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Balancing the Chakras
The word chakra is Sanskrit for wheel or disk and signifies one of seven basic energy centers in the body. Each of these centers correlates to major nerve ganglia branching forth from the spinal column. In addition the chakras also correlate to levels of consciousness, archetypal elements, developmental stages of life, colors, sounds, body functions, and much, much more.
Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
Location: in the perineum at the base of the spine
Age of Resonance: conception to 7
Shape: large cube
Glandular Connection: Cortex of the adrenal gland (on the upper end of each kidney in humans), which secretes a number of steroid hormones, including the corticosteroids cortisol and corticosterone.
Musical Note: C
Type of Music: drumming
Aspect of Intelligence: Administrative
Sensory Experience: smell
Essential Oils: cinnamon, garlic, sandalwood
Crystals: ruby, bloodstone, hematite
Aspects of the Solar System: earth, Saturn
Astrological Association: Capricorn
Mythological Animal: white elephant with seven trunks
Qualities: patience, structure, stability, security, the ability to manifest your dreams
Life Issues: to value the material as sacred, to find trust in place of despair, to persevere
Physical Activities: yoga, movement of any kind that activates the legs and feet, any form of activity that is grounding, physical, and demands presence
Spiritual Activities: noticing the beauty and perfection of the natural world.
Positive Archetype: Mother
Negative Archetype: Victim
Angelic presence: Archangel Michael, leader of the heavenly armies against the forces of evil.
Positive: The Mother
The Mother is a person, either male of female, who is nurturing, positive, and hopeful. Mothers encourage, acknowledge, and affirm our being through love, kindness, and absolute faith in the goodness of life. They make the dark moments bearable because they bring us hope of a positive outcome.
Negative: The Victim
The victim is a person who, because of external circumstances, is unable to rally regenerative forces and go forward in life. Victims stay alive though the grace and generosity of other agencies and have little chance of renewing their connection with life as long as they remain dependent upon others to maintain life. They may be temporarily invalided, victims of terrifying circumstances, or completely uprooted from a life they have previously enjoyed.
Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification
The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
Location: two inches below the navel and two inches into the pelvis
Age of Resonance: 7-14
Glandular Connection ovaries/testes
Musical note; D
Type of Music: Latin dance
Aspect of Intelligence: Sensation/pleasure
Sensory Experience: taste
Essential Oils: jasmine, neroli, orange blossom
Crystals: carnelian, tiger's eye, onyx
Aspect of the Solar System: Jupiter
Astrological Associations: Cancer, Scorpio
Mythological Animal: a hungry sea monster, waiting to be fed
Qualities: well-being, sexuality, sensuality, pleasure, abundance
Life Issues: to know that who you are and what you do are enough; to have enough rest, food, exercise, fun, and money; not to link self-worth with what you do or have; to create healthy boundaries to protect your vital life force
Physical Activities: yoga, dance, swimming, walking
Spiritual Activities: meditation, celibacy, fasting
Positive Archetype: Emperor/Empress
Negative archetype: Martyr
Angelic Presence: Archangel Metatron
Positive: The Emperor/Empress
The Emperor or Empress is a person who enjoys and respects the physical world. Emperors and Empresses love to have abundance, well-being, and a high degree of pleasure. They know they deserve to feel good about life and enjoy good food, comfort, and some luxury. They are not necessarily spiritual by nature but they do feel at home on the physical plane and enjoy the good life.
Negative: The Martyr
Martyrs deprive themselves of the simple physical pleasures of life. At some basic level, they feel cheated of the goodness of life and punish themselves by forbidding themselves the warmth and comfort they long for. They are full of guilt and project this onto others, making them suffer too.
Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition
This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.
Location: directly below the sternum and over the stomach
Age of Resonance: 14-21
Glandular Connection: pancreas
Musical Note: E
Type of Music: Marches
Aspect of Intelligence: instinctual knowing
Sensory Experience: vision
Essential Oils: lemon, grapefruit, juniper
Crystals: topaz, citrine, amber
Aspects of the Solar System: Mars and the Sun
Astrological Associations: Aries, Leo
Metals: iron, gold
Mythological animal: lion
Qualities: self-worth, self-esteem,, confidence, personal power, freedom of choice
Life Issues: to develop a strong and resilient ego, to know you are worthy simply because you exist
Physical Activities: sports, competitive programs, qigong, hiking, cycling
Spiritual Activities: leadership programs, psychotherapy, amateur dramatics, appreciating solitude
Positive Archetype: Warrior
Negative Archetype: Servant
Angelic Presence: Archangel Uriel
Positive: The Warrior
The warrior is an empowered person with a definitive sense of selfhood. Warriors know who they are in themselves and in relation to the world. Their sense of self is neither inflated nore weak. They have the inner strength and resilience to see their dreams materialize into reality and the stamina to meet physical and emotional challenges. They are able to fight the good fight for love, victory, and the glory of the gods/goddesses.
