by KG Stiles, LMT, CAT, RBT, CBP
Your Chakras are the gateways for perceiving vibration or Prana, life force energy. It is at your Chakras that Prana is organized in its flow through your BodyMind.
According to Dr. Candace Pert a renowned neuroscientist, “we (humans) are quite literally hard wired for bliss.” Candace Pert’s extraordinary career began in 1972 with her startling discovery of the opiate receptor. In her book, “Molecules of Emotion,” Dr. Pert, a professed Chakra buff, maps the dynamic network between emotions, the body and the mind. Circulation of Prana through your chakras is essential for the feeling of “bliss” that naturally arises with being alive.
Chakra is a Sanskrit term meaning “spinning wheel of energy,” or “wheel of light.” Your chakras are the map or energetic blueprint for your physical BodyMind. These Energy Centers or Chakras connect with one another through circuits or streams of life force energy within your BodyMind. There are thousands of chakras throughout your body.
Chakra balancing practices assist you in clearing blockages from deep within the subconscious levels of your energy system. A regular practice of chakra attunements is a journey into self discovery. With practice you will increase the amplitude for each of your Chakras. Increased amplitude will greatly enhance your vital life force energy and positively impact your health and longevity. Most importantly through regular attunements you will begin to realize your highest Divine potential.
Direct aroma inhalation using Pranic or Rainbow Light Chakra Breathing is one of the most effective ways to benefit from aromatherapy for balancing the chakras.
Sit comfortably with your spine erect, close your eyes and begin to focus your attention at the chakra you are balancing. Inhale your oil or blend, slowly allow your lungs to fill with oxygen. Your diaphragm is the organ for processing emotions, so breathing is an essential tool for releasing old, stagnant emotion.
Feel and hear your breath moving in and out at the back of your throat as you visualize Prana entering through your crown chakra to circulate down through your kundalini* channel to nourish your chakra. See your chakra as a beautiful whirling ball of colored light.
Visualize the air you breathe being filled with Pranic or Rainbow light, as it fills your lungs and is delivered to your chakra. As you exhale see any toxic residue, like brownish-grey smoke, leave your chakra. Allow any memories, thoughts or emotions, to surface and leave you. Conclude by seeing your chakra as clear, vibrantly alive and healthy.
1st Chakra (Muladhara or Base) ~ EARTH ~ DARK RED ~ STABILITY & SECURITY
The First Chakra is situated at your perineum, between the genitals and anus. The flowering of this chakra is the mature person who walks steadily towards their destiny.
Body Parts: central nervous systems, adrenals, lymph system, male reproduction, prostate, large intestines, coccyx, sacrum, bones, teeth, nails, legs, arms
AROMATHERAPY: sweet, warm, earthy, regulator or restorative aromas like Vetiver (vetiveria zizanoides), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum ssp serotinum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Frankincense (Boswelia fereana), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli).
Physical imbalance: sciatica, constipation, ovarian, uterine, prostate, varicose vein, rectal cancer, immune disorders, hemorrhoid conditions.
Emotional blockage: Disconnection community, family, or yourself. Sense of abandonment gives rise to frustration, blocked passion, emotional instability, self indulgence, insecurity, grief, loss, depression, conflict between attachment and letting go.
Affirmation: “I am one with all that is. I am safe. I am loved.”
THE POWER OF WATER
2nd Chakra (Sexual/Spleen) ~ WATER ~ ROSE PINK ORANGE ~ CREATIVITY
The Second Chakra is situated at the base of your lumbar spine, halfway between your navel and pubic bone. Water’s power is fluid, yet unyielding – the power to overcome obstacles and act with integrity.
Body Parts: Female reproductive organs, bladder, large intestines, pelvis, buttocks, 3rd lumbar to sacrum
AROMATHERAPY: sweet, fluid, citrus, aphrodisiac, regulator or restorative aromas like Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Rose (Rosa damascena), Rose Geranium (Pelargonium roseum), Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum ssp serotinum), Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Tangerine (Citrus reticulata), Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis).
Physical Imbalance: lumbar tension, low back and pelvic pain, sciatica, kidney and bladder infections, immune disorders, chronic fatigue, impotence, frigidity, irritable bowel, cancer and diabetes, addictions.
Emotional Blockage: anxiety, fear, worry, power struggles, financial and work problems, emotional boundary issues, jealousy, mistrust.
Affirmation: “I love and honor myself and all of life.”
THE POWER OF FIRE
3rd Chakra Manipura (Solar Plexus) ~ FIRE ~ EMERALD GREEN ~ DESIRE
Your Third Chakra is located just above your navel – power of transformation. In balance you trust yourself and take full responsibility for your life.
Body Parts: Diaphragm, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidney, adrenals, stomach, small intestines, rib cage, lower thoracic to 2nd lumbar
AROMATHERAPY: Sweet, earthy, sour, woody, regulator or restorative aromas like Sandalwood (Santalum album), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum ssp serotinum), Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium), Lemon (Citrus limonum).
