Balancing Your Chakras: A Brief Introduction

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Intro to Healing of the chakras

Coursing through our bodies is a pulsating universal energy force that supports our existence, driving and maintaining our life functions. In Abrahamic religions it is known as Ruach, or God's Breath and in some Asian traditions ki, chi, or prana. Sometimes referred to as Reiki, from the Japanese rei, meaning universal, and ki meaning life energy, this universal energy is the life force that permeates all things.

History of The Chakras

Some ancient cultures believe that while energy is all around us, there are seven major points of intersection for the flow of this energy in the human body, located along the spine at key branches of the human nervous system. These points ascend upward from the tailbone to the top of the skull. These energy intersection points are known as chakras.

The word Chakras is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning wheel or circle, aptly named due to the energy that enters the body, where it tends to spin in a circular motion as it flows through the body, acting as a vortex when it aligns in these chakra spots. Chakras are described as wheels of light, and often depicted as lotus flowers with differing numbers of petals and colors for each one. According to many cultures, balancing this energy flow (chakras balancing) is integral to personal physical, emotional, and mental health.

Although chakras cannot be seen or revealed in autopsies, their existence is documented in ancient healing and spiritual disciplines of the Far East. In traditional Indian or Ayurvedic medicine, chakras in the spinal column are believed to influence or govern the bodily functions near its region of the spine. Each chakra is also associated with a specific kind of energy related to various human attributes, from the most primal to the most spiritual. The lower chakras govern the more primal, physical aspects of human existence, while the upper chakras are associated with one’s spiritual growth and evolution of consciousness.

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Chakra Balancing

Balancing Chakras refers to several techniques to clear or release stagnant or excessive energy in the individual chakras so that the body’s entire energy system flows smoothly. These techniques are also used to increase the energy in the chakras when depleted, thereby strengthening its ability to function optimally. When your chakras are balanced, your energy (life force) circulates freely throughout the body’s entire meridian system (energy pathways). When all seven chakras are functioning well and in balance, we are healthy in body, mind, and spirit.

Balancing of the Chakras, and in turn their healing is central to many body-mind-spirit therapies. The subtle energies of the chakras are explored through various practices such as aromatherapy, mantras, meditation, Reiki, hands-on healing, flower essences, sound therapy, color/light therapy, and crystal healing therapy, to name a few. Many popular Asian healing modalities such as acupuncture, acupressure, shiatsu, tai chi, and qigong focus on balancing the flow through the energetic meridians that are an integral part of the chakras system. In the ancient Korean body-mind-spirit discipline of Shin-sun-do (Way of the Divine), there is a system for achieving spiritual completion through the chakras.

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Description of The Chakras

While 114 chakras course through the human body along a similar trajectory as the acupuncture points, only seven major and two minor points are typically thought of when most people think of chakras. These major points represent different areas of the body and function in various ways. Feelings, thoughts, traumas, illnesses, medical conditions, and emotional disturbances can lodge in the chakras and impede healthy energy flow. Below we will briefly introduce each of the major chakra points.

Lower Chakras

EarthStar (Chakra Zero):  Vasundhara - Daughter of the EarthEarthStar (Chakra Zero):  Vasundhara - Daughter of the Earth

  • Metaphysical Attributes - Known as super root, its most important features are its rooting and grounding properties. Going further than the root chakra, it anchors the whole chakra system, especially of those seven main chakras. It connects one's energy to the greater earthly and universal energies. This chakra helps to manage one’s energies by dispelling negative energy and channeling positive energy from the earth
  • Location - 6-7 inches below our feet, making up part of our etheric body
  • Warning signals include instability and lack of balance in whatever you do, eating disorders, blood circulation issues, phobias, and lack of security.
  • Emotional issues – anxiety, mood swings, depression, and long-term illnesses
  • Positive Alignment: Release all negativity, unwanted emotions, and negative behaviors into Mother Earth. This chakra encourages you to step barefoot into the grass, hike in wilderness, or even go camping on the beach.
  • Color - BLACK

Root Chakra (1st): Muladhara - Root of Existence

  • Metaphysical Attributes - Linked to feelings of security, safety, and survival. A balanced root chakra sharpens focus and presence; feeling stable and secure; healthy survival instincts; dependability, reliability, and responsibility
  • Location - base of the spine in tailbone area, touches the ground as you are seated
  • Warning signals include fatigue, disagreements with family members, and disorientation due to a lack of grounding.
  • Emotional links – survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food
  • Positive Alignment: Invision and seek out the color red, bodily movement such as dance or yoga, walking outside or along the shore.
  • Associated Crystals: Red Jasper, Garnet, Tourmaline, Obsidian
  • Color - RED & BLACK

Sacral Chakra (2nd): Svadhishthana - Where Self is Established

  • Metaphysical Attributes - Linked to the cultivation of flexibility & adaptability, empowering you to move on, accept change, and transform. When balanced, the sacral chakra allows you to be passionate, creative, and sensual while connecting with your feelings and emotions.
  • Location – lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches inward.
  • Warning signals include sexual dysfunction, hormonal imbalance, and lack of creativity.
  • Emotional Links – a sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, and sexuality.
  • Positive Alignment: Invision and work with the color orange, eat foods that help (citrus, nuts, seeds, sweet potato, carrots, melons), journal, and do hip opening exercises.
  • Associated Crystals: Carnelian, Sunstone, Tiger's Eye, Fire Quartz
  • Color - ORANGE
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Middle Chakras