Negative: The Servant
The servant is a person whose sense of personal identity is anchored in the external world, always seeking confirmation from others. Servants work hard for others' acknowledgment. They sabotage themselves by giving their power to others to define who they are and what they need to do. They lose energy trying to please others of the affirmation they are unable to give to themselves.
Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance
This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness
Location: middle of the chest
Age of Resonance: 28-35
Shape: crescent moon
Color: green for the heart protector, pink or gold for the heart itself
Musical note: F
Type of music: choral
Aspect of Intelligence: remembering the good, loving, and caring
Sensory Experience: touch
Essential Oils: rose, carnation, lily of the valley
Crystals: rose quartz, diamond, peridot
Aspects of the Solar System: Venus and the Sun
Astrological Associations: Libra and Taurus
Metals: copper and gold
Mythological Animal: deer
Plants: foxglove, rose, carnation, lily
Qualities: unity, brotherhood/sisterhood, love, peace, purity, and innocence
Life Issues: to let love be the center of your life
Physical Activities: yoga, massage, healing touch, walking, dancing
Spiritual activities: learning to love yourself first, then others, prayer, healing, singing, joyful endeavor.
Positive Archetype: Lover
Negative Archetype: Actor/Actress
Angelic presence: Archangel Raphael
POSITIVE ARCHETYPE: The Lover
This is a person whose ground of being is centered in the heart. They love unconditionally, and heal the tight, hard places in those they touch because they bring warmth and acceptance. They generate goodness and are genuinely embracing and kind. Their love is inclusive, uniting those on the outside. They share love with everyone. They know that to love is to live. Knowing this archetype changes your life for the good.
NEGATIVE ARCHETYPE: The Actor/Actress
This is a person whose love is conditional. They have expectations about the how and whom they can love. If someone falls outside of the realm of their conditions they withhold their love. They love in the limited way they have been loved, with judgment, and criticism for what doesn't fit into their framework. They love through imitation rather than true feeling. Their relationships often dry up because they have not developed a capacity to hold love in their hearts.
Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression
This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.
Location: the internal and external throat
Age of Resonance: 35-42
Shape: an inverted pyramid, suspended around the jaw and pointing down toward the heart
Glandular Connection: thyroid and parathyroid glands
Musical Note: G
Type of Music: opera
Element: the ethers, in which all things are contained
Aspect of Intelligence: will and expression
Sensory Experience: hearing
Essential Oils: blue chamomile, gardenia, ylang ylang
Crystals: turquoise, blue gate, aquamarine
Aspects of the Planetary System: Mercury
Astrological Associations: Gemini, Virgo
Mythological Animal: sparrow, hawk
Qualities: will, communication, creativity, truthfulness, integrity
Life issues: to harness your will, to express your highest truth, to live creatively
Physical Activities: Alexander technique, yoga, osteopathic alignment of the spine, craniosacral therapy, expressive theater and dance, qi gong, tai chi
Spiritual Activities: chanting, silent retreats, fasting, hoga, prayer, meditation, singing, keeping a journal, public speaking, bearing witness
Positive archetype: Communicator
Negative Archetype: Silent Child
Angelic presence: Archangel Gabriel
Positive: The Communicator
This is a person who lies from personal integrity. Communicators tell the truth to the best of their ability. They are skilled in putting words to their feelings and they are able to stand up for what they believe. They say no when they need to and their word can be trusted.
Negative: The Silent Child
This is a person who has suppressed expressiveness because of fear or shame. These people hide their feelings and are not connected to their higher truth. They say yes when they mean no.
Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection
This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture."
