Using chakras to heal

June 27, 2015

chakras This chakra banner hangs on the wall directly across from my bed so I see it every day. And in fact, I lie in bed and my eyes are drawn to it, constantly.

Chakra as a term comes from the Sanskrit for wheel and is normally understood as the wheel of life.

Perhaps you have wondered what the Seven Chakras are. Chakras explained are fairly easy to understand. They’re our body’s energy centers, and Eastern thought is that blocked energy in our chakras can lead to sickness. The balance of universal life force energy is thought to keep us aligned physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.  A healthy person keeps their chi or energy flowing freely by balancing their chakras. You can help balance your chakras by meditation and I’ve given some meditation affirmations for each, below.

So let’s define the chakras, starting from the bottom of the panel and working up.

Base or Root Chakra (bottom chakra)
The first chakra is at the base of the spine. The color associated with it is red. The symbol is earth. This chakra grounds and roots us emotionally and physically, supporting our entire body. It controls our immune system, kidneys, legs and feet and affects our self-esteem, survival instict and our connection with our family or tribe.   When it is out of balance, we feel emotionally or physically off-center. To start the flow again, we can focus all our attention on something that’s red. Like the symbol on the banner.
Root Chakra meditation: I trust the process of life.
Then, working up the banner:

 Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra is located below our navel and affects pleasure and enjoyment.  It also influences the adrenal gland, liver and upper intestines along with pelvic organs, pancreas and stomach. In addition to influencing our physical body, the sacral chakra is the center of emotion and can affect  creativity and personal relationships. The color is orange and we re-balance our sacra chakra by focusing on bright orange. My new family room is great for healing sacral chakra!

Sacral Chakra meditation: I deserve pleasure.

Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus chakra is located above the navel and its color is yellow. It’s the center of our personality, our ego–it’s our core. It drives personal power and confidence If we are bothered by critical comments, this chakra may be out of balance.  It can also affect gall bladder and small intestine.  Mediate on  yellow to begin to heal.

Solar Plexus meditation: I naturally trust my own guidance.

Heart Chakra

Heart chakra is in the center of our chest, and it brings forth love, compassion, trust and your deep bonds with others. It represents the interconnection of all beings. Those whose heart chakras are balanced are notable for their kindness, love and generosity toward others. But if our heart chakra is out of balance, our relationships will be characterized by fear and envy. Self-love is also a characteristic of a balanced heart chakra. The colors green and pink will help realign the heart chakra. Spending time outdoors and eating green vegetables can also help heal this chakra.

Heart Chakra meditation: I am willing to love others just as they are. I am perfect just as I am.

 Throat Chakra

At the base of the throat is the throat chakra, whose color is blue.  A balanced throat chakra allows us to be authentic and speak our voice, to manifest creativity and self-expression, to tell the truth. This is also the decision-making chakra. Doubt and negative thinking mean healing of the throat chakra is necessary.  Drink lots of water when you balance this one.

Throat Chakra meditation: It is safe for me to fully express myself.

Third Eye Chakra

Your third eye chakra–located between the eyebrows– is all about inner and outer seeing, deeper truths and the balance of left and right brains.  It’s the intuition chakra. How we see the big picture is influenced by the third eye chakra. It is connected to our physical body through the brain and nervous system and influences perspective and wisdom.   If the chakra is out of balance we may experience spinal problems, learning disabilities, headaches. Its color is indigo. When it’s balanced, we both see and understand without doubt.

Third eye meditation: I am willing to trust my intuition.

The Crown Chakra

The crown chakra is the highest chakra, positioned in the top section of your head. It’s all about spirituality and our awareness that we are one with source. With this chakra in balance, we feel serenity, joy and deep peace;  all our chakras receive energy. Its color is violet and bright white. Since the crown chakra controls your right brain, meditation can help balance it.

Crown chakra meditation: I trust my inner wisdom.

Working with our chakras allows us to align our body physically and mentally.

36 comments on “Using chakras to heal
  1. I used to think our chakras was just some kind of mystical mumbo jumbo… Until I got my chakras balanced. Woah! Even my husband noticed a difference. I was more zen. Since then, I’ve used different forms of meditation and am very good at self hypnosis. I highly recommend them.

  2. Anita Irlen says:

    A really good explanation and a pretty post! Thank you.


  3. Jennifer says:

    I listened to several books on Audible last year about Chakras. I’d love to get mine balanced. We weren’t in Sedona long enough last year to get it done sadly. Maybe I can get it done at the Chopra retreat in July. Great explanation.

