obviously have no actual experience with energy."
You've got it backwards. I've been meditating by running my energies on
a daily basis for well over thirty years - without a guru, without even a
group. Your chakras, each of them, is something you experience - you don't
think about them. Turn within and you will find and experience your
chakras and channels - all of them. In fact, thinking about anything is a
body energy and will not benefit you for spiritual pursuits.
When you learn to recognize and experience who you are, the programming of
I am my own guru - each and everyone of us has a guru within us. That's
where all my answers are, and that's where all of your answers are at as well.