May All Beings Be Happy!
Table of Contents
Windows Desktop Placement
Starting from a Blue Star icon
* Utilities Pull-down Menu
Chakra Therapy Exercise
Pull-down Menu for Each Chakra
Results Pull-down Menu
Welcome to Chakra Discovery Version 1.1. Please refer to this
manual for helpful tips for running this software.
Chakras are wheels of energy located along the spine. Chakra (wheel) is derived from the
Sanskrit root car (to move). This ancient Indian symbol was originally a sun sign. In
yoga, chakras denote centers of physical and psychic energy and are described in
ancient Sanskrit texts.
For hundreds of years, yogis have studied the chakras, using meditation
to refine awareness of the subtle bodily sensations found in these energy centers.
Meditation has been used to obtain a deeper understanding of the chakra energy that flows
from the base of the spine to the top of the head.
Recent medical discoveries indicate that the seven chakra centers correspond to the
seven primary endocrine glands.
These chakra sites govern the expression of emotions, which
range from the survival oriented functions of the lower centers to the subtle spiritual
functions of the higher centers. Advances in endocrinology suggest that specific
meditations and visualizations can activate specific endocrine glands. Research may
validate the clinical usefulness of using interactive computer images to assist in proper
endocrine function. Virtual reality techniques are used to illustrate the movement and
three-dimensional nature of the seven chakras.
Use Chakra Discovery to:
- Provide individual analysis of each chakra;
- Enhance specific chakras;
- Create individual mandala;
- Access hypertext chakra information system;
- Enhance meditation and visualization exercises;
Chakra Discovery runs in DOS, under Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP and NT. On other PCs it can be run within a
virtual DOS window.
Chakra Discovery can be run as a DOS application from Windows . In order to install and
use Chakra Discovery do the following: Place the installation diskette into the drive.
Mouse-click the Start button in the lower left-hand corner. Select Settings and
then Control Panel. Double-click on Add/Remove and then click on Install.
Click on Next and the following string should be in the text field:
(If this is missing from the field or if a CD-ROM drive is brought up instead, use BROWSE to find the diskette.)
Next, click on Finish and Chakra's install routine takes over. Follow the directions shown on the screen.
When the installation is complete, close the Control Panel. Chakra Discovery is now installed!
Placing Chakra Discovery on the Windows desktop
In order to create a Chakra icon on the desktop, perform the following steps. First, mouse-click the
Start button in the lower left-hand corner. Select Find, then choose
Files or Folders.
Type in the following file to find:
and press Enter (or mouse-click Find Now.) Wait for the search to terminate.
Highlight CHAKRA.EXE with a left mouse-click. While keeping the mouse pointing to the highlighted CHAKRA.EXE file,
click on the Right mouse button until the pop-up menu appears. Select Create Shortcut
from this menu. The following messages will appear:
"Windows cannot create shortcut here.
Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?"
Answer Yes to this question. An icon will be placed on the desktop with the label Shortcut to chakra.exe.
Close the Find utility. You now have an icon labeled with Shortcut to chakra.exe on the Windows desktop.
To get a Blue Star icon, do the following:
Highlight the icon above the Shortcut message with a left
mouse-click. While keeping the mouse pointing to the highlighted icon, right mouse-click to get a
pop-up menu. Select Properties from this menu. Select the Program tab at the top of this
window. Click on Change Icon in the lower right-hand corner. Under File Name type:
and click OK twice. Click OK in the main "Shortcut" screen. You should now see the Blue Star icon
above the label "Shortcut to Chakra Discovery". You can now double-click on the Blue Star icon to run Chakra Discovery
from the Windows desktop.
If you have installed Chakra Discovery on the Windows
desktop, simply double-click on the
Blue Star Icon to start Chakra Discovery.
Otherwise, you will need to get to the DOS prompt. In Windows , mouse-click on
Start, select Programs, and select MS-DOS prompt.
If installed on a drive other than C, change to target drive:
Type D: and press Enter to change to drive
D (if installed on D).
