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How to Understand the Chakra Meaning Chart & Unlock Your Potential

Welcome to a journey of self-discovery and inner balance, where the mystical energy centers known as chakras await to be unveiled.

Have you ever wondered about the hidden dimensions within you?

The ancient wisdom of the chakras holds the key to unlocking your true potential and experiencing a profound connection between mind, body, and spirit.

In this blog post, we will delve into the meaning of the chakras and explore their origins, understanding the profound importance of these energy centers in our everyday lives.


What are Chakras?

Picture a harmonious symphony resonating within you, where each chakra represents a unique note, contributing to the overall harmony and vitality of your being.

The word “chakra” originates from the ancient Sanskrit language, meaning “wheel” or “disc.”

Chakras are viewed as an archetypal map to human consciousness.

These spinning wheels of energy are intricately woven throughout your subtle body, aligning along your spine from the base to the crown of your head.

There are seven major chakras that lie along the human spine, (it is worth mentioning that it has been said there are up to 88,000 of them!) and they are the major interconnection points between our physical and energetic bodies.

They have been described as the ‘sacred architecture of your body and psyche’, portals between the physical and spiritual planes.

Each of the 7 chakras has its own symbol (a lotus flower with varying numbers of petals) and they are associated with body organs, levels of consciousness, natural elements, different chakra colors, chakra healing stones and more.


The Importance of the Chakras

By understanding the importance of the chakras in everyday life you can awaken a sense of harmony and balance, leading you toward living a more vibrant and fulfilling existence. 

Imagine your life force flowing effortlessly through these seven main chakras, each serving as a gateway to different aspects of your being.

The awakening and unfoldment of each individual chakra within the human energy field is a part of every person’s growth process, and therefore working with them consciously can be a considerable help to the awakening of our consciousness and our self-development.

Once all the chakras are understood, experienced, opened, and connected harmoniously they act as a bridge between matter and spirit, a clear and unimpeded connection between heaven and earth, or our higher and lower consciousness.

The Chakra system gives us a map that explores our connection between the physical plane and higher, deeper, more spiritual planes of existence – what physics would call the quantum world.


Understanding the Quantum Field

Quantum physics is teaching us that there is a vast world of unseen energy that not only surrounds us but is also a part of us.

Whilst our physical world may look and feel very physical when we start to cross the boundary between Newtonian physics and Quantum physics things go from becoming very solid to being made up of waves or particles of energy.

The Chakras of the human body are part of the silent communication that goes on between you and the Universe.

Chakras are spinning energy centers that are the connection point between your physical body and your energetic body.

Your rational head may be saying one thing, but if there isn’t coherence between this and your Chakras, guess which one the Universe is going to listen to?

Yes, that’s right – your Chakras!

And the reason for this is that the driving principle that underlies everything is energy – and the type of energy we put out is what we attract back toward us.


The Origins of the Chakras

Each specific chakra serves a separate purpose and logs different data, but it is the seven main chakras that mirror the archetypal emotional and energetic issues we all have to master.

Many of the patterns and behaviors associated with each chakra have been described by the Ancients, passed down to us in sacred writings and texts, and surrounded by symbolism, myth, and metaphor.

This knowledge was taught to the few who would spend years mastering it.

Often described as energy centers or non-anatomical vortices of energy, they are located in the body – or more specifically, in the etheric body which lies outside of, but interpenetrates our physical body.

Whilst they are a fundamental part of our energy system, they are also a profound mapping of universal principles, of levels of consciousness and growth.

They equate to seven sacred truths found in many religions and wisdom teachings, and to seven distinct stages of individual maturation.

In fact, there are many ways to look at, work with and understand these energy centers and much has been written about the different approaches.


Chakara Meaning Chart

Each chakra has a different emphasis and includes our foundation and survival instincts, personal relationships, vitality, emotional sensations, personal will, empowerment, and ability to give and receive love, creative expression, psychic awareness, and spiritual connection.

They also help us navigate and integrate the seven archetypal levels that impact our lives:

Muladhara Chakra, the Root Chakra: Color Red
Svadisthana Chakra, the Sacral Chakra: Color Orange
Manipura Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra: Color Yellow
Anahata Chakra, the Heart Chakra: Color Green
Vishuddi Chakra, the Throat Chakra: Color Blue
Ajna Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra: Color Indigo
Sahasrara Chakra, the Crown Chakra: Color Purple/Violet


image of energy centers of the chakra system


7 Chakras and Their Meanings:

First Chakra – Root Chakra (Base Chakra)

