaries
Author: Becca Chopra
Genre: Metaphysical and Spiritual
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
Balance your own chakras as you learn how these "energy centers" affect love and loss, health and happiness, life and death for the participants in a chakra workshop. You'll laugh, cry and and maybe even jump for joy as you experience their transformation with them! Whether you're an avid yogi or yogini or have never heard of chakras, you'll find this look at the human condition and the miracles that can happen through forgiveness, love and energy healing to be both enlightening and entertaining. Chakra balancing techniques and wisdom are woven throughout the life stories.
The chakras come from the sanskrit word meaning "wheel" or "disc" and in yoga and meditation there are seven of them, one starting from the base of the human body to work its way up the spine to stop at the head and above; muladhara, svadhisthana, manipura, anahata, vishudda, ajna and sahaswara act as spiritual pathways to eventual enlightenment for the person who uses them in a series of disciplines in this book. The first to the third are the chakras of matter, while the fourth is the connection of matter to spirit, the fifth, sixth and seventh are the chakras of spirit.
Becca organises the book into chapters about each person who is undergoing their own spiritual change, starting with the base chakra and working their way up. These are comprised of diary entries that give the reader the opportunity to truly feel the step by step gradual change of how the have let go of the daily worries we all carry with us and start to relax and eventually change our lives. Personally I was glad I took up yoga as I can understand both the physical parts of it as well as the spiritual, and fully understand this book.
As it is a fictional work, I can see that Becca has a lot of it based on fact and the research into chakras is there in the novel. Each of the characters have their own problems they have to get over if they are to live better lives, and as they meet during their development, they start to enjoy time together as friends. This serves to be an enlightening and enriching story that encourages the reader to want to invest time into their own research on chakras and yoga for their own personal fulfilment.
Summary: If you've never got into chakras or yoga, you might want to give this book a try, you won't be disappointed.