Have you ever felt anger boiling in the pit of your stomach when a friend has betrayed you, or that profoundly crushing feeling in your heart after a bad breakup or a loss? I can remember when my father passed away, my mother had described her grief like a gaping hole that had quite literally been punched straight through her chest.
On the contrary, have you ever felt your heart brimming with excitement and euphoria at the thought of the one you love?
Our thoughts and emotions are vibrations of energy, so it’s not surprising that we would feel the physical sensations of that energy manifested in our bodies.
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Chakras, or cakras in Sanskrit, refer to concentrated energy centers in the body that push and pull Prana, otherwise known as Chi, Qi, or Vital Life Force Energy, through Nadis, or energetic meridians, to maintain optimum health and harmony in mind, body and spirit.
The Chakra system originated in India thousands of years ago, and while Chakra healing has become widely popularized in the west as a system of 7 energy focal points, there are actually a number of different Chakra systems that contain between 5 and 114.
For the purpose of this post, though, I will focus on the main 7, which align from the base of the spine all the way up to the top of the head.
Chakras are not physical matter and cannot be seen with the eye or X-Ray, but rather they are understood and visualized as spinning vortices of energy, often depicted as different colored pinwheels or petaled flowers.
HOW CHAKRAS GET OUT OF BALANCE
Just as it is essential for our arteries to be clear in order to pump blood to our vital organs, we want our Chakras to be properly aligned, balanced, and open, so that energy is able to flow fluidly and freely through them as well.
However, just as our arteries can become clogged, so too can our Chakras;
This typically occurs after experiencing trauma, loss, abuse, fear, illness, or when faced with chronic stress. Spending too much time in the company of negative people can also have an adverse effect — even dwelling in our own negative beliefs and self talk.
Negative energy has a lower vibration and is heavier than positive energy, so when there is an accumulation and build up of negative energy in the body, the flow becomes obstructed, weakened or blocked off all together.
This leads to overactive or underactive Chakras, and ultimately manifests in an array of physical and or psychological issues if not properly tended to and cleared.
SEVEN WAYS TO BRING CHAKRAS BACK INTO BALANCE
- Reiki or other energy therapy: Dissolves blockages and restores balance
- Yoga: Releases tension and stimulates movement
- Meditation: Brings deeper awareness to each energy center
- Color Therapy: Stimulates specific chakra energy with resonating color frequencies
- Aromatherapy: Essential oils directly affect the nervous system and promote wellness in the mind and body
- Healing crystals: Move, diffuse, direct and focus energy with resonating vibrational crystal frequencies
- Practicing gratitude and forgiveness: Releases toxic thoughts and emotions
THE SEVEN CHAKRAS
In the 7 Chakra system, Chakras 1 through 3 are commonly referred to as the “Chakras of Matter,” and correspond to more physical states. Chakras 5 through 7, likewise, are referred to as “Chakras of Spirit”. The 4th Chakra (The Heart Chakra) lies in between, and bridges the energy of our physical bodies with the energy of Spirit.
Below is a list of physical and emotional states each Chakra is commonly associated with and how the energy of each Chakra manifests, as well as some common tips for clearing and balancing them.
I would like to point out that many experts in Sanskrit language and Indian culture and philosophy assert that there is not significant evidence of some of these specific attributes and qualifiers in the original Sanskrit sources.
That said, while our understanding of the Chakra system may have indeed evolved and been adapted over time, these adaptations have nevertheless helped many to deepen their self awareness and enhanced their ability to heal.
1 THE ROOT CHAKRA | Muladhara : “Root Support”
Location: The base of the spine
Grounding, survival, security, stability
Aligned: We feel energized, safe, secure, grounded, and at peace
Overactive: We become lethargic, greedy or aggressive
Underactive: We become fearful, anxious, or unsure
Physical Symptoms: Blood disorders, IBS, spinal issues, a weakened immune system, problems with bones or muscles, eating disorders
Balance: Make sure that you are tending to your basic needs.
