Chakras first became a topic of discussion in India before it was introduced to the west by Sir John Woodroffe. Chakra comes from a Sanskrit word which means wheel. Chakras are known to be the spinning vortexes within our subtle body that allows continuous flow of invisible energy called Prana. They are considered to be among the basics of the various healing practices. They are the primary ideas that have played a major role in people’s happiness and inner understanding. It is through the different chakras that we are able to balance the different aspects of our lives such as health, spirituality, discipline, and emotions.
How does a chakra work?
The working of chakra has been explained differently by different philosophers throughout the years. However, they have both agreed that these energy vortexes play a major role in making sure your life runs smoothly. When your chakras are aligned, all your body processes will be regulated. Your body organs, immune system, and your emotions will work harmoniously enabling you to lead a normal and happy life. When chakras are imbalanced, this is when you start having different problems like physical and emotional issues. For you to restore normalcy, you will have to balance your chakras and reestablish their communication.
How many chakras are there?
When you take an in-depth examination into the world of chakras, you find that every human body has a total of seven chakras all which are situated along the spine. The root chakra is the first chakra on the spine, and the crown chakra is the seventh chakra. In between these two chakras there exist the other five essential chakras. These seven chakras have different colors, features, and even function. The seven chakras are your life force, and it is your duty always to keep each chakra open. To get to know how important each chakra is to your body, you will have to look at them individually.
The root chakra also known as the first chakra or the Muladhara, is regarded as the basic foundation of your survival. This is because it is connected to the things that position you in that state. The root chakra or the Muladhara is located on the base of the spine in a place known to professionals as coccygeal plexus. It covers the first three vertebrae.
Whenever the root chakra is open or unblocked, we tend to feel safe, fearless and connected. This is because our survival instincts have been activated. These things, particular things that make us feel safe include food, water, shelter, and money. It is the chakra that is connected to your immune system and other organs of elimination such as the bladder and the colon. It is associated with the earth, and it is related to Ganesh as well as the goddess of Shakti.
Whenever the root chakra is blocked, this is when we tend to start worrying in life. You tend to feel like our survival needs have not been met, and so anxiety disorders kick in. You will find yourself experiencing constant fear, and this may result in nightmares. If this persists, you will start having problems with your colon and bladder which will trigger constipation. You will also develop numerous issues with your feet lower back and legs. It is thus very important to keep this chakra open and energy flowing through it. This chakra is associated with the color red which signifies self-preservation.
The Sacral chakra
The sacral chakra is also known as the Svadhishana. This chakra tends to be the life force behind your creativity and sexuality. It is located around the lower abdominal area and to be specific right on top of your pubic bone and immediately below the Navel.
The sacral chakra gives you the zeal to enjoy your life on earth. Whenever you are motivated to enjoy the fruits of your labor, then know that feeling is the working of sacral chakra. It is mostly linked to your reproductive organs which are a huge factor in your sexual life and all the pleasures involved. When this chakra is open or aligned, you will start feeling successful and accomplished. You will also become friendly, joyful and passionate throughout. You will have the ability to make new friends, and this is due to the feeling of abundance and wellness.
When your sacral chakra becomes misaligned, this is when you start having serious problems such as the inability to make friends, you become less passionate, and your sexual relationship becomes more of a problem since you feel like you can’t deliver. You will find that this is the time you can’t trust anyone including your closest friends since you start feeling like you will be betrayed. You start distancing yourself from people you love because of the fear getting attached. An imbalanced sacral chakra will also take away your creativity, and you start fearing that you might be impotent and this is when you start addictions. This chakra is related with the color orange, and the symbol is the white lotus.
The Navel chakra
This is the third chakra known as Manipura in Sanskrit which means lustrous gem. Some people refer to it as solar plexus. This chakra is known to be the source of personal power, self-identity, and self-esteem. This is the chakra that tends to give you that feeling of superiority. This chakra is located right above the navel and below the solar plexus. The Navel chakra is known to be the home to gods Agni and Lakshmi.
The third chakra is responsible for most of the metabolic and digestive functions. This means that it is associated with the spleen, gall bladder, small intestine, spine, upper abdomen, and many other stomach related organs. It is associated with things such as willpower and confidence. When it is open, you will start feeling compassionate to yourself, you feel in control as well as assertive. It is this chakra that will enable you to develop self-respect. It is thus a very important factor of your life if at all you want to maintain the feeling of self-importance.
