The Seven Chakras Explained...
Chakras are the energy centres of the body, there are seven chakras, and these can either be open or closed, however, when they are closed it is indicative of an issue or problem that needs resolving. We should strive to have seven open chakras which allow energy flow, free from blockages. Chakras are not physical manifestations that can be seen but are vital forces that we should not ignore.
The seven chakras are:
1. The Root Chakra –Muladhara
2. The Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana
3. The Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
4. The Heart Chakra – Anahata
5. The Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
6. The Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
7. The Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
Physical illness and sickness can cause chakras to close, mental chaos and stress can also cause chakras to shut down. It is essential that we identify when our chakras are not functioning as they should so that we can work on opening them up and restoring balance.
Before we can learn to use chakras and meditation together we first need to learn about each chakra:
Root or Base Chakra:This is located at the base of the spine and is always pictured as red. The root chakra is associated with energy distribution, practicality and physical survival.
Sacral:This is located in the abdomen just below the navel and is always pictured as orange. The sacral chakra is associated with creativity and exploration; this is the centre of feelings and sexual energy.
Solar Plexus Chakra:This is located just below the ribcage and is always pictured as yellow. The solar plexus chakra is the centre of self-confidence and personal power and stores our self-identity.
Heart Chakra:This is located in the centre of the chest and is always pictured as green. As you might expect the heart chakra is the centre of love, relationships and sharing. It is also responsible for our direction in life and personal development.
Throat Chakra:This is located (unsurprisingly!) at the throat and is always pictured as blue. This is the centre of communication and information flow, and also holds our personal expression.
Third eye or brow chakra:Located directly between the eyebrows and is always pictured as indigo. The third eye chakra is the centre of intuition and responsible for our mental organisation and knowledge.
This is located just above the top of the head and is always pictured as violet. This is the centre of intuition, responsible for perception and inspiration.
There are many ways to open chakras, some people use meditation, others use crystals or even yoga. However, it is important to find what works for you and to be consistent with your practice.
If you feel that your chakras are closed or out of balance, then start by working on the root chakra. The root chakra is responsible for our sense of safety and security, so if this is out of balance, it can cause feelings of anxiety and insecurity. To open the root chakra, try grounding exercises such as walking barefoot on the earth or spending time in nature.
Next, focus on the sacral chakra. The sacral chakra is responsible for our creativity and sexuality. If this chakra is out of balance, we may feel creatively blocked or sexually frustrated. To open the sacral chakra, try creative pursuits such as painting or dancing, or try spending time with loved ones.
Then focus on the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus chakra is responsible for our sense of personal power and control. If this chakra is out of balance, we may feel powerless or out of control. To open the solar plexus chakra, try power poses such as standing tall with your hands on your hips or taking up space in a room.
Finally, focus on the heart chakra. The heart chakra is responsible for our ability to love and be loved. If this chakra is out of balance, we may feel unlovable or unloving. To open the heart chakra, try practices such as compassion meditation or acts of kindness.
When all of our chakras are open and in balance, we feel aligned, connected, and whole. We are able to give and receive love freely, and we feel a sense of ease and flow in our lives.
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