The Chakras

The Chakras


I had never heard of chakras until I started practicing Reiki. They sounded so exotic that I knew I needed to delve a little farther into them if I was going to be working with energy healing. The Chakras aren’t really taught in Reiki classes but it did not take me long to discover that the basic hand positions covered and healed the chakras. Now my Reiki practice incorporates the intention that the Chakras are healed and balanced with every Reiki Session I give.

And I do cover the Chakras as well as using a pendulum in my Reiki Classes

What is a Chakra?

Our bodies are not only physical entities but we also have an energetic body which consists of the Aura, the energy field that surrounds us, the Chakras which are spinning orbs of energy and meridians which are like energy veins.

Although there are many Chakras, there are seven major ones that we tend to concentrate most on. They are like a ladder for our life. The bottom rung is our root, where we start on the ground and we climb to the heavens at our crown chakra.

Crystals for Chakra Balancing

These are the crystals I use at home when I am needing some balancing.  Garnet, Carnelian, Citrine, Malachite, Blue Lace Agate, Lapis Lazuli and Amethyst

The chakras are our energy centers, spinning wheels or spheres often likened to a ceiling fan which spin clockwise, that push healing, vital energy to the physical, emotional and spiritual areas they govern.

Maintaining high vibrational, vital energy within our body is so important to becoming healthy and maintaining our health yet it is often overlooked. We tend to concentrate on healing our physical bodies. By working with your energy system you will add another layer to your healing path and it is complementary to working with the healthcare system.

On a Physical level, each chakra oversees the health of specific areas of your body as well as how you interact with your surroundings and other peoples energies.

On a Spiritual/Emotional Level the chakras aid in your life growth and how you handle the world around you.

Balanced chakras have a good flow of energy through them. When the energy becomes blocked, or slow, it becomes unbalanced or out of alignment.  That is when dis-ease sets into the body or mind. Keeping your chakras balanced can help keep dis-ease from settling in. It helps you stay strong to yourself and handle everyday stressors and setbacks with greater ease, allowing you to live a happier, healthier life.  

Most energy healing modalities focus on the chakras. As a Reiki Practitioner, I can tell you the hand positions taught are in line with the chakras. The Chakras are the area of the highest concentration of energy within the body which makes them the easiest to share with the outside world. Everyday life occurrences, good or bad, will affect our chakras. They are always changing. Our chakras need to stay spinning, open and balanced for us to have a happy, healthy life. Some things that can affect our chakras are stress, illness, emotions, thoughts. 

So let us take a look at each one of them 

crown chakraCROWN (7th) 

  • Its located a few inches above the head
  • It is the fastest spinning and the highest vibration of all the chakras
  • Associated color is vivid purple or violet
  • Governs spirituality. Connection to the universe, imagination, awareness, optimism, ability to receive thoughts, information, and ideas from spirit
  • Crystals – Amethyst, charoite, sugilite, labradorite, rutilated quartz, selenite
  • If your Crown Chakra is out of balance, blocked or moving slowly it may result in depression, a feeling of disconnect, pessimism and lethargy. You may have nervous system disorders, skin conditions, dementia
  • Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Frankincense, Sandalwood, Melissa, Wintergreen


Brow ChakraBROW OR THIRD EYE (6th)  

  • This is the energy system that governs the minds, ideas, thoughts, dreams, psychic abilities.
  • It is where creativity and inspiration are combined.
  • When healthy and balanced, helps to remove negative and selfish attitudes
  • The Third Eye Chakra is the eye of your true or higher self
  • The color is a deep indigo blue. If you can see your chakras, often you will see an eye in the center
  • It is affected by thoughts of the future or the past. Not living in the present
  • Can be affected by a desire to see or the fear of seeing angels, guides, and apparitions
  • Crystals – Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Sapphire, Moldavite, Pietersite
  • Out of balance – Headaches and migraines, Mental Illness, Personality disorders, Sinusitis, Eye conditions, Learning disabilities, Feelings of negativity, lack of ambition. Essentially you are disconnected from yourself.
  • Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Sandalwood, Helichrysum, Lemongrass, Rosemary


Throat ChakraTHROAT (5th 

  • Center for communication and expression. It is through this chakra that we communicate, either through verbal, body language or telepathy.
  • This governs your ability to be a leader. A clear throat chakra allows you to speak your truth. 
  • You are able to ask for your needs to be met 
  • It allows us to tell the world how we feel and to express ourselves.
  • When out of balance there will be fears of speaking out, speaking in public or sharing your thoughts. This will weaken and shrink your chakra as well as cause stress
  • Over talking and obsessing in speech is usually due to an overstimulated chakra
  • The color is light blue
  • Crystals –  Blue lace agate, apatite, Turquoise, kyanite, azurite
  • Aromatherapy Essential oils – Lavender, Frankincense, Cilantro, Eucalyptus
  • Physical manifestations of an unbalanced throat chakra can be skin rashes, heart attack, weak or bad back, digestive issues like Crohns or IBS, Fear of speaking your mind, lack of concentration, Attention deficit, Feelings of unease, nervousness, and anxiety

