Chakras were first documented in the the Vedas thousands of years ago. Today, Chakras are a well-known term, thanks to yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and New Age crazies such as myself. However, the concept of Chakras has been twisted and compromised in so many ways – kind of like that Telephone Game (also creepily known as “Chinese Whispers” in other countries) in which people whisper their own interpretations of the original phrase and the end result is often strikingly different. In order to understand the Chakras, I feel it is important to understand the belief/science behind them. In Part I, I explained the Aural bodies and which Chakra they each correlate with. In Part II, I gave a brief history lesson on how the Chakras came to be fully understood. Here in Part III, I will explain each Chakra a little more in depth, explaining what happens when they are either taken care of or neglected.
Some things to keep in mind:
- What I mean by “location” of each chakra are the body parts’ energies that the chakras reflect in the Etheric Body.
- The general rule of thumb for crystal healing is that the crystal used to heal is the chakra is of the same color as the chakra. Same with clothing color. Healing crystals can be placed on their chakras while meditating or laying down, or can simply be carried with you.
- The mantras are meant to be recited out loud or internally, and they help with blockages and imbalances to their corresponding chakras.
- The Pituitary Gland, which is the gland that corresponds with the Third Eye Chakra, is the gland that controls other endocrine glands below it.
- Chakras, as well as physical parts of the body, can be healed with energy healing. I specialize in Reiki, if you are interested!
1st Chakra – Root/Base Chakra
The Root Chakra’s main focuses are basic survival and keeping us grounded and connected to mother earth. This chakra is also associated with “fight or flight” responses, primal nature and energy levels.
Working on this chakra first will give us the stamina, security and stability to strengthen our other chakras.
When this chakra is balanced, we feel generally optimistic, happy, and full of vitality.
When there is low energy here, one can feel masochistic feelings, anxiety, lack of confidence, dissatisfaction with work and life in general, and a lack of ability to complete things.
When there is too much energy here, one can be characterized by sadistic feelings, selfishness, aggression and greed.
Imbalances here may lead to physical ailments such as adrenal fatigue, arthritis, bone issues, hemorrhoids, irregular menstruation, kidney stones, low blood pressure or sugar, nausea and weight gain or loss.
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Location: Base of spine
Color: Red or Black
Mantra: Lam – chant this if feeling tired or low in energy, stressed, strapped for cash or if you need a self-esteem boost
Deep-Rooted Challenges: Memories from ancestors, memories from past events that threatened or basic survival
To Balance: Reiki, yoga, cook, clean and reorganize your home, affirm your right to have a good and stable life, meditate while sitting on the ground or earth, eating a balanced diet
Healing Crystals: Garnet, Ruby, Red Jasper, Obsidian, Hematite, Black Tourmaline
Related Organs: Spine, testes, kidneys
Related Endocrine Glands: Adrenal – produces steroid hormones aldosterone (helps control blood pressure) and cortisol (aids in metabolism and works with adrenaline and noradrenaline to regulate our reactions to stress)
2nd Chakra – Naval/Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra’s main focuses are sexual energy, pleasure, sensations, creativity, and feeling as well as letting go of emotions. This chakra is also associated with intimacy, cooperation with others, sensuality and experiencing life in the moment.
Working on this chakra will encourage physical grace, success, intuition and overall positivity.
When this chakra is balanced, we feel open, healthy, creative, friendly, and able to learn from our successes as well as our failures.
When there is low energy here, one can feel confused, uncertain, shy, oversensitive and untrusting.
When there is too much energy here, one can be too ambitious, manipulative, self-centered, jealous, obsessive, emotionally cold, and sex will be had without emotions.
Imbalances here can lead to physical ailments such as bladder infections, hypogonadism, impotence, issues with fertility, low testosterone, menstrual irregularities, ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts.
Sanskrit Name: Svadisthana
Location: Lower abdomen
Mantra: Vam – chant this if you have low libido, feel sexually unsatisfied, have a negative self-image, or if you need a boost to help you open up in relationships
Deep-Rooted Challenges: Cultural taboos and struggles, learning to “let go” and let life occur
To Balance: Reiki, yoga, meditation, go out and have a good time with friends, dance, watch a funny show or movie
Healing Crystals: Carnelian (shown), Orange Calcite, Sunstone, Orange Kyanite
Organs: Ovaries, prostate, kidneys, spleen, bladder, bowel, gall bladder
Related Endocrine Glands: Reproductive – Ovaries and Testes maintain the health of the female and male reproductive systems, respectively. Ovaries produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which aid in preparing the uterus for menstruation and stops eggs from maturing when one is pregnant. Testes secrete the hormone testosterone, which aid in the development of physical characteristics as well as the maintenance of sexual functions in males.
3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus’ Chakras main focuses are on self-mastery and power.
