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:
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 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.
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.