Guide to the Seven Chakra

Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel, or vortex, and it refers to each of the seven energy centers of which our consciousness, our energy system, is composed. This is very similar to the kabbalah, The Tree of Life

Around each human being there is an energy field known as the aura. It usually extends 10-15cm out from the physical body. Some people can see the aura with all its colours, others can see a faint light, some cannot see anything at all, but this does not matter. The colours in our aura change depending on our state of health or our mood. The colour and energy of the aura is produced by the chakras. The chakras are the seven energy centres in our etheric body. They are wheels of bright colour which spin totally in balance when we are healthy and happy. When we are in bad health or feeling distressed, the chakras spin out of balance and the colours are not so bright. Each chakra is related to a particular colour. It needs to produce this colour for its energy field and it needs to spin in balance.

Chakra 1 Chakra 1 Red
Chakra 1
Base = Red

The Base or Root Chakra is associated with the color red. This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings. Focusing one's attention on the color of a cherry popsicle or a juicy red apple can help bring our energetic body "down to earth" and in alignment with our physical body when we find ourselves energetically fleeting or in other words....."spacing off."

Physical Location - base of the spine
Purposes - kinesthetic feelings, movement
Spiritual Lesson - material world lessons
Physical dysfunctions associated with base chakra - lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders
Mental/Emotional Issues - survival, self esteem, social order, security, family
Information stored in base chakra - familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure or pain, touch
Area of Body Governed - spinal column, kidneys, legs, feet, rectum, immune system

Gemstones
Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Onyx

Flower Essences
Corn, Clematis, Rosemary

Chakra 2 Chakra 2 Orange
Chakra 2
Sacral = Orange

The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange or red-orange. I usually visualize the Sunkist orange that has been dyed to attract the produce buyer, or the orange red of an evening sunset when I'm focusing on spinning my second chakra. This chakra often offers us the opportunity to lessen our "control issues" and find a balance in our lives, teaching us to recognize that acceptance and rejection are not the only options in our relationships. The process of making changes in our life stream through our personal choices is a product of second chakra energy. A well-functioning second chakra helps one to maintain a healthy yin-yang existence.

Physical Location - lower abdomen to the navel
Purposes - emotional connection
Spiritual Lesson - creativity, manifestation. honoring relationships, learning to "let go"
Physical dysfunctions associated with sacral chakra - low back pain, sciatica, ob/gyn problems, pelvic pain, libido, urinary problems
Mental/Emotional Issues - blame, guilt, money, sex, power, control, creativity, morality
Information stored in sacral chakra - duality, magnetism, controlling patterns, emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear)
Area of Body Governed - sexual organs, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, middle spine

Gemstones
Garnet , Moonstone, Orange Tourmaline

Flower Essences
Indian Paintbrush, Lady's Slipper, Hibiscus

Chakra 3 Chakra 3 Yellow
Chakra 3
Solar Plexus = Yellow

The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the color yellow. This is the area which defines our "self-esteem". The personality that develops during puberty is housed in this chakra....otherwise known as the "EGO". Anyone experiencing dysfunction of the third chakra is having difficulty obtaining or maintaining his/her own "personal power". This intuitive chakra is where we get our "gut instincts" that signal us to do or not to do something. Strong self-esteem is a required for developing intuitive skills.

Physical Location - solar plexus
Purposes - mental understanding of emotional life
Spiritual Lesson - acceptance of your place in the life stream. (self-love)
Physical dysfunctions associated with solar plexus chakra - stomach ulcers, intestinal tumors, diabetes, pancreatitis, indigestion, anorexia/bulimia, hepatitis, cirrhosis, adrenal imbalances, arthritis, colon diseases
Mental/Emotional Issues - self esteem, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, self-image fears, fears of our secrets being found out, indecisiveness
Information stored in solar plexus chakra - personal power, personality, consciousness of self within the universe (sense of belonging), knowing
Area of Body Governed - upper abdomen, umbilicus to rib cage, liver, gallbladder, middle spine, spleen, kidney, adrenals, small intestines, stomach

Gemstones
Jasper , Golden Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline

Flower Essences
Chamomile, Golden Yarrow, Peppermint

Chakra 4 Chakra 4 Green
Chakra 4
Heart = Green

The Heart Chakra is associated with the color green or pink. This love center of our human energy system is often the focus in bringing about a healing. Thus, the words "Love Heals All" have great truth. Hurtful situations that can effect our emotional being are divorce or separation, grief through death, emotional abuse, abandonment, adultery. All of these are wounding to the heart chakra. Physical illnesses brought about by heartbreak require that an emotional healing occur along with the physical healing. Learning to love yourself is a powerful first step in securing a healthy fourth chakra. The "wounded child" resides in the heart chakra.

