The most common misconception surrounding chakras is that they are religious symbols. In the real sense, they aren't part of any religion but have appeared both in Tantric Buddism and Hinduism. So what are they? The ancients described the 7 chakras as the wheels of the natural energy cycle coursing through your body. They would start at the base of your spine and course through up to the top of your head.
Many believe that the energy flowing is the life force that connects your physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. When one of the wheels spins to fast, too slow, or becomes blocked, it will create an imbalance to your mind, body, and spirit. As a result, your health is most likely to suffer. To prevent this, get yourself a Chakra Healing Bracelet that has become both a fashion icon as well as helping in restoring your balance.
The left side was dubbed the feminine side, which was also called the receiving party. Basically, its purpose is to receive energy from the outside and bring it inside to cause internal shifts within you. Therefore, it is believed that Crystal bracelets should occupy your left hand. The following are some known crystals and their purpose as far as the 7 Chakras are concerned:
- The Black Tourmaline and Lava Rock are great for warding off negative energy
- The Rose Quartz crystal bracelets offer more love towards oneself
- The Amethyst is deemed to reduce stress coming from different emotions
- For a confidence boost, put on the Red Tigers Eye bracelet
- The Sunstone Bracelet is good for granting wishes and fulfilling desires and needs
- The Prehnite bracelet gives you a better sense of intuition
On the other hand - literally, the right side was believed to be the giving side. Its purpose was to control the energy within you and disseminate it into the outside world. Therefore, here are some of the differences you will likely experience if you wear similar crystals but on your right hand.
- The Lava Rock or black onyx bracelet should protect your family from negative energy
- The Rose Quartz bracelet worn on your right hand will prompt you to be more loving towards your neighbors.
- The Amethyst will bring about a calming environment
- Lastly, the Sunstone bracelet will disseminate healings and blessings towards any of your loved ones.
Before buying your chakra stones bracelet, you must first understand the powers at work here. There are seven chakras represented by each stone in your beads, and they include:
- The Base/Root Chakra - Muladhara
- Sacral Chakra - Svadhisthana
- Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura
- Heart Chakra - Anahata
- Throat Chakra - Vishuddhi
- Third Eye Chakra - Ajna
- Crown Chakra - Sahasrara
Let's closely examine each in detail.
1. The Root Chakra - Red
Also known as Muladhara - an ancient Sanskrit word made up of two; Mula, which means root and Dhara to mean support. The root sits at the very base of your spine, close to your coccyx or tailbone, and extends upwards close to your belly button.
It is believed that the Muladhara's purpose is to ground you by connecting all your energy to that flowing from the earth. Its modern interpretation subtends to the notion that this Chakra balances financial and emotional provisions required for your survival on earth.
Once it starts working, you will feel more connected to the earth and experience a sense of accomplishment as well as peace. You will never sweat the small stuff, including money, safety, and shelter.
Restoring balance to your 1st Chakra
When your 1st Chakra is on overdrive, you may experience anxiety and jitteriness. In most cases, this will affect your health, causing various problems such as digestive problems, lower backaches, ovarian cysts, and prostate-related problems in men. On the other hand, the Chakra can also be underactive, leading you to lose focus and remain unproductive. If this happens, you'll definitely zone out of most conversations with frequent daydreaming.
The easiest way to restore the 1st Chakra to perfect balance is to pray, meditate, or volunteer in acts of kindness. You can also re-energize it by going out and connecting with nature. Gardening and swimming are some of the activities you can partake in.
2. The Sacral Chakra - Orange
Also known as the Svadhisthana, which means 'the place of one's self'. It starts right below the belly button and up towards its epicenter.
The Sacral Chakra is deemed as the most important out of the rest since it gives you a sense of identity. Whatever else follows is the path you choose. Basically, it initiates intimacy with sex and other pleasurable activities to help you enjoy your time on earth.
Restoring Balance to your 2nd Chakra
When it's on overdrive, you may experience problems with obesity, hormone imbalances, restlessness, and gluttony. Too much pleasure can be disastrous as it will most likely lead to addiction. On the other hand, most people with an underactive Chakra may experience decreased sex drive, lack of creativity, impotence, moodiness, and depression.
As a result, some of the most recommended methods of restoring your 2nd Chakra is by avoiding focusing on practical things. Stop and think about the consequences of your actions before you perform them. If you're feeling low on energy, catch a healthy snack, and become intimate with your partner.
3. The Solar Plexus - Yellow
Also known as the Manipura, which means shining gem. It is located right from the center of your belly button to your breastbone at the center of your ribs.
This is the Chakra that saves most people's lives. It's responsible for that tiny little voice in your head that allows you to spot red flags in a person and act accordingly. If you've ever had a gut feeling to do something, then this is the Chakra that gives you wisdom and confidence to do what needs to be done.
