If there’s one thing I think we could ALL use right now it’s BALANCE. Our lives have been disrupted, turned completely upside down, and although there’s light at the end of the tunnel, living in the ‘now’ is still quite challenging. There are many unknowns about the future and that can be a little scary. One thing I know is that our bodies are built to handle stress. Learning to manage that stress can certainly be a challenge but we CAN find balance and there are many different ways to do so. Today we’re going to focus on one big way and that’s by learning to balancing our chakras.
What are the 7 chakras?
The universe is made of energy, and your body is no exception. The 7 chakras play an important role in the balance and health of our bodies. Long before modern technology and science, ancient cultures knew that all living things carried a life force with them. They called the centers of energy that moved inside us the 7 chakras.
So, what are the 7 chakras? Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that means wheel. This is because the life force, or prana, that moves inside of you is spinning and rotating. This spinning energy has 7 centers in your body, starting at the base of your spine and moving all the way up to the top of your head.
In a healthy, balanced person, the 7 chakras provide the right balance of energy to every part of your body, mind, and spirit. But, if one of your chakras spins too quickly, is blocked, or moves too slowly, your health could suffer.
By learning about the 7 chakras, you can become more in tune with the natural energy cycles of your body. You can use this information to connect physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances with the chakras that empower them. And with those discoveries, you can begin to balance your chakras and live a healthy and fulfilling life.
The 7 Chakras Names, Meanings and Symbols
- The Root Chakra
- The Sacral Chakra
- The Solar Plexus Chakra
- The Heart Chakra
- The Throat Chakra
- The 3rd Eye Chakra
- The Crown Chakra
DIY Recipe For Chakra Sprays
What You’ll Need:
- 4 oz spray bottle(s)
- Witch hazel
- Essential oils
- Small funnel (optional)
- Crystal chips (optional)
Fill bottle 2/3 full with filtered water. Top off with witch hazel, leaving a small amount of space at the top for the essential oils. You’ll want to add around 20-30 drops so if you’re combining oils, just use a balance of blends as you count in your drops.
If you’re adding cleansed + charged crystal chips to your spray bottle (highly recommended), there are a number of options but be sure you’re buying high quality crystals/stones. I’ve provided a couple of recommendations/links here: crystal chips option #1, crystal chips option #2.
The 1st chakra – Root Chakra
The official name of this chakra, Muladhara, comes from the words Mula, which means root and Dhara, which means support. So, this chakra’s role is to connect all of your energy with the Earth, which is called grounding.
Your root chakra provides a foundation for personal growth and balancing your other chakras. When your root chakra is balanced, you can:
- Experience a stronger sense of security and stability
- Gain deeper connections between the physical body, the environment, and Mother Earth
- Develop a greater aspect of self
- Strengthen relationships with the physical world
- Increase your ability to harness courage and resourcefulness
A balanced root chakra also provides a firm foundation of feeling safe and secure, thus allowing for personal growth.
Crystal/stone pairing: Bloodstone, Garnet, Tiger’s Eye, Hematite, Fire Agate, Black Tourmaline
Essential oils: Vetiver, Pine, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli – one or a combination
The 2nd chakra – Sacral Chakra
The 2nd chakra is the sacral chakra or svadhishana which translates to the place of the self. This chakra is all about your identity as a human and what you do with it. From of all 7 chakras, this chakra is responsible for bringing you creative energy to help enrich your life.
The sacral chakra is the second of seven chakras and is located in the lower abdomen, between the navel and pelvic region. When you balance your sacral chakra, you can experience:
- Deeper and more intimate relationships
- Greater connections to sensuality and passion
- Enhanced ability to discover and explore your world
- More balanced emotions, particularly pleasure, connection, and intimacy
The sacral chakra embodies the driving force for fully enjoying and experiencing life. It also drives the power of creating, and a balanced sacral chakra can help you discover what you truly enjoy.
Crystal/stone pairing: Citrine, Carnelian, Moonstone, Coral
Essential oils: Sandalwood, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Orange, Cardamom – one or a combination
The 3rd chakra – Solar Plexus
The 3rd chakra is the Solar Plexus or Manipura which translates to lustrous gem. This chakra is where your self-confidence, identity, and personal power are born.
The solar plexus chakra is the core of your identity and personality. When balanced, your solar plexus chakra can help you experience:
- Greater willpower, self-discipline, and self-esteem
- Unlimited potential
- Greater ability to transform thoughts into action
- Greater confidence and personal power
- Ability to overcome fear
- Ability to master thoughts and make conscious decisions
A balanced solar plexus chakra helps you seize and enhance your personal power, ultimately helping you develop your authentic self and take responsibility for your life. As a result, you can be more able to follow your true path and create the life you want.
