Do you keep your chakras balanced? I frequently forget to regularly tend to my chakras. But when I feel “off”, re-balancing them always helps improve how I feel … both physically and emotionally. There are a variety of methods that we can use to clear and balance our chakras and I’ll share a couple below. First though, for the benefit of those who may not know about chakras, I’ll start off with a brief explanation of the seven major chakras we each have … we each have hundreds of chakras, but I’ll stick to these for now.
What is a Chakra?
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to “wheel” in English. Each chakra is an energy center that connects the physical, emotional, and energetic bodies (sometimes referred to as the “subtle bodies”) to each other and the Universe and each is associated with particular bodily functions as well as specific mental/emotional states. The energy of the chakras feels like that of a vortex, spinning top, or small whirlpool. The seven major chakras are aligned along the spine as shown in the graphic below: Each chakra has a specific color, symbol, and tone associated with it. Below I’ve given a brief description of the seven major chakras and their associations. With regard to the chant sounds, please note that A is pronounced as “ah” and M is pronounced “ng” (as in king).
The Seven Major Chakras
Muladhara, the Root Chakra:
First Chakra; color is red; note is C; chant sound is LAM.
The root chakra sits below the base of the spine (near the tip of the coccyx). It is associated with the adrenal glands and immune system. This chakra keeps us grounded to the Earth and helps keep us stable (physically and emotionally). An overactive root chakra can manifest as greed or materialism … an underactive root chakra can cause fear or nervousness.
Swadhistnana, the Sacral Chakra:
Second Chakra; color is orange; note is D; chant sound is VAM.
The sacral chakra is midway between the pelvic bone and navel. It is associated with the reproductive organs. This chakra affects the emotions and creativity. An overactive sacral chakra may lead to addictions or being overly emotional … an underactive sacral chakra can leave one apathetic or emotionally “numb”.
Manipura, the Solar Plexus Chakra:
Third Chakra; color is yellow; note is E; chant sound is RAM.
The solar plexus chakra is located near the physical solar plexus in the body. It is associated with the spleen and pancreas. This chakra deals with self-esteem and personal power. An overactive solar plexus chakra may be responsible for overly aggressive or domineering behavior … an underactive solar plexus chakra can result in poor self-esteem or overly timid behavior.
Anahata, the Heart Chakra:
Fourth Chakra; color is green; note is F; chant sound is YAM.
The heart chakra is located near the heart and lungs in the center of the sternum. It is associated with the heart and thymus. This chakra deals with love and trust. An overactive heart chakra may result in clingy or smothering behavior toward others … an underactive heart chakra may cause cold or distant behavior toward others.
Vishuddha, the Throat Chakra:
Fifth Chakra; color is light to medium blue; note is G; chant sound is HAM.
The throat chakra is located about midway up the neck. It is associated with the thyroid. This chakra affects truth in communicating. Not speaking the truth can result in this chakra becoming blocked. An overactive throat chakra can be responsible for talking too much without listening or dominating conversations or situations … an underactive throat chakra may result in a lack of communication.
Ajna, the Third-Eye Chakra:
Sixth Chakra; color is dark blue or indigo; note is A; chant sound is OM or AUM.
The third-eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead. It is associated with the pituitary gland. This chakra influences our insight and intuition. An overactive third-eye chakra can lead to spending too much time in fantasy worlds, nightmares, or even hallucinations … an underactive third-eye chakra may result in thinking that is too rigid, denial of reality, or confusion.
Sahasrara, the Crown Chakra:
Seventh Chakra; color is purple or white; note is B; chant sound is NG.
The crown chakra is located at the top of the head in the center. It is associated with the pineal gland. This chakra deals with wisdom and spiritual peace. An overactive crown chakra can result in too much intellectualizing or a mental detachment from the body or spirit … an underactive crown chakra can lead to spiritual apathy/uncertainty or excessive materialism.
If you aren’t used to feeling the different energies of the chakras associated with your body and don’t know what to look for but want to know what their state is, I’ve found this online test to be fairly accurate: Chakra Test at Eclectic Energies. You can even have the results emailed to your inbox. 😉
Clearing and Balancing your Chakras
Here is a simple exercise to clear and open your chakras. First, get comfortable in a quiet place. I prefer to either sit in a comfy chair or lay on my bed. Initially, it’s best if you can be undisturbed for 20 – 30 minutes. With practice, you will eventually be able to clear your chakras fairly quickly whether there are distractions or not. If you “feel” something slightly different than what I describe don’t worry … we all experience things a bit differently so this is just meant as a guide to help get you started and it can be varied as needed by the individual.
Next, go through each of the chakras and concentrate on its size, shape, and spin rate. As you work with each chakra, see if you notice anything about its particulars. Is it pulsing? Spinning? If it’s spinning, how fast is it moving? Does it feel large or small? I always begin with the root and end with the crown.
Beginning at the root chakra, visualize a red sphere near the base of your spine. Visualize the sphere growing until it’s about twice the size of a softball. Allow it to brighten so that it is glowing from within. Now start it spinning, or increase its spin rate. Trust your intuition … if it still “feels off” just keep working on the chakra, trying different imagery if needed, until you feel it’s smooth, calm, and stable.
Move up the spine, working each of the other chakras, until all seven of the chakras are the same size and spinning in unison:
- For the sacral chakra, visualize an orange sphere between your navel and hips.
- For the solar plexus chakra, visualize a yellow sphere between your navel and the bottom of your ribcage.
- For the heart chakra, visualize a green sphere (with just a small bit of pink in the center of the sphere) near your heart.
- For the throat chakra, visualize a blue sphere near the center of your neck.
- For the brow, or third eye chakra, visualize a purple sphere in the center of your forehead.
- For the crown chakra, visualize a white sphere at the top and center of your head. Once it’s the proper size though, visualize it opening into a lotus flower, then start/increase its spin.
As each chakra is cleared, the spin rate increases and stabilizes. Once all seven of the chakras are glowing and spinning in unison, they are clear and balanced. Balanced chakras help us to feel calm and stable so this is a good exercise to do after a particularly hard day. It’s also a great way to start your day off if you’re so inclined.
How crystals can help us with our Chakras
While clearing and balancing the chakras using only visualization (or in combination with sound or yoga) works well, I’ve found that crystal helpers speed the process up. Using tumbled or raw stones that correspond to either the color or function of the chakras, you can lie down and place one or more stones over each chakra. As described above, you feel the energy of each chakra starting with the root and working your way up, one at a time, to the crown. I leave the stones in place until I’m done with all the chakras, then remove them starting with the crown.
I’ve noticed that with stones I use as chakra helpers, keeping them together as a set has the effect of synchronizing them. They get more harmonious and efficient at helping over time. I’ve actually got three different chakra stone sets and will grab whichever set “feels” appropriate for a particular session. I try to clear, open, and balance all my chakras on a regular basis (though life frequently intervenes) and find that when I do, I’m much happier and have more energy.
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