‘These crystals are great for aligning the Chakras’ is quite a common sentence you hear these days. Ok, most people who are interested in spirituality, sort of know what this means. But what does it actually mean, what are the Chakras, what do they do and where does this belief come from?
Chakra is a Sanskrit (classical language of Indian and liturgical language of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism) word for ‘wheel’ or ‘circle’. The Chakra system is a spiritual and complex energy network in your body which is connected by the seven main Chakras, - ‘the wheels of energy’. The seven main wheels run along the spine and are directly connected to your mind, body, and emotional wellbeing.
This is a complex and not at all straightforward subject either, as various Eastern cultures still have their own understanding of Chakras. When practising crystal healing, we work on the basis of the classic seven Chakra system in which we go into with our own meditation practises as well. By the end of this basic guide, you will know exactly what the chakras are and even be able to explain it to someone else yourself!
What is the history of the Chakras?
Wall art dating back between 5000 and 3500BC, provides evidence of ancient Indian cultures that practised mediation. In the Vedas, Indian sacred texts, we also find the first written evidence describing meditation, dated from 1500 BCE. The Vedas also have the oldest text reference about the term Chakra, not precisely meaning the energy centres but referring to when the king ‘turns the wheel of his empire’ representing his power and influence.
The exact date when the term Chakra came into existence with the same meaning as we know it today, isn’t known precisely. But around 200BCE the Upanishads mentioned Chakras and Mantras in tantric concepts. And in the 10th century, Guru Goraknath started to teach about the powers and energies of meditating on the Chakras. The various Eastern cultures often differ in their beliefs and the meaning of Chakras and even disagree on how many Chakras there are in general.
The New Age understanding of Chakras in the western world come about roughly in the 1970s. Writer Christopher Hills published a book called ‘Nuclear Evolution’ which created an association between the Chakras and certain colours that is still used to this day. He also linked Chakras to personality types, and this is still an analysis used in the New Age movement.
In modern days, many people have heard about Chakras and believe in the existence of them. But just believing isn’t enough. For those who meditate on the Chakra system it has a true effect on their physical and mental wellbeing.
At Tali & Loz we are true believers of the Chakras and we curated crystal sets which we believe help to guide specific energy through the Chakras. Our ‘Detox Chakra set’, will introduce crystal vibrations that will help you with detoxing and protect you from negative energy around you.
What does ‘energy’ mean in terms of the Chakras?
To make it more complex, when we talk about energy in the spiritual world, we could mean a variety of things! But mostly we talk about the ‘force of life’ which usually means being more conscious and mindful of your being and body.
Meditation is a great way to practise balancing your energies. Learning how to meditate means focusing on learning how to manipulate the flows of energy going through your Chakras. It is also proven to be a fantastic way to feel happier, control your thoughts and emotions better and think more clearly. Meditation has many forms such as the ‘classic’ sitting meditation, but yoga is also a form of meditation. It is all about being conscious of your body, breath, and mind.
You have probably often heard the words “blocked Chakras” or a “blockage in your Chakras”. What this means is that often when you hold onto feelings such as anger, sadness or frustration, the energy flow in your body gets disrupted and gets ‘stuck’ in or around a Chakra area.
This could cause a variety of mental and physical unease. By meditating and receiving a Reiki practise especially, you could learn how to unblock this. Once the right flow of energy is streaming through your body it will feel like a huge relief.
The Main Chakras, their properties, and corresponding crystals.
Each Chakra has its own vibration, its own energy. There are a lot of external factors that could influence that vibration such as a crystal, but also meditation, Reiki, sound, and light.
Let’s go over and explain the seven Chakras and their energies. We will work from below, starting with the Root Chakra upwards to the Crown Chakra.
Root Chakra - Muladhara
The first Chakra we will talk about is your Root Chakra which is located at the base of the spine around the pelvic plexus. The Root Chakra stands for grounding, rooting and safety.
The Sanskrit name for the Root Chakra is Muladhara meaning ‘base or root support’ and is associated with the colour red. The symbol for the Root Chakra is a downward pointing triangle and a circle with four petals. The symbolism stands for your spirit connecting with the earth.
The Root Chakra also represents;
-The ability to survive
-Feeling comfortable in earthly life
When your Root Chakra is imbalanced you may experience fear, negative thoughts, overthinking, feelings of worthlessness and feelings of insecurity.
Check out our Root Chakra Crystal set to balance your foundation.
Sacral Chakra - Svadhisthana
The second Chakra, the Sacral Chakra is located at the centre of your lower belly, roughly three inches down from the navel and extends over the genital area. The Sacral Chakra is the centre of sensuality, emotions, and sexuality.
The Sanskrit name is Svadhisthana meaning ‘your own place’, this is your sacred area. It is represented by the colour orange and associated with the element of water. The symbol of the Sacral Chakra is a moon crescent and a circle with six petals which represent the relationship between the tides of water and the phases of the moon.
The Sacral Chakra energy also represents;
-The ability to joyfully experience life through your senses.
-The expression of sexuality
-Expression of sexual desires
-Feeling comfortable with your body
-Expression and truthful experiences of emotions
When your Sacral Chakra is imbalanced or blocked you may experience frustration, anger, feel out of control in your sexual desires or emotions and insecurity.
We have curated this Sacral Chakra Set to help balance your expression centre.
Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura
The third Chakra, the Solar Plexus, is based around the diaphragm area and is the centre of willpower and discipline.
