The 7 cycles of the 7 chakra

Chak-Energy-PageAs an exploration of the developmental cycles of a human, this essay illustrates how certain character traits manifest at specific intervals in life. It focuses on the philosophy that every seven years humans achieve various levels of understanding based upon what phase of spiritual development their endocrine/ chakra systems is in. Each of the seven energy centers within a body develops and focuses our ongoing expansion as individuals through our experiences. Though these Chakras, as they are called in Sanskrit, all function continually, they tend to mature during specific phases of our life and influence our experiences accordingly.

Each of the chakras affect our life in various ways. Within each of these stages, the other chakras influence the progress of the individual’s self-realization process. There are in each cycle primary influential traits that direct these phases. Every seven years we repeat this cycle, while during that phase feeling the impact of the chakra that is maturing in that particular cycle.

I.E. in year four we experience the root chakras psychological influence of fear while additionally experiencing the aspect of the heart chakra’s lessons of harmony, presenting to us as socialization.

Cycle Sanskrit Name Location Governing Factor Age range for Maturation
1st Muladhara Base of Spine Fear 1 to 7
2nd Svadhistana Sacral Feelings 8 to 14
3rd Manipura Solar Plexus Practicality 15 to 21
4th Anahata Heart Harmony 22 to 28
5th Vishuddha Throat Philosophy 29 to 35
6th Ajna Temple Perception 36 to 42
7th Sahasrara Crown Spirituality 43 to 49


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1st cycle of 7 | the seed takes root | Ages 1 – 7 | induction and fear

The first Chakra – Known as Muladhara (meaning root) is our introduction to life. It is where we first experience the world of form. We discover chaos and stability; it is where we are introduced to the dichotomy of our existence. It is the opening of the root chakra, which is located at the base of the spine. This chakras opening signifies the induction to the materiality of reality. It is the seat of fear.

The first 7-year cycle is the opening of Muladhara (fear) the root chakra. The opening process takes us through a melding of each chakra with the Muladhara influence.

Year Chakra Melding Influences Comprehensive Alignments
1 1st + 1st fear + fear = Survival ~ all root
2 1st + 2nd fear + feelings = Awakening ~ the I want phase
3 1st + 3rd fear + practicality = Discovery ~ the asking phase
4 1st + 4th fear + harmony = Socialization ~ psychological stability
5 1st + 5th fear + philosophy = Comprehension ~ understanding the world
6 1st + 6th fear + perception = Experience ~ exploring the world
7 1st + 7th fear + spirituality = Mystery ~ the why phase

As individuals, we begin this life forming the understanding of the world we find when we emerge into the world of form from that of the formless. At this point we are ignorant of the world, everything is new and unknown to us. We all experience fear early in life because we know nothing and when we view fear as a motivating factor, it can be seen to help us understand the world we live in. Fear is a learned trait; it is simply a reaction to unknown exterior stimuli. Fear is the physical manifestation of our spirits reaction to its emergence from the world of the formless into that of form. The spirit takes a full cycle of seven years to acclimate.

In the earliest stages of our life, we find that we learn the physical world’s basics, how to walk, how to dress how to do what ever we need to do to actively participate in the creation of our life. This becomes the foundation for how we interact with the world.  It is the process of the soul manifesting in its life.

The first seven-year cycle is all about the development of our foundational relationship to the physical world. Having recently emerged from the nonphysical, the consciousness of the individual has to learn its relationship to the body. Only through this process can it express itself through the limitations of the physical, via vocal communication, the manipulation of the physical environment, and a realization of safety and security, which are first experienced in this cycle.


2nd Cycle of 7 | expansion of self | Ages 8 – 14 | feelings

The second Chakra – Called Svadhistana (meaning sweetness) it is the Sacral Chakra and it is experienced through the reproductive organs. It is located just below the midriff. It is the seat of feelings.

