Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning “wheel”. A chakra is like a vortex: a constantly revolving wheel of energy. These vortexes connect the subtle bodies and act as transducers for life-force energy.
The chakras distribute the life force through the physical and subtle bodies. They are the source of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy.
Traditionally, there are seven major chakras associated with the physical body. They are aligned with the spine and located in the base of the spine, the lower abdomen (sacral), the solar plexus, the heart, the throat, the centre of the forehead (third eye), and the crown of the head.
When our chakras are blocked, or not in balance, the free flow of energy is impeded, leading to physical, emotional, mental or spiritual dis-ease. When the chakras are unblocked and free-flowing, however, we enjoy optimum health.
Each chakra is associated with specific colours and crystals and governs different aspects of human emotion and behaviour. Using gemstones with the chakras can have a great healing effect.
Balancing Your Chakras
Crystals can be used for balancing and healing our chakras. To do this, you will need seven stones - one for the colour of each chakra. Ensure that they are thoroughly cleansed and small enough to be placed on your body. Use crystal suggestions from each of the chakras listed below.
Chakra Balancing Treatment
You can do this simple chakra balancing treatment on yourself or on someone else. If you know that a particular chakra needs balancing, it is not essential to use seven stones. Simply place your chosen stone on the chakra that is out of alignment.
If you are working with someone else, carry out the treatment with the receiver lying either on their front or back, whichever is the most comfortable.
Firstly, ensure that you are both relaxed. Position yourself at the receiver's feet and centre yourself, taking a few deep breaths and releasing any negativity. Slowly and gently, place the seven stones you have chosen on each of the chakras on your partner's body. Leave the crystals in place for between 15-20 minutes, to allow the energies to become integrated into the chakras.
Remove the crystals slowly, starting at the crown and working downwards to the base. Gently rub your partner's feet to help ground and balance them.
Ask your partner to open their eyes gently, when they are ready. If necessary, give them a grounding stone to hold for a while and offer them a glass of water.
The links below will take you to more information about the particular gemstones. Or, take a look at Chakra Jewellery.
BASE CHAKRA - 1st Chakra
Located at the base of the spine. Colour is red (representing passion for life) or black (signifying stability or grounding).
Governed by the adrenal glands, it looks after our bones, teeth, nails, spinal column, anus, rectum, colon, prostate gland, blood and cell building.
The base chakra controls our “grounding” to the earth and is associated with all our survival instincts and self-preservation. Relates also to the physical body, individuality, stability and security.
Base Chakra gemstones are mostly red and black, including: Anyolite, Black Kyanite, Black Onyx, Black Sapphire, Black Star, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Brecciated Jasper, Bronzite, Carnelian, Copper, Dalmation Jasper, Fire Agate, Garnet, Hematite, Larvikite, Leopard Skin Jasper, Magnetite, Mookaite, Obsidian, Red Calcite, Red Coral, Red Jasper, Red Tiger Eye, Ruby, Rutilated Quartz, Sardonyx, Smokey Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian and Zircon.~♥~
SACRAL CHAKRA - 2nd Chakra
Located at about three inches below the navel. Colour is orange (representing creativity and wisdom).
Governed by the gonads, it looks after our pelvic girdle, reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder and all body liquids.
The sacral chakra is associated with our relationships with others, our ability in giving and receiving, sexual / passionate love, and our creativity.
Sacral Chakra gemstones are mostly orange, including: Amber, Brecciated Jasper, Bronzite, Carnelian, Copper, Orange Chalcedony, Citrine, Goldstone, Orange Aventurine, Orange Calcite, Orange Coral, Orange Jasper, Orange Sunstone, Rutilated Quartz, Tiger Eye and Topaz.~♥~
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA - 3rd Chakra
Located just below the ribs. Colour is yellow (representing analytical thought and intellectual activity).
Governed by the pancreas, it looks after our lower back, abdomen, digestive system, stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder and nervous system.
The solar plexus chakra is our emotional centre. It aids in control of the “digestion of life”, thus the power and control over our lives.
