According to Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, there are seven energy centers inside the human body. Chakra is the term for these energetic vortexes in Eastern spiritual traditions. The word means "wheel" in Sanskrit.
Eastern spiritual traditions say the chakra system spans the length of our bodies. It starts in the lower spinal column and rises to the head's crown.
People feel calm, relaxed, and happy when their chakra system works well. Others experience anxiety, fear, depression or physical illness when they have blocked chakra energy. In today's guide, you'll learn about the seven chakras in Eastern traditions. You'll also receive tips to help you balance them.
Muladhara, or the Root Chakra, is the energetic system's foundation. Its physical location rests in the lower spine, near the perineum and groin area. This chakra provides a sound structure that helps energy flow smoothly through the body's chakra system. It connects human beings with their senses and our natural world. A blockage in the Root Chakra can disrupt all other chakras.
The Root Chakra regulates innate humanity's self-preservation and survival instinct. This energy centers people, helping them to feel safe, calm, and confident. The chakra encourages us to explore our world. Muladhara inspires humans to tackle difficult challenges and accomplish goals. The root chakra has a calming, grounding, earth-based energy. It provides a solid base to help us embrace life.
Hinduism associates several symbols with the Root Chakra. The first one is the red, four-petaled lotus with a centered, yellow square. Another symbol associated with this chakra is the elephant. The body's source of kundalini energy also resides here.
Signs of Imbalance: Any imbalanced chakra can change someone's emotions, behavior, and thoughts. A Root Chakra imbalance may cause someone to act out of character. For example, a stable individual can become anxious, unreliable, or short-tempered. The person can also be afraid of showing his/her true self to other people. Here are signs of a Root Chakra imbalance:
Symptoms may include:
How to Balance
Svadhisthana, or the Sacral Chakra, is the driving force of people's creative potential, sensuality, and artistry. It is the second chakra. The energy center fuels our emotions, creativity, and imagination. Svadhisthana is responsible for our sex drive, sensual nature, and potential to change. The primary location for the sacral chakra is the central abdomen, three inches below the navel.
The Sacral Chakra is a water-based element. Its symbol is the six-petaled orange flower with the tattva aspect for water, in its center. The crocodile is another symbol for the second chakra.
When well balanced, this chakra increases creativity, playfulness, and self-confidence. This energy inspires people to produce new inventions or artistic masterpieces. This chakra can cause some individuals to become overly sensitive when it's imbalanced.
Signs of Imbalance - The Sacral Chakra becomes blocked when you receive criticism about creative projects or sexual-related issues.
Signs of a sacral chakra imbalance include:
How to Balance
Manipura is the Solar Plexus Chakra. It sits near the top of the abdomen, near the stomach. The third chakra fuels people's self-esteem, independence, individuality, and inner drive. This energy center inspires people to work for their goals.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is a fire-based element. Yellow is the color associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra. The chakra's symbol has ten petals with the tattva fire aspect shown as a red triangle.
Signs of Imbalance: Failures, bad social experiences and low self-worth can block this chakra. Small blockages will cause someone to be insecure in certain areas of their life. Large blockages will cause deeper self-esteem issues.
The signs of a solar plexus imbalance include:
How to Balance
Anahata, or the Heart Chakra, reflects a person's capacity for love and compassion in all areas. Vedic scholars say the energy source connects the mind, body, and spirit. This third chakra sits above the heart. This chakra exemplifies calmness, balance, and serenity.
The Heart Chakra is an air element. The antelope is its associated symbol. Green is the primary color for the heart chakra. The Anahata chakra has peaked circles around a six-pointed star. People experience deep inner peace when their heart chakra is balanced. They feel their emotions fully and understands them at a cognitive level. Additionally, they feel empathy for other people.
Signs of Imbalance: Any negative experience can affect the Heart Chakra. These issues include cruel words, personal losses, grief, disappointments, and depression. Bad relationships and toxic friendships are other issues that block this chakra.
The signs of a Heart Chakra imbalance are:
How to Balance: Here are some steps that will heal heart chakra energy.
The fifth chakra is Vishuddha or the Throat Chakra. It controls people's speech, self-expression, authenticity, and emotional honesty. The energy center's physical location resides in the middle of the throat.
The Throat Chakra is an ether-based element (akasha). White elephants symbolize this energetic center. The chakra's symbol is a white color with sixteen purple or smoke-colored petals. The flower has a downward triangle with a white, circular tattva aspect that represents akasha.
People speak clearly and appropriately when their Throat Chakra is well balanced. They express themselves honestly without being mean.
Signs of Imbalance:Many Throat Chakra imbalances occur because of painful experiences involving communication. These include criticism, demeaning words, and insults.
Here are signs The Throat Chakra is imbalanced.
How to Balance
Ajna, or the Third-Eye Chakra, helps people to use their intuition to connect with the universe. It is the sixth chakra. This energy center helps people find their life's purpose. The energy center also connects people to universal truth and knowledge. The Third Eye Chakra's physical location is in between the eyebrows.
The Third Eye Chakra's element is extra-sensory perception. The Vedas symbolize this chakra using a transparent lotus with two white petals. The color associated with this chakra is indigo. The black antelope is another symbol.
People attain their dreams and reach their highest potential when the Third Eye Chakra is well-balanced.
Signs of Imbalance: Individuals with imbalanced chakras can experience insomnia, learning issues, and clumsiness. These are common signs of a Third Eye Chakra Imbalance.
How to Balance:Here are some steps to balance the Third Eye Chakra.
Sahasrara, or the Crown Chakra, is the highest energy center. This energy center helps people feel spiritually connected to the world. Vedic scholars call this chakra the "thousand petal lotus." The seventh chakra's physical location is the top of the head. It is the highest chakra. The crown chakras is a thought-based element. Sahasrara's symbols are the eagle and the color violet.
Signs of Imbalance: An imbalanced Crown Chakra will result in a feeling of depression and being spiritually adrift. These people may lose their motivation and fail to see the world's beauty. Common things that block the crown chakra include criticism, mid-life crises, and relationship conflicts. Here are symptoms of a Crown Chakra imbalance.
Overactive Crown Chakra
Underactive Crown Chakra
Physical symptoms (poor coordination, chronic headaches, fatigue)
How to Balance
Healing your chakras can help you to connect with your life's purpose and balance your mind.
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