- Chakra –
There are seven main chakras, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. These invisible wheels of energy keep us vibrant and healthy. The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga and meditation, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible healing energy, called Prana, Chi, or Ki, is vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive. These are the energy centers in which Reiki performs.
The Importance of the Main Chakras in the Body
We have major and minor chakras in our energetic body systems. When a chakra is not functioning properly or if it is blocked, illness is more prone to occur. Our wellbeing on all levels can affect and is affected by the chakras.
These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy flows are restricted. Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area through chakra meditation will help bring the others back into balance.
Location: buttocks and anus
Essential Oils Associated: cinnamon, ginger, patchouli
Crystals Associated: bloodstone, tiger’s eye, agate
The Muladhara governs your family ties and feelings of survival, belonging, and guardedness. Your earliest memories are stored here, including whether or not your basic needs were met. When it is blocked or out of balance, you can become needy, have low self-esteem, or have self-destructive behaviors. When Muladhara is in balance, you feel strong and confident; you can stand up on your own two feet and take care of yourself.
Location: bellybutton, reproductive organs
Essential Oils Associated: geranium, orange, sandalwood
Crystals Associated: carnelian, coral, moonstone
This chakra corresponds with your reproductive and sexual organs, and represents fluidity, creativity, and fertility. You can take a literal interpretation of this, or associate this chakra with whether or not you feel deserving of a pleasurable, abundant, creative life. When it's out of balance, you can feel emotionally unstable, guilty, or hard on yourself. When Svadhisthana in balance, you feel creative, positive, and receptive to change—like the ocean and its tides, you're in the flow.
Essential Oils Associated: frankincense, lemon, myrrh
Crystals Associated: malachite, calcite, topaz
When the Manipura is in balance, you feel alive and have the self-esteem and confidence to take action and be productive. When it's blocked, you lack courage, have low self-esteem, and feel stagnant and inert. By working on this chakra, you can awaken your true personal inner power and work through your fear of taking risks.
Location: Heart – Center of Chest
Essential Oils Associated: eucalyptus, peppermint, rose
Crystals Associated: jade, green calcite, green tourmaline
Awaken to the power of unconditional love within you through compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance. When the heart chakra is blocked, you become possessive and codependent, and may form dysfunctional relationships. You may also stay isolated for fear of rejection. When you stimulate the Anahata chakra, you can heal past wounds by reopening your heart, learn to love unconditionally, and form healthy relationships.
Location: Throat – Your Neck
Essential Oils Associated: chamomile, geranium, lavender
Crystals Associated: lapis lazuli, turquoise, aquamarine
When Vishuddha is blocked, you may feel like you can't find your voice or your truth. You may also be overly talkative and not listen to others. When this chakra is open and stimulated, your voice moves through space to help you communicate your emotions in healthy ways. You also become better at listening to others and honoring their personal truths without judgment.
Location: Above Bridge of Nose – Between Your Eyes
Essential Oils Associated: bergamot, lemon, orange, lavender
Crystals Associated: amethyst, purple fluorite, black obsidian
This chakra is associated with your intuition, or sixth sense, and governs how the rest of the chakras function. When Ajna is functioning well, you have insight, and you trust your inner wisdom to face life's challenges and choices. When it's blocked, you feel close-minded, too attached to logic, untrusting, and cynical. Working on the sixth chakra opens your mind to the bigger picture and different perspectives, and it helps you receive the wisdom that cannot be seen or heard by ordinary senses.
Element: Cosmic Energy
Color: Violet or White
Location: Crown – Top of Your Head
Essential Oils Associated: frankincense, jasmine, ylang ylang
Crystals Associated: clear quartz, amethyst, diamond
The crown chakra connects to beauty itself and the spiritual realm. It helps you to understand who you are beyond your physical self—that you are a spiritual being having a human experience. It is not located in the body but actually hovers above the crown of the head. When it's closed, you think happiness can only come from the outside, and you suffer. Working on this chakra helps you to feel free in any situation.
What are Auras?
All living things are surrounded by an aura, which is an oval-shaped, colored band of sound, light and vibration. The human aura is also sometimes referred to as a psychic energy field. Each of the aura colors represent a person?s mood or physical health and also reflect the condition of their chakras. The major colors associated with the aura are red, orange, yellow, green, blue-indigo and violet. However, there are many variations on those colors. Some are more intense or less intense, or are deeper or lighter in color. There are even metallic colors within the aura spectrum, such as silver and gold. The aura can contain black, white and gray, as well.