HEART (4th)Heart Chakra

  • This is the center of love and compassion. It is your connection to you and everyone around you.
  • It aids in feeling safe, trusting, sense of adventure, forgiveness.
  • It Governs your commitments to relationships and attachments to other people
  • Fear of giving or being loved will shrink this chakra
  • Relationship addictions or obsessions is indicative of an overstimulated heart chakra
  • This is the center, the bridge between the lower, earthly chakras and the higher spiritual chakras
  • The color is green
  • Crystals are Malachite, aventurine, Rose quartz, Amazonite, Emerald, Jade
  • Unbalanced- Emotionally confused, Unloving, uncaring, dispassionate, Narrow-minded, It may cause heart disease. Governs the Lungs so respiratory conditions may come up, repeated colds, cant get over colds, flu. Early physical signs of aging
  • Aromatherapy  Essential Oils – Rose, Geranium, Thyme, Lemon

Solar PlexusSOLAR PLEXUS (3rd) 

  • This is the center of your personal power and regulates your ambition, desire, and emotions.
  • A weak Solar Plexus chakra can result in control issues, authority issues, fears of being out of control or losing control, past or future issues that are out of your control
  • An overstimulated chakra is someone who is very controlling or obsessed with being in control
  • The color of this chakra is yellow
  • My favorite stone to use is citrine- and just like citrine, it is a master cleanser. Some say Citrine helps cleanse other crystals, the solar plexus chakra helps regulate and cleanse other chakras of negativity. Most likely because when you are in touch with your personal power you are more in tune to everything that is happening around you, more able to feel what is happening and to react appropriately in your best and highest good. It is like your own personal internal pendulum
  • Unbalanced – Lack of concentration, Failing memory, Falling asleep during the day, Insomnia, Digestive disorders, Eating disorders
  • Crystals – Citrine, Amber, Tigers eye, Ametrine
  • Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Neroli, Cedarwood, Ginger, Lime

Sacral ChakraSACRAL CHAKRA (2nd)

  • Center of creativity, desire, sexual emotion, and sexuality. Governs fertility
  • The color is Orange
  • Crystals – Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Copper, Moonstone,
  • Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Ylang Ylang, Juniper, Wild Orange
  • When out of balance it can manifest chronic back pain, Sciatica, Female issues, intestinal issues, kidney and urinary tract infections, gallbladder disorders, impotence, lack of confidence, unbalanced emotions
  • It can also manifest as cravings for physical pleasures (food, drink, sex, thrills), addictions, as well as body and appearance obsessions. 

Base ChakraBASE or ROOT- (1st)  In some books this is referred to as a root chakra but the root chakra is located under your feet

  • This is the chakra of survival, as well as governing our connection to family and friends. It governs our career, financial stability, your homes, your physical needs and your possessions
  • Some say this is where the resting Kundalini exists.
  • This is where we experience our connection to the earth and our earthly life.
  • When your Base chakra is balanced you are grounded and stable and able to move forward in life.
  • An understimulated chakra will result in feelings of inadequacy, lack, and limitations 
  • An overstimulated chakra expresses itself in being a workaholic and overachiever. •
  • Color is red
  • Crystals – Red Jasper, Black Obsidian, Smokey Quartz, Red Calcite, Ruby, Garnet
  • Aromatherapy Essential Oils – Patchouli, Vetiver, Myrrh, Grounding Blend
  • When out of balance you can experience chronic back pain, Sciatica, Varicose veins, Water retention, Constipation or diarrhea, Immune disorders, Feelings of insecurity and phobias, panic attacks.
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Essential Oil Blend for Chakra Balancing

I made my own blend of Essential Oils that I use whenever I feel the need to balance my chakras.  My Essential Oils of choice is DoTERRA. I love the purity of these oils.

10 ml Roller Ball
3 drops Patchouli
2 drops Ylang Ylang
2 drops Cedarwood
2 drops Lemon
8 drops Frankincense
2 drops Sandalwood
1 drop Melissa
Fractionated Coconut Oil

This blend has an earthy scent to it with a bit of Lemon.  Try making your own blend and let us know what you made so we can try it too!

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Our bodies Energy System – The Seven Chakras

Our bodies Energy System – The Seven Chakras

The ChakrasJust as our bodies have blood and veins and organs supplying it with the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy and alive, so our bodies also have an entire system that keeps our energy running smoothly.  Our Chakras and Meridian system.

I know that for many, especially here in the USA, this will come as a surprise since we are basically raised to believe there is just a physical side of our bodies.

Energy is all around us and everything in the world has energy attached to it. I like to think back on school days science and the mighty atom, with all its orbiting protons. That’s energy, people. Movement. Even hard rocks have energy which is why crystals work with healing, but that is another post!

Back to us….. The most known energy areas within our bodies are the chakras. Although there are many chakra areas there are basically 7 that we work with when doing energy work.

