Balancing and Opening the Seven Chakras

Balancing and Opening the Seven Chakras

Chakras can be traced back between 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest Indian scriptures, the Vedas. The Sanskrit word chakra translates to “wheel” where the energies gather. Our chakra system is where energy flows through us.  Within these chakras is ‘prana,’ or the ultimate pure healing energy, to keep us healthy and happy.

Firstly, maintaining the energy of our chakras is so important to our health and well-being.  Secondly, addressing any blockages you have within your chakras allows for the flow of energy. It is the belief that when the chakras are open and aligned, our energy is constantly flowing naturally allowing prana to move through your body.  Consequently, it’s important to know about each chakra and it’s purpose.

In our culture, there can be a certain amount of skepticism in pursuing esoteric practices, but learning about the healing power of chakras can increase our general well-being. We can gain many benefits to our health by addressing the balance in our chakras. Keeping an open mind and figuring out what works for you to gain balance is the key to improving one’s own health. According to New Age philosophy, each chakra is directly related to our endocrine system, enabling us to energetically address all of our health issues.

Each is associated with a color, a symbol of a lotus flower, and a representation of its higher meaning. Some techniques for improving balance include mediation, different activities, crystals, oils, and even eating certain foods.

Root Chakra

At the base of the spine is the root chakra, related to the adrenal glands, it is associated with the color red and a lotus with four petals. It is the center of your grounding earth energy, security, survival, basic needs, sexuality, and fear. Most importantly, balancing this chakra can increase passion, vitality, leadership, and initiative.

When it’s blocked:  For example, when blocked it can cause many different ailments, including anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physically, the first chakra is associated with problems in the colon, the bladder, lower back, leg, or feet issues.

Balance and opening the root chakra by:

  • Sitting in nature
  • Walking barefoot
  • Yoga,
  • Dancing

Crystals for this chakra included:

Foods for the root chakra:

  • Beets
  • Parsnips
  • Apples
  • Protein

The sound of this chakra is Lam or chanting the sound “uhhhh”.

Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra located at the lower belly, related to the reproductive organs, is associated with the color orange and the lotus with six petals. It is the center of your emotions, creativity, joy, and also sexuality. Improving balance can help relationships, intimacy, and desire. Like the root chakra, activities like yoga and dancing can be helpful to balance.

When it’s blocked: When the sacral chakra is blocked you may feel uninspired creatively or emotional instability. It can also cause physical sexual dysfunctions, fear of change, depression, or addiction-like behaviors.

Balance and opening the sacral chakra by:

  • Sexual healing
  • Positive affirmations
  • Drinking water

Crystals for this chakra included:

Foods for the sacral chakra:

  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Carrots
  • Oranges

The sound of this chakra is Vam and chanting “ooooo”.

Solar Plexus Chakra

The third chakra is the solar plexus at the mouth of your stomach, plays a role in digestion in relationship to your pancreas, the outer adrenal glands, and the adrenal cortex. The solar plexus is related to the color yellow and a lotus with ten petals. It is important to note that the solar plexus chakra serves as a bridge between the lower vibrating root and sacral chakras, and upper chakras with there higher vibrations.

This is the center of your will, insight, wisdom, and self-control. It is related to complex emotions ranging from joy to anger and also connected to intellectual agility.  Finding balance in this chakra will aid in discovering your purpose and improving your energy level.

When it’s blocked: When the solar plexus is blocked you may experience low self-esteem, have difficulty making decisions, and may have anger or control issues. It may also lead to procrastination, or being taken advantage of easily. Physical symptoms include digestive problems such as nausea constipation or diarrhea.

Balance and opening the solar plexus chakra by:

  • Mental activities
  • General exercise

Crystals for this chakra included:

  • Golden topaz
  • Citrine
  • Amber

Foods for the solar plexus chakra:

  • Yellow peppers
  • Yellow squash
  • Bananas
  • Oats
  • Grains

The sound of this chakra is Ram and an “oohhh” chant.

Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is located at the center of the chest, related to your thymus gland, it is associated with the color green and a lotus with twelve petals. This chakra is important to your immune and lymph systems, as well as, circulation and blood pressure. Opening this chakra can improve your sense of love, balance, hope, compassion, and forgiveness.

When it’s blocked: A closed heart chakra can give cause grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others, especially with holding a grudge against something or someone. Physical symptoms include asthma, heart disease, lung disease, issues with breasts, lymphatic systems, upper back and shoulder problems, arm and wrist pain.

Balance and opening the heart chakra by:

  • Mediation
  • Swimming
  • Helping others

Crystals for this chakra included:

Foods for the heart chakra:

  • Green food such as:
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Kale

The sound of this chakra is Yam and “ahhhh”.

Throat Chakra

The fifth chakra is located at the base of the throat, directly in front of the thyroid gland. It is associated with the color blue and a lotus with sixteen petals. It is also associated with the sinus, respiratory system, and the parathyroid. The throat chakra is related to communication, articulation, creativity, and expression.

When it’s blocked: In addition to having trouble speaking your truth, you will find it hard to pay attention and stay focused, or you may experience fear in judgment from others. Physically, this blockage can cause sore throat, thyroid issues, neck and shoulder stiffness, or tension headaches.

Balance and opening the throat chakra by:

  • Singing
  • Humming
  • Speaking one’s truth

Crystals for this chakra included:

Foods for the throat chakra:

  • Blueberries
  • Blue raspberries
  • Figs
  • Tart fruits

The sound of this chakra is Ham and the chanting sound is “eyyye”.

Third Eye Chakra

The third eye chakra is located between the eyebrows, relating to both the pineal and pituitary gland, is it the color of indigo and has the two petal lotus. It is important to the nervous system, hypothalamus, and eyes. It is the chakra of perception, visualization, time, awareness, and light.

When it’s blocked: You may have trouble finding your intuition, trusting your inner voice, recalling important facts, or learning new skills. It can also cause you to act judgmental, dismissive, and introverted. A third-eye blockage is associated with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, while physically causes headaches, dizziness, and brain-health issues.

Balance and opening the third eye chakra by:

  • Looking at the stars
  • Meditation
  • Using one’s imagination

Crystals for this chakra included:

Foods for the throat chakra:

  • Blackberries
  • Plums
  • Purple grapes
  • Dark chocolate
  • Liquids

The sound of this chakra is Om and its chant is “ayyyyy.”

Crown Chakra

The seventh chakra is the crown chakra and is located at the top of your head, it can be associated with both white and violent. It has a lotus with nine hundred seventy-two petals. It connects with your DNA, metabolism, cerebral cortex, and upper spine. Also, it is the chakra of consciousness, spiritual connection, focus, and harmony. It represents truth and purity, so when healing the crown chakra, it will affect all the other chakras’ balance.

When it’s blocked: A crown-chakra blockage may create feelings of isolation or emotional distress. You might not feel like your normal self.

Balance and opening the third eye chakra by:

  • Mantras
  • Visualizations
  • Meditation
  • Affirmations
  • Prayer

Crystals for this chakra included:

Foods for the throat chakra:

  • Herbal teas
  • Ginger
  • Elements of nature-like sunlight and fresh air

The sound of this chakra is Om and its chant is “eeeee”.

Western medicine may not embrace chakra healing, however, such skepticism does not take away from its validity in practice. Taking steps to connect to your energy through chakra healing can be a great way to achieve balance in health.

In conclusion, learning about each chakra representation of higher meaning and applying it to your individual health needs can add to stability. All the different activities to open one’s chakras are great ways to reach emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical harmony. Make sure to explore what methods work best for you!

Hope

In the search to find answers to some of the bigger questions in life, I began to focus on myself to grow and better serve the collective. I am passionate about individualism and freedom of expression with a focus on spirituality. I was raised Catholic and grew to appreciate religion in a traditional sense. But I began to expand my spirituality to include other universal beliefs. I believe that we all can grow in a community of non-judgment and open understanding.

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