Chakras are the vital energy centers within the body. When they are balanced, a person’;s life force flows freely and they experience health and well being. When there are imbalances, a person can exhibit physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dis-ease.
The lower three chakras cover basic life necessities: security, sexuality and identity. The fourth, or heart chakra, deals with love and compassion and is the bridge to the upper ones, which are associated with communication, intuition, and connection to spirit.
"Why are they in the colors of the rainbow?" is often asked. Chakras appear like seven spinning wheels of light, each emitting a different light frequency, which is seen as a different color, starting with red at the root and going up to the sacral, orange, the solar plexus, yellow, the heart, green, the throat, blue, the third eye, indigo, and the crown, violet.
Since ancient times, mystics and healers from India and Egypt to South America depict the chakras as light emitting from the physical body. In recent years, Kirlian photography of the body’;s aura and electromagnetic measurements have confirmed their existence.
Learning how to balance your chakras, you’;ll see changes in your health and energy and perhaps even change the course of your life. How can you find out if you have a chakra imbalance? A pendulum is often used over each of a person’;s energy centers while they are lying down. If the pendulum swings clockwise, it shows the chakra is open and balanced, while a counter-clockwise swing shows a closed chakra, and a still pendulum shows blocked energy.
To decide where to start the chakra balancing process, you can also use your own intuition or take a questionnaire, which will analyze your exercises and offer suggestions. An online Chakra Test can be taken at http://www.EclecticEnergies.com .
If your root chakra is balanced, you will feel secure, safe, with a sense of belonging and self-esteem. You’;ll have focus, discipline and a sturdy base from which to live out your life.
The second, or sacral chakra, is about movement, flexibility and flow. While the first chakra gives you strong roots and a sense of belonging in the right place, the sacral chakra moves you outward toward relationships with others. It is the seat of sexuality and creativity.
The third, or solar plexus chakra, is the seat of your power, will, motivation, drive and courage. If you have a strong, balanced solar plexus chakra, you will have the strength to overcome life’;s difficulties and emerge victorious.
The fourth, or heart chakra, is the seat of love and compassion. If it is balanced, you will accept yourself and others as they are and be at peace. Then the fifth, or throat chakra, gives voice to the self. With a balanced or developed throat chakra, you are able to communicate well and be true to yourself.
The sixth, or third eye chakra, when balanced or awakened, gives inspiration, intuition, insight, wisdom and vision. This chakra brings all the others together in readiness to reach spiritual oneness at the crown chakra, a point of knowing and enlightenment.
If imbalances exist in any of your chakras, practices such as meditation, toning, visualizations, affirmations, yoga and breathwork can be used to bring the energy back into harmony. It is useful to have a guide for this journey, whether a yoga instructor, holistic therapist or spiritual guru.