Chakras in Everyday Life
For those of you who don’t know, there are seven Chakras within each person, each given a place aligned along your spine and a color.
Each of these has different purposes and structures, as well as different ways to enhance or dampen them. Yes, dampening your chakras are just as important as activating or enhancing them! Some can become underactive, inactive, or even blocked due to and lead to imbalances in your life; however, the same can occur when Chakras are overactive.
To find out where your Chakras are in the mix, I recommend https://www.eclecticenergies.com/ to test it out. It has a small quiz, only takes a few minutes to complete, that can semi-accurately predict where your Chakras are at if you are unsure!
It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be insanely spiritual or in a certain religion to use and learn about your chakras.
This being said though, the idea of chakras has been recordest earliest in religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, and are used a lot in modern yoga practices. Some of these records vary, of course, so we’ll stick with the more recent practice.
The seven Chakras are as simple as the Muladhara (root), Svadhishthana (sacral), Manipura (solar plexus), Anahata (heart), Vishuddha (throat), Ajna (third eye/forehead), Sahasrara (crown).
Considered the Root Chakra, the Muladhara is placed at the base of your spine and is represented by red. Just like roots to a tree, this Chakra is meant to keep you planted and stable on the Earth. It is your survival center, your most human basis.
Like any structure, the base must be strong, or else the entire thing (you) will collapse! Your Muladhara is your first support, and your last defense, just like the foundation on a building and the roots under a tree.
Simply put, if your roots are strong, you will feel safe, secure, and connected; however, if your root is unbalanced, you may be feeling off centered or may experience any number of these signs:
Being fearful most of the time
The overall feeling of instability or unbalance
These can make a clear impact on your everyday life, but never fear! Easy solutions are here!
A great way to balance out the energy in your root is to simply work on external needs that may be being neglected, do some physical activity, and meditate. These are all things that don’t require any sort of special doo-hickies and can be done on a normal basis until you feel restored and balanced!
The second Chakra of the seven, shown in orange, the Sacral Chakra, is located around your pelvis and is all about being loose, free, and connected to yourself. This is the part of you that craves enjoyment and pleasure and is the central hub for your overall emotions and intimacies. Personally, this is one of my favorites.
Being able to feel free in your own skin is insanely important, and can become confusing in modern media. Many people feel trapped in a box, feel as if every move is watched, which can lead to an imbalance in the Svadhishthana.
If your sacral is strong, you will feel an abundance of self-love, have passions, and will feel comfortable with intimacy and closeness. On the other hand, being off balanced can lead to:
Feeling emotionally trapped
Disconnected from one’s self
Extreme emotional attachment
These can cause mental havoc and ruin if they’re too extreme, but with some practice, they can be healed. My recommendation is to come to terms with past negative feelings, start telling yourself positive affirmations, and meditate. Unlike the root Chakra, this can be a bit more difficult, as it deals with internal conflicts. There is no rigid step-by-step guide that will help every person. Just like the Chakra itself, emotional healing is a fluid process. Having family or friends along with you who will support you in this would be the best.
The third is the Manipura, or the solar plexus Chakra, represented by the color yellow. For those who don’t know, the solar plexus is located above your navel and below your chest, about where your diaphragm rests. The Manipura deals with one’s will, self-discipline, judgments, and confidence. Simply, your own personal power.
These are the things I think of when I see performers. They must outwardly appear confident and in control of their situation, even when off the stage.
When balanced, one may be assertive, take initiative, and have seemingly perfect relationships. Too much or not enough activity can lead to:
The feeling of hopelessness if a plan doesn’t go your way
These can affect the way people view you. This could also negatively impact the way that you do work: imbalance can lead to counter-intuitive productivity. What I recommend is calming yoga, self-realization of your outward actions, and meditation. These are super easy fixes for this, and with a bit of practice, can be super helpful outside of Chakra healing, too!
Imagine giving your Valentine next February a green heart! It may not be the typical holiday color, but it certainly would be perfect if they love the Heart Chakra! Staying true to being along the spine, the Anahata is not where the heart truly is, but in the center of the chest instead. As expected, it is responsible for love, empathy, and forgiveness.
