Introduction to the 7 Chakras and their importance

Jun 14 2017

What are Chakras?

The term Chakra itself originates from Sanskrit it's literal meaning is "wheel". The Chakras are force centers and points of connection, as well as gateways of energy in the human body. They are regulated by meditation which stimulates the energy that flows through each of these Chakras. 

This concept is important in multiple spiritual cultures. The use of Chakras is found particularly in the tantric traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, among a few others. However, practicing meditation with the intentions of restoring one’s spiritual energy flow does not require an individual to be aligned with any of these religions. All that is necessary is a desire for one to reach inner peace and balance.


How Many Chakras are there and where are they located?

There are 7 Chakras located within the body:

  • The Crown Chakra located just above the top of the head.
  • The Third Eye Chakra located in between the eyebrows.
  • The Throat Chakra located at the throat.
  • The Heart Chakra located in the center of the chest.
  • The Solar Plexus Chakra located just below the rib cage.
  • The Sacral Chakra located in the lower abdomen just below the naval.
  • The Root Chakra located at the base of the spine.

7 Chakra Diagram

Each Chakra is represented by a distinct color, and they all have specific stones and gems that are not only symbolic, but utilized during an individual's meditation to open and balance these points of energy.

Each of the Chakras are represented as a variation of a Lotus flower with distinct and very specific features. Let's drill down and take a look at each one.



The Crown Chakra

I am Awake • I am at Peace • I am Calm

Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is known in Sanskrit as Sahasrara. The direct English translation means “thousand petals.” It is located in the crown of the head. It is symbolized by a lotus flower with one thousand petals. It is represented by the color violet. The stones connected with the Crown Chakra are Amethyst, Diamond, quartz, and Selenite. This Chakra is considered the highest state of pure consciousness.


The Third Eye Chakra

I am Intuitive • I am Thoughtful • I am Connected

Third Eye Chakra

The Guru Chakra is known in Sanskrit as Ajna. The direct English translation means “command.” It is located between the eyebrows. It is symbolized by a lotus flower with just two petals. It is represented by the color indigo. The stones that are connected with the Guru Chakra are Amethyst, Black obsidian, and Purple Fluorite. This Chakra is known to evoke psychic abilities as well as imagination.


The Throat Chakra

I am Outspoken • I am Acknowledged • I am Social

Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra is known in Sanskrit as Vissudha. The direct English translation means “especially pure.” It is located at the base of the throat. It is symbolized by a lotus flower with sixteen petals. It is represented by the color blue. The stones that are connected with the Throat Chakra are Aquamarine, Lapis Lazuli, and Turquoise. This Chakra is known to enact speech and self-expression.


The Heart Chakra

I am Loving • I am Loved • I am Lind

Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra is known in Sanskrit as Anahata. The direct English translation means “unstruck.” It is located next to the heart. It is symbolized by a lotus flower with twelve petals. It is represented by the color green. The stones that are connected with the Heart Chakra are green calcite, green tourmaline, jade, Green Aventurine, and rose quartz. This Chakra is known to portray love, balance, and compassion. Notably, it is thought of as the psychic energy center.


The Solar Plexus Chakra

I am in Control • I am Free • I am Unique

Naval Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra is known in Sanskrit as Manipura. The direct English translation means “jewel city.” It is located in just below the rib cage. It is symbolized as a lotus flower with ten petals. It is represented by the color yellow. The stones that are connected with the Naval Chakra are calcite, Citrine, Tiger's Eye and Yellow Jasper. This Chakra is known to promote mental function, power, control, and the freedom to be yourself.


The Sacral Chakra

I am Creative • I can Express Myself • I can Endure

Spleen Chakra

The Sacral Chakra is known in Sanskrit as Svadhisthana. The direct English translation means “one’s own base.” It is located just below the naval over the spleen. It is symbolized by a lotus flower with six petals. It is represented by the color orange. The stones that are connected with the Spleen Chakra are Carnelian, Citrine, Coral, Moonstone. This Chakra is known to express emotion, energy, and creativity.


The Root Chakra

I am Safe • I am Capable • I will Survive

Root Chakra

The Root Chakra is known in Sanskrit as Muladhara. The direct English translation means “root support.” It is located at the base of the spine. It is symbolized as a lotus flower with four petals. It is represented by the color red. The stones that are connected with the Root Chakra are fire agate, black tourmaline, bloodstone, hematite, and tiger’s eye. This Chakra is known to evoke instincts, survival, and a sense of security.



How is Meditation Related to The 7 Chakras?

Mental and physical obstacles can hamper the flow and delivery of energy throughout each of the Chakras to the body. The goal is to restore them and achieve a balance between them. This can be obtained by establishing a frequent and dedicated routine of meditation. This is in order to restore and open each Chakra as a gateway of energy. The intent is to eliminate these obstacles, so the energy can flow freely through the mind, body and soul.


Who should use meditation to restore their own spiritual energy flow?

Anyone who is seeking to discover their inner peace can use a consistent routine of meditation to restore balance between their mind, body, and soul. The world we live in is fast, busy, and chaotic. Without dedication to keeping ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritual healthy, we can become polluted with negative and disruptive energy.



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