Chakra Balancing for Harmony in Mind, Body and Spirit

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

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

  1. Reiki or other energy therapy: Dissolves blockages and restores balance
  2. Yoga: Releases tension and stimulates movement
  3. Meditation: Brings deeper awareness to each energy center
  4. Color Therapy: Stimulates specific chakra energy with resonating color frequencies
  5. Aromatherapy: Essential oils directly affect the nervous system and promote wellness in the mind and body
  6. Healing crystals: Move, diffuse, direct and focus energy with resonating vibrational crystal frequencies
  7. 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

Color: Red

Element: Earth

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

Color: Orange

Element: Water

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

Color: Yellow

Element: Fire

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

Color: Green

Element: Air

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”

Location: Throat

Color: Blue

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

Color: Indigo

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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Do you have any other tips for clearing and balancing Chakra energy? Let me know in the comments, I am always inspired by what you share ♡

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3 Comments

  1. Great post Claire. I am very interested in learning more about the Chakras. I know that there are specific yoga poses that are recommended to help balance each of the seven. I need to look into that further! I am glad to know which essential oils correspond to each Chakra. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

    1. Thanks Julie! I’d really love to learn more about the Yoga poses that correspond to the chakra points — maybe it would be fun to collab on something together!

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