The word chakra is Sanskrit for "moving wheel." The traditional 7 major chakras are psychic energy centers located along spine. They serve as channels, or portals for universal life force that animates us.
Various life traumas can upset our chakras, causing them to become blocked or damaged. When this happens, it can affect our lives in adverse ways.
Knowing what our chakras are trying to tell us, and following their guidance can help us overcome all kinds of obstacles in life.
For example, if you are experiencing a lack of stability in your life, you will know your root chakra needs help and you'll know that you can benefit from more red in your life. The color stimulates proper movement of corresponding chakra, allowing it to process your life information way it was meant to.
Using color is only one way of balancing your chakras. There are also foods you can eat, stones you can wear, essential aromas you can use, even planets you can learn from!
Here is a little quick-reference guide to chakras and some of their correspondences:
1. Root Chakra - Muladhara (Root Support Center) Color - Red Location - Base of spine Gland - Adrenals Body part - Legs, feet Food - Protein Aromas - Cinnamon, myrrh Stones - Garnet, hematite Planet - Saturn Qualities - Stability, self-mastery
2. Sacral Chakra - Svadhisthana (Sweetness) Color - Orange Location - Sacrum/spleen Gland - Gonads Body part - Ovaries, testes Food - Liquid Aromas - Sandalwood, Rose Stimulating Stone - Carnelian Planet - Moon Qualities - Motivation, sexuality
3. Naval Chakra - Manipura (Wheeled City of Jewels) Color - Yellow Location - Solar Plexus Gland - Pancreas Body part - Digestive system Food - Grain Aromas - Ylang ylang, bergamot Stones - Citrine, amber Planet - Mars Qualities - Power, focus