This is a quick guide on chakras, what they are, how to unblock your chakras, and what it could mean for your life.
Take a moment to consider how much of your actual senses, emotions, and even thoughts are the results of the workings of your nervous system.
All over your body, roads and pathways of nerves run uninterruptedly through muscles, fibers, and along with bones - sending signals, or energy in other words, to and from your brain.
Having this in mind will also help you understand the concept of Chakras, which are basically 7 pools of nerves located in your body.
These centers of swirling energy are the main houses of your life force. Their cleanliness and balance can mean the difference between emotional and physical distress, or harmony and peace of mind.
In this article, we'll learn about the different Chakras in your body and discuss several different methods to unblock them.
What Are The 7 Chakras?
Let's have a look at the 7 Chakras, their colors and meanings.
In the ancient language of Sanskrit, "chakra" can translate to "wheel" or "disk". This is in relation to the belief that your Chakras are spinning centers of energy located in key points across your body.
Found along the spine, they are also associated with the well-being of the organs, muscles, and tissue located near each of them.
The balancing and good upkeep of these Chakras supply your body with free-flowing energy that nourishes your physical being, soothes you of any bodily discomfort or inflammation, and brings tranquility to a stressed mind.
Knowing each of the Chakras and the emotions and body parts they govern will give you a better idea of the technique best suited to unlocking them.
Also known as the Sahasrara, this Chakra is found on the top of your head and deals with the connection we have spiritually - whether it be to ourselves, others, or the universe as a whole.
An open Crown Chakra makes way for the energy of the universe to flow into your body and aid you in fulfilling your life's main purpose.
Third Eye Chakra
Also known as the Ajna, this Chakra is located in your lower forehead, between your eyes. It is associated with instinct and imagination.
Keeping the Third Eye Chakra open and clean will give you the strength of intuition -- that natural gut feeling we all have from time to time -- and expand the abilities of your imagination.
Also known as the Vishuddha, it is located in the throat and deals with your ability to speak verbally.
Having the Throat Chakra open and in balance will allow you to communicate your ideas and feelings with enough thoughtful eloquence and forthrightness otherwise difficult to achieve.
Also known as the Anahata, this Chakra is located at the center of the chest and is associated with feelings of love and true compassion.
Unblocking the Heart Chakra will give you the ability to know true love and have meaningful relationships with others.
Solar Plexus Chakra
Also known as the Manipura, it is located in your stomach and is deeply associated with feelings of self-esteem and confidence.
An open Solar Plexus Chakra that allows for the free-flowing of energy can give you a sense of belief in your own abilities. A closed one will cause you to suffer from timidity and the inability to showcase your talents over the fear of ridicule.
Also known as the Svadhisthana, it is located just below your belly button and deals with sexuality and creative energy. Deeply associated with your emotions and empathy with others, an open Sacral Chakra allows you to be able to read your emotions and the emotions of others more accurately. It also strengthens your sense of individuality and creative mindset. In women, it can also deal with reproduction and childbirth.
A blocked Sacral Chakra can lead to complications in the body parts surrounding it, emotional instability and, coldness towards the feelings of others.
Also known as the Muladhara, this Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is closely associated with the foundations of life. A balanced and open Root Chakra provides you with feelings of stability and security. With it, you can handle life's many challenges with inner strength. It also lets you feel grounded and more able to be humble despite the urge to rear one's head high.
A blocked Root Chakra can lead to irrational fears, trust issues, and insecurity that often leads to boastful behavior.
How to Unblock & Open Your Chakras
A healthy Chakra allows energy to flow to and fro freely.
Ideally, the swirling vortexes of energy should constantly be in motion, moving from one moment to the next with ease and lack of prejudice.
If the energy stagnates though, it is never replenished or purified. This can lead to poisoning of your mind and body.
Chakras and their upkeep is a system that has been around since 1,500 - 500 BCE. Accounts in the Vedic manuscripts of India point to its prevalence and ability to improve lives over the ages.
In those thousands of years, several techniques or methods have been created that aid in the caring or unblocking of the chakras.
Listed below are four of the most common methods used today:
Mantras are verbal repetitions of the same word or phrase to make it come to fruition.
It is usually done after yoga sessions or during meditation as an aid to focus. Mantras are also done in one form or another by numerous religions across the world.
It is believed that the sound made by you during your mantra carries vibrations throughout your body. In essence, you are sound healing yourself by vibration and focus.
These things concentrate your energy, purifies it and helps it along in pushing through the blockages.
A Mala or string of beads can greatly aid in keeping count of your number of repetitions (each mantra holds a specific number of repetitions).
When selecting your mantra, Vedic tradition holds that there are Bija Mantras used for the clearing and balancing of Chakras.
Each mantra is represented by a single syllable which is elongated during your chants:
- Root Chakra = LAM (lahm)
- Sacral Chakra = VAHM (vahm)
- Solar Plexus Chakra = RAM (rahm)
- Heart Chakra = YAM (yahm)
- Throat Chakra = HAM (hahm)
- Third Eye Chakra = OM (ohm or aum)
- Crown Chakra = Silence
Alternatively, you may also use elongated vowel sounds as your chants classified as:
- Root Chakra = "Uh"
- Sacral Chakra = "Oo"
- Solar Plexus Chakra = "Oh"
- Heart Chakra = "Ah"
- Throat Chakra = "Eye"
- Third Eye Chakra = "Ay"
- Crown Chakra = "Eee"
If you're unsure on the pronunciation, then listen to and enjoy this video.
