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What are chakras and how can they be detrimental to your success?

So you want to learn about chakras but have no idea where to even start? Rest assured, I understand how overwhelming topics like this can appear to be at first glance so I will break it down in small portions. Chakras are energy centres within the body and there are 7 points, each with a different colour. They all connect to different parts of your physical and emotional life and they all need to be open and flowing in synchronicity for optimal wellbeing within your mind, body and soul. Why do they need to be in synchronicity? Well because if one chakra is blocked it can stop the energy from flowing efficiently throughout the rest of your energy centres which can lead to stagnation and unhappiness.

The 1stpoint is called a ‘root chakra’ and it is located at the bottom of your spine by your tailbone. It is red in colour, aligns with the element of earth and its associated animal is an elephant. This chakra is directly linked to all things security so if it is blocked you may feel that you are constantly worried about your well being in relation to safety. This could mean that you feel threatened in some way or are in a panic about something to such an extent that you feel anxious. Having this block could mean you often feel like: your energy is ungrounded, a lack of confidence when it comes to change and growth, worry around basic needs such as shelter or money, that you are in survival mode and a general sense of unsafety. Common situations that may unbalance your root chakra could be experiencing loss, getting fired from a job, money problems and conflict with close friends or family.

 Below are some root chakra problems and commonly associated symptoms:

  • Increased anxiety 
  • Panic attacks or panic attack symptoms e.g. hyperventilation 
  • Negativity towards yourself and others
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Overeating/Undereating
  • Low self-confidence
  • Doubts about the things you used to take for granted
  • Inability to make own decisions
  • A need for external validation and feedback

Physical problems:

  • Indigestion
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Back pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Pain in legs

When it is balanced however this means that you will feel stable, relaxed, comfortable with where you are in your life and you will feel safe and confident when exploring new things. Some crystals that help balance your root chakra are red jasper, red carnelian, obsidian and bloodstone.  You can also explore meditations, yoga techniques and eating certain foods that are red in colour and derive from roots like beetroot, garlic and potatoes. Additionally you can also use root chakra affirmations that revolve around feeling safe, secure, having needs met and being supported.

Next is the Sacral Chakra, which is the 2ndpoint and it is located two inches below the navel. Its orange in colour, represents the element of water and its associated animal is a crocodile. This chakra is responsible for your drive, playfulness, romantic satisfaction, feelings of pleasure and confidence within your creations.

If this chakra is out of alignment then you might have a low sex drive, resist change, feel bored and face addiction of some sort or admire those who have addictive personality traits. It can be pushed out of alignment by repetitive and boring schedules and from excessive negative feedback on your artistic creations or on your sex drive. For example, if you enjoy a certain amount of sex and you get criticised or attacked in an unconstructive way for wanting to have that desire fulfilled. 

Below is a comprehensive list of common sacral chakra problems and symptoms:

  • Getting easily offended
  • Lack of inspiration
  • Fear of change
  • Guild about the past
  • Jealousy
  • Low confidence 
  • Addiction 

Physical problems:

  • Low energy
  • Low sex drive
  • Bladder discomfort
  • Worsened allergy symptoms

If this chakra is open then you will feel motivated, full of ideas and will be willing to change aspects of your life that are no longer serving you. Some crystals that can help balance your sacral chakras are orange calcite, moonstone, carnelian and citrine. You can also explore meditations, yoga techniques and eating certain foods like oranges, seeds, coconuts, broths and teas. Additionally you can also use sacral chakra affirmations that revolve around deserving pleasure when having needs met, feeling confidence in what you have to offer, expressing your sexuality in fun and healthy ways and being ready for personal growth and change. 

The 3rdchakra is the solar plexus, which is located on the top of your abdomen in your stomach area. It is yellow in colour, represents the element of fire and its associated animal is a Ram. This point is related to your overall confidence levels, insecurities and self-esteem. This could have a lot to do with how you respond to criticism, whether you feel deserving of good things, if you feel good enough, your self-discipline, how you respond to difficulties, how independent you are and how you perceive yourself and your purpose in the world. 

If this chakra is out of alignment then you may not feel confident within your capabilities and physical attributes in one or more aspects of your life. It will also leave you feeling un-motivated to achieve your goals. Abrupt life changes, clinging onto past hurt and anything that makes you feel undermined can push this chakra out of balance. For example if you told your close friends and family about your goals and what you believe your life purpose is and did not get a supportive response then this can impact your solar plexus chakra in a negative way. Another example could be if you keep replaying something that you regret doing over and over in your head, by clinging onto this guilt you are throwing this chakra out of balance. 

