Chakras and Their Meanings
The human body has seven (7) major chakras. Chakra in Sanskrit means “wheels”. They are like wheels or fans that spin to circulate energy.
Defined simply, chakras are energy centers that are responsible for circulating the life-force energy around the body, from the crown chakra to the root chakras, and back up again and throughout the body.
We will look at the following:
- Their location in our body,
- Chakra color,
- Their meaning,
- Their main function or what they control, and
- What earth element each represents.
Our body is also covered with energy meridians or so in chi-gong called the acupuncture points. The human body is prone to become ill when the chakras are blocked or when this energy meridian are blocked because blockages stop the life-force energy from flowing freely in our body.
We will look at the symptoms of blockages, as well as the causes of blockages so you will know that some common illnesses do not require medical drugs, but clearing of the chakras.
The 7 Major Chakras and Their Meanings
1. Root Chakra (Muladhara)
- Location: At the base of the spine; the tailbone area
- Color: Red
- Meaning: Physical identity, stability and grounding
- Main Function: Controls survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food
- Element it represents: Earth
Symptoms of blockages: manifestation of physical issues such as arthritis, constipation, and bladder or colon problems. Also emotional feeling of insecurity about finances or other basic needs and well-being.
When it’s in alignment and open, we will feel grounded and secure, both physically and emotionally.
Possible Causes: As it is the base chakra, it represents our foundation. Every other negative experiences and emotional trauma you have gone through in life can cause blockages. The possible root causes are wide and similar to the root causes of other chakra blockages listed below, such as childhood abuse and trauma, or grew up in an unsteady or broken family background.
Mantra: “I am stronger now and I have a stable foundation.”
The root chakra represents our foundation. On the human body, it sits at the base of the spine and gives us the feeling of being grounded. When it is not blocked, we feel confident in our ability to withstand challenges and stand on our own two feet. When it’s blocked, we feel threatened, as if we’re standing on unstable ground.
2. Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)
- Location: found at the lower abdomen about 2 inches below the navel area
- Color: Orange
- Meaning: Sexuality, pleasure, creativity
- Main Function: Controls our sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, and sexuality
- Element it represents: Water
Symptoms of blockages: blockages show as physical problems with the associated organs such as urinary tract infections and lower back pain. Also, erectile dysfunction for man, and lack of sexual interest for women.
Sacral chakra is connected to our feelings of self-worth, and even more specifically about our self-worth in relation to pleasure, sexuality, and creativity.
Possible Causes: sexual abuse, past trauma, childhood abuse, or lack of control in one’s life and not grounded.
Mantra: “I always honor others, but not before I honor myself.”
The sacral chakra make us aware of how we relate to our feelings and the emotions of others. It also controls our creativity and sexual energy.
3. Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
- Location: found at the upper abdomen in the stomach area
- Color: Yellow
- Meaning: Self-esteem, confidence
- What it controls: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem and creativity
- Element: Fire
Symptoms of blockages: digestive issues like ulcers, eating disorders, heartburn, and indigestion.
Possible Causes: feeling of shame, guilt and self-doubt. Also, feeling of worthlessness and unimportant about yourself, inability to make your own decision and being under the hypnotic command of other peoples wishes unwillingly. Not having the ability to say “NO”. Feeling that other people’s opinions are much better than yours.
Mantra: “I accept who I am and Love myself the way I am.”…you can add… “I am worthy”.
4. Heart Chakra (Anahata)
- Location: Center of chest, just above the heart
- Color: Green
- Meaning: Love, compassion
- What it controls: Love, joy, and inner peace
- Element: Air
Symptoms of blockages: may manifest physically as heart problems, asthma, and weight issues. Often seen even more clearly through people’s actions, such as feel lonely, insecure, and isolated.
Possible Causes: Blaming others for your own detriment, inability to love and connect to others, un-forgiveness and hatred, and selfishness.
Mantra: “I love myself unconditionally, and love other the same way.”
