Welcome to another edition of ‘Ask Charla.′ You know, here at Astrology Answers I get a lot of questions from all corners of the globe; things to do with love and romance, chakras, tarot, astrology, numerology; if it′s metaphysical, then someone at some time has asked it!
Ooh, chakras! I love chakra questions, because there′s something so pure about blending the energy of the universe with your own energy centers in order to heal yourself! Chakras are what keep your spirit, your physical body, your subtle body, and your entire life balanced and full of vitality and purpose. Like anything else, though, they need to be respected and handled correctly in order to get the most out of them. Let′s take a look!
I always advocate working from the bottom up when it comes to working with your chakras. Think about it; a building is only as strong as its foundations right? It simply makes sense to start at your root chakra, at the foundations of your energy center, and then proceed upward to the crown chakra. It doesn′t take much practice to get into the habit of doing this, and once you′re familiar with the process, you can soon tune them all up and then pull the energy up from root to crown!
The Muladhara is found at the base of your spine, and its color is red. This is the chakra that deals with your will to survive, and to see that your basic needs are met. It′s element is earth, and it resonates with the etheric layer of your subtle body. Physically, it relates to your legs, feet and your skeletal structure, and also your sense of smell.
Signs that this chakra is out of balance include general unrest, and perhaps heightened anxiety about your life. You hold grudges, and might even lose your temper with people. This sometimes manifests with actual physical pain in your lower back. It′s easy to bring this area back into alignment. Surround yourself in shades of red. Meditate and try to relax as much as possible. Organize a routine, and make solving any problems in your life a priority. Gentle exercise works wonders, as does keeping a gratitude journal.
The Swadhisthana is located near your groin, between your belly button and your pubic bone and its color is orange. It corresponds to your spine sacrum. It keeps your moods and emotions balanced and healthy. Its element is water and it relates to the emotional layer of your subtle body. Physically it rules your hormones, reproductive system, and sense of taste.
It′s easy to tell when this chakra isn′t aligned because you′ll feel anxious and have a lot of nervous energy. Sexual issues occur, making intimacy difficult. You lose interest in your appearance, and become either narcissistic or aloof. Balancing this area isn′t difficult. Surround yourself in vibrant orange colors and remember how to play and have fun. Reconnect with your inner child and do things that are creative and enjoyable. Journal what you want from life, so that you can formulate a plan to make it happen.
This area is also called the Manipura. It′s located at your navel and its color is yellow. This is the area that maintains your spiritual growth, and where you form your opinions about life. It′s element is fire and it relates to the mental layer of your subtle body. Physically it rules your digestive system and your sight.
When this area is out of whack you′ll find yourself being critical and judgmental towards yourself and others. You swing from wanting to grow and develop to not caring about your life. You get frustrated with the way things are unfolding, and may well take it out on others. Some simple ways to bring this chakra back into harmony include surrounding yourself with any shade of yellow, and to eat yellow fruits and vegetables. Talk with a life coach or a mentor about who you want to be. Find activities that resonate with your sense of self and participate in them.
The heart chakra—Anahata—is located in the upper center of your chest, right next to your heart, and it′s represented by the colors pink and green. It shouldn′t come as a surprise that this is where your ability for love, compassion and kindness are kept. It′s element is air, and it′s paired with the astral layer of your subtle body. In the physical body it is associated with your respiratory system and your sense of touch.
If you′re feeling sad and lonely, jealous or resentful, nostalgic, or even spiteful, your heart chakra could need a tune up. This area influences all your relationships. Usually you′re focusing on and clinging to others too much—or perhaps you become detached, with no regard for anyone but yourself. To bring this area of your life back on track you only need to surround yourself with love. Rose quartz is good; it′s called ‘the love stone′ by many crystal healers. Talking out your troubles with a counselor or trusted friend also helps, because it enables you to let go of the past, and find new pathways to joy.
The name for this energy center is Vishuddha, and it is located right in your throat. Its color is blue, and it governs the way you communicate with and relate to others in your life. It′s element is ether, and it aligns with the etheric layer of your subtle body. It′s concerned with your neck and throat, and—not surprisingly—your sense of sound.
You′ll definitely know when this area is unstable because everything you say comes out wrong, and you misinterpret what others say to you. You′ll take things the wrong way, say too much or too little, and spend a lot of time apologizing for interrupting. Your self-expression dries up, and you′ll spend a lot of time over-thinking things. Bring things back into balance by spending some time in silence organizing your thoughts. Practice speaking in the mirror, and work on your facial expressions and mannerisms. Wear blue, and study body language, so that you know you′re conveying exactly what you want to say, and hearing what others mean, even though their words may contradict their actions.
This is sometimes called Anja, or the brow chakra. It′s located between your eyes and its color is indigo. It′s associated with eyesight and also far sight—as in clairvoyance, being psychic, and having prophetic dreams. It′s element is light and it′s aligned with the subtle body′s celestial layer.
It′s so easy to recognize when this chakra is imbalanced because things just seem downright unrealistic. Delusions, fantasies, and distorted versions of the truth seem valid. Self-importance and far-fetched ideas run through everything—but the problem is you may not even notice that it′s happening. This is the hardest chakra to work with, but you should still try. Wear indigo and meditate often. Seek out your authentic self and make every effort to birth that person into reality. Trust your intuition and your dreams, but keep at least one foot firmly rooted in reality.
Sahasrara is located right at the crown of your hairline, at the top of your head, and it′s colors include violet and white. It′s associated with the causal layer of the subtle body, your brain, and your nervous system. This area influences your thinking, and how you perceive the world around you.
When this chakra is weak, you′ll feel like you don′t fit in. Either you connect too strongly with your divinity and have surreal expectations of what you′re here to achieve (like a messianic complex), or you are devoid of faith. You′ll feel disheartened, either way, and start to take things too seriously. Yogic breathing exercises and meditation go a long way to restore the harmony to this chakra. Pursue spiritual activities, but don′t let them consume you. Associate with spiritual leaders in whom you trust, and make sure that you′re taking care of your body′s physical needs.
It′s easy to remember the order of the chakras if you treat them like a rainbow, or if you′re artistically inclined, the color wheel. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. These are also the colors on our chakra pendulum and chakra healing wand. Even the reiki healing stones follow the same color patterns.
Not all of your chakras will suddenly need balancing at the same time, but while you′re working on bringing them back into alignment, it′s useful to just give them all a tweak. Start at the bottom and work up, pulling the energy through the lower chakras up to the crown chakra. This isn′t the only technique, but it is one of the most efficient ways to ensure your chakras are healthy and functioning at their optimum levels.
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