Becoming familiar with your energy body can give you a clearer understanding of the steps you need to take to keep yourself well balanced and healthy. Today, I’d like to talk about Chakras. The Chakras are the part of our energy body that processes the natural energy flow; the Ki. Chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit. When the Chakras are blocked or receiving too much or too little energy to keep the flow balanced, our emotional, mental, and physical health can be affected. It is believed that there are seven major Chakra’s in our energy body.
1. The Root Chakra is the First Chakra, it is also known as the Muladhara Chakra. Your Root Chakra is located at the base of the tailbone near the anus. It is represented by the color red. It is the Chakra connected to your physical needs of security and survival. When the Root Chakra is out of balance, we often feel out place or as if we don’t fit in or connect to our surroundings. The immune, skeletal, and digestive systems are affected by the Root Chakra so physical symptoms such as pain and disorders in the back and lower extremities, weight issues, and bowel problems can manifest when there is an imbalance.
2. The Sacral Chakra is the Second Chakra, it is also known as the Swadhisthana Chakra. The translation of Swadhisthana is "One's Own Place". It is located just below the navel. It is represented by the color orange. It has an influence over sexuality, feelings, adaptability, creativity and initiative. Physically it is believed to have a connection with all the bodily fluids, such as blood, saliva, bile, urine, and semen.
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the Third Chakra, it is also known as the Manipura Chakra. The translation of Manipura is "Lustrous Gem". The Solar Plexus itself is located in abdomen, just above the navel. It is yellow in color. This Chakra influences your assertiveness, identity, ambitions, boundaries, and self-control. It is believed to manifest physically in the metabolic system, having connection with disorders such as diabetes, liver disease, and certain cancers.
4. The Heart Chakra, known also as the Anahata Chakra, is the Fourth Chakra. It is represented by the color green and sometimes pink. It is the Chakra that controls your internal reality, self-perception, and how you relate to others. Although it is connected with relationships with others, it has less to do with romantic love than you might think and more closely associated with self-love. Physically, problems with this Chakra can manifest symptoms such as chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and high blood pressure.
5. The Throat Chakra is the Fifth Chakra. It is also known as the Vishuddha Chakra. Vishuddha translates to “purification”. It is located at the throat and is represented by the color blue. It is associated with expression of truth and emotion and with the ability to communicate with others. It is also believed to have a connection with the thyroid gland. Physical symptoms such as a sore throat or swollen glands can come from an imbalance of this Chakra.
6. The Third Eye Chakra is the Sixth Chakra and is also known as the Ajna Chakra and the Brow Chakra. The translation of Ajna is “to perceive”. It is located at the forehead, slightly above and between the eyebrows. It is represented by indigo to violet coloring. This Chakra influences wisdom, intelligence, and dreams. Some believe it is the gateway to psychic abilities. When out of balance it is thought to be responsible for such symptoms as brain cancer, headaches, Alzheimer’s disease and most psychological disorders.
7. The Crown Chakra, also known as the Sahasrara Chakra, is the Seventh Chakra. Sahasrara translates to “thousand-fold”. Its placement is at the very top of the head. It is represented by the colors purple or white. It encompasses the pineal gland. This Chakra influences the perception of an individual’s ultimate reality, and their true soul’s potential. Many believe it to be our connection to the Divine. An imbalance in this Chakra often manifests in a feeling of emptiness that leads to symptoms such as addictions, affairs, or anything that may give the feeling of filling the void in one’s life.
There are many ways of keeping the Chakras balanced and energy flowing freely. I use Reiki, crystal healing, meditation, color therapy, sound therapy, and use particular actions (yoga, walking, singing, dance, etc..) to keep my Chakras balanced and in good health. I’ve created a Chakra Chart highlighting the characteristics of each Chakra and some ways of keeping them healthy and a Chakra Balancing Stones chart with an example of a crystal set that can help keep the Chakras balanced. To download these charts for your personal use, please click the link below.