The Seven Major Chakras

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Chakras are an ancient tradition, and as such it can be overwhelming to research the vast information on the chakras. In fact, there is so much information on the chakras, it would be best to consider this article an overview.

The Science.
Chakras are said to be bioenergy. Spherical energy above and connected with their specific locations on the body. They also have their own individual colors. Subtle energy has been a bit difficult to prove in science because it isn’t easy to detect without special gifts, and a person with these special gifts will have a difficult time proving to scientists it’s real.

Proving anything involving energy and/or spirituality is a difficult task in scientific fields. It typically ends up being labeled “pseudoscience”. However, we are finally coming to a point where some of the ancient ways are being recognized in modern science and Western medicine. But it is still more likely to be considered alternative medicine, and because of that there are many people who do not believe in chakras and their effects.

Energy can be a tricky subject to prove in science, but for thousands of years no one could see inside the body unless it was postmortem, then the industrial revolution happened and technological advancements took off. There were advancements such as the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and finally physicians could view, to a certain extent, what’s going on inside the living body. So, it isn’t a stretch to think eventually there may be a device to provide better evidence of the chakras being real. Perhaps even know how well they are working and if there are blockages.

Many believe a person can learn how to feel the chakras which means they can feel when a chakra isn’t functioning at its best, particularly when they know what their body feels like once the chakras are functioning optimally. In the medical field, it will make a huge difference for patients if there were a device that can show exactly what is going on with a person’s energy.

The Chakras are Connected to Bioenergy.
The chakras are energy that receives and transmits energy and information through modulation. With the perspective of everything being energy, it is logical to view the possibility of the human body having these chakras that connect and transmit energy to everything within the Earth’s atmosphere.

The mind-body connection makes it important to keep these energy fields open to send and receive data. When our energy isn’t flowing properly, it can have negative emotional, psychological, and physical symptoms.

Meditations for the Chakras
Meditation is essential. YouTube is a great source for guided meditations, just do a quick search on “chakra meditations” and you will find about 700,000 options. Balancing, clearing, opening, etc. There are many possibilities, including individual focus on each of the 7 chakras.

If you’re a beginner, it will be easiest to start with the video that stands out to you most. If you’re picky (like me) about tones, whether it’s the background or the voiceover; if there is anything off putting, don’t give up! There are plenty of videos to choose from.

Meditation can be difficult, especially in the beginning. Guided meditations make it a lot easier because listening to a voiceover and concentrating on their voice and instructions can help keep wandering thoughts at bay. For many people it is still a challenge in the beginning to just relax your mind and body, but practice is imperative. It will get easier.

Before beginning meditations it is important to try to find a quiet place. Make sure all electronics are off (except the one you’re using for the meditation, of course), try to keep pets away; anything that can be a distraction needs to be put on hold. Lay or sit, whichever is most comfortable for you. If your body is feeling tense, try some gentle stretches or a yoga flow before you settle in. Take a few deep breaths and trust the process. People can have a different way of doing things so don’t be shy about trying a few different techniques to see what you like best. Once you get that down, I encourage you to get into a meditation routine. This will help prepare your mind and body. This can send a signal to your brain ‘meditation is coming, it’s time to relax’.

What do the Chakras Look Like?
It is believed that the chakras are spherical cone forms of energy with the smallest end connecting to its respective point of contact. The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. Some research suggests there are innumerable chakras, but the focus is typically the 7 majors. The 7 majors are what this article will be focusing on. There is simply too much information on the chakras to try to fit it all into one article.
The Root Chakra: located at the base of the spine, it’s red in color.
The Sacral Chakra: located just below the belly button, it’s orange in color.
The Solar Plexus Chakra: located in the stomach area, it’s yellow in color.
The Heart Chakra: located in the center of the chest, it’s green in color.
The Throat Chakra: located at the base of the throat, it’s blue in color.
The Third Eye Chakra: located in the center of the forehead in between the eyebrows, it’s indigo in color.
The Crown Chakra: located at the top of the head, it’s violet in color.The location and color of the different chakras can aid in visualization when trying to work on them. In most, if not all, chakra guided meditations speak of the chakra locations and their colors. Typically, gemstone work also has relative color coordination between the stones you’re working with and the specific chakra it connects with.

Gemstones for the Chakras
Gemstones are believed to transmit energy, just like the chakras, but in their own rite. Gemstones are an excellent tool to use while working with your chakras. Gemstones are minerals which can be faked, so buyers beware.