The aura also holds a multitude of information about one’s past, present and future. An aura is noticeable in different way to those who are sensitive to them. For example, many psychics, psychic mediums, healers and empaths who are sensitive to the vibrations of each layer can either visually see or physically sense the colors. Kirlian or other special cameras can also be used to photograph and view the aura.
Enjoy learning about the auras and what their many colors may signify. Visualize, wear and surround yourself with those colors that you feel will benefit your unique mind, body and spirit.
Aura Colors and Their Meanings
Pertains to circulation, the heart and physical body. A dense color, it attracts or repels. In a positive light, red energy is a healthy ego. In a negative light, red energy can give way to anger, unforgiving, anxiety or nervousness.
Deep Red – strong willed, grounded, survival, realistic. Muddy Red? anger. Clear Red ? powerful, sensual, passionate, energetic, competitive. Orange Red ? confidence. Bright Pink ? sensual, artistic, affection, love, sensitive, compassion, can indicate clairaudience. Dark Muddy Pink ? dishonesty, immaturity.
Pertains to the reproductive organs and emotional feelings. It is a color of good health, vitality and excitement. In a positive light, orange energy is productive, creative, sociable and courageous. In a negative light, it can give way to stress and addictions.
Orange Yellow ? intelligence, detail oriented, scientific, creative, perfectionist. Brownish Orange ? low level of ambition, lazy or just repressed emotion.
Pertains to the spleen and life energy. It is the color of awakening, optimism, easy-going nature, inspiration and intelligence.
Pale Yellow ? psychic and spiritual awareness, optimism, hopefulness, positivity. Bright Yellow ? fear of losing control, respect, power struggles and control personally and in business. Clear Metallic Gold ? spirituality activated, inspirational awakening. Dark Muddy Yellow Gold ? fatigue and stress from studying or trying to learn everything all at one time.
Pertains to the heart and lungs. It is a comfortable and healthy color of nature. Represents balance, growth, change. Depicts a love of people, animals, nature.
Emerald Green ? healer, loving person. Yellow Green ? Communication, heartfelt, creative. Muddy Forest Green – jealousy, victim, blaming others, insecurity, sensitive to criticism, lacking personal responsibility.
Pertains to the immune system. It is a sensitive, compassionate aura, that of a healer or a therapist.
Pertains to the throat and thyroid. It is a cool, calm and collected color, producing caring, loving, sensitive and intuitive energies.
Light Blue ? peacefulness, clarity, intuitve, truthful. Royal Blue ? clairvoyance, very spiritual, generous, open to new opportunities. Muddy Blue ? fear of expression, future, speaking the truth.
Pertains to the third eye and pituitary gland. It is the color of deep feeling, intuition and sensitivity.
Pertains to the crown, pineal gland and nervous system. It is the most sensitive of colors in the aura. It is intuitive, visionary, reveals psychic power, magical, artistic.
This color denotes vision, imagination and daydreaming.
Pertains to spiritual and physical abundance. A lot of bright silver in the aura may mean money or a spiritual awakening.
Bright Metallic Silver ? nurturing, intuitive, new ideas. Muddy Gray ? accumulation of fear in the body, health problems when seen in certain areas of the body. Dirty Gray Overlay ? pertains to the blocking of energy, guarded, skepticism.
Pertains to divine protection and enlightenment. Someone with this aura is encased in divine guidance and has wisdom, inner peace, intuition and spiritual thinking.
Pertains to pulling, capturing and transforming energy. Indicates an unforgiving nature (to self or others), past life problems, unreleased anger, grief or health problems.
Pertains to reflecting other energy and protection. It can signal a new energy in the aura, truth, purity, angelic qualities and a healthy individual. If there are flashes or sparkles of white light, angels are near.
Dirty Grayish White ? possible illness.
Pertains to colors of the soil, wood, minerals, plants. These important and good grounding colors can be seen in those who work outdoors, such as in farming.
Rainbow stripes emanating as beams of light from the hand, head or body can indicate a healer.
Pertains to sensitivity and a need for serenity. They are seen as soft blends of light and color.
Greedy, self-absorbed, close-minded.
Dirty Brown Overlay ? holds on to negative energy, insecurity.