Chakras are the psychospiritual energy points that exist in our spiritual body. Opening and activating the chakras is associated with higher consciousness, spiritual development, and enlightenment.
There are seven chakras within our energy body. Each one of them is associated with aspects of our physical, psychological, and spiritual existence. These chakras are opened by increasing the flow of life-force energy (kundalini) that hits them at various locations in the energy body.
If the energy flow within a chakra is deficient, it can be closed or underactive. Whereas, if the energy flow is in excess, the chakra is said to overactive. An optimal flow of energy ensures that the chakra is well-balanced.
So how long does it take to open the chakras?
It depends! And It differs from one individual to another. Some people have instant chakra activation; they feel a surge of energy hitting various energy points in the spiritual body. While for others, it can take months, years, decades, or even multiple lifetimes.
How long it takes you to open your chakras depends a lot on the kind of life you have lived so far. It depends on your past and present behavior, attitude towards life, how disciplined you are, and the spiritual practices you have been doing so far.
If you’re someone who has many aversions, pessimistic thinking, low self-esteem, and low self-awareness, it’s likely that your chakras are severely blocked, and it will take you time to open chakras.
That said, I don’t want you to think that you’re a lesser person if you have the traits mentioned above. You are right where you should be. Divinity has a plan laid out for all of us, and enlightenment is not a conquest or a competition. So don’t be in a hurry to open your chakras.
In the spiritual path, one has to perform actions effortlessly. The more effort you put in does not equal greater progress. In fact, the easier you go about it, the better results will be. Go with the natural flow.
For example, If you meditate 5 minutes every day, maintain that consistency. Don’t force yourself to sit in meditation for more extended periods in the hope of speeding up the chakra opening. The progression should be slow, and it should come naturally.
It’s okay to monitor your chakra alignment progress. You can make use of my Chakra Alignment Worksheets for that purpose. However, it’s not mandatory. Don’t be nervous or anxious about opening the chakras. That will do more harm than good.
Spirituality awakening cannot be forced or manipulated according to our whims and fancies. It will take whatever time is required. You can use essential oils or healing stones that may help speed up the progress, but don’t rely solely on them.
Meditation is the most effective (and recommended) way to open the chakras. PERIOD. The faster you attain a relaxed state of mind, the quicker your healing will be. If you want to know more about meditation, check out my eBook (PDF) – The Ultimate Meditation Guide.
I’m stressing so strongly on meditation because it impacts the mind at the level of subconscious and unconscious. True healing occurs when we undercover the traits and tendencies that lie within the unconscious mind.
According to the famous Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung, true enlightenment takes place through individuation – a process whereby the individual-self integrates with the unknown or shadow aspects of our personality. Meditation is one technique that enables it.
Opening Chakras Through Shaktipat (Not Recommended)
Another way of opening the chakras fast is by using the method of Shaktipat. It is a process whereby your spiritual master physically transfers the spiritual energy and activates the chakras using a word, mantra, or touch.
Beware! Shaktipat is a dangerous method, and I don’t recommend anyone going through it without proper knowledge and guidance.
Moreover, it isn’t easy to find a real spiritual teacher who has that kind of capability. I have never witnessed this process in person, nor do I know of a master who can do that. What I’ve heard about is many gullible foreign spiritual seekers being manipulated and cheated by phony gurus.
I mentioned it here because I’ve heard many stories of disciples of the great spiritual teacher Maharishi Ramana who claimed that merely being in his presence opened their energy blocks.
What Happens If You Open Your Chakras Prematurely?
You should never take kundalini awakening lightly. Kundalini yoga is one of the most specialized forms of yoga, and it’s advisable to take the help of an expert master.
If you’re not prepared to handle this energy, it can create psychosis or mess you up psychologically. Meditation is the best way to prepare your mind for this intense divine energy. It’s a slow process, but it’s safe.
Those who prematurely open chakras feel overwhelmed and confused. I remember when my heart chakra opened. It felt like my heart was about to explode. Though I felt ecstatic, I was not able to handle the sheer intensity of kundalini. It was too much to bear.
I’ll conclude by emphasizing that whatever you do, please don’t hurt yourself. As I mentioned before, you are precisely at the point in your spiritual journey where you need to be.
Don’t compare your progress with others. Let your chakras open naturally, and let it take all the time it requires. Just forget about the destination and enjoy the journey.