"Chakras" are the energy vortexes that occur naturally in our astral or etheric body. The word chakra is Sanskrit and means disk, wheel, or circle and is derived from the Sanskrit root word which indicates movement. There are hundreds of chakra points of varying degrees of intensity, however most people learn to deal with the major seven (7) which occur:
In addition, each chakra has a color and is associated with different feelings and functions in our lives. When chakra centers are healthy and balanced, those areas of our lives are also healthy and balanced. When chakras become muddy or choked, then the energy doesn't flow correctly and it manifests that way in our lives also.
What should you do to balance your chakras?
There are several ways to balance the chakras, which can result in more balance of those areas in your life. If your chakras have been out of balance, choked, or clogged for a long time, you will need to do this "cleaning" and "balancing" on a daily basis for at least three weeks, and then once weekly to keep them healthy.
One of these methods is through meditation. Find a comfortable position and either sit or lie down, and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, taking deep, even breaths. This is a type of mediation that focuses your inner mind, your third eye, on each chakra individually starting with the Root chakra at the base of your spine. First ground yourself properly, by imagining a long tap root coming out from either the base of the spine or the bottoms of your feet if you are sitting, and going deeply into the earth. Keep concentrating on going deeper into the earth, and feeling the earth's energy coming up this root. Feel this energy coming into your body and energizing your body.
This energy may feel like a warmth, or a tingle, or some other feeling that you can identify for yourself. When you have this flow well established, concentrate first on the root chakra. Visualize a ball of red energy surrounding this chakra, and infusing it. Visualize this chakra opening as if it were a flower, or a wheel, or however else you picture this. The important image is that of the energy revitalizing the chakra, and the chakra becoming energized and balanced. Clean out mentally any debris, dust, negative energy, or other detrimental debris that may be there. Picture this chakra flowing cleanly and freely with this energy.
When you have finished with the root chakra, move some of the energy up to the spleen chakra, and see the energy changing color to orange. Do exactly the same with this chakra as you did with the root chakra, only using the orange energy. The energy around the root chakra should still be there, so now you will have two balls of energy, one red one on the root, and one orange one on the spleen.
You should continue this exercise until you have drawn the energy up through each of the chakras in turn, and changed the colors accordingly. You will have seven spinning balls of energy in each of the chakra colors when you have finished this part of the exercise. Enjoy this feeling as long as you want to. Any extra energy that you feel, you may shoot out the top of your head like a waterfall, and let it fall down the outside of your body to also repair any holes and weak spots in your aura
if you like.
When you feel complete with this process, then move the energy back down each of the chakras in turn, in the reverse order that you opened them. Starting with the crown chakra, then, see the chakra closing like a flower, or wheel, and see the energy moving down into the chakra below it. Close each chakra in turn, and send the energy back down into the earth from whence it came. Don't try to hang onto any of it, you won't need to. Your body has kept whatever it needed, the rest is surplus. Knowing that you can tap into this reserve of earth energy at any time means that you don't have to try to hoard it, or hang onto it at all.
When you are finished, breathe very deeply at least three times, and then begin to move fingers, toes, hands, feet, arms, etc. Open your eyes and slowly stretch yourself out as far as you can, but remember to do this very slowly. You will feel balanced and invigorated. Your chakras have all been opened, cleaned, aligned, and balanced.
Another method of balancing the chakras involves sound. Each of the chakras has a sanskrit name, a mantra name, and a musical note, among other things, that are associated with it and can be used to augment cleansing and balancing. Again you would find a comfortable position and breathe deeply.
Now, focusing on the root chakra to start with, you would either intone the sanskrit name, or the mantra name, that is associated with that chakra. If you can do so, it also helps to sing the name or sound on the musical note that is for that chakra as well. Some people will use a pitch pipe to do this, others may use tuning forks. You can also have someone do this for you using tuning forks that actually will vibrate right over each chakra. You would similarly visualize cleansing each one in turn as previously described.
Remember to start always at the root chakra and work your way up, and then back down again, opening them on the way up and closing them again on the way down.
There are many associations for the chakras, and the table below has a few of them. You can use the gemstones in the same way as the notes, or the vowel sounds, by placing the appropriate stone on the chakra it goes with, and visualizing the energy of the stone cleansing and balancing.
|Chakra ||Sanskrit Name ||Mantra Name ||Musical Note ||Gemstones|
|Root ||Muladhara ||LAM ||G ||garnet, citrine, bloodstone, carnelian agate, hematite|
|Spleen ||Svadisthana ||VAM ||A ||citrine, bloodstone, carnelian agate, moonstone|
|Solar Plexus ||Manipura ||RAM ||B flat ||amber, bloodstone, carnelian agate, moonstone |
|Heart ||Anahata ||YAM ||C ||green aventurine, green flourite, chrysoprase, pink kunzite, malachite, bloodstone, carnelian agate |
|Throat ||Visuddha ||HAM ||D ||pink kunzite, kyanite, lapis lazuli, malachite, moldavite |
|Third Eye ||Ajna ||OM ||E ||moldavite, lapis lazuli, kyanite, celestite|
|Crown ||Sahasrara ||AUM ||F ||amethyst, citrine, copal, clear white calcite, diamond, modavite, moonstone|
Of course, you can purchase bags of stones which will give only one stone association per chakra, and these can be very useful. Not every stone works the same way on each chakra, you will notice that some of the stones can be used for more than one. Experiment with the different stones as you are able to, and see for yourself which ones you feel are the most effective for you.
There are also "chakra wands" which will have the appropriate colors and stones either attached to them, or if they are glass, inside them. These can be a useful focus as well.
No matter how you choose to cleanse and balance your chakras, it is important to remember to close them afterwards. These are main energy vortexes or centers in your body. Persons or situations having a lot of negative energy around them can cause your chakras to be clogged up with this negativity. You are also most empathic and open to psychic impressions when your chakras are fully open, and in some situations this is desirable. Most of us, though, don't choose to have our chakras fully open and vulnerable all the time. You can leave your chakras partially open for some things, and in ritual or sacred space you may want to be open fully. As you use these exercises and become more proficient at them, you will become more aware of how your psychic bodies feel when your chakras are open to different levels. Then you will be able to make a concious choice as to how much to open or close each one, in keeping with the work you are doing.