(Note: ‘ LOVE’ is indicated as the Golden Rule in the Bible).
The lower chakras are associated with materialism whilst the upper chakras are associated with spirituality. The heart chakra is the bridge in-between.
That is why manifestation happens when the heart and the mind are in agreement. Whatever you wish for and put feeling to it, you will realize it.
5. Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
- Location: At the throat
- Color: Indigo, (Light Blue/Turquoise)
- Meaning: Voice, Communication
- What it controls: Communication, self-expression, and truth
- Element: Sound/Music
Symptoms: Problems with the voice and throat and finding it hard to speak your mind. As well as mild problems surrounding the areas close to that chakras, such as the teeth, gums, and mouth, may also indicate a blockage of the throat chakra.
Possible Causes of blockages: past trauma, regret, self-pity and lying. Also, dominating conversations in negative things, gossiping and speaking without thinking.
Mantra: “I always speak the truth.”
It’s obvious that the throat chakra controls our voice and communication quality. It allows us to express ourselves freely and truthfully. For a good number of people, it’s when they are in ailment that they will speak and listen with compassion and feel confident when they speak because they are being true to themselves with their words.
6. Third-Eye Chakra (Ajna)
- Location: Forehead between the eyes
- Color: Dark Blue/Purple
- Meaning: Intuition, imagination
- What it controls: our Intuition, imagination, and wisdom
- Element: Light
Symptoms of blockages: since it is located on the forehead, you may experience headaches, issues with sight, lack concentration, and hearing problems. People want to talk but don’t listen to others. They assume to know everything. If such a person comes to your mind when you are reading this, then their 3rd eye chakra is blocked.
Possible Cause of blockages: lack of broad vision and positive feelings such as respect, appreciation, sincerity, kindness, and narrow view on the world beyond the physical.
Mantra: “I am open to exploring what is not seen.”
Third-eye chakra serves as a channel of communication with the divine. It gives the ability to connect to our intuition. It is also known as the eye of the soul because it registers information from the spiritual realm that is beyond the physical world.
7. Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
- Location: At the top of the head
- Color: Violet/White
- Meaning: Higher consciousness
- What it controls: Inner and outer beauty, awareness, intelligence and spiritual connection
- Element: Divine Consciousness
Symptoms of blocked crown chakra: narrow-minded, skeptical, or stubborn.
Possible Causes: lack of wisdom, self-awareness or intellect, and non-caring attitude.
Mantra: “I am a vessel of love and light.”
The crown chakra is the highest chakra of all and sits at the top of the head. It represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually and the cosmic powers. It is considered the chakra of enlightenment and higher consciousness.
The crown chakra is connected to all other chakras. So when it’s open, it helps keep all the other chakras open and bring about bliss and enlightenment.
Conclusion on Chakras and Their Meanings
Despite the major functions of the chakras, remember that all the chakras are related and connected together energetically. Of course, they are not physical wheels that we can observe with our naked eyes.
These are all energetic centers of the body that correspond to feelings.
The heart chakra is the bridge in-between materialism and spirituality. That is why manifestation happens when the heart and the mind are in agreement. Whatever you wish for and put feeling to it, you will realize it.
Thought is a vibrational frequency. Heart produces electromagnetic energy. So when you put a thought to something, apply the heart’s electromagnetic energy to pull it toward you like a magnet. That is to say, apply feeling or emotion to your thought.
Chakras have gained popularity quite recently with the spread of yoga and new age modalities and spiritual workers. They have been secret ancient knowledge only know to a few elites of their time in ancient places like, Egypt, India, China and Greece.
Records show that the chakras were mentioned in Veda. Well, Veda is an ancient sacred text of spiritual knowledge and it records chakras dating back 1500 to 1000 BC. Though we know the basics from passed on or circulated knowledge, the truth is, we don’t know a great deal about chakras yet.
So why not you comment below on what you know or think about chakras. We will be very happy to discuss this topic further.
Or, if you want to know something related to chakras not mentioned here, please ask.
Love and light.