Chakras

The word chakra comes from the ancient Sanskrit word "Cakra", and can be translated to "wheel, circle, disc or cycle." According to some sources the wheel translation aligns to the idea that the chakras are spinning energy vortexes within us.  The Chakras in various Indian religions are known as energy centers located within the "subtle body."  (not to be confused with the physical body) The chakras essentially work as an energy grid system in the subtle body, they are both receiving and giving energy centers meaning they take in and release energy. The chakras can be as vulnerable as they are strong. You must maintain balance, there is an overactive and also an under-active state chakras can enter when out of balance.  Chakras can be weakened by external forces since they can be energy receivers. For example chakras can be weakened by negative thoughts, feelings and even negative interactions with the people around us. The chakras work together to make up a major part of what is known as the human aura or the collective energy grid of the subtle human body. (For more information see: Auras, A.K.A Tibetan Rainbow Body) Chakras can be cleared or aligned through meditation, crystal grids, and Reiki. The cosmic energy that flows through the body and chakras has many names: Orgone, Prana, Chi, etc. It is also believed that each chakra is assigned to an organ in the body. An imbalance in a specific chakra can cause an illness or problem for that organ and it's region according to theorists and ancient practices. Chakras also react to colors they are aligned with. For example the heart chakra reacts to the color green. From the color of the clothes you wear to the color of the blanket you sleep with at night and numerous other things all can have an effect on your chakras. For example if the blanket you sleep with at night is green it is supposed to boost your heart chakra because the color that aligns with it is green. I can personally attest to the potential of this practice. I used to have one wall painted in my room in an old house that I lived in. My bed was up against this blue wall. Additionally my pillow and my blanket were also blue. (Favorite color lol) During the time that I slept in that room I became more confident and outgoing than I had ever been before. Prior to this I was more of an introvert. As I started to research spirituality and learn about the chakras I realized that all the blue in my room was boosting my throat chakra. The color blue aligns with the throat chakra and the throat chakra is responsible for speech, confidence and social skills. After seeing the potential in this practice for myself I began to use it to my advantage. Every time I have to make a speech in public or have some sort of interview or major social interaction I always wear blue and I can definitely feel the difference. Call it placebo effect if you want but I personally believe there is more to this and reality than people can even begin to imagine.

Below is a guide to each of the 7 major chakras beginning from the highest (the crown chakra) to the lowest (the root chakra):

Sahasrara or the Crown Chakra (7th)

Color: Purple

Crystals: Amethyst, Purple Fluorite, Apophyllite, Selenite

Connects you to the divine

"The seventh chakra, Sahaswara, is referred to as the thousand-petal lotus chakra. This is the top chakra of the seven and located at the crown of the head. Sahaswara is our source of enlightenment and spiritual connection to all that is. It is a connection to our higher selves, to every being on the planet, and ultimately the divine energy that creates everything in the universe. True opening of Sahaswara means the realization that you are pure awareness. You are pure consciousness, undivided, and all expansive. Like a drop in the ocean, you are a part of that ocean that contains and encompasses every aspect of it." - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/connect-to-the-divine-with-the-seventh-chakra#sthash.xZ5wsbRz.dpuf

Ajna or the Third Eye Chakra (6th)

Ajna or the Third Eye Chakra (6th)

Color: Indigo

Crystals: Azurite, Cavansite, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Aqua Aura Quartz

Psychic Abilities, Visions, and Intuition

"The sixth chakra, Ajna, is in the area of the third eye, which is found in the space between the eyebrows. It encompasses the pituitary gland, eyes, head, and lower part of the brain. An invisible yet powerful third eye, this is your center of intuition. A spiritual chakra, which means “beyond wisdom,” Ajna leads you to an inner knowledge that will guide you if you let it. An open sixth chakra can enable clairvoyance, telepathy, lucid dreaming, expanded imagination, and visualization." - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/trust-your-intuition-with-the-sixth-chakra#sthash.PCaQhENz.dpuf