Change to Chakra directory:
Type cd\ chakra and press Enter.
Run Chakra software:
Type chakra and press Enter.
Proceed to Main Menu:
Press ESC key at the introduction screen
Chakra Discovery will respond to a mouse. To
choose an item on the screen, position the mouse pointer on the screen. Click the item by
pressing the left mouse button and release the mouse button once. Drag a window corner
by holding the mouse button down, roll the mouse until the pointer is in the desired
location, and release the mouse button. On pop-up windows with arrows on the right
border (Figure 1), click on the arrow to move the text up or down or move the darkened
rectangle on the border up and down.
When Chakra Discovery begins, a chakra graphic is displayed. This is followed by an
introduction screen. The introduction screen briefly describes the
program and operating instructions. Press ESCape to exit this screen and proceed to the
The menu system makes it easy to communicate with Chakra Discovery. Use your mouse
in the normal way. Otherwise, make your
selection by using the Arrow keys. Once an item is highlighted, press the Enter key. To
exit pop-up windows, press the ESCape key. A mouse can be used instead of the keypad
to navigate through the menu system. Press F1 to get Help. To exit the menu system and
exit Chakra Discovery, press the ESC key until you have returned to the Main Menu and
then press Q for Quit.
Figure 1 shows an example of the menu system. In this case, the * menu pull-down has
been selected from the main menu bar. The About Chakra Discovery menu option has
been highlighted with the Arrow key and then selected with the Enter key.
The Help system has also been activated.
Figure 1: Menu System
The help system provides context-sensitive help messages and hypertext chakra
information. Access it by pressing the F1 function key. A help message is shown in
Figure 1. The help system has cross-referenced messages, i.e., the information associated
with bolded words can be selected. To select a highlighted word, use the Arrow keys to
move to the word and then press Enter (when using a mouse, simply click
on the word). Press the ESCape key to exit help messages.
Help is not available when a chakra is shown spinning.
Chakra Discovery uses virtual reality techniques to bring chakras to life. A
three dimensional rotating chakra will be displayed as shown in Figure 2. (Keep in mind that
this figure is only a "flat" and static representation of what is shown.) The color of
each chakra is as follows:
- Seventh: White
- Sixth: Violet
- Fifth: Blue
- Fourth: Green
- Third: Yellow
- Second: Orange
- First: Red
Figure 2: Chakra Display
Students of yoga and meditation have relied upon drawings for their meditation sessions.
Chakra Discovery provides vivid, rotating, three-dimensional color representations of each
Three-dimensional chakra images can be moved, flipped, expanded, and contracted.
Interact with the chakra with the keyboard's numeric keypad shown in Figure 3. Use the
Page-Up and Page-Down keys to rotate the chakra about
the horizontal axis. Use the
Home and End keys to rotate the chakra about the vertical
axis. To move the chakra
vertically and horizontally, use the Arrow keys. Use the plus key
(+) to increase the size
of the chakra and the minus key (-) to decrease the chakra size. To return the screen to
its original position, press the 5 key in the center of the keypad (on most keyboards). To
print the chakra, press the Print Screen key (third party software may be needed to "grab"
the image before printing on your printer). To stop the chakra, press the Pause key. To
exit chakra display, press the ESC key, the Enter key, or use a mouse click. The chakras
can be "massaged" this way within Create Mandala,
Chakra Assessment, and
Figure 3: Numeric Keypad Usage in Chakra Display
* Utilities Pull-down Menu
The first pull-down menu provides miscellaneous services (Figure 1). The first menu item,
About Chakra Discovery, provides software information. File
provides the ability to retrieve chakra results from a file and store chakra results to a file.
Chakra therapy uses chakra graphics to enhance visualization exercises.
Mandala creation creates a mandala using chakra shapes.
For further study lists references for obtaining further information about
chakras. The Introduction describes what the software will accomplish.
What are Chakras describes chakras.
To save chakra results to disk or retrieve chakra results from disk, choose File
from the pull-down menu shown in Figure 4. Three options are available:
Save, Load, and Pick.