Solar Plexus Chakra gemstones are mostly yellow, including: Amber, Ametrine, Yellow Apatite, Aragonite, Golden Beryl, Citrine, Yellow Chalcedony, Yellow Jade, Yellow Jasper, Mookaite, Moonstone, Peridot, Yellow Prehnite, Rutilated Quartz, Yellow Sapphire, Smokey Quartz, Sunstone, Tiger Eye, Yellow Topaz and Yellow Tourmaline.~♥~
HEART CHAKRA - 4th Chakra
Located at centre of chest at the level of the heart. Colour is green (representing healing and balance) or pink (signifying unconditional love and compassion).
Governed by the thymus gland, it looks after our heart, upper back, lower lungs, blood, circulatory system and the skin.
The heart chakra is about unconditional love, connection, acceptance, transformation and powerful healing. It is the centre of compassion, love, group consciousness and spirituality associated with a “oneness” with “all that is”. It balances and bridges between the lower three chakras and the upper three chakras.
Heart Chakra gemstones are mostly green and pink, including: Amazonite, Anyolite, Charoite, Chrysoprase, Emerald, Garnet, Gold, Green Apatite, Green Aventurine, Green Calcite, Green Fluorite, Green Jasper, Green Kyanite, Green Onyx, Green Sapphire, Green Tourmaline, Jade, Kambaba Jasper, Kunzite, Leopard Skin Jasper, Malachite, Mookaite, Peridot, Pink Fluorite, Pink Rhodonite, Pink Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, Prehnite, Rhodochrosite, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Rutilated Quartz, Seraphinite, Strawberry Quartz, Sugilite, Watermelon Tourmaline, Turquoise and Unakite.~♥~
THROAT CHAKRA - 5th Chakra
Located at the throat. Colour is blue (representing knowledge of, and oneness with, divine guidance).
Governed by the thyroid gland, it looks after our neck, throat and jaw, vocal chords, respiratory system, alimentary canal and arms.
The throat chakra is our communication centre, thus giving us our ability to verbally express ourselves and to be able to have open, clear communication of feelings and thoughts. Ability to release. It is the gateway to the Higher Consciousness and the gateway through which the emotions contained in the heart pass, to become balanced and harmonised.
Throat Chakra gemstones are mostly blue, including: Amazonite, Amber, Angelite, Blue Apatite, Aquamarine, Azurite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Calcite, Blue Chalcedony, Chrysocolla, Blue Fluorite, Blue Goldstone, Blue Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Rutilated Quartz, Blue Sapphire, Sodalite, Blue Tiger Eye, Blue Topaz, Blue Tourmaline and Turquoise.~♥~
THIRD EYE CHAKRA - 6th Chakra
Located between and approximately one finger space above the brow. Colour is indigo (representing the search and attainment of spiritual purpose).
Governed by the pituitary gland, it looks after our face, left eye, ears, nose, sinuses, cerebellum (lower brain) and central nervous system.
The third eye chakra is involved with our intuition and our inner seeing, our higher consciousness, emotional and spiritual love centre.
Third Eye Chakra gemstones are mostly indigo, including: Amethyst, Angelite, Azurite, Blue Calcite, Charoite, Gold, Purple Fluorite, Iolite, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Moonstone, Opalite, Pearl, Rutilated Quartz, Sapphire, Sodalite, Sugilite, Tanzanite, Blue Topaz, Tourmaline Quartz and Turquoise.~♥~
CROWN CHAKRA - 7th Chakra
Located at the crown of the head. Colour is violet (representing enlightenment) or white (signifying purity, perfection and bliss).
Governed by the pineal gland, it looks after our cerebrum (upper brain) and right eye.
The crown chakra is the centre of an individual’s spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thoughts and energy – our very essence. It allows for the inward flow of wisdom from the ethers and brings the gift of cosmic consciousness. When stimulated and clear, it enables one to see the truth concerning illusory ideals, materialistic pursuits and self-limiting concepts. It further allows one to experience continuous self-awareness and conscious detachment from personal emotions.
Crown Chakra gemstones are mostly clear or violet, including: Amethyst, Ametrine, Angelite, Botswana Agate, Charoite, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Diamond, Gold, Leopard Skin Jasper, Lepidolite, Magnesite, Rutilated Quartz, Selenite, Sugilite, Tanzanite, White Agate and White Sapphire.~♥~