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Aspects of the Chakras
Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel. A chakra is a kind of vortex, a significant point of organized life energy. Chakras are energy centers in the body through which we draw in life energy from the cosmos. There are seven main chakras seated in the body. They are vertically aligned with the spinal column from its base to the top of the head.
The chakras transmit and receive energy on all levels from the etheric to the physical. It is through this continued process that we contact and interact with other people and our environment.
The first center is the Root or Base Chakra. The Sanskrit name is Muladhara, meaning root/support. It rests in the perineum at the base of the spine or the end of the coccyx. It is the location of the resting Kundalini and it is the closest to the earth. It regulates the sense of smell and relates to survival, grounding, money, contact to the earth, health and possessions. Parts of the body that can be affected are the Nervous system, the spine, the kidneys, the legs, the feet and the large intestine. It controls the adrenal cortex. It is the center of vitality and physical energy. Blockages can result in lack of inspiration and tiredness, obesity, constipation, sciatica and degenerative arthritis. The color associated with it is red, which is a symbol of life, strength, health and vitality. Essential oils used are patchouli and myrrh. The crystal used is coral.
Location - Kundalini Center, Base of spine (Tailbone, pelvic Floor), cohesion Bija Mantra- LAM (Increase&Attract) as in "Lum" Challenge- Fear Color - Red or red orange (secondary color is black) Element - Earth Symbol - Square Note- High C Rights & Responsibilities- To have. To be here. Sense - Smell Statement - "I want " Astrological Sign - Scorpio Spinal Contact - 4th Sacral Vertebra Interrelating Organ - Gonads Functions - Gives vitality to the physical body. Life-force, survival, self-preservation, instincts Glands/Organs - Adrenals, kidneys, spinal column, colon, legs, bones Gems/Minerals - Ruby, garnet, bloodstone, red jasper, black tourmaline, obsidian, smoky quartz Foods - Proteins (meat and dairy products not recommended), red fruits and vegetables Qualities/Lessons - Matters relating to the material world, success. The physical body, mastery of the body, grounding, individuality, stability, security, stillness, health, courage, patience Negative Qualities - Self-centered, insecurity, violence, greed, anger, overly concerned with one's physical survival, tension in the spine, constipation
The second center is the Sacral Chakra: The Sanskrit name is Svadhisthana, meaning sweetness or one’s own abode. It is located between the pubic area and the navel. It is associated with sexuality, creativity and relationships. It is the center of desire and pleasure. It is associated with the physical ability to move forward in life. Parts of the body that can be affected are the reproductive organs, diseases of the blood, the adrenal glands. A blocked chakra can result in impotence, stiff low back and kidney trouble. The color associated with it is orange, which represents creativity, luxury and pleasure. Essential oils used are ylang ylang, jasmine and grapefruit. The crystal used is carnelian.
Location - Lower abdomen, 1-2 inches below the navel, contaction Bija Mantra- VAM (Increase&Attract) as in "Vum" Challenge - Guilt Color - Orange (depending on the school of thought) Element - Water Symbol - Triangle Note - D Rights & Responsibilities - To feel. To want. To create. Sense - Taste Statement - "I desire" (Anything from money to God, sex, etc.) Astrological Sign - Libra Spinal Contact - 1st Lumbar Vertebra Interrelating Organ - Spleen Functions - Procreation, assimilation of food, physical force and vitality, sexuality Glands/Organs - Ovaries, testicles, prostate, genitals, spleen, womb, bladder Gems/Minerals - Carnelian, coral, gold calcite, amber, citrine, gold topaz, peach aventurine Foods - Liquids, orange fruits and vegetables Qualities/Lessons - Giving and receiving, emotions, desire, pleasure, sexual/passionate love, change, movement, assimilation of new ideas, health, family, tolerance, surrender, working harmoniously and creatively with others Negative Qualities - Over-indulgence in food or sex, sexual difficulties, confusion, purposelessness, jealousy, envy, desire to possess, impotence, uterine and/or bladder problems
The third center is the Solar Plexus Chakra or Power Chakra. The Sanskrit name is Manipura, meaning lustrous gem or jewel of the navel. It is situated over the navel. It is the center of personal power, personal feelings, desires and emotions. Will is associated with this center and how we manifest our power out into the world is expressed here. It affects the gall bladder, the stomach, the Digestive system, the liver, the diaphragm and the pancreas. It is the brain center of the Nervous system. We hold our anger, rage and hostility in this center. It deals with self esteem and confidence. A blocked third chakra can cause poor digestion, mood swings, ulcers, diabetes and hypoglycemia. The color associated with it is yellow, which is a symbol of mind and intellect and represents imagination, happiness and wisdom. Essential oils used are juniper and vetivert. The crystal used is citrine.
