As an Intuitive Healer and Spiritual Teacher, I work with people’s energy daily, helping to facilitate the discovery of their highest potential. So many feel that “who I am” equals what I do, the things I own, how many friends I have, how many likes or followers I have, or how much money I make. We measure our lives based on external circumstances, and use them as reflections of our success and self-worth.
But what you are missing when you gauge your life this way is this: none of it matters. The only thing that really has meaning is what is happening internally with your energy, emotions, and mental state. You can have everything you ever dreamed of, but if you are not harmonious on the inside you will never meet your true potential. You will never be satisfied because, on an unconscious energetic level, you are not aligned.
So how do you begin finding alignment so that you can live at your highest potential?
We all have energy centers in our bodies call the chakras, which are these invisible wheels of energy that run along the spine in our bodies. I think of them as the nervous system of the soul. There are seven main chakras that begin at the base of the spine and run all the way up to the crown of the head. It is important to understand their meanings, so we can begin understanding where we are unbalanced in our lives and begin healing our bodies and minds. The more we become aware, the more connected we become to everything in the universe. As you read through these seven main chakras, perhaps one resonates with you, which I am hoping happens. We usually have one that gets out of alignment more than the others, and this may be the first time in your life that you are making the connection between energy and your body. Once you get better at it, your whole life transforms.
On May 1st, I am leading a Soul Series which will focus on the chakras along with guided meditation in each class. There are three classes in this series. If you enjoy this topic, and are interested in attending, please register here.
The first chakra is located at the base of the spine, and is called the Muladhara, mul meaning base, and adhara meaning support. The color associated to this chakra is red. So this is our energy center for grounding. This is the chakra we begin with to build upon. When we feel our needs are not being met, insecure, or worried, this chakra will become unbalanced. Physically, you may have low back pain, leg or feet issues, constipation, or colon and bladder issues. To balance this chakra, my go-to practices are chanting the word LAM, and eating more root vegetables.
The second chakra is located in the sacral region, and is called the Svadhisthana, which means the dwelling place of the self. The color here is orange. This is our sexual and creative energy center. When in balance you feel joy and abundance, but when out of balance you feel depression, instability, and fear of change. You may also experience pain in your lower back or abdomen. To balance this chakra, be playful in your life; be expressive and creative, and maintain a healthy sex life. The chant VAM is also a way to bring new life to this area.
The third chakra is the Manipura, and it is located between the belly button and the breast-bone. The color is yellow, and it means city of jewels. This is our fire and power center and governs self-esteem and transformation. When you are motivated and have a sense of purpose you are balanced here. When you have difficulty making decisions or are dealing with control issues, you are out of balance. Nausea, abdominal pain, and anxiety are all physical manifestations of this chakra being unbalanced. To bring new energy here, breath of fire is a wonderful way to move energy. This is done by breathing in and out of both nostrils with your mouth closed. Each round of breath should be two seconds long. Do this for a few minutes for best results. The chant of RAM is also one of my favorite ways to heal this chakra.
The fourth chakra is your heart chakra. This is where matter (the lower three) and spiritual energies (the upper three) meet. Anahata means un-hurt or un-stuck. When your heart is open you have compassion, love, and forgiveness. When it is not open you feel anger, grief, or even hate. Chest pain may be a physical manifestation of this chakra being unbalanced. The color here is pink or green, but I prefer green. The chant YUM is used for balance of this chakra, but also finding ways to let go of grievances are imperative to mending your heart.
This chakra is located in the center of your throat and the color is blue. It means especially pure. When you are balanced here you are a good listener, you speak your truth and communicate lovingly, and also, you have faith. When you are out of balance you find yourself not saying what is needed to be said because of the fear of judgement or not being accepted. You may experience illnesses like strep throat or thyroid disease, as well as chronic neck pain. To bring harmony to this area become a better listener. Turn off your cell phones when hanging out with friends and family and be present for connection and communication. The chant for the throat chakra is HUM.
The sixth chakra is located in between your eyebrows, which is called the third eye. This is your intuitive energy center, and where you can tap into inner knowledge. Ajna means beyond wisdom and the color is indigo. When you are balanced here you have wonderful visualizations, dreams you can remember, and synchronicities. When you are out of balance here, your guidance system feels off, and being able to see what you need to do in the future feels shut off. You may also manifest vertigo and headaches. Meditation is the best way to strengthen this chakra. Close your eyes and begin to breathe in and out with your focus to the area in between your eyebrows. Do this anytime during the day that you need to get centered, but also yearn for connection to the spirit world and intuition. The chant of SHAM is also a good way to balance the third eye energy.
The seventh chakra is located at the top of the head and the color is white. It means the lotus of a thousand petals. This is our connection to Source, God, the invisible world, and allows us to find spiritual connection. When you are balanced here you have a knowing that you are connected to everything and everyone, and are expansive beyond your physical body. When you are not balanced you feel disconnected and contracted in your body and mind. Meditation is a wonderful practice to learn to connect to a higher level of existence and to expand consciousness. The chant of AUM is used here which is known as the vibration of the universe.
Remember to check out Randi’s upcoming three-part Soul Series (beginning May 1) to work further with her on chakras!