  • Open Sacral Chakra Meaning – You will be more grounded, feel safe, have a greater sense of ‘belonging’, and be able to manifest life’s necessities with ease and achieve your aims.
  • Balanced – Assertive, Courageous, and Stable
  • Imbalanced – Insecure, Self-pity, Self-doubt, Aggressive, Fearful
  • Emotion – Safety and Sense of Security
  • Location – Base of the Spine – Think of Muladhara as the base or root of your whole chakra system — it supplies prana to the rest of the body, mind, and spirit. It’s said that half of the root chakra is outside of the body, grounding you into the earth. This is where Kundalini energy begins and enters the body.
  • Color – Red Color
  • Mantra – Lam/ I Am
  • Element – Earth
  • Glands – Gonads
  • Physical problems might include colon pain, constipation, sciatica, lower back pain, hemorrhoids, prostate issues, or menstrual cramps.
  • Chakra Stones or Crystals – Agate, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Tigers Eye, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Red Aventurine, Red Jasper, Onyx, Black Tourmaline.
  • Essential oils – Allspice, cayenne, cedarwood, clove, dandelion, nutmeg, rosemary.


Second Chakra – Sacral Chakra

  • Specific Meaning – Become more creative, and more sexual and attract the opposite sex more easily, and create a better level of connection with individuals.
  • Balanced – Sociable, Creative, Independent, and Satisfied
  • Imbalanced – Destructive, Aloof, Frustrated, Dependent, Withdrawn
  • Emotion – Desire
  • Location – Lower Abdomen – The svadisthana chakra transforms the root chakra’s earth energy and uses it for creativity and pleasure.
  • Color – Orange
  • Mantra – Vam/I Feel
  • Element – Water
  • Glands – Sexual Organs
  • Stones/ Crystals –  Carnelian, Citrine, Coral, Moonstone.Orange carnelian, Orange calcite, Peach moonstone, Sunstone, Goldstone.
  • Herbs/Essential oils – Blood orange, cinnamon cassia, fennel, ginger, vanilla, ylang-ylang.


Third Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra

  • Specific Meaning – Be more self-empowered, look and feel more confident, and see your willpower and tenacity increase.
  • Balanced – Confident, Joyful, Optimistic, Easy-going, and Ambitious
  • Imbalanced – Overanalytical, Pessimist, Skeptical, Feel inferior
  • Emotion – Purpose
  • Location – Upper Addomen
  • Color – Yellow
  • Mantra – Ram/I Do
  • Element – Fire
  • Glands – Digestive and adrenal glands
  • Stones/ Crystals – Citrine, Amber, Calcite, Tigers Eye, Yellow Jasper, Yellow Topaz, Sunstone.
  • Herbs/Essential oils –  Sandalwood, myrrh, Atlas Cedarwood, ylang-ylang, ginger, lemongrass and lavender.


Fourth Chakra -Heart Chakra

  • Specific Meaning – Connect to your higher purpose, achieve deep, loving relationships, and become more compassionate.
  • Balanced – Generous, Compassionate, Loving, Harmonious, Empathetic
  • Imbalanced – Jealous, Bitter, Indifferent, Anxious
  • Emotion – Love
  • Location – Heart – It is the chakra that connects the three lower physical-emotional chakras to the three higher mental and spiritual main chakras, where they can be transformed and integrated into a higher vibration.
  • Color – Green
  • Mantra – Yam | I Love
  • Element – Air
  • Glands – Thymus and lymph
  • Physical issues include Lung problems, heart problems, and upper back problems point to this chakra being blocked.
  • Stones/ Crystals – Pink tourmaline, Rose quartz, Ruby, Rhodochrosite
  • Herbs/Essential oils – Bergamot, cacao, cardamom, cilantro, jasmine, lavender, rose, thyme


Fifth Chakra -Throat Chakra

  • Specific Meaning– Communicate more effectively, be unafraid to stand up for your truth, and be respected for your authenticity.
  • Balanced – Loyal, Trustworthy, Calm, Honest, Supportive
  • Blocked Throat Chakra – Disloyal, Distant, Quiet, Moody
  • Emotion – Expansion/Healing
  • Location – Throat
  • Color – Blue
  • Mantra – Ham | I Speak
  • Element – Space
  • Glands – Jaws, teeth, throat, and other mouth glands
  • Stones/ Crystals – Aquamarine, Turquiose, Amazonite, Angelite
  • Herbs/Essential oils – Elderberry, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, sage, bay laurel