Location - Above the navel, below the chest, lumbar center, power, expansion Bija Mantra- RAM (Increase&Attract) "Rum with rolling R Challenge - Shame Color - Yellow Element - Fire Symbol - Circle Note - E Rights & Responsibilities - To act. Sense - Sight Statement - "I want happiness." Astrological Sign - Leo Spinal Contact - 8th Thoracic Vertebra Interrelating Organ - N/A Functions - Vitalizes the sympathetic nervous system, digestive processes, metabolism, emotions Glands/organs - Pancreas, adrenals, stomach, liver, gallbladder, nervous system, muscles Gems/Minerals - Citrine, gold topaz, amber, tiger eye, gold calcite, gold Foods - Starches, yello fruits and vegetables Qualities/Lessons - Will, personal power,authority, energy, mastery of desire, self-control, radiance, warmth, awakening, transformation, humor, laughter, immortality Negative Qualities - Taking in more than one can assimilate and utilize, too much emphasis on power and/or recognition, anger, fear, hate, digestive problems
The fourth center is the Heart Chakra. The Sanskrit name is Anahata, meaning unstruck sound. It is located in the center of the chest, at the level of the heart. It supports the heart, circulatory system, the lungs, the Respiratory system, arms, hands, the immune system and the Endocrine system. The thymus gland is associated with the Heart Chakra. It is in the heart center that we deal with issues of the soul. It is the seat of Divinity. It is the center of compassion and universal expression of love. An unbalanced Heart Chakra may restrict life force energy to the lungs, breasts and heart. It may result in lung disease, asthma, pneumonia and high blood pressure. The heart chakra is the midpoint between the Physical Self, represented by the lower chakras and the Spiritual represented by the upper chakras. The colors associated with this center are green, a symbol of harmony and sympathy, which also brings balance and soothes the nerves, and pink, the color of mother love and affection Essential oils used are bergamot and rose. The crystal used is rose quartz.
Location - Center of the chest (heart), love Bija Mantra- YAM Increase&Attract as in "Yum" Challenge- Grief Color - Green (secondary color is pink) Element - Air Symbol - Cross Note - F# Rights & Responsibilities - To love & be loved. Sense - Touch Statement - "I want to give and receive love" Astrological sign - Libra Spinal Contact - 1st Thoracic Vertebra Interrelating Organ - Thymus Functions - Anchors the life-force from the Higher Self. Energizes the blood and physical body with the life-force, blood circulation Glands/Organs - Heart, thymus glad, circulatory system, arms, hands, lungs Gems/Minerals - Emerald, green and pink tourmaline, malachite, green jade, green aventurine, chrysoprase, kunzite, rose quartz, ruby Foods - Green fruits and vegetables Qualities - Divine/unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, balance, group consciousness, oneness with life, acceptance, peace, openness, harmony, contentment Negative Qualities - Repression of love, emotional instability, out of balance, heart problems, circulation problems
The fifth center is the Throat Chakra. The Sanskrit name is Visshudha, meaning purification. It located at the neck. It is the center of communication and speaking your truth, as well as perception of the inner voice, expression without judgment of self and others, creative projects and clairaudience (hearing the voice of the Divine). It supports the vocal cords, the ears, the throat, the thyroid, parathyroid glands, the neck and shoulders. A blocked chakra can result in a sore throat, stiff neck, colds, laryngitis, TMJ, thyroid and hearing problems. The color associated with this chakra is blue, a symbol of inspiration and devotion. Essential oils used are German chamomile and eucalyptus. The crystal used is turquoise.