Below is a comprehensive list of common solar plexus chakra problems and symptoms:

  • Being obsessed with control in yourself and others
  • Inability to see a bigger picture
  • Feeling lost 
  • Low self-esteem
  • Confusion around your life purpose
  • Dreams that revolve around horrible planning
  • Unresolved problems from the past
  • Inability to let go of guilt

When this chakra is open however then you will feel self-assured, proud of the path that you are on, have a clear sense of identity and you will know exactly what you need to do in order to achieve your goals and succeed in life. Some crystals that can help balance your sacral chakras are amber, yellow tourmaline and citrine. You can also explore meditations, yoga techniques and eating certain foods like yellow capsicum, complex carbohydrates like brown rice, brown bread and wholegrain cereal, corn and chamomile tea. Additionally you can use solar plexus affirmations that revolve around inner peace, confidence, acceptance, letting go of control, comfort within, feeling worthy, forgiving and letting go of past mistakes and striving towards achieving goals and fulfilling your purpose.

The following 4thone is the heart chakra, which is located directly above the heart. It is green in colour, represents the element of air and its associated animal is an Antelope.  This point is related to your capacity to express empathy, how caring you can be towards others, how emotionally vulnerable you are willing to be, self knowledge, self reflective capabilities and your inner peace. 

If this chakra is out of balance then you may feel that you struggle to express compassion, relate to people, inability to trust others and you feel that you are unable to find peace due to restlessness and impatience. A block in this chakra can be triggered by experiences that are very emotionally hurtful and from something that leaves you feeling drained of all emotions due to a lack of boundaries. For example toxic friendships or relationships with unreciprocated efforts where you feel you have repeatedly given you all to others regardless of how many times you have been hurt by the same people. Another example could be experiencing hurt because you are unable to accept a truth about yourself therefore you hold in your emotions and become drained. 

Below is a comprehensive list of common heart chakra problems and symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty trusting others
  • Impatience
  • Easily frustrated
  • Lack of empathy and compassion

Physical symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Decrease in immune system function

In opposition, when this chakra is open you will feel loving, calm, compassionate and that you can set healthy boundaries when it comes to your emotional wellbeing. You will feel that you are in touch with your own emotions and that you deserve reciprocal relationships that are free from toxicity.  Some crystals that can help balance your Heart chakra is Jade, Green Calcite, Green Aventurine and Rose Quartz. You can also explore meditations, yoga techniques and eating certain foods that are green in colour like kale, limes, green capsicum, spinach, green apples. Additionally you can have warm soups and foods that are rich in vitamin C. In conjunction with this you can use Heart chakra affirmations that revolve around joy, compassion, unconditional love, healing from past wounds, forgiveness, fulfilling your hearts desire, giving freely, reciprocal relationships and openness. 

Then the 5thenergy centre, which is the throat chakra, it is located in the middle of the throat. It is blue in colour and its associated animal is a white elephant. This point is related to your conflict resolution skills, ability to express your needs, your emotional honesty, how authentic you feel you are living your life and whether you feel your voice is heard or not. 

If this chakra is out of balance then you may feel that you struggle to speak your truth, do not want people to know what you are truly thinking, cannot find the rights words to contribute to conversations that you want to be in and that you are holding onto a lot of secrets that are burdening you. A block in this chakra can arise from experiencing a difficulty in communication or when other people ignore you or make you feel that they are not listening to what you have to say. For example if you have gotten into an argument with a friend and you listened to things from their perspective however they refused to listen to your perspective. Another example could be if you were often told to be quiet when expressing your emotions as a child.

Below is a comprehensive list of throat chakra problems and symptoms:

  • Inability to say what is on your mind
  • Lacking the words to express what you are feeling
  • Feeling that you are holding too many secrets
  • A sense that people do not truly know your authentic self

Physical problems:

  • A sore throat
  • Random change in hormone levels
  • A stiff or sore neck

Alternatively when this chakra is open you will feel that you are great at getting your point across, you will feel understood and heard, confident in articulating your needs and that you are being true to your authentic self. Some crystals that can help balance Throat chakras are Lapis lazuli, aquamarine, amazonite and turquoise. You can also explore meditations, yoga techniques and eating certain foods that are blue in colour like blueberries. Additionally you can eat fruits that grow on trees like apples, oranges as these symbolise authenticity due to the fact that they are ready to eat as soon as they fall off the root of their creation. Spices like salt, lemongrass and ginger are also good for encouraging communication. 

Some great affirmations to use for this point should revolve around being a clear communicator, honouring truth and expressing it, feeling heard and respected, feeling understood and letting go of self doubt in regards to self expression.  

The 6thpoint is the third eye chakra, which is indigo in colour and is located in the center of your eyebrows. It represents extra-sensory perception and its associated animal is a Black Antelope. This chakra is responsible for your intuition, ability to see things from a broader perspective, how motivated you are to find your true calling in life and strive towards it and how well you balance emotion with reason.