Sixth Chakra -Third-Eye Chakra

  • Meaning– Manifest eagle-eye intuition, rely on your ‘gut’ feeling and sixth sense, and be open to new ideas and inspirations.
  • Balanced – Intuitive, Faithful, Integrity, Clear Thought
  • Imbalanced – Doubt, Inconsiderate, Depressed
  • Emotion – Imagination/Intuition
  • Location – Forehead
  • Color – Indigo
  • Mantra – Om| I See
  • Element – Light
  • Glands – Pineal Gland
  • Stones/ Crystals – Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Blue aventurine, Labradorite, Tanzanite
  • Herbs/Essential oils– Cypress, juniper, mugwort, mandrake root, blue lotus


Seventh Chakra- Crown Chakra

  • Meaning – Know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you and the Universe are One, maintain a strong connection to higher guidance, and deepen your spirituality.
  • Balanced – Respect for all, Reverent, Idealist, Connected, Present
  • Imbalanced – Isolated, Disconnected from reality, Feeling Superior
  • Emotion – Bliss, Spirituality
  • Location – Crown of your head or Top of the head – It is the culmination of awakening Kundalini energy in all the chakras, which rises up the spine to the crown chakra and causes spiritual awakening.
  • Color – Violet
  • Mantra – Silence | I Understand
  • Element – None
  • Glands – Hypothalamus and pituitary gland
  • Stones/ Crystals – Amethyst, Purple Fluorite, Charoite, Blue Lace Agate, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Selenite
  • Herbs/Essential oils – Lavender, palo Santo, pink lotus, St. John’s Wort, frangipani


Chakra Imbalances and Blockages

A sudden flood of consciousness into each chakra, at the level that chakra is working at, would be too much for us to process all at once, and therefore each of us works at our own growth process.

By slowly opening up each chakra we have the ability to process the information released and integrate it into our lives.

This is the process of self-development, and for those on a journey to self-enlightenment, who are seeking to build and increase their light body, working with each of the chakras, and the life lessons they have to give us, is an essential part of this.

Few of us work consciously with this process, and blockages and imbalances are common within the flow of energy as a result.

Just as the mind and body are inextricably connected, so too are our energy body and our physical body – and each chakra is also inextricably linked to all the others.

A block in one chakra will begin to affect a neighboring one.

A lack of flow in the human energy system in the long term leads to illness and disease within the physical body, and we will struggle to manifest what we want.

In addition, we are not in touch with our true feelings and perceptions.

Rather than being in the flow of this energy and living in alignment with all it has to tell us, we become disassociated from it and tend to live in our heads, or through our rational thought processes, entirely out of touch with our true selves.

It is this lack of congruence that is so damaging, restricting us from achieving our true desires.

Much of the process of rebalancing, is about getting back in touch with this aspect of ourselves, clearing the blockages, and learning to read and trust the information, that is coming through to us.


Chakra Healing

In Ayurvedic medicine, illness is viewed as an energy blockage in one or more of the chakras.

Other Eastern medicine techniques such as acupuncture are rooted in the belief that energy blockages can cause mental, body, and spirit imbalances.

As quantum mechanics has proven, energy is never at rest.

The idea of chakras is that ideally, energy should flow easily between chakras.

Healing a chakra blockage begins with mindfulness and awareness of the imbalance.

Qigong, Yoga, meditation, and energy healing are some of the best ways to get the energy flowing efficiently once again.

The meditations and yoga poses (specifically kundalini yoga) will vary depending on the chakra.


Summary of the Chakra System

The root chakra, situated at the base of the spine, connects us with our earthly existence and imparts a sense of stability and grounding.

Moving up, we encounter the sacral chakra, igniting our passion, creativity, and emotional expression.

Ascending further, we arrive at the solar plexus chakra, which fuels our confidence, personal power, and ambition.

Continuing the journey, we come across the heart chakra, the center of love, compassion, and forgiveness.

The throat chakra governs our ability to communicate and express our truth,

while the third eye chakra enables intuition, insight, and spiritual awareness.

Finally, the crown chakra, located at the top of the head, connects us with the divine, transcending our individuality and opening us to universal consciousness.

The desire to explore and harness the power of these chakras arises naturally as we realize the immense impact they have on our well-being.

When the chakras are balanced and flowing harmoniously, we experience a profound sense of vitality, emotional stability, and spiritual connectedness.

However, blockages or imbalances in these energy centers can manifest as physical ailments, emotional disturbances, and a general sense of disconnection from ourselves and the world around us.

Action is required to embark on the transformative journey of aligning and activating our chakras.

Through various practices such as yoga, meditation, breathwork, and energy healing, we can restore balance, release blockages, and optimize energy flow within our chakras.

By consciously engaging with our chakras, we can elevate our physical health, deepen our emotional intelligence, expand our consciousness, and cultivate a profound sense of well-being.


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