The chakra descriptions will give an understanding of the chakras and will teach how to enhance the connection to the mind, body and spirit. Chakras 1 through 3 relate to our mental perceptions of the physical world and astral world. Chakras 5 through 7 relate to activities and experiences in the physical world. Chakra 4 is the equalizer that connects the mind and body and is the place from which our soul emanates. Each chakra resonates to a specific sound and color vibration.
Balancing the free flowing energy of the chakras is the key to health and healing on emotional, physical and spiritual levels. Their proper alignment is also important to the psychic and psychic medium, to enhance their ability to transmit and receive information during readings. For a chakra alignment meditation, click here. If the chakras are unbalanced, negative physical- and mental-health issues can occur. Focusing on each chakra symbol and its corresponding mandala facilitates balance in our energy centers.
The seven major chakras attached to the physical body are described. There are also other chakras that some yogis, spiritualists and psychics acknowledge. Two chakras that exist outside of the physical body are the Earth Star chakra (12 – 18 inches below the feet) and the Soul Star chakra (6 – 24 inches above the head). The Earth Star chakra grounds us to Mother Nature. The Soul Star chakra is accessed through the Stellar Gateway, which exists in the etheric body, directly above the head. Two other chakras are the Hand chakra, located in the palm of the hands and Foot chakra, located in the arch of the feet. They are smaller in size relative to the major chakras. Both chakras can open and shut at will or when the body needs to give or receive energy.
The Root (or Base) chakra is located at the base of the spine. The physical organs affected by this chakra are the kidneys, intestines, spinal column and adrenal glands. It is associated with the color red, its Sanskrit term is Muladhara and its sound is Lam.
This chakra is your physical and spiritual foundation. It allows you to connect with the earth’s energies and it empowers your soul. The Root chakra supports all of your other chakras. Balanced chakras create positive life-force energy. When the Root chakra is in balance, life feels stable and secure, and relationships are healthy. When it is out of balance, there is a disconnection from others and a feeling that you don’t belong. You may also experience fear, anxiety, frustration and insecurity. Physical activity helps to balance this chakra.
Meditating on your Root chakra will help you to keep grounded. Before you begin any meditation, focus on your breathing and sit with good posture. As you think of your Root chakra, imagine a tall, strong tree. This tree represents your inner strength and calm spirit. Its roots are spreading deep into the earth and the energy they take from the earth is drawn back up into its branches. The tree reaches high into the heavens. The message of this meditation is that you must reaffirm and feel your connection to the earth every day. Doing this will ground you and give support to all of your other chakras.
The Sacral (or Navel) chakra is located approximately 2 inches below the navel. The physical organs affected by this chakra are the spleen, kidneys and bladder. It is associated with the color orange, its Sanskrit term is Swadhistana and its sound is Vam.
This chakra controls desire, pleasure, creativity, sexuality and procreation. This chakra is associated with the element of water, which creates flow and flexibility in your life. When the Sacral chakra is in balance, intuition, sensitivity and creativity are heightened. Your sense of self is strong. When it is out of balance, creativity is blocked and there is a tendency to become overemotional, frustrated and to have feelings of being unsettled.
Meditating on your Sacral chakra helps you keep in tune with the flow of life. The best way to start this meditation is to begin with a relaxing bath or shower. Then find a comfortable place where you can either sit or lie down and relax. Place a beautiful bowl filled with water next to you. Visualize a peaceful, flowing stream and as you are doing that, imagine that you are gently flowing downstream without worry. Affirm that you are willing to go with the flow and you will face whatever comes your way.
The Solar Plexus chakra is located above the navel, below the chest, at the center of the solar plexus. The physical organs affected by this chakra are adrenal glands, pancreas, liver, stomach, nervous system and bladder. It is associated with the color yellow, its Sanskrit term is Manipura and its sound is Ram. Some people refer to this chakra also as the Navel chakra.
This chakra controls will, self-discipline, self-esteem, intuition, gut feelings and psychic abilities. This chakra is associated with the element of fire, which burns away the negativity from your past. When the Solar Plexus is in balance, your personal honor, confidence and energy are strong. When it is out of balance, you can be very manipulative. Also, you may find yourself being controlled by others and experiencing fears of rejection.
Meditating on the solar plexus chakra helps you to change your negative feelings into positive ones. The best way to begin this meditation is to find a comfortable place. Light some candles to connect with this chakra’s fire energy. Visualize unwanted thoughts burning away. Imagine lighting a fire within yourself to create success and make positive changes in your life.
The Heart chakra is located in the center of the chest. The physical organs affected by this chakra are the thymus gland, heart, blood and circulatory, immune and endocrine systems. It is associated with the color green, its Sanskrit term is Anahata and its sound is Yam.
This chakra controls unconditional love, tolerance, empathy, forgiveness and compassion. This chakra is associated with the air element. The air that you deeply breathe in brings you freedom. It is connected to your physical and spiritual sides. This chakra brings musical harmony. When the Heart chakra is in balance, you are able to give, as well as receive unconditional love and kindness. You are liberated, but remain grounded. When it is out of balance, you experience feelings of loneliness and you may be easily hurt. Also, you may have feelings of being emotionally unfulfilled.
