Chakra Information

chakra info chart and booklet

Chakra information.

Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘wheel of light’. The human body has seven main chakras in a vertical line from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.

They are vortices of energy located about two inches away from the physical body and they are associated with physical, emotional and spiritual matters and therefore relate to all aspects of our well-being.

Chakras are areas of spinning energy, the slowest rotating chakra being at the base of the spine and the fastest at the crown of the head. Each chakra spins at a different speed, so has its own specific energy vibration or frequency.

Chakras translate etheric, astral and higher vibrations drawn into the body via the endocrine system. The endocrine system is made up of glands which govern growth, development and daily physical activity. Each chakra is associated with a particular gland or glands.

Chakras are relative to many holistic therapies and treatments and anyone involved with reiki, yoga, reflexology, massage, crystal healing, hot stone therapy, colour therapy, psychic development, metaphysical study etc. will already be working with them.

The famous analyst Carl Jung referred to chakras as ‘gateways of consciousness’.

1st Chakra: Base Chakra (or Root Chakra)

Ancient Name: Muladhara
resonating to the colour red

The base of the spine is home to the first chakra. It is the foundation of the whole system, has the slowest vibration of all and is associated with the earth element. It relates to our basic needs in life…. ie: security, sense of belonging, roots within society and family, confidence, self awareness and the monetary and material existence necessary for our survival, shelter, warmth etc.

The base chakra is associated with:

The adrenals, bones, teeth, large intestines, rectum and nails.

How to work with this Chakra:

  • Use hematite and garnet.
  • Get outside, take in the wonders of mother nature, get your hands dirty in the garden. Group relationships are important here: contact family, get together with your friends.
  • Wear and work with red.

2nd Chakra: Sacral Chakra

Ancient Name: Svadhisthana
resonating to the colour orange

As we rise from the solid, secure base chakra and enter the fluid second chakra we experience change. Water is the element of this chakra. As individuals we become aware of others on an intimate one to one level. We accept our differences and long to unite to overcome our separateness.

Consciousness thrives on change. We are nourished by our experiences and begin to grow and develop spiritually and emotionally. The sacral chakra is the root of pleasure, desire, self-respect, sexuality and creativity within relationship.

The sacral chakra is associated with:

The ovaries, testicles, reproductive system, bladder, kidneys and all the fluids of the body.

How to work with this Chakra:

  • Use carnelian
  • Go with the flow and allow change to happen. Water is the key. Swim, take a walk on the beach, pamper yourself in the bath
  • One-on-one relationships are important here. Get together with a good mate. Be expressive and creative with your lover
  • Wear and work with orange. Paint you bedroom in it too!

3rd Chakra: Solar Plexus Chakra

Ancient Name: Manipura
resonating to the colour yellow

This to me is a fascinating chakra. The solar plexus is all about the relationship you have with yourself. It is the seat of self-worth, emotions, ambition, growth and will power. Do you truly value the needs of your ‘self’ and value and honour your own personal power? Sometimes in our busy, demanding lives we lose track of our personal values and who we really are. We are so wrapped up in what others expect of us and how they see us.

The element of this chakra is fire. It is the centre where we balance our inner needs amongst the external demands of life. This is where we are shaped and formed as individuals.

The solar plexus chakra is associated with:

The solar plexus chakra is associated with the pancreas, stomach, liver, gall bladder, spleen and small intestine.

How to work with this Chakra:

  • Use Citrine
  • Citrine is also used in crystal healing as the ‘happy’ stone, to lift mood and depression. This is the centre of self, the relationship you have with yourself. Allow your true self to show, follow your own path and not what others want of you.
  • If you have an open fire at home, write down the things you want to let go of on pieces of paper: emotions, experiences that are wasting your energy on and throw them on the fire. Watch them burn and go. Allow transformation. If not, light candles and verbalise the things you want to let go of.
  • Wear and work with yellow!

4th Chakra: Heart Chakra

Ancient Name: Anahata
resonating to the colour green

We have now reached the centre of the chakra system. The heart chakra is of course the chakra relating to aspects of true, unconditional love. Not only the ability to love oneself and to love and nurture others, but also to allow ourselves to be loved and nurtured. Through the heart chakra we become aware of and embrace love, on a deeper and larger universal scale.