  4. I have always wondered about the seven Chakras This is very intresting.

  5. This is fascinating and something I’ve always been curious about. Okay, now I have a question according to this my problems with my root and sacral chakras. How do I fix it? I don’t understand that part.

  6. Wow. I never knew this. Wonderful advice! I attended a summer camp that taught four-fold living. Our days were structured so that we spent equal amounts of time on mental, physical, social, and spiritual actions. These Chakras go a little deeper. Thanks for the introduction.

  7. I learned a bit about chakras from my massage therapist after I had a serious car accident. When I think about it and remember some of the meditations it does help.
    The first person who approached me on the median after the accident was the head of surgery at the local hospital. He gently put his thumb on my third eye and got me to lie down on the ground. Of course, that didn’t resonate with me at the time, but I’ve thought about all of that day many times since.
    I think I need a tune-up.

  8. Bri says:

    Meditation is extremely helpful and can really transform your life. I appreciate the in-depth explanations of the various chakras because it puts a lot of things into perspective.

  9. Angela Mager says:

    Thanks for the simple and practical explanation of the chakras. I have been curious about them, and have only found much more complicated explanations that lost me. This really gets to the point of what is most interesting to me. Thanks!

  10. Wonderful information. Is there a book you might recommend on the topic as well? Thanks so much Carol.

    • Yes This is a really great intro: Chakras: Opening Your Internal Energy Centers – The Essential Guide to Activating and Balancing Your Chakras (Chakras, Chakra Healing, Chakra Balancing ,Chakra Techniques, Seven Chakras) Kindle Edition
      by Glen Bryant ..only available on Kindle, though, for 2.99. I’m looking for a good paperback.

    • I see this interesting one and ordered a used copy,as it’s out of stock on Amazon: The Chakra Bible: The Definitive Guide to Working with Chakras
      by Patricia Mercier

  11. I love the affirmations. Excellent!

  12. Alana says:

    At one time, I would not have taken something like this seriously. But, in recent years, some alternate healers have done more for me in some ways than traditional medicine practitioners could. I am a lot more open minded now.

  13. I have heard quite a bit about chakras, it is a very interesting concept! It would be something to try.

  14. That is a really pretty banner, I bet it is nice to wake up to it.

  15. Jason Young says:

    Studied Reiki a long time ago. This makes me want to open up the old notebooks

  16. Diane says:

    I had not heard of this before. (Yes, I live under a rock.) Absolutely fascinating, Carol! And it totally makes sense to think of how everything is connected and how meditation can be so healing. Time and mindfulness and inner peace. Something sadly lacking in this hurdy-gurdy world.

  17. Linda says:

    This is great stuff!!!

  18. Jeanine says:

    This is really interesting I had never ever heard of chakras before, so this was something that totally was new to me! Great read.

  19. Lana says:

    Carol, this was the most straight forward, informative explanation about Chakras that I’ve read. I have several that need working on. Thank you.

  20. Elizabeth O. says:

    I have read a few articles about Chakras, but I’ve never really thought of using them for balance or energy. I will look more into this.

  21. Dogvills says:

    This is interesting. Meditation helps a lot in maintaining balance in your life, giving you more positive outlook and have more energy.

  22. John Lopez says:

    I’ve never been heard about chakras , this is a great article that I’d ever read . It is more interesting thanks for this

  23. Jeska says:

    I have just started aligning my chakras and I’m loving the difference its making for me!

  24. Manu Kalia says:

    I often do meditation 30minutes 3 times a week. I’m glad you shared the chakras

  25. jessy says:

    You really make an great concept post here, really i read an great post here.

  26. I hae lately slowed down on my meditation. I need to get back into the zone and vortex. Love this explanation of our chakras. Thanks for sharing at the pit stop

  27. What a lovely banner – and perfect reminder to pay attention to all the ways we have to give and receive energy within our body. Great affirmations to work with as well. Thanks!

  28. Debbie Goode says:

    How lovely….really enjoyed learning about Chakras with you. The human body is so complex and yet….so simple…if we just ‘listen’ to what it tells us.

  29. I do thank you for this concise explanation of Chakras. I have a much better understanding of them. Your banner is lovely and I imagine it gives you much pleasure and peace.

  30. I have started to study more about these energies a short time ago and I am loving these new discoveries and possibilities. I loved the article, it helped me a lot. Thank you!

  31. Tarun Mishra says:

    Very nice explanation of chakras. I am obsessed with chakras and kundalini. Always love to read more on these topics. Nice post & keep posting!!!
    Love and Peace

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