The chakras and the emotions
COVID-19 is an experience that we have all collectively lived through, locally and globally. And, in many cases, it has been extremely overwhelming to take it all on board.
But, one thing that has helped me prepare for the eventualities of this year has been realigning my chakras. The simple steps in self-alignment offer the best outcome for me.
Maybe you've already experienced the world of chakra alignment and have already applied those standards for a better life. But, if you are new to chakra alignment, the following information will hopefully give you that balance and guidance. You will be able to walk forward not in the darkness but by being the light so you can guide yourself and guide others through this life.
And, it’s not just during pandemics that we can benefit from this. There are many hurdles in life that need overcoming and it's liberating to know that the stagnant energy can be released to allow you to think and act more clearly and to offer that guidance to others.
What are chakras?
Chakras have been around for millennia and are becoming more popular every day. They empower us to take control of our health and well-being in a more spiritual and holistic way.
The secret to living a healthy, balanced and happy life lies on the seven main chakras and their alignment. The chakras are our energy centres and each chakra has its own individual emotional and spiritual benefits. They are in so many ways associated with happiness, creativity, self-confidence, love, self-expression, vision and connection with the higher self and your spirituality.
Diverting your attention toward the chakras can improve your life physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Chakras really empower you to understand your body as a whole and take control of your own well-being. By doing this it not only impacts your life but on the lives of others, too.
Let's explore the seven main chakras and how they relate to our emotions.
Root chakra (Muladhara)
This chakra is associated with the physical and material world, and it affects your sense of stability and security. When this centre is blocked, it makes you feel fearful and insecure about yourself and things around you.
When this chakra is open, you feel rooted, grounded, and strong - there’s a feeling of security and abundance, especially of your basic needs. Life is good, basically. As this chakra is our base and foundation, it’s necessary to look out for first signs of imbalance and consistently work on this chakra.
How to reconnect with the root chakra:
Try taking a walk outside in nature, reconnect with the soil, with the earth, eat the right food (as it's your source of energy), engage in quick grounding meditations, practise positive affirmations. Be grateful for all your blessings, focus on what you have rather than what is lacking in your life. And, if there’s something missing in your life, then work towards it. Remember, you have the ability to create your own reality.
Sacral chakra (Swadhisthana)
This chakra is your centre of sexuality and creativity and it allows you to open up to pleasure, joy and new experiences. This centre allows you up to accept your sexuality and physical body to a more profound level.
When this chakra is blocked, you feel stuck, your creativity doesn’t flow, you might feel unsure of doing and executing plans, or projects. You might feel feelings of body shame and sexual guilt. If this chakra is off-balance it can lead someone to have addictive tendencies.
Svadhisthana is associated with the element water, so this is an energy centre that is quite emotional by nature. Having said that, just like water, it also has the ability to flow and adapt to different shapes and circumstances.
This chakra reminds us to express our emotions in a more creative way and allow the energy flow and transform in beautiful and incredible things. The energy of this chakra has the ability to create and manifest.
How to cleanse the sacral chakra:
Personally, I find that the most effective way to cleanse this chakra is through hip opening poses and chanting the mantra har har har or using bija mantra VAM.
The best way to tap into the energy of this chakra is to activate it by encouraging creativity and sensuality. Surround yourself with the colour orange and connect with the creativity of this energy centre.
Solar plexus chakra (Manipura)
This chakra is associated with your self-confidence and inner power. It's connected with your will and it is the core of your personality, identity and ego. Manipura allows you to move forward in life in a balanced manner.
Sometimes a lack of vitality or energy lies in our digestive organs - they are not assimilating the nutrients for our bodies efficiently. This is the source of energy in your being, as this centre governs the digestive system, digestive organs and their functionality. The two lower chakras can also affect this chakra - they are all very well connected with each other so keeping a regular practice on balancing your chakras is very important.
When this chakra is blocked, you might feel overly concerned about others' judgment. On the other hand, if this chakra is overactive, you can be very judgmental towards yourself and other people.
How to connect with the solar plexus chakra:
Be gentle and kind to yourself. Make sure you take care of your physical body. Keep your digestive system clean and healthy by eating natural, fresh, fibre and grains, avoid processed food and sugars. Embrace the colour yellow, and bring a little bit of sun into your life.
Heart chakra (Anahata)
The qualities of this chakra are love, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude. These qualities must be present with you if you want to live a happy and healthy life. These are feelings with high vibrational frequency; they raise the vibration of your body. These beautiful feelings of love and light generate positive thoughts and attract, brings all these into your life.
Anahata is the chakra that balances the energies between the three upper chakras of spirituality and the three lower chakras of matter. If Anahata is blocked, our emotional, mental and physical body will be totally off-balance, and this will reflect in our lives, in our society, nation and planet.
Does this world need more love, kindness and compassion? The answer is yes. Are we the only ones responsible for this? Yes!
How to open your heart chakra:
We need to tap into the energies of this centre by living and practising what this chakra is about - starting with self-love, kindness and compassion toward ourselves, by doing the right thing for ourselves first.
This is a chakra that constantly invites us to examine ourselves and our actions. Ask yourself questions such as:
- How am I practising self-love?
- How do I show kindness toward myself and others?
- How can I serve others better?
