Chakra Basics

A chakra is a focus of energy that spins like a wheel, according to Indian religious tradition,. There are seven main chakras that are talked about most often, and each one is linked to different parts of your physical body. Energy flow to the chakras can influence your everyday life spiritually and physically. Chakras work both independently and together.

Ideally, all of your chakras work equally well. That way, energy can flow easily from one chakra to another. But if any of your chakras are out of balance — either overactive or underactive — you may experience spiritual, emotional, and/or physical problems.

If you would like to get an idea of how your chakras are in working, I offer a Tarot Chakra Reading. With the Tarot Chakra Reading, I help you discover where your chakra energy is strong so that you can continue your positive growth and development. I also help you find any imbalances so you can target areas to work on.

Below are some quick notes about each chakra, including their location and how an imbalancein that chakra can affect you.

The Root Chakra is an energy center located at the base of the spine. It is related to our basic survival instinct, our confidence, feeling grounded, and dealing with conflict. Signs that there may be an imbalance of the root chakra include anger issues, fear, insecurities, feeling ungrounded, abandonment issues, indecisiveness, depression, anxiety, addictions, phobias, obsessions, weight issues, hemorrhoids, arthritis, constipation, lower back pain, and knee troubles.

The Sacral Chakra is an energy center located in the lower abdomen (below the naval). It is the seat of our emotional connections. It is related to our feelings, desires, creativity, sexuality, imagination, how we deal with money issues, relationships, intimacy, nurturing, and pleasure. Signs that there may be an imbalance of the sacral chakra include a tendency to blame others; feelings of guilt; eating disorders; dependency issues; problems with money, sex, power, control, creativity, and morality; low back pain; sciatica; obstetrical/gynecological problems; pelvic pain; libido issues; and urinary problems.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is an energy center located in the upper abdomen (above the naval and below the breastbone). It is is related to our ego, personality, self-esteem, and personal identity. This is the area of assertiveness, decisiveness, gut instinct, intuition, inner drive. competence, and the desire to succeed. Signs that there may be an imbalance of the solar plexus chakra include fear, hate, indifference, feeling stressed, self-loathing, need for power, fear of rejection, oversensitivity to criticism, fears of secrets being found out, indecisiveness, poor digestion, ulcers, diabetes or hypoglycemia, arthritis, liver malfunction, pancreatitis, anorexia/bulimia, cirrhosis, and colon diseases.

The Heart Chakra is an energy center located in the middle of the chest. It relates to the principle of universal love for self and for others, which includes kindness, forgiveness, hope, unity consciousness, emotional balance, and empathy. Signs that there may be an imbalance of the heart chakra include despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, anger, heart conditions, asthma, lung and breast cancers, pneumonia, and upper back/shoulder problems.

The Throat Chakra is located at the neck above the collarbone. It relates to how we maintain authentic relationships, how we express ourselves to others, and how well we listen to what others have to say. The throat chakra governs sound, creative self-expression, the ability to speak our inner truth with honesty, processing information, and divine guidance. Signs that there may be an imbalance of the throat chakra include being uncommunicative, shy, or egoic; feeling disempowered; addiction; mouth ulcers; scoliosis; swollen glands; thyroid dysfunctions; voice problems; and gum or tooth problems.

The Third Eye Chakra is an energy center located in the middle of the forehead above the eyebrows. It relates to our spiritual awareness, psychic power, and intuition. It integrates the analytical left brain with the artistic right brain. The third eye chakra is associated with wisdom, discernment, insight, clarity, imagination dreams, ideas, reasoning perception, connection with the higher self, and telepathy. Signs that there may be an imbalance of the third eye chakra include confusion, lack of judgment, passive aggressiveness, nightmares, headaches, eye problems, lack of focus, forgetfulness, strokes, seizures, blindness, deafness,  learning disabilities, and depression.

The Crown Chakra is an energy center located at the top of the head. It relates to enlightenment, cosmic consciousness, and our connection to Source (or the Divine). Crown chakra qualities include intuitive knowing, faith, values, humanitarianism, meditation, spiritual development, selflessness, and universal higher consciousness. Signs that there may be an imbalance of the crown chakra include lack of purpose; close mindedness; bigotry; apathy; depression; diseases of the muscular system, skeletal system, and the skin; chronic exhaustion; sensitivity to light and sound; bone cancer; and multiple sclerosis.

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