The Lotus Is In Bloom: Wholistic Healing with the Seven Chakras

Wellness functions as a holy trinity of the mind, body and spirit. To be in good health means you have the strength, peace of mind, clarity, foundation and balance to thrive in your personal, professional, material and spiritual lives.

The intelligence of the mind is truly a powerful phenomenon. If used the right way, it can help you to heal yourself.  There were times when I felt I was losing my way: I was out of touch with my purpose and became off balanced.

Learning about chakra healing and using meditative prayer, crystals and balanced diet/lifestyle helped me to take excellent care of myself and in turn, be more powerful, grounded and productive. I hope this information can assist you to create a healthier, more prosperous live for you. Okay family, now let’s get in formation. 

There are seven chakras that function like energy wheels. These energy centers turn clockwise through the body, governing the entire body in parts. The chakras go up the spinal column in different points. The first five chakras are based on the earth. The sixth and seventh deal with spirit, the stars and the esoteric. The lotus flower is associated with the chakras. Each chakra has its own function, unique shape of lotus flower, color and body part. When one chakra is imbalanced, it affects all the other energy centers.

The rainbow colors of each chakra connect to the energy frequency, or emotional state and vibration of our aura. An aura is anelectromagnetic field that floats around the body. The color chart and ideologyis based on contemporary Asian schools of thought and yogic traditions.

If a chakra gets blocked or disrupted, the life energy becomes dis-eased, resulting in mental and health ailments. This can cause problems in our physical, emotional and mental health. Learning about the causes of blockages helps us to clear them and help the chakras spin faster, purifying and strengthening our aura.

The Root Chakra

The first chakra, the root chakra, also known as the Muladhara chakra, starts from the back and goes downward like a root through the legs and feet of the spine at the coccyx. It defines our relation to Asasse Yaa, mother earth, and governs grounding, security, stability, the body, aspects of self, vitality, passion, primal and ancestral survival instincts. This chakra is the densest color, red. It is the foundation of the whole chakra system.

The root chakra is associated with basic necessities like food, clothes and shelter, financial independence, money, etc. All of these things help you build a strong foundation and feel grounded. Some themes around this chakra are courage, strength, power, love, desire and war. It deals with our need for physical strength, orderliness and logic.

Coping with threats to your survival like moving, changing jobs, reoccurring health problems, weight problems, sense of fear or insecurity and contribute to having an unbalanced root chakra.

With an underactive root chakra, you can feel disconnected, disorganized, have a lack of focus, lack of stamina, feelings of restlessness, anxiousness or fear or trouble obtaining financial security.

If your root chakra is overactive, you may experience frequent annoyance and anger towards people and events in your life, greediness, dependency on others’ security, rigid boundaries, being materialistic, impulsivity or difficulty accepting change.

To balance your root chakra, develop a harmonious relationship with the environment and immediate surroundings. Connect with the earth by spending time outside, planting a garden, keeping plants inside your home and walking unpaved paths. This helps you form intimacy with the earth and enables a sustainable energy flow.

Physical activity like yoga and positive affirmations like ‘I feel safe and secure,’ ‘I am grounded, standing on my own two feet and stable’ and ‘I trust myself’ are also helpful. Using aroma therapy with earthy and grounding aromas will aid in restoring root chakra balance. Crystal healing with bloodstone will also help you get that root chakra together.

The Sacral Chakra:

Also known as the Swadhisthana chakra, this orange colored chakra governs desire, sexuality, creativity, compassion, the reproductive spirit and emotional regulations. The sacral chakra is located just below the coccyx or tailbone, and is associated with the element of water. It is the sexual center and primary source of creativity. In addition, the sacral chakra helps us to use creativity to make sense of what emerges from our experiences so we can develop responses using emotional patterns of intelligence.

This chakra is closeto the reproductive and pelvis area and is the center for pleasure, including daily life experiences and sensual ones. Intense intuition and strongcreativity are indications of an open sacral chakra.

Having a balanced and open chakra means you can experience love and intimacy fully and freely, be honest and non-judgemental about your desires, as well as have the ability to live your authentic self without fear.

The glands associated are the bladder, lymphatic system, the female reproductive organs, the pelvic glands, intestine and more. This chakra’s color, orange, deals with joy, attraction, happiness, enthusiasm. Healing this chakra brings balance and harmony to relationships, which can carry powerful emotional charges and tie into this chakra easily.

Family dynamics can usually contribute to or be found as the source of sacral chakra imbalances. To protect this chakra, it is imperative to develop discrimination skills in regards to energetic vampires and bad habits.

People with imbalanced sacral chakras often experience shame about pleasure, repressed sexuality, jealousy, rage, anger and envy. These feelings not only throw us off balance, but they also create a sense of disempowerment and are and detrimental to our sense of well-being.

