I’ve been reading a lot about chakra healing and chakra meditation recently, and it looks very interesting. There’s so much to learn and share, so I thought it would be best to do this in three parts over three Spiritual Sundays. Click here to read the first part on chakra healing.
We’ve already learned what chakras are and how interconnected they are. We’ve also taken a short test to learn more about our own individual chakra system. This week, let’s look at the seven chakras in more detail.
We have seven main chakras in our body:
- The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is closely related to the body and our ability to master it. Our health, constitution and security, as well as the realization of how our bodies connect to the material world are linked to this Chakra.
- An imbalance of this Chakra can cause anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica and depression, as well as frequent colds or cold hands and cold feet.
- This Chakra is stimulated by physical exercise and restful sleep; gardening, pottery and clay; the color red, be it in the form of food & drink, gemstones or clothing; and using red oils such as ylang ylang or sandalwood essential oils.
- The Naval or Sacral Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, and is associated with the acts of giving and receiving; to the more physical feelings of love, passion and sexuality; and the feeling of pleasure.
- An imbalance of this Chakra can cause eating disorders; alcohol and drug abuse; depression; low back pain; asthma or allergies; yeast infections and sensuality issues as well as impotency and frigidity.
- This Chakra is stimulated by hot aromatic baths, water aerobics and massage; embracing different sensations, such as different food tastes; the color orange; and the usage of orange oils such as melissa or orange essential oils.
- The Solar Plexus Chakra is located just above the navel and below the chest. This Chakra is a focus point for our force of will and our sense of transformation; concentration and control of our personal energies originate from this point. One’s sense of power and authority, as well as self-control and discipline of the ego converge here. This Chakra can be used to sense the very use of one’s internal energies to affect what is outside the body.
- An imbalance in this Chakra can cause digestive problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, constipation, nervousness, toxicity, parasites, colitis or poor memory.
- This Chakra is stimulated by taking classes, reading informative books or doing mind puzzles; sunshine; detoxication programs; the color yellow; and using yellow oils such as lemon or rosemary essential oils.
- The Heart Chakra is located at the center of the chest and is the focus for love and understanding. Feelings that stem from this love such as forgiveness, compassion, balance and harmony radiate from this point. This Chakra also nurtures the rarefied feeling of unconditional or divine love, love that goes beyond the physical.
- An imbalance of this Chakra causes heart and breathing disorders; breast cancer; chest pain; high blood pressure; passivity; immune system problems and muscular tension.
- It can be stimulated by taking nature walks; spending time with family or friends; the color green; and by using green oils such as eucalyptus or pine essential oils.
- The Throat Chakra is located in the throat area between one’s chin and the top of the sternum. This Chakra is linked to one’s powers of communication. Through this Chakra, one can realize truth and knowledge; honesty, kindness and wisdom and how these elements can be conveyed through thoughtful speech.
- An imbalance of this Chakra causes thyroid imbalances and swollen glands; fevers and flu; infections; mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulders problems; hyperactivity; hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause.
- This Chakra can be stimulated by singing (even if it is only in the shower); poetry, stamp or art collecting; meaningful conversations; the color blue; and using blue oils such as chamomile or geranium essential oils.
- The Third Eye Chakra is located in the forehead, right above our eyes. This Chakra is related to our perception beyond the physical realm. Intuition, insight, imagination and clairvoyance can all be associated with this Chakra. One can also focus their realization of their own soul, divine wisdom and peace of mind in this point.
- An imbalance of this Chakra can cause learning disabilities, co-ordination problems and sleep disorders.
- It is stimulated by star gazing; mediating on the color indigo; and using indigo oils such as patchouli or frankincense essential oils.
- The Crown Chakra is located at the very top of the head. As one might guess, this Chakra is associated directly with dealings of the mind and spirit. This Chakra is deeply tied to the exploration of one’s consciousness and place in space and time. Oneness with the universe, your spirit and will, inspiration, divine wisdom… all the things that deal with the Higher Self are rooted in this Chakra.
- Imbalances of this chakra can cause headaches; photosensitivity; mental illness; neuralgia; senility; right/left brain disorders and coordination problems; epilepsy; varicose veins and blood vessel problems; and skin rashes.
- It can be stimulated by focusing on dreams; writing down one’s visions and inventions; the color violet; and using violet oils such as lavender or jasmine essential oils.
— Learningmeditation.com and chakraenergy.com
I hope these two articles have given you a good understanding of the Chakras. Next Sunday, we’ll do a chakra meditation to complete this three-part series. Do let me know if you’d like more information on any aspect of chakra healing or meditation, I’ll try to help out as best as I can.