Chakras are focal points — doorways into meditation, awareness, healing and alignment. They are energy centers within the body that deal with energy flow.
They are areas or vortices of high, expansive energy.
The energy we store in our chakras is the source of our life force and vitality. Most of us have blocked or overactive chakras that cause dis-ease on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.
For example, let’s say you have been trying to lose weight for the past few years but you have a blocked sacral chakra. This chakra is found below the navel (people with blocked sacral chakra usually have extra weight here) and has a massive impact on our ability to be fully expressed in our vitality on all levels especially physical.
No matter how much dieting you do, if you have not addressed all the needs of this chakra, such as self-expression, sexuality, creativity, etc., and it remains blocked, you will continue to experience symptoms of an imbalance, such as weight gain. We have to address the root of our blockages for sustainable change.
By reflecting on the physical, mental and spiritual elements of each chakra, we can regain our balance in these centers, and as a result, change our life drastically.
If you wish to have a year unlike any other, one that is full of abundance, health, wealth and vitality, start with unblocking your chakras.
Explore the chakras below and see what imbalances you experience.
Ask yourself what you wish to feel in 2018 and what is your heart’s greatest desire.
What chakra(s) need to be cleared or balanced to help you attain your goal?
Reflect on the To Balance sections below for each chakra, and write out how you will start to balance this center. Click on the attached meditation links to have an experience in balancing.
Lastly, envision how you will feel when you accomplish your goal. Let your body absorb the vision and vibration of the outcome.
To fulfill your deepest desires in 2018, we can unblock all seven chakras and tap back into our innate wholeness and perfection, to feel harmony that only comes when the mind, body and soul are aligned.
The Root Chakra: Muladhara
Our foundation, our connection to the earth
Our physical needs
Our ability to feel grounded
Our personal worth
Our ability to manifest security and stability for our basic survival needs.
Located: Base of the spine
Qualities of an imbalanced Root Chakra:
Pain in the lower extremities, back problems, leg problems, vaginal problems
Fertility issues, libido issues
Lethargy, Little or too much willpower, addiction, obsessiveness, workaholism
Primal fear of death
Focused on lack or scarcity in life
Feeling spacey, easily distracted
Lack of self-confidence
Feeling that I don’t belong, jealousy, codependency, anxiety, indecisiveness, phobias
We must transcend our need to move beyond our survival instincts. We must face and address unresolved issues from our family, our early experiences, our health, security and matters of trust.
Root Chakra meditation
The Sacral Chakra: Svadhishthana
Sexual, sensual, creative energy
Relationships beyond the family
Desire for love
Located: Below the navel (the yoni)
Qualities of an Imbalanced Sacral Chakra:
Feeling like a faker
Repressed creativity, repressed sexuality
Feeling not enough
Taking on other people’s problems, empathic
Not aware of own emotions
Letting in emotionally abusive people
Jealousy, envy, resentment
Selfishness, hedonism, aimlessness
Pessimism and anxiety
Restlessness in relationships, attachment to illusions of love
Moderation in appetite, have time for creative expression and endeavors, regular exercise, be honest in your relationship with self and others, tap into your femininity, your sensual, intuitive, sexual nature, for your self.
Sacral Chakra meditation
The Solar Plexus Chakra: Manipura
Importance: Personal power
Located: Above the Navel
Qualities of an imbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra:
Poor digestion, asthma and other respiratory problems, arthritis, organ problems, especially in the liver and kidneys, nerve pain, difficulty gaining or losing weight
Misuse of power — abuse or giving away
Low self-worth and inability to take full responsibility
Hypersensitivity — overreacting to perceived criticism
In need of validation
Self-absorption — vanity/narcissism over concern with appearance
Greed, rigid conformity
Judgmental attitude, egotism, perfectionism
Rights before responsibility
Restlessness, dissatisfaction with life
We must confront our personal strengths and weakness. We must learn to face our fears and celebrate our accomplishments. We must harness our inner fire and go after our deepest desires. We can then learn to share, serve and cooperate without needing external validation.
Solar Plexus Chakra meditation
The Heart Chakra: Anahata
Love, devotion, equilibrium, compassion, transformation
Ability to express love for self and others
Bridge connecting the lower and higher energies of our being, and is the place where our Spirit and our true Self reside, free and independent
Necessary to channel the energies from the lower three chakras and connect them with our higher spiritual intelligence
Located: Center of the spine, center of the chest
Qualities of an imbalanced Heart Chakra:
Immune system or heart problems
Walls around the heart, heartlessness
Self-sabotaging, inner criticism
Stuck in past mistakes
Ruthlessness, disconnect from emotions
Resentment — hatred towards past partners or relationships
Unable to truly give or receive love
Inappropriate emotional expression, poor emotional boundaries
Intense fear of rejection, withdrawn, feeling that love will only be felt for a short time before its being taken away
We must be willing to open back up into love, to heal our past wounds, to observe the reactions that arise when old wounds are triggered, to see this as a time to heal. To accept our past and be brave and open as we go into the future. We can then learn to forgive ourselves and others. We can learn that our greatest power truly is love, and To thy own self be true is the path.
Heart Chakra meditation
The Throat Chakra: Vishuddha
Element: Akasha — space or the void
Spiritual purification and awakening
Speaking our truth
When to speak and when to listen
To use our powers of communication wisely
Logic and reason
Qualities of an imbalanced Throat Chakra:
Fear of losing control
No control over one’s own life
Lack of control over one’s speech, speaking too much or inappropriately
Not being able to listen to others
Timid, unreliable, inconsistent
Arrogant, dogmatic, self-righteous
Excessive fear of speaking
Small, imperceptible voice
Not being able to keep secrets, to keep one’s word
Lack of connection with a vocation or purpose in life
Move beyond fear, doubt and negativity. We must learn to surrender, and trust a higher power. Mantra and meditation are key practices to balancing the throat chakra.
Throat Chakra meditation
The Third Eye Chakra: Ajna
The place of self-realization
Knowing that All is one
The boundary between human and divine consciousness
Associated with higher knowledge, the subtler aspects of sight, and intuition
Seat of awareness and inner vision
Located: In between the brows
Qualities of an imbalanced Third Eye Chakra:
Headaches, dizziness, blindness, nightmares
Inability to focus, eye and sinus problems
Disillusionment, disconnection from reality, not being sure what is real
Feeling disconnected from a higher power
Stuck in life patterns
Inability to discern between ego and higher self
Manipulative nature — hiding behinds knowledge
We must learn to act from our intuitive hits, to follow our inner direction, and stand firm in our resolve. To know that we know.
Third Eye Chakra meditation
The Crown Chakra: Sahasrara
Color: Colorless or white
The realm of ultimate truth — self-actualization
Realization of the oneness of our soul
Place of spiritual mastery and enlightenment
When open, awareness that we are Spirit on earth
Located: Crown of the head
Qualities of an imbalanced Crown Chakra:
We must meditate daily, believe in a higher power, see the world as a reflection. We must tap into the Source, the god-like essence within ourselves. We must pray or be in constant conversation with the Universe, god, spirit, nature, and realize that we are one with it all.