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Month: August 2020

Struggling for self-expression or effective communication? Understand and Balance your Throat Chakra

Namaste, Hope you all are doing well on your journey of healing. In the last articles, we read about four major Chakras among the seven, their functionality, blockages, and healing methods. In this article, we will try to understand the fifth chakra, its functionality, and its healing methods. To start with, the fifth Chakra is called ‘Throat Chakra’ or ‘Vishuddha Chakra’. In Sanskrit, Vishuddha means “especially pure”. As the throat chakra governs the mouth, tongue, and neck, it relates to communication and our ability to understand and speak our inner truth. The fifth chakra, Vishuddha, is the first of the three spiritual chakras. In the area of the throat, it governs the anatomical regions of the thyroid, parathyroid, jaw, neck, mouth, tongue, and larynx. To be open and aligned in the fifth chakra is to speak, listen, and express yourself from a higher form of communication. The Throat Chakra is connected to the way we express our life with utmost authenticity. It is about communicating our thoughts, feelings, and intentions clearly and accurately. The throat chakra, also known as the Vishuddha, is the place where we work on expanding our voice and the power of will.

Throat Chakra Information:

 

  • Physical Location: The region of the throat, jaw, neck, mouth, and thyroid
  • Color: Blue
  • Element: Akasha/Ether/Space
  • Mythological Animal: White Elephant
  • Seed Mantra: Ham
  • Yoga Mudra: Vishuddha Mudra
  • Symbol: It is depicted as a lotus with sixteen petals. It contains a downward-facing triangle surrounding a circle (representing ‘aether’ or quintessence).

 

The throat chakra corresponds to the element of ether: space that forms the essence of emptiness. Our true selves exist in the space between the clutter of constant thoughts and emotions through meditation. In the calmness, we find the subtle element of ether and reconnect to the throat chakra. The gland associated with the fifth chakra is the thyroid, which regulates the processing of energy in the body through temperature, growth, and in large parts, metabolism. The Vishuddha chakra bridges the heart and the mind. When that space is clear, it integrates the wisdom of both, allowing profound spiritual truths to flow freely. You will be able to effectively communicate your needs, desires, creative ideas, boundaries, empathy, and love. Symbolically, the fifth chakra is where we move from our physical self and our individualization to our higher consciousness of love, intuition, and spirituality. The lower the chakras govern our survival, creativity, and personal power or our aspects related to “me” while our upper three chakras are associated with truth, intuition, boundlessness, and enlightenment or our aspects related to “we.” It is said that through the bridge of the fifth chakra, with love and compassion, we as human beings move from a state of “me” to “we” or from individual to collective. Many offer that the fifth chakra is where enlightenment begins.

 

When our throat chakra is out of balance it most likely will show up in our self-expression and communication. If our throat chakra is excessive a person may exhibit inappropriate talk, interruptions, or talking too much or over others. Talking is used as a defense and these people have trouble listening or hearing others. Someone with an excessive throat chakra may participate in gossip, have a stutter or excessive loudness in their voice. They tend to have trouble or an inability to keep confidences and secrets. A person with a deficient throat chakra will have a hard time communicating in general. They often have fear around speaking or speak with a small or weak voice. This person may refer to themselves as shy or introverted and have difficulty putting things into words. They may be more secretive and private. Physically, an imbalanced throat chakra shows up as disorders of the throat, ears, voice, or neck. Also, tightness of the jaw and or toxicity in the body can be signs of imbalance. A person whose throat chakra is open and balanced exhibits clear communication lives creatively has a good sense of timing, rhythm, and resonant voice is a good listener, and is able to connect through honest and open communication. This person speaks authentically and speaks to their truth in all circumstances. Physically, they show up as calm, have relaxed nerves, and are open in their shoulders, neck, and jaw.

 

How to Heal or Balance Throat Chakra:

 

  • Talk openly with close friends and family. Make it a point to be open and honest with all you say. Simply speaking in a heartfelt way can work wonders to strengthen and balance the throat chakra. As the chakra of self-expression, singing can help dispel blockages, activate, and balance the fifth chakra. If you are too shy, humming is also an option. Just be sure to get those vocal cords vibrating with sound.

 

  • Using chakra colors to support or stimulate the fifth chakra opens up a whole array of possibilities. For example, incorporating the color blue into your decor at home and work is a nice, subtle way to bring focus to the throat chakra. The calming effect of this color of wisdom and honesty can help open up and heal a blocked fifth chakra. Wearing precious or semi-precious blue stones is a great boost for chakra healing and balance. Meditating on the color blue also helps alleviate throat chakra imbalance.

 

  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your heart chakra.

 

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in Vishuddha Mudra, relax your muscles as you close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

 

Focus your attention on the location of your Throat chakra: the center of your neck at the pit of your throat.

 

Since the Throat chakra is tied to the color of Blue, imagine a Blue glow at the center of your throat, slowly expanding throughout your neck and making the whole area warm and relaxed. 

 

Once you are relaxed start chanting the HAM sound with each exhale, you can also play the Seed Mantra sound in the background while you meditate, do it for a few minutes, and then slowly open your eyes.

