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To begin with I want to say that there’s far from one Chakra system or even one definition of life force energy (ex. prana, ki, qi) and you cannot say that one definition is better than the other. The energy body is not physical and can manifest itself in a diverse number of energy centrals. Most of what there is to read on the web about chakras and their links to the body, are text written by modern time yogis and the information vary a bit, and so does the old writings differ between the traditions / branches. I think we should all be accepting of what others believe and not claim that we have the right answer or know a definite truth, it’s more complex then that. My text here is made up by facts I’ve read, interpretations I’ve made and experiences I’ve had with working with these energies.
All schools / traditions that I’ve studied talk about our bodies as built up by energy pathways and want energy to flow freely through these channels as well as say we need to “clean” this system from blockages, tension, bad emotions etc. Our physical and psychological health is, according to this, dependent on whether the system works well or not and illness, energy leakage, imbalances and stress, to name a few, are problems that can arise as a result of blockages to our energy flow. Just like quantum physics say that everything living is energy, that man and all other matters consists of energy waves, these traditions believe that energy is all around and in us.
Traditional Chinese medicine is built on the meridian system. It can be explained like energy channels, or pathways for energy in our body. Systems like this can be found in others, like the ayurvedic tradition for example, there its called nadis. The meridians are all over your body, much like your blood streams. They are placed both shallow and deep around our organs. Alongside these there are acupuncture points, that each corresponds to an organ in that meridian. We can regulate illness, pain, head aches etc. in different way by stimulating these points. This is what they work with within the traditional chinese medicine, like acupressure, acupuncture, zone therapy etc.
Clearing these energy pathways is also what I work with when I give Reiki, a Japanese style energy medicine.
These energy channels/pathways and our chakras are part of an intergrated system. Chakras often are symbolized as spinning wheels. You can say that each chakra has a connection to different body parts and to the nervous system. Looking at it that way helps us understand how mental and emotional states are linked to different parts of our body. There are chakra systems with 4, 5, 6, 7 ,9, 10 and 25 chakras (probably even more) depending on what tradition you look at. Within the oldest ones like the Tibetan Buddhism they usually use 4 chakras: mashasukha chakra (head), sambhoga chakra (throat), dharma charka (heart), nirmana chakra (navel).
No matter the tradition the chakras are placed alongside you body, from the spine upwards to the highest point of your head. Every chakra controls the physical functions of the body where they are placed and when the body is healthy and balanced they spin correctly (clock wise motion), when unbalanced we need to adjust the energy. Generally speaking the head/crown chakra takes in sun energy, the universe and expand the spiritual while the chakra at the body’s lowest point, like the root chakra, takes in the earths energy.
I’ve read that the mantras believed to be connected to each chakra, according to old texts, actually are connected to the element of the chakra, so you can use them while working on the elements, regardless of the chakra. LAM = earth, VAM = water, RAM – Fire, YAM = wind, HAM = universe.
When it comes to crystals recommended for each chakra, I do believe they can help us, but I don’t think it’s enough to just buy a bag of “love stones” or that we get better self confidence just by putting a specific gemstone on the solar plexus chakra. I don’t want to say that it don’t work and so many say it does, but my personal opinion and experience is that for a crystal to be helpful it’s about what you charge it with more than that it has a certain energy from the start. I’m giving suggestions for crystals and gems below, ones that usually are connected to the specific chakra, personally I like working with them or using them when making jewelry because it feels more creative and helps keep me focused on the task at hand.
We humans have chakras in the middle of our palms as well, and we all have the ability to balance the energy in our own body by using these. If you want to know more about this, get in touch. I’m happy to teach you. Alternatively you can come to me and I’ll balance them for you, for example we could do a reikisession or chakra meditation. I work intuitively and not in a certain sequence or technique.
A summary of the most common 7 chakras of today:
Name: Crown chakra – Sahaswara chakra
Placement: Top of your head. It is said to be linked to the pineal gland, the brain and the central nervous system.
Color: Golden, purple or white.
Element: Inner light, though and Akasha (space/ether/universe). Modern text refer to Akasha in the third eye, but older ones refer it to this chakra.
Mantra sound: OM / AUM
Example for mantra meditation: I am divine
Properties: Is our center of spirituality and our contact with the divine. If our crown chakra is open and in balance, we have contact with the spiritual dimension of life and with our higher self. A good way to balance his crown chakra is through meditation.
In the event of imbalances: Anxiety, confusion, depression and problems with the nervous system. An overactive crown chakra can cause religious fanaticism, and one can also find it difficult to stand with both feet on the ground. One can have an exaggerated belief in oneself. An underactive crown chakra can make you feel that life is meaningless, and you may feel very afraid of death. Everything can feel empty, and you have no desire to develop spiritually or to develop your inner self.
Crystals / stones: diamond, zircon and rock crystal.
Name: Third Eye / Forehead Chakra – Ajna
Placement: Between the eyebrows above the root of the nose. It is said to be connected to the forehead, pituitary gland and eyes.
Color: Indigo blue
Mantra sound: OM or SHAM
Example of mantra meditation: I am connected.
Properties: Helps our ability to see things clearly and clearly, both physically and intuitively.
When it is in balance, we are grounded and down to earth. We can visualize inner images, have good concentration and we understand the purpose of our lives. Residence for clarity and intuitive vision.
