I enjoy using the chakras to focus and develop themes while avoiding the Orientalist trap so many wellness practices take. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Erikson’s 8 Stages of Development, and Freud’s stages of fixation all roughly correspond to the Chakra system. The idea is the same. Chakras are a cool aesthetic to improve goal achievement.
Whether we relate the chakras to their actual Hindu meaning, a sense of mysticism, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Freud’s Stages, and even Erikson’s Developmental Stages, the theories all support each other: The Chakras can help you focus your self-care.
Some interesting links to consider in connecting allopathic medicine with mysticism follow.