 

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The Throat chakra is highly influenced by Aquamarine, as its name suggests, shares the qualities of water. The crystal energy of Aquamarine acts like waves of water, washing away and clearing blockages and trapped emotions within Vishuddha Chakra and rebalancing the natural flow of the Throat energies. Blue Calcite is another excellent choice for this chakra and is wonderfully aligned to Vishuddha and the purpose of honest and truthful communication. Turquoise — Blue, green-blue — Semi-precious — Used to stimulate and balance. Dispels negativity and restores confidence to speak and express one’s thoughts effectively. Blue Chalcedony is one of the throat chakra crystals that is wonderful for enabling our communication of emotion. Blue Lace Agate improves communication on all levels whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Its gentle energy balances our Throat Chakra. 

 

  • Yoga-asana is another effective method for chakra balancing there are specific yoga poses for each chakra. Yoga poses for Throat chakra are:

 

  • Ustrasana | Camel pose
  • Halasana | Plow Pose
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana | Bridge Pose
  • Matsyasana | Fish 
  • Uttanasana | Standing Forward Bend

 

  • Eating more fruits can help to balance the throat chakra, add apples, peaches, lemons, and limes to your diet to cleanse and activate the throat chakra.

 

  • At-home aromatherapy can help dispel negativity and restore balance to the chakras. Consider introducing one or a combination of these scents to heal and activate your fifth energy center. Essential oils like Jasmine, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Calendula, and Ylang Ylang are commonly used to heal or balance the Throat chakra. 

 

  • Alternative healing therapies can also help to align and bring balance to the Throat chakra. Reiki healing is one of the effective methods of Chakra healing. You can avail a Reiki healing session in person or a distance healing session for the same.

 

  • The repetition of affirmations sets the intention to break old patterns and create new ones. To open the throat chakra, repeat affirmations that relate to authenticity and open communication. Here are some examples:

 

  • I communicate confidently and with ease.
  • I feel comfortable speaking my mind.
  • I am balanced in speaking and listening.
  • I am an active listener.
  • I speak my true thoughts with ease.
  • I set clear boundaries.
  • I communicate well in all areas of my life.
  • I listen and I am listened to.
  • I am open to communicating.
  • I always express myself with integrity.
  • My voice is clear and I am heard.
  • I communicate my highest truth.
  • I allow myself to speak up.

Struggling with Self Expression, Creativity, Infertility or Low Libido? Understand and Balance your Sacral Chakra

Namaste, Hope you all are doing well on your journey of healing. In the last article, we read about Root Chakra, its functionality, blockages, and healing methods. The second chakra is called (Sacral Chakra) or (swadhisthana Chakra). The word ‘Svadhisthana’ is derived from two Sanskrit words, ‘Swa’ and ‘Adhisthana’ where ‘swa’ means ‘one’s own’ and ‘adhisthana’ means ‘dwelling place’. Therefore, the word literally means ‘dwelling place of the self’. The Sacral Chakra is your passion and pleasure center and it is located in the pelvic area, the lower abdomen below the tailbone (includes lower pelvis, womb, and genitals). While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment. The Sacral chakra relates to the water element, and like water, the sacral energy controls fluidity, versatility, and freedom, whether sexual, emotional, or creative.

 

Sacral Chakra Information:

  • Physical Location: Below the navel, in the pelvic region
  • Color: Orange
  • Element: Water
  • Associated animal: Fish
  • Seed Mantra: Vam
  • Yoga Mudra: Dhyan Mudra
  • Symbol: Orange lotus with six petals and a crescent moon

The second chakra is the center of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection. The energy of this chakra allows us to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within the body. It allows us to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness. The sacral chakra resonates with our need for relationships and our need to control or create the dynamics of our physical world. Being creative in nature, the sacral chakra’s main focus is allowing the individual to discover what they enjoy, to form hobbies, create loving and exciting relationships, and even creativity in lovemaking and sexual eroticism. The Svadhisthana chakra is the foundation of a healthy ego that allows us to interact with the world without selling ourselves short or pretending to be someone we are not. A person with a strong Sacral chakra can survive financially and physically on his or her own and bond with others to form harmonious friendships.

Sexuality tends to be the first thing that comes to mind at the thought of the sacral chakra, but creativity is an often overlooked aspect of it as well. It is important to remember that this chakra isn’t only concerned with sex. In fact, at its most broad, the sacral chakra simply governs passion and pleasure, phenomena that manifest themselves in our lives via two avenues. On one side is creativity and zeal for life on the other side is sensuality, in the sense of embracing one’s own natural human sexuality. The sacral chakra helps cultivate flexibility and adaptability. This empowers us to move on, accept change, and transform. When balanced, the sacral chakra allows us to be passionate, creative, and sensual while connecting with our feelings and emotions. Motivated by pleasure and joy, the sacral chakra is the driving force for our enjoyment of life. A balanced Sacral chakra enables us to feel and experience life to its fullness. As the center of passion, sacral chakra awakens the power of creation. This allows us to discover what we truly enjoy and create intimate relationships. A person with an open Svadhisthana Chakra is passionate, present in his/her body, sensual, creative, and connected to his/her feeling.

