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Exploring a traditionally Eastern idea (the chakra system) with a Western mind often leads to confusion or wrong practices. In a bite-size, easy-to-grasp line up, this article outlines how to balance the chakras.

What Is a Chakra?

Chakra means “wheel.” Chakras are probably the most well-known aspect of energetic anatomy in the West, where they are often used as metaphors for psychological or spiritual growth. But chakras are not only metaphors; they are actual energetic centers in the body.

A chakra is simply a location in the body at which channels cross. As there are thousands of channels, there are many, many chakras. However in spiritual and yogic practice, the focus is on the major chakras, the sites were multiple channels or major channels cross. If we imagine many channels intersecting—the channels radiating out from the intersection—it is easy to understand why chakras are represented by a spoked wheel or as a wheel-like shape made by the petals of a lotus.

Many tantric practices require the practitioner to fix his or her attention in particular chakras. Because prana and mind always move together, directing the attention directs prana; the movement of prana cannot be divided from experience.

To use a modern analogy, the main chakras are like hard drives, one for each of the main Realms of experience. Each hard drive has many files. As long as a chakra is functioning—and it always is to some extent, no matter how “closed” it may be—one of these files is open. What is displayed by that file shapes experience.

Opening Your Chakras – Understanding Their Syllables

We open the chakras and evoke positive experiences associated with that chakra. In the hard drive analogy, we clear the screen and then call up the file that contains the positive support of qualities that we need for the practice. The tigle [symbol or sigil] is the mental aspect. The consciousness that is focused there that takes on the quality that is evoked in the chakra, as a crystal ball takes on the color of fabric that it rests upon. The syllable is both the password that evokes the quality and the armor that sustains it.

Creating a Sigil For Each Chakra

Next is the choice to create your own healing sigil, either one for all chakras or separate ones for balancing each chakra on its own.

Creating Your Own Sigil

  1. Focus on a sentence starting with “I am […]” that best describes your goal to heal the chakra in question. (Or the same phrase to balance the chakras one at a time; who doesn’t love to recycle?).
  2. From the sentence, remove all vowels and repeating consonants, so you’re left with a condensed version of your sentence or phrase. For example, if your phrase was “I am white light,” you’d come to “mwhtlg.”
  3. Repeatedly draw and play with the scripted letters until you come to a satisfactory sigil, representing the original phrase.
  4. Picture your healing sigil in the chakra’s core position, with the goal to cultivate and connect to the quality most associated with the chakra (see chakra reference chart above).
  5. Once connected, upholding the symbol helps to stabilize the experience of that quality and therefore the chakra itself.

Understanding Each Chakras Meaning

Root Chakra

If your root chakra needs strengthening, you might feel that events threaten your security or that you’re unhappy with your body size or shape. You might feel as if your material life has gained control over you, putting you in a powerless state. If your root chakra is overactive, you might notice anger rising over the smallest of issues, releasing in inappropriate bursts.

Meditations for root chakra balancing include:

  • using red and black crystals such as hematite, red garnet, red jasper, smoky quartz, or black onyx;
  • putting the attention of the mind on the area centripetally to a physical radius up to 1.5 meters around the base of the spine, including its center;
  • picturing your healing sigil in the root chakra’s core position, with the goal to cultivate and connect to the quality most associated with the root chakra: TRUST.

Once your root chakra balances, you will feel more grounded, solid, and confident in yourself.

Sacral Chakra

Low energy through your sacral chakra can result in lacking energy and motivation. You might feel lazy and depressed, lacking simply joyful moments. If your sacral chakra is overactive, you might feel consistent frustration, often leading to tears.

To align this energy center, practice sacral chakra healing:

  • using carnelian, orange calcite, sunstone, or tiger’s eye;
  • putting the attention of the mind on the area centripetally to a physical radius up to 1.5 meters around the navel, including its center;
  • picturing your healing sigil in the sacral chakra’s core position, with the goal to cultivate and connect to the quality most associated with the sacral chakra: SEXUALITY & CREATIVITY.

Once your sacral chakra is back in balance, you will begin to feel energized, inspired, and motivated again.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Inactivity of the solar plexus chakra might cause you to feel powerless, especially under pressure. Stomach butterflies, nausea, performance pressure—you might feel as if you can’t gain control over simple actions in your life. If your solar plexus chakra is overactive, you could express the “control freak” archetype.

For solar plexus chakra healing:

  • try using yellow gemstones such as yellow jasper, citrine, rutilated (titanium dioxide) quartz, or pyrite;
  • putting the attention of the mind on the area centripetally to a physical radius up to 1.5 meters around the diaphragm, including its center;
  • picturing your healing sigil in the solar plexus chakra’s core position, with the goal to cultivate and connect to the quality most associated with the solar plexus chakra: WISDOM & POWER.

Once your solar plexus chakra balances, you will begin to feel motivated, focused, and confident in your decisions.

Heart Chakra

If you have relationship problems or feel unattached to your loved ones, it might suggest a weak heart chakra. If overactive, you might feel hardcore attachments, resulting in exaggerated emotionalism.

To practice heart chakra healing:

  • try meditating with green and pink heart chakra stones such as aventurine, rose quartz, chrysoprase, or rhodonite over your heart, to open to love;
  • putting the attention of the mind on the area centripetally to a physical radius up to 1.5 meters around the heart, including its center;
  • picturing your healing sigil in the heart chakra’s core position, with the goal to cultivate and connect to the quality most associated with the heart chakra: LOVE.

Once your heart chakra becomes realigned, you radiate love. Your relationships begin to strengthen and you feel hopeful again.

Throat Chakra

A weak throat chakra could make you unable to speak your truth and express yourself. When overactive, you might speak before you think, have unnecessary arguments, and say hurtful words.

To voice your thoughts clearly, communicate well:

  • try meditating with throat chakra healing stones like sodalite, angelate, aquamarine, and blue apatite on your throat;
  • putting the attention of the mind on the area centripetally to a physical radius up to 1.5 meters around the throat, including its center;
  • picturing your healing sigil in the throat chakra’s core position, with the goal to cultivate and connect to the quality most associated with the throat chakra: COMMUNICATION.

Third-Eye Chakra

Lacking foresight and organization? Your third eye chakra might be underactive. If overactive, one might experience nightmares, feeling stuck in an emotional rut, becoming closed off to new ideas.

If your intuition is off and you cannot trust your “gut” feelings:

  • lie down and place your favorite third-eye chakra crystals, like amethyst, fluorite, angelate, or iolite over your third eye and simply relax;
  • putting the attention of the mind on the area centripetally to a physical radius up to 1.5 meters around the brow, including its center;
  • picturing your healing sigil in the third eye chakra’s core position, with the goal to cultivate and connect to the quality most associated with the third eye chakra: AWARENESS.

Crown Chakra

Confused thinking when you are under stress shows an imbalance in your crown chakra. You might wander without having a specific purpose or path, leaving you sometimes feeling lost.

To balance and align this energetic center:

  • try using crown chakra crystals such as moonstone, clear quartz, amethyst, or selenite;
  • putting the attention of the mind on the area centripetally to a physical radius up to 1.5 meters around the crown, including its center;
  • picturing your healing sigil in the crown chakra’s core position, with the goal to cultivate and connect to the quality most associated with the crown chakra: SPIRITUALITY.

After trying the chakra balancing methods above comment and share your mind, body, and soul understandings. Each one of us is unique—the keyword for this practice is “experiential.”

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