When everything is A-Okay, one may appreciate the little thing, easily give unconditional love, and hold very meaningful relationships. Otherwise, someone will be:
Overly defensive or closed off
Harbor extreme jealousy
Unable or unwilling to forgive others
An unbalanced heart can lead to an unbalanced and hesitant life. No one wants to live life unsurely. A few easy fixes to this can be to practice self-love, forgive long-lasting grudges you may be holding, and meditate.
I understand that self-love can be difficult, so for a little extra help to those of you who find this hard, here is my post on Easy Ways to Love Yourself When the Going Gets Tough: https://hubpages.com/health/Loving-Yourself-When-The-Going-Gets-Tough
Located in the throat, the Vishuddha is connected to communication, expression, and purpose. This one is shown with a lovely blue, it can affect one’s sense of timing and the ability to bring mental blueprints to life (ba dum tss).
The ability to speak one’s mind is more than important for work, schooling, and social interactions. Some even say that it is essential for a successful life!
Though this is an important part of life as a whole, all in moderation is very critical! A few signs that you may have an unbalanced Vishuddha include, but are not excluded to:
Lack of speech control*
Fear of speaking
Unable to keep secrets or being too secretive
Honestly, this is one Chakra that I had trouble thinking or researching a simple healing process for, but for what I have found includes singing, expressing yourself through your choice or medium (ex: art or writing), and meditation. I know that the singing part may seem strange to many people, but it can help clear any blockage within the throat if you are blocked.
When people think of Chakras, I know many who first think of this: your Third Eye. Shades with its color vary, sometimes looking more purple, other times looking like an indigo hue. Associated with intuition, wisdom, and clairvoyance, it is located in the center of your forehead, hence the “third eye”.
I feel that the Ajna contributes towards a person’s spiritual maturity, which can lead to respect, insight, and how someone can grow into themselves.
Despite all of the benefits of having a balanced third eye (everyday clarity, an established vision, and incredible intuition), many people have trouble keeping it properly functioning. This is perhaps due to the fact that those people don’t know how to. These people would experience:
Feeling “stuck”, and being unable to see beyond it
Manifestations of fantasies*
Unable to see a “greater picture”
Being able to balance your third eye out can give you huge advantages in life, but how would you do so? The higher the chakra, the harder I find to make a simple, loose process for people to follow, but I will do so anyway. All I can recommend is taking a step back for a moment, get outlooks from friends and family, and meditate.
The final Chakra: the crown. Placed at the top or slightly above your head, like a crown, it is represented with a brilliant purple. It is thought to be one’s “higher being”, relating to a bigger sense of being and other concepts that the human mind can’t quite completely grasp. This is what fascinates me. Yes, we can understand consciousness and a sense of being in a scientific manner, but there’s something about it that humankind cannot possibly hold onto with two hands.
This is the topper to all other Chakras. There is something so… otherworldly and untouchable about the concept that everyone--no matter your position, your past, your age, anything--has a crown. We’re all conquerors of ourselves and our fates when this crown is open, shining like a beacon. And when you meet someone who has this blazing crown, it simply…
Being balanced in your crown requires general balance most, if not all, other Chakras. Not that it’s 100% required, but it makes keeping it balanced much easier! Simpler ways of knowing that you’re relatively balanced are being open-minded and a strange sense beyond reality. But being off balanced can include:
Being disconnected from your body and earth
Disconnected to spirit
This one has a few more steps to simple healing, but I will repeat that it is easier to keep your crown balanced with your other Chakras: they are all connected one way or another. Other than that, I would recommend kicking any inflated ego out, making the conscious decision to love, help other, and meditate. This may take more practice over a period of time than others, but I promise you that anyone can do it.
If you read through the entire post, you would have noticed that meditation was on every. Single. One. This is because meditation is the number one way to help, whether it be for opening, maintaining, or decreasing activity.
*Though this is an unbalanced Chakra sign, it is also a symptom of some mental and physical illnesses. Please contact your medical professional for more insight.
I hope this helps those of you who are interested! I do have to warn though, if you have these symptoms (including unlisted physical symptoms), they may not always be related to a spiritual state. They could indicate a larger issue that needs to be taken care of by a medical professional.
© 2018 Kambriann Briggs