The Second cycle we open Svadhistana (feelings):

Year Chakra Melding Influences Comprehensive Alignments
8 2nd + 1st feelings + fear = Misunderstandings ~ awakening of hormones
9 2nd + 2nd feelings + feelings = Newness of love ~ feelings are out of control
10 2nd + 3rd feelings + practicality = Relationships ~ inklings of interest in sex
11 2nd + 4th feelings + harmony = Friendships ~ furthering socialization
12 2nd + 5th feelings + philosophy = Respect ~ understanding relationships
13 2nd + 6th feelings + perception = Morality ~ expression of self, dichotomy of honesty
14 2nd + 7th feelings + spirituality = Compassion ~ understanding others

Development of the second chakra takes place with varying degree through the second cycle, coming to a crest at about age 14. We begin to experience the world at this time through our sexual development and through feelings. The expansion of desire and the experience of pleasure guide us as we start to comprehend the world through these experiences. It manifests as various expressions of will. In a responsive manner, this transitional point takes us further through the physicality of the world and opens us up to external experience. It is through the sacral that we find the initial inklings for a connection to another. We discover it within the desire and the experience of passion.

This opens the pathway to the discovery of personal power, the life force that is us and defines who we are seeks out connection to another. We begin to look outside ourselves for companionship, recognition, and acceptance, and for what we perceive as love. Though love is often mistaken for desire as we have yet to open the Heart Chakra.

It is referred to as the Sacral, as it is the place where the sacred seat of the soul is said to reside. It is the foundation of our instinctual desire to express our connection to the universe through reproduction. The sense of separation, and the inklings of individuality begin to manifest while within the second cycle of seven. This separation drives us to experience oneness via the onset of puberty.


3rd cycle of 7 | opening of the self | Ages 15 – 21 | practicality

The third Chakra – The Solar Plexus called Manipura (meaning lustrous gem) it’s natural state is laughter, sadness, joy, and anger. It is located just above the naval. It is the location of the silver cord which connects the realms of form and formless. Its experience is expressed through our understanding of the universe. It is the embodiment of practicality.

The third cycle we open Manipura (practicality):

Year Chakra Melding Influences Comprehensive Alignments
15 3rd + 1st practicality + fear = Separation ~ development of individuality
16 3rd + 2nd practicality + feelings = Pleasure ~ actively perusing love through sex
17 3rd + 3rd practicality + practicality = Selfishness ~ joy is taken from relationships
18 3rd + 4th practicality + harmony = Desire ~ wanting to understand everything
19 3rd + 5th practicality + philosophy = Opinion ~ realization of self desire
20 3rd + 6th practicality + perception = Realization ~ rationalizing relationships
21 3rd + 7th practicality + spirituality = Searching ~ longing for a spiritual companion

Independence and the expression of will begin to take hold. In this phase we seek to stand on our own. We begin to explore the world outside of self, outside of what we think we know of the world. We have now discovered that we have a connection to the world outside ourselves and the desire to experience more begins. It presents as a drive for independence and a detachment from what we know. It manifests as a desire to enact our own will on our circumstance. Development of the 3rd chakra often gives us this sense that we are invincible while in others manifests as quite the opposite.

This phase is often a confusing as well as a liberating time. Our rationality for our world and a need to find permanence in our own right comes to bear. We seek further expressions of self and may experience and enact our will on others often with little regard to consequence. We begin to learn who we are. In this phase we are still experiencing much of the world through the physicality of it, as we have yet to open ourselves to the formless.


4th cycle of 7 | un-entangling of the heart | Ages 22 – 28 | harmony

The fourth Chakra – Anahata (meaning unstuck) the heart chakra is located in the center of the chest it relates to love, compassion and healing. Development of the chakra during this time signifies our embarkation on the exploration of the intangible world. It is a time when matters of the heart go from overpowering to comprehensive. It is the foundation of a harmonious life.

