Structure of a Chakras
A chakra is structured in the form of a cone-shaped energy vortex or spiral. Within this structure, there are actually two spirals, with one spiraling in the clockwise direction, and the other in the counter-clockwise direction. In the case of a chakra that functions with a singular endocrine gland, such as the Pineal or Pituitary, the two energy spirals are concentric, and the apex of the dual spiral is directed toward the gland. In the case of a chakra that functions with a paired endocrine gland, such as the Thymus or Adrenal glands, the two spirals are slightly offset from each other, with one apex directed toward each of the individual glands of the pair.
There are various specialties within the field of alternative medicine which deal with the energy configurations of the body. Among these disciplines there seems to be a general consensus that the left side of the body is associated with the female nature, and the right side of the male. I personally prefer the term "nurturing", rather than female; and the term "activating", rather than male; as I believe these terms are more descriptive of the energies involved. Regardless of the terms used, however, the two sides of the energy body seem to be polar opposites. With this in mind, it seems significant that the dual spirals of the chakra are also bi-polar, with the one directed toward a gland on the left side of the body spiraling in the opposite direction as the one directed toward a gland on the right side.
In the case of some of the chakras, such as the Heart Chakra and Solar Plexus chakra, the spirals are bi-directional, in that they extend out from the body both toward the front and toward the rear. In other cases, they are uni-directional and extend out in only one direction. For example, the Brow chakra extends outward only toward the front.
There is yet another distinguishing characteristic. Some of the chakras are able to transmit energies, as well as receive energies. Others are only able to receive.
The Root/Base Chakra
Location: Base of the spine
Musical Keynote: Middle C (vocalized as an "ooh" sound)
Associated Gland: Adrenal
*Controls body solids, such as the spinal column, bones, teeth, and nails. Also the blood, building process of cells, the colon, and rectal area
Gemstones: Agate, Bloodstone, Hematite, Red Coral, Red Garnet, Ruby, Black Obsidian, Black Tourmaline and Black Tourmaline in Clear Quartz
Herbs: Cedar, Clove, Pepper, Vetivert
Essential Oils: Balsam de Peru, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rosewood, Thyme, Vetivert
Qualities and/or Functions: Survival, power to achieve goals, vitality, grounding, material security, stability, stillness, courage
In A Word: Root Chakra-Evolution
Verb: I have
Muladhara: 1st Chakra (Base or Root Chakra): Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence. The color for the root chakra is red or black and it is grounded with your power. When this chakra is open, you feel in good health and connected with your physical body. It is used to ground your essence into your physical body. This chakra gives you determination, grounds you and aids in survival in the physical realms.
When this chakra is balanced, the masculine and feminine energy work together to make you strong and vital, when it is not balanced, the feminine aspects disappear and you can become overbearing and have difficulty with the ego. Physically, it governs the kidneys and the spinal column. To help activate this chakra, use red candles, clothes or lights. Use red sparingly as it can also strengthen anger if it is present. The symbol of this chakra is the Square.
The Sacral/Spleen Chakra:
Location: Below the navel
Musical Keynote: D above middle C (vocalized as the "o" in "home")
Associated Organs/Systems: Reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder
Gemstones: Carnelian, Coral, Orange Calcite, Moonstone, Blood Citrine and Orange Jasper
Herbs: Damiana, Gardenia, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang
Essential Oils: Benzoin, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Elemi, Fennel, Sandalwood
Qualities and/or Functions: Primal feelings, awe, enthusiasm, openness to others, personal creativity
In A Word: Sacral Chakra-Fertility
Verb: I feel
Svadhisthana: 2nd Chakra (Spleen or Sexual Chakra): Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
The color for this chakra is orange. It is used for creativity, vitality and sexual expression and creates the balance between connectedness with other people and time spent alone. The spleen chakra is located in the sexual organs-- ovaries in women and testes in men.
