For years, I have heard about Chakras, but I had no idea what it meant. And I had the hardest time finding information about it. So here is my little (and hopefully easy-to-understand post on Chakras for Beginners.
What is a Chakra?
A chakra is an area of our body that corresponds to certain energies. If an energy is blocked, that can lead to illness. There are 7 chakras, and each has a specific location in the body, emotional issues that are based there, and specific ways that we can help support it.
The word "chakra" comes from the sanskrit word meaning "wheel," which in a literal translation means "wheel of spinning energy." This is because a chakra is like a whirling vortex-like powerhouse of energy.
A chakra can act like an invisible, rechargeable battery. It gets recharged through cosmic energies (frequencies). Now before you get lost on me, all living things have frequencies... some low, some high. The lower a frequency, the closer to death. In the reverse, the higher the frequency, the more vibrant a life.
Chakras regulate the flow of energy throughout the meridians that run through the body (like the electrical system of a house). If a chakra is blocked because of stress, emotional issues, or physical problems, the physical body cannot allow its energy to freely flow. That means that physical illness might occur because of that mental/emotional state being out of balance.
Think that it's too out-there? Just think about the last time you got sick. Ignore what was happening to those around you (if someone else "got you" sick by passing on their germs). Instead, think about what was happening in your life? Did you have a huge project at work that was close to launching or had just completed? Were your kids having trouble sleeping, causing you to be up multiple times in the middle of the night? Were you planning on entertaining guests at your house, meaning you had a huge to do list? Stress. That's not physical, but it can present physical problems because of it. That's a blocked chakra.
Working with Chakras
In order to see if your chakras need balancing, you may want to take this short online quiz, thanks to Eclectic Energies.
It is important to remember that if one chakra is blocked, that creates a build-up and problem with flow for the rest of the body and energies. You really want to make sure that you are constantly checking in to see which chakras are deficient and which are excessive, because they are constantly changing.
The next step will be to open the blockage from the chakra that is deficient or blocked.
This particular opening practice comes directly from Chakraboosters.com:
Find a comfortable seated position – cross-legged or sitting in a chair with your feet planted firmly on the ground. Now, your body’s position always affects your energy, so it’s important you take a moment to adjust your posture all the way up your spine. This way, the energy of the spinal channel can flow unimpeded during the meditation.
First, make sure you have a slight lumbar curve in your lower back. If your lower back feels outwardly curved, boost your hips a bit by sitting on the edge of a folded blanket, or grab your thighs with both hands and turn them inward and backward, drawing the flesh of your sitting bones back, slightly widening your sitting bones apart. For best results, bow forward slightly as you take your thighs back and apart.
After you create a slight lumbar curve, scoop your tailbone down toward the floor. In other words, tilt your pelvis back a bit and ground the energy of your tailbone downward. This should create a sensation of slight engagement in your abdomen. Then lift your chest up higher, and widen your collarbones to the sides, expanding your heart center. Finally, take the sides of your neck back slightly to line your neck up with the rest of your spine, and then lift up lightly through the crown of your head.
You are now in optimal spinal alignment. Place your hands gently on your thighs and close your eyes. Gently draw your attention to the base of your spine. Imagine your tailbone has an actual tail (or cord) – a red one. Visualize this red cord extending from your tailbone all the way to the core of the earth. See it attaching to the core of the planet, and feel how it immediately grounds and connects you to Mother Earth.
On the next inhale, draw earth energy up the red cord, into your spine, and all the way up into your heart. Hold it for a moment, then exhale up the spine, and visualize bright white light extending up to the sky, like a whale’s spout.
Pause a moment, then inhale white energy from the sky back through your crown into the bottom of your heart. Hold it a moment, then exhale, sending it back down the spine to the core of the earth. Repeat this process several times, until you feel both calm and energized in a balanced way.
You may also choose to utilize sounds and vibrations to help open the chakras, such as this 7-minute opening exercise to open all 7 chakras:
Once you have an open flow through the chakras, you will want to focus on having continual healing. This is where diet, exercise, use of natural supplements (included continual use of essential oils and herbs), further detoxification, stress management, and personal care come into play. We have to remember that our bodies want to find balance, and we have to allow them the opportunities and not create excessive blocks.
How Do Essential Oils Tie In?
You know how we just talked about frequencies? Well essential oils have them! Some are low, some are high, but when we utilize them by getting the oils at just the right moment,
Because essential oils work by stimulating the reacting brain (as opposed to the thinking brain), they elicit an immediate reaction. Thus, we cannot filter our emotions and feelings when we use essential oils. They are just gut reactions. There is such a deep connection between smells and the brain, and we can utilize oils in that way.
Essential oils take mere minutes to absorb into the skin, permeate our cells, and spread throughout the body. So by using an essential oil directly onto the location of the chakra, we are able to have an almost-immediate benefit to that chakra and allow the energy to flow freely.
