Chakras are both literal and symbolic energy centers of the body that are connected to each other while also marking important developmental parts of our mind, body, and spirit. If you are seeking a path of self-mastery I recommend you learn about chakras and work your way up that path until you find what you are looking for.
Opening your Chakras and allowing a healthy flow of energy is a powerful tool for staying balanced mentally, maintaining good health physically and advancing in spiritual awareness. There are tools that we can use to heal our chakras such as wearing different colors, using essential oils, meditation, and many others but we thought we would start with the basics.
This video from the show Avatar explains chakras and what is needed on a very basic level to open each one.
1. Root Chakra
The Root Chakra deals with fear and survival and is located at the base of the spine. Actively doing things in your life to face your fears is the quickest way to overcome the struggles in this chakra. The color red is linked to the root chakra and wearing it can actually give you a boost in that area. If you are feeling nervous or scared try wearing clothes are jewelry with more red in them.
Another trick is to surround yourself with crystals that resonate with the vibration of the root Chakra. Some of these crystals are Hematite (grounding and stabilizing), Red Jasper (activating), Rhodochrosite (clearing), Black Tourmaline (protective and healing), Garnet (balancing), Red Carnelian (balancing) & Smokey Quartz (protective and healing).
Meditating on your fear and recognizing that they are mostly in your own mind is another way that you can better prepare yourself to face them.
2. Sacral Chakra
The Sacral chakra is strongly linked with relationships, guilt, and blame. If we want to actively fix our blocks with this chakra we need to be real, open, vulnerable, and honest in our relationships.
The color orange is linked with this chakra and surrounding yourself in that color can powerfully charge it. The Sacral Chakra is located below your navel.
Also using the following crystals can also help you be more open to healing this Chakra. Orange Calcite (cleansing and activating), Coral Calcite (amplifier), Moonstone (balancing), Orange Carnelian (healing), Snowflake Obsidian (calming), Citrine (cleansing and energizing), Orange Aventurine (opening) & Leopardskin Jasper (protecting) are the crystals linked with this energy.
When you meditate on the Sacral Chakra try to dig deep into what bothers you in your relationships. Figure out what you need to to to be more respectful of others and what you can do to be more true to yourself. If you get gut feelings that something is wrong it is typically linked to this chakra.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra is linked with pride, confidence, and the ego. We need to be aware of our deep motivations for why we do the things we do. Are we or people around us seeking approval?
Have you ever met someone who was shy or seems to have low self-confidence? What about someone who came across as arrogant? These are low and high extremes of the Solar Plexus Chakra energy. With balance, we will be able to be confident in what we are doing and seek to empower others to be their best.
This chakra is yellow and it is located above your navel. Check out these crystals to help you charge the Solar Plexus Chakra. Citrine (cleansing), Sunstone (activating), Topaz (healing), Tiger’s Eye (balance and healing) & Amber (protective and energizing).
4. Heart Chakra
The heart chakra is linked to love, compassion, and grief. Love and understanding for others, the caring of a pet, and the healing of the earth are all linked to this chakra. Learning to truly serve and be selfless is the key to actively opening up this chakra.
This chakra is green and is located in the center of the chest. The crystals that can help you open and energize this chakra are Green Aventurine (healing), Emerald (opening), Jade (balancing), Rose Quartz (healing and opening), Lithium Quartz (balancing, activating and healing), Chrome Diopside (healing and opening), Ruby (opening and activating), Peridot (awakening), Green Kyanite (connects third-eye to heart), & Green Tourmaline (opening and activating).
When you meditate on love recognize that all living things are connected and deserve our respect.
5. Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra is linked to communication and expression. Art and other forms of expression also come from this energy. To actively heal this chakra we need to practice being honest with ourselves and those around us. We also can engage in hobbies that inspire us such as writing, painting or making something new.
This chakra is blue and is located at the base of the throat. The crystals that are associated with it are Apatite (opening and activating), Aqua Aura (activating and balancing), Blue Lace Agate (balancing), Blue Tiger Eye (soothing), Turquoise (stimulating and balancing), Blue Kyanite (opening), Blue Calcite (clearing), Aquamarine (clearing and activating), Angelite (healing and clearing), Lapis Lazuli (opening, activating, and balancing), & Sodalite (stimulating).
When meditating on this chakra ask yourself if you have said things that could hurt others. Also, ask yourself if you aren’t saying things that you need to express. Sometimes throat chakra imbalances can be linked to things such as sore throats and it is important to have health expression.
6. Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is located in the center of our heads, is linked to the pineal gland and is about seeing the truth. When this chakra is blocked we are unable to hear our own intuition as well as see the patterns all around us. We are all connected to everyone and everything.
Indigo is the color linked to this chakra. The following crystals can aid you in balancing and opening your third eye:
Amethyst (opening, balancing, and stimulating), Moldavite (clearing, opening, and activating), Herkimer Diamond (activating), Howlite (opening and activating), Iolite (clearing and opening), Indigo Aura (stimulating), Pietersite (activating), Labradorite (regulates), Ruby Zoisite (opening), Stilbite (stimulating), Unakite (grounding, aligning, and balancing) & Azurite (opening).
When you are meditating on this chakra focus on oneness. Recognise that we all come from the same source. We must wake up and remember who we really are, open our minds, and listen to the truth even if it is hard to understand at first.
7. Crown Chakra
The crown chakra is your link to the divine oneness that we all stem from. This is where our inspiration and guidance comes from. It is located on the top of the head and once it is in balance we will be able to control our thoughts and be aware of our life purpose.
The crown chakra is often represented with either purple or white. The crystals associated with it is: Celestite (opening, aligning, and balancing), Clear Topaz (activating), Amethyst (clearing and balancing), Danburite (clearing, opening, and stimulating), Phenacite (opening and activating), Optical Calcite (stimulating), Clear Quartz (clearing, aligning, balancing, and activating), Rutilated Quartz(clearing, balancing, and activating) & Selenite (balancing).
When you meditate on this chakra you need to be aware that the biggest block is your attachments here on earth. Not only do material possessions cause a block but ideas can too. If you are stuck on your life working out a certain way you will not be able to be guided to what is best for you because you will be attached to a specific result or outcome.
How we can avoid this is to state what it is we really want and then be open to that manifesting however it needs to. For example instead of saying “I want this specific thing for dinner” say “I would like to eat something that makes me feel wonderful.” Then you can be open to all ideas and ways that you can receive the wonderful feeling and nutrition that comes with it. In the end, it is much more about having a meaningful experience than doing a specific thing.
Zen teachings talk about going with the flow and when we release our attachments and stop micro managing our lives we can begin to receive what we need physically as well as spiritually.
Let us know in the comments below what you use to heal your chakras!