THE cHAKRAS

Our body contains a life force- the ancient Hindu Vedas refer to it as Prana, the Chinese call it Chi, the Polynesians Mana... This energy needs to flow through our body, as blood flows through our veins, via energy centers called Chakras or Nadis.

​The word Chakra derives from the Sanskrit word meaning spinning wheel. And that is exactly what it is , a wheel that spins at different speeds, resonates with a particular sound and color and governs particular functions essential for our survival. The Chakras cannot be seen per se.. They are a part of your subtle energetic body. Just as you cannot see the wind but can feel its whisper on your cheek, thus when we start to pay attention to our inner planes, we become aware of them, and more tuned into our needs. ​

From the base to the crown, energy flows through them connecting earth to the heavens. Energy travels both ways. They are a 114 Chakras in total according to ancient texts, and of these 7 are commonly known. When they are blocked our life seems out of sync. The energies stagnate and disease manifests itself.

It is essential to learn about chakras, so that we may address our issues and ailments. Knowing them, also helps us better understand which crystal to choose.

Here we will focus first on the 7 chakras. 

Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it's important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.

Since each chakras vibrates at a vibrational frequency that matches a colour on the spectrum, it's corresponding crystal will be of the same colour. (Sometimes a chakra has more than one match in terms of crystals - for example the Heart Chakra works well with both pink and green crystals. 

Since the internal structure of a crystal is unchanging, it helps to restore the energetic vibrational balance of its corresponding chakra. Meditating with the crystal will also help one open up their intuition and tune into the issues underlying imbalances on a emotional level. 

 

Here's our brief summary on the chakras and their functions. 

 

ROOT CHAKRA 

-muladhara-

 

 

LocationBase of spine in tailbone area.

 

This is the foundation of our energetic system.  Like the roots of a tree it connects us to the Earth, our home in this lifetime. It is through this chakra that we draw Kundalini (life force) into our life. It governs our physical energy- survival issues such as financial independence, money and food issues. 

 

Balanced

  • It gives us a feeling of belonging, of being grounded.

  • One is energetic and enthusiastic about life and the daily tasks

  • Trust in life and others.

  • Comfortable in our body

 

Unbalanced

  • One tends to have materialistic outlook on life

  • Constantly worrying about security

  • Nervousness

  • Feeling of being spaced out / disoreinted

  • Feeling lost

  • Disinterest in day to day life

 

 

Crystals: Red and Brown Crystals– Red Jasper, Smoky Quartz, Hematite, Jet.

 

SACRAL  CHAKRA 

-svadhisthana-

 

Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in.

 

This is our connection to others through feelings and sexuality. This the center of your knowing, your intuition. We feel comfortable to go with the flow. It is also the seat  of our creativity.

 

Emotional issues: Having a sense of abundance and well-being, enjoying pleasurable experiences, and being in touch with your sexuality.

 

Balanced

  • Comfortable  with the opposite sex

  • Expressing ourselves freely

  • Easy with intimacy

  • A healthy sex drive

  • We have the ability to accept others and new experiences.

 

unbalanced

  • An excess of emotion, or a lack thereof.

  • An excessive need or a shying away from sex.

  • A lack of creativity

Crystals: Orange crystals- Carnelian, Fire Agate, Orange Calcite.

SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA 

-manipura-

 

Location: Above the navel but below the rib cage.

 

The seat of your will power, your ability to achieve that which we conceptualize. So it is an important and powerful Energy Center. It governs self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline. It also governs our perception, and mental understanding of our emotional self.

Most of all it is the seat of our creativity, and our manifestation center.

 

Balanced

  • A strong intuition (what is known as your gut feeling)

  • A healthy digestive tract

  • Control of your emotions

  • A balanced sense of confidence / self love

  • Ability to take action on our ideas

  • A love of life

Unbalance

  • Inability to make decisions

  • Digestive problems

  • Extremely strong reactions or no reactions to people and situations

  • Procrastination or workoholism

  • Looking for constant approval or co-dependency

Crystals: Yellow crystals like Citrine, and Honey Calcite; Gold crystals like Tiger Iron, Pyrite and Tiger Eye.

