The term Chakra originates in India. Found in some of their oldest text called Vedas. The term Chakra literally means wheel. There are 7 MAJOR Chakra points in the body and many minor Chakra points. These points are the centers of your spinning energy, prana, or life force. EVERYTHING spins and moves with energy and your physical and psychological self is no exception to this.
This is not a new age health fad made up by some hippie as most would think but ancient knowledge of our body and energy that has been forgotten through the years.
The 7 Major Chakras are:
The ROOT- Found at the base of your spine and controls your feeling of being grounded. The associating color for the root chakra is red. This is also said to control your survival instinct. When this out of balance you experience anxiety and a sense of fight or flight when there is no present or apparent danger. Luckily, re-aligning the root chakra is relatively easy; re-connect with nature. Walking barefoot outside, Meditating outside, Watching nature, and even playing with your pets are all easy ways to help "ground" your root chakra.
The SACRAL- Found right below your belly button and is the center of your energy that controls your ability to enjoy the fruit of your labors and your life here on Earth. This Chakra is very sexually charged (ergo, why it is located where it is in your body). The associating color for the Sacral Chakra is orange. This Chakra is easily over-activated as it has to do with pleasure. Addiction is the number one way that you can tell your Sacral Chakra is over active as this Chakra is responsible for the feelings of pleasure. Balancing this Chakra is a bit harder as it takes self-discipline to ask yourself if you are over-indulging in what you find to be pleasurable activities.
The MANIPURA (Solar Plexus)- This Chakra is located at your breast bone or where the two sets of your ribs meet. The Manipura Chakra is the seat of your identity, self-confidence, and wisdom. There is a possibility that the "gut feeling" we have all had is actually this Chakra at work. The associating color for this Chakra is yellow, which I find somewhat ironic as it is said that this Chakra, when in balance, one will feel like a wise warrior going into battle. When this Chakra is overactive you may feel greediness, or a want to control everything and when it is underactive you may feel timid and needy. Meditation on seeing yourself as a beacon of love and sending love to others and also opening your heart will help to balance this Chakra.
The ANAHATA (Heart)- This Chakra is located exactly where the name implies; your heart. The Anahata Chakra is where your love, kindness, and compassion energies come from. It is also where your health and healing comes from. The associating color for the Anahata Chakra is green. When this Chakra is is overactive you will find yourself making unhealthy decisions and call it love or do it in the name of love. The tale tell signs of this are fast heart rate, palpitations, heart burn, and interpersonal relationship issues. When this Chakra is under-active you find it hard to build relationships, let anyone get close to you, and generally do not feel a true love of self. Physical issues that may arise from this would be circulation problems and a sense of being out of touch with your body. Fortunately, balancing your Anahata Chakra is not difficult. Taking a long soak in your bath with some relaxing oils, meditating on compassion and love of yourself, and getting a massage are just some of the ways to help put this Chakra in balance.
The VISHUDDHA (Throat) - This Chakra is located at your throat. This literally translates to very pure. The Vishuddha Chakra is where your personal truths and also where your love for yourself and others comes from. The associating color for this Chakra is blue. When the Vishuddha Chakra is balanced you are able to speak truths clearly, freely, and with love. When it is under-active you may feel timid, shy, or even restricted from being able to speak. When it is over-active you may be told that you love to hear yourself talk or worse, you interrupt people because you feel that you HAVE to get your point across.Some of the physical symptoms you may notice are mouth sores, tooth decay, and even digestive issues. You can balance this Chakra by either speaking your truths out loud (even if you do it to yourself) or by focusing on thinking before speaking: Is what I am fixing to say beneficial to this person or is it for personal gain?
THE AJNA (The Third Eye)- This Chakra is located between your eyebrows and is linked directly to your pineal gland. (This gland is pine-cone shaped and is located in your brain.) The Ajna Chakra is where psychic abilities, intuition, and extra-ordinary sensory energies flows from. This is one of the most known of Chakras however, it is the least tapped into and quite honestly that is a shame. (More to come on this awesome Chakra!) The associating color for this Chakra is indigo. When it is in balance you will feel the intuitive psychic energy just as much as the tangible world without feeling overwhelmed or burdened with such a natural ability. When the Ajna is over-active you may spend an enormous amount of time with the spiritual realm; so much so that you ignore all other life experiences (an over-active third eye is HIGHLY unlikely). If your Ajna is under-active you feel closed off from the spiritual realm, you also will ignore your psychic intuition, and may even experience headaches and sinus problems. You can balance this Chakra by connecting back to the Earth, i.e. digging in your garden, walking barefoot on the Earth, meditating under a tree or at the beach. You can energize this Chakra by quiet solitude and lots of meditation.
THE SAHASWARA (The Crown) - This Chakra is located at the top of your head and is the energy center that connects you to the rest of the universal energy. This is one of the most difficult Chakras to explain and really should be referred to as the conduit of your consciousness to the universal consciousness. The Sahaswara translates to a thousand petals. The associating color for this Chakra varies from violet to white. Overactivity of this Chakra is impossible. As this Chakra is in charge of your connection to the universal energy; being under-active is quite normal and when you do achieve balance (very hard to do), you will have achieved what a few Buddhist monks have, nirvana. When this Chakra is balanced it means that all other Chakras in your body are perfectly balanced. When trying to activate the Sahaswara you should concentrate on the other 6 Chakras and completely balancing them.
We hope you have found some important information and some enlightenment from reading this and as always; please continue on your journey with love and light.
Michael and Elizabeth Cleaver