The fourth is the opening Anahata (harmony):

Year Chakra Melding Influences Comprehensive Alignments
22 4th + 1st harmony + fear = Commitment ~ fear of the future
23 4th + 2nd harmony + feelings = Respect ~ active form of love and understanding
24 4th + 3rd harmony + practicality = Selflessness ~ beginnings of openness
25 4th + 4th harmony + harmony = Stability ~ everything seems stable and unchanging
26 4th + 5th harmony + philosophy = Meaning ~ rationalization and the search for purpose
27 4th + 6th harmony + perception = Procreation ~ imparting knowledge
28 4th + 7th harmony + spirituality = Education ~ a need to leave a legacy

As our development of the individual begins to form we begin to attain independence. In such there comes an inherent need, a desire to partner with another. The development of the Heart Chakra draws us near to fulfilling the emotional and physical needs of the soul. We begin to experience what love is. And for the first time we discover what we thought was missing.

In this time we begin to fathom oneness, and as a result we are drawn to find a connection to another. This newly found connection is often mistaken for the needs we experienced within the development of Svadhistana, the second chakra. Lessons of the heart are most prevalent at this time, as we begin to look away from the desires and passions of Svadhistana and feel a need to experience the truth of love. We look for a more permanent solution to this insatiable urge for permanence in matters of the heart. Often lessons of this nature teach us how to find compassion, however as we have yet to open the throat chakra we have difficulty expressing this connection.


5th cycle 7 | vocalization from within | Ages 29 – 35 | philosophy 

The fifth chakra – Vishuddha (meaning purification) is the seat of communication. It is located in the throat and is where we experience self-expression. It gives us our philosophical nature.

The fifth is the opening Vishuddha (philosophy):

Year Chakra Melding Influences Comprehensive Alignments
29 5th + 1st philosophy + fear = Forbearing ~ a fear of the future takes hold
30 5th + 2nd philosophy + feelings = Proof ~ a desire to show what you believe is true
31 5th + 3rd philosophy + practicality = Justification ~ attempt to find reason and meaning
32 5th + 4th philosophy + harmony = Purpose ~ a coming together of form and function
33 5th + 5th philosophy + philosophy = Initiation ~ birth or rebirth of the philosopher
34 5th + 6th philosophy + perception = Adaptation ~ finding balance in work and purpose
35 5th + 7th philosophy + spirituality = Reorientation ~ rationalization of self in purpose

We find in this phase our voice. For the first time in our life we begin to rely on our own opinion. We discover that what we have to say has value, this can present in many ways, resulting in difficulties in relationships or an ability to overcome those difficulties.

Our creativity manifests as we start to come into our own. What we knew of the world now starts to be seen from a different perspective. Our unification of self develops as we move into a time where we realize the need to stand in our truth, as it is within this time that our truth begins to become solidified.

Some find a solidification of truth and may begin be set in their ways. This phase of our life is often met with the beginnings of a change in consciousness. What we find in the reality of the world may appear to be different than what we once thought it was. Our comprehension of what is becomes intermingled or separated from what we expected our life and our world to be. So we start to realize more of who we are and find what we believe is our purpose.


6th cycle of 7 | the inner illumination | Ages 36 – 42 | perception

The 6th Chakra – Ajna (meaning to perceive) is often called the third eye as it is located midway between they eyes and within the center of the forehead. It is where intuition comes from. It is related directly to the pineal gland. This is where wisdom resides.

The sixth is the opening Ajna (perception):

Year Chakra Melding Influences Comprehensive Alignments
36 6th + 1st perception + fear = Internalization ~ the fear of socialization
37 6th + 2nd perception + feelings = Joy ~ finding justification for following purpose
38 6th + 3rd perception + practicality = Spiritualization ~ active pursuit of spirituality
39 6th + 4th perception + harmony = Purpose ~ a coming together of form and function
40 6th + 5th perception + philosophy = Expression ~ proving ourselves to others
41 6th + 6th perception + perception = Attainment ~ finding wisdom in self
42 6th + 7th perception + spirituality = Comprehension ~ finding ones spiritual path

This is a time where we generally look to a development of a relationship with the non-physical. The inklings of wisdom take hold and our search for meaning becomes paramount. The world we have experienced begins to make sense to us as we experience it with our newly opened eye on the universe. The attainment of our voice allows us to now not only communicate but to know intuitively know what we want for ourselves. We are beginning to think clearly about life.