If this chakra is out of alignment then you might feel like you have no purpose for doing the things that you do in life and that you are going around in circles instead of progressing forward. It can be pushed out of alignment by ignoring or doubting your own intuition or by dedicating your energy to something that does not resonate with your authentic self. For example, you could work as an electrician however find that on each job you are frequently counselling your workmates and might have a thought that gets you thinking about why you are an electrician when you feel more natural and joyful being a counsellor. This is an example of doing something that you feel does not align with who you know that you are at your core. Additionally you will generally find that during a huge life transition a blockage will form due to a doubt your own progress and direction. 

Below are some common problems and symptoms of third eye chakra blockages:

  • Lack of faith in your purpose
  • Feeling pointless
  • Indecisiveness
  • Finding your work or life insignificant
  • Paranoia

Physical:

  • Headaches
  • Eye discomfort
  • Back and leg pain
  • Sinus pain

In opposition when this chakra is open you may find that you make decisions based off your feelings and logic. Additionally you feel confident in your own judgement because you trust your intuition. Lastly you will feel that you have created a life that you are very happy to be living because it is in alignment with your true self. 

Some crystals that can help balance the third-eye chakra are purple Fluorite, Amethyst and Black Obsidian. You can also explore meditations, yoga techniques and eating certain foods that are purple like eggplant, purple cabbage, grapes, blackberries and blueberries. Dark chocolate and foods that are rich in omega-3 such as walnuts, salmon, chia seeds and sardines are also good at preventing blockages in this point. Some great affirmations to use for this point should revolve around trusting your inner wisdom, having faith in your decisions, being in alignment with your higher purpose, honouring your intuition and following your dreams. 

The 7thpoint is the crown chakra and it is located on the top of the head. It is violet in colour, represents the element of thought and its associated animal is an Eagle. This point is related to your perception of beauty within the world, your quality of sleep, ability to find inner peace, your self worth and your capacity for excitement and motivation. 

If this chakra is out of balance then you may feel that you are either taking on much more than you are capable of handling or far too little and feel stagnant. This could lead you to see the world in a pessimistic light possibly resulting in depressive tendencies. 

A block in this chakra can arise from experiencing a lot of restlessness or boredom in situations that result in a re-evaluation of these situations. Another example could be receiving negative feedback about things that you feel very passionately about and want to achieve because you feel it is your purpose. 

Below are some common problems and symptoms of crown chakra blockages:

  • Pessimism
  • Uncertainty about where you want to go in life
  • Lack of enthusiasm and happiness
  • Self-destructive habits
  • Oversleeping

Physical:

  • Bad coordination 
  • Headaches
  • Lethargy

Alternatively when this chakra is open you will feel that you live a very happy life filled with enthusiasm, joy and meaning. It is important to note that even energy healers do not have all of their chakras aligned 24/7 and that it is normal to have to balance and energise your chakras frequently. Some crystals that can help balance crown chakras are clear quartz, sugilite and selenite. You can also explore meditations, yoga techniques and eating certain foods that are violet like eggplant, grapes and passionfruit. Additionally having ginger and herbal teas like peppermint are also a great option. Some great affirmations to use for this point should revolve around connecting to your higher self, leaving a positive mark on the world, living within your truth, seeing beauty in everything, happiness, confidence and joy.

If you have looked at the above list and feel that there are too many similar symptoms among various chakras to be able to tell which one is out of balance then you might prefer a different method. You could try dowsing with a crystal healing pendulum. To understand how to cleanse and look after the pendulum please read my ‘healing crystal’ post first. Once you have completed these steps and have finished cleansing and grounding yourself you can hold the pendulum with your dominant hand, dangling the pendulum over a clear surface (this may be a clear desk) and ask the it “what is the motion for NO”. You will notice it will either swing in a circular motion vertically or it will swing horizontally to indicate which answer is which. You can repeat this and ask about what the motion is for YES and if you are still unsure then you can repeat this process seven more times to gain clarity. After you have established this, you can ask a yes or no question for each chakra to find out whether they are balanced or not. For example you could say, Is my root chakra balanced right now? If the answer is neither a yes or no due to the pendulum swinging out of control then this could indicate that the energies are too unclear right now to receive an answer. 

Chakra      vs     Crystals often used

Root    Red/black/brown/grey stones: Ruby, Red Jasper, Red Tiger’s Eye, Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Black Onyx, Black Jet, Obsidian, Coral

Sacral  Orange/brown-gold stones: Orange Calcite, Tiger’s Eye, Amber, Peach Moonstone

Solar Plexus   Yellow/yellow-orange/gold stones: Yellow Calcite, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Jasper, Sunstone

Heart  Green/pink stones: Peridot, Emerald, Green Fluorite, Green Calcite, Rose Quartz, Green Tourmaline, Serpentine

Throat            Light blue/turquoise/teal stones: Turquoise, Blue Lace Agate, Amazonite, Aventurine, Chrysoprase, Chrysocolla

Third Eye       Blue/indigo stones: Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Sapphire, Kyanite, Apatite, Azurite

CrownPurple/violet/clear stones: Amethyst, Charoite, Lepidolite, Clear Quartz, Howlite

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