The entire universe is made of energy, and our bodies are no exception to this.
Long before modern technology & science, ancient cultures knew that all living things carried a life force within them.
They called the centres of energy that move inside us, the 7 chakras. Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally translates to wheel.
This is because the life force that moves inside of you is spinning and rotating. This spinning energy has 7 centres in your body, starting at the base of your spine and moving all the way up to the top of your head. The chakras spin in a clockwise direction. In a healthy, balanced person, the 7 chakras provide exactly the right amount of energy to every part of your body, mind and spirit. However, if one of your chakras is too open and spinning too quickly, or if it is too closed and moving slowly, your health may suffer. By learning about the 7 chakras, you can become more in tune with the natural energy cycles of your body.
You can use this information to connect physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances with the chakras that empower them. Of course, with those discoveries you can begin to balance your chakras and live a healthy and harmonious life. So what are the seven chakras?
Root Chakra: Represents our foundation & feeling of being grounded. When your root chakra is balanced, you will feel a sense of accomplishment & peace when you think about things like finances, career, safety or shelter. Our root chakra gets a lot of use, so having an overactive one is very common. An overactive root chakra will cause problems like anxiety and nervousness. Location: Base of spine in tailbone area. It goes up to just below your belly button and is also known as the 1st Chakra. Crystals for the Root Chakra: Bloodstone, Tiger’s Eye, Hematite, Fire Agate, Black Tourmaline.
Sacral Chakra: Is our connection & ability to accept others & new experiences. When your Sacral chakra is balanced, you will relish in the pleasurable things life has to offer, without overdoing it. Love making, good food & creative activities will be inspiring & enjoyable, and you will get a sense of wellness & abundance from them all. The sacral chakra is often overactive when we face things like addiction & gluttony. Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the belly button and is also known as the 2nd Chakra. Crystals for the Sacral Chakra: Citrine, Carnelian, Moonstone, Coral.
Solar Plexus Chakra: Also known as the 3rd Chakra, this is our ability to be confident & in control of our own lives. When your Solar Plexus chakra is balanced, you will feel a sense of wisdom, decisiveness & personal power. When this chakra is overactive, you may feel anger, the need to control & micro-manage situations, greediness and a lack of compassion or empathy towards others. You may also suffer from digestive issues or even imbalances in your internal organs like the appendix, pancreas, liver and kidneys. Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area. Crystals for the Solar Plexus: Malachite, Calcite, Citrine, Topaz.
Heart Chakra: Also known as the 4th Chakra, this is our ability to love. We all associate our hearts with love, and that's exactly what the heart chakra is all about. This includes the love for others as well as love for yourself, which is why this chakra is also associated with health & healing. When your heart chakra is balanced, you are able to equally feel love for yourself & others. When the heart chakra becomes overactive, we lose our personal boundaries & start to make unhealthy choices, all in the name of love. Location: Centre of chest just above the heart. Crystals for the Heart Chakra: Rose Quartz, Jade, Green Calcite, Green Tourmaline.
Throat Chakra: Also known as the 5th Chakra, this is our ability to communicate. When your throat chakra is balanced, you will be able to clearly speak with love, kindness & truth. Those with overactive throat chakras will often interrupt others, often be told they have a loud voice or that they love the sound of their own voice. Physically, you may suffer from throat pain, frequent infections, tooth cavities or mouth ulcers. Location: Throat. Crystals for the Throat Chakra: Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Aquamarine.
Third Eye Chakra: Also known as the 6th Chakra, this is our ability to focus on and see the bigger picture. A balanced third eye is beautiful & it’s basically what you’re trying to achieve when you start out on a path to spiritual development. When your third eye chakra is balanced, you will equally feel in tune with both the physical world and the material world. You will receive psychic information as frequently as you receive information from your 5 physical senses, but it won't overwhelm you. Location: Forehead between the eyes. Crystals for the Third Eye: Amethyst, Purple Fluorite, Black Obsidian.
Crown Chakra: Also known as the 7th and highest Chakra, the Crown chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. Achieving a balanced crown chakra is the goal of every spiritual warrior but it’s not easy to do. Once you achieve it, you’re not really human anymore - you’ve conquered suffering & death. It’s not possible to have an overactive crown chakra. Location: The very top of the head. Crystals for the Crown Chakra: Selenite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Diamond.