Location: between the eyebrows
Age of Resonance: 35-42
Shape: five-pointed star
Musical note: A
Type of Music: classical
Element: the cosmos
Aspect of Intelligence: control and wisdom
Sensory Experience: mindful knowing/intuition
Essential Oils: camphor, sweet pea, heliotrope
Crystals: sapphire, tanzanite, lapis lazuli
Aspects of the Solar System: the Moon
Astrological Associations: Sagittarius, Pisces
Mythological Animal: hawk
Plant: Almond blossom
Qualities: wisdom, discernment, imagination, intuition, knowledge
Life Issues: to focus your intelligence; to know who and what are for your highest good and greatest joy; to distill wisdom from your life experiences, both good and difficult; to choose life, health, joy and fulfillment in every aspect of your life
Physical activities: yoga, tai chi, qi gong, bates eye exercises
Spiritual Activities: thinking clearly about your life, reading or viewing uplifting and positive books or films, reflection, contemplation, meditation, and creative use of your imagination to visualize the life you say you want.
Positive Archetype: Wise Person or Elder
Negative Archetype: Intellectual
Angelic Presence: The Shekhinah, better known as the feminine face of God
Positive: The Wise Person
This is a person who has cultivated wisdom. Wise people offer the best of their life experience to assist others along the path of life. They encourage spiritual pursuits ands physical adventures as well as guiding us in making optimally wholesome choices for ourselves. Wise people live by universal principles and trusts in a higher source to guide them through the peaks and valleys of life, and with good fortune they assist us in leading ours.
Negative: The Intellectual
This is a person who draws only on information from the limited resources of rational, analytic thinking without incorporating either the emotional or spiritual aspects of life. Intellectuals seldom have a holistic assessment of a situation. Their thinking tends to be dry, lifeless, and without energy. They are limited in their scope because they trust only conventional ideas. The are often judgmental and narrow in their outlook.
Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge
This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.
Location: top of the skull
Age of Resonance: 42-49
Shape: round skullcap
Glandular Connection: pineal gland, which secretes melatonin and other hormones known to affect tranquility, sleep, and light sensitivity
Musical Note: B
Type of Music: Indian raga
Element: the Cosmos
Aspect of Intelligence: spiritual understanding
Sensory Experience: bliss
Essential Oils: violet, lavender, lotus, elemi
Crystals: amethyst, alexandrite
Aspect of the Solar System: the Universe
Astrological Association: Aquarius
Mythological Animal: eagle
Plant: lotus flower
Qualities: grace, beauty, serenity, oneness with all that is
Life Issues: selfless realization of your indelible connection with the greater whole of life; creation of a vital and resilient spiritual context for holding your life experiences
Physical Activity: non-- stillness
Spiritual Activities: prayer, meditation, reflection
Positive Archetype: Guru
Negative Archetype: Egotist
Positive: The Guru
Gurus are people who realize who they are. They know that the divine force flows through them and they are identified with that as the substratum of their being, rather than the temporal parts of their life. They let life move through them and take them ever deeper into consciousness itself.
Negative: The Egotist
Egotists are people who think their efforts alone carry them through life. They believe that they are separate from a greater whole of existence and that their striving and effort controls the outcome of their life.
Balancing the Chakras is very simple, although it will require a few stones, a pendulum, and a healing crystal.
Balancing the Chakras is very simple, although it will require a few stones, a pendulum, and a healing crystal.
Balancing the Chakras
The stones I prefer to use for this process includes:
Rose quartz—heart chakra
Blue lace agate—throat chakra
Make sure the recipient of this charka balancing session is reclining comfortably. Place a small pillow under their head and one beneath their knees if they wish, to relieve back strain.
Before I begin, I explain to the recipient what I’m going to do, and I use this opportunity to assure them they can place the stones for the root chakra and the breast chakra (if the client is female) themselves.
To lay the stones, begin at the feet with a smoky quartz, if you choose to use this stone in this position. This is a good practice to facilitate grounding. Otherwise begin at the root chakra, placing the hematite stone, or having the client place the stone, on the pubic bone.
Everyone’s body shape is different, and it may be awkward or impossible to get a stone to lie in this spot for some people. If that is the case—the body, in this position, forms a ‘Y’; place the stone at the base of the ‘v’ formed by the crease of the legs, at the top of the thighs, and at the base of the genital area.
Place the carnelian stone over the sacral chakra, the lower abdomen. In women, this would be where the womb and ovaries are located.