In the event of imbalances: Headaches, nightmares, vision errors, reality flight, concentration difficulties.
Crystals / stones: sapphire, amethyst, fluorite, sodalite, kunzite and labradorite.
Name: Throat chakra – Visbuddha chakra
Placement: The center of the throat, connected to the neck, nose, sinuses, neck, jaws, teeth, throat, vocal cords, thyroid glands and ears.
Color: Light blue, crystal blue, turquoise
Elements: Akasha (space / ether / universe) and Sound
Manta sound: HAM
Example of mantra meditation: I am expressive.
Properties: Center for physical communication, linking body and mind and acting as a gateway to higher consciousness. When it is in balance, our voice is powerful, we have the ability to listen to others without interrupting and defending our own opinion. We dare to show who we are, speak for our cause and tell our own truth without imposing it on others. On a spiritual level, it is the home of telepathic or clairaudient communication.
In the event of imbalances: Colds, problems in the oral cavity and throat, jaws, vocal cords, neck tonsils, neck and various problems with the thyroid gland. If you have an overactive neck chakra, you are often overwhelmed by other people, and have difficulty letting others speak. You can also be overly critical of other people. If you have an underactive neck chakra you often have difficulty expressing yourself and may have difficulty saying and setting boundaries.
Crystals / stones: Lapis lazuli, sodalite, azurite, topaz, aquamarine and turquoise.
Name: Heart Chakra – Anahata chakra
Location: The center of the chest, at the heart and the area around the heart, both front and back. It is said to be linked to the heart, the immune system, the thymus gland, the upper lobes of the lungs, hands.
Color: Green or light pink
Mantra sound: YAM
Example of mantra meditation: I am loved.
Properties: Center for compassion and unconditional love for ourselves and others. Stands for love, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion and trust. When we have a balance in the heart chakra, we have a balance between giving and receiving. We can feel compassion for others while being neutral and balanced. We have the power to give without expecting consideration.
In the event of imbalances: Asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure and lung disease. An overactive heart chakra can cause us to be controlled by our intense emotions, and we can be judgmental towards other people and have problems in our relationships. We can have a hard time leaving relationships that are bad for us. An underactive heart chakra makes it difficult for us to let people near us, we become suspicious and we have a negative outlook on the world.
Crystals / stones: Avnturin, Rosen Quartz, Flourite.
Name: Solar plexus chakra – Manipura chakra
Location: Just below the sternum, at the solar plexus. Is said to be connected to the digestive system; the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, skin, nervous system and lower lobes of the lungs.
Mantra sound: RAM
Examples of mantra meditation: I am strong.
Properties: Provides energy, power, willpower, power, determination, and determination. When the solar plexus is in balance we have good confidence and go our own way in life. We are focused, strong-willed and can direct our energy towards clear goals. A strong solar plexus makes us fearless and gives us the ability to inspire others. We have control over our thoughts and feelings, and you are happy with who we are and you appreciate the people around us.
In the event of imbalances: Diabetes, anorexia, bulimia, ulcers, gastric ulcer, gallstones, rheumatism, jaundice. You can have problems with your self-esteem and feel that you are not good enough, and worry much about what others think and think about who you are and what you do.
Crystals / stones: Agate, tiger eye, amber, citrine, yellow jasper.
Name: Sexual Chakra / Sacral Chakra – Svadhisthana
Location: Five centimeters below the navel, above the pubic bone. It is said to be linked to the kidneys, upper intestines, bladder, and genitals, reproduction.
Mantra sound: VAM
Example of mantra meditation: I am creative.
Properties: The center of our creative energy as well as our sexual energy. When the sexual chakra is in balance, we are in touch with our emotions. Chakra is associated with our relationship with other people and our emotions. We give ourselves time to enjoy life and create space for spontaneity and joy. The residence of our clairvoyant or clear-minded ability.
In the event of imbalances: gynecological problems, potency problems, frigidity, urinary disorders, lower back problems. Difficulties with social and emotional relationships.
Crystals / stones: Jade, carnelian, amber, calcite.
Name: Root chakra / Base chakra – Muldahara
Placement: At the end of the spine in the pelvic floor area, the middle of the anus and genital area. Supposed to be linked to feet, legs, skeletons, lower intestines.
Example of mantra meditation: I am safe.
Properties: Is about security, survival and our contact with the earth. When it is in balance, you feel grounded, safe, centered and safe. You have a good relationship with your body and care about your health. You can support yourself, sleep well, have a basic security that makes you strong, reliable and realistic.
In the event of imbalances: Lumbar spine, sciatica, varicose veins, obesity, rectal problems, hemorrhoids, depression, rheumatism, prostate problems. An underactive root chakra can give us less power, inability to grasp things and make changes.
Crystals / stones: Onyx, hematite, obsidian, all red gemstones such as ruby and garnet.
An eighth chakra, the Aura, is added to kundalini yoga. Every living thing has an aura around itself, an energy field. If we change the energy field, the physical body and vice versa also change. The aura and the chakra system work in symbiosis with each other.
Location: The energy field that surrounds the physical body
Features: Works as a protection around man.
In the event of imbalances: Inability to protect against external negativity, protection against illness and other difficulties.