How to Use Mantra:
It's essential to use your selected mantra during meditations to stay focused and prevent negative or unnecessary thoughts from entering your mind. It also helps you to relax and control your breathing.
In order to unblock your Chakra/s using the power of your mantra, you'll need to:
- Choose a place with no distractions or interruptions to meditate. Your bodily functions might slow down as you enter into a relaxed state so this place should be relatively warm too.
- Sit on a pillow or something comfortable in a crossed-legged position. Keep your back straight but relaxed.
- Place your hands on your thighs or form a tented prayer position.
- Close your eyes and dictate your intention for this meditation session. Then begin to chant.
- When using Mala or prayer beads, hold them in one hand and count each bead after a mantra. Mantras are usually repeated after sets of nine.
- Keep your breathing normal but pay close attention.
- Visualize your targeted chakra, the subject of your mantra, and imagine it swirling and in motion. Try to feel the energy moving in that part of your body.
- End the session with a single repetition of a favored mantra.
Chakra Tune-Up Meditation Video
I would also suggest you give a listen to this 'chakra tune-up' done with Crystal Singing Bowls by my friends at Dynasty Elecrik.
It might take some practice in the beginning but with regular meditation, you'll find it getting easier and easier to unblock and/or maintain the health of your chakras.
A Reiki master or some training might be needed to have your Chakras unblocked or cleansed using the Reiki Method.
After rigorous training and attunements from their teachers, Reiki masters use hand gestures and symbols to channel the energy in your body.
There are also options for distance healing.
How to Use Reiki to Unblock Your Chakras:
If you have been attuned to Reiki, then you can use Reiki energy to cleanse and unblock your Chakras.
You can do this by channeling Reiki energy into your Chakra by placing your hand in the target area for 5 - 10 minutes - focusing it into the energy center that's blocked.
The energy is like a flood that forces the blockade to be washed away. The positive energy charges and lifts the negative energy that caused the block - breaking it and dispelling it from your body.
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This method was founded by Nick and Jessica Ortner, who established the Tapping Solution Foundation to spread awareness and information about it. It is simple to do but bears some similarities to the mantra method in that it seeks to vibrate or jolt the blockage away.
How to Use Tapping:
The idea is to repeatedly tap the Chakra while reciting words of encouragement, affirmation, or acceptance. The clearing up of emotional baggage while tapping the energy pools of your body enforces positive energy into the area and moves the block away.
- To begin, use your index and middle finger, from your dominant hand, and gently tap the Chakra you wish to heal and unblock.
- Do this in repetitions of nine while reciting words selected to strengthen your spirits or forgive yourself of the things you are insecure about.
- You can also do all of the Chakras by starting with the top Crown Chakra and slowly but confidently moving down to the Root Chakra after each tapping every nine times.
- You may also use this method in unison with a mantra.
Tapping or the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) does not always show results immediately. This method operates as a daily exercise that's easy enough to do and will only yield results after repeated sessions.
Yoga is an ancient practice that opens your Chakras through the manipulations of different body parts. By moving slowly through different poses and stances, you are stimulating your energy centers -- driving your inner energy to circulate your body. There are Chakra-targeted poses that directly work towards aligning them or even unblocking.
Yoga Chakra-Alignment Poses:
- Crown Chakra = The Balancing Butterfly
- Third Eye Chakra = The Dolphin Pose
- Throat Chakra = The Easy Pose with Chanting
- Heart Chakra = The Low Lunge
- Solar Plexus Chakra = The Boat Pose
- Sacral Chakra = The Revolved Triangle Pose
- Root Chakra = The Mountain Pose
There are more poses for each of the chakras that require the aid of an instructor. Do not try any advanced poses by yourself or without proper practice to reduce the risk of injuring yourself.
Foods for Your Chakras
There are certain kinds of foods that, when incorporated into your diet, can help in the cleansing and/or opening of your Chakras. Especially if eaten before or after performing any one of the Chakra unblocking methods above.
- Crown Chakra = No foods exist that helps this Chakra. An open Crown Chakra is the result of the alignment and generally healthy state of all the other Chakras.
- Third Eye Chakra = Foods that are purple in color like grapes, plums, or lavender tea. Chocolate also helps cleanse this Chakra.
- Throat Chakra = All kinds of juices and fruits. All forms of tea are also beneficial
- Heart Chakra = Green and leafy foods are the best for this Chakra. Herbs too.
- Solar Plexus Chakra = Foods that are colored yellow like corn, banana, or grains. Chamomile tea is also recommended.
- Sacral Chakra = Orange foods like oranges, tangerines, or nuts too.
- Root Chakra = Red foods like beets, meat, or red peppers, or any kind of food rooted from them the ground like potatoes or carrots.
Imagine the Chakras of your body like pools in a long stream. If one part of that stream is blocked, then the waters of pools in its path downstream can either grow stagnant and murky with unmoved dirt, or they dry up completely.
Only by allowing the water to flow freely through all the pools downstream will the water remain pure.
Only by ensuring the Chakras of your body are free of obstruction can you feel at peace with yourself. Your mind will be at ease, your spirit will be in balance, and your body will be in perfect working condition.
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