Signs of an overactive sacral chakra are codependency, emotional overreactions, muscletension, abdominal cramps, excessive neediness in relationships and excessive emotional attachments to people or objects. Some might struggle with overindulgence and addictive behaviors in relation to food, substances, television or games.

Others may struggle with becoming consumed in fantasies regarding life’s pleasures instead of enjoying or connecting with the potential or actual partner, or become obsessed with connecting sensually to every attractive person. An underactive sacral chakra might look like self-sabotage, low libido, depression, fear of happiness or pleasure, lack of creativity or authenticity, pessimism, urinary or bladder infections and an irregular menstrual cycle.

To assess the state of your sacral chakra, take note of how you react or overreact to someone challenging you or expressing different opinions. It helps to develop techniques that allow you to manage emotions with balanced awareness, including breathing exercises.

Knowing how to feel satisfied and full is a huge facet of sacral chakra healing. Sincerely, honestly and deeply appreciating who you are and what you have is a way to heal your chakra.

Also, it is important to fully appreciate sensations and passions in the moment while maintaining balance and not attempting to clutch the source of pleasure or form attachments that might disrupt the healthy flow and turn into an obsessive, insatiable or hoarding behavior. Feel satisfaction as a deep sensation in your being, allowing the fulfillment ofyour desires to be anchored in a holistic experience.

Other tips for balancing the sacral chakra: restore a healthy image of sexuality and pleasure, work on trust around sex and sensuality, share concerns with a trusted friend, sever draining emotional ties, express emotions fully and directly, avoid passive aggressive behaviors and share small experiences about pleasure to help heal big wounds.

It is useful to practice mindfulness of our thoughts and intentions as well as being aware of the types of emotions that arise inspecific moments.

Sacral chakra healing through meditation: imagine an orange lotus glowing around the pelvis area. Hold that image in your mind while breathing deeply. You can also meditate with crystals like citrine, orange calcite, carnelian and moonstone.

Eating oranges, melons, coconuts and other sweet fruits, cinnamon and drinking a lot of water helps you balance your sacral chakra. Using essential oils like orange, rose, sandalwood or patchouli will help you to balance through aroma therapy. Practicing yoga, spending time outside and near water and taking a bath or shower are other ways you can balance this chakra.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Also known as the Manipura Chakra, which means jewels city, the solar plexus chakra is the center of personal power that governs professional and real life success. It is the source of your identity and personality. It starts from above the navel and extends to the sternum. This chakra relates to one’s deep connection with self-discipline, self-esteem and willpower. It is the embodiment of the potential to transform thought into action.

When this chakra is balanced, you are able to discover who you truly are and let your authenticity flourish, using your personal power to take responsibility for your life. It helps you to master your thoughts, overcome fear, make conscious choices, grow confidence and develop vitality to create the life you want.

The yellow color that surrounds the solar plexus chakra represents the sun, bright fire, charge and a plethora of energy. It is influenced by the element of fire. It is responsible for confidence, self-esteem and how you view yourself. This chakra helps us to feel encouraged, energetic and cheerful. The solar plexus chakra connects to the sense of sight and adrenal glands.

An underactive solar plexus chakra might look like a lack of control in life, identity loss, lack of purpose, feelings of powerlessness, self-doubt, lack of confidence, indecisiveness or helplessness.

An overactive solar plexus chakra can manifest as a desire to control others, judging too harshly, excessive stubbornness, aggression, anger or being judgmental.

To balance the sacral chakra, it helps to go outside your comfort zone and have new experiences like hobbies, cultures, and ideas. Going outside on sunny days, taking walks, meditating and sunbathing are also essential. Solar plexus chakra meditation healing: imagine a yellow glow above your navel, slowly expanding to the bottom of the ribcage.

Repeating affirmations like ‘I feel my own power’, ‘I have the power to choose in any situation’, ‘I direct my own life’ and ‘I am authentic’ will help to bring balance. Using aromatherapy oils that make you feel confident, like cedarwood or grapefruit will give you courage and motivation. Crystal healing meditation with tiger’s eye stone is also helpful.

The Heart Chakra

The heart chakra is also known as the Anahata Chakra, which means ‘unhurt, unstuck or unbeaten’. The meaning of this infers to the ideathat underneath personal stories of pain and suffering lays unlimited love and compassion.

This chakra is associated with green colors, which represents transformation and love energy. It deals with human beings’ relationships; it is the center of love responsible for building varying types of relationships, including marriage and love. This chakra connects to the lymph glands, lungs and lung tissues. It is associated with the element of air and is located in the chest area.