This chakra is also associated with self-perception and self-control.
Working on this chakra will encourage discipline, concentration, self-acceptance and ability to deal with changes well.
When this chakra is balanced, we are able to accomplish what we strive for and gain knowledge on what is important to us. We are able to move forward in life while harnessing our power and personal will to attract prosperity and a full life.
When there is low energy here, one can feel little self-discipline, one is passive and lets life happen and one feels frustration because it is difficult to overcome obstacles that distract from goals. One is self-critical and finds it hard to stand up for oneself.
When there is too much energy here, anger-management issues are hard to control. One can be a workaholic and have issues with wanting to feel powerful even in small situations.
Imbalances here can lead to physical ailments such as digestive issues, ulcers, liver issues, and blood sugar imbalances (and furthermore lead to disorders such as diabetes, and hyper- or hypoglycemia).
Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Location: Base of ribcage; above the navel
Mantra: Ram – Chant this if you need a confidence and self-assurance boost, have a hard time standing up for yourself, have negative impulses or need to work on self-control.
Deep-Rooted Challenges: Overcoming wounds from when others left you feeling powerless
To Balance: Reiki, yoga, affirm your right to choose what happens in your life, strengthen your abdominals, practice self-acceptance affirmations
Healing Crystals: Citrine (shown), Tiger’s Eye, Amber
Related Organs: Liver, bladder, pancreas, upper spine, stomach, intenstines
Related Endocrine Gland: Pancreas – produce the blood sugar regulating hormones insulin, somatostatin and glucagon, as well as other hormones to aid in digestion.
4th Chakra – Heart Chakra
(The bridge between the lower 3 chakras of physical energy and the higher 3 chakras of spiritual energy)
The Heart Chakra’s main focuses are giving and receiving love, unconditional love and compassion. This chakra is also associated with forgiveness, empathy, compassion and trust.
Working on this chakra will give us the strength to understand and help others, knowledge of when to say yes or no, and will help us balance the strengths of our lower and higher chakras.
When this chakra is balanced, loving energy is allocated to ourselves and others. We and the people around us feel unconditional love, friendliness, lack of judgment and peace. We know when to take time for ourselves to self-nurture. We feel prosperity and abundance in our lives.
When there is low energy here, one can feel suspicious of others, lack of compassion and a need to repress feelings.
When there is too much energy here, one can feel like a martyr and give too much energy to others. This leaves one feeling drained and stressed.
Imbalances here can lead to physical ailments such as a weakened immune system, respiratory issues, heart issues and thymus disorders. A thymus disorder can lead to shortness of breath, asthma, muscle weakness, or neck pain.
Sanskrit name: Anahata
Location: Right in between your TaTas, in the center of the chest
Mantra: Yam – Chant this if you are feeling loveless, are having a hard time giving or receiving love, have a hard time in relationships, or if your compassion of others is at a low.
Deep-Rooted Challenges: Overcome feelings of rejection and wounds from heartbreak
To Balance: Reiki, yoga, meditation, get a massage, cook, play instruments, affirm yourself of your many talents and skills, write creatively
Healing Crystals: Green Aventurine (shown first), Rose Quartz (shown second), Emerald, Malachite, Rhodocrosite, Peridot, Dioptase
Related Organs: Heart, lungs
Related Endocrine Gland: Thymus – produces the hormone Thymosin, which help transform white blood cells called lymphocytes into T cells. The thymus gland also helps prevent autoimmunity, which is when the immune system shuts down. When matured, T cells move to the lymph nodes. The thymus gland is only active until puberty, and afterwards starts to shrink and is replaced by fat.
5th Chakra – Throat Chakra
The main focuses of the Throat Chakra are of communication and ideas. This chakra is also associated with artistic expression, truthfulness and clairaudience.
Working on this chakra will encourage good judgment and wisdom, inspired creativity and originality, and truth-seeking on a universal level.
When this chakra is balanced, we are able to express ourselves and our ideas, we mean what we say and have no problem telling the truth.
When there is low energy here, one is unable to voice opinions, has speech difficulties, is confused about which stance to take, or can cling onto others’ ideas and beliefs.
When there is too much energy here, one can talk aimlessly and excessively, and cling onto others’ beliefs and ideas.
Imbalances here can lead to physical ailments such as sore throats, neck issues, laryngitis, thyroid and parathyroid disorders. Thyroid disorders can lead to hyper- or hypothyroidism, thyroid cancer, goiters, thyroiditis or nodules in the thyroid. Disorders associated with the parathyroid gland are hyper- or hypoparathyroidism and osteoporosis.
