Chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or circle. We have seven main chakras, but in total, we have 114 in the body. A chakra is an area where vital energy full of prana (nadis) move. Each chakra can affect us differently depending on the location in the body.
The chakras are essential to our physical, mental, and spiritual well being. The goal is to keep all seven chakras open, balanced. It allows the natural flow of energy to flow from the root chakra at our spines, to the crown chakra at the top of our heads.
The seven main chakras will be discussed, and some of their characteristics to see what happens when it is flowing naturally, or is under or over active. As well as corresponding and rocks and minerals best used for each.
First Chakra - Root
Muladhara in Sanskrit - Root
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine by your tailbone.
This chakra is all about feeling safe and
grounded. Grounding is feeling as though we feel rooted to the Earth. Feeling safe with our footing. This is where we make our dreams happen and come alive!
When the root chakra is out of alignment, it will affect our ability to have strong confidence. We can show signs of anxiety or fear. Each chakra can affect different body parts as a physical response. The root chakra affects our knees, hips, legs. As well as our backs and sexual organs since this is where the chakra is located.
For the root chakra, we are given different associated colours, as well as crystals. These are brown, red and black. Red symbolises anger, anxiety, worries and nervousness. Brown is holding on, and insecurity. The colour black can symbolise a hard time with forgiveness, unreleased grief, and the possibility of physical health problems coming as a result.
The crystals for the root chakra are garnet, smokey quartz, ruby, onyx, red jasper, hematite, red blood stone, red coral and black tourmaline. These take the darkness and transmute the energy into light.
Second Chakra - Sacral
Svadhisthana in Sanskrit - Sweetness
The second chakra is the sacral chakra. It is located two inches below the navel. This chakra is linked to the wants and needs for our sexuality, creativity and self. This chakra is also about friendliness, creativity, and emotions. It determines people's worth, their confidence in themselves, and how they are with other people. Our childhoods, and how we grew to feel, have a deep impact on this chakra. The sacral chakra when in balance, is shown through our ability to be confident and allowing emotions to be expressed in a healthy way.
Letting things go with the flow. If this chakra is not free flowing, we might feel exhausted mentally and physically. We could have unhealthy relationships, and we might tend to be emotionally unstable. Physical problems may include kidney issues, stiffness in the lower back, constipation, and tight muscles from being stressed and wound tight. Sacral chakra includes the female sexual organs, kidneys, bladder, and large intestine.
The main colour used with this chakra is orange. It is the colour of vigour and vitality. good health, stamina, courageous and outgoing personalities. When blocked, it could potentially mean stress and addictions from an emotional standpoint, like from a bad relationship, addiction to foods, etc.
The gemstones are carnelian agate, orange calcite, tiger's eye, amber, citrine, topaz, and moonstone.
Third Chakra - Solar Plexus
Manipura in Sanskrit - Lustrous Gem
The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra. It is located two inches below the breastbone. It is the place of our strength, the things we are passionate about. It can come out in anger for your morals and causes you feel strongly about. This is also where our psychic abilities are honed. This can affect us when we sleep. In our dreams, causing astral travel, etc.
When the Third Chakra isn't balanced, you can feel depressed. You may question who you are as a person. Feel as though your natural intuition is off, making impulsive decisions. When it is balanced, the sacral chakra makes you feel confident with who you are. A strong inner knowing that you are strong and making the right choices in your life. This chakra will affect the areas of your body that are all about digestion. The stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and small intestine.
The colour is yellow, relating to a person's passions, creativity, their spiritual awakening, inspiration and intelligence. Also optimism and excitement for life.
The gemstones are citrine, topaz, amber, tiger's eye, peridot and yellow calcite.
Fourth Chakra - Heart
Anahatra in Sanskrit - Unstruck
The heart chakra. It is located right in the centre of the chest at the heart space. It's all about love and spirituality. It includes love for others, the universe, as well as self love and acceptance. When this chakra is opened, we are loving to ourselves and confident. We care about others, and want to be of service to those we love.
The body part associated with the heart chakra, are all to do with the areas that are affected as a result of our hearts. This includes of course the heart, lungs, circulatory system, but also affects our upper backs.
The colours are pink for artistic, sensual, loving, and compassionate. And green for nature, growth, communication and comfort.
The gemstones are rose quartz, kunzite, the two crystals known for love of self and others. And malachite, aventurine, emerald, jade, rhodonite and watermelon tourmaline for absorbing any negativity focusing on love and positivity.
Fifth Chakra - Throat
Vissudha in Sanskrit - Purification
The fifth chakra is the throat chakra. It is located at the base of the collarbone. This relates to the voice, sound and written creativity.
This is where change and transformative healing takes place. This is all about using your voice with your creativity and emotions. If your throat chakra is off balance, you could be having a hard time speaking your truth, or getting out how it is you really feel inside, causing viral illnesses that can cause inflammation like an ear infection, etc.
When it is free flowing, you can feel artistic in a musical sense, and feel as though you are open with who you are and how you are feeling with people. The throat chakra affects all areas around the throat, including your teeth, and of course neck, thyroid, and ears.
The throat chakra colour is light blue. It emanates clear communication, peace, truth, and intuition. As well as caring and loving, it is a colour that is perceived by being in tune with ourselves.
The gemstones are aquamarine, lapis lazuli, sodalite, turquoise, sapphire, blue lace agate, blue tourmaline, blue quartz and azurite.
Sixth Chakra - Third Eye
Ajna in Sanskrit - To Perceive
The third eye chakra is located right in the centre between the eyebrows. It is where our psychic ability comes from. This is our true spirit or higher side of ourselves, and allows us to think more selflessly.
When this chakra is not balanced, you can feel cocky and full of yourself, or be the extreme opposite and not feel confident. It can even lead to headaches and blurry sight.
When this chakra is open, you are in your spiritual element, receiving psychic messages, confident, and happy. The head, including eyes, brain and endocrine and lymphatic system is associated with the third eye.
The colours are purple associated with the nervous system and pineal gland. It is the colour of psychics and intuitives. Dark blue relates to being spiritual and clairvoyant.
The gemstones are amethyst, sodalite, azurite, fluorite, lepidolite and lapis lazuli.
Seventh Chakra - Crown
Sahasrara in Sanskrit - Thousand-Fold
The crown chakra is located right at the very top of the head. It is where our spirituality and consciousness is. Some also feel the crown chakra is where our connection with our higher self or God-like figure is. The soul comes into the body from the crown when we are born and when we pass away.
When this chakra is out of balance, it can make us experience extreme happiness or anger, and even can feel very frustrating, causing sadness and headaches.
The main colours for the crown are white representing spirituality and truth, as well as purple, again associated with the nervous system and pineal gland. It is the colour of psychics and intuitives.
The gemstones are clear quartz crystal, Oregon opal, diamond, moldavite, selenite, pyrite and amethyst.