Chakras are like organs for your energy body, which need to be taken care of and managed just like your physical body.
Think of the chakras as important parts of an engine, which represents your energy body. This “engine” consists of seven main parts, which need to rotate continuously to generate the energy you need for correct functioning of mind, body and spirit. The word “chakra” means “wheel”. The energy that drives these wheels or engines come from universal energy, and when the chakras are not correctly aligned or blocked, normal functioning is impaired.
Something which is very important to realise, is that our chakras are tools to be used. We use them to clear blockages in our lives, bring healing to our minds and bodies, and they are used to manifest your reality.
Below, I will highlight the seven main chakras, and give you a few simple exercises to manage your own chakras.
The Seven Chakras
Crown (Sahasrara) - 7th
The sanskrit name, “sahasrara” means “thousand fold”.
The crown chakra needs to be open in order to receive universal energy, and connect with your spirit guides, the cosmos and the Divine.
Psychic sense: Seventh sense & cosmic energy.
The crown is connected to your physical body through the skin, upper brain, pineal gland, skeletal system, muscular system and cerebral cortex.
Third Eye (Ajna) - 6th
The sanskrit name, “ajna” means “command post”, or “to know”.
The third eye is used in recognition, intuition, imagination, dreams, seeing auras and other worlds or realms, and to receive visions and other visual messages from the spirit guides and the divine.
Psychic sense: clairvoyant, and electric or telepathic energy.
The third eye is connected to your physical body through the skin, upper brain, pineal gland, skeletal system, muscular system and cerebral cortex.
Throat (Vishuddha) - 5th
The sanskrit name, “vishuddha” means “to purify”.
Think of the throat chakra as a tool to communicate your autenticity – to yourself, other people, your guides and the universe. It is your communication centre.
Psychic sense: clairaudience.
The throat is connected to your physical body through the throat, thyroid, parathyroid, hypothalamus, cervical glands, trachea, neck vertebrae, the mouth, oesophagus and pharangeal plexus.
Heart (Anahata) - 4th
The sanskrit name, “anahata” means “the unstuck”, or “beaten sound”.
The heart is connected with emotions, and it is quite literally the centre of one’s being. It is used in manifestation which serves your higher self and is where you can create the best version of you. It is also used in forgiveness, letting go, as well as sending and receiving love.
Physical sense: touch.
The heart is connected to one’s physical body through the circulatory system (heart, lungs, blood), vascular system, vessels, arteries, breasts, diaphragm, ribs, heart cage, thymus gland, shoulders and cardiac plexus.
Solar Plexus (Manipura) - 3rd
The sanskrit name, “manipura” means “jewel of the navel”.
The solar plexus is where one’s inner strength and power lies. It is used in affirmations and the manifestation of one’s personal power. This is a great tool for self empowerment.
Physical sense: sight.
The solar plexus is connected to your physical body through the stomach, small intestine, middle spine, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, liver and solar plexus.
Sacral (Svadhisthana) - 2nd
The sanskrit name, “svadhisthana”, means “abode of the vital force”.
The scral chakra is used in physical manifestation, play, creativity and sexuality.
Physical sense: taste.
The sacral chakra is connected to your physical body through the large intestine, lower vertebrae, bladder, kidneys, pelvis, sexual organs, appendix, hip area and the sacral plexus.
Base / Root (Muladhara) - 1st
The sanskrit name, “mulhadhara” means “root”.
The root chakra is used to ground oneself to earth and therefore connecting to Mother Earth. Think of it as your safety and security centre.
Physical sense: smell.
Element: earth and fire.
The base chakra is connected to your physical body through the base of the spine, adrenals, kidneys, legs, lymphatic system, feet, immune system, bones, descending colon, rectum and coccygeal plexus.
