Within our bodies there are focal points of energy that we use, whether consciously or unconsciously, to affect reality and allow us to fully experience and realize events that unfold before us. These focal points are called Chakras, a Sanskrit word for wheel. The more developed a chakra is, the more benefits it gives you. Opening chakras are responsible for both psychic and spiritual growth & can be stimulated in order to develop them. There are seven Chakras located throughout the body, each with their own unique attributes and characteristics:
Root Chakra, “Muladhara” – Survival Center – is located directly at the base of the spine, also known as the coccyx. This Chakra is closely related to the body and our ability to master it. It is our connection to the earth, grounding, stability, balance, trust, physical health, nourishment, strength, family, roots, security, survival, prosperity. One’s health, constitution and security are linked to this Chakra. In addition, the realization of how our bodies connect to the material world is focused here.
Stone(s): Red Jasper, Mookaite, Rhodolite, Rhyolite, Dalmation Stone, Obsidian, Snowflake Obsidian, Hematite, Smoky Quartz
Sacral Chakra, “Swadhisthana” – Sexuality Center – is located in the lower abdomen. This Chakra is associated with the acts of giving and receiving and is tied into the more physical feelings of love, passion and sexuality, intimacy, desire. Also, fluidity, adaptability, emotions, nurturance, need, guilt. The feeling of pleasure is also linked with this Chakra, so one may feel focus and feedback in this Chakra during moments of harmony, generosity, group creativity and selflessness.
Stone(s): Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Copper, Moonstone
Solar Plexus Chakra, “Manipura” – Power Center – is located just above the navel and below the chest. This Chakra is a focus point for our force of will and our sense of transformation. Concentration and control of our personal energies originate from this point. One’s sense of power and authority, as well as self-control and discipline of the ego converge here. Also, self-esteem confidence, responsibility, reliability, personal power, vitality, will, sense of humor, spontaneity, autonomy, shame. This Chakra can be used to sense the very use of one’s internal energies to affect what is outside the body.
Stone(s): Citrine, Tigers Eye
Heart Chakra “Anahata” – Relationship Center – located at the center of the chest and is the focus for love and understanding. Feelings that stem from this Chakra is love, forgiveness, compassion, balance and harmony all radiate from this point. Also, self-acceptance, intimacy, empathy, relationships, devotion & grief. This Chakra also nurtures the rarified feeling of unconditional or divine love, love that goes beyond the physical.
Stone(s): Malachite, Jadeite, Bloodstone, Aventurine, Unakite, Nephrite, Chrysocolla, Amazonite, Tree Agate, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Rhodolite, Rainbow Flourite, Lepidolite, Bronzite
Throat Chakra “Vishuddha” – Communication Center – located in the throats center, near the “Adams Apple”. This Chakra is linked to one’s power of communication. Also, self-expression, speaking, voice, listening, rhythm, truth & honesty. Through this Chakra, one can realize truth and knowledge; honesty, kindness and wisdom and how these elements can be conveyed through thoughtful speech.
Color(s): Sky Blue
Stone(s): Blue lace agate, Abalone Shell, Rainbow Flourite, Aquamarine, Blue Chalcedony, Kyanite, Shattuckite
Third Eye Chakra “Ajna” – Intution Center – located in the forehead, right above our eyes. This Chakra is related to our perception beyond the physical realm. Intuition, insight, imagination, visualization, memory, synchronicity, psychic gifts, dream recall, illusion and clairvoyance can all be associated with this Chakra. One can also focus their realization of their own soul, divine wisdom and peace of mind in this point.
Stone(s): Sodalite, Chevron Amethyst, Epidote, Rainbow Flourite, Dumortierite, Lapis Lazuli, Shattuckite, Sodalite, Lepidolite
Crown Chakra “Sahasrara” – Enlightenment Center – located at the very top of the head. As one might guess, this Chakra is associated directly with dealings of the mind and spirit. Also, awareness, consciousness, wisdom, inner joy & peace. This Chakra is deeply tied to the exploration of one’s consciousness and place in space and time. Oneness with the universe, your spirit and will, inspiration, divine wisdom. All the things that deal with the Higher Self are rooted in this Chakra.
Stone(s): Amethyst, Chevron Amethyst, Sunstone, Labradorite, Rainbow Flourite, Herkimer Diamond, Howlite, Selenite