The word “chakra” is often mentioned in metaphysical circles and implicated in healing practices. What exactly does this mean? The word chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel.” The chakras in the body are wheels of energy, which vary in activity levels, depending on what we are experiencing in our lives.
There are seven major chakras, or energy centers of the body. These energy centers are located on the midline of the body and correspond with every aspect of our being. Our chakras tell a story about our relationship with ourselves, others and the world around us. When we feel vibrant, happy and supported, our chakras are open and balanced. When we feel depleted, sad, or disconnected, our chakras are more blocked or unbalanced.
The seven chakras and a brief description of their meanings, as well as suggested balancing crystals or stones, are as follows:
- The 1st chakra is known as the base or root chakra and is located at the base of the spine, in the tailbone region. This chakra is our survival center and represents our connection with our physical body, environment and the earth. Words such as “grounding” and “support” are often used to describe the state of this primal chakra, and it is associated with the color red. Crystals and stones: Red Jasper, Smoky Quartz , Onyx and Hematite.
- The 2nd chakra is also referred to as the sacral or naval chakra and is located in the lower abdominal region, approximately two inches below the naval. This chakra is our pleasure center and relates to feelings, creativity, sexuality, passion and sensuality. Orange is the color associated with the sacral chakra. Crystals and stones: Carnelian, Orange Kyanite, Orange Calcite and Moonstone.
- The 3rd chakra, known as the solar plexus, is located in the in the mid-rib cage area in the center of the body. This chakra is the center of willpower and corresponds with the intellect, confidence, discipline, empowerment and inner strength. The solar plexus is represented by the color yellow. Crystals or stones: Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Tigers Eye and Amber.
- The 4th chakra is the heart chakra and is located in the sternum area. It represents love of self and others, nurturing, teaching and connection to plants and animals. This chakra is our compassion center and is characterized by kindness and generosity. The colors pink and green are commonly associated with the heart chakra. Crystals or stones: Rose Quartz, Pink or Green Tourmaline, Malachite and Rhodochrosite.
- The 5th chakra is the throat chakra. Located at the base of the throat, in the thyroid region, this chakra is the communication center. It signifies effective communication, self expression, and speaking one’s truth. The color blue corresponds with the throat chakra. Crystals or stones: Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite and Blue Lace Agate.
- The 6th chakra is referred to as the third eye or brow chakra and is the center of intuition. Located in the mid brow area of the forehead, this chakra relates to the pineal gland, our gateway to inner vision, insight and psychic awareness. The color associated with the third eye is indigo. Crystals or stones: Amethyst, Blue Apatite, Labradorite and Fluorite.
- The 7th chakra is located at the top of the center of the head and is called the crown chakra. This chakra is our connection to higher consciousness and spiritual guidance. The crown chakra is represented by the colors violet and white. Crystals or stones: Clear Quartz, Apophyllite, Herkimer Diamond and Moldavite.
When we understand the energies associated with our chakras, we begin to understand importance of creating balance and openness in all areas of our being.
Sedona Crystal Vortex offers a variety of services to assist you. Aura photos allow you to see images of your chakras and energy field, and the various crystals or stones can help with rebalancing energies. We also offer healing support through Chakra Balancing Massage, Reiki, and Reconnective Healing sessions. Call 928-282-3388 or 928-282- 3543 for an appointment with one of our practitioners or visit us at Sedona Crystal Vortex. Your chakras will thank you!