When the masculine and feminine energy is balanced in this chakra, adaptability and flexibility come easily. This chakra is connected to procreation and bringing in new life, when it is out of balance, it causes one to fear death. Physically, it governs sex and reproduction along with creativity, intimacy flow of body fluids and energy. To help activate this chakra, eat oranges, and wear orange clothing. The symbol of this chakra is the Circle.
The Solar Plexus Chakra:
Location: Above the navel, but below the chest
Musical Keynote: E (vocalized as the "o" sound in "top")
Associated Organs/Systems: Pancreas, liver, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, autonomic nervous system, lower back, muscles
Gemstones: Amber, Citrine, Infinite, Tiger's Eye, Topaz, Yellow Sapphire, Serpentine, Sulphur, Yellow Jasper
Herbs: Bergamot, Carnation, Lavender, Rosemary
Essential Oils: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Coriander, Hyssop, Juniper, Lime, Lavender, Rosemary
Qualities and/or Functions: Personal power, social identity, influence, authority, self-control, energy, will, peace, radiance, joy, inner harmony, vitality, and inner strength
In A Word: Solar Plexus Chakra-Empowerment
Verb: I can
Manipura: 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra): Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power. The color for this chakra is yellow. Yellow is very good for getting in touch with your power and to build confidence. It is your center of will.
This chakra deals with the human ego, emotions and self-love. Intuition is believed to begin in the area of our energy center Solar Plexus Chakra. Although, the Third Eye Chakra is most associated with intuition, the "spark" is what is felt in the area of our solar plexus. This being the biggest nerve center in our body connected to almost all the organs, the solar plexus is often where we consider our "gut" feeling to come from. This is also where the connection between the three lower Chakra interchange with the four higher Chakra energy centers.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is located near the stomach. The primary energy of this Chakra is free will. Love essentially comes from the Heart Chakra, but the spark is often ignited in the Solar Plexus Charka. This chakra gives you strength and provides the ability to hold energy for personal power and emotional control. When it is unbalanced, it produces rage and destructive anger. Physically, it governs the pancreas, liver, spleen, stomach, gall bladder and the nervous system. To help activate this chakra, sunbathe, drink solarized water from a yellow bottle, eat yellow foods. The symbol of this chakra is the Triangle.
The Heart Chakra:
Location: The center of the chest
Musical Keynote: F (vocalized "ah")
Associated Gland: Thymus
*Controls the heart, blood circulation, immune system, lower lungs, rib cage, skin, upper back
Gemstones: Emerald, Green Jade, Rhodonite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Kunzite, and Watermelon Tourmaline.
Herbs: Marjoram, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Orris root, Rose oil, Yarrow
Essential Oils: Marjoram, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Melissa, Rose, Maroc, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang
Qualities and/or Functions: Unconditional love, harmony, forgiveness, healing, compassion, understanding, personal transformation, warmth, sharing, devotion, selflessness
In A Word: Heart Chakra-Compassion
Verb: I love
Anahata: 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra): Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness. The color for this chakra is green or pink. This chakra deals with physical healing, balance, harmony, compassion, and love. The heart chakra is located near the heart.
This chakra is most important in all facets of love, when it is balanced, you trust in others, take risks, love and feel loved. Physically, it governs the thymus gland, heart, blood, circulatory system and the immune and endocrine systems. To help activate this chakra, eat lots of green vegetables, surround yourself in nature, especially trees and plants. The symbol of this chakra is the Crescent.
The Throat Chakra:
Location: the throat area
Musical Keynote: G (vocalized "eh")
Associated Glands: Thyroid
*Controls the jaw, neck, throat, voice, airways, upper lungs, arms
Gemstones: Aquamarine, Blue Sapphire, Chalcedony, Turquoise, Blue Quartz, Blue Kyanite, Angelite, Blue Obsidian, Apatite, Blue Tourmaline, Azurite, Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite
Herbs: Benzoin, Basil, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Sage
Essential Oils: Benzoin, Basil, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Hyssop, Linden Blossom, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rosewood, Sage
Qualities and/or Functions: Creative self-expression, communication, inspiration, wisdom, confidence, integrity, truth, freedom, independence
In A Word: Throat Chakra-Communication
Verb: I speak
Vishuddha: 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra): Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language. The color of this chakra is blue. This chakra deals with communication and expression. The throat chakra is located near the thyroid gland. Opening this chakra allows you to speak the truth and to express your true feelings with love.
