You may have heard the word chakra many times while listening to spiritual talks and discussions. Chakras are the part of ancient Hindu mysticism and find mention in the most ancient written text, known as the Vedas.
Chakras are not a part of the physical body and there’s no modern scientific way of detecting their presence and functionality. However, ancient yogis of the eastern world believe that the chakras are a part of spiritual or ethereal body that forms a layer enclosing the physical body.
What happens within this ethereal body has a major effect on your mind and body. Since the ethereal body is not made up of matter (it’s neither a wave nor a particle), there’s no way to detect its presence using the modern scientific instruments.
The word chakra means ‘wheel’ in Sanskrit. In ancient eastern yogic traditions, it is believed that there are seven chakras, or energy points of the spiritual body that help in channeling the flow of a vital energy, also known as the prana.
When this energy flowing in and out of a chakra is optimal, it is said to fully balanced, and that in turn, relates to aspects of our physical and mental well-being.
Imbalanced chakras are said to be associated with wide range of problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, inability to take action, codependency, inability to freely express yourself, inability to regulate your feelings and emotions, physical ailments like lower back pain, constipation, headaches, kidney and bladder problems, and much more.
Each chakra has its own color that represents a particular vibration, and an element that is symbolic of what the chakra is, and what it does. The seven chakras are as follows:
Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Is the very first chakra of the spiritual body that is associated with vitality, stability, security, material needs such as food, shelter, and water, and general physical well-being. It has a red color and the element is earth.
The red color of root chakra is said to be very grounding and indicates passion, desire, strength, courage, change, and will power. Opening up the root chakra helps in feeling grounded (centered, safe and secure) and establishes a strong connection with our mother earth.
Imbalance of energy within this chakra can lead to problems such as:
- Fear and insecurity
- Lack of focus
- Dysfunctional relationships and trust issues with people
- Inability to take action
Root chakra is the resting place of the vital energy. The energy at this location (around the region of the anus) is said to be coiled up like a snake three and half times. When we open our root chakra the energy moves up simulating the higher chakras.
If you’re interested in learning more about the root chakra and healing, please check the article Healing the Root Chakra (Beginners Guide).
Sacral Chakra (Swadhishthana)
This is the second chakra of the spiritual body that is orange in color and is associated with sensuality, wellness, abundance, and joy. This is where the creative intelligence is born. When this chakra is fully active our creative potential is at it’s best.
The element associated with sacral chakra is water and it represents fluidity and flexibility. If you are in a creative artistic fields such as painting, writing, dancing, acting, etc., this is the chakra you need to work on.
People with blocked sacral chakra experience the following symptoms:
- Excessive daydreaming
- Lack of confidence
- Inability to control emotions
- Lack of sexual desire and fear of intimacy
- Are more prone to addictions
In general, creativity to some level is required in every profession nowadays. Without being creative one cannot experience the true joy of life. Working on the sacral chakra helps you to break the barriers of self-doubt and unleashes the creative potential within you.
For more information, I would recommend you to read my detailed guide on Healing the Sacral Chakra.
Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
Manipura chakra is yellow in color and is associated with self growth, confidence, personal growth and transformation. Opening of this chakra helps in building high self-esteem and brings about the transformation required for growth in both personal and professional life.
The yellow color resembles a very radiant energy like that of the sun. It energizes us and gives us the confidence to fulfil all of our aims and ambitions in life.
Some of symptoms of solar plexus imbalance are as follows:
- Lack of self-discipline
- Low self-esteem
- You struggle to take decisions by yourself
- You always feel like a victim
- Stubborn attitude and need to control people and situations
- Passing judgment on others to compensate for your lack of self-worth.
- Inability to take action in order to achieve your goals and desires.
There are lots of ways to heal the solar plexus chakra. Some of them include:
- Practicing yoga and meditation.
- Practicing self-love (taking care of yourself).
- Using solar plexus healing crystals and essential oils.
- Practicing affirmations, and more.
