Chakras are points in our body where energy flows through, and they are often misunderstood and overlooked aspects of the human body. Chakras are energy centers located throughout the body.
There are seven main chakras, each associated with a different area of the body. These chakras correspond to different aspects of our lives, such as our emotions, our thoughts, and our physical bodies. When our chakras are in balance, we feel healthy and whole. However, when they are out of balance, we may experience physical or emotional ailments.
Chakras are often spoken about in spiritual circles and are essential for our holistic health and well-being.
By the end of this post, you will have a greater understanding of chakras and how to harness their power.
Introduction on working with Chakras
One way to cleanse and align your chakras is through energy work such as Reiki (check out my guide on how to practice Reiki level 1). Energy workers use their hands to channel energy into your body. They may also use crystals or other tools to help balance your chakras.
If you are interested in trying energy work, make sure to find a reputable practitioner who has been trained in this modality.
The root chakra is a vital energy hub in the chakra system. Located at the base of the spine, it is associated with safety, grounding and the sense of belonging to a home or community. It encourages us to be anchored, secure and confident in our lives and environment. This chakra can be blocked by fear of financial insecurity or a sense of powerlessness, leading to feelings of instability, defensive behavior or low self-esteem.
Balancing this chakra involves finding stability within your life and understanding that you have control over your circumstances. When balanced, the root chakra provides powerful support for other chakras allowing you to be more centered and connected with yourself and those around you.
However, if we become out of balance, we may feel disconnected from our bodies and lack a sense of belonging or self-assuredness. Various activities, such as meditation or yoga, can be employed to bring this chakra back into balance.
Undoing limiting beliefs around survival or embracing patterns relative to safety can facilitate healing within the root chakra.
As the second of the seven chakras, the sacral chakra is intimately linked to our emotional life and spirituality. Located below the navel, the sacral chakra is represented by an orange lotus flower with six petals and symbolizes our connection to dynamic energy. Its energetic color vibration reminds us to remain open, creative and connected with ourselves so that we can move fluidly through life.
This chakra plays an important role in our daily lives, especially in relation to our sense of creativity and how we express ourselves on an emotional level.
But when this chakra is overactive or blocked, it can give rise to excess emotions such as attachment or lack of self-confidence. Through meditation and breath work, we can come into balance with this chakra center to enjoy its benefits of vibrant creativity and healthy relationships. To get back into balance with the sacral chakra, one can incorporate yoga postures such as cats-cow poses, malasana (garland pose), bound angle pose, child’s pose and seated spinal twist.
Additionally they can focus on meditations centered around self-love affirmations that nourish both the mind and spirit. With consistent practice, one can create harmony within this chakra for ultimate health & well-being.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The solar plexus chakra, also known as “Manipura,” is located just above the naval and is associated with personal power, will, and self-esteem. It is believed to be the chakra of pure fire, radiating energy through us to manifest all that we desire. A balanced solar chakra allows us to be in control of our lives and realize our true potential.
This chakra influences how we interact with others, setting boundaries, and making decisions in accordance with what resonates with us on a deeper level.
When this chakra is blocked it can lead to feelings of disempowerment, resentment, low self-confidence, distrusting others and oneself. The goal when opening this chakra is to find balance over one’s life and to tap into it’s energy in order to create positive transformation.
Balancing this chakra can bring hope and confidence that propel us forward towards transformation. By finding harmony within ourselves through chakras like the Solar Plexus, we are able to make progress towards a greater sense of personal well-being.
The heart chakra is the fourth chakra, located in the center of the chest. It is represented by an upward-pointing triangle, colored green or pink, and is related to matters of the heart. It is associated with love, empathy, relationships, self-trust and inner peace. The energy of this chakra flows outward in balance between giving to others and nurturing oneself.