I recommend going to a store that sells them and ask the staff if they are natural, or find an Etsy shop you like then message the seller to ask if they’re natural. Some good questions to ask: “Are your gemstones natural, glass, synthetic, or something else? Are they Earth grown, homemade, or lab created?” If the seller doesn’t answer all your questions, ask other shops rather than buy a product you’re unsure about. It isn’t going to benefit you if the stones are faked. Thankfully, most shops are willing to be honest and upfront about their products.
Some Etsy shops offer a collection of gemstones for chakra work, so buying a kit may be easier if you’re a beginner. It is important to note gemstones need to be cleansed and charged regularly for optimum affect. One great way to cleanse that is safe for all gemstones is sage smoke. Simply light a sage stick (or loose leaves in a fire safe bowl) and fan the smoke over the gemstones, or individually pass them through the smoke.

To charge your stones, use the sun and moon. A full-moon is best, you can utilize the power of the full-moon for three days. One day before, during its fullest, and one day after. To protect the gemstones that are water soluble, you can place them on a windowsill inside to absorb the sun and moon light. Be cautious of too much sun exposure as some gemstones can fade with too much light.

A few examples of gemstones that work well with a specific chakra:
The Root Chakra: Tigers eye, Bloodstone, Black Obsidian, Red Jasper.
The Sacral Chakra: Moonstone, Carnelian, Coral, Citrine.
The Solar Plexus Chakra: Tigers Eye, Golden Calcite, Topaz, Citrine.
The Heart Chakra: Rose Quartz, Emerald, Green Aventurine, Jade.
The Throat Chakra: Angelite, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Sodalite.
The Third Eye Chakra: Amethyst, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Azurite.
The Crown Chakra: Clear Quartz, Selenite, Labradorite, Diamond.

Essential Oils for the Chakras
Essential oils are used in chakra work for the aromatherapy benefits. It isn’t necessary, but many believe essential oils can help. Essential oils can be used in a diffuser during meditation. Some even use a spray which can be spritzed around your chakra work area. Essential oils can also be applied to the area of the chakras, just be sure to use a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation. Before you buy it would be good to ask if they are pure and undiluted.

Here are some examples of which essential oils benefit each of the 7 chakras.
The Root Chakra: Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood.
The Sacral Chakra: Bergamot, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Wild Orange.
The Solar Plexus Chakra: Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon, Grapefruit.
The Heart Chakra: Bergamot, Sandalwood, Lavender, Geranium.
The Throat Chakra: Bergamot, Peppermint, Basil, Cypress.
The Third Eye Chakra: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli.
The Crown Chakra: Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Sandalwood.Affirmations
Speaking affirmations that coincide with each of the 7 chakras is another way to provide the mind-body connection in chakra work. There are many examples available for chakra related affirmations, including during some guided meditations on YouTube. If you want to speak the affirmations on your own, rather than during a guided meditation, chose the words that resonate most with you. What phrase makes you feel the best? It is great to say these affirmations while holding your gemstones, or while they are placed on the area of the chakras they benefit.

If you really want to go the extra mile, set up an essential oil in a diffuser (or spray a bit in your meditation area), lay somewhere comfortable and quiet, place the gemstones on their respective chakra locations, do the 7/11 breathing (deep inhale for 7 seconds, exhale 11 seconds), then once you’re relaxed and in a relatively meditative state; recite your affirmations.
There are professionals who can help cleanse and heal the chakras, or even to assist your own chakra work. Some professionals can work remotely because it’s dealing with energy and therefore they don’t need to be in the same room with you. Just be sure to find someone you can trust that comes with excellent reviews.There are many ways to cleanse, heal, and balance the chakras. Mind-body exercise is certainly beneficial. Walk in nature, yoga, practice mindful breathing techniques. And of course, a clean diet. Specifically fruits and vegetables because they come from the Earth and are the purest foods.
Happy Healing!

Cristina Swink is a mother, wife, bibliophile, reader, actress, model, writer, artist, college graduate, and certified in different areas of fitness and spirituality. Cristina is a lover of nature, animals, books, ancient history, art, and gothic style. She has an INTJ Personality type; always learning, reading, and creating. 
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References

Wisneski, L., & Anderson, L. (2005). The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2(2), 257–259. http://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/neh079

 

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