The 7 Chakras and How they Impact Us
The 7 Chakras and How they Impact Us:
There is said to be many different charkas in the body; actually there 114 Chakras and 72,000 “nadis,” but our main focus will be on the 7 main chakras. Maybe we will cover the 114 chakras and 72,000 nadis in another post.
Please note that our bodies possess a very complex energy system and we don’t have to learn and know every minute detail when it comes the Chakras. As long as we focus on the bigger picture at hand, it will present us with clarity, healing, and more of a fine tuned attention to our health and well-being.
We will review the 7 main Chakras, colors associated with them, where they’re located on the body, how to unlock them, and the crystals that support them.
What is a Charka?
Chakras are different energy centers that govern certain parts of the body through which a certain type and quantity of energy that is specific to that area flows. The word Chakra translates to “wheel” in Sanskrit. You can imagine that it translate to “wheel” in order to represent and symbolize movement and circulation of free flowing positive energy throughout our bodies. The 7 Chakras are located in specific regions of our body starting from the Root Chakra to the Crown Chakra. All of our Chakras are important and let’s get into them.
1. Root Chakra:
The first is The Root Chakra or Muladhara. The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine. It helps you feel grounded and safe providing you with a base or foundation (support) and stability for your life journey.
When our Root Chakra is out of balance or blocked we may be struggling with feelings of safety, support, and being grounded. We may also feel on edge or unable to trust ourselves in making the right decisions and skeptical of others. We can also end up being complacent and hold onto what we have in fears that good things won’t come back around to us. A blocked or root chakra makes us feel powerless. Being powerless makes us unhappy.
How to unblock The Root Chakra?
Fortunately for us, you can unblock your Root Chakra by implementing energy practices. There is yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. You may also use the help of healing vibrations of crystals associated with the Root Chakra.
What Crystals support The Root Chakra?
The crystals that support the The Root Chakra include Smoky Quartz, Brown and Red Jasper, Hematite, Cuprite, Mahogany Obsidian, Black Tourmaline, Rhodonite, Garnet, and Bloodstone. Most of these crystals provide a comforting connection to the earth’s energy and vibrations.
2. Sacral Chakra:
The second Chakra is The Sacral Chakra, or Svadhisthana. On your body, it is located just below your belly button. The Sacral Chakra supports your sexual and creative energy. Also, it is responsible for how you relate to your emotions as well as the emotions of others.
When our Sacra Chakra is out of balance or blocked we may be experiencing emotional ups and downs, showing a lack of creative expression, displaying feelings of loneliness and anxiety, and engaging in improper expressions of sexuality.
How to unblock The Sacral Chakra?
There are several ways to unblock your Sacral Chakra. Use of Essential Oils such as sandalwood, galangal, and jasmine. Meditation and Yoga recommended yoga poses include the camel pose and the Bound Angle Pose.
What Crystals support The Sacral Chakra?
The crystals that support The Sacral Chakra include Citrine, Tiger’s eye, Autumn Jasper, Carnelian, Mookaliye
3. Solar Plexus Chakra:
The solar plexus chakra, or Manipura, is located in your stomach area. It’s responsible for confidence and self-esteem, as well as helping you feel in control of your life and take charge and initiative. When our Solar Plexus Chakra is out of balance or blocked we may be experiencing feelings of aggression, low self esteem, and overly dominating towards others.
How to unblock The Solar Plexus Chakra?
In order to unblock and balance your Solar Plexus Chakra burn incense and essential oils such as saffron, musk, ginger, and sandalwood. Engage in positive affirmations self talk. Repeat affirmations such as “I have the courage to create positive change in my life” and “As I take on new challenges, I feel calm, confident, and powerful” Practicing yoga poses and postures such as the warrior pose which helps build confidence and align the Solar Plexus.
What Crystals support The Solar Plexus Chakra?
The crystals that support Citrine, Amber, Calcite, Pyrite, Yellow Jasper, Yellow Topaz, and Lemon Quartz
4. Heart Chakra:
The heart chakra, or Anahata, is located near your heart, in the center of your chest. The Heart Chakra is all about our ability to love and show compassion. When our Heart Chakra is out of balance or blocked we may be experiencing feelings of loneliness, shyness, trust issues, holding onto grudges, and scared of rejection.
How to unblock The Heart Chakra?
To unblock The Heart Chakra you need to open your heart to the love and beauty that is always surrounding us. Here are a few tips: Practice gratitude; engage in mediation and practice heart opening affirmations such as “My heart is open and free from past experiences that hurt it” and “I create loving and supportive relationships”
What Crystals support The Heart Chakra? Rose Quartz, Aventurine, Jade, Amazonite, Malachite
5. Throat Chakra:
The throat chakra, or Vishuddha, is located in your throat. This chakra has to do with our ability to communicate verbally. When your Throat Chakra is blocked or unbalanced you will be fearful of speaking the truth, have a tough time expressing your feelings and thoughts, and even feel anxious about communicating with others.
How to unblock The Throat Chakra?
There are a few practices available to help unblock The Throat Chakra. The first one includes stretches and neck exercises. The neck stretches and exercises help prevent the accumulation of stress and tension in your throat and neck. Also, practice yoga poses such as Shoulder Stand, Plow, and Fish that focus on the neck muscles.
What Crystals support The Throat Chakra?
Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, Amazonite, Sodalite, Blue Lace Agate, Angelite, Blue Apatite, Chrysocolla, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Kyanite, Blue Celestite, Azurite, Larimar, and Blue Calcite
6. Third Eye Chakra:
The Third Eye Chakra, or Ajna, is located between your eyes. This chakra is responsible for intuition and also linked to your imagination. It’s also linked to your instincts. When your Third Eye Chakra is blocked or unbalanced then you will experience feelings of confusion, uncertainty, pessimism, and lack or purpose.
How to unblock The Third Eye Chakra?
There are a few ways to activate your Third Eye Chakra. There are several foods you can add to your diet which may help activate your Third Eye Chakra. These foods include raw cacao, honey, goji berries, garlic, watermelon, lemon, and ginseng. The use of essential oils such as jasmine, lemon, and sandalwood are helpful as well. Meditations and chant are also helpful practices.
What Crystals support The Third Eye Chakra?
Amethyst, purple sapphire, purple violet tourmaline, rhodonite, and sodalite.
7. Crown Chakra:
The Crown Chakra, or Sahasrara, is located at the top of your head. Your Sahasrara represents your spiritual connection to yourself, others, and the universe. The Crown Chakra connects us with all that sits beyond our earthly understanding. It also plays a role in your life’s purpose. When your Crown Chakra is blocked or unbalanced you may experience feelings of lack of motivation to reach goals, low excitement levels, and lack of self worth.
How to unblock The Crown Chakra?
There are a couple of practices available in order to unblock The Crown Chakra. The first practice is the use of affirmations. Use affirmations such as “I see the beauty in the world and I embrace it” and “I am constantly connected to my highest self.” Also, Practice yoga poses such as Lotus and Rabbit stand to unblock The Crown Chakra.
What Crystals support The Crown Chakra?
The Crown Chakra crystals and stones include Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Selenite, Lepidolite, Howlite, Labradorite, Sugilite, White Agate, Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone, Charoite, and White Calcite
This is a lot of information to take in all at once. Our suggestion is to select one or two of the chakras that you are drawn to and really focus on and work on. And after you have balanced and unblocked those chakras, then you can concentrate on the rest of them. In time, you will learn what your body needs and how best to implement practices that help balance yourself. By learning the chakras and what activates or blocks them, we are able to understand, change, and control our lives.