From here, you begin to know divine love, and your personal power is strengthened with divine knowledge and wisdom. Physically, it governs the thyroid gland, lungs, vocal cords, bronchial apparatus, and metabolism. To help activate this chakra, have water near you, and use blue candles. The symbol of this chakra is the Star.
The Third Eye Chakra:
Location: Middle of the forehead
Musical Keynote: A (vocalized "ee")
Associated Glands: Pituitary
*Controls the endocrine system, the left brain hemisphere, the left eye, nose, ears, sinuses, and parts of the nervous system
Gemstones: Amethyst, Azurite, Lepidolite, Iolite, Lapis, Sodalite
Herbs: Jasmine, Mint, Mugwort, Star Anise
Essential Oils: Anise, Angelica Seed, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Juniper, Lemon, Pine
Qualities and/or Functions: Inner vision, intuition, clairvoyance, insight, perception, imagination, concentration, peace of mind, projection of will, manifestation
In A Word: Brow Chakra-Perception
Verb: I see
Ajna: 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra): Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture." The color for this chakra is indigo, a combination of red and blue. This chakra deals with clairvoyance and mental activity. The third eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead.
When this chakra is open, you experience spiritual wisdom and enlightenment. It is the center of physical and spiritual understanding. Physically, it governs the pituitary gland, lower brain, nervous system, ears, nose and the left eye - the eye of personality. To help activate this chakra, flowers are extremely helpful. Clothing and lighting in this color also stimulate this chakra. The symbol of this chakra is the Pyramid.
The Crown Chakra:
Location: the top of the head
Color: Violet or white
Musical Keynote: B (vocalized "ohm")
Associated Glands: Pineal
*Controls cerebrum, right brain hemisphere, right eye, central nervous system
Gemstones: Alexandrite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Iolite, Selenite, Herkimer Diamond, Kundalini Quartz, Tiger's Eye .
Herbs: Frankincense, Lotus, Neroli, Rose, Olibanum, and Spruce.
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Neroli, Rose, Pine
Qualities and/or Functions: Perfection, integration, unity with the divine, wisdom and purpose, universal consciousness, understanding, enlightenment
In A Word: Crown Chakra-Divine Bliss
Verb: I know
Sahasrara: 7th Chakra (Crown or Christ Consciousness Chakra): Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss. The color for this chakra is a mixture of Silver, Gold, and White and Violet. It is the combination of All that Is and the Divine Connection. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head. The silver is the feminine energy of creation, the gold is the masculine energy of creation, and the white/violet light is truth and clarity which give clear vision of the truth and protection.
When this chakra is open, you connect with the Godhead and the source of the White Light comes into your energy field. Physically, it governs the pineal gland, the upper brain, and the right eye. Amethyst gems are helpful in activating this chakra when all is else is prepared. The symbol of this chakra is the Lotus.
Accessing Your Needs
In order to balance your energy points with color you first must access if your energy center points are balanced or unbalanced. Based on the Physical/Mental/Emotional attitudes causing the unbalance, you can access the most prominent color needed. This is why Holistic Healing seeks the metaphysical cause behind the physical problem.
*An underactive chakra is usually one in which the energy is blocked or congested. The energy does not flow freely through the physical system. If it is congested, blocked, underactive, we lack the energy to perform our daily functions. An application of color can help to stimulate the chakra into a balanced state.
*An overactive chakra is one in which overstimulation occurs. There is too much energy being drawn in and out of the center, aggravating a specific condition. An application of the complementary or opposite color is used.
The general rule for the chakra: If the chakra is underactive, an application of its basic color is used. If the chakra is overactive, then the application of the complementary or opposite color is used.