Chakras 101: A Beginners Guide

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Chakras are energy centers within the human body and all living creatures. When they get out of balance or become blocked, it can cause physical issues as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual crises.

If you’ve been feeling out of balance lately, it might be because your chakras are blocked. Fortunately, learning exactly how your chakras relate to your physical and mental well-being and knowing where they’re located within the body can help you. Learning how to unblock your chakra and what tools you can utilize to effectively unblock them will help you get back on track.

How Do Chakras Work?

Everybody has a particular way of thinking about things based on their experiences in life. Those thoughts and feelings have energy, and the energy vibrates within your body. Energy is never destroyed but merely transformed into a different manner.  If your thoughts and emotions have power and that energy resonates in your body, there will be a direct impact on your overall health when it’s ignored.

For example, someone who has spent the majority of their life being told that their thoughts and feelings don’t count for much may end up with a throat chakra that is completely blocked. Physically, this could manifest as a sore throat or frequent hoarseness. Emotionally, when a person routinely keeps their thoughts and feelings to themselves, it’s because they don’t really feel like they have anything to bring to the table. Therefore, they may be afraid to speak up.

This can hurt virtually every other area of the body as all of those feelings that have been held back begin affecting a person’s health. It can manifest as things like high blood pressure and other types of illnesses, as well as anxiety attacks. Since your chakras are tied directly to your overall health, it’s essential to keep tabs on the way you’re feeling and work to effectively unblock them whenever you start to feel out of balance.

Where Are The Chakras Located?

The chakras are located along the spine, starting at the base and moving up to the crown. There are seven main chakras, each associated with a different color and element and each chakra governs specific areas of physical, emotional, and mental health.

The color of the chakras can be used as a tool for balancing them. For example, if the root chakra is out of balance, you might meditate on the color red or use a red crystal to help ground and stabilize the energy.

The elements like the chakra colors are a great tool to balance. For the thought element of the crown chakra you might meditate on the color violet or use a clear quartz crystal to help open and expand your awareness. For the element consciousness and ether meditate on the color of the chakra, or use affirmations or visualizations to help balance the chakra.

RootBase of the spineSurvival instincts & feelings of safetyEarthRed
SacralJust below the navelPleasure, creativity & sexualityWaterEarth
Solar PlexusStomach areaWillpower, self discipline & confidenceFireYellow
HeartCenter of chestLove, compassion & acceptanceAirGreen or Pink
ThroatThroatCommunication & self expressionEtherBlue
Third EyeBetween the eyebrowsIntuition & wisdomConsciousnessIndigo or Violet
CrownTop of the headSpirituality & connection to the divineThoughtWhite or Violet

How Your Thoughts & Feelings Connect To Your Chakras?

Having negative thoughts and feelings contributes to having chakras that are blocked. Sometimes these types of emotions block the chakras, making coping with daily life difficult. At other times, it’s because the chakras themselves are blocked that you have these feelings.

It is vital for you to effectively unblock the chakras to live a life that’s healthy and balanced. That’s why you should always be mindful of the things that you think and the way you feel. Everyone experiences negative thoughts and feelings from time to time though too much negativity is not helpful to you and does not promote a healthy situation.

How To Unblock Your Chakras?

There are several things that you can do to unblock your chakras. For example, you might try wearing chakra beads utilizing aromatherapy or even massage. Below are six more things you can do to get healthy and then maintain that level of health.

1. Prayer and Meditation

Meditation and prayer are most effective when done daily. Many people pray and meditate regularly. You don’t have to spend hours to accomplish your goal. If you only have a few minutes a day, make those few minutes count. You might be surprised how much better you start to feel on a spiritual level, as these activities are directly tied to your crown chakra. For more information on mediation refer to the the following blog post, 6 Types of Meditation to Calm

1. Salt Lamps

Salt lamps remove negative energy from a room, and they’re beautiful to look at. Even if you have trouble believing that they can actively remove negative energy, it may be time to consider getting one and giving it a try. You might be surprised at the results. Keeping one going all the time may help you stay in balance, especially when it comes to your root chakra and heart chakra.

3. Reiki

Reiki is a type of energy work. If you’re not familiar with it, think of it as getting a massage for your spiritual well-being. A Reiki therapist will guide you.  All you have to do is sit in a chair or lie back on a table and relax. This can clear you of negative energy, unblocking your chakras, and helping you feel better spiritually and emotionally. In some cases, it might even help you to better deal with the physical issues that you’re experiencing.

4. Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient practice that individuals in eastern cultures have done for centuries. It’s a type of martial art that involves slow and purposeful movements designed to create positive energy and rid the body and mind of negative energy. It’s also great for flexibility. Doing this or something similar such as yoga, can help you feel much better both physically and mentally.

5. Exercise

Exercise is not just beneficial for your physical well-being. It also helps your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being by keeping your body in balance. If you’re not feeling like yourself, one of the best things you can do is go for a walk or hit the gym. Staying physically active can help keep your chakras in balance and prevent blockages, so having exercise as a part of your daily routine is beneficial.

6. Visualization

You’ve probably heard people that are very successful talk about visualizing their success, even before they experienced it. They also talk about knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that the things they envisioned would become a reality. If you don’t think that this is possible, just try it. Before you know it, you might be visualizing things you really want out of life and then seeing them come true. By aligning your thoughts and feelings with more positive things, you’re opening up your chakras and keeping them clear.

Final Thoughts

There you have it. Your chakras are just like anything else. You have to actively work to keep them clear, or you run the risk of allowing them to become blocked. You have to stay active to be physically healthy, so it only makes sense that you have to work to remain spiritually healthy as well.

Energy exists in all thing including our thoughts and feelings.


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