What Exactly Are Chakras?
Chakras - those colorful wheels of energy
Ever wonder about chakras? Are they blocked or not in balance?
Or if your chakras are opened? And what even is their purpose?
Whether you’re new to chakras or just need a refresher Chakra are the energy centers of your body and spirit.
The energy wheels of the body and soul
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel or circle.
Think of each little wheel as an energy center that’s either spinning like mad…like a colorful pinwheel of fireworks. That’s exactly how I picture them (and feel them) when they’re open and flowing freely.
Simply put, they are centers of energy located from the top of your head, along the spinal column to the base of your spine.
Each Chakra is centered near organs, such as your brain, heart, and reproductive organs. And is associated with the color that corresponds to its energy.
If that energy is stagnant, your pinwheel isn’t firing or the color isn’t vibrant. This can certainly impact your energy (physical or emotional.) When that happens, that Chakra is blocked or stagnant.
Being blocked or stagnant means we’re out of balance or alignment with our mind, body and soul.
The goal is to identify when one or more of the Chakras are blocked and work with the appropriate tools to release the stagnant energy.
Defining the Chakras and their energy
Crown: Located at the top of your head with the color purple/violet
This element of thought is closely associated with your connection to spirit, wisdom, self-knowledge and enlightenment.
Verb: I am
Signs of blockage may include a feeling of instability and unbalanced in your physical being.
Mentally, you may experience confusion or lack of focus.
When you work to align your crown, you are expressing your desire to open yourself to higher being.
When your crown is cleared of stagnant energy it’s easier to let go of misunderstandings and also gain insight of your meaning and purpose.
Third Eye Chakra: located in the forehead, the color is indigo
Inutition, wisdom, decision-making and imagination are associated with the 6th Chakra. Mental abilities, beliefs and attitudes are also connected to your Third-eye Chakra.
Verb: I know/ I see
Signs of block in this chakra are confusion or having a tough time with making decisions (even simple ones.) You may even feel disconnected or out of touch with yourself.
When your ThirdEye chakra is cleared you’ll not only feel more joy in your life and purpose, decisions will be easier to make based on knowing the right thing to do.
Throat Chakra: located in the throat (of course) and the color is blue.
Got something to say, but find it hard to get the right words out? Or maybe feeling a lack of connection or indulging in gossip?
Your Throat Charka could be blocked.
The Throat Chakra is the energy center for expression and communication, speaking your truth as well as listening.
Verb: I speak
When the Throat Chakra is clear and balanced you’ll speak truth from your heart, have oen and honest communication and engage with listening deeper.
Heart Chakra: located in the center of the chest/heart area with a color green or pink.
The fourth chakra is the powerhouse of energy and associated with love…self-love and love of others as well as empathy and compassion. Forgiveness is also associated with the heart chakra.
When this chakra is blocked and the energy is stagnant you can feel disconnected and defensive. An ambivalence to intimacy, feeling agitated or holding a grudge can all be signs that your heart chakra needs clearing.
Verb: I love
When the heart chakra is clear, feelings of love flow…you give and receive love freely. And you see your life and the world through the eyes of love.
Solar Plexus Chakra: located in the middle of the abdomen (just above the navel) with a color yellow
The third chakra is the seat of your identity and personality. It is also where you connect with your “drive” to accomplish goals and dreams.
If you feel like your lacking in confidence, unsure of yourself, or feeling weak or powerless, sensitive to criticism this could be a sign that your Solar Plexus Chakra is stagnant.
Verb: I can
When your 3rd chakra is clear and balanced you’ll feel ready to “get going” and accomplish your goals. Plus you’ll feel more confidence, connected, take responsibnlity and honor your SELF.
Sacral Chakra: located in the lower abdomen (below the navel) and the color is orange
Feel at a creative stand-still? Out of touch with your emotions? Or feeling stuck or unsexy (no intimate drive?) These are signs of a block and out of balance second chakra.
The Sacral Chakra is the center for creativity, sensuality, emotions, reproduction and relationships.
Verb: I feel
When your Sacral Chakra is clear and “on-point” you’re in touch with your emotions, your creativite juices are flowing and your sensuality and intimacy come back.
Root Chakra: located at the base of your spine and the color is red
It’s identified with birth, stability, safety and all that is necessary for life. It’s tightly connected to nature, family and ancestors.
Verbs: I am…I have
Feeling stressed? Might be a sign your root chakra is blocked.
It may activate that high anxiety sensation or your fight or flight response and manifest as uncertainty, fear, disconnection or even pain iny our joints.
Consuming root foods can help you reconnect with the earth, as can grounding techniques like deep breathing, visualizing your connection to the core of the earth, or a brisk walk outside.
To me, the root chakra is your bucket.
If you’re not practicing self-care and wearing yourself thin, your bucket is full of all the things. So it’s difficult to summon the resources you need to remain calm and handle your stress.
Take time to empty that bucket - you’ll have more time to focus on you, your relationships and your dreams.~ Karen