The heart chakra is very vulnerable because throughout our lives, positive or negative experiences regarding love and relationships can cause us to cope in unhealthy ways. To deal with situations, our defense mechanisms to feeling hurt might be closing our chakra to numb pain and avoid suffering or overextending our heart chakra to a demanding partner/ parent tothe point of becoming drained. Envy, unfaithfulness and distrust weaken the heart chakra and can ruin relationships. Body parts associated with the heart chakra include the lungs, heart and ribs. Balancing, opening and clearing are what heals the heart chakra.

People with balanced heart chakras are respectful of others and have an easy going aura. Some with an imbalanced heart chakra might experience shyness. An under active heart chakra may manifest as being withdrawn, feeling isolated, lacking empathy, being overly critical of others and ones’ self and avoiding socializing or social interaction. Someone with an overactive heart chakra might: be overly demanding of others, especially close partners or family, have a tendency to feel like a victim; look outwards for acceptance or fulfillment; overextend themselves to fulfill another’s perceived needs at the cost of their own balance; or lose a sense of personal boundaries in a manner that is detrimental to their own well-being.

To heal and balance your heart chakra, it is important to be open with your emotions and not repress them. Write them, scream them out, or however you see fit: just let them out being extremely honest and open. Let it come from the heart. Maybe it won’t be so pretty, but it is a part of the healing process. Don’t cling to your feelings, do not dwell on past loves or problems and don’t stress about the future. Practice acceptance of things you cannot control. Remember that love is the greatest healer. Love yourself. Engage in yoga poses that open your heart. Eat more dark green leafy vegetables and drink green tea.

Practice love, forgiveness and compassion and gratitude. It brings healing to the pains of life. Wear green, decorate your house with some green. Add plants to your space. Repeat mantras like ‘YAM’, which sends the vibrations that lighten the emotional heart center, sparking unconditional love and compassion.

Heart chakra healing through meditation: imagine you are drawing a green energy up through your body towards the heart, beginning at the base of the spine and moving upwards. Try crystal meditation with rose quartz crystals.

Engage in positive affirmations like ‘I deeply and completely love and accept myself’, ‘I am open to love’, ‘I am wanted and I am loved’, ‘I forgive myself’ and ‘I live in balance, grace and gratefulness’. Listen to upbeat and joyous music.

The Throat Chakra:

The throat chakra, also known as the Vishuddhi Chakra, meaning pure, hones your true voice. Its color is blue. It governs the ability to listen attentively and communicate with people. Glands attached to this chakra are the teeth, jaws, neck vertebrae, other mouth glands and ears. This chakra deals with self-expression, expression of truth, creative expression, perfect form and patterns. It also connects with the etheric body and optimal bodily functions. It is considered the seat or home of human emotion.

For example, when one is emotionally upset they may say they are ‘all choked up’ or they have a ‘lump in their throat’. It is the emotional hub; emotions can bestored in the base of the throat. The throat chakra is regarded as holding responsibility for the hormones and function of all matters of the throat and ear.

Someone with a balanced throat chakra is able to express their self well, has good artistic expression and experiences contentment in career. An imbalanced throat chakra might look like holding on to guilt, indications of insecurity, a lack of control, manipulativeness, lying, arrogance, anxiety, fear, diminished self-esteem, compulsivity or excessive eating.

To bring balance to your throat chakra, sing, drink water and practice hip openers, which will also help unleash your kundalini. Throat chakra meditation healing- imagine there is a striking blue light at the base of your throat or any other associated areas where you are having problems. Inhale and visualize blue, then exhale and release the stress and tension. Crystal healing with lapis lazuli crystal is something I do often to balance this chakra.

It isimperative to bring to light the things that you have been holding on to and go through the ugly feelings, experiences and thoughts that will complete the process of healing so you can share the highest version of yourself with people. Give joy.

We can also use the color blue to evoke an opening of the throat chakra. It is a calming color that is used for cleansing, health, restoring balance and easing physical and mental stress. An effective throat chakra will help you have more confidence and communicate effectively. You will be more at ease with the world.

Third Eye Chakra:

The third eye chakra, also known as the Ajna brow, is indigo colored. It governs intuition, extrasensory perception and inner wisdom. Yogic philosophy states the third eye chakra is connected to the idea that reality iscreated soley by the mind. When the third eye chakra works in harmony with the rest of the chakras, it is said that a door to spiritual enlightenment opens. It is located in the middle of the forehead just between our eyes, where the pineal gland is.

When the third eye chakra is balanced and clean, our perception of life is clear and we possess strong intuition, self-awareness and emotional balance. An imbalanced third eye chakra may look like closed mindedness, cynicism, depression, anxiety, paranoia, other mood disorders and mental illnesses.