Vishuddha or the Throat Chakra (5th)

Color: Blue

Crystals: Sodalite, Chrysocolla, Blue Fluorite, Blue Kyanite, Larimar

Confidence, Social Skills, Speech and Self-Expression

"The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is the first of the three spiritual chakras. In the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. Faith and understanding combine the essence of the Vishuddha chakra. The element corresponding to the fifth chakra is ether or space, and the sense is hearing." - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/speak-your-inner-truth-with-the-fifth-chakra#sthash.2wkWiqyv.dpuf

Anahata or the Heart Chakra (4th)

Color: Green

Crystals: Malachite, Peridot, Moldavite, Buddstone, Green Garnet

Love, Oneness, and Forgiveness

"The fourth chakra is at the center of the seven chakras with three below and three above. This is the area where physical and spiritual meet. The fourth chakra, also referred to as the heart chakra, is located at the center of the chest and includes the heart, cardiac plexus, thymus gland, lungs, and breasts. It also rules the lymphatic system. The Sanskrit word for the fourth chakra is Anahata, which means “unstruck” or “unhurt.” The name implies that beneath the hurts and grievances of past experiences lies a pure and spiritual place where no hurt exists. When your heart chakra is open, you are flowing with love and compassion, you are quick to forgive, and you accept others and yourself. A closed heart chakra can give way to grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others" - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/open-yourself-to-love-with-the-fourth-chakra#sthash.XL2JedIg.dpuf

Manipura or the Solar Plexus Chakra (3rd)

Color: Yellow

Crystals: Citrine, Honey Calcite, Lemon Quartz, Gold

Inner Strength, Power, Energy, Fire Within

"The third chakra is called Manipura, which means “lustrous gem.” Located around the navel in the area of the solar plexus and up to the breastbone, it is a source of personal power and governs self-esteem, warrior energy, and the power of transformation. The Manipura chakra also controls metabolism and digestion. When you feel self-confident, have a strong sense of purpose, and are self-motivated, your third chakra is open and healthy. If your third chakra is out of balance, you can suffer from low self-esteem, have difficulty making decisions, and may have anger or control issues. The element is fire and the color is yellow, bright like the sun." - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/find-power-and-warrior-energy-in-your-third-chakra#sthash.zPmnFS9z.dpuf

Svadhisthana or The Sacral Chakra (2nd)

Color: Orange

Crystals: Aragonite, Carnelian, Tigers Eye, Tangerine Quartz

Emotions, Creativity, Sexual Expression

"The secondchakra , Svadhisthana, is also known as the creativity and sexual chakra. It is located above the pubic bone and below the navel, and encompasses the genital region and the hypogastric plexus. The word svadhisthana can be translated as “the dwelling place of the self,” and the element of the second chakra is water, which equals cohesiveness. A balanced second chakra leads to feelings of wellness, abundance, pleasure, and joy. When this chakra is out of balance, a person may experience emotional instability, fear of change, sexual dysfunction, depression, or addictions. You can open this chakra with creative expression and by honoring your body. The energy of this chakra is feminine, passive, and lunar." - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/awaken-your-creativity-chakra-svadhisthana#sthash.cpdqQ0mM.dpuf

Muladhara or the Root Chakra (1st)

Color: Red

Crystals: Aragonite, Red Aventurine, Red Jasper

Grounding, Fearlessness, Passion, Vitality

"Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.” This is the first of the chakras of matter. Balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the chakras above. Imagine that you’re laying the foundation for a house in which you’re going to live for a long time. A solid foundation embedded in firm soil will provide the stability you need to create a home filled with joy for years to come.The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear. When these needs are met, you feel grounded and safe, and you tend to worry less day to day." - See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/the-root-chakra-muladhara#sthash.tQmgVahk.dpuf

 

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Spirit Science Episode 2: Chakras

The Human Aura: How To Activate and Energize Your Aura and Chakras

by Kuthumi, Djwal Kul · Summit University Press · Paperback · 415 pages · 

ISBN 160988261X

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