For complete information, please check the article Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra Blockage.
Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Heart chakra is said to be the seat of the soul. The green color signifies unconditional love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness. It is associated with the element ‘air’ which in Hindu traditions is known as ‘prana’, and ‘chi’ in Chinese.
Some of symptoms of blocked heart chakra are as follows:
- Inability to let go of the past.
- Having trust issues with other people.
- Feelings of intense anger, resentment, and revenge.
- Anxiety and depression.
- You hold grudges for long time.
- You struggle with commitment issues.
Balancing the heart chakra enables us to regulate our emotions and it demarcates the transition towards spiritual awakening. By healing the heart chakra, we are able to let go of all the suppression and anger, and the anxiety associated with it.
For detailed information on heart chakra, I suggest you read the article Healing the Heart Chakra Blockage (Practical Ways to Remove Blockages).
Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Throat chakra is represented by blue color and it is associated with the ability to freely and clearly express ourselves. People with balanced throat chakra are excellent public speakers and communicators. They are never sacred of expressing their true thoughts and emotions.
The blue color of throat chakra is soothing and represents tranquility and peace. It represents healing and guiding energy. With throat chakra we enter into the realm of spirituality and spiritual awakening.
People with blocked throat chakra have the following symptoms:
- People-pleasing and lying.
- Excessive talking
- Lacking patience to listen to other people.
- Being loud and aggressive (Interrupting others while talking)
- Lacking confidence to speak firmly (You give in to interruptions from aggressive people)
- Criticizing other people.
- You suppress yourself too much.
- Social anxiety disorder.
Some of the benefits of healing the throat chakra are as follows:
- It helps in developing empathy and compassion.
- Get’s rid of selfish thinking.
- It gives you the confidence to speak of mind.
- It gives you are ability to freely express yourself using powerful words.
- It makes you a good listener.
- It sharpens you mind and brings clarity.
- Helps improving the fluency of speech.
- Helps in keeping you grounded.
For detailed information on healing the throat chakra, please read the article Ultimate Guide to Healing the Throat Chakra.
Third Eye (Ajna) Chakra
Third eye chakra is represented with indigo color and is associated with spiritual awakening and higher consciousness. People who awaken their Ajna chakra are said to transcend their sense of ‘I’ and experience everything around them as ‘one’ whole.
At this point, the idea of duality starts to disappear and we experience ‘oneness’ with our surroundings. It also enables us to develop psychic abilities like clairvoyance.
Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
This is the last chakra of the spiritual body and is represented by violet color. It is located at the top of the head and is associated with the highest levels of vibrations. People with open crown chakra are said to be enlightened and free from the karmic cycle of birth and death.
Crown chakra is associated with unlimited love, wisdom, peace, tranquility, intuition, and transformation. It is said to be the link between the earthy beings and beings of higher dimensions.
Chakra Alignment/Healing Worksheets
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Science has done amazing things for us, but the one area where science needs to work more is mental health. Today science is able to diagnose mental disorders very efficiently, but when it comes to cure, we are limited to intake of prescription medicines, which doesn’t work very well for most people.
We don’t get to know the exact cause of mental problems unless we go inwards and explore our mind. This is where practices like yoga and meditation can help. Meditation allows us to go deep within our minds and explore the real cause of the suffering.
Scientific studies done recently show that human body is made up of both visible and invisible parts, where the visible part forms the material body, and the invisible part from the energetic body, and that the matter and energy can be converted into each other.
It is important to note that people have been practicing chakra healing since thousands of years and many have benefited from it. Even in the western world we see a lot of people believing in and practicing kundalini yoga.
Chakra activation is a very blissful experience, and I personally believe that everyone of us must strive to experience this. By raising our vibration, we attract like minded people and manifest our dreams and desires.
However, I strictly advise that you must acquire complete knowledge before attempting this on your own. It is always better to follow the advice of a realized master.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments section, or get in touch with me for personal queries.
Take care and have a nice day.