How can you heal something that you can't see? Chakra healing is a lot like psychology in that sense. We can not see the human mind, yet we know it exists. Similarly, we can't see germs, but we know they cause disease. To understand why, or how to go about chakra healing, we must first understand what chakras are and how they function.
Chakra means wheel or vortex in Sanskrit. If we picture a chakra as a spinning ball of energy, we can begin to understand the dynamic way in which they work. Chakras sometimes slow down or stop. When chakras stop moving, it can cause mental or physical issues.
How Do Chakras Work?
The concept of chakras spans thousands of years, and the practice of chakra healing is common in many cultures. Today, the study of chakras and chakra healing is finding its place in the western world through holistic healing practices. Holistic medicine blends Eastern philosophies with the West's scientific understanding of the endocrine and other physiological systems within our body.
Our western interpretation of chakras and chakra healing is rooted in Hindu traditions, according to Master Energy Practitioner Timothy Pope. Chakras, as described in Hindi practices, align with glands in the endocrine system. According to Pope, chakras also affect the system's functions.
What Are the Seven Main Chakras?
Chakras start at the tailbone and align along the spine all the way to the top of our head. Each chakra has a color, and if you were to look at them in line outside of the body, they would form a rainbow.
Each chakra also has an associated sound which activates them. In the Sanskrit letters from the Vedic traditions, these are called Bija Mantras.
The first chakra, known as the root chakra lives at the bottom of our spine, at the tip of the tailbone. Being grounded and feelings of security, as well as our fight or flight responses, lie here at the root.
Our base chakra is also known in Hindi as the Mūlādhāra Chakra and resonates with the color red as well as our sense of smell. When this chakra is functioning well, we feel safe, which gives us a great sense of personal power.
The second chakra or the pelvic chakra is located between the root chakra and our belly button. This chakra holds our passions and desires. It’s all about our choices and how we perceive ourselves. The health of our sacral chakra affects our sex drive and our emotions.
The pelvic chakra is referred to in Hindi as the Svādhishthāna Chakra. Its color is orange. When this chakra is healthy, we feel energetic and see the joy in the world.
Solar plexus chakra
A person's third chakra is located right above their belly button. This is where our personal power lies. The third chakra's influence affects the way we move through the world. It shows up in our levels of self-confidence.
This chakra, known in Hindi as the Manipūra Chakra, pushes us up toward a higher consciousness when it is opened. Its color is yellow-orange. The opening of this chakra brings us clarity, prosperity, and a strong sense of well-being.
Infinite love is the gift of an open heart chakra. Compassion and forgiveness are its hallmarks, promising true freedom. The heart chakra or Anāhata Chakra is sky blue but also appears orange or green as the Manipūra Chakra energy moves upward.
This chakra connects us to our authentic voice, and it sits close to the larynx. A healthy throat chakra allows us to speak our truth. This chakra is all about communication, so when it is open, there is freedom in the way you speak.
The throat chakra is an aid in manifesting and purification. It is known as the Vishuddhi Chakra in the Hindi tradition and is blue-violet.
Third eye chakra
The third eye chakra is located between our eyebrows. Its power is vision, illuminating what was previously unseen. When this chakra is open, we receive insight, intuition, and creativity.
In the Hindi tradition, the third eye chakra is known as the Āgyā Chakra, and its color is milky white, representing clarity and purity.
The crown chakra shines like the sun, illuminating everything around us. This is the chakra of transcendence and contains all color, which in our mind may be a bright white. Those with an open crown chakra will exhibit openmindedness and will feel a connection to all life. In Hindi, this chakra is known as Sahasrāra Chakra.
How Do You Know If You Need Chakra Healing?
When chakras are in alignment, we feel spiritually, mentally, and physically healthy. When they're not, you may find that you're angry all the time, depressed, or experience health issues. From a spiritual standpoint, chakra healing is about transcendence, as we move from a physical state into full energetic awareness.
Physically, Chakras connect to the body's energy systems, and their effects are felt in all sorts of ways. Practitioners can help ease anxiety, sexual dysfunction, addiction, eating disorders, and an array of issues through chakra healing.
How Is a Chakra Healing Performed?
We can surmise that some chakra healing practices are better for specific chakras, and some are better for others. We know that each chakra has a color and coincidentally the color has an impact on the choices for chakra healing.
You can perform chakra healing in a variety of ways using food, healing stones, guided meditation, sound, essential oils, yoga postures, and more.
A safe way to care for your chakras is to think about the food that you eat. For example, the root chakra is red. Therefore some of the corresponding foods that will help chakra healing are strawberries, apples, and tomatoes. Additionally, this root chakra also needs root vegetables such as potatoes, onions, and carrots.
Healing stones can balance the chakras. Like food, which connects through color, so do the stones you use for chakra healing. The stones vibrate at the same frequency as the chakras. For example, the root chakra's color is red, so red jasper is an excellent choice for chakra healing.
Guided meditation involves visualization and breathing. It helps balance the chakra's connection to each other and their energy as it moves through our body. Here is a guided meditation using mindfulness techniques.
Each chakra has its own word or mantra according to the Bija tradition. Repeating the mantra will induce a meditative state. You can focus on one chakra at a time, or repeat the name of each, as your close your eyes and visualize each point of energy.
- Root chakra mantra, LAM
- Sacral chakra mantra, VAM
- Solar plexus chakra mantra, RAM
- Heart chakra mantra, YAM
- Throat chakra mantra, HAM
- Third eye chakra mantra, SHAM
- Crown chakra mantra, OM
Essential oils are used as aromatherapy, and they are great for chakra balancing too. Much like food, and the chakra healing stones, certain plants resonate with our chakras. There are oils to help us feel more grounded in our root chakra, like frankincense. And oils to help enhance our creativity, such as rose and gardenia.
Yoga postures are essential to chakra healing. Esther Ekhart's Yin yoga Chakra sequence is a series of poses that help to align the chakras. The poses increase your energy flow and are easy enough for beginners.
Many educated medical and spiritual practitioners will help you through chakra healing. You can use the suggestions we've outlined. Also, it is important to seek guidance if you want to expand your understanding of the chakras and how they affect your mental and physical well-being.
Holistic healers are counselors who can help with chakra healing, and they should be certified as a practitioner.
Chakra healing is a complex and multi-faceted subject. Yogis and gurus spend their lives studying the subtle-body energies of the chakras. We have many options available if we want to clear our chakras and walk the spiritual path to enlightenment, even if we don't make it all the way to Nirvana this time around.
If you believe in chakras, then you know they are powerful. As with any procedure: medical, psychological, or spiritual it's always best to work with an expert. Please note that this article is for informational purposes and it should not replace expert medical advice.