Before starting a journey, one should know where to begin. The journey leading to the discovery of chakras and everything that is connected with them is no different. Why is it so important to understand that? Because with this knowledge you will be able to recognize, balance and heal the chakras and transform the way you live in this world.
We are not just physical bodies. Around us there is pulsating electromagnetic energy field that is often described as aura or luminous light body. This energy field interacts with our physical body by flowing through concentrated spirals of energy. These spiraling energy centers are known as chakras, a Sanskrit word meaning 'wheels of light'.
There are seven main chakras responsible for spinning and drawing universal life force (prana) into the body. Each chakra influences bodily functions near to its region of the spine. They interact with the body's ductless endocrine glands and lymphatic system by feeding in good energies and disposing negative and unwanted ones. They are linked to the nerve ganglia (plexuses) of the body, influencing nervous functions as well. To put it simply, chakras are responsible for keeping the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health of our body in balance.
Balancing and healing chakras
To be able to balance and heal chakras you must first be clear about the condition of individual chakras and interpret this in terms of energy flow through these 'wheels of light'. Analyzing what is happening with your chakras can be a powerful way of tuning into your mind, body and spirit.
Chakra healing helps clear the pathways, so that positive energy can pass through the auric filaments and nurture your physical body. A way to imagine that is to picture the pathways as golden and glowing spiders' webs that integrate all aspects of you: mind, body and soul. When your body is fully in harmony with life, a larger central line of energy extends down through your auric field right into the Earth's core.
When a chakra is not functioning properly, it can affect not only our lives, but also lives of those around us. At any given moment, depending on a wide range of circumstances, the energy in a chakra can become stuck or excessive, leading to the imbalance in the system. People who are in tune with their system can often recognize those changes and work on them through yoga, meditation or life changes. Sometimes the energy is stuck only for few minutes, but sometimes it can be stagnant for years.
Here is a small reference guide that can help you recognize imbalances in your chakras, showing how weakness in a specific chakra may manifest negatively in your daily life.
1. Root Chakra
You might be feeling overwhelmed by your personal life, work and responsibilities that can result in stress or the feeling of giving up. If you struggle with health, money and family, that may also be caused by certain imbalances in your Root Chakra. You might find yourself feeling resistant to exercise, healthy diet as well as being messy and disorganized, with a sense of feeling ungrounded - living in the head instead of the body.
2. Sacral Chakra
People with imbalances of this chakra often prefer solitude because of the fear of judgment or what other people may think of them. You may experience feelings of insecurity or not being safe, feeling stuck both in your personal as well as professional life, with a strong desire of wanting someone to take care of you. Problems with this chakra often exist for a long period of time in people who grew up in environment where emotions of pleasure were denied or repressed, and in those with a history of sexual abuse. One of the physical symptoms of Sacral Chakra imbalance is chronic pain in the lower back and hips.
3. Solar Plexus
If Solar Plexus chakra is out of balance, you may experience a feeling that life is confusing and unsatisfying. You may experience frequent bouts of anger, sadness and intense emotional pain. This often affects people with low self - esteem and a history of digestive problems or eating disorders. You may experience a desire to be perfect and an obsessive need for self - protection.
4. Heart Chakra
Heart Chakra imbalances often result in frequent negative emotional reactions to difficult or painful life experiences. You might experience inability to forgive or let go, as well as lack of empathy and a strong attachment to the outcome of an experience rather than gratitude for the experience. People with Heart Chakra imbalances very often experience loneliness and a fear of letting people too close into their personal world, as well as feelings of deep unhappiness, selfishness and indifference. They also often suffer from asthma, lung and heart diseases.
5. Throat Chakra
Fear of making mistakes, abuse of or lack of power, affection for gossip or speaking without thinking are a few indicators that your Throat Chakra may not be in harmony. If you have trouble listening to the others, struggle with accepting compliments or feel like you are surrounded by negative people, perhaps it is time to balance it back! People with 5th chakra imbalances often suffer from seasonal allergies, have stiff neck and shoulders and experience frequent sore throats or thyroid issues.
6. Third Eye Chakra
Those having problems with Third Eye Chakra often experience lack of creativity, blindly following other people and trends, being unable to focus or concentrate during daily tasks. If you are experiencing headaches, hallucinations or nightmares followed by poor memory and/or eye problems, you may need to heal and balance your Third Eye chakra.
7. Crown Chakra
You might experience problems with thinking for yourself, followed by inability to still your mind, and a fear of doing something because of your past traumatic experience. You act without using innate intuition and find yourself being apathetic with inability to set or maintain your goals. That is often followed by physical symptoms, which include nerve pain, insomnia, depression and neurological disorders.
Balancing the chakras and redirecting prana back through the energy centers can be a simple fix but it often requires daily intention and dedication, especially when dealing with some issues that have been chronic in life (it all depends on how long the energy has been stuck in a particular chakra and the extent of imbalance). What we always need to remember is that our chakra systems are very delicate and unique and patience is definitely always required when working to restore balance. But there is so much to learn along the way!
There are many ways of rebalancing and healing chakras (you may find different articles navigating through our blog) but we will focus here on working with crystals.
Crystals have a powerful natural energy that can help restore balance in chakras and positively affect the mood by clearing negative energy out. By using stones and crystals in contact with the body, we can bring back light and positive energy to our body and its chakras. When used properly, crystals and stones' vibration coordinates with the individual's, linking them into a powerful source - the vibration of the universe. It can allow one to feel immediate increase in positive energy and, with time, a transformation from discomfort and disease into well - being, happiness and good health.
Each chakra has a color that coordinates to it. Generally when using crystals and stones to balance and heal the chakras, the same color pattern is used. While there are different stones you can use, after trying, you should be able to tell which stone is best suited for you. Sometimes the first crystal you are naturally drawn to is the one that might be best for you. Trust your intuition! (Please, be aware that we don't mention all the stones and crystals but just some of them to give you an idea).
1. Root Chakra (red and black): Ruby, Garnet, Onyx, Smoky Quartz, Black Obsidian.
2. Sacral Chakra (orange): Carnelian, Citrine, Tiger's Eye, orange crystals, Fire Opal, Orange Calcite, Orange Carnelian.
3. Solar Plexus (yellow): Yellow Sapphire, Amber, Yellow Jasper, Tiger's Eye, Yellow Tourmaline, Lemon Quartz.
4. Heart Chakra (green and pink): Rose Quartz, Pink Sapphire, Jade, Green Aventurine, Green Tourmaline, Green Calcite, Watermelon Tourmaline, Kunzite.
5. Throat Chakra (light blue or blue): Turquoise, Aquamarine, Sodalite, Amazonite, Blue Opal, Blue Topaz, Lapis Lazuli.
6. Third Eye Chakra (dark blue or purple): Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Fluorite, Clear Quartz, Azurite.
7. Crown Chakra (clear or violet): Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Selenite.
There are different ways to use your stones and crystals to help heal and restore balance of the chakras in your body. Just a simple fact of being near them during meditation can be powerful enough to start noticing real change in your body and mind. You may also want to hold a crystal or stone in your hand during day-to-day activities, such as reading a book or traveling. Some people also find it powerful to wear stones and crystals, such as in the form of necklaces and bracelets. And this is where we step in!
Have a look at our beautiful jewelry collection, read about stones and crystals and decide what it is that you need. If you would like more information regarding chakra healing and balancing, uses of certain stones or meditation techniques, please send us a message and we will be happy to help you!