Chakra 101, your guide to the seven Chakras. Everything in the mind-body energy system is moving. It is essential that your seven Chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there’s a blockage, energy cannot flow.
The Root Chakra’s role is to help you feel grounded. When balanced, it assists you with connecting all of your energy with the Earth. Think of your day-to-day survival. This energy center’s role is to give you everything you need to survive. Today, that typically translates to financial and emotional security.
With a balanced Root Chakra you will feel a sense of accomplishment and peace when you think about things like money, safety, and shelter.
Our Root Chakra gets a lot of use, so having an overactive Root Chakra is very common. When overactive, you may feel anxious or jittery, have digestive problems, lower back issues, hip pain, and ovarian cysts in women or prostate issues in men.
If your Root Chakra is underactive, you may have the feeling of your “head in the clouds”, “airheaded” or “spacy”.
The second chakra is the Sacral Chakra or Svadhisthana which translates to “the place of the self.” It is located right below the belly button and extends to its center. This chakra is all about your identity as a human and what you do with it. It is responsible for bringing you creative energy to help enrich your life.
Your Sacral Chakra is the home of the creative life force energy that helps you enjoy your life here on Earth. It’s the energy that motivates you to enjoy the fruits of your labor, intimacy, good food and creative activities.
If you find yourself enjoying things that aren’t nourishing for your soul or healthy for you, then your Sacral Chakra is likely out of balance and overactive. Symptoms include addiction, obesity, hormone imbalances, and restlessness.
Signs of an underactive Sacral Chakra include depression, impotence, decreased sex drive and a lack of passion and creativity.
Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra, translates to “lustrous gem” and is your third chakra. This is where your self-confidence, identity, and personal power are born. It starts in the center of the belly button and extends up to the breastbone or where your two sets of ribs connect in the center of your chest.
Have you ever been in a situation that you just knew wasn’t right for you? Where did you feel those cues in your body? Most people say they feel those types of cues in their “gut.” In reality, this is the seat of your personal power, your solar plexus, and you can physically feel that confidence and wisdom in its location.
A balanced Solar Plexus Chakra will feel like a sense of wisdom, decisiveness, and personal power. Many call this chakra the warrior chakra, as the feeling you get from it is comparable to a wise warrior going into battle. They have the confidence to win and the wisdom to know the personal truth they are fighting for.
When this chakra is too energized, you may feel quick to anger, the need to control and micromanage, greediness and a lack of compassion or empathy. You may suffer from digestive issues or even imbalances in your internal organs like the appendix, pancreas, liver, and kidneys.
When our personal power is taken away from us either by another person or through extenuating circumstances, we may be left with a lack of energy in our third chakra. If this happens, you may feel indecisive, insecure, timid and needy.
The fourth chakra is the Anahata or Heart Chakra, which translates to “unhurt.” This chakra is where your love, compassion, and kindness are empowered. The heart chakra’s center is located right over your heart. It radiates down to your breastbone and up to your throat. It is the middle of the seven chakras and it’s connecting the higher chakras (the heaven) with the lower chakras (the physical world).
It’s not hard to understand this chakra. We all associate our hearts with love, and that’s exactly what the fourth chakra is all about. This includes love for others and love for yourself, which is why this chakra is also associated with health and healing.
When your heart chakra is balanced, you are able to equally feel love for yourself and others. Even when tough things happen, you can still see the compassion and kindness in others.
When overactive, you may begin to make unhealthy decisions in the name of love. It’s important to treat yourself with the same compassion and kindness that you give others, but when the Heart Chakra is overactive, you may find yourself always putting the needs of others before your own. Symptoms include a fast heart rate, palpitations, heartburn, and interpersonal relationship issues.
When your Heart Chakra is underactive, you will feel like it’s hard to get really close to anyone. It’s like building a wall around your heart and not letting anyone in. Physically, you may feel out of touch with your body and suffer from circulation problems.
The Throat Chakra or Vishuddha, translates to “very pure” and is located between your collarbone, right above the heart and it radiates down to the center of your heart and up to the center of your eyes. This, your fifth chakra, gives a voice to your personal truths. It is connected to the compassion and love you have for yourself and others.
When your Throat Chakra is balanced, you will be able to clearly speak with love, kindness, and truth. You will know which words are appropriate for each situation and you will enlighten and inspire those around you.
Our fifth chakra becomes overactive when we’ve spent a lot of time trying to make our voice heard. If you’ve often felt ignored or invalidated when you express yourself, you may have tried to overcome this by giving yourself a louder voice. Those with overactive throat chakras will often interrupt others, often be told they have a loud voice or “love to hear themselves talk.” Physically, you may suffer from throat pain, frequent infections, cavities or mouth ulcers.
Sometimes, we have been ignored and invalidated so much that we react in the opposite way – we shut down our voices and never speak our truth. If you have an underactive Throat Chakra, you have likely been called shy or quiet. And you may find yourself unable to express your emotions or struggling for words when you try to speak your truth. Physical symptoms often include digestive issues, because energy diverted away from the chakra often ends up being “swallowed” or sent down to the third chakra.
The 6th chakra is the Third Eye Chakra, Ajna, which translates to “beyond wisdom.” This chakra opens up your mind to information beyond the material world and the five senses. Extrasensory perception, intuition or psychic energy, all come from the third eye. It is located between your eyebrows. It radiates down to your mouth and up to the tip of your head.
Long before brain imaging, ancient cultures knew this Third Eye existed, and they also realized it received information from sources outside of the five senses.
A balanced third eye is a beautiful thing, and it’s really what you are trying to achieve when you start on a path to spiritual development. When your Third Eye Chakra is balanced, you will equally feel in tune with both the physical world and the material world. You will receive psychic information as frequently as you receive information from your five physical senses, but it will not overwhelm you.
It is very uncommon for the Third Eye Chakra to be overactive. Symptoms include spending most of your time engrossed in psychic activities like tarot card readings, astrology, and paranormal experiences.
Most people have an underactive third eye. We live in a world that often invalidates intuitive development. Because of this, we close off our third eye and ignore our own psychic experiences. Doing so can cause us to feel disconnected from spiritual experiences. Physically, you may feel headaches or have problems with allergies and your sinuses.
The Crown Chakra, or Sahaswara, is the seventh and final chakra. It translates to “thousand petaled.” This chakra is pure consciousness energy. You can think of it like magnetism. When you hold a piece of metal to a magnet, you can feel the energy and tension, but you can’t see it. Consciousness energy is everywhere and in everything. It connects us to the entire universe. The Crown Chakra’s center is at the top of your head. It radiates down to between your eyes and then extends infinitely upward and outward, connecting you to the energy of the rest of the universe.
Our own personal consciousness is located in the seventh chakra, but it’s really more like the seed of a universal energy than something personal or individual.
Achieving a balanced Crown Chakra is the goal of every spiritual warrior, and it’s not easy to do. You can think of it as the Buddhist concept of achieving nirvana. Of course, it is the journey of attempting to achieve this balance that brings us happiness, good health, and wisdom. Trying to balance your Crown Chakra will align and balance your other chakras.
It’s not possible to have an overactive Crown Chakra. Because it is the seat of universal energy, it is innately infinite. In other words, you can’t exist in the material world and be overcome with consciousness energy.
An underactive seventh chakra feels exactly like being a human. Some people may be closer to achieving it, while others may be far away. In any case, practicing spiritual development and balancing your other chakras will bring you closer to experiencing the consciousness energy in your Crown Chakra.