Be very cautious about it, though. It's the type that gets people enrolling in the army since once it's activated, you will have the wisdom, decisiveness, and personal power a warrior about to enter a battlefield.
Restoring balance to the 3rd Chakra
As mentioned earlier, should you feel anger, animosity towards someone, a sense of vengeance, or lack of remorse and empathy, then something is definitely wrong? Chances are your Solar Plexus is on overdrive. However, if you feel weak, afraid, needy, insecure, and indecisive, then you are low on energy with the 3rd Chakra.
The recommended method of quickly restoring balance is by exercising your talents and skills to the fullest. This should lead up to an enormous confidence boost and get you back to normal. However, if you need to tone it down, open up yourself, and show more love towards your neighbors.
4. The Heart Chakra - Green
Also known as Anahata, which means unhurt. By now, you should have guessed that this Chakra can be found above our breast bone, over your heart, and all the way to your throat.
If your guess is as good as ours, then you should have figured out that it's the Chakra responsible for love, kindness, compassion, and mercy. Moreover, it's positioning is convenient as it acts as a connector between heaven and earthly chakras. Once activated, you will love deeply and show compassion to the less fortunate.
Restoring balance to your Heart Chakra
The heart and 4th Chakra is one of the most unbalanced in most people. If the wheel spins too fast, you are more likely to make unhealthy life choices in the name of love. This is what drives most spouses to cheat on their partners. You should be able to experience heartburns and increased heart rate sensations when in this state of imbalance. On the contrary, underactive Heart chakra symptoms are highly likely to lead to circulatory problems. You do not want any personal relationship with anyone and mostly keep to yourself.
Therefore, should you feel out of touch with your body, start by loving yourself more. Go to the gym, work out, and exercise a lot more. Only time will help to mend your broken Chakra.
5. The Throat Chakra - Blue
Also known as the Vishuddha, which means 'very pure' and as the name gives it away, the throat chakra is found between your collar bone up to the center of your eyes. It's the one responsible for telling truths, love, kindness, and inspirational quotes. However, if unbalanced, it the only Chakra that brews up wars and hatred towards different folk.
Restoring balance to your 5th Chakra
The common misconception about the 5th Chakra is that its prevalent with people who speak a lot. In the real sense, the 5th Chakra will only manifest itself as overactive when you feel ignored or invalidated. It may coerce you to speak louder and let your voice be heard. Most human rights and gender-based role fighters are usually swarming with this. Physical symptoms may include throat pain, dry mouths, mouth ulcers, and frequent cavities.
Should you even find yourself with any of the symptoms above, hold your tongue the next time you want to say something. However, don't also bottle up your feelings to the extent of being unable to express yourself. Once you swallow your words, you may encounter a lot of digestive problems. Always speak the truth and re-energize your throat Chakra.
6. The Third Eye Chakra - Indigo
Also known as the Ajna, which means above wisdom and is located somewhere between your eyebrows down to your mouth.
The Ajna doesn't function quite like the rest of the Chakras since it is not straight forward. In their teachings, wise monks and mages try to get people to see beyond perception and feel the psychic energy all around them.
Basically, the third eye is a call to rely on your intuition and examine it with your brain rather than jump to it as you would with your gut. Once the energy starts flowing, you will be on your path to spiritual enlightenment.
Restoring balance to your 6th Chakra
The ancients believed that the world exists in more than just the physical dimensions. That's why there are psychics in the world. Some people believe in astrology and paranormal activities. If your Chakra goes beyond the normal, you may fear the paranormal or become obsessive with psychic stuff. Most people who have dedicated their lives studying these are believed to have an abundance of energy flowing through their 6th Chakra.
On the other hand, if you feel disconnected to the spiritual world, you are more likely to develop frequent headaches, allergies, or sinuses related problems. To fix this, don't ignore the spiritual world and often meditate to connect with it. People who have mastered the 6th Chakra have often spoken of having an out of body experience.
7. The Crown Chakra - Violet
Lastly, we have the Crown Chakra, also known as the Sahaswara, which means multi-petaled. It's found at the top of your head and flows downwards and outwards towards the rest of the universe.
You will find that out of all the rest; this is the hardest Chakra to achieve balance. Many ancients, sensei's, teachers all struggle to have a balanced crown Chakra. Once they do, they will not be human again since it will mean transcending into a higher power. To put it into perspective, once you achieve a balance Crown Chakra, you will no longer be subject to human suffering and, of course, death.
Balancing the Crown Chakra
There are no well-documented cases of people achieving total balance, much less allowing it to overflow. The Crown Chakra is a tap to connect us to universal energy, which is infinite. Therefore, it is impossible to become one over infinite energies; thus, no need to tone it down.
However, since most people fall under the underactive Crown Chakra category, the only way is up from there. It's fine because that's what makes us human. Embarking on a spiritual journey could get you closer to becoming one with the universe but is easier said than done.