In part one of our chakra post series we discussed the root chakra, sacral chakra, and solar plexus chakra. In part two, we will discuss the final four chakras and ways you can heal them.Heart Chakra: The center of the chest is home to the heart chakra. Kindness, generosity and compassion are all linked to this chakra. The gateway to the soul, the heart energy connects us to all living things and allows us the capacity to feel love and caring for others. When your heart chakra is blocked, feelings of anger, jealousy and resentment take over. It can be hard to see through the cloud of bitterness that an unbalanced heart chakra can cause. High blood pressure, heart disease, chest pain and asthma can all be triggered by a blockage of the flow of energy in this chakra. Balancing the heart chakra requires letting go of past hurts.
Releasing the anger that you have been holding onto and making peace with injustices done to you will help your heart chakra to heal. The color green is associated with this chakra. Aventurine and jade bracelets are wonderful talismans to serve as reminders of your intention to open your heart chakra. Jasmine, lavender and rose incense are fragrant and soothing tools to assist in your path to balance.Anoint a green candle with lavender oil and recite the following affirmation:
I am open to love.
All love resides within my heart.
I deeply and completely love and accept myself.
I nurture my inner child.
I am wanted and loved.
I live in balance, in a state of gracefulness and gratitude.
I love the beauty of nature and the animal world.
I forgive myself.
I am open to love and kindness.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to transform and open up to love.
I am connected with other human beings.
I feel a sense of unity with nature and animals.
I accept things as they are.
I am peaceful.Eating a diet full of leafy greens is a healthy way to open your heart chakra. Also, consider incorporating nature hikes into your routine. Focus on breathing in the fresh, pure air and breathing out any anger and resentment you are carrying in your heart.
As the name suggests, this chakra is located in the throat. The flow of energy connected to the throat chakra focuses on your inner voice and how you use it to communicate with those around you. Self-expression, trust and loyalty surge through the throat chakra. Feelings of frustration and inadequacy arise when there is an imbalance in this area. You may find that you are unable to express yourself the way you want and that those around you do not understand you. Disruptions in this chakra can be manifested by throat and mouth problems, bronchitis, thyroid issues and laryngitis.
Healing the chakra starts with asserting your self-worth. Treating yourself with love and dignity will help balance the flow of energy in the throat chakra. Blue is the color connected to this chakra. Aquamarine is an extremely powerful blue stone that you can use when manifesting your inner voice.
Anoint a blue candle with geranium oil and recite the following affirmation:
I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
I have a right to speak my truth.
I communicate my feelings with ease.
I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
I have a strong will that lets me resolve my challenges.
I nourish my spirit through creativity.
I live an authentic life.
I have integrity.
I love to share my experiences and wisdom.
I know when it is time to listen.
I express my gratitude towards life.
I listen to my body and my feelings to know what my truth is.
I take good care of my physical body.
I am at peace.
Singing, alone or in an organized setting, is a source of empowerment that can open up a blocked throat chakra. Consider joining a local choir. Or, if you prefer, belt out your favorite song in the car or shower.
Third Eye Chakra
Also called the Brow Chakra, this energy force is located on the forehead, between the eyes. The third eye chakra focuses on the flow of our imagination, wisdom and intuition. The ability to trust our inner voice and the ability to strengthen our psychic powers is centered in our third eye. When questions of self doubt enter into our thoughts, our third eye chakra may be closed. Uncertainty about the path we are on and distrust in our choices starts as a nagging voice but can build to a deafening internal scream.
Headaches, difficulty concentrating and learning disabilities are often manifestations of imbalance in the third eye chakra.
Balancing this chakra begins with strengthening your intuition. Activities such as yoga and meditation work to build your insight. Finding a quiet place for reflection and introspection are helpful ways to support your third eye and improve the energy flow from your third eye chakra. Light a spiritual balance chakra karma cleansing candle and recite the following affirmation:
Our body is constantly flowing with energy. It travels from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes. That energy has a name. A chakra is a center of energy. Derived from the Sanskrit word for “wheel,” our body contains seven of these powerful energy sources. The seven chakras are: the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra and, lastly, the crown chakra.
Imagine a spinning disc filled with energy and interacting with all our bodies various systems. The chakras provide a constant flow of harmonious energy between those systems and throughout our body. If that flow of energy gets blocked or disrupted, our bodies become unbalanced. This can result in physical ailments, unhappiness, inability to focus and a list of other issues. Understanding chakras and how they affect our bodies is an important step in maintaining both physical and mental health.
The Root Chakra
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra deals with the physical body and its connection to the Earth. Feelings of safety and being grounded are associated with the root chakra. It is considered the foundation from which all six other chakras feed off of. Imbalance with your root chakra can lead to sluggishness, depression and poor circulation. Financial issues may also be the result of a blocked root chakra.
This chakra is associated with all things red. To clear a blocked root chakra, light a red candle anointed with ylang ylang oil orsandalwood oil. Recite the following affirmation:
I am safe, I trust in the natural flow of life.
I take my natural place in the world content in the knowledge that all I need will come to me in the right time and space.
I am secure and grounded in the physical form and give thanks to Mother Earth for the nourishment, shelter and stability she gives me .
Carry some tumbled carnelian stones in a red pouch with you. Make an effort to get some exercise, especially outdoors.
The Sacral Chakra
This chakra sits behind and slightly below your naval and is your body’s physical center. The source of your pleasure, passion, creativity and sexual enjoyment, the energy of this chakra is connected to our emotions and feelings. Issues with intimacy, sensuality and low libido can be caused by disturbances in your sacral chakra.