When the sacral chakra is out of alignment or blocked, issues with the reproductive system can pop up, including menstrual cramps, urinary tract infections, a significant increase or decrease in sexual interest, and lower back pain. Problems with the bladder, kidneys, or adrenal glands can also arise. Of course, this is not to suggest these symptoms aren’t from something else entirely and nothing in here can replace a doctor’s advice. Imbalance in the sacral chakra can manifest into low confidence, lack of motivation, inability to create intimate connections with others, lack of interest in self-expression or artistic abilities, infertility, difficulties giving birth, producing orgasms and low libido. From an emotional standpoint, one might feel closed off, opposed to spontaneity, uncomfortable in one’s own body, or shameful about sexuality. Not feeling sensual or having difficulty pursuing

creative endeavors are other potential problems resulting from an out-of-alignment sacral chakra. Imbalance in the Sacral chakra can also manifest as Dependency, co-dependency with other people, or a substance that grants easy access to pleasure. Mentally, blocked sacral energy can be associated with addiction, repressed emotions, and lack of creative energy.

How to Heal or Balance Sacral Chakra: 

  • The sacral chakra relates to the water element and our ability to flow with change. We can reconnect with this element by spending time with water by going for a swim, sitting near the sea or flowing stream, or taking a relaxing bath. Watsu, a form of therapy in which a person is gently held and guided in water, can also provide a powerful ritual for sacral healing.
  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to the chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your sacral chakra.

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in Dhyan Mudra, relax your muscles as you close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

Focus your attention on the location of your sacral chakra: your abdomen, a few inches below your navel.

Since the sacral chakra is tied to the color of orange, imagine an orange glow below your navel, slowly expanding to the pelvic region and making the whole area warm and relaxed.

Once you are relaxed, start chanting the VAM sound with each exhale, do it for a few minutes and then slowly open your eyes.

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The sacral chakra’s color is orange, so many of the sacral chakra healing stones are orange as well. Orange Calcite is said to enhance creativity, help you move past the emotional barrier, and reunite mind and body. Citrine stones are a golden yellow in color, and they’re sometimes called the “stones of the mind.” It is also meant to increase self-esteem, which is ideal if your blocked sacral chakra is leading to reduced confidence or issues with jealousy. Carnelian is a semi-precious gemstone with a reddish-brown hue, though it comes in various shades. It is perfect for sacral chakra work because it is called Singer’s Stone. This means it has an intrinsic link with your creativity and artistry. Moonstone comes in many colors, but you may want to opt for peach moonstone due to its connecting to stimulating the mind. It is also meant to reduce worry and carry a kind of loving energy.
  • All of the chakras respond positively and negatively to the diet, so we can potentially unblock the sacral chakra just by making little adjustments to what we eat. Healthy eating is good for maintaining open chakras, but beyond this advice, it’s also smart to look at foods that are historically linked to the sacral chakra. Orange is the color that represents sacral chakra, so it’s no surprise that the fruit shares this connection. However, any fleshy fruits can help to keep the sacral chakra aligned. This includes papayas, mangoes, and peaches. Seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, poppy, and hemp can be added to diet when we work on Sacral chakra.
  • Yoga can be particularly helpful in opening and bringing balance to the sacral chakra. Yoga for sacral balancing should focus on hip-opening poses. Below are specific yoga movements to connect you to the energy of the sacral chakra:
    • Upavistha Konasana | Open-Angle Pose
    • Bhekasana | Frog Pose
    • Kapotasna | Pigeon Pose
    • Utkata Konasana | Goddess Pose
  • Aromatherapy has powerful healing properties that can restore feelings of sensuality and creativity. To open the sacral chakra, try burning cleansing aromas like cardamom, eucalyptus, chamomile, spearmint, patchouli, ylang-ylang, rose, or clary sage.
  • The main challenge for the second chakra is the conditioning of our society. We live in a society where feelings are not valued, where passion and emotional reactions are being frowned upon. We also experience the wounds of our collective cultural struggles over many sexual issues of our society. On one hand, sexuality is magnified and glorified, and on the other hand, it is rejected. This results in either blocked or excessive second chakra issues. Reiki is another helping tool in order to deal with such conditions. You can ask for a Reiki healing session to get your chakras aligned and get the energy inflow.
  • By repeating affirmations, we set intentions that break old habits and create new ones. To open the sacral chakra, repeat affirmations, out loud, in your head, or by writing them down. Below you can find some examples of affirmations to balance the sacral chakra:
  • I love and enjoy my body.
  • I have healthy boundaries.
  • I am open to experiencing the present moment through my senses.
  • I am passionate.
  • I feel pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.
  • I nourish my body with healthy food and clean water.
  • I know how to take care of my needs.
  • I value and respect my body.
  • I am open to touch and closeness.
  • I allow myself to experience pleasure.
  • My sexuality is sacred.
  • Emotions are the language of my soul.
  • I take good care of my physical body.
  • I am at peace.

