The concept of the seven chakras comes from Eastern spiritual traditions. Chakras are the fundamental energy exchange system within the body. The chakras are in constant motion. Each relates to a specific color and vibration. Each chakra is visualized as a lotus with different numbers of petals for each chakra. The number of petals is connected to the frequency the chakra vibrates at.
The seven chakras are positioned along the spinal column. They play an important role in the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical levels. Chakras relate to the subtle body which corresponds to the subtle plane of existence. Invisible to the naked eye, each chakra allows for the reception, assimilation and transmission of energy and information from our environment.
Each chakra corresponds to a different aspect of life and provides important functions on the four levels of existence:
An understanding of the chakras contribute to mental and physical well being. Caring for your chakras is an important component of reclaiming and maintaining your overall health. Since they are linked to every aspect of life, when your chakras are healthy and balanced, you are healthy and balanced too!
The Seven Chakras
The First Chakra – Root Chakra – Muladhara
The first chakra is symbolized by a lotus with four petals. This chakra is concerned with all the basic needs such as food, shelter, sleep, and self preservation. The root chakra is reflective of your earliest memories and emotions. This means that if your early past was insecure or unhappy, and your basic needs went unmet, you will feel it here. A balance root chakra creates a solid foundation to the six chakras above. An unbalanced root chakra can cause anxiety, nightmares, and sudden fear. Physical symptoms include constipation, lower back pain, and prostate problems.
Location: At the base of the spine, perineum, and pelvic plexus.
Associations: Earth Element, Red Color, Smell, Lead
Sign of Imbalance: Eating disorders, excessive negativity, delusions
Balancing Suggestions: Physical activity, yoga, incense, meditation, walking, gardening
Signs of Disharmony: Over-emphasis on all things material, greed
Signs of Harmony: Uncomplicated connection to all things physical
Meditation: “I am filled with humility. I am enough as I am.”
The Second Chakra – Sacral Chakra – Svadhishthana
The second chakra is symbolized by a lotus flower with six petals and the color orange. Key issues involved are passion, pleasure, and enjoyment. The Sacral Chakra is located the center of feelings and emotions. Physically this chakra governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm. This chakra is all about your identity as a human and what you do with it. From of all seven chakras, this chakra is responsible for bringing you creative energy to help enrich your life. A unbalanced sacral chakra can lead to guilt, emotional instability, and blaming yourself for any number of problems—because you feel you don’t deserve to succeed or be happy. On the other hand, an open, balanced pelvic chakra leads to open-mindedness, positivity, creativity, and the flexibility it takes to master even major changes.
Location: Right below the belly button and extends to its center.
Associations: Water Element, Orange, Taste, Tin
Sign of Imbalance: Tension, inner conflict, sexual problems, instability
Balancing Suggestions: Taking care of emotions and intimate relationships
Signs of Disharmony: Inability to express emotions
Signs of Harmony: Balanced and easy going, healthy relationships
Meditation: “I love and honor myself, just as I am.”
The Third Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
The third chakra is sometimes called the “Power Chakra”. It is symbolized by a lotus with ten petals and color yellow. The sacral chakra governs willpower and identity. It supports confidence, personal warmth, self-discipline, and self esteem. Many people will say that they have a “gut” feeling. This is the seat of your personal power, your solar plexus, and you can physically feel that confidence and wisdom in its location. An open healthy solar plexus chakra balances all aspects of a person into a steady positive stream. An overactive third chakra can result in obsessive behavior and uncontrolled emotional outbursts. A blocked third chakra may result in stagnation, weak decision making, and depression.
Location: Between the navel and the solar plexus
Associations: Fire Element, Yellow, Sight, Iron
Sign of Imbalance: Low self-esteem, inability to make decisions, anger
Balancing Suggestions: Healthy Diet, healthy eating habits, rest
Signs of Disharmony: Anxiety, restlessness, dissatisfaction
Signs of Harmony: Inner integration, wholeness, inner peace and calm
Meditation: “I accept that I am learning and growing.”
