Chakras are spinning wheels of energy that act as portals between the matter of our physical body and the energy of our etheric body, or soul. The soul is Otherworld consciousness tied to this physical incarnation through these centers. These portals funnel energy from the body out into the universe, and assimilate energy from the universe into our body, as well as moving energy up and down through the other centres. When they can spin freely, our soul is more firmly aligned in our body, and we have fewer disconnection issues. But if the portals become blocked, the spinning slows and our energy becomes sluggish. If the portals are overstimulated, they can become overactive and our energy becomes wild. Both issues result in physical manifestations that differ depending on the centre. One centre running out of kilter puts stress on the others, because the energy flows from one to another.
There are seven major energy wheels that run along the central cord of the body, the spine:
located at the top of the head
disperses energy to or takes in energy from the universe
can best be seen as white (or violet) in colour
vibrates to B tone
associated with pituitary gland
associated with spirit, wisdom, connection to something greater
oils for anointing: neroli, rose, rosewood
crystals for clearing: clear quartz, diamond, selenite
incense for meditating: myrrh
yoga posture: savasana (corpse)
movements: brushing hair, headstands
located in the center of the forehead
violet (or indigo) in colour
vibrates to A
associated with pineal gland
associated with intuition, insight, open-mindedness
oils: juniper, pine, rosemary
crystals: amethyst, fluorite
yoga posture: warrior III
movements: closing eyes, opening eyes
located at the base of the throat
blue in colour
vibrates to G
associated with para/thyroid gland
associated with communication, truth, expression
oils: blue chamomile, peppermint, sandalwood
crystals: lapis lazuli, turquoise
incense: frankincense & benzoin
yoga posture: fish pose
movements: making sounds, swallowing, shoulder/neck stretches
located behind the sternum
green (or pink) in colour
vibrates to F
associated with thymus gland
associated with love, affection, empathy, joy, creativity
oils: geranium, jasmine, lavender
crystals: green aventurine, jade, rose quartz
yoga posture: extended puppy pose
movements: breathing, arm circles, hugging
located above the navel
yellow in colour
vibrates to an E
associated with pancreas
associated with power, confidence, ego
oils: black pepper, cedar wood, lemon
crystals: amber, citrine, topaz
incense: ginger & woodruff
yoga posture: locust pose
movements: stomach crunches, power walking, laughing
located above the genitals, in the upper pelvis
orange in colour
vibrates to a D
associated with ovaries or testes
associated with sex, intimacy, connecting with others, emotions
oils: ginger, jasmine, rose
crystals: carnelian, coral, orange calcite
yoga posture: happy baby pose
movements: hip circles, scissor kicks, hip swings
located at the perineum
takes in energy rising from or disperses energy down into the earth
red in colour
vibrates to a C
associated with adrenal gland
associated with survival, the physical body, feeling at home, trust, safety, being grounded
oils: frankincense, myrrh, patchouli
crystals: black tourmaline, garnet, hematite, ruby
yoga posture: knee to chest
movements: squatting, stamping, jumping up and down
The seven centres can be broken up into three distinct areas:
the root, sacral and solar plexus: the source of passion, forming the bodily aura, matter, Fetch
the heart, throat and third eye: the source of connection, forming the emotional/mental aura, energy, Talker
the crown: the source of inspiration, forming the spiritual aura, consciousness, Godself
The movement of energy through the centres forms two distinct currents:
upward from earth to heavens, the current of liberation, moving toward the Lord of Death
downward from heavens to earth, the current of manifestation, moving toward the Great Mother
“In order for us to be truly whole, both currents must be open and active.” (Judith:1998)
You can activate or encourage the spinning of the centres:
Align the centres by standing with feet shoulder-width apart and hands stretched up high over head. Return to a normal standing position and try to keep that sense of height and alignment. Try this in a sitting position too.
Hold your power hand over the body above the location of the centre. Move in an anti-clockwise motion for 1-5 minutes. Move your hand away and shake it for ten seconds. Rub both hands together, then return the power hand to the same position above the centre, and move it in a clockwise motion for 1-5 minutes. This uses the active energy of your hand to coax the energy flows back into spinning.
Relax your body. Muscle tension can affect energy flow. Go for a gentle walk, have a nap, practice yoga, take a warm bath with Epsom salts, get a massage. If your root, sacral or solar plexus centres are blocked these things are especially effective at shifting the blockage.
Relax your mind. Since our mind has such a huge effect on our body, it also affects our energy flow. Meditation will relax the mind and allow the energy to flow. If your heart, throat, or third eye centres are blocked, meditations are especially effective at shifting the blockage.
Manifestation current visualisation: imagine reaching out through the top of your head, connecting to the vast energy of the cosmos, and then drawing that energy down into your body, cascading like a waterfall through your crown, into your head, down your neck and into your chest, flowing down into your belly, then lower into your pelvis and out through your legs and feet, deep into the earth. Go back to the top of your head and repeat until you feel calm.
Liberation current visualisation: Imagine drawing energy up from the earth into the base of your spine, where it flows into your pelvis, then your belly, and up into your chest, moving through your heart into your throat and head, before smoothly shooting up through your crown towards the heavens. Repeat again until you feel charged.
Combination visualisation: try running both currents at once – see them swirling into combination points of colour at each of the seven centres.
Diet is one way we can control the feeding of energy to our body. Protein affects the root, liquids affect the sacral, starches affect the solar plexus, vegetables affect the heart, fruit affects the throat, and fasting affects the third eye and crown. Consume more to power up the centre, consume less to calm it.
Anoint (externally) your centres with appropriate oils, and the energy pattern of the oil can activate the centre.
Balance (externally) an appropriate crystal on each centre, and the energy of the crystals will open and align each centre.
Burn appropriate incense while meditating to encourage weak centres to strengthen.
Practice yoga, with particular emphasis on breathing fire into your centres during above poses or similar.