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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Know your Chakras - The 7 chakras in your body

According to Hindu and/or Buddhist belief, chakras are vast (yet confined) pools of energy in our bodies which govern our psychological qualities. There are said to be seven main chakras in all; four in our upper body, which govern our mental properties, and three in the lower body, which govern our instinctual properties. They are:

  • The Muladhara (root) chakra. 
  • The Svadhisthana (sacral) chakra. 
  • The Manipura (solar plexus) chakra. 
  • The Anahata(heart) chakra. 
  • The Visuddhi (throat) chakra. 
  • The Ajna (third eye) chakra. 
  • The Sahasrara (crown) chakra.


According to Buddhist/Hindu teaching all of the chakras should contribute to a human's well-being. Our instincts would join forces with our feelings and thinking. Some of our chakras are usually not open all the way (meaning, they operate just like when you were born), but some are over-active, or even near closed. If the chakras are not balanced, peace with the self cannot be achieved.

Read on to discover the art of becoming aware of the chakras:

1.  Root Chakra:
The Root Chakra deals with fear and survival and is located at the base of the spine.  Actively doing things in your life to face your fears is the quickest way to overcome the struggles in this chakra.  The color red is linked to the root chakra and can actually give you a boost in that area.  If you are feeling nervous or scared try wearing more red.
Another trick is to surround yourself with crystals that resonate with the vibration of the root Chakra.  Some of these crystals are Hematite (grounding and stabilizing), Red Jasper (activating), Rhodochrosite (clearing), Black Tourmaline (protective and healing), Garnet (balancing), Red Carnelian (balancing) & Smokey Quartz (protective and healing).
Meditating on your fear and recognizing that they are mostly in your own mind is another way that you can better prepare yourself to face them.
2. Sacral Chakra:
The Sacral chakra is strongly linked with relationships, guilt and blame.  If we want to actively fix our blocks with this chakra we need to be real, open and honest in our relationships.
The color Orange is linked with this chakra and surrounding yourself in that color can powerfully charge it.  The Sacral Chakra is located below your navel.
Also using the following crystals can also help you be more open to healing this Chakra.  Orange Calcite (cleansing and activating), Coral Calcite (amplifier), Moonstone (balancing), Orange Carnelian (healing), Snowflake Obsidian (calming), Citrine (cleansing and energizing), Orange Aventurine (opening) & Leopardskin Jasper (protecting) are the crystals linked with this energy.
When you meditate on the Sacral Chakra try to dig deep into what bothers you in your relationships.  Figure out what you need to to to be more respectful of others and what you can do to be more true to yourself.  If you get gut feelings that something is wrong it is typically linked to this chakra.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra:
solar-plexus-chakraThe Solar Plexus Chakra is linked with pride, confidence and the ego.  We need to be aware of our deep motivations for why we do the things we do.  Are we or people around us seeking approval?
Have you ever met someone who was shy or seems to have low self confidence?  What about someone who came across as arrogant?  These are low and high extremes of the Solar Plexus Chakra energy.  With balance we will be able to be confident in what we are doing and seek to empower others to be their best.
This chakra is Yellow and it is located above your navel.  Check out these crystals to help you charge the Solar Plexus Chakra. Citrine (cleansing), Sunstone (activating), Topaz (healing), Tiger’s Eye (balance and healing) & Amber (protective and energizing).
4. Heart Chakra:
chakraanhata21The heart chakra is linked to love, compassion and grief.  Love and understanding for others, the caring of a pet,  and the healing of the earth are all linked to this chakra.  Learning to truly serve and be selfless is the key to actively opening up this chakra.
This chakra is green and is located in the center of the chest.  The crystals that can help you open and energize this chakra are Green Aventurine (healing), Emerald (opening), Jade (balancing), Rose Quartz (healing and opening), Lithium Quartz (balancing, activating and healing), Chrome Diopside (healing and opening), Ruby (opening and activating), Peridot (awakening), Green Kyanite (connects third-eye to heart), & Green Tourmaline (opening and activating).
When you meditate on love recognise that all living things are connected and deserve our respect.  The secrets we are looking for to heal the people around us are sometimes are contained in their opposites.  For example if someone you know is mean and everything they do seems to push you away perhaps what they need the most is love.
5. Throat Chakra:
The Throat Chakra is linked to communication and expression.  Art and other forms of expression also come from this energy.  To actively heal this chakra we need to practice being honest with ourselves and those around us.  We also can engage in hobbies that inspire us such as writing, painting or making something new.
This chakra is blue and is located in the throat.  The crystals that are associated with it are Apatite (opening and activating), Aqua Aura (activating and balancing), Blue Lace Agate (balancing), Blue Tiger Eye (soothing), Turquoise (stimulating and balancing), Blue Kyanite (opening), Blue Calcite (clearing), Aquamarine (clearing and activating), Angelite (healing and clearing), Lapis Lazuli (opening, activating, and balancing), & Sodalite (stimulating).
When meditating on this chakra ask yourself if you have said things that could hurt others.  Also ask yourself if you aren’t saying things that you need to express.  Sometimes throat chakra imbalances can be linked to things such as sore throats and it is important to have health expression.
6. Third Eye Chakra:
thirdeyethirdeyethirdeyeccThirdEyeChakraThe third eye chakra is located in the center of our heads, is linked to the pineal gland and is about seeing truth.  When this chakra is blocked we are unable to hear our own intuition as well as see the patterns all around us.  We are all connected to everyone and everything.
Indigo is the color linked to this chakra.  The following crystals can aid you in balancing and opening your third eye:
Amethyst (opening, balancing, and stimulating), Moldavite (clearing, opening, and activating), Herkimer Diamond (activating), Howlite (opening and activating), Iolite (clearing and opening), Indigo Aura (stimulating), Pietersite (activating), Labradorite (regulates), Ruby Zoisite (opening), Stilbite (stimulating), Unakite (grounding, aligning, and balancing) & Azurite (opening).
When you are meditating on this chakra focus on oneness.  Recognise that we all come from the same source.  We must wake up and remember who we really are.  Is it possible that this is all just a dream?  We must open our minds and listen to truth even if it is hard to understand at first.
7. Crown Chakra:
The crown chakra is your link to the divine oneness that we all stem from.  This is where our inspiration and guidance comes from.  It is located on the top of the head and once it is in balance we will be able to control our thoughts and be aware of our life purpose.
The crown chakra is often represented with either purple or white. The crystals associated with it is: Celestite (opening, aligning, and balancing), Clear Topaz (activating), Amethyst (clearing and balancing), Danburite (clearing, opening, and stimulating), Phenacite (opening and activating), Optical Calcite (stimulating), Clear Quartz (clearing, aligning, balancing, and activating), Rutilated Quartz(clearing, balancing, and activating) & Selenite (balancing).
When you meditate on this chakra you need to be aware that the biggest block is your attachments here on earth.  Not only do material possessions cause a block but ideas can too.  If you are stuck on your life working out a certain way you will not be able to be guided to what is best for you because you will be attached to a specific result or outcome.
url-1How we can avoid this is to state what it is we really want and then be open to that manifesting however it needs to.  For example instead of saying “I want this specific thing for dinner” say “I would like to eat something that makes me feel wonderful.”  Then you can be open to all ideas and ways that you can receive the wonderful feeling and nutrition that comes with it.  And who knows, you might even end up trying something new or ending up at a restaurant that you were meant to go to.
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