Physical imbalance: Respiratory, Immune, Hormonal and Digestive Systems, Ulcers, Gallstones, Heartburn, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia, Tumors, Anorexia, Bulimia, Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, Arthritis.
Emotional blockage: victimization, need for approval, stress, anger, frustration, fear of responsibility, guilt, worry, doubt, commitment issues.
Affirmation: “I am the powerful creator of my reality and I love it.”
THE POWER OF AIR
4th Chakra Anahata (Heart) ~ AIR ~ SUN GOLD ~ COMPASSION
The Fourth Chakra is located just behind your heart – power of movement. This chakra governs your communication systems, especially the nervous system.
Body Parts: Heart, circulation, lungs, rib cage, thoracic spine, thymus, breasts, esophagus, shares with the 5th chakra – arms, shoulders, hands
AROMATHERAPY: sweet, citrus, woody, nervine, anti-depressant, regulator or restorative aromas like Rose (Rosa damascena), Frankincense (Boswelia fereana), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Vetiver (vetiveria zizanoides) Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum ssp serotinum), Neroli (Citrus aurantium), Rose Geranium (Pelargonium roseum)
Physical imbalance: Heart disease, Asthma, Lung and Breast Cancer, Thoracic spine, Pneumonia, Hypertension, Stroke, Angina, Arthritis
Emotional blockage: insensitivity, emotionally closed, passivity, depression, lack of forgiveness, loss, grief
Affirmation: “I am unconditionally loving and accepting.”
THE POWER OF SPACE
5th Chakra Visuddha (Throat) ~ SAPPHIRE BLUE ~ INTENTION TO CREATE
The Fifth Chakra is located at the back of your throat – power of creativity and self expression.
Body Parts: Mouth, teeth, gums, trachea, larynx, cervical spine, thyroid gland, shares shoulders, arms, hands and esophagus with 4th chakra)
AROMATHERAPY: sweet, woody, citrus, regulator, restorative aromas of Frankincense (Boswelia fereana), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium), Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum ssp serotinum).
Related physical imbalance include: throat, voice, gum, tooth problems, TMJ , thyroid conditions, catching the flu or colds, chronic infections, allergic reactions.
Emotional Blockage: stagnation, obsession, lack of expression, depression, indecision, fears and phobias.
Affirmation: “I am the author of my life. The power of choice is mine.”
THE POWER OF LIGHT
6th Chakra Ajna (Brow or 3rd Eye) ~ DEEP INDIGO BLUE ~ INTUITION
The Sixth Chakra is located at your forehead, the seat of your Divine Consciousness.
BODY PARTS: Brain and nervous system, pituitary and pineal glands, eyes, ears, nose
AROMATHERAPY: sweet, spicy, citrus, nerving, regulator, restorative aromas like Spikenard (Nardostachys atamans), Petitgrain (Citrus uranium), Lavender (Lavendula august folia), Neroli (Citrus uranium), Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Frankincense (Boswelia fereana), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Lemon (Citrus limonum).
Related physical imbalance include:Headache, fuzzy thinking, brain tumors, strokes, blindness, deafness, seizures, learning disabilities, spinal problems, panic, depression
Emotional blockage: fears, phobias, lack of focus and discipline, lacking judgment, confusion, nightmares, schizophrenia
Affirmation: “It is safe for me to see the truth.”
THE POWER OF SOUND
7th Chakra Sahasrara (Crown) ~ WHITE VIOLET ~ SPIRIT CONNECTION
The Seventh Chakra is located at the crown of your head – the power of the infinite.
Body Parts: Cranium, top of head
AROMATHERAPY: sweet, citrus, regulator, restorative aromas like Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata), Rose (Rosa damascena), Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi), Frankincense (Boswelia fereana), Lavender (Lavendula augustifolia ), German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) Neroli (Citrus aurantium), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Lemon (Citrus limonum).
Emotional blockage: loss of meaning, or purpose, loss of connection with the divine, closed minded, worry, depression
Physical imbalance: Musculo-skeletal system disease, skin disorders, divine discontent, depression, chronic exhaustion, hypersensitivity to light, sound and environmental stimulus.
Affirmation: “I am one with the present moment.”
THE POWER OF UNIVERSAL LOVE
8th Chakra Universal Heart ~ AQUA TURQUOISE ~ DIVINE LOVE
The Eighth Chakra is located behind your manubrium, below the suprasternal notch – power of the Divine Love.
Body Parts: Heart, thymus gland, manubrium
AROMATHERAPY: sweet, restorative aromas Rose (Rosa damascena), Neroli (Citrus aurantium).
Emotional blockage: Disassociation, numbness
Physical imbalance: Mysterious, non-responding illnesses
Affirmation: “I am one within the Universal Heart.”
*What is Kundalini? The name Yogis gave to awakening to your full potential. Kundalini is depicted as a snake, coiled and slumbering at your base chakra, the Sushumna Nadi. Nadi is another word used for chakra.