For example, when we hear of a tragic incident on the other side of the world and we are deeply affected by the news, our hearts reach out and we are in touch with the energy of universal love. This chakra is the seat of healing, compassion and forgiveness. Its element is air.

The heart chakra is associated with:

The thymus gland, heart, skin and circulatory system.

How to work with this Chakra:

  • Use Green adventurine, malachite, peridot
  • The element is air. Get out in it. Walk in the park, climb a hill, take the dog for a walk. Feel fresh air on your face. Take deep breaths, fill your lungs.
  • Do a kind gesture without demanding anything in return. Let love flow, go around and come around. Be open to accepting love.
  • Wear and work with green.

5th Chakra: Throat Chakra

Ancient Name: Visuddha
resonating to the colour light blue

The throat chakra is the centre controlling, creating, transmitting and receiving communication.

Sound vibrations created enable self-expression, both within ourselves and with others. Communication is connection through listening, singing, speaking, writing, chanting, telepathy and the arts.

This is the centre of creativity and acceptance of change. The element associated with this chakra is Ether. Through this chakra we become aware of the deeper harmonics in the subtle vibrations of the etheric realms.

The throat chakra is associated with:

The thyroid and parathyroid glands, the lungs, throat, voice and neck.

How to work with this Chakra:

  • Use turquoise, blue lace agate, blue topaz.
  • Express whats in your heart. Communication is connection. As new born babies learn to communicate with the world around. Through our lives we learn to develop communication skills. Communication is not just talking.
  • Listen, sing more, send emails, write poetry, think about the ones you love.
  • Be creative. Start a painting class! Wear and use pale blue.

6th Chakra: Third Eye Chakra

Ancient Name: Ajna
resonating to the colour dark blue

This chakra relates to our inner-knowing and spirituality. The third eye is in reality made up of three chakras…the brow, relating to the pineal gland, (situated just above the bridge of the nose), the alta-major (below the left ear lobe) and the crown chakra. Although, sometimes, the third eye is thought of as being only the brow chakra. It is an etheric organ of psychic perception.

Many people who meditate concentrate on the third eye in order to ‘go within’. It relates to our dreams, inner-visions, inner-sight and intuition. The 6th chakra is the gateway to our inner-world and through it we develop self-reliance and balance.

We use our senses to take in the world around us and our Third Eye to observe the effect it has had on our inner world.

The third eye chakra is associated with:

The pituitary gland, brain, face, eyes, nose, sinus and hearing ability.

How to work with this Chakra:

  • Use lapis lazuli, sodalite.
  • The gateway to our inner spirituality, our inner light and sight. A place to discover aspects of yourself that are unknown to others.
  • Develop and trust your psychic sense. Remember your dreams when you first wake, jot them down, however jumbled they may seem.
  • Go through them again when you are more awake. Can you see or feel their meaning?
  • Wear and work with dark blue.

7th Chakra: Crown Chakra

Ancient Name: Sahasrara
resonating to the colour violet

The 7th and final main chakra is located at the top of the head, about two inches above the centre of the skull. Each chakra is symbolised as a lotus flower, each with a different number of petals. This chakra is known as the “Thousand Petalled Lotus”, because it is the totality of enlightenment.

While the brow chakra is the centre of inner spirituality, the crown chakra is the centre of ‘cosmic’ consciousness and knowing. The seat of enlightenment. The fundamental element of this chakra is ‘thought’. Consciousness is a force. We are made up of it, surrounded by it, are part of it. It is a matter of opening ourselves up and tapping into it. The crown chakra is a link with the higher-self and it spins the fastest of all the chakras.

The crown chakra is associated with:

All the chakras, but especially with the pineal gland and the third eye.

How to work with this Chakra:

  • Use amethyst.
  • The centre of cosmic consciousness, centre of thought. Trust your inner knowing. Send wishes and thoughts to those you love. No words required, just think it and they will feel it. Clear you mind of clutter, meditate.
  • Give yourself time to be. You never know someone might be sending you lovely thoughts too, if you only allow time and space for them to get to you.
  • Reach out to others around the world. To strangers in crisis. Make contact with universal consciousness.
  • Wear and work with purple.