Chakra Management Techniques
Our chakras are part of our energy bodies, and needs to be cleared of unwanted energy. Energy needs to be able to flow through each chakra, unhindered by blockages. Blockages should be removed so that they can rotate smoothly. Chakras also need to be aligned, meaning that they should follow the centre line through your body, each one directly above the other, and in its correct position.
Clearing, Aligning and Balancing Chakras
Close your eyes, ground, and take a few deep breaths. The idea is to put yourself into a relaxed state. Focus on your crown, and see universal energy coming through that opening. It is often visualised as a white beam of light, but it may differ from person to person.
First, visualise the beam running through all seven major chakras, shifting the chakras into their correct positions in the centre of your body, as needed.
- Visualise the crown chakra as a white or purple rotating fan or flower, in whichever direction feels correct to you. The important thing is to make it run smoothly and consistently.
- Next, visualise the third eye as an indigo rotating fan or flower, in whichever direction feels correct to you.
- Then, visualise the throat chakra as a light blue rotating fan or flower, in whichever direction feels correct to you.
- Now, visualise the heart chakra as a green or pink rotating fan or flower, in whichever direction feels correct to you.
- Visualise the solar plexus as a yellow rotating fan or flower, in whichever direction feels correct to you.
- Then, visualise the sacral chakra as an orange rotating fan or flower, in whichever direction feels correct to you.
- Lastly, visualise the root chakra as red or black rotating fan or flower, in whichever direction feels correct to you.
See the beam going all the way down to the earth, anchored in her centre.
Sound at specific frequencies and and particularly mantras, are extremely effective in managing chakras. Here is the specific frequency, musical note and a kundalini mantra for each chakra:
- Crown: Note – B, frequency – 1792 Hz, and kundalini mantra – “Sa Ta Na Ma” meaning “My true identity”.
- Third Eye: Note – A, frequency – 1536 Hz and kundalini mantra – “Sat Nam” meaning “I am truth”.
- Throat: Note – G, frequency – 1280 Hz and mantra – “Humee Hum Brahm Hum” meaning “We are We. We are God.”
- Heart: Note – F, frequency – 1024 Hz and kundalini mantra – “Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung” – it is very effective for deep healing.
- Solar Plexus: Note – E, frequency – 768 Hz and kundalini mantra – “Har Har Har Har Har” meaning “Creative Infinity”.
- Sacral: Note – D, frequency – 512 Hz and kundalini mantra – “Har Haray Hari Wahe Guru” meaning “All aspects of the Creator are Bliss”.
- Root: Note – C, frequency – 256 Hz and mantra – “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” meaning “I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within.”
Opening and Bringing In the Chakras
Energy Manipulation to bring in one's Chakras
If you have never had the experience of manipulating energy, here is your chance to learn. The aim of the exercise is to protect your energy centres or chakras from other people or beings’ energy. This is the opposite of opening your chakras.
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and centre yourself. Feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. Now feel this warm energy entering through your crown and filling your whole body. Then, feel the warmth running through your arms, towards your hands and out of your palms. Let your palms face each other, without touchin, about a hand width apart. Remain focused on the warm energy alone and you will start feeling the warmth or tingling in your hands. Now push your hands towards each other and apart, slowly. Repeat this action a few times, all the while focusing on the sensations of the energy.
You should start feeling a resistance. When you are able to play with the energy in this way, you are ready for the next step. Starting about 30 cm above your crown, slowly push th energy down until you feel the resistance of the first layer of your aura, about 2 to 3 cm above your crown chakra. Feel the sensations of the crown chakra close to your body. It feels safe and secure closer to your body.
Repeat this exercise with all the chakras. The third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus and sacral chakras are brought in from the front. The root chakra is brought in from below.
Yoga for opening up the Chakras
When you would like to use a particular chakra for a specific task, a specific meditation or Yoga routine can be used. When you are done with the specific task, bring your chakras in again so that you are protected from unwanted energy.
Here is a great yoga practice for opening up the heart chakra, by Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. There are many more available, so the best is to seek out what you need.