We are now at the final post of our Chakra Series, which is our Seventh chakra, or Crown Chakra. The Sanskrit name for the crown chakra is “Sahasrara” which means “thousandfold.” This chakra is located at the top of the head, and when working with […]
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We are almost to the end of our Chakra Series! Today’s post is all about The Third Eye. The Third eye Chakra, also called Ajna in Sanskrit, means “to perceive” or “To Know.” This chakra is located above and between the eyebrows. This is […]
Today we continue with our Chakra Series with our 5thChakra, which is located at the throat. In Sanskrit this chakra is referred to as the “Vishuddha” which means “Purification.” When working with this chakra we are looking to purify our intention in regard to speech and communication. We learn to choose words that bring value and meaning, not just empty chit chat. To reach a pure form of truthful communication, we must first work our way through the previous four chakras, so our throat chakra can fully open, and we are free to speak to productively express ourselves. This chakra is all about personal expression combined with responsibility.
The Throat Chakra Basics….
Location- Base of neck/throat
Name and Meaning- Vishuddha/Purification
Associated Color- Blue
Main Issue- Communication/ Self expression
Glandular connection- Thyroid/ Parathyroid
Associated body parts- Mouth, Throat, ears
Element and ruling planet- Ether/Mercury
Astrological associations-Gemini, Virgo
Associated Sense- Sound/ Hearing
Animals and Archtypes- elephant, Bull, /communicator, Masked Self
Physical Dysfunctions- Sore throats, neckache, thyroid problems, tinnitus, asthma
Emotional Dysfunctions- perfectionism, inability to express emotions, blocked creativity
Sacramental associations- Confession
Developmental age & Life Lesson- 28-35 yrs/ Personal expression
How does your Throat Chakra Spin?
What is the current status of your throat chakra? Is it too open? Too closed? Or is it spinning in harmony? Here are the symptoms of each….
Too Open- If your chakra spins too fast you may be over-talkative, dogmatic, self-righteous, or arrogant
Blocked or closed- If your chakra spins sluggishly or not at all you may find yourself holding back from self expression, unreliable, or holding inconsistent views.
A Balanced Chakra- which spins at the correct speed will make one a good communicator, contented, easy to meditate, and artistically inspired.
A word about Archetypes….
The two archetypes associated with the throat chakra are the communicator and the masked self. When our throat chakra is out of balance one “masks” their true self. They are incapable of openly and honestly expressing themselves. In contrast the balanced individual will be excellent communicators. They “walk their talk” and they know how to express themselves with amazing clarity and purpose.
Throat Chakra Meditations….
As mentioned in our other chakra posts, I use an app called “Insight Timer.” If you are interested in some throat chakra meditations, here are a few that are available on the app….
I hope you are enjoying our chakra series. Our next post will be on the Third Eye Chakra.
Until next time,
Getting to the “heart” of things…. Continuing on with our Chakra series, today we will be discussing the “Anahata” or Heart Chakra. This chakra is our 4thchakra, and is located at the center of our being…the heart. The heart chakra lingers between the two worlds […]
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The Chakra Series-The Solar Plexus Chakra
In Sanskrit the solar plexus chakra is called the manipura, which translates to “lustrous gem”. This chakra is all about the power of being an individual, and celebration of our uniqueness, while simultaneously continuing on with our connection to all of humanity. The 3rdchakra also relates to self will.
Sacral Chakra (3rdchakra) basics….
Sanskrit name and meaning- Manipura/lustrous gem
Location on the body- between navel & base of sternum
Main issue- personal power/self will
Glandular connection- pancreas
Associated body parts- digestive system/muscles
Element and ruling planet- fire/mars&sun
Astrological associations- Aries/Leo
Associated sense- sight
Fragrances/incense/oils- vetivert/ylang ylang/ bergamot
Crystals- aventurine/quartz/sunstone/yellow citrine
Animals and archtypes- ram/spiritual warrior/drudge
Physical dysfunctions- stomach ulcers/digestive problems/ chronic fatigue/allergies/ diabetes
Emotional dysfunctions-oversensitive to criticism/ need to be in control/ low self esteem
Sacramental association- confirmation
Foods- complex carbohydrates
Developmental age and life lesson- 14-21 years/self esteem/ self confidence
Working with the Solar Plexus chakra….
When working regularly with our solar plexus chakra, we strive to attain a balanced self-esteem, and achieve true personal power*. When we strengthen this chakra we will attain a level in which we can easily shake off the fears of rejection, and criticism. We can easily stand alone. We create our own unique identity, in which we accept who we are, and attain a high level of self respect. We become courageous; We have the ability to take risks. We accept the challenges we face with confidence because we know can handle them due to our keen knowledge of our own personal strength.