When balanced, we often feel generous and more compassionate towards others while understanding our value and worth. Feelings of joy, gratitude and appreciation flourish from a balanced heart chakra. Through regular practice one can keep their heart chakra in alignment like meditation, yoga postures that focus on the chest or heart area, or mantras for healing the heart chakra.
Becoming aware of our emotions and how they effect us on a daily basis is also key for greater awareness of our own heart chakras health. Learning to open your heart chakra can be a powerful tool for improving your life and creating healthier relationships with yourself and the people around you.
Regular self-care practices such as journaling, meditation and crystal healing can be especially beneficial when attempting to clear this chakra. Implementing mindful practices into your daily routine that foster connection and self-love can help strengthen this chakra so that it may ultimately assist with your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
The throat chakra, also known as the fifth chakra, is associated with communication and expression of truth. Located at the base of the throat, it governs the area between the heart and head chakras. An underlying belief that one’s voice has no power or value can create an imbalance in this chakra. It is also associated with sound, communication, and the expression of truth.
When balanced it can help to nurture creative self-expression, articulate thoughts in a meaningful way and become a powerful speaker. Furthermore, it promotes acceptance of others, allowing us to tap into our intuition and be guided by personal values for greater success.
To promote balance and bring vitality to this chakra, spiritual practices like meditation, deep breathing, simple chanting, and mantras are a few good options for self-care and balance.
With a balanced throat chakra, we can build confidence in our capacity to express ourselves with clarity and authenticity.
Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra, also known as the brow chakra or Ajna chakra, is the chakra associated with insightfulness and intuition. This is probably the most popular of chakras and most people only focus on it.
This chakra is responsible for our ability to see things in a larger context, giving us greater clarity when making decisions about ourselves and the world around us. When balanced, this chakra can help you gain wisdom and understanding of your experiences and how they fit into the larger picture of your life.
Opening it provides us discernment, vision, and mental clarity, allowing new possibilities to become visible. Balancing this chakra is essential for furthering personal growth and spiritual development by removing dissonance from our beliefs, assumptions, and other mental patterns. With a little effort, you’ll be well on your way to unlocking this mysterious chakra’s powerful potential.
I once heard that a telling sign that your third eye chakra is opening is feeling a slight tension on the area in between your eyes or slightly above that point. Try to feel it.
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head. It is associated with the element of spirit and represents our connection to our higher selves, cosmic consciousness, or God energy.
This is the highest chakra and it works as a bridge between our spiritual and physical being, allowing us to become closer to our inner self. It is associated with the colour white and governs our connection with spirituality and divine energy – which can bring about cosmic awareness in those that open their chakras.
Try connecting with your higher power through meditation or yoga practice to activate this chakra. Once activated, this chakra helps unlock creativity and higher states of consciousness while illuminating our inner wisdom and connecting us deeper to source energy. Other activities that may help activate this chakra include visualizing light entering through the chakra point, making affirmations of trust and acceptance, or simply opening oneself up energetically while doing daily activities in order to access its power.
Chakras are an essential part of the human body. They are responsible for our physical, emotional, and mental health. When our chakras are out of balance, we may experience illness or disease. Therefore, it is important to keep them in balance through meditation and energy work. By doing so, we can live healthy and fulfilling lives.
For an more in-depth discussion, check out this fascinating book “The Energy Codes” by Dr. Sue Morter (suggested by my friend Sue Dhillon from Blossom Your Awesome – Thanks!).
Belief in chakras comes down to faith—if you believe they exist, then they do!
If you don’t believe, then they don’t exist for you. Personally, I like to err on the side of belief because what harm can come from believing in something that might make us feel more connected to ourselves and the world around us? Just some food for thought! 🙂
The main way to keep your chakras in balance is to meditate. Meditation allows us to focus on our breath and connect with our higher selves. As we meditate, we can visualize our chakras spinning and glowing.
This helps to cleanse and align our chakras so that we can live our best lives.
I bless you that you will succeed in your journey to elevate your chakra system to the fullest!