I never had much interest in chakras, despite their theories hanging around the fringes of my perception, until about a year ago. One day in my meditation, my solar plexus chakra made itself known to me, shining its bright yellow light and telling me wisdoms that I needed to know in order to heal and grow. Then my throat chakra introduced itself to me and learnt about the power of blue and communication. And so, one by one, I started to learn about chakras, as they became clear to me, in a way to understand the different areas in my body and the roles they play in my life experiences.
You may have heard it before but it bears repeating: You are a spiritual being living a physical experience. The physical body that you wake up in every morning, and put to bed every night, is often the main part of you that you focus on, however just as important are the mental body, the emotional body and the spiritual body. Everything we think and feel, is contained within this amazing energy field known as chakras.
Understanding your 7 main chakras , helps you understand where all four of your bodies are located. The 7 chakras are broken down into 3 main elements: physical, emotional and spiritual.
The lower three chakras are related to the physical part that connects you with the tangible aspects of living life in this form: food, water and shelter.
The root chakra is red, and located at the base of the spine, at the coccyx. The root chakra connects you with the Earth.
The root chakra is the foundation on which all the other chakras are built. It is the area responsible for basic survival needs. It is also where your prosperity consciousness resides. Prosperity consciousness incorporates all the beliefs you have about money. How do you feel about being wealthy? Do you like rich people? Do you feel you deserve to have a lot of money? Do you save money? Do you believe that there is enough for everyone?
Root chakra affirmation: I easily stay focused and achieve my tasks. All is well in my world.
The naval chakra is orange, and located at the navel, three fingers below your belly button. It is the place of creativity, fertility and abundance.
The naval chakra is the energy centre where creativity and the ability to manifest is held. It is the area where we make things become real in this world: babies, art, business, ideas, dreams, writing, gardens, delicious meals and so on.
The naval centre is also associated with storing emotions both negative and positive. Often, emotions we don’t want to deal with are hidden deep in the naval chakra, which is why we get tummy aches, or problems with reproduction. This is the place where you have to look into your emotional experiences and resolve and release those that don’t serve you.
Naval chakra affirmation: I am optimistic and creative, and easily follow my intuition.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
The solar plexus is yellow and located between the heart and the naval, underneath your breasts. It is the chakra of personal power, healthy boundaries, and self-confidence.
The ability to stand in your own power and the ability to take in absorb and integrate life and all it offers is associated with your naval centre, which manages what you are experiencing and seeing in your life. The solar plexus chakra brings mental clarity and the ability to see life from a greater respective and integrate those experiences. It’s all about absorbing and digesting life and all the abundance and nutrients it provides. Digestion problems, depression, low self esteem, and over-analysing life can occur from imbalances in the solar plexus chakra.
Solar plexus chakra affirmation: I am and fully accept myself. I am confident and worthy.
The heart chakrais the bridge between the upper and the lower chakras, bridging the gap between the physical and spiritual experience.
The heart chakra is green and located in the center of your chest. It is the chakra of “I Am” and connects is with kindness, love, compassion, tolerance, patience, understanding, and who we truly are.
All relationship connections, be it with others, or with ourselves, come from the heart, the center of ourselves. This is area in our our “beingness” where a bridge exists. This bridge provides the connection from the lower three chakras of earth-centered connection, to the upper three chakras of spirit-centered connection. The heart centre is love – pure love. The energy of the heart chakra asks you to come to terms with your feelings and emotions. Are you allowing yourself to feel your feelings?
Heart chakra affirmation: It is safe for me to feel what I feel. I am loved. I am love.
The upper three chakras are related to matters of spirit, helping you remember your divine connection to your spiritual nature.
The throat chakra is sky blue and extends in a band of energy around the neck. This chakra enhances communication, both speaking as well as active listening, on a physical and celestial level.
While the earthly role of the throat chakra is primarily related to our ability to communicate, express and listen to others, its much more mystical and esoteric. There is another unexplained level of communication – our angels, loved ones that have passed, and spirit guides. When we follow the guidance received, even when it doesn’t make immediate sense, coincidence and divine timing play an important role in our lives.
Throat chakra affirmation: I allow divine guidance to be a part of my life and watch the ease with which life flows.
THIRD EYE CHAKRA
The third eye chakra is indigo blue and is located behind the center of your forehead. This chakra connects you with the invisible world of Spirit, intuition and the ability to feel the intangible and know the universal truths.
Everyone is intuitive regardless if whether we are conscious of it or not and the third eye is the center of our intuitive abilities and acting upon those insights to be an instrument of good in our own lives and in the lives of others. Many psychic abilities result from developing the third eye. Imbalanced third eye chakras can result in schizophrenia, oversensitivity, or continued enabling of someone engaging in inappropriate behavior or even egomania.
Third eye chakra affirmation: I am safe and grounded when I listen to my intuition.
The crown chakra is violet and positioned at the very top of your head. It is the chakra that connects you with divine consciousness.
The fulfillment of personal potential gives birth to unlimited possibilities. This unlimited potential expands into the realm of the mystical and esoteric. These spiritual gifts are latent within everyone, and it is up to each of us to awaken the talents. These gifts are located within the crown chakra. Self realization and the power of your potential and talents are all elements that come from your crown chakra. An imbalanced crown chakra rises as fear of the un-explainable, frustration, repression and headaches.
Crown chakra affirmation: I see, sense, feel and know that life is magical.