What are Chakras?
The chakra system is a template for the flow of subtle energy that runs through all life and through the human energy system. It is like a ladder that takes us from the physical realm of substance up through the workings of the higher mind and spirit and into the realm of divine consciousness.
The subtle energy is the force field surrounding all living things. In the human body, this force field is the aura, and the seven layers of energy referred to as subtle bodies. These control our physical well-being, emotional stability, and mental clarity. They reflect our spiritual state and mirror how we feel about ourselves and life in general.
A chakra resembles a large cone and acts like a vortex drawing energy in. The outer lip catches the accumulated stress of the day. The body of the cone is all our ideas and attitudes about life. The seeds of our destiny are at the very tip where the chakra meets the energetic spine. These seeds cannot be opened until we have worked on removing our negativity and self-limiting beliefs. These beliefs and negativity block our energy.
Chakra energy and function.
When something in life happens that blocks the flow of life energy, the chakras slow down, and energy becomes sluggish and even stagnant. It this is a brief occurrence, the chakra will resume the natural flow. If the block is more permanent, the chakra will need stimulation to become active again. Our health and well-being are subject to our chakras being active and balanced. To find out more about the Chakra system, download my ebook or read my other posts on the individual chakras listed at the bottom of this post.
Root Chakra: linked to survival.
Physical energy, the adrenals, activating the fight or flight function of the kidneys.
Emotional energy, aggression, anger, violence, and jealousy, when the energy is not flowing here, we tend to show these negative emotions because we do not feel secure in life.
Mental energy, attitudes of separation, exclusivity, territory, belonging, your right to your own space.
Getting the Root energy flowing: Spend time in nature, walk barefoot in the sand, on the grass, or dirt. Eat healthy red foods, beets, tomatoes, berries, apples, and wear and accessorise with red accents. Try some of these activities, yoga, movement of any kind using legs and feet, any activity that is grounding, physical, and requires presence.
Sacral Chakra: linked to our ability to enjoy life, have pleasure in physical ways.
Physical energy, the ovaries and testes, the organs that control reproduction and sexual development.
Emotional energy, feeling good, deservedness, feeling bad, envious, and not caring for our bodies.
Mental energy, attitudes of having enough, knowing you deserve the life you say you want, enjoyment and wellbeing and good health.
Getting the Sacral energy flowing: Spend time near water, swimming or paddling. Eat healthy orange foods, carrots, oranges, melons and mangoes, wear and accessorise with accents of orange and surround your space with these tones. Try some of these activities, yoga, dance, swimming, and walking.
Solar Plexus Chakra: linked to our self-worth, freedom of choice and how we see ourselves.
Physical energy, the pancreas, the organ that processes sugar. It controls the digestion of food.
Emotional energy, self-confidence, power, clear choices for ourselves.
Mental energy, attitudes of knowing your worth and personal power, coming from a affirmed sense of selfhood.
Getting the solar plexus energy flowing: Sit in the sunlight, or enjoy sitting around a fire pit or candles indoors. Eat healthy yellow foods like bananas, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, sweetcorn, and wear yellow clothing and jewellery. Try these activities, sports, competitive programs, qi gong, hiking and cycling.
Heart Chakra: linked to giving and receiving love in our lives.
Physical energy, Thymus gland, building a strong immunity from pain and disease.
Emotional energy, being capable of love and compassion for self and others.
Mental energy, attitudes of happiness, joy and delight, embracing life.
Getting the heart energy flowing: Deep breathing, being in the open air, opening windows to let air circulate in your home or car. Eat green foods, broccoli, avocado, kale and spinach. Wear and accessorise with accents of green. Try these activities, yoga, massage, healing touch, walking, and dancing.
Throat Chakra: linked to creativity and self-expression, truth, and our ability to communicate clearly.
Physical energy, Thyroid gland, controlling metabolism and effects physical and mental development.
Emotional energy, releasing feeling through expression, including crying, shouting, laughing, and saying when you are not happy.
Mental energy, speaking the truth, not gossiping, sensing that expressing your truth is your key to individuality.
Getting the throat energy flowing: Sit outside in a clear space with a clear blue sky. Eat blue foods, blueberries, currants, dragon fruit, and kelp. Wear and accessorise with accents or various blue tones. Try these activities, alexander technique, yoga, osteopathic alignment of the spine, craniosacral therapy, expressive theatre and dance, qi gong, and tai chi.
Brow Chakra: linked to our wisdom, intuition, and ability to be focussed.
Physical energy, Pituitary gland, influences metabolism, growth and other hormones.
Emotional energy, giving yourself permission to experience your feelings. Choose the appropriate time to express them.
Mental energy, developing an understanding for your own limitations and those of others, cultivating gratitude.
Getting the brow energy flowing: Sit in stillness in the sunlight or relax in a window in the sun. Eat indigo foods, purple kale or broccoli, grapes, and blackberries. Wear and accessorise with indigo clothing and jewellery. Try any of these activities, yoga, tai chi, gi gong, bates eye exercises.
Crown Chakra: this is the centre of bliss, beauty, and spirituality. Allowing us the ability to connect with our source of being.
Physical energy, Pineal gland, produces melatonin, and regulates our body clock.
Emotional energy, wanting to cultivate bliss and surrender to what is.
Mental energy, developing holistic and universal principles of acceptance, respect, and knowing we never do anything without the help of a higher source.
Getting the Crown energy flowing: Connect with your wholeness through meditation or prayer. This chakra is nourished by spiritual practice, not food—practice self-reflection and curiosity. Wear and accessorise with the colour violet. The crown chakra needs stillness no physical exercise required.
If, after reading this, you feel one or more of your chakras are blocked, and you would like to book a chakra balancing or go deeper with energy healing, email Rosemary.