The Fourth Chakra – Heart Chakra – Anahata
The heart chakra is symbolized by a lotus flower with twelve petals and the color green. The heart chakra supports subtleties of love, compassion, generorsity, kindness, caring, and respect for others. This chakra is where your love, compassion, and kindness are empowered. Being the central chakra, it creates a bridge between the upper and lower three. When your heart chakra is balanced, you are able to equally feel love for yourself and others. Even when tough things happen, you can still see the compassion and kindness in others. An imbalanced heart chakra may express itself in physical illness, extreme jealousy, fear of intimacy, suspicion, and paranoid isolation.
Location: Center of the chest, heart area
Associations: Air Element, Green, Touch, Copper
Sign of Imbalance: Anger, suspicion, breathing problems, congestion
Balancing Suggestions: Forgiveness, practice kindness and acceptance
Signs of Disharmony: Suspicious attitude toward love and kindness
Signs of Harmony: Warm feelings of love, harmony, and connection
Meditation: “I can love others unconditionally only when I love myself.”
The Fifth Chakra – Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
The fifth chakra is symbolized by a sixteen petaled lotus and the color blue. It is associated with expression and communication, especially in the sense of speaking truthfully with compassion. This chakra gives a voice to your personal truths. When your throat chakra is balanced, you will be able to clearly speak with love, kindness, and truth. A blocked throat chakra can maky you feel like it’s impossible to speak your mind. An overactive, compensating throat chakra can mean you fail to listen to others and dominate the conversation. Physically, a blocked throat chakra can cause a sore throat, stiffness in the shoulders or neck, thyroid illness, or tension headaches.
Location: Area of the throat
Associations: Space Element, Blue or Turquoise, Sound, Mercury
Sign of Imbalance: Difficulty with communication, uncontrolled ego
Balancing Suggestions: Singing, humming, listening to music and nature
Signs of Disharmony: Rapid speech, many words, lack of clarity
Signs of Harmony: Clear, balanced speech, good listener
Meditation: “I speak truth to power.”
The Sixth Chakra – Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
The third eye chakra is symbolized by a lotus with three pedals and the color indigo. This chakra opens up your mind to information beyond the material world and the five senses. Extrasensory perception, intuition or psychic energy, all come from the third eye. The sixth chakra also controls how well the other chakras function, because guidance, along with awareness, intuition, and insight, are all linked with Anja. The well-balanced third eye provides intuitive wisdom and guidance which can be trusted with confidence. An over-active sixth chakra can make and individual intolerant, judgemental, and unsympathetic. An under-active sixth chakra can result in lack of empathy to others, reduced common sense, and difficulty understanding in all things spiritual. This chakra and its placement on the head mean that blockages often cause headaches, dizziness, hearing problems, problems with the pituitary gland, and issues with concentration or sight.
Location: Between the eyebrows
Associations: All Elements and Light, Indigo, Intuition, Silver
Sign of Imbalance: Headaches, poor eyesight, excessive forgetfulness
Balancing Suggestions: Meditation, sitting in sunshine and bright light
Signs of Disharmony: Concentration difficulties, confusion, fear
Signs of Harmony: Clarity of mind, sixth sense knowledge
Meditation:“There is more to the universe than what I can see with two eyes.”
The Seventh Chakra – Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
The crown chakra is symbolized by a thousand petal lotus flower and the color violet. This is the chakra of pure consciousness. The crown chakra promotes the experience of mystical oneness. The apex of the energy system, this chakra is actually said to hover just above the top of the head and is not located inside the physical body. Achieving a balanced crown chakra is the goal of every spiritual warrior, and it’s not easy to do. You can think of it as the Buddhist concept of achieving nirvana. A closed crown chakra can produce the skeptical, narrow-minded, or stubborn feelings of someone who believe that happiness is always external. An over-active crown chakra may produce a sense of superiority and separation from others. A crown chakra blockage can generate feelings of disconnection, emotional distress, and isolation.
Location: Crown of the head
Associations: Emptiness Element, Violet, Enlightenment, Gold
Sign of Imbalance: Depression, listlessness, loss of faith
Balancing Suggestions: Meditate and connect with the spirit, Pranayama breathing technique, yoga
Signs of Disharmony: Anxiety, spiritual negation, dissatisfaction with life
Signs of Harmony: Inner peace, profound spiritual enlightenment
Meditation: “I am one with the divine. I honor the divine within and around me.”