Getting Chakra With It
We are in episode 9 of 20 in our first full season, Spirituality 101. And in this episode, we break down the chakra system and the various energy centers. There are several different chakra system beliefs, and we’ll be covering the traditional Indian model.
When going over the chakra centers, I would do your best to just try and remember the name, location, and associated color.
Also, I made an error when this episode. The fourth chakra, the heart chakra, is associated with the color green. It was a typo, friend. They happen. ????
BRITTANY MARIE, YOUR HOST
I definitely rolled my eyes a little bit before rolling up my sleeves and diving in. But here’s the thing – I was walking in with this predetermined mindset of what the chakras represented – not even what they were – but just that they stood for some elitist version of spirituality… The point in this awareness is to continue to have an equilibrium between the grounded world and the spiritual world, as well as a greater sense of both your authentic self and your alignment to Source.
WE EXPLORE THESE 5 QUESTIONS
- Root Chakra
- Sacral Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Throat Chakra
- Third Eye Chakra
- Crown Chakra
PREVIOUS EPISODES TO LISTEN TO
- The Mindfulness Theory, with Brenda Umana
- The Mindfulness Practices
- The Trifecta
The Chakra Breakdown
Chakra means wheel, or disc, in Sanskrit. It is thought of as spinning energy centers that can run too fast or too slow when we are unbalanced. Each energy center is connected to the centers next to it, which the Universal Life Force (ULF) flowing through it. With the ULF channeling through our bodies, it is responsible for our health, well-being, emotional balance and physical balance.
The following is broken down at the 15 minute mark in the episode.
The ROOT CHAKRA
The first chakra is the root chakra, and it is associated with the color red.
The root chakra is located between the tailbone and the genitals, and it is the grounding or foundation point within the body. It holds our connection to feeling a sense of security and being safe, and associated with the basic will to exist.
When it’s underactive, you may experience weight gain, sluggishness, low self-esteem, worry, or a low sex drive.
If it’s overactive, you may fixate on financial matters, spend excessively, fixate on material possessions, feel a need to be controlling, or have an excessive sex drive.
Practices that help balance the root chakra are exercise, Yoga, walking, spending time in nature, or any activity that helps to ground.
The SACRAL CHAKRA
The second chakra is the sacral chakra, and it is associated with the color orange.
The sacral chakra is located between the genitals and the belly button, and it is the internal energy center of the person. It holds our ability to govern emotions and feel pleasure, and allows us to register or let go of our experiences.
When it’s underactive, you may experience sexual disinterest, lack of creativity, fear of enjoyment, ulcers, poor digestion, and a poor self-image.
If it’s overactive, you may form addictions, gluttony, self-destructive habits, eating disorders, or experience an excess sex drive.
Practices that help balance the sacral chakra are general intimacy, healthy sex, creative exercises, dancing, and enjoying colorful and yummy meals.
The SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra, and it is associated with the color yellow.
The solar plexus chakra is located halfway between the belly button and the chest, and it is the chakra responsible for our sense of empowerment. It holds our ability to develop self-dependency and inner strength, and connects us to our motivations, allowing us to feel energized to make things happen.
When it’s underactive, you may experience passiveness, stagnation, general negativity, and the desire to be excessively introverted.
If it’s overactive, you may become aggressive, lean into perfectionism, and take excess risks.
Practices that help balance the solar plexus chakra are general acts of courage, taking educated risks, CBT, laughter, and stretching exercises.
The HEART CHAKRA
The fourth chakra is the heart chakra, and it is associated with the color green.
The heart chakra is located in the midst of your chest, and it is the chakra that allows us to share and demonstrate our expressions. It holds our ability to carry compassion to everyone – including ourselves – and to love in a way that is truly fulfilling for our soul.
When it’s underactive, you may experience victim-hood, suppressed emotions, and fear of rejection.
If it’s overactive, you may become jealous, controlling, and unable to express yourself fully.
Practices that help balance the heart chakra are forms of intimacy explored in significant relationships, expressing love, accepting love, and discovering aligned ways to express your feelings.
The THROAT CHAKRA
The fifth chakra is the throat chakra, and it is associated with the color blue.
The throat chakra is, unsurprisingly, located directly at the throat, and it is the chakra that is responsible for communication. It holds our ability for self-expression, informing others, creative expression, and the release of emotions. As well as, our ability to hear and truly listen to others, and so is connected truth-telling.
When it’s underactive, you may experience passiveness, feeling the need to be mute, lack of ability to clearly communicate, a general poor self-expression, and fear.
If it is overactive, you may excessively chatter, talk at rapid speeds, and hold a general disregard for listening to others.
Practices that help balance the throat chakra are any activities that allow you to hear your authentic self (ie journaling, recording your voice, thinking out loud in a safe environment) – also mindful cardio, active hydration, and confidence building exercises.
The THIRD EYE CHAKRA
The sixth chakra is the third eye chakra, and it is associated with the color indigo.
The third eye chakra is located on the lower middle of your forehead, right about the brow, and it is the chakra that connects to our perception and view of the world. It holds our ability dream – consciously or unconsciously, our pathway to our inner divine, and our awareness to our intuItion.
When it’s underactive, you may experience poor memory, eye-related issues, and a difficulty visualizing.
If it is overactive, you may suffer from regular headaches, eyestrain, hold a significant difficulty in concentrating, and have nightmares.
Practices that help balance the throat chakra are meditative visualizations, hypnosis, dream journaling, yoga, nature activities, color therapy, and simply spending time in natural light.
The CROWN CHAKRA
The seventh chakra is the crown chakra, and it is associated with the color purple.
The crown chakra is located at the crown of the head, and it is the chakra that allows us to have direct communication with Source. It holds our connection to wisdom and enlightenment, and provides us with our charisma – the gift that we have of being great thinkers, artists, and visionaries.
When it’s underactive, you may experience a disconnection from your spiritual identity, loss of ego – which, remember, is your sense of I, fear for the future, and a general apathy for life.
If it is overactive, you may become narcissistic, fanatic, delusional, or imbalanced through your connection between your mind and spirit; and regularly over-think things.
Practices that help balance the crown chakra are mindful exercises, spiritual exploration, defining your belief system, meditation, and witchcraft.
POINTS TO PUT IN YOUR BACK POCKET
- Charkas are energy centers spread throughout the body, from the sit bones to the crown of the head.
- Each chakra center is vibrationally represented by a different color, and hosts a different set of emotions and actions.
- The most important things to focus on in the beginning, when you’re first learning about the chakras, are the names, locations, and color.
REFERENCES & NEXT STEPS
- If you are interested in learning about another chakra system, I would look into the Kaballah system. It has 10 energy centers instead of seven.
- The workshop, Balancing Your Energy Centers, is only available for Blithe Mitral Patreons, tiers Pathfinder, Enchanter, and Sorcerer.