Our intuition, imagination, our insight and our connection to the universal voice manifests within and through this phase of our experience. It is where we learn to see for ourselves what we were meant to do. Our expression of Anja in this cycle helps us to comprehend the totality of the world. We begin to see just how much impact we have made on the world and often question weather we are doing what we are meant to do.


7th cycle of 7 | the self realized soul | Ages 43 – 49 | spirituality

The seventh chakra – Sahasrara (meaning thousand fold) is located atop the head and is our connection to all that is. It is our external link to source. It is where the higher planes of consciousness are accessed. It is the place of bliss, and where we derive our spiritual essence.

The seventh is the opening Sahasrara (spirituality):

Year Chakra Melding Influences Comprehensive Alignments
43 7th + 1st spirituality + fear = Wavering ~ rationalization of our spirituality
44 7th + 2nd spirituality + feelings = Dedication ~ spiritualization of feelings
45 7th + 3rd spirituality + practicality = Systemization ~ organization of spiritual principles
46 7th + 4th spirituality + harmony = Harmony ~ wanting to understand everything
47 7th + 5th spirituality + philosophy = Understanding ~ realization of self worth
48 7th + 6th spirituality + perception = Advisory ~ cultivation of spiritual knowledge
49 7th + 7th spirituality + spirituality = Idealism ~ spiritual refinement

Our connection to the source begins to take form. The person who is developing begins to recognize that they are part of something larger. Many seek a connection to source, at this point or begin to rekindle where we once were. The individual becomes self realized and begins to look at the world from the perspective of knowing our time here is limited. Mortality comes into question as we seek a connection to that which we looked away from in youth.

Some refer to this as midlife. This is actually an adequate analogy. In this life these years are often shown to be the doorway to higher learning. It is a completion of the seven cycles of seven. It is the point when we mature as an individual and we begin to live the life which aligns with our truest nature. For some, they look at the end of this phase as the end of growth. But this is not the case, it is simply the beginning of the phase of life where we “come into our own” it is the end of the first complete seven cycles of seven.

Our life is ongoing, and our expansion and expression of “self” is equally ongoing. We are complete and whole, and regardless of where we are along our path, we are continually changing. The chakras are always functioning, they are always connecting us through the universe and we are perpetually fed by their influences. It is only within the understanding that these phases are completely interdependent as well as independent that we can see how they hold influence throughout our life.

The dichotomy of existence teaches us that both within the developmental phases as well as the daily activities through which we commune with one another shows us how these cycles relate to our development as whole self realized individuals.  It shows us that there is no need to attach an expectation to outcome, that we can simply align ourselves with the natural flow of life and disburden ourselves from our worry. This essay illustrates that development is ever ongoing, for even in the end of the completed seven cycles of seven years a pattern. For once spiritual refinement takes hold of us, growth continues ad infinitum.

It is not the end it is not the beginning nor is it the beginning of the end this is simply a cyclical existence there is no end without a beginning…

4 thoughts on “The 7 cycles of the 7 chakra

  1. I would love to get feed back on this post. Please if you have any observations of this during your life. Please post here I would love to read your observations of these cycles as they have applied to your life.

  2. Your post is perfect for me right now, its brought more clarity and expansion to me right now. I have just totally matched up my life up to 40 with your charts and its all perfectly flowing. Thank you for your brilliant effort peace out:) xx

  3. OM Goodness, what an incredible piece of work! I am tying this along with Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory stuff and a few things about the causal nature of “Consciousness” into a workshop called The Geography Of The Mind. And yes, I will give attributions. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Now lets see if we can collectively create the replicatable process for human transformation … into the Integral 7th level of Consciousness.

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