The word “chakra” comes from the Sanskrit word “cakra”, meaning wheel or disk. The chakra system is based on 7 major energy centers located from the base of the spine up to the top of the head. Chakras regulate energy flow within the body and within your life. Each chakra governs a gland in the body’s endocrine system. Each three dimensional chakra is a wheel of radiating energy. The shape of chakras are generally described as cone-shaped where the vortex of energy radiates out to the front and to the back, or they can be described as spinning wheels of light. Learning to clear your chakras keeps your system functioning at its fullest potential, especially is certain points are overactive or sluggish.
- Chakras 1-3 cover the physical body
- Chakra 4 is the heart chakra – the physical and energetic center of the body.
- Chakra 5 & 6 govern high vibrational outer energy and connections.
Each chakra group needs to communicate with the others in an integrated flow of energy. When all parts work together harmoniously you feel great whereas feeling unwell and low indicates the chakras need to be cleared.
The first chakra is red and located at the base of the spine. It represents grounding to the earth and nature, security, feeling comfortable, and feeling vital and strong in the physical body. As this chakra activates it emanates strength and security into every cell of your body and out into your aura.
Clear this chakra if you feel meek, have health issues, feel scattered and/or feel anxious about your own ability to survive. There would be a low life force energy.
The second chakra is orange and located below the bellybutton at the sacrum. The main aspect of the 2nd chakra is comfort, sweetness, and joy. This chakra supports the sexual organs, the bladder, womb, sacral nerve, and the kidneys. The 2nd chakra covers emotions, how you connect with people and your connection to the world.
If the 2nd chakra is dim, there can be an uncomfortable feeling of not allowing joy in the body and in the life. There can be strict regimentation preventing free-flowing happiness and comfort in the energetic and physical body.
The 3rd chakra is yellow and located at the solar plexus. This is the power or will chakra. The 3rd chakra governs the digestive organs and systems, the authority muscle groups, the immune system, and the nervous system.
Together the 2nd and 3rd chakras form the will of the personality self – how you present yourself to the world and how the world perceives you and your power.
There are two types of will. There is will power (3rd chakra)– strength and success in life. The will of your your whole inner, intuitive self is the will power ( 2ndchakra) that manifests and creates reality. The 2nd chakra births and manifests. The 3rd chakra exerts power over something or someone. If your 3rd chakra is lower functioning you could feel disempowered in your life, usually by giving your power to others in subtle or obvious ways.
The 4th chakra is green and located at the center of the chest, at the heart. The main aspect of this chakra is love and close relationships. The heart chakra supports unconditional love, universal love. The heart chakra governs the cardiac nerve plexus, the respiratory system, the cardiac system, and thymus gland.
Unconditional love is an exuberant understanding of joy, peace, personal acceptance of self and others. The body, the mind, and the heart feel excited and infused with joy and bliss. Unconditional love can be ignited through deep meditation, doing what you love to do, from someone else, from a plant or from an animal.
The 5th chakra is located at the throat and is blue. This chakra deals with communication and self-expression. The 5th chakra rules the vocal chords, the mouth, the throat, the ears, the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
The 2nd and 5th chakras correspond strongly with one another. You may be an excellent communicator, but if your 2nd chakra is weak, it may be difficult to get your message across with your Will. Likewise, if your will is too strong it can negatively affect your ability to communicate effectively.
In many people the 5th chakra is dim, manifesting as the inability to say what they need and want to say. A dim 5th chakra can lead to frustration and a feeling of powerlessness. When the 5th chakra is open, full and clear, the person is able to express themselves and their personal creative voice. Releasing the 5th chakra will give the feeling of cooling or widening of the throat. If your throat feels tense or you would say “I have a frog in my throat” you might have experienced trauma in this chakra.
The 6th chakra is located between the brows and is indigo in colour. The main aspect of this chakra is perception and self-realization. The 6th chakra deals with the medulla plexus, the pituitary gland and the eyes. Self-realization is connected to developing your intuition, your intuitive wisdom and spiritual life. Connecting to your 6th chakra releases energy allows the energy to recalibrate at the perfect vibration. It is often related to self-mastery.
It is vitally important to keep this chakra clear, making it the perfect vibration for you. You want the chakra to be in the centre of your head. Feel yourself in this chakra feeling safe and connected to guidance. You can use the 6th chakra to imagine and create what you want. With direct focus into this chakra, you can change the energy fields inside yourself, thus changing the energy fields outside of your body.
The 7th chakra is located at the top of your head, known as the crown chakra. The main aspect of this chakra is spirituality and energy connection. It is connected to the upper skull, the cerebral cortex and the pineal gland. This chakra is violet, white or gold.
When you open up this chakra and feel divinely connected, healing can happen throughout your entire body. This feeling may be subtle at first, and if you do not fully feel it, clearing in other chakras may be necessary.
To clear stagnant energy out of the chakras, visualize sending a grounding cord from the base of your spine into the core of the Earth. Bring your attention to the specific chakra you are working to clear. See that chakra spinning. As you see the chakra spinning see debris and gunk being cleared away and the debris going into the core of the Earth. Then visualise the chakra spinning clear and bright.
While you are working with your chakras you may have a wide range of experiences. As you work with your chakras you will come to understand how to use that awareness and energy in your everyday life. You can begin to practice using the different chakras to heal yourself and to represent yourself, your manner and your behaviours.
Know that whatever you experience, see, and feel as you work with your chakras is true and correct for you. If you see brown in your first chakra, but are told it is supposed to be red, for you it is brown. Each person’s experience of their chakras is unique to them. You might have chakras that require repeated clearings and time to clear. This clearing is going to take focussed attention and work. You will have “go-to” chakras, chakras that repeatedly hold blockages and feel less bright and strong. You will have to work more with these chakras. Like a muscle, the more you use that chakra the stronger it will become.
As you continue to clear your chakras of debris and negative energy, you will be able to connect to higher and higher levels of energy. Like on a ladder, you will be able to ascend one step at a time. You may experience fear as you ascend energy levels. Trust that you are actually able to hold that energy inside of you. The process is unique to each individual, and reflects where you are in the moment without judgement.
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