7 Chakras and What You Must Know About Them
Chakras are energy points within our bodies - points where energy from outside us connects with that inside of us. They’re located at various places along the endocrine system (our ductless glands) but each one has its own physical location somewhere in our body. Each chakra corresponds to a color, an endocrine gland, a body function, and an aspect of our mental or emotional life.
ONE: THE ROOT CHAKRA
The first chakra is known as the root chakra, and its color is red. It’s located at the base of your spine and it deals with issues involving survival, fear, security, pleasure, pain, and grounding.
The root chakra, in terms of the body, relates to the adrenal glands and our bladder and kidneys. If this chakra is underactive, we’ll be ungrounded and we’ll handle stress by feeling victimized or playing the victim. We may also avoid issues dealing with responsibility.
If it’s overactive, we will try to control everything around us because of fear that something bad might happen. We’ll become very jealous, envious, controlling, or obsessive-compulsive in an effort to gain security for ourselves.
Crystals that align with the root chakra include red jasper, garnet, and onyx.
TWO: THE SACRAL CHAKRA
The second chakra, known also as the sacral chakra, is located just below our navels. Its color is orange and it has to do with issues involving relationships, pleasure, emotion, creativity, fertility, or fears about those things. It includes our adrenal glands and lower intestines.
If this chakra is underactive, we may feel lonely even when we’re in a relationship; we’ll also have little motivation, feel apathetic, or be afraid to express ourselves. If it’s overactive, we might constantly seek relationships because of a fear that coming home to ourselves means being alone. We’ll become obsessive about someone else in an effort to avoid loneliness.
Crystals that align with the sacral chakra include orange calcite, carnelian, and sunstone.
THREE: THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
The third chakra, known also as the solar plexus chakra, is located at our stomachs. Its color is yellow, and it has to do with issues involving self-esteem, control of our lives, insight into people around us (including ourselves), action and drive, and confidence in that action or drive. It includes our pancreas, spleen, and stomach.
If this chakra is underactive, we’ll have a hard time standing up for ourselves because of fear that doing so will lead to rejection or failure. We might shy away from responsibility as well as be very self-deprecating.
If it’s overactive we’re bound to become dominating and controlling in our need to take action even when action isn’t necessary or the best option available.
Crystals that align with the solar plexus chakra include yellow jasper, citrine, and amber.
FOUR: THE HEART CHAKRA
The fourth chakra, or the heart chakra, is represented by the color green, which has to do with issues involving love, compassion, forgiveness, healing, and peace. It includes our heart and lungs.
If this chakra is underactive, we might have a hard time loving ourselves or others; we may also have little compassion for those around us because of fear that they’ll hurt us or take advantage of us in some way.
If the heart chakra is overactive, we’ll be so busy trying to love everyone else that we neglect ourselves - which leads to resentment on our part when people don’t meet our expectations (which are set very high). We also tend to become martyrs in an effort to prove how loving we are - but this just makes others resentful instead of appreciative.
Crystals aligned with the heart chakra include green jade, emerald, and malachite.
FIVE: THE THROAT CHAKRA
The fifth chakra, known also as the throat chakra, is represented by the color sky blue, which has to do with issues involving our voice, communication, truth, finding our authentic self, and being comfortable in situations where we’re speaking publicly or putting ourselves out there. It includes our thyroid gland, neck, and shoulders.
If this chakra is underactive, we may have a hard time saying no or asserting boundaries because of fear that doing so will lead to rejection by others; we might be very passive even though it doesn’t serve us well, but stands as a way for us not to “rock the boat.”
If this chakra is overactive, we’ll be argumentative, controlling, and perhaps tyrannical in an effort to get our way. We may also have a hard time being honest with ourselves or others because of fear that if we did then it might lead to negative consequences.
Crystals that align with the throat chakra include blue agate, lapis lazuli, azurite, and turquoise.
SIX: THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA
The sixth chakra, known also as the third eye chakra, is represented by the color indigo, which has to do with issues involving insight into our own truth (which includes intuition), imagination (including dreams), psychic abilities, vision (including spiritual visions), and “knowing” without having concrete proof of it. It’s located between our eyes in the middle of our forehead.
If this chakra is underactive, we might have a hard time connecting with our intuition or dreams; we may also be out of touch with the spiritual and creative aspects of our lives.
If it’s overactive we’ll likely become closed-minded and unwilling to hear other people’s points of view, even if they make sense. We’ll also probably be stubborn about not accepting things at face value - refusing to trust in anything that can’t be seen with one (or more) of our five senses (including psychic abilities).
Crystals that align with the third eye include indigo fluorite, sodalite, lapis lazuli, and azurite.
SEVEN: THE CROWN CHAKRA
The seventh chakra is also referred to as the crown chakra and its color is violet/white, which has to do with issues involving being connected to our higher self/oversoul, self-knowledge, intuitive knowledge of others, our relationship with the divine (including the presence of God), cosmic consciousness, and wisdom related to what’s best for us at any given time in our lives. It’s located at the top of our head.
If this chakra is underactive, we might have a hard time connecting with our intuition or dreams.
If it’s overactive, we’ll likely be close-minded about anything that can’t be experienced with one (or more) of our five senses (including psychic abilities); we’ll also tend to be less willing to consider logical explanations for things - which could lead us into being gullible and easily hoodwinked.
Crystals that align with the crown chakra include clear quartz, amethyst, selenite, and selenite.
The chakra system is an important part of our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. By knowing what each chakra represents, what parts of the body and soul it influences, and what can go wrong if it isn’t in balance, we can learn how to keep our auric field clear. Doing this will help us to enjoy much better health in all areas of life.