Chakras 101

WHAT ARE CHAKRAS?

What are Chakras, and how does crystal therapy jewelry work with Chakras? One important difference about all Cosmic Lotus Jewelry is that I personally source all gems and crystal that I use and hand-make every item I sell. I am also a trained Reiki and Vinyasa Yoga healer. Having this deep understanding of Chakras enables me to truly make crystal healing jewelry.

So ... what are Chakras?

Chakras are subtle energy centers in the body.  Chakras influence cells, organs and hormones and they also affect one’s thoughts and feelings; they are also centers of psychic energy.

The term chakra comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” – a good reminder for us that these energy centers are continuously revolving inside of our bodies.  We take in energy from our surroundings through our chakras.

In traditional writings, it has been noted that there are up to 88,000 chakras in the body.  For our purposes, we will focus only on the seven main chakras.  The seven chakras are aligned on the spinal column and extend upward from the tailbone to the top of the head.
 

ROOT CHAKRA: The Root Chakra deals with the feeling of security, stability and grounding.  We are connected to the physical world through the Root Chakra (located in our physical body around the tailbone area).  If the Root Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you will feel nervous, fearful or full of anxiety.  If this chakra is blocked, your physical constitution tends to be weak and you lack physical and emotional stamina.  You are a worrier, can lack stability and the ability to achieve.

Crystals/gemstones associated with the Root Chakra: Agate, Hematite, Garnet (color most associated with this chakra is red).
 

SACRAL CHAKRA: The Sacral Chakra is the center of unfiltered primordial emotions, sexual energies and creativity; it is the seat of all of our creative energy.  Our interpersonal relationships, especially those with the opposite sex are influenced by the functions of the Sacral Chakra (located in our physical body about 2 inches below the belly button).  If the Sacral Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, there is often jealousy, persistent anxiety, diminished sexual desire and aggression.

Crystals/gemstones associated with the Sacral Chakra: Carnelian, Orange Calcite (color most associated with this chakra is orange).
 

SOLAR PLEXUS: The Solar Plexus chakra represents our power center.  It creates light, warmth, energy and activity.  This is the part of our body from which our emotional energy radiates.  Our relations with others, our likes and dislikes and the ability to enter into long term relationships are controlled by this chakra (located in our physical body about 2 inches above the belly button).  If this chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you will want to manipulate everything in accordance with your own wishes, to conquer and exercise power.  You will find it difficult to relax, feel gloomy and unbalanced, dejected and discouraged.

Crystals/gemstones associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra: Tiger’s Eye, Citrine and Amber (color most associated with this chakra is yellow).

HEART CHAKRA: The Heart Chakra is the center of the chakra system, connecting the three lower physical and emotional centers with the three higher mental and spiritual centers (located in our physical body in the center of your chest, near the heart).  The purpose of the Heart Chakra is to achieve perfect union through love.  If the Heart Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, it may be difficult to receive love.  You may feel rejected, sad and depressed.

Crystals/gemstones associated with the Heart Chakra: Green Jade, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Green Aventurine (colors most associated with this chakra are green and pink).
 

THROAT CHAKRA: The Throat Chakra is the center of the human capacity for expression, communication and inspiration.  We speak our truths through this chakra and communicate the contents of all chakras to the external world (located in our physical body in your upper chest at the throat).  If the Throat Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you might have a difficult time communicating, speaking/showing your true self and expressing yourself.

Crystals/gemstones associated with the Throat Chakra: Aquamarine, Amazonite, Turquoise (color most associated with this chakra is blue).


THIRD EYE: The Third Eye Chakra is the seat of our higher mental powers, intuition, consciousness and awareness. Through this chakra (located in the physical body between the eyebrows), we can gain access to all levels of creation beyond physical reality.  Knowledge of this reaches us in the form of clairvoyance.  If the Third Eye chakra is not functioning harmoniously, your life is determined almost exclusively by reason and intellect; you only accept what you perceive with your rational mind and your life is dominated by material desires, physical need and unreflected emotions.

Crystals/gemstones associated with the Third Eye Chakra: Lapis, Sodalite, Labradorite (color most associated with this chakra is Indigo).


CROWN CHAKRA: The Crown Chakra is the seat of highest human perfection.  The highest chakra (located in our physical body at the top of your head) unites in itself all of the energies of the lower centers.  When this chakra unfolds, any blockages remaining in the other six dissolve and the energies begin to vibrate at their highest possible frequencies. Without the opening of the Crown Chakra we will feel separated from abundance and wholeness and will not be completely free of fear.

Crystals/gemstones associated with the Crown Chakra: diamond, amethyst, clear quartz (colors most associated with this chakra are purple/lavender/white)

 

  • COMING SOON: Info on chakra meditations/balancing!