The Chakra system is an Eastern philosophy for wellness. Chakras (meaning wheel) are believed to be wheels of energy relating to 7 major energetic centres in the body. When all 7 centres are balanced, a person is in her optimal physical and emotional wellbeing.
When we experience an unpleasant experience, most people try and block the disagreeable feeling which, in turn, stops much of our natural flow of energy. By blocking energy, Chakras are also blocked and thus do not function normally. The body then becomes out of balance with its repeated sluggish energy.
Crystals and gemstones are related to Chakras due to the way they respond to electricity (similar to a modern quartz watch). The stone’s colour corresponds to a particular Chakra. Beginning at the base of the spine, the corresponding stone is placed on the Chakra. Meditation assists in allowing the electrical vibrations of the stones to assists in removing blockages and restoring the body back to alignment.
7th Chakra – Location: Crown
Function: Oneness with Spirit, Enlightenment, Dynamic thought & energy, Wisdom, Cosmic Consciousness, Connectedness with the God
Color: White, Voilet, Purple/Blue
Stones: Sugilite, Amethyst, Amethyst, Ametrine/Citrine, Iolite, Tanzanite, Fluorite, Selenite, Alexandrite.
Issues: The silver cord that connects the aura bodies extends from the crown. The soul comes into the body through the crown at birth and leaves from the crown at death. When this chakra is unbalanced there may be a constant sense of frustration, no spark of joy, and destructive feelings. Illnesses may include migraine headaches and depression. Balanced energy in this chakra may include the ability to open up to the Divine and total access to the unconscious and subconscious.
6th Chakra – Location: Brow, Third Eye
Function: Intuition, Wisdom, Psychic Ability, Energies of spirit & light.
Color: Indigo, Dark Blue
Stones: Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Covellite, Kyanite, Labradorite, Sapphire, Iolite, Larimar, Gem Silica.
Issues: Through the power of the sixth chakra, you can receive guidance, channel, and tune into your Higher Self. When this chakra is not balanced you may feel non-assertive, afraid of success, or go the opposite way and be egotistical. Physical symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, blindness, and eyestrain. When this chakra is balanced and open you are your own master with no fear of death, are not attached to material things, and may experience telepathy, astral travel, and past lives. Sixth chakra body parts include the eyes, face, brain, lymphatic and endocrine system.
5th Chakra – Location: Throat
Function: Communication, Voice, Sounds, Expression of Creativity through thought/speech/writing
Color: Blue, Light Blue/Green
Stones: Azurite, Celestite, Chalcedony, Blue Lace Agate, Sapphire, Blue Topaz, Turqoise, Kyanite, Chrysocolla, Amazonite, Aquamarine, Larimar.
Issues: The possibility for change, transformation and healing are located here. The throat is where anger is stored and finally let go of. When this chakra is out of balance you may want to hold back, feel timid, be quiet, feel weak, or can¹t express your thoughts. Physical illnesses or ailments include, hyperthyroid, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, inflammations, and back pain. When this chakra is balanced you may feel balanced, centered, musically or artistically inspired, and may be a good speaker. Body parts for the fifth chakra are throat, neck, teeth, ears, and thyroid gland.
4th Chakra – Location: Heart
Function: Compassion, Balance, Unconditional Love, Healing, Spirituality
Color: Green and Pink
Stones: Green Tourmaline, Prehnite, Variscite, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Peridot, Malachite, Epidot, Aventurine, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Diopside, Dioptase, Emerald, Kunzite, Mother of Pearl, Moonstone, Green Garnet, Bloodstone.
Issues: This center directs one¹s ability to love themselves and others, to give and to receive love. This is also the chakra connecting body and mind with spirit. Almost everyone today has a hard, hurt, or broken heart, and it is no accident that heart disease is the number one killer in America today. Deep heart hurts can result in aura obstructions called heart scars. When these scars are released, they raise a lot of old pain, but free the heart for healing and new growth. When this chakra is out of balance you may feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, indecisive, afraid of letting go, afraid of getting hurt, or unworthy of love. Physical illnesses include heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficulty breathing. When this chakra is balanced you may feel compassionate, friendly, empathetic, desire to nurture others and see the good in everyone. Body parts for the fourth chakra include heart, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back.
3rd Chakra – Location: Solar Plexus
Function: Personal Power, Growth, Ego, Passions, Impulses, Anger, Strength
Color: Yellow, Yellow/Green
Stones: Citrine, Heliodor, Sunstone, Apatite, Amber, Emerald, Labradorite, Yellow Sapphire.
Issues: When the Third Chakra is out of balance you may lack confidence, be confused, worry about what others think, feel that others are controlling your life, and may be depressed. Physical problems may include digestive difficulties, liver problems, diabetes, nervous exhaustion, and food allergies. When balanced you may feel cheerful, outgoing, have self-respect, expressive, enjoy taking on new challenges, and have a strong sense of personal power. The body parts for this chakra include the stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, and small intestine.
2nd Chakra – Location: Navel, Sacral
Function: Sexuality, Desire, Female Emotions, Creativity, Intuition, Self-worth, Friendliness
Color: Yellow/Orange, Orange, Orange/Red
Stones: Carnelian, Red Garnet, Tangerine Quartz, Rubellite, Red Jasper, Orange Calcite, Unakite, Morganite, Sphene – Titanite, Amber, Yellow Topaz.
Issues: This governs people’s sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way. It¹s influenced by how emotions were expressed or repressed in the family during childhood. Proper balance in this chakra means the ability to flow with emotions freely and to feel and reach out to others sexually or not. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative, obsessed with thoughts of sex or may lack energy. Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms. Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine.
1st Chakra – Location: Base of Spine
Function: Grounding, Stability, Security, Safety, Associated with Male Sexual Energy
Color: Red, Black
Stones: Red Garnet, Red Spinel, Ruby, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Bloodstone, Fire Opal, Pyrite, Jet, Hematite, Schorl Tourmaline, Obsidian, Smoky Quartz, Morion Quartz.
Issues: This is also the center of manifestation. When you are trying to make things happen in the material world, business or material possessions, the energy to succeed will come from the first chakra. If this chakra is blocked an individual may feel fearful, anxious, insecure and frustrated. Problems like obesity, anorexia nervosa, and knee troubles can occur. Root body parts include the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs.
Using the Chakras
First the difficulty is identified and the related Chakra is noted. Many women experience “brain fog” in menopause. Difficulty remembering and figuring out problems is consistent with a blocked crown Chakra. The correct color of stone is chosen and placed on the top of the head.
Each Chakra vibrates at a different speed with the first being the slowest and the seventh being the faster. The Chakra’s are stimulated by their respective colored stone and the size and brightness used will vary according to the identified difficulty the person is experiencing. The laying of the stones results in freeing the energy in the Chakras and returning the body to a state of well-being. The healer will possibly use her hands and movement to stimulate the process. As the stones absorb and restore energy, they begin to roll off. When all are off, the major energy shift has occurred and healing is over. After, there may be a physical detoxification that can continue for up to a week. Allowing the changes to happen will promote lasting effects. Changes are positive and gentle.