What are Chakras?
I was introduced to chakras during my training as a massage therapist in my early twenties. I was amazed! My energy was buzzing through the roof of my car as I left class that day. A whole world was open to me. I could not believe no one is learning or talking about this until there is some sort of specialized training involved. Learning hands on energy work for the first time really raised my vibrations and I knew this was always going to be a part of my life. It took me a few years before I really started to hone in on my skills. As I continue to learn and grow, I feel that learning about the energy in our bodies is just as important as learning basic anatomy and physiology, but in western society it is often swept under the rug. As a mother of three, I make sure to bring the teachings of chakras and energy work to my children, so they may have a foundation to build from as the grow up. Children seem to find working with the different colors of the chakra’s fun, so it is easy to incorporate a workshop into our day! Even adults get drawn into the bright colors and may find that certain colors resonate well with them, and maybe they are turned off by other colors! But what does color have to do with it anyway?
Chakras are whirling energy centers within all of us. Even animals have these. You could hold a pendulum over your dog’s head, and it may start moving. The word chakra is Sanskrit for whirling wheel, or cycle. These energy centers are located all over our body and within our energetic field. During my workshops, I usually discuss the 7 major chakras to begin with. That is usually plenty of information to absorb in for the day! The first through seventh chakras are located along your spine moving up to the top of you head.
These major chakras correspond to physical areas and organs of your body as well as emotions. Each chakra resonates to certain musical notes, stones, and colors, symbols, among other things, which is why children often find this fun. When I list stones associated with particular chakras, I will list the ones I use and work well for me and my practice. An abundance of information is available regarding chakras and stones. I encourage you to take the time to learn what works best for you! If you are able to feel energy from stones, try practicing this: Sit quietly and choose a stone to hold in your palm. While you feel the energy from the stone, take note if you feel any of your chakras responding. It may be a subtle feeling or quite strong. It all depends on your own intuition and how your vibrations react to the vibrations of the stone. You may even find one stone may resonate well with multiple chakras. This is not uncommon. It is important to remember if you are ever working with a stone and start to feel badly, you can set that one aside for a different time! Please work on listening to your energy and body when choosing stones.
Lets start with the first chakra and work our way up to the seventh.
1.The first chakra is also called root chakra and its located at the base of the spine. It is associated with our connection to earth, feeling grounded, our physical body, basic needs, and who we are in the physical world. The root chakra is associated with the color red, musical note c, and there are several stones which can be used with the root chakra including: tiger’s eye, obsidian, jasper, ruby, and garnet. The root chakra is an emotion chakra. This chakra may be out of balance if a person is too wrapped up in the material word, feels like basic need are not being met (food, water, shelter, enough money to survive, and so on...) loses track of who he or she really is, or if there is a lack of stability in a person’s home life. It is helpful for those who are empathic (I believe everyone to be empathic, some are more sensitive than others) to be grounded since we tend to pick up emotions from other people. Staying grounded helps us create boundaries so if we are called to help, we can without becoming entangled in emotions affiliated with another individual.
2.The second chakra, also known as sacral chakra, is located at the sacrum of the spine. This chakra is associated with desire, emotion, creativity, and sexuality and resonates to the tone D, the color orange, and stones such as carnelian, nephrite, jade. This is also an emotion chakra. This chakra may have an imbalance if a person is feeling blocked creatively, feels fearful, suppresses desires, or is having trouble with reproductive organs. Certain belief systems may teach suppression of desires, or desires may be deemed selfish, but it is good to have desires. We may not always get what we think we want, but desires help drive us forward to set goals. This chakra also works with the throat chakra to express creativity.
3.Our third chakra is called our solar plexus and is located in the middle of the abdomen. This is our power center of intention! Our power center is where we put plans into action and have the power to get what we need and want. Though this chakra we project what we want into the world. This chakra is also and emotion chakra and is associated with that “gut” feeling, or initial reaction when facing a situation. The solar plexus chakra resonates with the element fire, color yellow, and musical not E. Some stones which resonate well with the third chakra are tiger’s eye, citrine, carnelian, and labradorite. If a person is lacking balance in his or her solar plexus, he or she might feel a lack of power in life or feel indecisive. This person may also have stomach issues.
4.The fourth chakra is also called our heart chakra and is located in the heart center of the body (in the middle of the chest). This chakra is connected to out love center and is often used in healing energy work. Our heart chakra is associated with our ability to love and be loved. I feel this chakra is associated with intuition, spirit, and emotion and resonates to the musical note F and color green. Stones that may be used for this chakra include, but are not limited to: rose quartz, aventurine, calcite, malachite, and emerald. If the heart chakra is unbalanced a person may have trouble in relationships or issues in the associated organs in the chest cavity. To help balance the heart chakra, one may need to focus on self-love and develop the belief of being deserving of love. I see many people who focus on loving others, but they do not take the time to accept love or believe that self-love is egotistical or selfish, when, in fact, it is necessary to build a loving relationship with other individuals.
5.Our fifth chakra is known as our throat chakra and is in the throat or neck. The Throat Chakra is associated with communication both in the physical and spiritual world. It is also affiliated with self-expression and creativity and works with the sacral chakra. Our throat chakra connects us intuitively, so it would be active during channeling energy and receiving messages from guides and/or spirit. This chakra may need to be balanced if a person is having trouble expressing his or herself. Maybe he or she is afraid to speak up or is lacking the ability to communicate. When I know I am heading into a situation where I need to verbally communicate effectively, I may choose to keep one of the following stones with me: Lapis, sodalite, fluorite, and clear quartz may also be used. I also might choose to wear blue since that is the color which the throat chakra resonates with. (musical note G)
6.In the middle of your forehead between your eyebrows is the center for your sixth chakra, also called the third eye, or brow chakra. The third eye is also a highly intuitive energy center and associated with psychic communication such as seeing, hearing, and knowing. If I am looking to help activate my third eye chakra, I may choose to use lapis lazuli, clear quartz, fluorite, or amethyst and use the color purple, violet, or indigo. It is possible to get headaches associated with this chakra and a person may have trouble focusing mentally, feel confused or indecisive if this chakra is out of balance. (musical note A?)
7.At the very top of your head is your seventh chakra, or crown chakra. If you think of where you would place a crown on your head, that is the area we focus on with this chakra. This chakra is associated with our higher self and our connection with spirit. This is a highly intuitive chakra. When channeling, a healer may feel energy enter through their crown chakra. Stones resonating with the crown chakra include amethyst and clear quartz, which are the two I use most often when working with this the crown chakra. Colors associated with this chakra include gold, white, and indigo. When this chakra is out of balance there may not be a clear picture of “self’’ or a feeling of not being on the right path, or loss of direction. This chakra helps connect us to spirit and livelihood. There may be a lack of energy in a person with this chakra blocked