The following is a general summary of my current understanding of the physical locations and elements associated with each chakra. Over the years I have noticed some minor discrepancies between how different people “define” each chakra, (particularly the second and third chakras) but the differences have only been minor. Certainly the colors and locations of the chakras have always been consistent.
The base chakra extends
down and the crown chakra extends up…the chakras in between have vortexes both
to the front of the body and to the back.
The first chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with
red. It is the chakra that governs our physical existence, our bodies and our
The second chakra is located in the area of the womb (or thereabouts for men)
and is associated with the color orange. This chakra governs creativity, and some
say emotion. (I associate emotion with the heart chakra).
The third chakra is located at the solar plexus and is associated with the
color gold (yellow). It is associated with the will or desire.
The fourth chakra (the middle chakra in the chain of seven) is the heart
chakra and is associated with the color green, and also the color rose, which is
the “color of love.” This chakra is connected with emotion and human love.
The fifth chakra is located at the throat and is a bright blue. It governs
communication and personal magnetism. It is the chakra that most influences
intercommunication and our “personas.” It is also the link between emotion and
The sixth chakra is located at the third eye (mid-forehead) and is indigo
(deep purply/blue). This chakra is associated with thought (though some say the
third chakra governs thought) and with vision, particularly psychic vision. It
is also the chakra of spiritual love and connection.
The seventh chakra is at the crown of the head, and is violet fading to white
further away from the body. This chakra is our connection to our “higher selves”
and to the “divine.” It is associated with wisdom and integration of our eternal
selves with our current physical selves. It is like our umbilical cord to “God.”
When all the chakras are “whirling,” open, bright and clean, then our chakra
system is balanced. When a chakra becomes blocked, damaged, or muddied with
residual energy, then our physical and emotional health can be affected. Often
this occurs habitually as the result of negative or incomplete belief systems.
The effects of our habits, feelings, beliefs, thoughts, fears and desires can be
found in our chakras.
For example, if you eat poorly (a lot of processed food, for instance) and
don’t exercise, chances are your root (red) chakra is going to become sluggish,
darkened and dull. If you “close off” your emotions because they’re painful or
overwhelming, your heart chakra is likely to become tight and closed and block
emotional energy. If you, on the other hand, are extremely centered in your
intellect, you may have a bulging and bright third eye chakra but a
disproportionately small heart chakra or root chakra or womb chakra. Or perhaps
you’re cerebrally focused on finding answers to deep questions about “reality.”
(as I was for a while). In the West we tend to value the upper chakras over the
lower chakras. This probably has it’s roots in our ancestors’ religious aversion
to the “flesh” and their focus on the rewards of “heaven.”
The goal is a strong, clear, balanced energy system. The more
open, clear and balanced the chakras, the more energy can flow through your
system. This energy is essential for vitality, health, and continued growth on
CROWN CHAKRA Located on top of the head. Color- violet Stones – diamond or
quartz crystal For – inspiration, wisdom and spirituality When unbalanced, may
feel depression or lack of grounding and inspiration. To balance, meditate and
let energy work.
ROOT CHAKRA Located at base of spine. Color – red Stones – ruby, red jasper
or garnet For – good health, survival instincts, vitality and male sexuality
When unbalanced, one may feel violence, anger, constipation, and have survival
fears. To balance, spend some time each day sitting on the ground, and dance.
SACRAL CHAKRA Located in lower belly Color – orange Stones – amber and
citrine For – creativity, female sexuality, desire and pleasure When unbalanced,
one feels jealousy and possessiveness and may experience sexual problems. To
balance, try sexual healing, creative dance or yoga.
PLEXUS CHAKRA Located between chest and naval Color – yellow Stones – gold
and tiger’s eye For – will, determination, assertion, power and laughter. When
unbalanced, one feels a lack of will, anger, poor digestion, fear and hate. To
balance, rub belly and breathe through the diaphragm.
HEART CHAKRA Located in area of center chest Color – green Stones – emerald,
malachite, green jade For – unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness, group
consciousness, peace and tolerance. When unbalanced, you feel anger, heart
problems, rigidity or lack of love. To balance, serve others and not yourself.
THROAT CHAKRA Located – at throat Color – sky blue Stones – lapis lazuli,
sodalite, blue quartz When unbalanced, you may feel difficulty communicating and
feel all your emotions in your throat. To balance, sing, chant, hum and breathe
THIRD EYE CHAKRA Located between eyebrows Color – indigo Stones – indigo blue
or amethyst For – intuition, imagination and visualization When unbalanced, one
may experience headaches or lack of meditative abilities. To balance,