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A GUIDE TO THE CHAKRAS
BY: Margaret Ann Lembo
We all have energy fields surrounding our bodies,and, internally, energy flows through our bodies in a network of meridians, or pathways. Chinese medicine and acupuncture, which have been around for thousands of years, are based upon the balanced flow of energy through these meridians, which are directly related to the chakra system. Written knowledge of the chakra system, which is rooted in yoga philosophy and derived from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “vortex”, dates back to 2000 B.C. and is found in ancient spiritual texts such as the Vedas (2000-600 B.C.) and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (200 A.D.).
In the chakra system, there are 7 main chakras, or energy centers. These energy centers begin at the base of the spine with the root chakra and end at the head with the crown chakra. All the chakras are energetically interconnected and when one or more of your chakras becomes blocked or out of alignment, it can affect your mental state, your emotional balance, and the health of your physical body.
Each chakra corresponds to a color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).
ROOT CHAKRA: I live my life with passion. I am grounded and focused. Abundance and security is mine today and always. I am divinely protected.
The first chakra is the root chakra. The primary color is red, but it is associated with the colors brown, black, grey and metallic as well. The energy center is located at the base of the spine, including the area from the hip bones all the way down to below the soles of our feet. The root chakra is responsible for our basic needs. This is where we store vital life force and the energy to provide food, shelter, and water. Feeling protected and safe and having plenty of money is strongly associated with the center. This is also the chakra associated with being able to stay grounded and focused.
ROOT CHAKRA GEMSTONES FOR JEWELLERY & INTENTION
Black tourmaline or any black stones
Ruby and Garnet or any red stones
Brown agate and any brown or earth colored stones
Hematite & Pyrite
ROOT CHAKRA ESSENTIAL OILS
SACRAL CHAKRA: I am fertile in body, mind, and spirit. Creativity flows through me in myriad ways. I am courageous and bravely bring my ideas into actuality.
The second chakra is the sacral or navel chakra. It’s main color is orange. It is the center for reproduction and creativity, and the place where we store emotional memories. This chakra allows us to create and take action; it is the place of fertility and abundance. We can be fertile with thoughts and ideas just as we can be fertile to bring forth children into the world. Think of the sacral chakra as fertile energy coupled with the fiery passion to bring ideas and desires into fruition. The motivation to “just do it!” swirls within the orange color of this center.
SACRAL GEMSTONES FOR JEWELLERY AND INTENTION
SACRAL CHAKRA ESSENTIAL OILS
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA: I am confident and courageous. I honor and respect myself. I allow others to see my magnificence. I am authentically happy for the good fortune of others.
The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra, located as the name implies at the solar plexus. The main color associated with the chakra is yellow. This chakra is the place of joy, personal power, self confidence, mental clarity and the ability the shine our light. Kudos and praise that raised our self-confidence – as well as experiences of verbal abuse that reduced our self-esteem – are stored in this chakra. This is also where energy associated with jealousy – our own or others jealousy- is connected.
SOLAR PLEXUS GEMSTONES FOR JEWELLERY AND INTENTION
SOLAR PLEXUS ESSENTIAL OILS
HEART CHAKRA: I am compassionate and kind. I give love to others and readily accept theirs in return. I am tolerant and have acceptance of the differences between my beliefs and the beliefs of others.
The fourth chakra is the heart chakra. The primary color of this chakra is green, but it is also associated with the color pink. Located at the center of our chest, this chakra is the bridge between the lower three chakras, which are directed at the physical, mundane world, and the upper chakras of the spiritual world. This chakra is where our true self resides – the love that we are. It is here that we integrate ourselves as spiritual beings having a physical experience. This energy center is the place of kindness, compassion, love, tolerance and acceptance for ourselves and others.
HEART CHAKRA GEMSTONES FOR JEWELLERY AND INTENTION
Any and all green & pink gemstones
HEART CHAKRA ESSENTIAL OILS
THROAT CHAKRA: I communicate with ease and grace. It is easy for me to listen well and to be heard. I feel the entourage of angels orchestrating coincidence in my life. I feel calm and at peace.
The fifth chakra is the throat chakra. This chakra is pastel blue/turquoise blue. Located at the throat, this chakra provides the ability to communicate and express ourselves. It includes writing, speaking, singing, cooking and the many ways we express who and what we are. Lighter shades of blue help us connect with the angelic realm.
THROAT CHAKRA GEMSTONES FOR JEWELLERY AND INTENTION
THROAT CHAKRA ESSENTIAL OILS
THIRD EYE: I am extremely intuitive. It is easy for me to maintain a regular meditation practice. I remember my dreams and interpret them with ease.
The sixth chakra is the third eye chakra. This chakra is indigo blue. It is located in the center of our forehead. This chakra is the location of our ability to see the unseen, know the unknown, and hear what is not being said. It is the place of intuition, knowing and dreaming.
THIRD EYE GEMSTONES FOR JEWELLERY AND INTENTION
THIRD EYE ESSENTIAL OILS
CROWN CHAKRA: Guidance from my higher self lights my path. I see life clearly now. I create miracles in my life.
The seventh chakra is the crown chakra. The color associated with the crown chakra ranges from a golden-white light to a violet flame. This chakra is the place of higher intuition, channeling, and the connection with Divine Consciousness. It is the place where our connection to miracles resides. Focus on the crown chakra to activate joyous associations with the higher realms and other dimensions of consciousness, thereby improving the ability to see life from a greater perspective.
CROWN CHAKRA GEMSTONES FOR JEWELLERY AND INTENTION
CROWN CHAKRA ESSENTIAL OILS
SPRING CLEANING TIME AGAIN
Sage is burned in a smudging ceremonies to drive out bad spirits, feelings or influences and also to keep bad spirits from entering the area where a ceremony takes place. To do a smudging ceremony, burn the clippings of the herb (dried) rub your hands in the smoke and then gather the smoke and bring it into your body or rub it onto yourself. Especially onto any area you feel needs spiritual healing. Keep praying all the while that the unseen powers of the plant will cleanse your spirit. When cleansing a space it is important to open the windows so as to let out the bad and let in the good. Also remember to smudge into every corner of every room. and don’t forget your closets, cupboards and drawers as all these places also have 4 corners. Smudging can be done as many times as you feel the need.