Once this Chakra is unblocked you will start experiencing some of the most uncomfortable physical problems such that your liver will start malfunctioning, you will experience digestive problems. Your pancreases and gallbladder will develop complications, and you will develop colon diseases. Some other physical problems will be diabetes, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, and chronic fatigue. You will also come up with numerous emotional problems that will include fear of rejection. You will have low self-esteem and most times you will fear people will judge your physical appearance. You will have problems with your personal power, and you will judge yourself before even someone does making you have a negative attitude toward yourself. This can be very bad in the long run. The chakra is associated with color yellow.
The heart chakra
This is also known as the Anahata sacra which means unhurt in Sanskrit. This chakra is known to be in the middle of the seven chakras and it portrays love. This chakra is known to many to be spiritual, and it acts as a connector between our mind, body, soul, spirit, and emotions. This chakra is located at right at the center of your chest where your heart is.
When this chakra is unblocked, you will tend to be filled with joy and intense happiness. You will also be quick to forgive anyone who has wronged you without any questions, doubts or second thoughts. You will be full of gratitude even when someone does something tiny, and you will be willing to accept almost any request. It also tends to make you so loving in a clingy and possessive to an extent when you get a heartbreak it becomes worse.
The imbalanced fourth chakra is known to be the reason behind most if not all the respiratory problem such as asthma and lung disease. It is also the main problem that causes some of the worse complications such as the complications of the heart, problems with the lymphatic system, back pains, wrist, arm, and even back pains. You will also find yourself experiencing breast issues if you are a woman. This will also affect your state of mind by making you jealous of others. You can also find that you are overly bitter and angry all the time. Sometimes you can feel lonely and as though you have been abandoned. This chakra is associated with color green.
The throat chakra also known as Vishuddha means of purification or cleansing. Just like the name suggests, the fifth chakra gives you the ability to voice your opinion in a very clear manner. This chakra will enable you to speak up so that the person or people around you can hear whatever you are saying. It is situated on the throat and right above the heart chakra. It is known to be associated with the gods Sadasiva and Shakini.
This chakra is associated with quite a number of physical aspects on your body. These include the jaw, neck, and mouth. It has also been linked with parathyroid and the thyroid glands. It also connected with the larynx and the tongue. When the chakra is balanced, you find that you have the ability to pay attention and listen to whatever you are being told as well as respond and speak out your mind. You also tend to be truthful; this is one of its best traits. You will also find yourself being honest and very firm. When the energy is more than it should be or hyperactive, you will tend to be very talkative, condescending and abusive.
When the chakra is imbalanced, this is when you will develop physical problems such as throat problems, you get too tensed and headaches join. You will also find your shoulders to be stiff and so will your neck. Your ears will develop an infection, facial problems will become prevalent, and you will end up having laryngitis. Your emotions will also be affected in that you will tend to have a fear of expression, you will no longer have the feeling of being in control. You will also tend to be very shy. This also affects those people who have incredible minds with brilliant ideas, but they prefer not to share. The chakra is associated with the color blue.
Third eye chakra
Some people call it Ajna to mean command. This chakra enables you to see a bigger picture and gives you that positive intuition. You will also be able to act on your perception tells you. When well natured it can open your eyes further than what others can see and give you that psychic energy. It is associated with the gods Paramasiva and Hakini. This chakra is located between your eyebrows. This chakra is associated with your glands, your head, eyes and even the lower part of your brain.
When this chakra is activated, you will be more focused with every single thing you do. You will be able to have some psychic abilities where you can tell if something is going to happen. When you ask those people who tend to have this ability, they will tell you it is just a feeling. You will also start welcoming any ideas and knowledge.
Once the third eye chakra is blocked some of the problems you will start having is eyestrain, your vision will start becoming blurred, you will end up having problems with your ear. Some people even end up losing their hearing capabilities. Headaches will be prevalent, and you might end up having seizers. If it persists, brain complications will start developing. This problem will equally impact you emotionally, and this is when you find that you have rampant daydreams, you start having mood swings and most times you start having exaggerated imagination which might end up being a problem to how you cope up with the reality. You will also not be able to trust your inner voice and most times you will be depressed, judgmental and dismissive. This chakra is associated with indigo.