Tired of Financial Insecurities and Instability Issues? Understand and Balance Your Root Chakra

Namaste, Hope you guys liked the first blog about Chakra Anatomy, this is the second blog in the series where we will try to understand the first base chakra from Chakra Anatomy. The first major chakra is called “Muladhar” or “Root” chakra. “Muladhar” is a sanskrit word, Mula meaning “root” and Adhara,  means “support” or “base”. Located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor, and the first three vertebrae, the root chakra is responsible for our sense of safety and security on this life journey. The Root Chakra is the first of our energy centers and forms the basis and the starting point for our development. The spinal column begins to develop from the bottom (root chakra) moving to up (crown chakra), and then organs begin to develop. The Root Chakra is associated with the physical body that includes the adrenal glands, colon, kidneys, skeleton/bones, muscles, and arterial blood that flows through the left chamber of the heart, carrying oxygen and nutrients to our body tissue. 

Root Chakra Information:

  • Physical Location: the bottom of the spine (where the tailbone is located)
  • Color: Red
  • Element: Earth
  • Associated animal: Elephant
  • Seed Mantra: Lam 
  • Yoga Mudra: Gyan Mudra
  • Symbol: Square with 4 Lotus Petals.

Root chakra is the chakra of grounding, stability, security, and basic needs. The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds us to stability in our life. This includes our basic needs such as food, water, shelter, safety, as well as our emotional needs of interconnection, and being fearless. When these needs are met, we feel grounded and safe. The Root Chakra provides the links between our energetic system and the physical world and is our base for our life force energy. It gives us the motivation to eat, sleep, and procreate. When it comes to our psychological and spiritual nature, it helps us develop our personal integrity, self-esteem, and sense of belonging. As it is the first major chakra it is important to understand and work on it in order to live a full-fledged life where we grow joyfully each day. Our day to day life is directly affected by these chakras conditions and how life force energy flows through them. If the chakras are blocked or misaligned that means the energy may not be flowing as it should and it may result as physical, emotional, or psychological conditions.  

The Root Chakra is foundational. When all is well with the root chakra, you’ll feel secure, calm, and centered in reality. You’ll be bold enough to take new challenges and you’ll feel confident doing so. A balanced root chakra brings you the security of your survival and confidence to try new things or focus on your goals. All of this means that when the root chakra is in alignment, you’ll be at peace. Feeling stable, relaxed, and comfortable with your life. On the other hand, the root chakra can quickly become blocked or misaligned if anything in your life doesn’t feel secure. If you’re worried about a basic need (such as housing, food, or money), this directly impacts on your root chakra. This is the case even if the threat is imaginary (e.g. due to anxiety) rather than imminently likely. So even our negative thoughts can create a blockage or misalignment in the chakra and interrupt the flow of energy. 

As the energetic recycling bin of our auric field, the Root Chakra turns negative emotional energies into power and light. Then the chakra returns this to the earth as energetic compost. We cannot expel waste energies if our root selves are disassociated with the earth and our primal impulses are imbalanced. Root Chakra can get blocked or misaligned due to traumas or fear, A blocked Root chakra can manifest Psychological symptoms such as anxiety disorders, fear, panic attacks, worry, overthinking, depression, nightmares, emotionally disconnected, disconnected from the body, anger, or rage. Physical symptoms of blockage include: lethargic and physically drained, problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, left arm, leg, or feet issues, Inflammation, cramps. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance. Root Chakra governs our physical energies giving us a sense of safety and security with other people, ourselves, and trusting in life. Without balancing the root chakra no matter how hard we try, higher chakras can not be healed/unblocked, in-flow until Muladhara is flowing.

How to Heal or Balance Root Chakra: 

  • The first thing I suggest in order to balance the Root chakra is a barefoot walk on soil or grass. Earth is the element of Root chakra and walking barefoot on soil connects us with mother earth. Gardening, planting a seed, are just some activities to balance the root chakra
  • Let me tell you the simplest meditation to balance root chakra, sit in a cross-legged position, hands in (Dhyan-Mudra), and chant the Root chakra Seed mantra (Lam). concentrate on breathing and with every exhale chant the Lam sound. LĀM is the sound of spiritual awakening.  It releases tensions and removes blockages in this Chakra and activates its energy.  And so the process of awakening the dormant powers within us and raising them into consciousness begins. 
  • The gemstone is another way to work with Chakras, I have been practicing crystal healing for such conditions. Colors and gems can help bring a chakra into balance. The root chakra’s color is red. Gemstones for the first chakra include garnet, red jasper, black tourmaline, and bloodstone. You can place the gemstone on the area of the chakra while lying down to help open and align it. You can also use crystal pendants, bracelets or simply keeping a stone in your pocket or bag will help you get the Root chakra inflow
  • Eating red color food also helps to heal Root chakra. You can have beets, tomatoes, strawberries, cherries, or any other red fruits or vegetables available.
  • Our various mental states and emotions are related to specific Chakra sound frequencies. When exposed long enough to a resonant Chakra sound frequency, the Chakras will be brought into balance. There are many Healing vibration sounds, Sound baths with frequency specific to Root chakra available on the Internet you can also use these Healing frequency sounds to balance the Root chakra.
  • Aromatherapy to activate/balance Root Chakra: essential oils such as Sandalwood, Rosewood, Rosemary, Black Pepper, Cedar, Clove, Ginger, frankincense can help to balance the Root chakra. You can use an oil burner/diffuser in your home or your meditation place.
  • Reiki healing: Reiki is an energy healing therapy that can be done in person or as a distance healing session. Reiki is an effective method to heal past traumas, negativity or any blockage in the chakras. Throughout my Reiki practice, I have observed that most of the people I healed had some blockages in the Root as this is the first energy center and can have blockages due to childhood traumas, insecurities, and fear. You can look for a certified Reiki healer and ask for a Chakra balancing session, it can be done in person or you can take a distance healing session wherein you just relax at your place and receive Reiki.  just a few sessions can bring noticeable changes.
  • Affirmations: I have seen people thinking or talking to themselves and most commonly when we go through tough times we might think or say something negative about ourselves and that can affect our chakras or the flow of energy. As everything we say or think gets stored in our subconscious and with every repetition of the same thought keeps piling up the negativity in ourselves. Affirmation is the best way to erase the negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts that help us get inflow. Below are the most commonly used Affirmations for Root chakra however I would suggest to come up with some affirmation of yours that you can connect with and believe in.