Meditating on the Heart chakra helps you to nurture yourself and others. To begin this meditation, find a place where you can sit outside or sit by an open window. In order to stay connected with the element of air, note the sounds of the air rustling the leaves or moving through wind chimes. Affirm that your heart has the ability to give. This will clear the air so that your dreams and ideas may come true.
The Throat chakra is located at the throat, near the thyroid gland. The physical organs affected by this chakra are the thyroid and parathyroid glands, lungs, vocal chords and bronchial apparatus. It is associated with the color tourquoise or aqua, its Sanskrit term is Vishuddha and its sound is Ham.
This chakra controls communication, creative expression and judgment, which allow you to listen to the connection between your heart and mind. It also controls psychic communication, in particular, clairaudience, clairscent and clairgustance. It is responsible for assisting in delivering messages from the spirit world with clarity. This chakra is associated with the ether element, which represents infinite space, where all matter exists. When the Throat chakra is in balance, you can express your deepest desires and beliefs without fear. You will be able to listen to and empower others. When it is out of balance, communication is blocked and you hide in silence. You might also be inclined to gossip.
Meditating on the Throat chakra helps you to learn to express your true feelings, ideas and emotions. To begin this meditation, sit outside under a deep blue sky. Visualize that you are one with the universe. Affirm that your actions will speak louder than words.
THIRD EYE CHAKRA
The Third Eye chakra (or Brow) is located in the center of the forehead, above the eyebrows. The physical organs affected by this chakra are the pineal and/or pituitary glands. It is associated with the color indigo, its Sanskrit term is Ajna and its sound is Om or Aum.
This chakra controls wisdom, spiritual direction, seeing, imagination, intuition and psychic abilities. It creates balance within the mind. When the Third Eye chakra is in balance, there is heightened intuition and clairvoyance. It also strengthens your imagination and concentration skills. When it is out of balance, you may experience a fear of success and a strong lack of discipline. Also, you do not trust your gut feelings or intuition.
Meditating on this chakra helps to enhance your intuition and clairvoyance. Get yourself comfortable and visualize a calm, tepid body of water. Clear your mind of cluttered thoughts and unwanted chatter. By doing this, it will help you find inner peace. Affirm that you have confidence in your higher self.
The Crown chakra is located at the top of the head. The physical organs affected by this chakra are also the pituitary and/or pineal glands. It is associated with the color violet, its Sanskrit term is Sahasrara and its sound is Ng.
This chakra controls understanding of the inner and outer person, connections to one’s higher self, universal understanding and oneness. When the Crown chakra is in balance, it becomes your doorway to the divine and opens you to the spiritual realm. This will allow you to experience joy, intuition and spiritual guidance. When it is out of balance, you have lost your connection to the spiritual world. Also, you are bound to materialism and the accumulation of material things.
Meditating on this chakra helps you to discover your internal potential. To begin meditating on this chakra, visualize a beautiful lotus flower. This will assist you in connecting with your universal identity. Affirm that your potential is unlimited — all is possible with the divine. The light from above will enlighten and protect you.
Hand chakras are located in the palm of the hands. The hand chakras are smaller in size relative to the major chakras. These chakras can open and shut at will or when the body needs to give or receive energy. Even if you are without one or more extremities, the associated chakras remain active in your energy body or etheric body. The hand chakras vibrate at a higher frequency and their color is usually red, but they can be blue, white or yellow.
They are associated with creating what you want in life, trust and control issues and healing yourself and others. They work toward balancing your spiritual, emotional and mental health. These chakras transmit healing energies and receive energetic information from the universe. Working in tandem with the heart chakra, they allow the transmission of loving energy from the heart through the hands. Open hand chakras will enhance the creative artistic flow in someone who paints, sculpts or works with his hands. Open chakras are also necessary for those who have the ability to channel energy or who practice aura cleansing and healing. Good energy flows from a healer’s body to facilitate the healing of someone else.
You can stimulate your hand chakras by rubbing both hands together vigorously, allowing your hands to hang freely. You will then become aware of your heart chakra energy flowing into your hands. Healthy hand chakras allow you to give and receive positive energy without negative attachments.
The foot chakras do not have one particular color associated with them. Shades of brown and/or dark colors have been associated with them because of their low energetic vibration. Their sound vibrates to a deep base tone.
These chakras relate to your ability to connect with the earth, to stay grounded and to receive the earth’s energy. They help channel energies downward into the earth and allow the earth’s energy to travel through your body. Open foot chakras give you the ability to receive wisdom and guidance and to facilitate the connection between the earth and your body rhythms and life-force energy.
Various activities such as dancing, walking or roller blading are all excellent methods of keeping yourself grounded to the earth. However, for optimal results, walk or run barefoot through the grass, feeling and imagining the earth’s energies flowing inward and outward through your feet.
To learn more about chakras and chakra alignment, visit the Chakra Room.