How does your solar plexus chakra spin?….
Being aware of how our chakras “spin” will determine what actions we need to take in working with our energy centers.
3rdchakra is “too open” or spins to fast- we become angry, controlling, workaholic, judgmental and act superior to others.
3rdchakra is “blocked” or spins sluggishly or not at all- we become overly concerned with what others think, fearful of being alone, insecure, or need constant reassurance.
3rdchakra is “balanced” or maintains equilibrium and spins at correct vibrational speed- we respect self and others, we have personal power, we are spontaneous, and uninhibited.
Note* when we refer to “power” or “personal power” here, we are not referring to to the type that is aggressive or controlling. Instead this refers to the ability to acknowledge differences, but transcend challenges of polarity connected with the sacral chakra (2ndchakra) to achieve a new point of balance. Working on this chakra helps to bridge differences to accomplish wholeness. (Simpson)
As I stated in our root chakra post, if you would like to learn more about your chakras, and see examples, as well as exercises to strengthen all your chakras, check out the Book of Chakra Healing by Liz Simpson. It’s a good starting point in which to begin learning about this amazing system of health and wellbeing.
As always, I hope this post sparked an interest in you to learn more about chakras. In our next post we will cover the heart chakra (4thchakra).
Thank you for joining us here! Until next time….
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THE ROOT CHAKRA
Back in February I wrote about how meditation had changed my life for the better (Click here to read). Today I am going to share with you my favorite type of meditation focus-The chakras.
According to Liz Simpson, the author of ‘The Book of Chakra Healing’ “The Chakras are metaphysical vortices of energy originating in the ancient Indian system of healing, which positions them in seven major centres down the body, controlling the flow of subtle energies.” So you can imagine when one of these areas of the body becomes blocked or stagnant. The result can manifest itself in many ways, from mental and emotional issues, to actual a physical health problems. The purpose of chakra meditation is to unblock and/or increase, or even decrease points of energy flow in your various chakra points. Today we I am going to share a little bit about the first Chakra-the Root Chakra….
THE ROOT CHAKRA….The basics
Sanskrit Name and Meaning: Muladhara- meaning “root or support”
Color association: Red
Main issue: Survival and physical needs
Glandular connection: Adrenals
Body parts: Bones and skeleton
Element and Planet: Earth/ Saturn
Astrological associations: Capricorn
Associated sense: Smell
Fragrances/Incense and Oils: Ceadarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli
Crystals: Hematite, Tiger’s eye, Bloodstone
Animals/Archetypes: elephant/ earth mother/victim
Physical dysfunctions: osteoarthritis
Emotional Dysfunctions: Mental Lethargy, “spaciness”, incapable of inner stillness
Sacramental association: Baptism
Foods: proteins/ meat
Developmental age/Life Lesson: 1 to 8 years old, standing up for oneself
STAYING GROUNDED…How does your root chakra spin?
The root chakra is what keeps us grounded to the earth. It has the lowest vibrational rate of all the chakras, and it resonates with the color red. It connects us to our maternal existence, and when healthy can help us to overcome obstacles.
If you chakra is “too open” or spins too fast, one can exhibit certain behaviors such as bullying, being over materialistic, self centered, and engages in physical foolhardiness.
If the root chakra is blocked, or spins sluggishly or not at all, we can become emotional needy, have low self esteem, become fearful, and take on self destructive behavior.
If your root chakra is balanced, and maintains equilibrium and spins at the correct speed, one will achieve self mastery, high physical energy, become grounded, and exude optimal health.
Keeping contact with your root chakra energy brings an awareness to how your physical body and survival needs are affected through diet, exercise, and interrelations with others in your particular group or family.
INTERESTING PIECE OF INFORMATION ON ARCHETYPES AND THE ROOT CHAKRA
In Liz Simpson’s book mentioned at the beginning of this post, it is noted that “Psychologists state that babies ‘fed on demand’ learn to trust that their needs will be meant. If this is reinforced, these individuals go through life expecting the same, and are rarely disappointed. Babies left to cry learn to distrust and expect disappointments, believing that they do not deserve their needs to me met. This can affect how they conduct relationships later on in life.”
WOW….that is pretty profound. When you think of all of the generations of people out there who were told to just “let the baby cry”…it is no wonder we find the world in the state it is in. Imagine if everyone took time each day to connect to their chakras and focused on peace and harmony! The world would be a much happier place.
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR ENERGIES….
What I have written here is just a quick summary to introduce you to our base chakra. If you would like to learn more, a great introduction to the chakra system would be the book I mentioned in this post. Cot obtain your own copy of this book, just click on the photo below!
Next post in our Chakra series will be about the Sacral Chakra….
Until next post….
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