The seven main chakras

1. Root or base Chakra

This is the chakra that connects us to the earth. It is our grounding chakra. Located at the bottom of our spine this is the first chakra we develop when we are born because we have left the spirit world, taken on a physical body and so must establish our root here on earth as well as form family relationships.  This chakra spins slowly and takes on the color of red. It is within the root chakra that our survival, strength and determination are housed.

When your root chakra is healthy you feel grounded and life unfolds for you, allowing you to advance. You are connected and have healthy relationships with family and friends. You are able to express, yet release, feelings such as grief. Life is magical. You are abundant, which doesn’t always mean money. You are abundant with love, health, family, adventure etc. You feel balanced and things work out well for you.

When your root chakra is out of balance we have trouble releasing grief and sorrow, nothing seems to go right. We have persistent lower back pain and perhaps even mild sadness.  You may feel as if you have lost connection with the world around you. You are spacey with your head in the clouds.

I have found that most of us have blocked root chakras. We grow up in a culture that tells us to “suck it up buttercup”, “take it like a man, Sam” and so we are conditioned to not express and release our emotions. This causes us to shut down our root chakra and it becomes blocked and stagnant.

A good essential oil for the root chakra is Patchouli!

2. Sacral chakra

Moving up the spine, just an inch or so below the belly button you will find the sacral chakra. The sacral chakra holds the key to our creative life force and our sexuality. It governs our reproductive organs. This chakra holds and stores our energy, inner strength and stamina. It is this energy that others feel when they are around you. Some people radiate a wonderful, warm energy that makes you want to be around you, while others you back off from right away because of their energy. The sacral chakra is orange in color and in crystal healing you would use an orange colored stone such as carnelian. A good essential oil for the sacral chakra would be ylang ylang or Wild Orange.

When your sacral chakra is balanced you attract wonderful friends, relationships and opportunities.

If you feel your Sacral Chakra is out of balance try creating a Vision board to help you locate your dreams. Vision boards are very powerful because they let the universe know what your dreams are.

3. Solar Plexus

Citrine-Solar PlexusGoverned by the color Yellow the Solar Plexus is all about you and your personal power.  It is the chakra that contains self respect, self esteem and your will power. When your Solar Plexus is in balance you get “Gut Feelings” and are able to follow them. You radiate joy and harmony.

When your Solar Plexus is out of balance you might experience issues of the belly and food.  You may be angry, shy, insecure or on the other side you may be self-absorbed and egotistical.

Learn to love yourself no matter what you think your faults are.

My favorite crystal for the Solar Plexus is Citrine.  This crystal is such a sunshiney stone.  Lime and Cedarwood make good Solar Plexus essential Oils.

4. Heart Chakra:

The heart chakra is right in the middle of the seven chakras and connects the physical (Chakras 1-3) with the spiritual (Chakras 5-7). Located at the heart this Chakra is all about love (no shocker there!!) and is all about compassion, divine love, sincerity.

A person with a balanced Heart Chakra is compassionate, loving, friendly, and unconditionally serves their fellow man.  Often times an unbalanced Heart Chakra will manifest issues concerned with the heart or lungs.

Green is the color of this chakra and wonderful crystals would be Aventurine, Malachite or Jade. Essential oils could be Geranium or Peppermint

5. Throat Chakra:

As you probably have guessed, the throat chakra supports communication, whether it is hearing or being heard by others, or even by yourself.   Some things governed by the Throat Chakra are being truthful, being able to express yourself, being heard,  and even in artistic expression.

We often say we have a “lump or frog in our throat” which could be something you need to say is stuck and you are not expressing what you need to express.

Any physical ailment that is around the throat can be a sign that this chakra is out of balance.

Frankincense is a wonderful oil for the throat Chakra since it is the oil of truth. The color that surrounds this chakra is light blue and crystals like Blue Lace Agate, Turquoise or blue topaz will help.

6. Third Eye or Brow Chakra

The 6th Chakra is the third eye and is located right in the center of the forehead between the brows. This chakra governs our connection to our inner self and our inspiration.  People with a balanced brow chakra are intuitive, sensitive, and wise. They have wonderful imaginations. They are also very open to spiritual guidance.

Melissa is a wonderful essential oil for this chakra since it brings in light and dispels darkness. Lemongrass works well for dispelling negative energy and thoughts.
The color is  Indigo or Dark Blue. Lapis Lazuli is my favorite crystal to use since its so readily available but other stones would be Blue Sapphire or Moonstone.

7. Crown Chakra:

Last on our list is the Crown Chakra, located just above the crown of our head. The color of this chakra is either white or lavender so clear quartz crystals or Amethyst work well to help balance this one.

This chakra is our connection to God, the Universe, Creator, Supreme Being. It is our Window to Heaven.  People with a balanced crown chakra are at peace. they live in the moment and they are grateful for everything in their lives. They can obtain divine guidance.

Sandlewood is a wonderful Crown Chakra Essential Oil as well as wintergreen

This is just a brief overview of our chakras and not even being close to being complete. Our chakras go in and out of balance based on what is happening around us or within us.  Reiki and crystals can bring the chakras back into balance.