   I feel centered

   I am home

   I feel safe and secure

   I stand for my values, truth, and justice

   I have what I need

   I am kind and compassionate to myself

   I am infinite possibilities

   I am fearless

   I trust myself

   I love myself

   I trust the true source which is the universal divine mother providing for my basic needs.

   I nurture myself with healthy food, clean water, clean air, exercise, relaxation, and connection to nature.

  • Yoga-asana is another effective method for chakra balancing there are specific yoga poses for each chakra. Yoga poses for Root chakra are:
  • Pavanamuktasan—knee to chest pose
  • Janu Sirsansana—head to knee Pose
  • Padmasana—lotus flexion
  • Malasana—squatting pose
  • Tadasana—mountain pose
  • Shavasana—corpse pose
  • Virbhadrasana —Warrior

Take Charge Of Your Life- Know Your Chakras and How To Balance Them

 

Namaste, my name is Yogi, I am a full-time artist as well as a reiki healer. I have been practicing Reiki for the last 5 years and it has helped me as well as the people who requested healing for their various issues. I was born in India and being an Indian even if you don’t evolve in any practices you get to hear words from the ancient scriptures as these words have been a part of lifestyle words such as Karma, Buddhi, Prana, Jeev, Mukti, Moksha, and the list goes on…. Chakra is a word that has been known across the globe when we talk about Yoga, healing therapies, life energy system etc. I was also aware of this word and had some information too that I accumulated as I grew up but I had no idea how important this word could be in terms lo life itself until I took my first Reiki Attunement.

 

Reiki is an energy healing therapy wherein a reiki practitioner channelizes the life force energy and transmits it to the recipient’s body. While practicing Reiki I got to know how life energy flows through us and make this life happen as we live it. So I thought to share some thoughts and observations about the whole Chakra Anatomy.  Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally means wheel and you can imagine them like wheels of free-flowing life force energy (Prana).

As per the Yogic culture, this life force energy flows through all living creatures in this cosmos it is the core of existence without it we are just a pile of flesh and bones. It is said that the human body has a perfect mechanism like any other machine that lets this energy flow throughout the body. This mechanism consists of 72000 Nadis and 114 Chakras out of the 114 chakras 112 are in the body and two Chakras are out of body one above the head connecting us with the divine and the other below the feet connecting us to the mother earth or Root. These 72000 Nadis work like a widespread web in the body connecting all the chakras and keeping a flow of the life force energy. Among the 114 Chakras, there are 7 major chakras, 21 minor chakras, and 86 micro chakras. Most commonly we talk about the 7 major chakras as these are the main energy centers of this entire life energy system. Life energies flow through us in four different forms Physical energy, Mental energy, Emotional energy, and spiritual energy. Nadis function as a pathway of the life energies and chakras work as a purification and distribution center of the life energies in our body. For a perfect life, we need a balance of these four energies. 

 

The mainstream chakra system is based on a Hindu chakra system that recognizes seven distinct “wheels” or “centers” of energy that are perpetually in motion along the human body’s spinal column. We work with the seven main chakras which run alongside the spine. They start at the perineum (the space between the genitals and anus), and then run-up in a straight line to the top of the head. The topmost chakra is in fact just outside of the body above the top of the head. Each chakra is said to vibrate at a different frequency and is associated with a particular color. They are also each associated with certain emotions and organs and their function. The seven chakras are the main energy centers of the body that play an important role in the balance and health of our bodies. The seven primary chakras are the basis of our human existence. 

 

In my next blogs of this series, I will try to explain each of these 7 chakras separately That will include the primary information about chakras, their effects on our lives, and some basic practices to keep the chakras balanced. 

Activate and Balance your Third Eye Chakra.

