The entire universe is made up of energy and our bodies are no exception! Ancient cultures knew that all living things carried a life force within them. That life force is called your chakras, energy centers that move inside of us. In this article, A Complete Guide to the 7 Chakras, we are going to dive into the amazing world that is your chakras.
First, we are going to talk about what a Chakra is, then I will give you a visualization exercise, next we will be talking about the seven chakras and what they are, where they are located, amongst other things. We will then go into what a blocked/unbalanced chakra looks like for each one, and finally a few ways to realign and balance your chakras out.
- What is a Chakra?
- Tuning into your body- Complete 7 Chakra Exercise
- What are the 7 main Chakras?
- Where are the 7 main Chakras located?
- Blocked/ Unbalanced Chakras
- How to Unblock/Balance Chakras
- I hope you enjoyed this Complete Guide to the 7 Chakras!
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What is a Chakra?
In Sanskrit, the word “Chakra” means “disc” or “wheel” and refers to the invisible energy seats/centers in your body.
The chakras are wheels of spinning and rotating energy (life force/ prana) that moves inside of you and each chakra corresponds to certain nerve bundles and major organs.
Each Chakra has its own corresponding color, area of focus, tone, and vibrational frequency. The chakras can be extremely helpful when assessing areas of your life that need support! The interconnection between your physical body and spiritual (energy) body is fascinating to explore.
When the energy in a chakra is deficient, it is said to be blocked or closed and in that state, the energy can not flow.
On the other hand, when the energy in a Chakra is overflowing, it is stuck in an open state, and too much energy flows. Both conditions leave you feeling out of balance and depleted.
There are seven main chakras that run along your spine, starting at the root (base) chakra all the way up to your head which is the crown chakra. Some believe that we have around 114 different chakras, but most focus on the 7 main ones, which is what we will be focusing on today.
Tuning into your body- Complete 7 Chakra Exercise
OK, so before we dive into the chakras, let us take a moment to tune into our body and see if we can feel the Chakras at work. This may take some time and practice, but if you do the work you will be in touch with your energy force in no time!
Imagination Exercise- Tuning into Our 7 Chakras
First, let’s get into a quiet place where we can settle into our bodies and just start focusing on our breathing. Take a few deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do that three times. Let the tension and stress slip away and dissolve with your breathing. Be in the moment and pay attention to your body.
Now, bring your attention to the base of the spine, right around the tailbone, and imagine a beautiful bright ball of red light. A red light that’s rotating in a ball that is pulsating with your breath. Just be in that moment.
Let us now move our attention up the spine to the area right below our belly button. About 2 inches below the belly button and begin to feel the warmth of a bright beautiful orange spinning light. Remember to notice how the ball of light is moving with your breathing.
Guide your attention a bit higher now, two inches above your belly button. Notice a growing ball of warm yellow light, breathe into it, and let it grow. Strong emotions come from this area! When you hear someone say go with your gut, this area is usually what they are referring to.
Now, we are going to bring our attention further up to our chest, where your heart is. Picture a beautiful emerald green ball of shining light. Again focus on connecting your breath with it and watch it grow and sync to your breathing. Be here for a few moments.
Then, we are going to move up to the throat and imagine a bright blue light spinning and rotating in that area. Be in the moment. Connect and visualize.
Next, let us move our attention to the forehead, right in between the eyebrows. This area is a deep indigo and imagine yourself becoming wiser and connecting to the universal energy.
Finally, let’s shift our focus to the top of the head, which is the crown. Picture a beautiful spinning rotating ball of violet light that is beaming out of the top of your head. It’s peaceful and pleasant energy.
What did you experience? Did you feel the energy shifting around? Tune in to what your body is doing and telling you!
Now we are ready to explore the 7 Chakras.
What are the 7 main Chakras?
The Chakra System refers to the energy centers we have in our bodies. The 7 main chakras all have different jobs to do and relate to certain areas of our body and are located in specific areas along the spine.
In order, from the base of the spine to the top of the head
- The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
- The Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana)
- The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
- The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
- The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
- The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
- The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The Root Chakra
The Root Chakra is your first chakra and is located at the base of the spine.
- Element- Earth
- Sense- Smell
- Focus- Self Preservation
- Connection- Being Present
- Mantra- I AM
The Root Chakra provides the foundation on which we build a life and helps us feel grounded. It represents and is responsible for your safety, stability, comfort, and security.
