Chakras are associated with our physical, mental, and emotional interactions. Chakras are invisible to the human eye, but they can be perceived intuitively by trained energy workers. Having your chakras evaluated by a trained practitioner is a good way to get a better understanding of how your body functions on an energetic level. An energy worker trained in reading chakras will be able to tell you which chakras are functioning poorly and which chakras are working overtime. When one or two chakras are performing at a reduced level, the remaining chakras have to pick up the slack.
1. Root Chakra
Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.
Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.
Warning Signals: Fatigue, disagreements with family members, disorientation due to lack of grounding.
To Strengthen the Energy of this Chakra: Therefore visualize a molten lava flow beneath you or the image of your feet and body growing tree roots that extend deep into the earth. Since this chakra corresponds with issues with one’s family of origin (“root”), resolving these deep emotions can heal the first chakra.
2. Sacral Chakra
Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.
Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.
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Warning Signals: Sexual dysfunction, hormonal imbalance, lack of creativity.
To Strengthen the Energy of this Chakra: The second chakra relates to a person’s sexuality and creativity and is connected with the womb. Any creative or sexual outlet has the potential to engage this chakra – but only if such an activity aligns with a person’s genuine self.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra
Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.
Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.
Warning Signals: Digestive system upset, weakness in “core” muscles, low immunity, low self-esteem.
To Strengthen the Energy of this Chakra: Therefore the energies of the solar plexus chakra invoke the relationship with the self and concepts of individual identity. But blockages in this chakra are very common, and can usually only be alleviated by reassessing personal choices and life directions. It is helpful to take time and space to nourish – and to uncover and accept – the real self.
4. Heart Chakra
Heart Chakra – Our ability to love.
Location: Center of chest just above the heart.
Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.
Warning Signals: High or low blood pressure, cardiac symptoms, anger, numbness, fear of love.
To Strengthen the Energy of this Chakra: The heart chakra is the center of emotions. Therefore strengthening this chakra requires willingness to experience life’s emotional spectrum: love and loss, pain and joy. But visualizing a bright white light in the center of the chest and allowing it to expand slowly may help to awaken this chakra and soothe feelings of hurt. It can also be helpful to write a journal or speak to a trusted friend.
5. Throat Chakra
Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.
Warning Signals: Hyper- or hypothyroid (over-or under-active thyroid gland), frustration, fear, or inability to express oneself.
To Strengthen the Energy of this Chakra: Sing, dance, write, speak – express and emote, Therefore, this chakra is cleared by genuine, open expression of truth. It is strengthened by standing up for personal beliefs and supporting other people, ideologies, or groups–- but mostly, by speaking up for number one.
6. Third Eye Chakra
Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.
Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.
Warning Signals: Headaches, lack of insight, feeling lost, lack of psychic intuitiveness.
To Strengthen the Energy of this Chakra: It may be helpful to call this chakra by its other name and visualise as well as a “third eye” in the middle of the forehead, looking around with keen observation and insight. Tapping a point in the middle of the brow also helps. So can take the pressure off and exercising patience. Overthinking congests the brow chakra – so don’t think.
7. Crown Chakra
Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to fully connected spiritually.
Location: The very top of the head.
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.
Warning Signals: Headaches, spaciness/brain fog, fear, disconnection, lack of trust/hope/faith.
To Strengthen the Energy of this Chakra: The crown chakra represents connection to the divine in all its forms, as well as the reality that all is energy and there is no form. But Imagine a ball of glowing white energy coming down and enveloping the top of the head, opening and healing the crown chakra. Pull the energy down as a protective shield around the body. Talking – out loud or internally – to the higher self, goddess, god, guardian angels or spirit guides can also help.