Physical Location -center of chest
Purposes - emotional empowerment
Spiritual Lesson - forgiveness, unconditional love, letting go, trust, compassion
Physical dysfunctions associated with heart chakra - heart conditions, asthma, lung & breast cancers, thoracic spine, pneumonia, upper back, shoulder problems
Mental/Emotional Issues - love, compassion, confidence, inspiration, hope, despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, generosity
Information stored in heart chakra - connections or "heart strings" to those whom we love
Area of Body Governed - heart, circulatory system, blood, lungs, rib cage, diaphragm, thymus, breasts, esophagus, , shoulders, arms, hands

Gemstones
Malachite , Emerald, Rose Quartz

Flower Essences
Holly, Poppy, California Wild Rose

Chakra 5 Chakra 5 Blue
Chakra 5
Throat = Sky Blue

The Throat Chakra is associated with the color sky blue. This chakra is our will center. The healthfulness of the fifth chakra is in relation to how honestly one expresses himself/herself. Lying violates the body and spirit . We speak our choices with our voices (throats). All choices we make in our lives have consequences on an energetic level. Even choosing not to make a choice such as in repressing our anger (not speaking out) may manifest into laryngitis. We have all experienced that "lump in our throats" when we are at a crossroad of not knowing how to speak the right words in any given situation, perhaps even stuffing our own emotions. A challenge of the throat chakra is to express ourselves in the most truthful manner. Also to receive and assimilate information. Seek only the truth.

Physical Location - throat, neck region
Purposes - learning to take responsibility for one's own needs
Spiritual Lesson - confession, surrender personal will over to divine will, faith, truthfulness over deceit
Physical dysfunctions associated with throat chakra - sore throat, mouth ulcers, scoliosis, swollen glands , thyroid dysfunctions, laryngitis, voice problems, gum or tooth problems
Mental/Emotional Issues - personal expression, creativity, addiction, criticism, faith, decision making (choices), will, lack of authority
Information stored in throat chakra - self-knowledge, truth, attitudes, hearing, taste, smell
Area of Body Governed - throat, thyroid, trachea, neck vertebrae, mouth, teeth, gums, esophagus, parathyroid, hyperchalemus

Gemstones
Chrysocola , Lapis, Blue Opal

Flower Essences
Cosmos, Trumpet Vine, Larch

Chakra 6 Chakra 6 Indigo
Chakra 6
Third Eye = Indigo

The Brow Chakra is associated with the color indigo. It is also often referred to as the "third eye" or the "mind center". It is our avenue to wisdom - learning from our experiences and putting them in perspective. Our ability to separate reality from fantasy or delusions is in connection with the healthfulness of this chakra. Achieving the art of detachment beyond "small mindedness" is accomplished through developing impersonal intuitive reasoning. It is through an open brow chakra that visual images are received.

Physical Location - center of the forehead
Purposes - action of ideas, insight, mind development
Spiritual Lesson - understanding, reality check point, detachment, open mind
Physical dysfunctions associated with brow chakra - lbrain tumors, strokes, blindness, deafness, seizures, learning disabilities, spinal dysfunctions, panic, depression
Mental/Emotional Issues - fear of truth, discipline, judgement, evaluation, emotional intelligence, concept of reality, confusion
Information stored in brow chakra - seeing clear picture (symbolic or literal), wisdom, intuition, mental facilities, intellect
Area of Body Governed - brain, neurological system, eyes, ears, nose, pituitary, pineal glands

Gemstones
Purple Flourite, Sugalite, Lapis

Flower Essences
Wild Oat, Queen Anne's Lace, Madia

Chakra 7 Chakra 7 Violet
Chakra 7
Crown = Violet / White

The Crown Chakra is associated with the color indigo or white. We use the seventh chakra as a tool to communicate with our spiritual nature. It is through this vortice that the life force is dispersed from the universe into the lower 6 chakras. It has been referred to as our "GOD SOURCE" - but this terminology might be confusing to anyone who equates God with religious dogma, because of this I choose to call it a spiritual connection or communicator. This chakra is often pictured as a lotus flower opening to allow spiritual awakening in an individual. The crown chakra could also be considered the well intuitive knowing is drawn from.

Physical Location - top of head
Purposes - intuitive knowing, connection to one's spirituality, integration of the whole Spiritual Lesson - spirituality, living in the NOW
Physical dysfunctions associated with crown chakra - mystical depression, diseases of the muscular system, skeletal system and the skin, chronic exhaustion not associated with physical ailments, sensitivity to light, sound, environment
Mental/Emotional Issues - discovery of the divine, lack of purpose, loss of meaning or identity, trust, selflessness, humanitarianism, ability to see the bigger picture in the life stream, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics
Information stored in crown chakra - concept of the whole
Area of Body Governed - top center of the head, midline above the ears

Gemstones
Amber, Diamond, Moldavite

Flower Essences
Lotus, Angelica, Star Tulip