The word Chakra is Sanskrit, literally means “wheels of Light”. Chakras are spinning vortexes of energy in our bodies. There are seven major chakras (plus a number of smaller ones) in the energy body, with the first situated at the base of the spine and the seventh at the crown of the head.
The Chakras have attributes, including a specific colour, and interact with our endocrine system. The Chakras transmit information from the Aura; the Aura is the body’s external subtle-energy field and it holds information of past pains, traumas, and other emotions. These “imprints” affect our physical, emotional and mental health.
The Chakra’s main function is to feed our body good energy and dispose of stale (bad) energy. Keeping the Chakras in good balance prevents illness or dis-ease, in other words, they must be in balance for us to be healthy and happy.
The first Chakra is the Root; it is located at the base of the spine, in the tailbone area. It is associated with security and mental stability as well as survival and prosperity. It is a red colour. The Root Chakra connects us (our energy body) to Earth. Imbalances are associated with the feet, ankles, and the knees. Other problems are low back pain, sacral pain and feelings of being unsupported (emotionally) and problems with sexual organs. Feelings of being disconnected from the earth, low confidence in ourselves and distrust of the world. Grounding oneself is a great exercise for this Chakra.
The second is the Sacral Chakra; it is located 2 inches below the navel, it is associated with our sexual energy, the unconscious and the creative impulse. It is orange. This Chakra’s main function is to help us form healthy emotional and sexual relationships. This is also the seat of our creativity and “joie de vivre”. Dancing and singing are great activities to strengthen this chakra.
The third is the Solar Plexus Chakra; it is located above the navel, in the center of the lower ribcage, it is associated with personal power, it is affected by our sense of power in both good and bad ways. It is a yellow colour. An imbalance here manifests in our being unhappy with life and appear arrogant. It can manifest as digestive problems, stomach upsets or ulcers. Also, due to its link to the Pancreas, it is where Diabetes originates.
What is interesting here is that the more energy we are able to draw into this Chakra, the more attractive we will seem to other people. The best way to strengthen this Chakra is through meditation, yoga, and other stress-reducing techniques. The Solar Plexus Chakra is where we feel the emotion of stress first and hence is the best indication that we need to change.
The fourth is the Heart Chakra; it is located in the middle of our chest, between our nipples. It is the most important of the Chakras because it is at the center of the whole system. The Heart Chakra connects us to our higher self, it is where love originates. It is associated with passion and devotion. It is green and pink. It is the gateway between the 3 lower and the 3 higher Chakras. Imbalances here will cause circulatory problems, lung and heart disease. Emotions such as sadness (heartache) and grief (heartbreak) need to be moved (cleaned) from this area. The Heart Chakra becomes dysfunctional when we are unable to love ourselves and therefore unable to sustain a lasting relationship. Eventually, we can no longer receive or give love, which finally “closes down” our whole system.
The fifth is the Throat Chakra; it is located just behind our vocal cords. This Chakra is associated with our communications skills and the way we express our inner self. We use it to express love and praise, as well as anger and negativity. It is light blue and/or turquoise. Imbalances here affect the nose, ear, throat and the lungs. The thyroid gland will also be affected. Persons with a restriction here will be timid, fearful, and afraid to speak up. Persons with an overactive Throat Chakra will be loud and talk excessively.
The sixth is the Brow Chakra; it is located in the center of the forehead, just above the eyebrows and it is associated with the mind, particularly with intuition and psychic abilities. The Brow Chakra is also related to the Third Eye, and our meditative state. It is a deep blue colour. Imbalances of the Brow Chakra cause health issue of the head, and of the eyes. Migraines and headaches are symptoms of imbalances. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and depression are other symptoms of an imbalance in this area.
The seventh is the Crown Chakra; it is directly opposite the Base Chakra and it is located on the crown of the head. The Crown Chakra connects us to the Universe. This Chakra must never be closed (Healers must be cautious here). It is a violet colour. Imbalance of this Chakra can cause headaches, and a tendency to be obsessive. Mental and emotional issues, obsession and bottling up of anger can cause high blood pressure. Fear of life can cause Parkinson’s (characterized by a shaking of the head).