Your Root Chakra is also linked to everything you need to survive such as breathing, eating, sleeping, and physical security.
When this Chakra is balanced you will feel a sense of peace. You release what is no longer serving you and you feel wanted, needed, and nourished.
Want to learn more about the Root Chakra? Here is a more in-depth article on the Root Chakra-All you need to know about your first chakra
The Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra is your second Chakra located a few inches below your belly button.
- Color- Orange
- Element- Water
- Sense- Taste
- Focus- Creativity
- Connection- Self Expression and Sexuality
- Mantra- I FEEL
The Sacral Chakra is responsible for your creativity and sexual energy. It’s linked to how you relate to your emotions and the emotions of others. It’s all about your creative identity.
This Chakra helps you to find the joy and happiness life has to offer.
When this Chakra is balanced you are able to express passion and creativity, feeling able to go with the flow. There’s a sense of divine synchronicity, purpose, and alignment. You are also able to express sexual needs and desires without shame or guilt.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra is the third Chakra located a few inches above the belly button.
- Color- Yellow
- Element- Fire
- Sense- Sight
- Focus- Personal Power and Transformation
- Connection- Self-Esteem and Self-Control
- Mantra- I DO
The Solar Plexus Chakra is responsible for self-esteem, confidence, and self-control. It helps with bravery and boundaries. We can feel this when we are extremely happy or very angered. We feel it in our gut.
It is the center of your personal identity, which rules all aspects of your personality, self-esteem, and ego.
Its main function and purpose is transformation. Through the transformation process, the solar plexus provides the body fuel, energy, and keeps it alive.
When this Chakra is balanced you will feel confident, have high self-esteem, and self-worth. You will feel like you are living an authentic life being the same person, no matter who you are around. You will be able to accept yourself as perfectly imperfect and able to accept criticism and feedback to help you grow and see another perspective.
The Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra is the fourth Chakra located in the center of your chest where your heart is.
- Color- Green
- Element- Air (freedom and openness)
- Sense- Touch
- Focus- Unconditional Love and Relationships
- Connection- Forgiveness and Compassion
- Mantra- I LOVE
The Heart Chakra is all about the ability to love and show compassion. When you experience love, compassion, and kindness it is coming from here. Love is the most healing frequency of all.
The Heart Chakra acts a bridge between the body (lower three chakras) and the mind (top three chakras)
To develop a strong heart Chakra you can practice some self-love and self-acceptance on a daily basis.
A balanced heart chakra means healthy relationships with healthy boundaries. To show love and be loved. Feelings of connected and valued relationships. Feeling honored by those who love you and able to sympathize without taking on too much of the other person’s emotions. You will be great at taking care of yourself and don’t feel bad about saying no. You will have peace and harmony within yourself and be able to forgive yourself and others.
The Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra is your fifth Chakra located right in the middle of your throat.
- Color- Blue
- Element- Ether
- Sense- Hearing
- Focus- Communication and Self-Expression
- Connection- Truth
- Mantra- I SPEAK
The Throat Chakra is all about the ability to communicate verbally and speak up. This chakra represents the ability to speak clearly and communicate effectively.
The throat chakra is the communication chakra that shapes our reality and brings all of our manifestations into existence on the physical plane. It involves both listening and speaking in different ways.
With a balanced Throat Chakra, you will be comfortable and confident speaking your truth and not wearing different masks. You will be a good listener and also able to communicate effectively. Can confront difficult situations with thoughtfulness and will stand up for yourself without getting aggressive. You are mindful of your words and how they impact others.
The Third Eye Chakra
The Third Eye Chakra is your sixth chakra located right in the middle of your forehead, between your eyebrows.
- Color- Indigo/Dark Blue
- Element- Light (faster vibration than sound)
- Sense- 6th Sense
- Focus- Intuition, Insight, Imagination
- Connection- Emotional Intelligence
- Mantra- I SEE
The Third Eye Chakra is your spiritual center responsible for Awareness, Intuition, Insight, and Imagination. The Third Eye is your main portal to expand your states of consciousness. This is beyond our five senses and the material world we live in.