Next, is the solar plexus, located approximately three inches above the naval. Here, place the citrine crystal.
At the heart chakra, between the breasts, you’ll lay a stone of rose quartz. If your client is a female, she may be more comfortable placing this stone herself.
To lay a stone for the throat chakra, place the blue lace agate at the base of the throat, in the hollow that you will generally find here.
The third eye chakra can be found between the eyebrows and just slightly above them. Gently lay the sodalite stone in this spot. Occasionally you will have a client who feels the weight of this stone, no matter how small, very acutely. Be careful in placing the stone in this very sensitive spot, and reassure the recipient that sensations she/he may feel are not unusual.
For the crown chakra, you will want to take your amethyst crystal and lay it gently on the pillow just above the client’s head. Tuck it up close so that it’s in contact with the body.
There, you have your crystals and stones in place. Allow the client to remain laying in this position for 15-20 minutes. It helps to set the tone if you have some soft ambient music in the background, perhaps a subtle incense, and low lighting or candlelight. It also helps the client to relax if they feel secure, that their privacy will not be violated, and that they will not be interrupted.
Make sure your client knows that if any of the stones happen to slip from their position during this process, they should leave them lay and not try to replace them. This often means that the stone’s work is done.
After 15 or 20 minutes, we’ll now check the chakras for inconsistencies in their energy.
I personally prefer a pendulum for this process, and you may find that this works well too.
Checking the Chakras:
Beginning at the root chakra and working your way up hold the pendulum a few inches above the body and give it a few moments to work. If it swings back & forth, side-to-side to the body, it means that this chakra is blocked. If the pendulum swings back and forth head-to-toe, in line with the body, it means that the chakra needs to be re-energized but is not blocking the passage of energies from the other chakras. A positive movement of the pendulum, which for me is a circle, means that this chakra is just fine.You can proceed two ways– either by automatically re-energizing all the chakras, regardless of your pendulum findings; or simply by re-energizing and unblocking the problem chakras. When you work on any of the problem chakras, remember to check them again with your pendulum once you’ve cleared and re-energized them. If you’re really thorough, and your client hasn’t been laying flat for an uncomfortable length of time, you can recheck all of the chakras at the end of this process.
To clear and re-energize the chakras, I use a three inch clear quartz crystal point.
First, remove the negative energy and etheric trash from the chakra: Lay the quartz crystal in your receiving hand with the point away from you; place your projective hand, facing downward, at your side, aimed towards the ground to harmlessly disperse this negative energy back to the earth. Hold your receiving hand just above the chakra you’re working on and slowly begin to move this hand with the crystal in it in small counter-clockwise rotations, lifting it higher and higher from the body as you do.
You may or may not notice strange physical sensations with the actual movement of energy. Some people do and some don’t. Just because you may not feel any physical sensation, it does not mean that what you’re doing isn’t working—the energy just may be very subtle and you're not picking it up.
Once you’ve ‘pulled’ the negative energy out of the chakra, and you feel that it’s as cleared as you can get it, you are going to re-charge it with positive energy: Take the clear quartz crystal and place it in your projective hand with the point facing towards you. Hold your receiving hand out to your side, palm up to draw positive energy inward. Holding your projective hand containing the crystal a ways above the chakra that you’re working on, begin to move this hand in small ever-widening clockwise circles, moving closer and closer to your client’s body and the chakra. Stop just above it.
Circle the area as often as you feel you need to, and at slower or faster speeds, until you feel that enough positive energy has moved through your receiving hand, along your arms, and exited through your projective hand and the crystal into the client’s body.
Now you can use your pendulum to check the energy of this chakra. Hopefully all is well and you’ll be able to move on to the next chakra; if not, repeat the process until you get a positive reading from your pendulum letting you know that the chakra has been properly cleared and reenergized.
Make sure that throughout this process you remember to ask your client from time to time if they’re comfortable, and don’t make anyone lay on their back for too extended a period. Some people with blocked energy and unbalanced chakras may need more than one session to clear things up.
Once you are finished and have reached the end of this session with your client, remove the stones that have been placed upon the chakras at the beginning of the session, do so starting with the crown chakra and work your way down. Removing the stones in this progression, ending with the hematite stone at the root chakra, or the smoky quartz if you’ve placed one at their feet, facilitates grounding.
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