Chakra is the Sanskrit word that means wheel.
There are 7 essential chakras and many minor chakras in the human body. Your 7 essential chakras start at the bottom of the backbone and end at the top of the head. These chakras essentially have the wheel or circle of consistent rotating energy. Chakras can be simply be explained as the energy centers that exist within our bodies.
What Are Chakras
Chakras are energy points that serve as openings for Prana to flow through our physical bodies, where it will be taken up and collected to be transformed and emitted for use. These energy centers correspond exactly to the seven main nerve ganglia and are responsible for regulating physiological processes like the immune response, organ functions as well as psychological processes such as our emotions and behavior.
The root (first chakra) is the most slowly revolving, and the crown (seventh chakra) rotates more rapidly. When these chakras are unhealthy, unbalanced, or obstructed, one’s lifestyle is usually out of sync. Fatigue, stress, and other health problems may occur. In these cases, it is important that the affected chakras are unblocked and your balance is restored.
There are 7 major chakras present in the body – Root Chakra, Sacrum Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, and the Crown Chakra. Each chakra is different in the sense that they have specific qualities, which corresponds to the refinement of energy from the base-level (the first 6 chakras) up to the higher vibration spirit-level awareness (the 7th chakra). Chakras have a clear link between themselves and their respective organ state.
Blocking or unbalanced energy flow at any of these energy points will lead to health and/or emotional and behavioral problems. This leads to an inability to lead an abundant life, as problems in one aspect will always have far-reaching consequences for other parts of your life.
Stimulation for each chakra comes from a variety of gemstones and their individual and complementary colors. In essence, the chakra colors are 7 rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Do not go overboard when opening your chakras, however, as too wide an opening can lead to unnecessary universal energy-consuming your whole body. This will result in an overload of energy.
Your 7 Essential Chakras
The art of chakra meditation involves focusing your mind on specific energy centers within your body. Each energy center corresponds with a different aspect of your life, so you can target a specific chakra depending on the problem you want to solve or the goal you want to achieve. There are 7 chakras which are:
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The Muladhara or root chakra is located at the pelvis, which is known as the perineum. It is represented by the color red-because it vibrates at a lower frequency.
The root chakra is all about being physically and having a sense of belonging in any given situation. It also corresponds to your survival instincts, where it gravitates to the point of trust, self-preservation, and affects our basic needs and desires.
A Balanced Root Chakra
If your root chakra is active and balanced, you can feel grounded, safe, and comfortable. You can place your trust in people. You will be very grounded and grounded in your physical body.
An Unbalanced Root Chakra
If your root chakra is weak or not activated, you could perhaps feel inferior when it comes to your appearance, or it could be your weight, height, or body shape. You could also feel like you’re not attractive enough and don’t have full control over your life. Possibly you feel like you are not good enough and will feel unwelcome when this is actually not the case. Consequently, you are in a daily struggle of fear and tension when your Muladhara root chakra is out of balance.
The Foundation Root Chakra
Muladhara root chakra is considered the foundation of the “energy body”. Yogic systems stress the importance of stabilizing this chakra. Kundalini awakening begins here. It is also known as the seat of the “Red Bindu” or subtle drop, which rises up to the “White Bindu” in the head to unite the feminine and masculine energies, the Shakti and Shiva. Muladhara is associated with the element of earth, the sense of smell, and the action of excretion.
Balancing Your Root Chakra
Focus can be assisted by holding a Ruby or Garnet crystal while chakra meditating. Imagine a glowing red light near the base of your spine for increasing the energy in this area. Muladhara root chakra is symbolized by a red, four-petaled lotus with a yellow square at its center.
Sacrum Chakra (Svadhisthana)
The Svadhisthana or sacrum chakra is located in the lower abdomen below the navel, two finger-widths above the Muladhara chakra, and is represented by orange color. This chakra corresponds to our sexual and emotional desires, it is connected with the tongue and sense of taste.
A Balanced Sacrum Chakra
If your sacral chakra is balanced, your feelings will be open and flowing. You will not be excessively emotional when expressing feelings. You have a desire for intimacy, and you are full of passion and life You bring positive energy, and people love being around you. You do not suffer from problems of expressing your sexuality.
An Unbalanced Sacrum Chakra
With an unbalanced sacral chakra, it may be hard for you to enjoy and appreciate your life. You could be rigid and unexpressive, or always have your guard up in front of people. It could also be challenging for you to receive compliments or to express yourself. When the sacrum chakra is hyperactive, you feel very emotional or overreacting to the slightest things. People might not fancy being around you as you are anxious and can get irritated quickly.
When both Root and sacral chakras are overly active, it may be challenging for you to accept rejection. There could be a possibility of becoming too attached to other people, especially in romantic relationships. This sacrum chakra is said to be blocked by fear, especially the fear of death.