 

HEART CHAKRA

-anahata-

 

Location: Center of chest just above the heart.

 

The heart chakra is the all important central chakra that takes our lower chakras and connects them to the higher ones. Unconditional love is a emotion that comes from the higher heart . Sorrow, sadness, anger and lust are feelings of the lower heart chakra but essential in understanding ourselves in this world. It is where our 'true self' resides.   

 

Emotional issues: Love, joy and inner peace.

 

Balanced

  • Compassion for all living beings

  • Kindness and understanding towards others

  • A feeling of love for yourself , and an acceptance of ones self and ones flaws

  • A non-judgemental outlook for all living creatures 

 

Unbalanced

  • Pettyness

  • Overly critical of others or excessive affection

  • Closed to other people

  • Feelings of superiority

  • Loving for selfish reasons or over-giving

 

Crystals: Pink and Green– Rose Quartz, Ruby in Zoisite, Amazonite, Chrysocolla, Malachite

 

THROAT CHAKRA 

-vishuddha-

Location: Throat.

 

The throat chakra is our gateway to our creativity. It is the chakra of communication and expression of our truth. A blocked chakra leaves us feeling helpless and frustrated unable to share, or alternatively, it works on communication, and expression. When balanced, we are able to speak our truth with love, and without judgement.

Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, and ones personal truth.

Balanced

  • Freely expressing yourself without inhibitions

  • Creativity is free-flowing

  • You easily ask for what you need

  • Free to share your beliefs with respect and love, unafraid of others opinions

 

Unbalanced

  • Over talking and critical without considering others

  • Unable to listen to anothers point of view

  • Afraid to ask for your needs

  • Constantly changing your opinion

  • Reluctancy to share your view.

 

Crystals: Blue Crystals- Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Turquoise.

THIRD EYE CHAKRA

-ajna-

Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra).

 

To rely on Logic is never enough. The third eye chakra co-relates to our ability to understand our life, to see things from a higher perspective, to develop our inner understanding, and most importantly, it is the birthplace of our Imagination. 

 

What is life without imagination? It is through the process of imagining that our dreams are born and come to life.

It is the gateway to the higher realms and higher consciousness. The all-seeing eye, or third eye as it is called.

Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom and the ability to think and see the big picture.

 

Balanced

  • An ability to access universal knowledge

  • Understanding that you are the creator of your experiences

  • A strong imagination and Intuition

  • Experiencing higher states of consciousness

  • A connection with your Higher Guides

  • Good Memory

Unbalanced

  • Headaches

  • Overthinking and over-intellectual tendencies

  • Mental illness like schizophrenia

  • No intuition, no insight, over-judgemental thoughts

  • An inability to understand the spiritual side of life

  • A disconnect between your inner and outer world

 

 

Crystals: Indigo coloured crystal- Iolite, Azurite, Angelite, Blue Aventurine, Purple Fluorite.

CROWN CHAKRA

-sahaswara-

 

Location: The very top of the head

 

Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty; our connection to spirituality and pure bliss. The crown chakra lets in the understanding that all things are connected.

 

The crown is the connection to the Divine that connects us to the physical and non-physical worlds. It is at the seat of the crown that we discover our Godliness and become Enlightened.

 

Balanced

  • Great wisdom

  • Balanced judgement

  • A desire to serve selflessly

  • An understanding that all beings are an extension of you and you of them.

  • One remains impartial, and balanced. 

 

Unbalanced

  • Lacking a purpose in life, feeling unmotivated. (This can cause depression)

  • Unable to control your supernatural experiences

  • Feeling superior to others or having a victim complex

  • No connection with a higher power, lack of humbleness

  • A fear of death, or a strong desire for death

Crystals: White crystals- Quartz, Scolecite; Purple Crystals- Amethyst. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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