Location-Throat (bottom of the neck), knowledge-teaching, listening-hearing Bija Mantra- HAM (Increase&Attract) as in "Hum" Challenge- Deceit Color-Sky Blue Element-Ether Symbol-Crescent Energy-Expressive Note-G# Rights & Responsibilities- To create. To speak & be heard. Sense-Hearing Statement-"I want to speak freely and openly" Astrological Sign-Gemini Spinal Contact-3rd Cervical Vertebra Interrelating Organ-Thyroid Functions-Speech, sound, vibration, communication Glands/Organs-Thyroid, parathyroid, hypothalamus, throat, mouth Gems/Minerals-Turquoise, chrysocolia, celestite, blue topaz, sodalite, lapis lazuli, aquamarine, asurite, dyanite Foods-Blue/Purple fruits and vegetables Qualities/Lessons-Power of the spoken work, true communication, creative expression in speech, writing and the arts, integration, peace, truth, knowledge, wisdom, loyalty, honesty, reliability, gentleness, kindness Negative Qualities-Communication and/or speech problems, knowledge used unwisely, ignorance, lack of discernment, depression and thyroid problems
The Sixth center is the Third Eye Chakra. The Sanskrit name is Ajna, meaning to know, to perceive, to command. It is located in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows. It is the center of psychic power, intuition, clairvoyance, visualization and spiritual awakening. It governs the eyes, nose, ears and brain. The pituitary gland is associated with this chakra. It regulates emotional responses. A blocked chakra may lead to irritability, confusion, sinus problems, sleeplessness, migraines, blurred vision, nightmares and mental stress. The color associated with it is indigo, which represents spiritual attainment, self mastery, wisdom and saintliness. Essential oils used are sage and rosemary. The crystal used is lapis.
Location - Center of the forehead, between the eyebrows, cognition Bija Mantra OM (Increase&Attract) Challenge- Illusion Color - Indigo (dark blue) Element - Light, electrical or telepathic energy Symbol - Six pointed star Energy - Synthesizing Note - High A* Rights & Responsibilities- To see. To witness. Sense - Thought Statement - "I want to see clearly" Astrological Sign - Aquarius Spinal Contact - 1st Cervical Vertebra Interrelating Organ - Pituitary Functions - Vitalizes the lower brain (cerebellum) and central nervous system, vision Glands/Organs - Pituitary gland (some sources say pineal gland, left eye, nose, ears Gems/Minerals - Lapis lazuli, azurite, sodalite, quartz crystal, sapphire, indicolite tourmaline Foods - Blue/purple fruits and vegetables Qualities/Lessons - Soul realization, intuition, insight, imagination, clairvoyance, concentration, peace of mind, wisdom, devotion, perception beyond duality Negative Qualities - Lack of concentration, fear, cynicism, tension, headaches, eye problems, bad dreams, overly detached from the world
The seventh center is the Crown Chakra. The Sanskrit name is Sahasrara, meaning Thousandfold. It is located at the top of the head. It governs the brain, the pituitary gland and the pineal gland, which is associated with higher consciousness and is the realm of the Divine. A blocked chakra can cause depression, alienation, confusion and nervous disorders. It is the center of spirituality, union with cosmos, manifestation of the Divine, cosmic consciousness and universal wisdom. It enables one to see the truth concerning self-limiting concepts. The color associated with this chakra is purple, which is a symbol of spirituality. Essential oils used are sandalwood, frankincense and lavender. The crystal used is amethyst.
The information for the location and oils for the eighth through twelfth chakras we found in our research and through inner guidance. Please feel free to choose your own description of the these higher chakras.
Location - Top of the Head, pure consciousness Bija Mantra (Increase&Attract) BEYOND SOUND (Silence) Challenge- Attachment Color - Purple (Violet, could also be gold) Element - Thought/will (Cosmic Energy) Symbol - Lotus Energy - Integration Note - High B Astrological Sign - Pisces Rights & Responsibilities- To know Spinal Contact - None Interrelating Organ - Pineal. Functions - Vitalizes the upper brain (cerebrum) Glands/Organs - Pineal gland, cerebral cortex, central nervous system, right eye Gems/Minerals - Amethyst, alexandrite, diamond, sugilite, purple fluorite, quartz crystal, selenite Foods - This chakra is associated with the idea of fasting: Also violet (purple) fruits and vegetables Qualities/Lessons - Unification of the Higher Self with the human personality, oneness with the Infinite, spiritual will, inspiration, unity, divine wisdom and understanding, idealism, selfless service, perception beyond space and time, continuity of consciousness Negative Qualities - Lack of inspiration, confusion, depression, alienation, hesitation to serve, senility