When Save is chosen, type in a unique file name.
Chakra results will be stored within this file. The extension .ckr is
automatically added to the file before saving it to the current disk directory. Use a unique
name to avoid overwriting an existing chakra file.
After choosing Load, type the file name of an existing chakra file.
All Chakra files have a .ckr extension. Enter only the initial portion of the name (not the
When Pick is chosen, a list of current chakra files is displayed. Pick from the list of chakra
files in the current disk directory by highlighting the file name and then pressing Enter.
All input files have a .ckr extension (Figure 4).
Figure 4: Choosing Chakra Results file from Pick List
Choose the chakra that you wish to strengthen (Figure 5). Use the + (plus) key to
increase the size of the chakra on the screen while visualizing your own chakra increasing
in intensity. (Evidence suggests that chakras correspond with the endocrine system.)
After completing the Chakra Assessment
section, use the images to emphasize chakras that may need strengthening.
Chakra Discovery augments reality by creating chakras that can be "massaged" with a light
touch of the fingertips. After placing your fingers on the keyboard's "control pad"
(Figure 3), scale, move, expand, flip, or contract your chakras. This method lets you create
entirely new views of chakras. It also lets you gently orchestrate an image of your
chakras. Refer to Chakra Display for keystroke details.
To increase the visual intensity of Chakra Therapy, use it in a dimly lit room. Also, many
individuals prefer to use Chakra Therapy while listening to their favorite meditative music.
Figure 5: Chakra Therapy
Chakra Therapy Exercise
Spend a few minutes a day with the interactive, three-dimensional virtual images
within Chakra Therapy to experience psycho-spiritual realizations that can lead to an enriched inner life.
Working with this software can lead to the discovery of a subtle world within you, full of power and spirit.
After completing the Chakra Assessment, concentrate on your weakest
chakra and attempt to strengthen it. As an example, the fourth chakra will be strengthened.
Select Chakra therapy from the menu. From Chakra therapy, choose the Fourth chakra (the heart chakra).
A virtual image of a tiny fourth chakra will be displayed. While visualizing your
heart chakra increasing within your chest, increase the size of the chakra image on-screen by pressing the
plus (+) key. When the image reaches maximum size, repeat the process by pressing the reset key
(5 on the numeric keypad) to reset the image to its original small size and
use the plus (+) key again. Repeat this process at least three times to obtain maximum benefit.
The thymus is the endocrine gland associated with the heart chakra. Activation of the thymus results in the
production of T-lymphocytes which protect the body from many diseases.
A mandala is a diagrammatic circular picture used as an aid in meditation or ritual. There
is a worldwide universality of certain symbols, a presence of "universal archetypes" in
man's unconscious mind. Mandala means "circle" in Sanskrit. It is sometimes used as a
symbol for the universe. These circular images can be drawn, painted, modelled, or
danced. Create your own mandala with Chakra Discovery. This figure can be printed
(third party software may be needed to "grab" the image before printing). When you
create the mandala, reflect on the different value systems and impulse systems in your life.
Then compose your mandala and find where your center is. An example of a mandala created with Chakra
Discovery is shown in Figure 6. This mandala was created in less than ten minutes.
Figure 6: Example Mandala
The mandala creation screen is shown in Figure 7. Choose Create Mandala to create
a mandala using chakra shapes by pressing Enter. To exit the resulting screen display,
press the ESC key. You may select chakra colors and the background color before
selecting the Create Mandala option. Highlight the color with the Arrow keys and press
the Space Bar to toggle through the available Color Choices shown on the right of Figure 7.
With a mouse, highlight the choice and click through the color choices. Rotating
Chakra Color refers to the color at the center of the chakra. Background Color refers
to the color that lies behind the chakra. This color influences the visual context of the
Figure 7: Mandala Creation
After choosing Create Mandala, create different circular shapes by moving, flipping,
expanding, and contracting the chakra image. Refer to Chakra Display
for keystroke details. To exit the mandala graphic display, press the ESC key.
