What is Chakra?
The word chakra is a symbol for flowing energy within our body. Chakra means wheel if you translate it from the classical language of India, Sanskrit. Sanskrit is the primary sacred language of Hinduism and if you compare the language has a similar status to westerns Latin. So what have wheels with our stones in common? Our bodies have 7 chakras, and 7 energy centers that should be open because when these centers are open the energy can flow freely through all these 7 wheels and create harmony between body and mind.
The chakras in our body are known to regulate and be connected to our emotions. Our seven chakras are seven wheels of free-flowing energy and they all receive and send out energy so if there is disruption and your chakras get blocked it can influence your mental and spiritual health in a negative way.
Our body has 7 chakra energy centers
Where are the 7 chakras placed in our body? They are placed along our spine and each chakra is connected with a precise body part and relates to specific emotional states.
List of the seven chakras
- Root Chakra
- Sacral Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Throat Chakra
- Third eye chakra
- Crown Chakra
How do you know if any of your chakras are blocked?
Above you can see the energy centers we want to have open. But how do we know if they are blocked? Can we unblock chakras? Yes, we can! But let’s start with the first question, how do you know if one or more chakra is blocked?
Do you feel insecure about speaking your mind? Do you lack belief in yourself? Maybe you feel insecure, narrow-minded, and stubborn? Headaches and trouble seeing the big picture can all be because of blocked chakras. We will go through each energy center to give you a clearer picture of what you need to unblock. There is no scientific proof, but well worth a try, isn’t it?
Each of the seven chakras explained
Keywords: Earth, stability, self-esteem
Affirmation: I am home. I trust and I love myself. I nurture myself with clean water, healthy food, clean air, relaxation, and a connection to nature
When Root Chakra is open:
We start at the base of the spine. Root Chakra connects your body spirit and soul to earth and when there is free-flowing energy we feel both emotionally and physically secure. This is our life force energy that helps us get up in the morning and motivates us to continue our life adventure. Root chakra connects us to the energies of the earth and gives us a feeling of stability and a sense of belonging.
When Root Chakra is closed:
You can feel insecure, that you don’t belong. Often there is a lack of energy that can show itself through anxiety, worry, depression, or takes you to an apathetic state of mind. Mental signs to look out for: poor focus, negative thinking, disorganized and narrow thinking.
You know you opened your chakra when your mind gives you better concentration, you can think clearly and set goals, and you get the feeling of excitement again. You can imagine the Root chakra is important since it gives us the strength to be strong and secure over the choices and actions that we make in our everyday life.
Keywords: Center of emotions
Affirmations: I am spontaneous and I allow my intuition to guide me. I welcome sensuality into my life
When Sacral Chakra is open:
Just under your belly button, you find Sacral chakra. Sacral Chakra helps you express your emotions. The orange color can be associated with sunrise because sacral chakra helps us raise consciousness just like a sunrise. When Sacral is balanced we can easier accept change, let go when we need to, and get into intimate relationships. The orange-based Sacral chakra brings out creativity and stimulates emotional desires.
When Sacral Chakra is blocked:
If you have lower back pain or genital or sexual problems your Sacral can be blocked. When there is a disturbance in the balance you can feel a lack of creativity. One specific sign to look out for is if you feel emotionally disturbed or lack interest in sex.
A balanced Sacral Chakra can give us a harmonious relationship with both ourselves and others.
Solar Plexus Chakra
keywords: self-confidence, our personal power
Affirmations: As I take on new challenges, I feel calm, confident, and powerful.
I have the courage to create positive change in my life. I stand in my personal power.
When Solar Plexus Chakra is open
If you let the Solar Plexus Cakra flow freely your confidence will shine as strong as the sun. This is the center of personal power which includes identity, ego, and freedom. Solar Plexus help you with willpower and is connected to clear your purpose.
When Solar Plexus Chakra is closed
Are you a person who likes to please other people? Do you feel like you need approval from others? – Then your Solar Plexus Chakra might be blocked. It can also be something disturbing if you are the opposite, you control other people and are too dominant.
If you unblock Solar Plexus Chakra the goal is to restore a sense of purpose with higher self-esteem.
4. Heart Chakra
Keywords: Love, trust
Affirmations: I am worthy of the purest love.
My heart is free from past hurt.
I deeply, and completely, love and accept myself.
When heart Chakra is open
You want to feel compassion, joy and love? Then make sure to protect your Heart Chakra. This energy center is the middle one of all chakras and connects the upper and lower parts. The main responsibility is to protect our ability to love and connect to other people. An Heart Chakra in balance lets us see the beauty in the world around us and lets us connect with our surroundings in a thankful way where we accept ourselves.
If the Heart Chakra is blocked
The Heart Chakra should not be blocked. But if you feel that you have trust issues, manipulative behaviors or if you hold grodges to someone you love – then you might be blocked. Other signs can be feelings of loneliness, jealous thoughts or if you are scared to let someone get to close to you.
A balanced Heart Chakra is vital for mental well being. You shouldn’t be afraid of relationships. You want to give and receive feelings openly and freely. Make sure to open your center chakra so you can enjoy an open heart surrounded by love and beauty.
5. Throat Chakra
When Throat Chakra is open
An open Throat Chakra gives us the energy to communicate and express ourselves verbally. This helps you to speak your own truth with confidence.
When Throat Chakra is closed
Your Throat Chakra can be blocked if you struggle to express your thoughts. Maybe you doubt yourself and your words and feel afraid of the impact they may have. Some people isolate their expressions and prefer to stay quiet rather than speak up. This can affect many aspects of your life if you cant raise your opinions or if you don’t feel comfortable standing up for yourself.
To find your voice in the world you need to have an open throat chakra. All relationships benefit from open and honest discussions where feelings and opinions get listened to. To be understood and listened to can feel very rewarding.
6. Third eye Chakra
Keywords: Wisdom, imagination
Affirmations: I look both inward and outward for wisdom.
I honor and trust my intuition
When Third eye chakra is open
Third eye chakra can give us a wide perspective. We don’t think me versus them or think everything is either black or white – because when Third eye chakra is open our mind is open. We can see the big picture, feel a higher consciousness, have better visualization, imagination, and daydreaming. Third eye chakra promotes self-awareness and higher wisdom.
When Third eye chakra is closed
If you are living in a cloud and can’t see the reality you might have a block in your Third eye chakra. Also if you doubt your intuition. Signs to look out for are nightmares and sleep disturbance. It can also affect us so we doubt ourselves, we overthink, and rely on other people for permission.
Some people claim that the Third eye chakra is peaking in its development when we are around 35 years. The third eye is our inner knowing, and first, after all the lower five chakras are balanced our Third eye starts to open up. This is when we clearly can see ourselves and knows who we are. We know what we are good at, and what we are not so good at but this characteristic doesn’t define us.
Color: Violet / White
Keywords: Spiritual connection
Affirmations: I am love. I am light. I am connected to all.
Eternal peace flows through me.
I trust my intuition and listen to the wisdom of the universe.
When Crown chakra is open
Our Crown chakra is the bridge to our spiritual awareness. This is the Chakra that can give us universal consciousness and can connect us to a higher universe. The energy center is located above the crown of the head because this is where our center of spirits belongs. Crown chakra can give us a deeper understanding, and make us feel enlightened.
When Crown chakra is closed
If you feel close-minded and skeptical or living a life in your head where you don’t find a connection to your body and soul – this is where you can have a block. This seventh chakra is the hardest one to open up, and the goal should be at least to have it balanced.