Balancing Your Sacrum Chakra
Opening this sacrum chakra can boost creativity, manifested desire, and confidence. You can activate and clear this chakra by focusing your attention on a bright orange light in that area. Focus and your results can be assisted by holding amber crystals while chakra meditating.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The Manipura or solar plexus chakra, specifically at our stomach level, is located at the center of the body. This is where you distribute the physical energy. Solar plexus chakra is associated with fire and the power of transformation. It is represented by a yellow color and has a higher vibrating frequency than the sacral chakra. The solar plexus chakra corresponds to your feelings when you’re in a group of people. It is responsible for developing relationships of all kinds, such as romantic relationships, friendship, or family members.
A Balanced Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra also represents your personality, self-esteem, and how you stand up in others’ presence for what you believe in. It is the center for both unrefined emotions and personal strength. Here we create a sense of ourselves and an external feeling of others. You can directly perceive the feelings of others with the proficiency of this chakra.
An Unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra
When this chakra is inactive or unbalanced, you could have very low self-esteem, and it may be hard for you to recognize your self-worth. In particular, when you are under pressure or highly stressed, you can feel useless, helpless, or powerless. This results in you perhaps saying “yes” to things you don’t believe in or want to do.
Balancing Your Solar Plexus Chakra
Through meditating on solar plexus chakra, one is said to attain the power to save, change, or destroy the world. It is believed that focusing on this point will help in issues related to self-control, discipline, and ego. It helps if you imagine a pure yellow light in this area. Use amber or gold to intensify this meditation.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The Anahata or heart chakra is located in the center of the chest or, more accurately, in the heart. Green represents this level of energy and vibrates at a higher frequency than the solar plexus chakra. The heart chakra represents love, kindness, compassion, spirituality, and trust. It is the center of compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. It is the connecting bridge between our higher and lower energies. It brings balance to your feelings.
A Balanced Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is associated with balance, calmness, and serenity. When you have a healthy balanced heart chakra, you are compassionate and kind. Thus you will be committed to maintaining harmonious relationships with everyone, even strangers, children, and new friends.
An Unbalanced Heart Chakra
When you have under-active activity in the heart chakra, you may feel distant from the people around you, especially those closest to you. And due to this distance, you may express a coldness with them that is often difficult to explain and understand.
Balancing Your Heart Chakra
You can use healing chakra meditation and focus on a green light glowing in this area. This will help you clear away feelings of resentment, guilt, and anger. Focus and results can be elevated by using emeralds and malachite crystals.
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
The Vishuddha or throat chakra is located in the throat just below your chin and has a light blue color. It vibrates at a higher frequency than that of the heart chakra. The throat chakra is primarily the center of conversation, self-expression, and creativity and is useful to help you with issues of truth and knowledge. This is where your inner voice or the truth of your own is expressed and can help you communicate with clarity, empathy, and wisdom. The throat chakra also corresponds to diplomacy, to your relationship with others, as well as to detachment.
A Balanced Throat Chakra
When your throat chakra is balanced and active, you express yourself willingly and are not limited to doing so. You can communicate your value with ease. You will ask for your deserved raise, as well as not afraid to discuss financial matters. You are unafraid to express your truth and beliefs and have a deep sense of self-worth.
An Unbalanced Throat Chakra
When it’s inactive, you tend to shy away from expressing yourself and your creativity. There are also circumstances where you will need financial assistance but you are too afraid to do so and you think too much of what others may think of you. This happens when your throat chakra is blocked and you are afraid to confess your money mistakes. This often leads to untapped talent and does not unleash your true potential.
Balancing Your Throat Chakra
You can use healing chakra meditation and focus on a soft warm light blue glowing in this area. This will help you clear away feelings of shame, guilt, and frustrations. Focus can be more powerful by using turquoise or blue topaz.
Brow or Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The Ajna or Third Eye Chakra is located between the eyebrows. It is not a part of the physical body but considered to be a part of the Pranic system. The chakra is represented by the color indigo. The energy vibrates at a higher frequency than the Throat Chakra. The third eye chakra is the center of intuition and direct spiritual vision, knowledge, and understanding. It is through this chakra that we are able to visualize things through our “third eye” of intuitive knowledge. This chakra also represents forgiveness and compassion.
A Balanced Third Eye Chakra
When you have an actively balanced third eye chakra, it corresponds with your spiritual awakening. You also tend to have good intuition and you dare to achieve your goals. We usually associate people who have a good intuition of having the “sixth sense”. These people will usually give you advice on certain issues. For example, they may say you should not trust a person or work with them as he or she is trying to take advantage of you. It turns out that their advice was really worth taking as the incident really came true.
An Unbalanced Third Eye Chakra
If your third eye chakra is inactive, you tend to depend on authority rather than instinct to make your own decisions. You may also have deluded thoughts. This also results in you being too dependent on conventional beliefs rather than rational. People with a very weak third eye chakra are also very weak in visualizing and organizing their lives.