 

Namaste, Hope you all are doing well on your journey of healing. In the last articles, we read about five major Chakras among the seven, their functionality, blockages, and healing methods. In this article, we will cover the sixth Chakra among the seven major chakras. The 6th Chakra, or the Third Eye Chakra (in Sanskrit, Ājñā, which means “Command” or “monitoring center”), is located in the forehead above the meeting point of the two eyebrows. Its main color is purple, and the element it is associated with is light. It is the Chakra of perception and discrimination. The Third Eye Chakra can be considered the “mother” of the 7 chakras. While all other Chakras provide and produce different instincts, impulses, wills, feelings, emotions, and experiences, the Third Eye Chakra is supposed to be the one supervising them all. It is really the eye of the soul, the Seer, the center of presence and perception, the omega point in which all the other chakras impressions are being perceived. For this reason, it has also been called the “Seat of the Soul”. Its location in the center of the brain reflects this central role. The way the Sixth Chakra sees is that of pure seeing, or witnessing, and is transcendent in nature. However, it is also the seat of conscience: it does not only see, it also perceives the meaning of what is seen in the light of the soul. In the third eye we do not only see, but we also understand. This understanding though is partly beyond words, a pure seeing of meaning.

Third Eye Chakra Information:

 

  • Physical Location: The point between the eyebrows, center of forehead
  • Color: Indigo
  • Element: Light
  • Mythological Animal: Black Antelope, Owl
  • Seed Mantra: Aum/Om
  • Yoga Mudra: Kalesvara Mudra 
  • Symbol: Two-Petalled Lotus with Inverted Triangle

This is the chakra of intuition, wisdom, and our sixth sense. In Eastern philosophies, it is known as our ‘third eye’ and the spiritual center, which interacts with the rational mind in order to deepen our intuitive insight to see beyond the veil of illusion that is called “Maya.” The energy of Ajna allows us to access our inner guidance that comes from the depths of our being. It allows us to cut through illusion and to access deeper truths – to see beyond the mind, beyond the words. The “way of the third eye” is seeing everything as it is from a point of “witness” or “observer”, or from simply being mindful – moment by moment. The sixth chakra is holistic in nature. When this chakra is fully activated, both hemispheres of the brain function in synchrony. The right hemisphere’s creativity and synthetic thinking is integrated and balanced with the left hemisphere’s logical and analytical thinking. The third eye chakra is an instrument to perceive the more subtle qualities of reality. It goes beyond the more physical senses into the realm of subtle energies. Awakening the Third Eye Chakra allows us to open up to an intuitive sensibility and inner perception.

When the third eye chakra is strong we are able to see things as they truly are. We combine equally our gathered information with our intuition to make excellent decisions. This is more than the gut feeling of the Manipura Chakra, this is a constant connection between body, mind, and spirit. If the third eye chakra is overactive then we may feel overwhelmed with too much intuitive interaction. It may feel like a mental radio is playing in our heads and we’re unable to turn the volume down. We may feel hypersensitive, we may be experiencing strong, vivid, powerful, or upsetting dreams. We may feel spaced out or disconnected from reality. If the third eye chakra is underactive we’re unable to go with, or even feel our intuition. We are left only with the facts as we see them before us. We experience self-doubt because we know we should be able to feel which decision to make but we’re unable to do so. Chronic third eye blocks cause skepticism and narrow mindedness. Physical symptoms of an imbalanced third eye chakra involve any problems arising within the skull: eye problems, headaches, migraines, brain conditions, sleep disorders, endocrine imbalances, and issues with the pituitary gland, the pineal gland, and the hypothalamus. When the Third eye chakra has an imbalance, it can manifest as:

  • Feeling stuck in the daily grind without being able to look beyond your problems and set a guiding vision for yourself
  • Overactive third chakra without support from the rest of the chakra system may manifest as fantasies that appear more real than reality, indulgence in psychic fantasies and illusions
  • Not being able to establish a vision for oneself and realize it
  • Rejection of everything spiritual or beyond the usual
  • Not being able to see the greater picture
  • Lack of clarity

How to Heal or Balance the Third Eye Chakra:

  • One big problem associated with a blocked third eye chakra is being rigid and closed-minded. To overcome this problem, try reading books, watching new programs, or experimenting with activities outside of your comfort zone. Even if it feels a little weird at first, try to be curious about other perspectives and ways of life. As the element of the third eye chakra is light, you might find your mind becoming much clearer if you get outside a bit more. If you live in a dark or cold climate, you might like to try light therapy if getting natural sunlight isn’t much of an option. On a physical level, light awakens the pineal gland which improves the function of the third eye.
  • The pineal gland is a tiny pea-shaped mass within the brain that is linked to third eye chakra blockages. While the pineal gland is responsible for regulating our sleep cycles and reproductive hormones, it also has more mystical roots. Many ancient cultures such as the ancient Tibetan, Egyptian, and Chinese believed that the pineal gland is responsible for spiritual consciousness. To decalcify your pineal gland, try to avoid products and water sources that contain fluoride.
  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your heart chakra.

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in ‘Kalesvara Mudra’ relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

Focus your attention on the location of your Third Eye Chakra: right between the eyebrows. Keep a mild focus between the eyebrows with your closed eyes.