Psychic abilities, intuition, and extrasensory perception is all from the third eye chakra. This is because we have a small yet extremely powerful pinecone-shaped gland back there called the “Pineal Gland.”
With the Third Eye Chakra opened, you will be able to access Extrasensory Perception such as Clairvoyance and Telepathy just to name a few.
When this Chakra is balanced you will feel in tune with both the physical and spiritual world. You will have clear thinking with an inner vision and wisdom. Use self-reflection to help evaluate beliefs and attitudes. Truthful, connected, with high emotional intelligence, and open to ideas. You will have a strong mental attitude.
The Crown Chakra
The Crown Chakra is the last Chakra we are going to talk about. It is the Seventh Chakra located at the top of our head.
- Color- Violet/ White
- Element- very element
- Sense- Beyond Senses
- Focus- Divine Connectedness
- Connection- Selflessness and Self-Knowledge
- Mantra- I UNDERSTAND
The Crown Chakra represents your spiritual connection with yourself, others, and the whole universe (om) while playing a role in your life purpose. This is your connection to the higher power, universe, God, whatever you believe in.
The development of this Chakra leads to the Knowing, profound transformation, self-realization, and enlightenment.
When this Chakra is balanced you have a magnetic personality, and feel connected to others and also the divine. Living in the present moment, aware, with an open mind. You will be a big picture thinker and share complicated information in a way others can easily understand.
Where are the 7 main Chakras located?
The Crown Chakra- Top of the head
The Third Eye Chakra- Middle of forehead
The Throat Chakra- Middle of Throat
The Heart Chakra- Center of Chest where the heart is
The Solar Plexus Chakra- Few inches above Bellybutton
The Sacral Chakra- a few inches below the Bellybutton
The Root Chakra- Base of spine
Blocked/ Unbalanced Chakras
Yes, our chakras do and can become blocked and cause a variety of problems for us in our everyday life. Remember they are our energy wheels that govern our thinking, feelings, sensations, perceptions, emotions, and intuition.
The energy that flows through us has an effect on us, whether we acknowledge it or not. It has an influence on our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, tendencies, and the actions we take or don’t take.
A blockage in a chakra is an indication of obstruction in our energy flow.
The main reason our chakras get blocked is that we forget our true nature and start trying to be someone else so we “fit” in with what society is telling us! That gives us a false sense of security and does not help us in any way. We want to belong, but do it in a way that is not who we truly are which leads to a false identity and poor self-esteem and we lose our authenticity.
From the time we were born, we are taught a certain way and told how to behave, but that is also hindering us because we are now changing ourselves to try to “fit” in with others. That teaches us to consistently change so others like us.
But what if…..
What if others actually liked us just the way we are? What if they preferred you to be yourself? Sure we aren’t going to get along with everyone, but the ones we do will be the right people for us!
Without knowing our true self we become stressed, anxious, depressed, people pleasers and so much more. We lose our confidence and self-esteem along the way and we are creating an unhealthy ego. And over time we start to think we aren’t good enough.
We then start trying to fill the void we have inside of us by engaging in all the wrong things such as smoking, drinking, binge eating, drugs, television, etc. We numb our minds by watching small screens all day so we don’t have to cope with what’s going on inside of us.
Now let’s discuss what a block or unbalanced chakra looks like for each Chakra.
Unbalanced Root Chakra
Like I stated above, the Root Chakra deals with safety, stability, emotional needs, physical needs (food, water), comfort, and security.
Imbalances in this Chakra looks like:
- Anxiety and mental fatigue
- Eating disorders
- Lower back pain
- Emotionally needy/ Self- centered and destructive patterns
- Lack of Focus
- Unable to acknowledge personal responsibility
- Blames others vs taking responsibility for their own actions
- Materialistic and in a lack mindset
- Feel abandoned and are deeply afraid of being felt alone or left out
- Afraid of change
- Money Relationship is strained- Never enough money
- Inability to take action
Unbalanced Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra is associated with creativity, wellness, sensual pleasures, feelings such as joy and happiness, flexibility.
Imbalances in the Sacral Chakra looks like:
- Lower back pain
- Skin Conditions
- Over-reaction- ruled by emotions- unable to express or share too much
- Can’t commit to relationships
- Can’t or aren’t able to play, have fun, or engage in things for pleasure or passion
- Feel like an outsider
- Guilty feelings about sexual desires
- Daydreaming and Fantasizing
- Addictive Behaviors
- Anger, Aggression, and Irritation
Unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with self-esteem, self-confidence, transformations, self-growth, confidence, and self-control.
