The Spiritual self 101

Welcome. You’ve awoken. It’s a new experience and you’re not sure what it means. you just know that you feel differently. You feel more

There is a whole world of information to help you understand more of what is happening and what is to come. Let us begin with the ‘What’

What / Why

The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.(This idea is VERY important, as we ARE in fact pure energy)

The mainstream chakra system is based on a Hindu chakra system that recognizes seven distinct “wheels” or “centers” of energy that are perpetually in motion along the human body’s spinal column. Each possessing its own color and vibrational frequency, these wheels are the catalysts of consciousness and human function. They govern various emotional issues, from our survival instincts and self-esteem to our ability to communicate and experience love.

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1. Root Chakra — Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money and food.

2. Sacral Chakra — Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.

Location: Lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel and two inches in.
Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure and sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra — Our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.

Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra — Our ability to love.

Location: Center of chest just above the heart.
Emotional issues: Love, joy and inner peace.

5. Throat Chakra — Our ability to communicate.

Location: Throat.
Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings and the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra — Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

Location: Forehead between the eyes (also called the Brow Chakra).
Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom and the ability to think and make decisions.
7. Crown Chakra — The highest chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

Location: The very top of the head.
Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality and pure bliss.

Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being.

These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow.

Keeping a chakra open is a bit of a challenge, but not so difficult when you have awareness.

Since mind, body, soul, and spirit are intimately connected, awareness of an imbalance in one area will help bring the others back into balance.

Which brings us to the HOW. 

How do we initiate a balance our chakras? How do we maintain that balance?

How 

“It is important to understand we are all made of pure energy and we share it with the Earth — which gives and sustains life.”

It is important to understand we are all made of pure energy and we share it with the Earth — which gives and sustains life. That being said, the more intricate 12 chakra system illustrates just how closely we are “tied” to the planet. Stretching from an estimated three feet below the earth’s surface to deep into space is a cord of energy that links each and every human being to the planet and the universe. Read more about the 12 chakra system here

For now, we will keep with the 7 until understanding is better achieved.

The goal behind all spiritual practices is to reach a place of balance between spirit, body, earth and health, universality and grounding. Below are a few fantastic techniques used to clean and heal the Chakras.

1) Chakra Meditation
It is recommended to approach healing from 2 directions when it comes to Chakra meditation:

Focusing On The Level Of Cause
Unless the cause level has not been addressed, effects such as feeling distressed or upset inside the body, emotions and body will persist. For this reason Chakra meditation should involve any type of meditation that assists in bringing attention to yourself to a state of pure awareness.

Focusing On the Levels Of Effects
The next meditation involves other variations of Chakra meditation used to ease the feelings or effects of being isolated and separated opposed to the Whole that we actually are. Some of these meditations include: The Wellbeing Boat, Inner Vision Meditation and White Light Chakra Meditation.

If you are new to Chakra Meditation, a guided meditation may be the right fit for you. Put headphones on, sit down and follow the guide’s voice and instructions. There are guided meditations for every taste – you could start with this one:

2) Affirmations
One of the powerful tools used for Chakra healing are affirmations. Affirmations are positive statements that have the function of strengthening and healing damaged part of ourselves. When working with affirmations, we are able to focus on various aspects, one at a time. Here are some examples of affirmations for the various Chakras:

The Root Chakra – “I am filled with humility. I am enough as I am.”
The Sacral Chakra – “I am radiant, beautiful and strong and enjoy a healthy and passionate life”
The Solar Plexus – “I accept myself completely. I accept that I have strengths and I accept that I have weaknesses.”
The Heart Chakra – “Love is the answer to everything in life, and I give and receive love unconditionally”
The Throat Chakra – “My thoughts are positive, and I always express myself truthfully and clearly”
The Third Eye Chakra – “I am wise, and I understand the true meaning of life’s situations”
The Crown Chakra –  “I am complete and one with the divine energy”

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3) Balancing through Massage
Massage is another common technique used for Chakra healing below is the massage methods used on each of the Chakras:

The Root Chakra – Massaging the gluteal muscles, legs and feet encourages energy flow better known as prana in this region.

The Sacral Chakra – Myofascial release for the hip flexors along with releasing the iliopsoas muscle helps to release tension in the hips. This helps them to open up for energy flow to the sacral Chakra.

The Solar Plexus – This area is massaged by applying oils to the abdomen area using clockwise directions around the area of the navel. This encourages waste elimination and improves the organ functions by bringing about conscious awareness to this “personal power center”

The Heart Chakra – Massaging the area of the upper back and a gentle traction to the shoulder joint and arm along with myofascial releases the pectoral muscles that assist in opening up this particular Chakra region.

The Throat Chakra – Gentle neck traction and release of restricted fascia tissues that surrounds the back and front of the neck is then followed by a gentle massage of the neck and the attachments to the base of the head.

The Third Eye Chakra – The massage used for the Anja Chakra includes a massage technique known as “brow stripping” that includes the muscles in the jaw area, temples and nasal sinuses.

The Crown Chakra – A scalp massage furthers the connection to the Crown Chakra followed by hair pulls and cervical traction to release cranial-tissue adhesion’s.

4) Color Vibration
When exposed to different types of colors that all have a different vibration, our physical state, emotions and moods can be changed. We are able to rebalance the Chakras by exposing our body to different colors in our homes, our food and the clothes that we wear. Other ways to absorb colors is to wear color glasses that absorb the vibrations needed in our bodies.

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5) Health through Music
Every Chakra responds to various Chakra Sound Healing Frequencies. Some of the popular techniques include the Solfeggio that is music frequencies used to create healing sounds. Another type of music commonly used would be the Isochronic Chakra Suite that are brainwave entrainment techniques that include Tibetan singing bowls combined with Solfeggio frequencies.

6) Professional Energy Healers
Professional energy healers offer services that examine a person’s energy levels in their Chakra system as well as locate the causes of blockages. After a thorough examination they are able to offer suitable healing treatments in regards to Chakra healing.

7) Chakra Stones

The Chakra stones are known as healing crystals that contain specific colors and vibrations. Every Chakra has a specified color, and this same color can be used in Chakra healing. However, even though the majority of stones with a certain color will be used to heal a specific Chakra, there are a few stones that can be utilized to heal multiple Chakras i.e. Clear quartz.

8) Yoga 
When the wheel-of-energy or a Chakra is stuck it can be beneficial to release the energy or prana using movement. Yoga postures have been recognized as a fantastic technique to release stuck or stagnant energy out of the body. This encourages the flow of vital and fresh energy back into the body through breath and postures.

Awareness to which of your chakras are out of balance is key to aligning them. Our bodies are in constant flux between balance and imbalance. Unless you have an apparent problem in one area of the body, imbalances can be difficult to detect. That being said, it’s good to bring awareness to your body/mind and start to learn its signals and clues.

For example, frequent constipation can indicate a blockage in the first chakra. A recurring sore throat leaves clues to a blocked fifth chakra. Frequent headaches around the area of the forehead may mean your sixth chakra is blocked.

“Touch your inner space, which is nothingness, as silent and empty as the sky; it is your inner sky. Once you settle down in your inner sky, you have come home, and a great maturity arises in your actions, in your behavior. Then whatever you do has grace in it. Then whatever you do is a poetry in itself. You live poetry; your walking becomes dancing, your silence becomes music.” ~Osho

References:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-91/The-7-Chakras-for-Beginners.html

http://www.chopra.com/articles/what-is-a-chakra#sm.000000a44c10uuae6bwilvqrchkmj