The crown chakra
The crown Chakra is considered as the topmost chakra. It is also known as Sahaswara which translates thousand petal lotus. This is the vital chakra that connects you to your higher self. It is located at the crown of your head on top of every other chakra. This chakra is associated with your hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. Its work is to give you that special connection with God. It is associated with god Shiva.
When this chakra is balanced, you will live in the present. You will feel lack or worries and unshaken. The crown chakra gives you the spiritual divine. You will appreciate that everything is bigger than yourself.
The chakra will meddle with your spiritual nature if it becomes imbalanced. You will start feeling isolated from the world and everything and everyone in it. The spiritual connection will vanish, and you will just be an ordinary person in an ordinary world. You will end up having constant confusions, you will have emotional imbalances, and you will start doubting your knowledge about the Supreme Being. You will also end up questioning your faith, and at the end of the day, your spirituality will be in a worse position. Some physical conditions may arise such as the inability to learn and understand. You will start becoming sensitive to sound and even light, and this might translate to everything in your surroundings. This chakra is associated with color violet.
How to balance body chakras ?
Once you find out that your chakra is imbalanced, this means that it is time for you to take action and start balancing your chakra. One thing you should know is that chakra balancing is not an easy thing to do. It needs hours and of practice and dedication. The other thing is that each chakra has a different method of balancing. Once every chakra is balanced you will feel the energy flow within your seamlessly.
The root chakra
Known to be connected to the earth, for you to balance your root chakra you will need to recreate that connection to the earth. You can start by getting to understand your roots. Get acquainted with the earth by walking barefoot on the ground or standing straight to allow Gaia energy to enter your body from the other. You can also go swimming, do some little gardening and many other activities that involve getting in contact with the earth. This will help you reestablish the connection you had lost, and you will balance your root chakra.
The simplest way to balance your sacral chakra is all about maintaining a positive attitude toward everything nature has offered. Enjoy the pleasures of life, go ahead and make love to your partner, eat delicious food and enjoy great company. By doing such, you will be accepting the ways of the world and that way you will start getting your sacral chakra back in shape. Making sure you keep a good company is vital. This chakra is all about appreciating everything in life so make sure that is the theme always.
Solar plexus chakra
Be mindful of the numerous things that waste your time, put them aside and for once focus on your creative part. Try and enact the ability you always find had to. This will enable you to balance your solar plexus chakra. Also, try and say no to things that don’t matter in your life anymore. This will give you the nerves needed to empower yourself. It is only right if you start focusing on what you can do.
Balancing your heart chakra may take more time you will eventually manage if you stay focused. First, you will have to start accepting people within your space. Offer the same love you want to be offered. You should also make sure that you love yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Once you come out of your defensive character, your heart chakra will be balanced, and you will be able to start accepting others.
You can act on your throat chakra by always being honest. Make sure you speak the truth more often. You can also use special rocks to help you balance your throat chakras such as aquamarine, amazonite and Lapus lazuli. These will balance you through chakra, and you will regain your ability to speak for yourself. There are also numerous yoga practices that will help you to balance your throat chakra. This yoga and meditation technique involves sitting somewhere quietly and gently controlling your breathing as you focus on the throat chakra symbol. You will be able to feel the energy coming through.
The third eye chakra
The third eye chakra needs some form of technique to get balanced. This will involve a control meditation which you will have to do in a very quiet environment. You will have to focus on signals that are outside your body. Listen to your spirit, and you will be able to connect with the energy. The third eye chakra can be balanced by the use of jewelry made of stones like amethyst, black obsidian, and purple fluorite.
To unblock your crown chakra, you can use stone jewelry which will enable you to keep the energy flowing through your crown chakra. These stones include selenite, clear quartz and sugilite. Apart from meditation, you can also do some yoga to energize your crown chakra. Take plenty of ginger and herbal teas; this will supply you with the energy needed to unblock the third eye chakra. You can also put more emphasis on balancing your other chakras to keep your crown chakra activated.
How to balance your Chakras ?
Understanding how chakra work is very beneficial to both your physical and emotional health, you need to make sure that energy is flowing seamlessly through all the chakras in your body. Once this is done, you will have a very smooth life. If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should know that you chakras need to be balanced. Follow the methods above to get your chakras balanced in no time.