Other symptoms may include rare feelings of creativity or inspiration, ignoring of intuition, overly logical or overly emotional behaviors, becoming absorbed by details but struggling to see the bigger picture, being often lost in your thoughts, often escaping into daydreams to avoid reality, egotistic attachment to having special ‘powers’ like visions or clairvoyance’, addiction to external things that we think may make us happy (food, sex, relationships, money, shopping, status..), trouble connecting to our deeper self/soul, easily mistrusting or disliking others, rigid opinions about the world that we aren’t willing to change, a dense and heavy ego, strongattachment to outcomes and lack of focus + decisiveness.

When balancing and clearing the third eye chakra, it is important to reflect on your childhood. Was your household one that encouraged free thinking or were you pushed to obey mindlessly? Was your environment emotionally stable, and did your caretakers value your insights and perspectives? It is possible that if you have problems with your third eye, you may have this as a result of your childhood conditioning.

Consuming a lot of water, eating natural fruits and vegetables like prunes, dates, blackberries, blueberries, figs, raisins,eggplant, purple cabbage, purple kale, purple carrots and purple potatoes, avoiding fluoride and limiting the amount of toxins you consume help decalcify the pineal gland and open your third eye. It is also helpful to explore varying viewpoints And perspectives, including reading books, watching different programs orengaging in different activities.

The pineal gland, which is a tiny pea-shaped mass in the brain, regulates our sleep cycles and reproductive hormones. Many cultures believe it is responsible for spiritual consciousness.

It is good to bask in sunlight and ground yourself with mindfulness. Drinking herbal teas like jasmine, lavender, passion flower and rosemary help clear this chakra. Also, you can heal through exploring limiting beliefs, humming or chanting ‘OM,’ which matches the vibration of the chakra, stargazing, moon gazing and self-reflection on thoughts, actions + feelings in a private journal.

Wearing indigo helps to activate this chakra. For aroma therapy healing, you can use essential oils like patchouli, frankincense, sandalwood and juniper. Try to observe your thoughts without assigning every one of them meaning. For third eye chakra meditation healing, imagine a swirling ball of luminescent indigo light in your third chakra area. Feel the ball of energy dissolving all blockages, sluggishness and aggressive flows of energy within you.

You can do third eye chakra crystal healing with lapis lazuli or amethyst. Repeating supportive affirmations like ‘I create my own reality,’ ‘I trust my intuition,’ ‘I connect with the wisdom of the universe’ and ‘my heart and mind are in perfect balance’ will be beneficial to developing the third eye chakra.

Crown Chakra:

The Crown Chakra, also known as the Sahasrara Chakra, which means 1000 petals of the lotus flower, is found at the crown of the head. This chakra governs the spiritual connection we have with each other and higher powers. We use this chakra to connect with higher sources to gain understanding, knowledge and wisdom. Parts of the body connected to this chakra are the brain glands, pituary glands and the nervous system. The crown chakra can be violet or white.

People with balanced crown chakras are open minded, spiritual, aware and seen as diplomatic and wise.

An underactive crown chakra can manifest as feeling scattered, without direction, clinging to beliefs from anyone who claims to be a wise person, shaman or spiritual healer, lack of empathy towards spiritual beings, closed mindedness to new concepts, materialism, greed, rigidity in what they believe, boredom in life and the inability to find meaningful beliefs. An overactive crown chakra may manifest as believing we are more wise and important than we are, demanding knowledge that we are not intellectually equipped to understand, performing extreme actions to show how wise or gifted we are or becoming addicted to rituals without deep knowledge of their significance and confusion.

To heal the crown chakra it is important to care for overall health through exercise, eat correctly, stimulate the mind, be in nature, look inward and practice solitude.

Other things that help me heal my mind, body and spirit are expressing gratitude, positive affirmations and giving, as these acts open me up to the positive abundance of the universe. I also utilize positive mantras, repeating them and filling my mind with positive thoughts.

Meditating to drumming and rhythm, which helps bring balance, is useful, as well as meditating in a quiet place or under the moon, allowing the light to permeate your being. When you do this, shut down the noise of the mind, envision a white light entering your crown and going down through the entire body and focusing on your breathing. For aroma therapy, you can use essential oils such as Frankincense, sandalwood, lavendar or rose. Consuming foods that are purple, violet, golden or white like cauliflower, onions, chives, blackberries, purple grapes, cabbage, garlic, artichokes and so on also help. Chamomile, lavendar and sage tea can be used to calm the nerves. Affirmations such as ‘I honor spirit,’ ‘I understand,’ ‘I am complete’ and ‘all life is connected’ are powerful and help you balance this chakra.

For spiritual baths, I sometimes collect healing rainwater and bathe in it, or use coffee, salt, basil or lime in the water.

I am currently working on a gratitude jar, where I get a jar, regularly write down things I am thankful for and put it in the jar. At the end of every month or two months, I will empty the jar and reflect on all of the blessings of the universe.

Thank you so much for reading. I hope this information could be of use to you.

What other forms of health are you grateful for? How do you engage your chakras?

Please Comment below.

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