To exit the Mandala Creation screen, highlight the DONE option and press Enter or press
the ESC key.
Pull-down Menu for Each Chakra
The pull-down menus are identical in layout for each chakra. Chakra location is the first
item on the Sixth chakra pull-down menu in Figure 8. Select this option to obtain a
graphic image showing where the first chakra is located. This is followed by six
chakra statements for each chakra. Following
this is Chakra assessment.
Chakra Discovery contains six statements concerning each chakra. By
responding to the statements, you can identify the chakras that are strongest and most
active. When responding to statements, indicate which response is most descriptive of
you. The first reaction is often the best indicator. Figure 8 has Dreams
selected from the Sixth Chakra pull-down menu. The Statement "My dreams are meaningful"
is above the Response Window. In the Response Window are five
- almost Never descriptive of me
- Rarely descriptive of me
- Sometimes descriptive of me
- Usually descriptive of me
- almost Always descriptive of me
Select the response by using the Arrow key to highlight a response
and then press Enter.
With a mouse, simply click on the appropriate response. Respond to the statements in any
Figure 8: Example Chakra Statement
Keep in mind that there are no right or wrong responses. This exercise is designed to help
people identify and reach awareness of the different chakras that are influential in our lives.
The chakras that score the highest are those that are most active in our everyday
conscious awareness. Weak or repressed results suggest that there may be either
repression or aversion to the fullest expression of the chakra in question. All of the seven
chakras are important, each bringing their own unique qualities.
After responding to chakra statements, a text box will appear in the lower left-hand corner of
the screen. The relative strength of each chakra is evaluated and the
results listed in this text box. The chakras are sorted in the order of their relative strength,
with the strongest on top. The descriptions indicate the relative strength of each chakra
based upon the response. Ranked in the order of decreasing strength, the descriptive
words used are:
- Very Strong
After responding to the statements for any one chakra, choose Chakra assessment from
the pull-down menu. The size and intensity of this chakra display
will depend upon your responses to the chakra statements.
Results Pull-down Menu
The Results pull-down menu provides the analyzed results of responses to
chakra statements and provides suggested methods for obtaining greater
awareness of particular chakras.
Select View after responding to the chakra statements for all seven chakras. It evaluates
the influence of all the chakras responded to and provides suggestions and meditation
exercises for obtaining greater awareness of each chakra. Figure 9 shows an example of
this screen. The order of the chakras depends on the amount of influence of each chakra.
The Arrow, Page-Up, and Page-Down keys help navigate.
Press ESCape to exit.
Figure 9: View Results
Choose Print after responding to the chakra statements. Make sure the printer is turned
on, on-line, and using parallel port LPT1. If the printer cannot be initialized (as is the
case for laser printers), a Warning message will be displayed. You can still send the results
to the printer by answering YES to the question: "Proceed with Print Job?" But proceed
with Caution since no error checking will be done before the file is sent to the printer. If
the printer is not functioning properly, proceeding with the print job may abort the
program. (Save the results to disk first if you are unsure.)
This option "clears the slate". Choose Remove when you want to start a new analysis.
You may wish to print the previous results or
save them to a file before choosing this option.
Ancient Sanskrit Texts: The Kaula-Jnana-Nirnaya
is a Tantric work ascribed to Matsyendra dating from the eleventh
century A.D. The Mantra-Yoga-Samhita dates from the seventeenth century A.D.
Endocrine Gland links to Chakras: Leskowitz, Eric, M.D. 1992.
Modern Science Catches Up with the Yogis. EastWest Natural
Health. Vol. 22, No. 5. September/October 1992. pp. 73.
Representation of Chakras:
As scientists learn more about the known universe, they are discovering that galaxies
follow a definite pattern and are not randomly distributed as was previously believed.
The galactic paradigm is present in atoms as well as in the heavens.
Chakras have been described as spinning galaxies; this is how they are represented in
Chakra Discovery. Our inner chakras are spinning galactic vortexes of infinite dimension.
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