Solar Plexus Chakra (3rd): Manipura - Jewel City

  • Metaphysical Attributes - Linked to willpower, self-discipline, and self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra embodies your unlimited potential to transform thought into action, enabling you to discover who you are and let your authenticity flourish. A balanced solar plexus chakra enables you to overcome fear, master your thoughts, and make conscious choices.
  • Location - Upper abdomen in the stomach area
  • Warning signals include digestive system upset, weakness in core muscles, low immunity, and low self-esteem.
  • Emotional Links - self-worth, confidence and esteem
  • Positive Alignment - Working with the color yellow, sitting in the sun's rays, doing the warrior pose or sun salutations, and simply letting go of the past
  • Associated Crystals: Citrine, Pyrite, Golden Healer Quartz
  • Color - YELLOW

Heart Chakra (4th): Anahata - Unhurt, Unstruck, Unbeaten

  • Metaphysical Attributes - Linked as a bridge between the lower and upper chakras, it serves to connect earthly matters and higher aspirations. Forming a bond of affection, tenderness, and endearment, this chakra embodies your ability to love unconditionally. Enabling the ability to heal and unify, this chakra gives you the ability to live life with kindness, compassion, and a deep connection towards yourself and others.
  • Location – the center of the chest just above the heart.
  • Warning signals include high or low blood pressure, cardiac symptoms, anger, numbness, and fear of love.
  • Emotional Links – Love, joy, and inner-peace.
  • Positive Alignment: Working with the color green, sitting in fresh grass or amongst the forest, doing the puppy dog or wheel pose in yoga, and practicing loving affirmations for yourself and loved ones.
  • Associated Crystals: Malachite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Unakite, Aventurine
  • Color - GREEN

Throat chakra (5th): Vishuddha - Purest

  • Metaphysical Attributes - Linked to the center of communication and creativity, the throat chakra allows you to express who you are and listen deeply to others. When your throat chakra is balanced you become inspired, project your ideas, and align your vision with reality.
  • Location – Throat
  • Warning signals include hyper- or hypothyroid (over- or under-active thyroid gland), frustration, fear, or inability to express oneself.
  • Emotional Links - Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.
  • Positive Alignment: Include the color blue into your life; neck stretches; waterfall, plow, and fish yoga poses; and practice with one-syllable bija mantras.
  • Associated Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Turquoise
  • Color - BLUE
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Upper Chakras

Third Eye (Brow) Chakra (6th): Ajna - Command

  • Metaphysical Attributes - Linked to the ability to be mindful and live in the present moment. Your third eye chakra is the center of your intuition and wisdom, allowing you to open your mind to deeper understandings and expand your intuition. When your third eye chakra is balanced, it gives you the ability to self-reflect and see the world and understand it and is the key to mindfulness
  • Location – Forehead between the eyes.
  • Warning signals include headaches, lack of insight, feeling lost, and lack of psychic intuitiveness.
  • Emotional Links - Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.
  • Positive Alignment: Include indigo into your daily life; child's pose and wide-legged forward fold yoga poses; candle gazing (trataka) meditations; and alternate nostril breathing (nadi shodhana).
  • Associated Crystals: Iolite, Amethyst, Kyanite
  • Color - INDIGO

Crown chakra (7th): Sahasrara - Thousand Pedaled

  • Metaphysical Attributes - Linking the physical body with the universe and soul, the Crown Chakra embraces gratitude for your life. This chakra is the center of enlightenment and awareness. When the crown chakra is balanced, it brings feelings of serenity, joy, and deep peace about life.
  • Location – The very top of the head.
  • Warning signals include headaches, spaciness/brain fog, fear, disconnection, and lack of trust/hope/faith.
  • Emotional Links - Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure (Inner) Bliss, and Divine Wisdom
  • Positive Alignment: Include White and Violet into your daily routine; eat light foods and hydrate well; tree pose and supported handstand and lotus yoga poses; alternate nostril breathing meditations; and energy shaking exercises such as jumping jacks or cardio.
  • Associated Crystals: Moonstone, Clear Quartz, Selenite
  • Color - WHITE or VIOLET

Soulstar: Etheric Body & Aura: Akasha - Upper Sky

  • Metaphysical Attributes - The root cause of all disease is a lack of energy in the etheric body. This energy is vital to our mental, emotional, and biological well-being, as it delivers energy to your physical body, enabling you to generate life experiences. The Etheric energy system is connected to the emotional and mental energy systems, serving as the perfect unison to keep the engine called life running.
  • Location – Etheric Body: Emanates from our root chakra; is nearest to the physical body and holds our physical form in place
  • Location - Etheric Aura: Extends around our body for approximately 2 inches, and absorbs both our physical world and internal states.
  • Creating balance in this energetic field helps us stay aware of both states without being ruled by them.
  • Warning signals include feeling stressed, anxious, irritated, lethargic, impatient, and even developing a negative outlook toward the world.
  • Emotional Links - Your immune system may also take a beating, making you highly susceptible to falling sick.
  • Positive Alignment:
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In Closing

The sequence of chakras starts from the lower body upwards and denotes a transcendence from the physical to the spiritual as the positive energy flows in and upwards and the negative energy in the opposite direction, downwards and out through the chakras.

Chakras are opened and activated in turn before all are connected as a conduit to take in new positive energy and remove old blocked energy.

Crystal healing can open closed chakras, and assist to mitigate the effects of chakras that have become too open.

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