- Am I living a meaningful life?
Stimulate and activate the heart chakra by being kind to everyone and any living thing on this planet. Forgive that person who hurt you, love unconditionally, spend meaningful times with your loved ones, demonstrate your feelings with actions, say it and express it. Do charity work from time to time - it keeps you grounded and shows you the life of those less fortunate, and exercise compassion towards them. Do it in such a way that everyone who's in contact with you sees those qualities in you.
Throat chakra (Vishuddhi)
This chakra is about expressing ourselves through sound and manifesting those positive and loving feelings from the Anahata chakra into words. It's the centre that governs your ability to communicate in a way that inspires and empowers people around you. All the energy from other chakras will merge here to communicate who we truly are, what we think and what we feel.
I love this chakra. I love this miracle and how incredible our ability is to create sound and words. Have you ever stopped for a moment to appreciate how incredible our bodies are and how they operate? How linked our emotions, brain and vocal cords are so they can produce such a perfect and smooth process of speaking and communicating what we feel or think?
Also, this chakra is connected to your listening ability. So, if you aren't being a good listener, then this is also a sign of a blocked throat chakra. If our words come from a place of love and integrity, then we should express without holding back. Shadow side also can impact in this chakra. Poor communication can impact your relationships on the personal level or professional level and, therefore, your happiness.
How to keep your throat chakra clean and balanced:
- Chanting the bija mantra HAM can help you clear blockages in this area.
- Practice yoga poses that activate and open this chakra.
- Nourish your body by eating citrus fruit.
- Incorporate blue crystals in your mediation or wear them around your neck, as a necklace.
- Ensure you are communicating with dignity all the time.
Regarding your shadow side, if you think this could be one of the reasons why you have the tendency to repress your feelings and emotions, then you need to work on your shadow self. Accept and integrate that part of you within yourself, instead of burying it deeper in the core of your being.
If you are finding difficult expressing yourself, try to write down what you want to say and read it out loud. Listen to yourself saying those words, however, remember that it is important that you feel that you have been heard and understood.
Third eye chakra (Ajna)
This chakra is all about vision - not only what we see with our physical eyes but what we can see with our third eye. The Ajna chakra controls your intuition and decision making. You can manifest your visions through this chakra. This chakra offers you the opportunity to tap into your intuition and inner guidance through meditation, pranayama, OM chanting mantra and bringing awareness into this energy centre.
A great way to start tapping into this energy is by bringing your thoughts, ideas, projects and dreams into your third eye. By this I mean picture it clearly in front of you - see it like a movie, and almost live it and feel it.
For instance, it is more powerful to act as if you already got that job, to see what you are doing on your first day, what will you be wearing, and who will you be talking to, rather than to sit in your living room saying, “I wish I got that job”. It's the power of thoughts and visualisation.
Simple ways to connect with the third eye chakra:
I love to place a crystal on my third eye, lie down for 20 minutes, and apply Gyan mudra while visualising my new project or holiday. I use labradorite, lapis lazuli, tanzanite or amethyst. This is a very mystical chakra. Don’t be afraid to follow your intuition and to trust it. You need to work with it so you will know when it is your inner guidance communicating with you and not your mind. You will learn to trust it.
Start meditating more. Tap on the energy of this chakra. Connect with it so you become best pals. Once you start getting more in tune with this chakra, things start flowing, you see things with clarity, people and situations, veils fade away. You have more control of your life and this can be something really powerful, especially during difficult times.
Crown chakra (Sahasrara)
The crown chakra represents spiritual connection and general well-being. This is the last chakra of the seven main chakras in our bodies. This chakra represents the higher level of consciousness that we know.
Tapping into the energy of this centre means that you know who you truly are and what your life's purpose is. You have a strong connection with yourself and others, you are very spiritual, you do great things for yourself and others. You have a strong connection with the universe and your higher self. A blocked Sahasrara manifests as foggy mind, mental confusion, lack of interest in spiritual subjects, headaches, depression, low energy.
Sahasrara is the golden portal that, when open, allows the influx of cosmic energy into our beings. We trust the divine guidance that comes to us through this chakra. If it’s blocked, this means we are missing out from these higher energies and the connection to God, so we feel lost and powerless in life.
How to connect with the crown chakra:
- Embrace who you are - try meditation, journaling, connecting with your purpose in life, and practising So Hum meditation.
- Go outdoors, breathe fresh air, feel the breeze and sunshine touching every cell in your being.
- Nourish yourself: Try to eat organic and only nourishing food, drink herbal teas instead of coffee. Practice physical activities like running or yoga.
- Nourish not only your physical body but your soul too. Establish meaningful connections in life. surround yourself with your soul family, detox yourself from negative people, environment and thoughts. Practice spiritual activities such as rituals and prayers.
The universe will listen and respond to you.
Pay attention to your emotions. Bring awareness to how you feel and how you are responding to certain events and circumstances in your life. Listen to your body - in which part of your body you are feeling that emotion? Get to know yourself energetically. The chakras will guide you where the attention is needed and where the healing and energy work needs to take place.
I hope this article serves you and that you can embody these energies with confidence and trust so you can have the life of abundance and love that you deserve. The universe is full of infinite possibilities where you are able to manifest your dreams and live a more inspiring and meaningful life.
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