Imbalances in the Solar Plexus Chakra Looks like:
- Fatigue and laziness
- Indigestion, constipation
- Poor Sense of self
- Feelings of being disconnected from the world or community
- Feeling like a Fraud or living a life that is not yours
- Changing who you are based on who you are with
- Focus on imperfections, failings, and shortcomings
- Very challenged by criticism- feel like you are being attacked
- Lack of self-confidence
- Out of control- no matter what you do nothing changes for the positive- Why me
- Just can’t get it together
- Need to be in control
Unbalanced Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra is said to be the “Seat of the Soul”. It is responsible for kindness, compassion, forgiveness, empathy, peace, harmony, and unconditional love.
Imbalances in the Heart Chakra looks like:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Breathing Issues
- Chest Pain
- Blood pressure imbalance
- Circulation problems
- Unhealthy Relationships
- Lack of Boundaries
- Afraid of commitment- fear of being hurt
- Being a giver to a point you are just exhausted
- Can’t accept love
- Unable to forgive yourself and/or others
- Hold Grudges
- Difficulty in saying “no”
- Prioritize everyone else over yourself
- Trapped by your own emotions or take on other people’s emotions
Unbalanced Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra is responsible for the sharpness of our mind, the quality of our thoughts, and how we communicate them effectively and easily. We stand up for ourselves and speak what we believe.
Unbalanced Throat Chakra looks like:
- Thyroid problems
- Shoulder and Neck pain
- Dental issues and mouth problems
- Quiet and shy or Very outspoken and loud
- Uncomfortable speaking in front of others or speak too much
- Not great at communication
- Listening to others is a challenge
- Don’t or Can’t stand up for yourself
- Regret saying or not saying things
- Social Anxiety
Unbalanced Third Eye Chakra
The Third Eye Chakra is associated with a higher sense of self. It’s about higher knowledge, clear thinking, and wisdom.
Unbalanced Third Eye Chakra looks like:
- Vision Problems
- Memory issues
- Sleep disturbances
- Disconnected from your thoughts and self
- Nightmares, Hallucinations, and Fears
- Arrogant and Authoritarian- stems from being inadequate
- Learning difficulties
- Afraid of Self-Reflection or Shadow Work
- Paralyzed by Fear
- Unable to take Action
Unbalanced Crown Chakra
The Crown Chakra is associated with enlightenment, deep peace, joy, and divine connection.
Unbalanced Crown Chakra looks like:
- Neurological disorders
- Pineal Gland Disorder
- Obsessive Thinking
- Disassociation to self
- Maybe great at understanding things, but can not explain them to someone else
- Separate from others
- Afraid of Death
- Can’t find a true path in life
Is this resonating with you? Do you know where your blocks are? Are you taking notes, so you can improve and start living a better life starting today?
How to Unblock/Balance Chakras
For true fulfillment and living on purpose, we need to start unblocking and clearing our chakras! As you start to engage in spiritual practices, you will start gaining access to your TRUE Higher Self, which will guide you along in your journey.
WE MUST REMEMBER- Energy goes where your attention flows!
Only when chakras are balanced and clear of energetic blocks can harmony and awakening occur.
Ways you can align your 7 Chakras
There are many ways to work with and align your Chakras, but here are a few to get you started. I would start with the top four, which are the most important. The others are good to help you along in your process.
- Practice Meditation and Breathing Exercises
- Awareness- observing and reflecting on your thoughts
- Trading old unhealthy habits for new positive ones
- Singing Bowls
- Essential Oils (aromatherapy)
- Using and working with healing crystals and stones
- Working with affirmations
- Yoga Poses for your chakras
- Eating the right foods for each Chakra
You truly deserve a life full of happiness, success, fulfillment, joy, inner peace, love, and all you have longed for! I hope you know and can see that now! And nobody can take that away from you. But you need to start implementing the things you learned if you want to see improvement!
Action is what gets the results! Don’t learn passively! Start taking the necessary actions for you to start living that extraordinary life you always dreamed of! Now is the time to make that happen! It doesn’t have to be just a dream anymore!
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