Since the  Third Eye Chakra is tied to the Light, imagine a White light coming down from the sky and focusing on your Third Eye Chakra. 

Once you are relaxed start chanting the AUM/OM sound with each exhale, you can also play the Seed Mantra sound in the background while you meditate, do it for a few minutes, and then slowly open your eyes.

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. Use crystals as energetic totems that will help you balance your third eye chakra energy. Try meditating or carrying crystals such as Shungite, Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, Kyanite, Labradorite, and Amethyst.
  • Introduce more of the following fruit and vegetables into your diet which all resonate with the third eye chakra: prunes, dates, blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins, eggplant, purple cabbage, kale, purple carrots, and purple potatoes.
  • Use herbs such as mugwort, star anise, saffron, basil, jasmine, lavender, passionflower, rosemary, and blue lotus. You can diffuse these herbs, burn them as incense, apply them topically (in a diluted form), or consume them. We can also use oils such as Patchouli, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Juniper, and Vetiver. You can put these oils into an oil diffuser, or rub them on your wrist (in a diluted form). 
  • Reiki healing is another effective method to balance the chakras and keep them inflow. You can give reiki to yourself (people who are attuned to reiki) or ask a professional therapist to give you Reiki healing
  • Yoga-asana is another effective method for chakra balancing there are specific yoga poses for each chakra. Yoga poses for Third Eye Chakra are:
  • Tratak | Candle Gazing
  • Balasana | Child Pose
  • Prasarita Padottanasana| Wide-Legged Forward Fold
  • Nadi Shodhana Pranayama | Alternate Nostril Breathing
  • Affirmations are phrases that target negative, limiting beliefs and replace them with more positive beliefs. They can be used to help you with everything from weight loss to finding love, so it stands to reason that they can also be used to balance chakras. When designing third eye affirmations, in particular, you want to focus on spirituality, your gut instincts, and your basic sense of purpose. Here are some examples you can try. Feel free to adjust them until they feel right:
  • I am in touch with my inner guidance.
  • I listen to my deepest wisdom.
  • I seek to understand and to learn from my life experiences.
  • I am wise, intuitive, and connected with my inner guide.
  • I nurture my spirit.
  • I listen to the wisdom of elders.
  • I trust my intuition.
  • I forgive the past and learn what was there for me to learn.
  • I forgive myself.
  • I love and accept myself.
  • I know that all is well in my world.
  • I am connected with the wisdom of the universe.
  • I am open to inspiration and bliss.
  • My life moves effortlessly.
  • I am at peace.
  • I am the source of my truth and my love.

Suffering from Lethargy, low self-esteem, lack of self-importance, fear of rejection? Understand and Balance your Solar Plexus Chakra.

Namaste, I hope that the last three articles helped you understand the Chakra anatomy and the first two major chakras, in this article we will try to understand the third chakra among the seven. The third chakra is called Manipura, which means “lustrous gem. Manipura is a Sanskrit word where ‘Mani’ means jewels and ‘Pura’ means place or city. Located in the upper abdomen two inches above the navel, the solar plexus chakra or Manipura is the third of the seven chakras. The solar plexus chakra is located above the navel and extends up to the sternum. This forms our deepest connections with willpower, self-discipline, and self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra helps us grow confidence and vitality. This empowers us to follow our true path and create the life we want. Manipura chakra embodies our unlimited potential to transform thought or inertia into action. The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who we are. When our consciousness has reached the Manipura Chakra we have overcome the negative aspects of Svadhishthana. The Manipura Chakra contains many precious jewels such as the qualities of clarity, self-confidence, bliss, self-assurance, knowledge, wisdom, and the ability to make correct decisions.

Solar Plexus Chakra Information:

  • Physical Location: In the abdomen above the belly button up to the breastbone
  • Color: Yellow
  • Element: Fire
  • Mythological Animal: Ram
  • Seed Mantra: Ram 
  • Yoga Mudra: Hakini Mudra
  • Symbol: A circle with ten petals/A downward-pointing triangle

The Manipura, solar plexus chakra, is our epicenter and the magnetic core of our personality and our ego. It relates to the energy of the sun and is our very own personal, fiery furnace. This chakra is all about honoring ourselves, taking care of ourselves, and forming an intuitive voice from within “the Self,” which then becomes our natural source of guidance. Self-acceptance and how we feel about ourselves determines our quality of life, how we are treated in relationships, in business, and beyond. The Manipura relates to personal growth and activating that independent strength. This is usually the most challenging spiritual endeavor that we will face during our life journey – essentially learning to truly and fully love ourselves. If we do not like or love ourselves, we are unable to make healthy decisions or find the willpower to move forward fearlessly. This makes us vulnerable to control and manipulation by others. People with weak Manipura have low self-esteem and therefore attract relationships and occupational environments that reinforce or reflect this weakness. Every time we judge or criticize ourselves, we deplete this chakra and weaken our willpower. Self-love, self-acceptance, and acknowledgment of our worth are the building blocks of the third chakra.

