what are chakra

Chakras, which mean wheels in Sanskrit, are energy centers running along our spine. Ancient Hindus formulated that there were seven of these energy wheels, each one a different color and spinning in a clockwise direction.

We all have seven major chakras and many minor chakras. They are like spinning funnels that come out from our body. When they are perfectly balanced and spinning correctly we are in perfect health. If one or more are out of balance, too open or too closed we feel off color, out of balance, or sick. This is what is called dis-ease. Each chakra relates to organs or parts of the body and each need to be looked after and balanced regularly. You can work on each chakra separately starting with the base chakra, and then bring them all into balance, or you can work on all the chakras at the same time.

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine.

The sacral centre is just below the navel.

The solar plexus is about two inches above the navel.

The heart is about the level of the physical heart.

The throat is at the base of the neck.

The third eye is on the forehead between the eyes.

The crown is at the top of the head.

These are the 7 major chakras and there are many minor chakras as well.

All chakras interact with one another. Each chakra corresponds to a particular colour frequency and with a particular gland or organ. This means that the organ or gland vibrates at a sympathetic rhythm to a colour vibration. When we feel “off colour” or “washed out” we need to re-tune the colour, just like tuning in a radio set to a station so that it restores the signal loud and clear.

In a healthy body the chakras absorb and distribute colour energy evenly, while in an unhealthy person toxins may begin to collect causing physical, mental and emotional problems.

Each chakra can be balanced using colours, crystals, essential oils, music, affirmations or changing what you do.

It is also beneficial to have a chakra balance to bring them all back into balance. This can be done at home by yourself or you can go to a crystal therapist or colour therapist to have it done.

When all your chakras are balanced – you should be healthy and well balanced.

It is important to have all your chakras in balance, sometimes when people start on the spiritual path they concentrate on the third eye, but it is very important to start at the bottom. Our body is like a building, you need to get the foundations right before you work on the top floors. So make sure your bottom chakras are balanced and functioning properly.

Each chakra is represented by a colour:

Base – Red

Sacral – Orange

Solar Plexus – Yellow

Heart – Green or Pink

Throat – Blue

Third Eye – Purple

Crown – White

The easiest way to bring the chakras back into balance is to carry or wear the appropriate colour.

Another very easy and pleasant way is to listen to a chakra balancing CD. Music is a very relaxing way to bring things back into balance. Ideally this is done while meditating, but just listening to the music will help. And let’s face it anything is better than nothing. Playing a chakra balancing CD is a great way to balance the whole family at the same time and usually this has a calming effect on every one as well.

An easy but effective way to balance and align the chakras is to do a guided meditation lying down with crystals or colour patches of material on each chakra.

A Guided Meditation for balancing the chakras. You may either get someone to read this to you, or you may read it out and record your own voice. It is best read slowly, allowing for pauses where appropriate.

Relax, take a couple of deep breaths and breathe out all your stress and tension.

See yourself standing in a valley, you are surrounded with red tulips, everywhere you look it is a sea of red.

As you start to walk though the tulips you feel yourself absorbing the red energy.

You feel your root chakra come alive.

As you walk further you come to the end of the red tulips.

You have now come to a field of orange poppies, they are everywhere, and the flowers appear to be dancing in the light breeze.

As you walk along you notice you are starting to go up the side of a hill.

Walking through the poppies you feel yourself absorbing the colour orange.

Your sacral centre is alive.

You now reach the end of the poppies.

You are now in a field of brilliant yellow daises.

Smell the fragrance and see the sunny yellow flowers.

As you continue your journey up the hill you feel the yellow absorbing into your body and your solar plexus is alive.

All too soon you come to the end of the yellow.

You now find yourself in a beautiful field of soft green grass.

As you walk across it you feel the green absorbing up through your feet.

Your heart chakra is alive.

The green grass field takes you further up the hill till you reach a field of bluebells, their delicate blue heads bowed slightly as if to greet you.

As you walk through them, feel the blue absorbing into your body, feel your throat chakra opening.

As you walk further up the hill you reach the end of the beautiful bluebells and find yourself in a field of indigo irises.

Stand for a moment and absorb the indigo colour flooding into your third eye.

Walking further up the hill you come to the end of the indigo and reach a patch of purple pansies.

Their beautiful petals are like faces looking up at you.

Hundreds of them all are projecting their colour up to your crown chakra.

Just stand for a moment and absorb.

As you slowly continue up the hill you leave your pansies and reach the top of the hill.

Here you are surrounded by a sea of tiny white flowers. As you sit in the middle of the white flowers you notice you are on the top of the hill.

Looking down you can now see all the colours, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, purple and white, like stripes in the side of the hill.

Sit for a moment and take it all in.

You feel very peaceful and every chakra is alive.

It is now time to leave your rainbow hill.

Remember the feeling of all your chakras being alive.

Return to the top of the hill whenever you feel the need.

It is now time to open your eyes and return to this reality as we know it.

You may use this chakra balancing meditation whenever you feel the need for it, or as often as you like.