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Product Details

  • Series: Llewellyn's New Age Series
  • Paperback: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications; 1st edition (1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875423205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875423203
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 33 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

It is truly rare for a book to be a real classic. But that certainly is the case with Anodea Judith's Wheels of Life.

When it was first published there was not much in-depth information about the chakras available in the West. But that changed with Wheels of Life. People responded by buying over 125,000 copies of this wonderful book.

Now, Wheels of Life has been revised and expanded to meet the times and keep this book the leading title on the subject.

The main focus of Wheels of Life is an in-depth examination of each chakra. But it doesn't stop there, for above all, this book is practical. You will learn what each chakra can do for you and how you can clear it, balance it, and strengthen it to help you achieve optimum health, improved spirituality, and strengthening of psychic powers.

Other topics look at the chakras as a group so you can see how they interact. You will learn how chakras function in relationships. New in this edition is an entire chapter on how to foster healthy chakras in children.

Together, the seven chakras form a profound formula for wholeness that integrates mind, body, and spirit. From liberating our spirits to manifesting our dreams, the chakras are the very wheels that carry us through life.

About the Author

Anodea Judith, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Sacred Centers, and a groundbreaking thinker, writer, and spiritual teacher. Her passion for the realization of untapped human potential matches her concern for humanity's impending crises--her fervent wish is that we "wake up in time." She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and Human Health, with lifelong studies of alternative medicine, yoga, mythology, history, sociology, systems theory, and mystic spirituality. She is considered the country's foremost experts on the combination of chakras and therapeutic issues and on the interpretation of the Chakra System for the Western lifestyle. She spends much of her time on the road teaching, with workshops and trainings offered across the U.S., Europe and Central America.

More About the Author

Anodea Judith holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services, with a speciality in Mind-Body healing, and a Master's in Clinical Psychology. Her best-selling books on the chakra system, marrying Eastern and Western disciplines, have been considered groundbreaking in the field of Transpersonal Psychology and used as definitive texts in the U.S. and abroad. With a million books in print in 14 languages, her books have won her the reputation of solid scholarship and international renown as a dynamic speaker and workshop leader. She is the founder and director of Sacred Centers, a teaching organization that offers workshops and teleclasses in chakras, evolutionary activism, yoga, manifestation techniques and much more. You can find her on the web at http://www.sacredcenters.com.

Customer Reviews

Very easy and in depth easy to understand information.
Laurice Trowbridge
Also each chapter has a meditation on that particular Chakra as well as Yoga exercises to harness that particular Chakra to your favor.
El Brujo
I've been reading it really slowly so as to savor its meaning because I think if you go too fast, you can miss a lot.
tlicious

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146 of 152 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on November 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
I had been looking for awhile for a good book on Chakras that was straightforward and easy to undertsand. There are so many books on Chakras and many of them (at least the ones I found) went way too deep too fast and lost me. I needed a book that went Chakra by Chakra, explaining what each represents and providing some exercises to work them. This book was perfect! Each chakra chapter starts out with a one-pager with words that help explain that chakra (e.g. 1st Chakra - earth, roots, grounding, survival, body, food, beginning, etc). Then there is a meditation. Then there is text that walks through each type of description (e.g. "grounding"). Judith connects the concepts to the body and explains how its all connected. There are yoga exercises as well as recommended reading of other books to learn more about each Chakra. Excelent book - It really lays things out in a simple way that is straightforward and unmuddied. Lots of hand drawings throughout as well as some great quotes to ponder. Gods and Godesses are also mentioned in the text which is great. Excellent book!
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111 of 118 people found the following review helpful By El Brujo on November 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was my first book on the Chakra system and to be quite frankly it has been one of those books I always go back to look for references. My personal opinion is that Anodea Judith, PhD, has done an excellent book, both for the beginner in working and understanding the Chakras as well as the advanced.
Each chapter is dedicated to a particular Chakra. You will learn, the Sanskrit name to each Chakra, it's meaning, location, Element, Function, Inner State, Outer State, Body Parts, color, Mantra sound, Hindu Deity, as well as other deities from other pantheons. Also each chapter has a meditation on that particular Chakra as well as Yoga exercises to harness that particular Chakra to your favor. I have been directed to other books, because people say that there are better books out there. But to be honest this book for beginners is simple and right to the point. Anodea Judith, PhD writing is down to earth, and direct. Think about it, how can 100,000 readers go wrong. If you are looking for your first book on Chakras, you will not go wrong here. This is a good book, full of a wealth of information.
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229 of 262 people found the following review helpful By Sachinrao Panemangalore on October 14, 2007
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I bought this book , after reading all the reviews written by Yoga teachers on this page. I was kind of disappointed with the quality of information in the book in quite many ways.
This book preaches a lot of good and useful things , right from diet to exercise to visualization. I liked the concept of balancing of chakras for kids and would help guide new or to-be parents. Also the fact presented in the book that women are ignored in most yogic scriptures which explain self realization.

But, there are some major doubts on the main subject being discussed in this book.
1. The author has suggested that use of LSD or Marijuana might be good to get a glimpse of what to expect when higher chakras get excited. There is no mention of which research led her to conclude the same. Please Do not believe this!!
2. For every Chakra the author mentions the Tarot Suit, Sephira, Archangel names. But there is not mention of why is there this association.
3. There is no or very less reference to Kundalini power. I would have expected a chapter dedicated to this with detailed references to the Nadis in the appendix. Any serious book on chakras would do that.
4. Too much visualization and imagery , and a lot less information of
Mantra Yoga ( Chanting Yoga used to steady the mind ).
5. Well , Jogging a aerobic exercises have been suggested to help balance the chakras. I agree , aerobic exercises and weights are excellent workout ( I myself am a kettlebell fan ).But these activities actually
increase excitation and the author seems to have left out important information on Pranayama. Seems strange for a PHD and Yoga teacher.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Albert E Perry on November 21, 1999
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This offering from Adodea Judith has the most useful information on the caring for the chakra system that I've found in 10 years of performing chakra therapy. I recommend it to my clients often. Anyone interested in chakras and how they interact with our physical bodies would benefit by reading this work as well as having it for reference.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jed Shlackman VINE VOICE on April 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book has a lot of ideas about chakras and some practical exercises, although in containing ideas collected from a variety of sources it includes some misleading statements and false assumptions, which the reader will have to discern through their own experience and research. This is a nice book for a reference collection or for those seeking a thorough overview of chakras and the metaphysical traditions associated with them. The author is enthusiastic about the subject matter, and tends to be open to a wide range of ideas about chakras, though she does not claim to have an authoritative understanding of chakras and metaphysics. There are many books available about chakras, and this is a fairly good one, since it exposes the reader to a wealth of information and ideas rather than a single narrow viewpoint or dogmatic teaching.
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