Just like any other Chakra Manipura chakra can also get blocked and result in various conditions. Individuals who suffer from an imbalanced Manipura struggle with digestive issues because of stagnant negative energy residing in the stomach. These individuals even crave sugars like chocolate as a substitute for love because the Manipura directs its energy to the pancreas which is the organ that balances blood sugar levels. Illnesses that originate from this chakra are manifested by low self-esteem, lack of self-importance, fear of rejection, sensitivity to criticism, and inability to stand up for what we believe in. When our Solar Plexus is imbalanced we experience both physical and emotional problems. Because this chakra is located near the abdomen, it affects many internal organs such as the kidneys, intestines, and pancreas. Stomach ulcers and possible weight problems can also be attributed to an unbalanced Solar Plexus. In addition, we may suffer from back problems, lethargy and because this chakra is connected to our sense of sight, we may experience blurriness with our vision.

How to heal or Balance Manipura Chakra: 

  • The solar plexus chakra is highly influenced by the element of fire. Getting outside on sunny days can help open and restore balance to your third chakra. Taking a walk, meditating, or simply sunbathing can allow your solar plexus energy to flow. The solar plexus chakra is responsible for helping you discover your authentic self and find your true purpose in life. Getting outside of your comfort zone and experiencing new hobbies, cultures, and ideas can help open and bring balance to your solar plexus chakra.
  • Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to help aid in balancing your solar plexus chakra.

Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Keep your hands in (Hakini Mudra) relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.

Focus your attention on the location of your solar plexus chakra: your abdomen, a few inches above the navel.

Since the solar plexus chakra is tied to the color of yellow, imagine a yellow glow above your navel, slowly expanding to the bottom of your rib cage and making the whole area warm and relaxed.

When you are ready, start chanting  “RAM”  (the seed mantra) or you can even play the sound in the background while meditating. Seeds mantra sounds are available online.

  • Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. Since the color of this chakra is yellow or gold, any gem corresponding to these colors will help to open the solar plexus area and bring energy to the spleen, liver, pancreas, and stomach. Yellow topaz, golden yellow labradorite, and tiger-eye stones are all great gems to enhance your sense of personal power and can help with chakra healing if you are feeling a sense of low self-esteem. The solar plexus chakra is highly influenced by the tiger’s eye. When balancing your solar plexus chakra, meditate with the tiger’s eye or carry the stone with you to let the energetic properties help restore balance to the chakra. 
  • Just as our diet influences our general health, so too does it impact on the seven major energy centers in our body. Consequently, one of the easiest ways to make a difference to chakra alignment is to tweak our diet so that it nurtures (rather than blocks) the chakras. Yellow is the color of Manipura chakra so the best thing would be adding up vegetables or fruits in Yellow color such as yellow peppers, mangoes, lemons etc. Brown rice, brown bread, and wholegrain cereal are good sources of energy that give us a sustained supply of energy instead of just a spike in blood sugar.  Another bright, optimistic yellow food, corn can nourish the solar plexus chakra and give your well-being an extra boost. It is often the first solar plexus food mentioned in a beginner’s guide to chakras. While not strictly a food, Chamomile tea has always been recommended to help treat a solar plexus chakra blockage. It can also settle an unsettled stomach.
  • Physical activity can be stimulating for your solar plexus chakra, yoga can particularly help in bringing balance to your solar plexus chakra. Yoga positions that focus on core strength are ideal for the solar plexus chakra. Below are yoga positions and movements that will help connect you to the energy of the solar plexus chakra.
      • Paripurna Navasana | Full Boat Pose  
      • Tittibhasana | Firefly Pose 
      • Bharadvajasana | Bharadvaja’s Twist 
      • Surya Namaskar | Sun Salutation 
      • Dhanurasana | Bow Pose 
  • Aromatherapy can be a powerful and simple tool for opening and balancing your solar plexus chakra. Use essential oils with balancing aromas that promote feelings of confidence, courage, and motivation. To open the solar plexus, burn fiery incense and essential oils like saffron, musk, sandalwood, ginger, cinnamon. Chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, rosemary are amongst the most popular soothing oils we can use 
  • Many of our past traumas become stored in the body and continue to affect thought patterns and behaviors. People who have experienced a strict upbringing, bullying, or authoritarian parents, or those who have suffered mental or physical abuse tend to have difficulty balancing the third chakra. Therapy, support from loved ones, and other healthy activities can help begin the path to healing from the past and restoring balance to the solar plexus chakra. You can always seek help from a Reiki practitioner as Reiki healing brings positive results in unblocking the Manipura chakra.
  • By repeating affirmations, we set intentions that break old habits and create new ones. To open the Manipura chakra, repeat affirmations, out loud, in your head, or by writing them down. Below you can find some examples of affirmations to balance the Manipura chakra:
  • I love and accept myself.
  • I stand up for myself.
  • I am strong and courageous.
  • I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect.
  • I choose the best for myself.
  • I confidently express myself.
  • I am proud of my achievements.
  • I honor myself.
  • I choose healthy relationships.
  • I am authentic.
  • I direct my own life.
  • I appreciate my strengths.
  • I feel my power.
  • I am free to choose in any situation.
  • I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.
  • I am at peace with myself.

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