Sanskrit name: Visuddi
Location: Base of the neck in the throat
Mantra: Ham – Chant this if you are having a hard time expressing your needs and desires, or if you are looking to work on your honesty and integrity
Deep-Rooted Challenges: Overcoming wounds from verbal suppression
To Balance: Reiki, yoga, meditate while concentrating on the breath, sing, get a facial, chant, listen to music you love
Healing Crystals: Blue Lace Agate, Aquamarine (shown), Blue Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Aragonite
Related Organs: Respiratory system, vocal cords, tongue, esophagus, bronchial tubes
Related Endocrine Gland: Thyroid and Parathyroid – The thyroid gland produces the T3 and T4 hormones (both essentially the triiodothyronine hormone), which aids in brain development, heart and digestive functions, and regulates the body’s metabolic rate. The parathyroid gland secretes the parathyroid hormone (PTH) that regulates the body’s calcium levels.
The Third Eye Chakra’s main focuses are psychic abilities and imagination. This chakra is also associated with life purpose and clear thinking and seeing.
Working on this chakra will allow us to balance our outer and inner worlds, balance our right and left brain hemispheres, see past illusions and connect us to a higher version of ourselves.
When this chakra is balanced, we feel mindful (living moment to moment as opposed to in the present and past), have clear perspectives, see the “big picture,” feel in control of our own lives, and feel independently whole and harmonious as long as the chakras below it are balanced.
When there is low energy here, one can experience a fear of success, feel as if life is disorderly, turn thoughts into drawn-out fantasies and have a lack of direction from their higher self.
When there is too much energy here, one can experience spiritual fatigue, panic attacks, frightening nightmares, psychological issues, confusion and lack of concentration.
Imbalances here can lead to physical ailments such as sinus issues, headaches and disorders in the glands that the pituitary gland controls.
Sanskrit Name: Aina
Location: Between the brows, where the peak of a unibrow would be
Color: Light Purple or Indigo
Element: Light, or all elements combined
Mantra: Om (Pronounced “Aum”) – Chant this if you need help listening to your inner wisdom to find purpose or to break self-imposed constraints and negative habits
Deep-Rooted Challenges: Overcoming repression of your intuitive instincts
To Balance: Reiki, yoga, meditation, avoid ingesting items with fluoride, drink clean water, add raw apple cider to your diet, sungaze (look directly into the sun as the sun rises or sets on the horizon. Please limit this activity to 10 seconds at a time as to not burn your eyes.)
Healing Crystals: Amethyst (shown), Iolite, Azurite, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli
Related Organs: Brain, pituitary gland, eyes
Related Endocrine Gland: The pituitary gland consists of two parts: Anterior Lobe and Posterior Lobe, and controls other glands in the endocrine system, with the help of the hypothalamus. The posterior lobe contains nerve endings from the hypothalamus. Produces hormones:
- Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH): stimulates production of adrenal gland hormones, which are associated with the Root Chakra
- Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and Luteinizing hormone (LH): assists in keeping the ovaries and testes functional, which are associated with the Sacral Chakra
- Growth hormone (GH): aids in growth and healthy bodies in children, and in adults aids in regulating bone and muscle mass as well as fat distribution
- Prolactin: stimulates production of breast milk
- Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH): stimulate production of Thyroid gland hormones, which are associated with the Throat Chakra
7th Chakra – Crown Chakra
The Crown Chakra’s main focuses are on the connection to the your higher self and The Source, or whichever higher being you may believe in. This chakra is also associated with idealism, celestial knowledge and universal connection.
Working on this chakra will release us from our own ego, give us meaning to life, and possibly rebirth us if needed.
When this chakra is balanced, we feel pure peace and fulfillment, enlightenment, serenity, spiritually developed, and trusting that we are guided and protected in this world.
When there is low energy here, self-guidance will be ego driven and one can be prone to confusion when thinking about life’s purpose.
No such thing as too much energy here, although other people may find it hard to understand you if you are enlightened – whatever, haters gonna hate. Challenges with this chakra is being able to stay rooted (so work on the root chakra) while being spiritually high.
Imbalances here can lead to an imbalanced circadian rhythm, colorblindness, nervous disorders, epilepsy, issues with the pituitary gland and have learning disabilities.
Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Location: The top of the head, or crown area of the head
Color: Violet, White or Gold
Element: Thought/Cosmic Energy
Mantra: Om (Aum), Ah, Silence after Om – Chant this if you find yourself feeling insignificant, or if you find yourself too attached to material things and relationships
Deep-Rooted Challenges: Overcoming skepticism
To Balance: Reiki, meditate, pray in silence
Healing Crystals: Amethyst, Clear Quartz (shown), Selenite, Sugilite
Related Organs: Brain stem, spinal cord
Related Endocrine Gland: Pineal – The last endocrine gland to be discovered. Once called the “third eye” because of its location in the brain. Secretes melatonin, which production is dictated by light and darkness. Melatonin aids in controlling the circadian rhythm (the 24-hour sleep-wake biological cycle) and helps govern pituitary gland functions.