For instance, if you were to ask them how they see themselves in a matter of 5 years, it is highly unlikely that they can answer this question as they are unable to visualize their future. People with a weak third eye chakra also have this mindset that it is unnecessary to have future plans and to think far ahead. Usually, these people will have a negative perspective on life and are negative.
Balancing Your Third Eye Chakra
You can use healing chakra meditation and focus on vibrant indigo glowing in this area. Imagine an indigo light in this area while dealing with spiritual issues or concerns. Focus can be elevated during meditation by using Lapis lazuli and sapphires.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The Sahasrara or Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head and is associated with self-actualization, inspiration, divine wisdom, and the higher self. It is represented by the color purple and is vibrating at a higher frequency as compared to the Third Eye Chakra. It is also the energy with the highest frequency vibration among the 7 major chakras. The Crown Chakra represents the highest level of consciousness, knowledge, and wisdom as well as your sense of the world as a whole. It is the connective center of your spiritual being. This chakra integrates all the 7 chakras with their respective qualities and characteristics.
A Balanced Crown Chakra
When you have an actively balanced Crown Chakra, you have full awareness of your emotional as well as a spiritual being. You are also aware of the world and its existence. You are not prejudiced and you are an excellent learner, as you love to regard your experiences as new lessons in life. Therefore, you are able to pick up new lessons effortlessly.
An Unbalanced Crown Chakra
An unbalanced crown chakra is inactive and it is quite hard for you to acknowledge and be aware of the spiritual world. You also have a hard time picking up new things. Another indicator is that you are unable to think clearly when you are under stress or pressure. When your crown chakra is blocked, you constantly feel the need to seek approval from others in making any money moves. You are easily affected by other people’s perceptions of you.
If the crown chakra is hyperactive, you tend to overthink a lot. You can’t let things go easily and you create problems in your head that were not there in the first place. You are over-enthusiastic in chasing an imagery world that you neglect what your physical body needs.
Balancing Your Crown Chakra
Focusing on the crown chakra during meditation will help you increase your sense of awareness and purpose, and develop a connection with universal wisdom. It is represented by the color violet and can be assisted by using amethyst and quartz crystal stones.
7 Benefits of Chakra Meditation
The practice of meditation aligns the seven major chakras (which correspond to the body’s major endocrine glands) with the power of the environment and the universe. It is fairly simple to perform this meditation as long as one remembers to focus on one chakra at a time whilst having a clear mind.
Simply sit still with your spine upright and focus on the particular chakra while taking a deep slow breath. Start with focusing on the root chakra and working your way down slowly to the crown chakra. Make sure you are in a comfortable position without any surrounding distractions. As you focus on each of the chakra’s see beams of light shooting out of you and entering the earth, the idea is to feel a sense of connection with everything around you. Spend about 3-5 minutes per chakra and do not take more than 30 minutes overall.
30 minutes of daily meditation will reap many benefits; among them are as follow:
- A more positive outlook in terms of your thought processes and in your perception and understanding of events and behaviors.
- Increased concentration, awareness, and memory.
- Heightened creativity, better resourcefulness because of better perception.
- Better and deeper sleep; they will awake more refreshed in the morning and overall health will also benefit by getting deeper sleep.
- Reduction of stress in all areas of your life because you will have better control over your emotions and better patience.
- Improved overall health and well-being. It helps to lower blood pressure which in turn can help prevent strokes and heart disease. It will also alleviate the stress effect on people suffering from chronic illnesses.
- A balanced and harmonious interdependent function of the body’s major chakras with one another is obtained. With that, the whole body’s biological, emotional, and spiritual aspects become more nourished and balance the body cleansing physical, emotional and spiritual toxins.
5 Steps to Unblock Your Chakra
Chakra meditation involves focusing on the different energies that lie within our bodies. There are 7 known chakras and they are known to be our energy vortexes; opening for life energy to flow into and out of our aura. These vortexes vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness.
The reason why one needs to unblock their chakras is that a blocked or improperly aligned chakra will prevent your energies from flowing all throughout your body, causing disharmony and resulting in a very pessimistic or negative mood. In the process, you will regain a life balance which is critical to the healing both physical and mental. The steps involved in performing chakra meditation are fairly simple and focus should be given to one chakra at one time. In general, 5 techniques to unblock chakras are:
- Visualization Through Meditation A very effective technique, simple in the execution where you will need to meditate and clear your mind, allowing you to focus on the chakra and visualize its associated color. You can then focus on the goal that you intend to achieve.
- The Crystal Method As the name suggests, this method requires the use of crystals, held directly on the chakra or right over the chakra for at least three minutes (but not longer than five).
- Sound Therapy Music bowls are used in this technique, which can be purchased at metaphysical stores along with a set of detailed instructions.
- The Soothing Massage A full body massage is an effective way to unblock all 21 chakras in the human body. Besides that, it helps stimulate your vital systems and promote healing.
- The Right Mix Of Exercise And Nutrition Proper nutrition and sufficient exercise are needed to keep healthy and have an energized body, especially in your chakras and aura.