The Sanskrit name is Manipura meaning ‘city of jewels’. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is open, your inner-strength or ‘your crown jewels’ are strong, and you feel you can handle the world. The colour associated with it is yellow and the symbol is of a downward triangle and a circle with ten petals. It represents the fire element which represents your transformative energy and power.
The Solar Plexus Chakra energy represents:
-The ability to form and standby your opinions.
-Taking control of yourself
When your Solar Plexus is blocked or imbalanced you may experience low self-esteem, a lack of self-direction in life, lack of clarity, helplessness, the feeling of being irresponsible and the urge to be in total control.
This Solar Plexus Set is perfect to balance your city of jewels.
Heart Chakra – Anahata
The fourth Chakra, the Ηeart Chakra is based in the centre of the chest. This energy centre is not located where the organ, the heart, lies. Τhe Heart Chakra is the centre of the chest area.
The Heart Chakra energy is the centre of self-love, love for others, acceptance, and compassion.
The Sanskrit name for the Heart Chakra is Anahata, meaning ‘unstruck’. The symbol has intersecting triangles forming a hexagram, twelve petals and is the colour green. The Heart Chakra symbol represents the air element and balance between the opposites such as dark and light, male and female.
The Heart Chakra powerful energy represents;
-Self-love and love for others
-The bridge between spiritual and earthly connections
-The ability to reach for inner-peace
-The ability to overcome grief
-Awareness and insight
To meditate on the Heart Chakra, visualise the colour green and use crystals such as Rose Quartz, Tree Agate, Rhodonite and Chrysoprase. To see our entire collection of crystals with the right vibration for the Heart Chakra please click here. To read more about the best crystals and stones for the Heart Chakra, click here.
Walking and actively experiencing nature is a great way to soften the Heart Chakra as well. Practicing compassion by expressing gratitude daily and helping others without expecting anything in return is another way of opening and balancing the Heart Chakra as well.
When the Heart Chakra is imbalanced or blocked you may start feeling withdrawn, experience jealousy, difficulty relating to others, anger, frustration and not be able to let go of situations particularly with others. But also, not being able to see the beauty of the world around you and not being able to set aside your ego to open up to others.
This crystal set would help to balance your centre of love.
Throat Chakra – Vishudda
The fifth Chakra, the Throat Chakra is based around the throat area and is the centre of communication and expression.
The Sanskrit name for the Throat Chakra is ‘Vishudda’, meaning ‘purification’. The symbol has sixteen petals with a crescent shaped moon, it is inspired by purification and in order to achieve the highest goal, enlightenment, the throat Chakra must be open as this represents the purest act.
Associated with the colour blue, the Throat Chakra represents;
-Clear communication, verbal and non-verbal
-Connection to the realm of spirits
-Speaking the truth
-Expression in creativity
When your Throat Chakra is blocked or imbalanced, you may experience, fear of speaking up, lack of control in expression, not being able to keep secrets and lack of purpose in life.
Our Throat Chakra set is a perfect gift for those that need help with their communication centre.
Third Eye Chakra – Ajna
The sixth Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra, is based between your eyebrows. It is the centre of foresight, imagination, and intuition.
The Sanskrit name for the Third Eye Chakra is Ajna meaning ‘perceiving’. The symbol has two elements associated with wisdom, the lotus flower, and the upside-down triangle.
Associated with the colour blueish white/purple, the Third Eye Chakra represents;
Meditating on the Third Eye Chakra could enhance your sense of awakening and better the quality of your vision of reality.
To help unblock or strengthen your Third Eye Chakra vibration, use crystals such as Lapis Lazuli, Titanium Aura and Sodalite. Sound therapy is also a fantastic tool to help open up your chakras. There are a great variety of mediation apps or look on YouTube as well.
When your Third Eye Chakra is imbalanced or blocked you may experience blurriness, feeling stuck and not being able to have a vision for yourself and lack of clarity. This Chakra Crystals Set is a perfect tool to help balance your Third Eye.
Crown Chakra - Sahasrara
The seventh Chakra, the Crown Chakra, is located on the very top of your head and just above your head in your aura, that is closely connected to the universe.
The Sanskrit name, Sahasrara could be translated as ‘Thousand Petals’, which are represented in the symbol as well.
Associated with violet and white-violet light the Crown Chakra represents;
The Mantras OM or AH are triggering physical vibrations and frequencies which allow the flow of energy through your Crown Chakra into the Universe.
There are some extra tools you can use whilst meditating on your Crown Chakra as well. For example, try to visualise the colour violet or white violet, or use the crystals that have the right frequency such as Amethyst, Clear Quartz and Moonstone. To see our full Crown Chakra Crystal collection please click here.
When you practise meditation and have fully managed to open the Crown Chakra you will feel a great sense of clarity, freedom, and enlightened spiritual ecstasy.
When you have a blocked or imbalanced Crown Chakra you might experience, disconnection from yourself, closed-mindedness, and a feeling of being stuck within yourself. Our Crown Chakra Crystal set is a wonderful gift to yourself and others to open up the Crown Chakra.
There is a huge amount of energy in our seven Chakras and this energy can be accessed through meditation and the use of crystals. If a Chakra is imbalanced or blocked, you could experience physical and mental unease.
We also have our Chakra meditation or decoration tools as well!
You could use these in a variety of ways, such as holding or placing them on the relevant Chakra. This helps to visualise and concentrate better on the area. We love using them when we practise Yoga as well It is easy to get distracted and not focus on a Chakra, which is why it helps to have a visual tool in front of you to keep that focus strong.
We wish you great practise and let us know, how do you access the energy flows going through your Chakras?
Love & Light,
Laura, Founder of Tali & Loz
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