What are chakras?
Chakras are the concentrated energy centers of the body. Chakra is a Sunskirt term and it means “wheel” or “disk”, it is derived from the root word “cakra”. Chakras are spinning wheels of energy/light, they have the responsibility of taking in, incorporating and emanating energy to keep us to function properly.
When a chakra is not functioning properly or is blocked, an illness is more likely to occur. Our well-being on all levels can be affected: lack of energy, feeling of anger, feeling unbalanced …
How to strengthen and increase the flow of your chakra systems?
If we feel unbalanced, we need to work on our physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health to allow the flow of energy through our chakra systems to strengthen. Clearing out clutter in our lives physically and emotionally will help to bring back balance and enhances our wellbeing.
Our body is an energetic system through which the universes life force flows through. Our 7 chakras are a part of this energetic system, they connect you with the larger part of yourself, the universe and they hold the secrets to our unique self and soul. To visualize a chakra in the body, image a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. The invisible healing energy called PRANA, is vital life force, it keeps us healthy and alive.
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Each chakra corresponds to massive nerve centers in the body, they contain bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional and spiritual state of being. Since everything is moving it is important that the chakras remain open and fluid to be in perfect alignment.
How to align the chakras
Awareness to which of your chakras are out of balance is key to aligning them. Our bodies are constantly between balanced and imbalanced. It is good to bring awareness to your body/mind and start understanding its signs and clues so that you can align your chakras.
For example, frequent constipation could indicate in a blockage to the first chakra. A recurring sore throat leaves clues to the firth chakra being blocked.
There are 7 main chakras:
1- Base or Root Chakra- Muladhara
Bija mantra (seed sound) is lam. Its natural colour is red, and is located resting at the base of the spine, in the tailbone. It is associated with the element of Earth, and its properties are related to survival, security and it anchors us to the earth. It represents our foundation. To keep this chakra healthy, exercises such as jogging or dancing are beneficial. Its message is “I exist”.
2- Sacral Chakra- Svadhistance
Bija mantra is vam. This chakras natural colour is orange, and is located in the lower abdomen. It is associated with the element of water. It is related to sense of abundance, wellbeing, sexuality and desire for pleasure. It also informs us how we relate to our emotions and other peoples emotions. Bellydancing, yoga and loving partnerships can enhance the function of this chakra. Live your passion, whatever it maybe. Its message is “I desire”.
- Solar Plexus Chakra- Manipura
Bija mantra is ram. Its natural colour is yellow, and is located in the upper abdomen in the stomach area. It is associated with the element of fire. It is related with power, and being in control. An overbearing solar plexus chakra (one not in balance with the other chakras) can result in obsessive compulsive control. When this chakra has a healthy flow it allows you to have control over your destiny, feel your power and accomplish your dreams. Whenever you felt butterflies or felt a pit in your stomach, thats the solar plexus chakra at work. Its message is “I control”.
- Heart chakra- Anahata
Bija mantra is yam. Its natural colour is green, and is located at the centre of the chest, just above the heart. It is associated with the element of air. It is related with love and compassion, joy and inner peace. Healthy relationships, pets, family and appreciation of beauty and nature enhances the health of this chakra. Let your hearts energy flow freely in and out. Be open to receiving love that is available to you, the free flowing love that is your birthright. This chakra connects the three bottom chakras (associated with maternity) with the top three ones (associated with spirituality). The message is “I love”.
- Throat Chakra- Vishuddha (the purifier)
Bija mantra is ham. Its natural colour is blue, and is located at the throat pit. It is associated with the element of expression and manifestation. It is related with authenticity, truthfulness, clarity influence, receptivity and peace. It is where you speak your truth to the world. It is a gateway and translator between the spiritual/unmanifest and physical/manifest aspect of our being. Singing, chanting and breathing exercises can enhance the health of this chakra. The message is “I express”.
- Third Eye Chakra- Ajne
Bija mantra is shan or om. Its natural colour is indigo, and is located in the space between the eyebrows. It is associated with the element light. It is related to insight, perception, intuition, awareness and guidance, discrimination and wisdom. Meditation and visualization exercises can assist the healthy flow of this chakra. Be open to your inner guidance, listen to your thoughts and they will assist you onto the right path. The third eye is the place of discrimination and final judgement, and its role in determining what is reality and what is illusion is crucial. Its message is “I am the witness”.
- The Crown Chakra- Sahasrara
Bija mantra is oh or sohem or ah. Its natural colour is violet or violet- white light, and is located at the very top of the head. It is associated with the element of cosmos- pure light and source of creation. It is related to inner and outer beauty, spiritual connection, union and the knowledge of being at one with all. Transcends into oneness, the gift is the transcendence of the individual self into true, mystical experience of unity and oneness. The messsage is “I am that I am”.
Minor chakras are small points that fuel the major chakras in the body. Reiki healers usually use the palm of their hands. There are 21 Minor Chakras distributed all over the body
Hand and Foot which are linked with the CROWN chakra
Elbow and Knee which are linked with the BASE chakra
Groin and Clavicular which are linked with the BROW chakra
Shoulder and Navel which are linked with the THROAT chakra
Ear and Intercostal which are linked with the HEART chakra
Being fully aware of all the seven chakras, their respective colours and the organs they impact will help you notice the improvements you can bring in your body through all the various methods of awakening and fortifying these chakras.
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