Crystal/stone pairing: Malachite, Calcite, Citrine, Topaz
Essential oils: Cinnamon, Ginger, Sweet Marjoram, Lemon – one or a combination
The 4th chakra – Heart
The 4th chakra is the Heart or Anahata chakra, which translates to unhurt. This chakra is where your love, compassion, and kindness are empowered. We all associate our hearts with love, and that’s exactly what the 4th chakra is all about. And this includes love for others and love for yourself, which is why this chakra is also associated with health and healing.
The heart chakra is associated with feelings of compassion, love, and affection. With a balanced heart chakra, you can experience:
- Feelings of wholeness
- Greater compassion, respect, and empathy towards others and yourself
- The ability to recognize love as the ultimate healing force
- Deeper bonds with others
A balanced heart chakra not only enhances your ability to love others and yourself, but it also helps you let go of past experiences and forgive others.
Crystal/stone pairing: Green Aventurine, Jade, Green Calcite, Green Tourmaline, Rose Quartz
Essential oils: Rose, Jasmine, Geranium – one or a combination
The 5th chakra – Throat
The 5th chakra is the Throat chakra or Vishuddha which translates to very pure. This chakra gives a voice to your personal truths.
With a strong connection to the sacral chakra, the throat chakra embodies your inner originality and authenticity. When your throat chakra is balanced, you may experience:
- A greater ability to identify true knowledge, despite the limitations of social conditioning
- The ability to stand up for what you believe in
- Greater honesty with yourself and others
- The ability to speak your truth
- The ability to more fully express who you are
- Greater willingness and ability to listen deeply and intently to others
The throat chakra is motivated by expression and truth. When it is balanced, the throat chakra can help you be more inspired, project your ideas, and align wisdom with reality.
Crystal/stone pairing: Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Blue Calcite
Essential oils: Eucalyptus, Cypress, Peppermint, Rosemary – one or a combination
The 6th chakra – The Third Eye
The 6th chakra is the Third Eye Chakra Ajna which translates to beyond wisdom. This chakra opens up your mind to information beyond the material world and the 5 senses. Extrasensory perception, intuition or psychic energy, all come from the third eye.
There is actually a small pinecone-shaped gland in your brain that takes in light. This gland, the pineal gland, is responsible for helping you feel awake in the daytime and sleepy at night.
Your third eye chakra is responsible for how you perceive the world. It is the link between your mind and the outer world. With such a connection to the inner and outer worlds, balancing your third eye chakra can allow you to:
- Experience clear thoughts
- Have greater self-reflection
- Bypass illusions, and access deeper truths and guidance within your being
- Be mindful and live in the present moment
- Open your mind to deeper understanding and expand your intuition
When your third eye chakra is balanced, you can have a greater ability to self-reflect. As the center of intuition and wisdom, your third eye chakra can help you not only see the world around you but to also understand it.
Crystal/stone pairing: Amethyst, Purple Fluorite, Black Obsidian
Essential oils: Lavender, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Pine – one or a combination
The 7th chakra – Crown
The 7th chakra is the Crown or Sahaswara, which translates to thousand petaled. This chakra is pure consciousness energy. The Crown chakra is one of those energies that’s hard to explain.
You can think of it like magnetism. When you hold a piece of metal to a magnet, you can feel the energy and tension, but you can’t see it. Consciousness energy is everywhere and in everything. It connects us to the entire universe.
Our own personal consciousness is located in the 7th chakra, but it’s really more like the seed of a universal energy than something personal or individual.
The crown chakra is the seventh and last chakra, and it is located at the crown of the head and radiates energy upward. This location is commonly known as the place where your individual consciousness meets a higher state. When your crown chakra is balanced, you can:
- Experience greater spiritual growth.
- Become connected to the universe as a whole.
- Access the clearest and most enlightened wisdom.
- Transcend your limitations.
If you feel that your life is becoming too materialistic, or if you experience feelings of greed, apathy, or superiority over others, your crown chakra my be imbalanced. Apply the Crown Chakra Blend to the top of your head, and practice meditation to help yourself move past materialistic needs and connect with more meaningful things. A balanced crown chakra can help you experience and maintain a state of joy, serenity, deep peace, and gratitude for your life.
Color: Violet, White
Crystal/stone pairing: Selenite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Diamond
Essential oils: Frankincense, Rosewood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Lemon – one or a combination