Last updated: June, 22, 2020
the 7 chakras
Before we dive into the 7 chakras and how they work, it’s necessary to understand that everything in the Universe is energy.
We can’t perceive ourselves as merely a physical body. We are beings of energy and vibration radiating our own unique energy.
7 CHAKRAS AND AURIC BODIES
Our energetic layers and subtle bodies create an interconnected field of energy around our physical bodies that is commonly known as the auric field.
Each auric body graduate from the body and extend outwards interacting with our mind, body, and spirit.
The auric field connects our physical body with the external world through different energetic wheels or vortexes through which energy can flow in and out. These are called Chakras, meaning “wheels” in Sanskrit.
Each chakra spins prana, also called chi or life force, in a clockwise direction as it moves the energy of our body out into the auric field. Likewise, it spins prana counterclockwise to pull the energy from our external world into our body.
THE 7 CHAKRAS
Although there many chakras throughout our bodies (some sources say 114), there are seven main chakras within the body, running from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
Chakras are deeply related to the four forms of life energies: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy.
For an optimal life, we need balance in these four energies, as they are interrelated and overlap each other.
What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.BUDDHA
The energy centres play an essential role in balancing these four energies and keeping our mind-body healthy.
Since each chakra governs a specific physical area in the human body, it is essential that we keep our chakras open and healthy, so they can support the body to heal itself.
COLOUR AND VIBRATION
Each chakra has a colour associated with it. Since colour is simply a physical manifestation of a vibration, each chakra has a slightly different vibration. By learning their colour, we can understand a bit more the energetic vibration of our chakras.
Red, for instance, is a lower-frequency vibration; green would be considered a middle-frequency vibration, whereas purple is a high-frequency vibration.
An easy way to think of the colours associations is to think about the colours in a rainbow starting from the bottom upward (Root chakra: red to Crown chakra: lavender).
A BRIEF OVERVIEW
THE ROOT CHAKRA (MULADHARA)
• Location: Base of the spine
• Colour: Red
• Element: Earth
• Role: It is associated with our basic survival needs (food, water, shelter, air, etc). Also, with functions such as security, safety, survival, grounding and foundation for living our lives.
• Anatomy associated: Suprarenal glands, blood cells (red and white), bones, DNA, feet, immune system, joints, legs, muscle, prostate, spine, skin, tailbone.
• Excessive: Overly possessive and fearful parent
• Deficient: Homeless; ungrounded; victim, eating disorders, and insecurity.
• Balanced: Stable, safe, supported and grounded.
THE SACRAL CHAKRA (SVADHISTHANA)
• Location: Above the pubic bone and below the navel
• Colour: Orange
• Element: Water
• Role: It’s associated with the realm of emotions, feelings, relationships, expression of sexuality, creativity, abundance, feeling the outer and inner worlds and fantasies.
• Anatomy associated: Kidneys, bladder, hips, large intestine/colon, ovaries, uterus.
• Excessive: Manipulative, controlling, lustful and addictive.
• Deficient: Co-dependent, martyr, submissive, doesn’t feel anything and shut down
• Balanced: Healthy relationships, passion, sexual desire, creatively alive, joy and balance.
THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA (MANIPURA)
• Location: Slightly above the navel
• Colour: Yellow
• Element: Fire
• Role: It’s associated with our personal power, will, motivation, mental abilities, personal identity, ability to take decisions, self-esteem transformation, self-assurance, confidence and self-discipline.
• Anatomy associated: Gallbladder, Liver, pancreas, small intestine, stomach.
• Excessive: Egotistical, self-absorbed; ambitious, self-driven, warrior and desire to take control.
• Deficient: Low self-worth; sensitive servant; feeling disliked; martyr and needing to “do” all the time.
• Balanced: Feeling worthy, healthy digestive tract; trusted sleeping patterns; ability to tune in to gut feelings, trust in yourself and intimacy.
THE HEART CHAKRA (ANAHATA)
• Location: Center of chest
• Colour: Green
• Element: Air
• Role: It relates to our feelings of love, compassion, forgiveness, connection and understanding. This is where the physical and spiritual chakras meet.
• Anatomy associated: Heart, armpits, blood vessels, breasts, arms, hands, lungs, lymphatic system, shoulders, wrists.
• Excessive: inappropriate emotional expression and poor emotional boundaries.
• Deficient: Closed heart, feelings of isolation, can’t feel emotions and panic.
• Balanced: Open, calm, able to communicate with others intuitively through the heart. Ability to forgive, and understanding that we are all one. Letting go to be present or here now.
THE THROAT CHAKRA (VISHUDDHA)
• Location: Throat
• Colour: Blue
• Element: Ether
• Role: This chakra governs our mouth, jaw, ears and neck. It is the home of our communication and is the place for purification as it also presides over the thyroid, which balances our hormones and keeps our immune system healthy.
• Anatomy associated: Cheeks, chin, lips, ears, nose, neck, mouth, thyroid gland, tongue, throat and upper oesophagus.
• Excessive: Wilful, controlling, judgmental and hurtful speech.
• Deficient: Lacking faith, inability to speak up and silent child.
• Balanced: Healthy glands and thyroid; clear communication, intuitive listening, fresh ideas and ability to speak the truth.
THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA (AJNA)
• Location: Forehead
• Colour: Indigo
• Element: Light
• Role: It is associated with your intuition, wisdom, intellect, knowledge, understanding and imagination.
• Anatomy associated: Brain, eyebrows, forehead, eyes, pineal gland, neurotransmitters, regulation of hormone function.
• Excessive: Overly intellectual and overly analytical.
• Deficient: Unclear thought and deluded.
• Balanced: Being able to connect with information that comes from inside or outside of us. A sense of oneness with both humankind and the universe.
THE CROWN CHAKRA (SAHASRARA)
• Location: Top of the head
• Colour: Violet
• Element: Spirit
• Role: This chakra represents the highest level of consciousness and enlightenment. This chakra connects us to a divine source, universal consciousness or God.
• Excessive: Cult leader and egomaniac.
• Deficient: No spiritual inspiration/aspiration.
• Balanced: Flow of energy filling our body and connection to all other beings on the planet. Calmness and feeling of support. Ability to tap into a higher force and to manifest the things we need in life.
HOW TO BALANCE THE 7 CHAKRAS?
There are different ways to balance the seven chakras. This includes meditations, visualizations, yoga, energetic healing, colour therapy and crystals.
If you are seeking a new approach to balance your chakras that involves food, you are in the right place!
Resources: https://www.expressionsofspirit.com/yoga/chakras.htm • https://www.mindbodygreen.com