The 7 Chakras
1. Root Chakra
Represents: Our foundation and feeling of being grounded (the chakra that is closest to the earth)
Location: Base of spine in the tailbone area (perineum)
Association: Legs, feet, bones, large intestine, adrenal glands, fight or flight response
Emotions: Survival, financial independence, money, food
Blockage Manifestation: Paranoia, fear, procrastination defensiveness
Essential Oils for Balancing: Vetiver, Patchouli, Sandalwood
Suggestions for Boosting: Grounding meditation (imagining your tailbone attaching to the core of the earth), rest and sleep well, walk with bare feet, drum, garden, make pottery, trace personal history or family tree, observe and hug trees, ingest red foods and drinks, smell while blindfolded
2. Sacral/Navel Chakra
Represents: Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences
Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in, between the base of your spine and your navel
Association: Lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system, reproductive organs and glands
Emotions: Abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality, desire, pleasure, procreation, creativity
Blockage Manifestation: Emotional problems, compulsive or obsessive behavior and sexual guilt
Essential Oils for Balancing: Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Orange
Suggestions for Boosting: Sensual massage, savor a delicious meal, long aromatic bath, enjoy your partner, hoola hoop, play with kids, lick a lollipop all the way down without biting (taste), eat orange foods
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Represents: Our ability to feel confident and in control of our lives
Location: Upper abdomen (in the stomach area) a few inches above the navel
Association: Digestive system, muscles, pancreas, adrenals
Emotions: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem, seat of emotional life, personal power, laughter, joy, anger, sensitivity, ambition, ability to achieve
Blockage Manifestation: Anger, frustration, lack of direction or a sense of victimization
Essential Oils for Balancing: Ginger, Cardamom, Peppermint
Suggestions for Boosting: Read mentally stimulating books, sunbathe, volunteer to lead, liver cleanse/detox, mind puzzle, do something that scares you, laugh, eat yellow foods and carbohydrates, set a goal, perform in public
4. Heart Chakra
Represents: Our ability to love
Location: Center of chest, just above heart
Association: Lungs, heart, arms, hands, thymus gland
Emotions: Love, joy, inner peace, center of love, compassion, harmony, and peace
Blockage Manifestation: Immune system, lung or heart problems, inhumanity, lack of compassion, unprincipled behavior
Essential Oils for Balancing: Thyme, Rosemary, Eucalyptus
Suggestions for Boosting: Practice gratitude, keep a gratitude journal, do heartfelt volunteer work, smile at three strangers, say "I love you" to three people, hug yourself, keep a photo of yourself as a child, eat green foods
5. Throat Chakra
Represents: Our ability to communicate
Association: Neck, shoulders, arms, hands, thyroid, parathyroid glands
Emotions: Communication, self-expression of feelings, truth, judgement, senses of inner and outer hearing, synthesis of ideas, transformation and purification
Blockage Manifestation: Creative blocks, dishonesty, general problems communicating ones needs to others
Color: Blue or turquoise
Essential Oils for Balancing: Clove, Tea Tree, Chamomile
Suggestions for Boosting: Practice saying "no," write a haiku (5, 7 , 5 syllables), sing in the shower, let out a deep scream or big laugh, take one hour vow of silence, tell a secret, listen to favorite music while doing nothing, fake yawns for 5 minutes to open the jaw, say your favorite mantra (or affirmation) 10 times, eat blue foods
6. Third Eye/Brow Chakra
Represents: Our ability to focus on/see the big picture
Location: Forehead, between and slightly above the eyes
Emotions: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions, used to question the spiritual natural of our life, perception, knowing
Blockage Manifestation: Lack of foresight, mental rigidity, "selective" memory, depression
Color: Indigo (combination of red and blue)
Essential Oils for Balancing: Juniper, Melissa, Clary Sage
Suggestions for Boosting: Stargaze, do exercises to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain, daydream, listen to intuition and follow it, try to see people's auras (faint energetic outline around them), meditate, keep a dream journal, search Google Images for 6th chakra yantra and hang it up, eat violet/indigo colored foods
7. Crown Chakra
Represents: Ability to be fully connected spiritually
Location: Very top of the head
Association: Cerebral cortex, central nervous system, pituitary gland
Emotions: Inner and outer beauty, connection to spirituality, pure bliss, understanding information; your place of connection to G-d
Blockage Manifestation: Psychological problems
Essential Oils for Balancing: Lavender, Helichrysum, Frankincense
Suggestions for Boosting: Pray, meditate, imagine a thousand petal lotus on your crown, put a clear quartz crystal in your water to make a 7th chakra tea and drink often, make an altar with your favorite sacred items, see yourself in every person your meet (find one commonality), be silent for a chosen period of time, wear white
For information about the Chakra colors and how the colors relate to vibrations, this is a great webpage about it on Chakra Boosters.
We fall in love through our Heart Chakra and then that feeling of unconditional love moves to the emotional center (Solar Plexus) and then to the sexual center (Base Chakra) where emotional attraction can be released. It is in the base chakra that we can feel the need to settle down and be married.
Hopefully this helped to understand Chakras a bit more. In the future, I am really excited to start utilizing some of this information by focusing my topical oil use on these chakra areas to help open any of the potential blocks.
And if you are still confused, then this is a great explanation of the 7 chakras, as explained in a "children's" show:
Sacred Centers (inspiration for the audio exercises)