Mantra: “I am safe”
Healing Crystals: Red Jasper, Garnet, Obsidian
Essential Oils: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Sandalwood
2 THE SACRAL CHAKRA | Svadhishana : “The Place of Self”
Location: Pelvic area
Pleasure, sexuality, creativity, emotion
Aligned: We feel joyful, sensual, passionate and inspired
Overactive: We become restless, hedonistic, or may struggle with addictions
Underactive: We become depressed, stagnant, we struggle with guilt, or low libido
Physical Symptoms: Pelvic pain, sexual or reproductive issues, problems with the bladder or spleen, chronic UTI’s
Balance: Give yourself permission to be creative and experience pleasure.
Mantra: “I am joyful”
Healing Crystals: Carnelian, Moonstone, Orange Calcite
Essential Oils: Jasmine, Sweet Orange, Ylang Ylang
3 THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA | Manipura : “Lustrous Gem”
Location: Upper abdomen, between the belly button and heart
Personal power, self worth, will
Aligned: We feel confident, we believe in ourselves, we are decisive and we know and respect our personal boundaries
Overactive: We become controlling, quick to anger, or lack empathy
Underactive: We become insecure, timid, needy, indecisive and victimized
Physical Symptoms: Food allergies, digestion issues, problems with the intestines or endocrine system
Balance: Identify your talents and strengths, create positive affirmations.
Mantra: “I am empowered”
Healing Crystals: Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Amber
Essential Oils: Lemon, Juniper, Grapefruit
4 THE HEART CHAKRA | Anahata : “Unhurt”
Location: Center of the chest
Love, compassion, nurturing, healing, empathy
Aligned: We are able to give and and receive love freely
Overactive: We become jealous, we become people pleasers, we put other’s needs above our own, we lose sight of our personal boundaries
Underactive: We become walled up, disconnected, aloof, or hateful
Physical Symptoms: Heart conditions or heart disease, circulatory issues, problems with the lungs, chest, or upper back
Balance: Shadow work, gratitude, self care
Mantra: “I love”
Healing Crystals: Rose Quartz, Jade, Green Aventurine
Essential Oils: Lavender, Rose, Bergamot
5 THE THROAT CHAKRA | Vishuddha : “Very Pure”
Expression, communication, truth
Aligned: We are able to speak clearly, confidently and truthfully
Overactive: We become gossipy, critical, or we talk too much and fail to listen
Underactive: We become shy, quiet, shut down, we mumble or struggle for words
Physical Symptoms: Problems with the throat or thyroid, the neck, jaw, TMJ, teeth, gums, or speech
Balance: Work on creating harmony and equilibrium in your ability to listen and to speak up.
Mantra: “I express”
Healing Crystals: Turquoise, Blue Lace Agade, Sodalite
Essential Oils: Eucalyptus, Cypress, Chamomile
6 THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA | Ajna : “Beyond Wisdom”
Location: The middle of the forehead, between the eyes
Intuition, insight, awareness, conscious energy
Aligned: We feel balanced between the physical world and the spiritual
Overactive: We become ungrounded in the physical world, overwhelmed, distracted, or suffer from chronic nightmares
Underactive: We become disconnected from the spiritual world, we exhibit poor judgement and suffer with brain fog
Physical Symptoms: Problems with the eyes, vision, the nervous system, neurological issues, chronic headaches, insomnia, depression, anxiety
Balance: Spend time in nature.
Mantra: “I trust”
Healing Crystals: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Angelite
Essential Oils: Lavender, Patchouli, Myrrh
7 THE CROWN CHAKRA | Sahaswara : “Thousand Petaled”
Location: The top of the head
Color: Violet or white
Connection with Spirit, our higher self, and spirit guides
Aligned: We feel in alignment and in unison with the universe
Balance: Spend time in meditation.
Mantra: “I am connected”
Healing Crystals: Selenite, Clear Quartz
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh
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