Chakras are the lenses into reality. They’re centers of energy, located as part of the subtle body, not the physical one, and as such are the meeting points of the subtle energy channels called nadiis. Nadiis are channels in the subtle body through which the life force or imperative energy (non-physical) moves. According to the tantric texts, there are many chakras in the subtle human body, but there are seven chakras that are represented to be the essential ones. The chakras located on the lower part of our body are our instinctual side, our mental awareness side’s highest ones.
The earliest mentions of chakras are located in the Vedas (1700 BCE – 1100 BCE). Breathing channels (nāḍis) of yogic practices had been discussed in the classical Upanishads, and during the eighth-century Buddhist Hevajra Tantra and Caryāgiti, that hierarchies of chakras were introduced.
The chakras can have multiple levels of action. When they’re “open,” they’re considered usable in a typical fashion—the concept of chakra features in yogic and tantric traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Exquisitely, all chakras would share to our being. Our instincts would work as oneness with our thoughts and feeling. Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. Few chakras are not open enough (being below-active), and to reimburse, other chakras are over-active.
There are tons of techniques to balance the chakras. It makes zero sense to try to make over-active chakras less active, as they are making up for other chakras. To restore the compensation, they’d be over-active again in no time at all. To help stop them from compensating, the others must be opened. Here are some effective techniques to help one achieve this:
Being out in the sun, sunlight is the highest of light energy, greatly help restore all chakras.
Eating foods that correspond with the chakras, for example, a banana can uplift your power chakra.
Wearing colours resonant with a specific chakra or chakras, wear blue to boost your communication chakra, for example.
Use food colouring in a bath to power up a certain chakra.
And a great first step is to find a knowledgeable Riki master.
Chakras correspond with the spectrum of the rainbow, each colour has its own vibration, and each has its own frequencies.
Here’s a brief description of each one along with their names and colours, starting from the bottom working the way up:
1. The Muladhara or Survival or Root Chakra (Red)
A lotus symbolizes it with four petals and the colour red. It’s connected to the adrenal gland, located at the base of the coccyges region’s spine.
This chakra deals with fear and survival. The greatest way to conquer your fears within this chakra is to come face-to-face with them. If you’re ever feeling nervous or scared, try and wear more red.
Another great trick is to surround yourself with crystals that represent the vibrations of the survival chakra. Some of these crystals are hematite (grounding and stabilizing), red jasper (activating), black tourmaline (protective and healing).
Meditating on your fear and recognizing that they are mostly in your own mind is another phenomenal way to facing them.
2. The Svadhishthana or Sacral or Sexuality Chakra (Orange)
A white lotus symbolizes it within, a crescent moon, with six vermilions or orange petals. This chakra is connected to the gonad, located in the sacrum. It is considered to correspond to the testes or the ovaries that produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle.
Strongly linked with relationships, blame, and guilt, if we want to fix our blocks with this chakra actively, we need to be really open and honest in our relationships.
Using the following crystals can help heal this chakra, orange calcite (cleansing and activating), moonstone (balancing), leopard skin jasper (protecting) are crystals linked with this energy.
Meditating on the sacral chakra, try to dig deep into what’s bothering you in your relationships. Figure out what you need to be true to yourself and more mindful of others. If you feel something is wrong, it’s usually connected to this chakra.
3. The Manipura or Solar Plex or Power Chakra (Yellow)
It’s symbolized by a downward pointing triangle with ten petals, along with the colour yellow. This chakra is related to the metabolic and digestive systems, linked to the pancreas.
The power chakra is associated with confidence, pride and the ego. We need to be aware of our deep motivations for why we do the things we do. With balance, we will be confident in what we are doing and seek to empower others to be their best.
Here are some crystals to power up this chakra; citrine (cleansing), sunstone (activating), and tiger’s eye (balancing and healing.)
If you chose to meditate to open the power chakra, picture yourself making that decision or taking the intuitive you would like to accomplish. Imagine yourself speaking and acting with confidence. Fantasize the positive feeling that comes from trying it. Hold this moment and visualize really feeling the emotions in your body.
4. The Anahata or Heart or Love Chakra (Green)
A circular flower symbolizes it with twelve green petals called the heart-mind. Within it is two intersecting triangles, forming a hexagram, symbolizing the male and female union. This chakra is connected to the thymus gland, located in the chest, linked to love.
Love and understanding of others, caring for pets, and the earth’s healing is all linked to this chakra. Learning to serve and be selfless truly is the key to this chakra.
Crystals to open up the love chakra are emerald (opening), rose quartz (healing and opening), and jade (balancing).
When you meditate on love, recognize that everyone and everything is connected.
5. The Vishudda or Communication or Throat Chakra (Blue)
It’s depicted as a silver crescent within a white circle, with 16 light or pale blue or turquoise petals. The throat chakra is connected to the thyroid gland, relating to communication and growth through expression.
Crystals associated with this chakra are aqua aura (activating and balancing), blue tiger’s eye (soothing), turquoise (stimulating and balancing).
When meditating on this chakra, ask yourself if you have said things that have hurt others. Also, focus on things you may not have said that you need to express yourself.
6. The Anja or Intuition or the Third-Eye Chakra (Indigo)
It’s symbolized by a lotus with two petals and corresponds to the colours violet, indigo or deep blue, though it is traditionally described as white. It’s directly connected to the pineal gland; the pineal gland is a light-sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep and awakens state, and is also is responsible for the production site of the psychedelic dimethyltryptamine (DMT), the only known hallucinogen endogenous to the human body.
Some crystals that can be used with this chakra are amethyst (opening, balancing and stimulating), moldavite (clearing, opening and activating), and indigo aura (stimulating).
When meditating on this chakra, focus on oneness, recognizing that we all come from the same source. We must open our minds and listen to the truth, even if it is hard to understand at first.
7. The Sahasrara or Crown or Spirituality Chakra (Purple or White)
It is generally considered the state of pure consciousness, within which there is neither object nor subject. It’s connected to the pituitary gland.
This chakra is where our inspiration and guidance comes from. Once one finds balance within the crown chakra, we can control our thoughts, find balance and be aware of our life’s purpose.
Crystals that represent this chakra are clear quartz (clearing, aligning, balancing and activating, selenite (balancing), clear topaz (activating).
When meditating on this chakra, you should be aware that your attachments here on earth are the biggest block. Not only do material things create a block, but ideas can as well.
“I am not here to build a business; I am not here to build a corporation; I am not here to build Schools; I am not here to build churches—I am no Mother Theresa.
What I will do is—lead a legacy.”
– Dean Mathers