All About Your Chakras


Hey friends! It's been awhile! Between the wind and the cold I've been in total hibernation mode. I've also recently had some transitions in my life, and have to adjust to the differences in my schedule.

I'm starting to feel more in sync, and managed to find some time to put together a post for y'all.

If you follow me on instagram or twitter, then you know I talk about my chakras from time to time. Usually when I do so, it never fails that I will get a DM inquiring about what exactly is a chakra.

So this post is going to be your introduction to chakras. What are they, where are they, and what role do they play in your life?

Okay, so let's start with the basics. Chakras, (pronounced with a hard ch, like in choice), come from ancient Indian beliefs. The word is Sanskrit for "wheel." They are essentially life force energy, your life force energy, that constantly spin within your body.

You've probably had some experience with chakras without even realizing it. Chakras, although not part of the physical body, show themselves in physical ways. A lump in your throat, broken heart, restless legs...those are all different chakras at work. If you are a yogi, you might recognize the terms prana or chi. These terms are referring to energy within your body, AKA chakras.

I like to think of my chakras as if they are my internal barometer. Each chakra regulates specific characteristics of yourself.

So different people believe different things about chakras. One of the biggest things people might disagree on is how many there are within you. Obviously there is no physical way to see them, so it's kind of left up to your own judgment and thoughts. I was taught that there are seven, so that's what I roll with. The 7 chakras and the characteristics they regulate are:

  1. Root Chakra- Who you are
  2. Sacral Chakra- How you feel
  3. Solar Plexus Chakra- What you do
  4. Heart Chakra- How you love
  5. Throat Chakra- What you say
  6. Third Eye Chakra- What you know
  7. Crown Chakra- How you perceive your connection with the universe or higher power

I will probably do future posts on the specific chakras in more detail, so I'm not going to go into too much on this one. I will discuss the basics of each chakra however, just to give a general idea.

Let's start with the first chakra, the Root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of your spine. This chakra is the foundation of everything that you are. To get your chakras all aligned, it starts with this one.

You know that your Root chakra is healthy and open if you feel connected to the Earth and you feel a sense of security. You know who you are, you're sure of yourself, you don't feel the need to follow.

If this chakra is closed, you feel unsure, unsafe, almost lost. If it's too open you might be withdrawn, have a tendency to isolate, and feel lethargic.

Second, is the Sacral chakra. A lot of people know this chakra as the sex chakra. It is the center of passion, sexuality, desire...etc. It is located just below your navel.

When your second chakra is healthy, your emotions are in tact, you have a healthy sex life, you might feel "butterflies" in your stomach.

If this chakra is closed, you might feel more callous. You are probably having sexual problems, gynecological issues, you might feel unable to connect with your significant other.

If this chakra is too open, you might have some co-dependency issues, get attached too quickly to others, or even form a sex addiction.

Next is your Solar Plexus chakra. For some reason this is the chakra I've always been drawn to the most, and feel the most in-tune with. It's element is fire, and I am a fire sign, so that is probably part of the reason I'm drawn to it. This is the power chakra. It is located at the base of your rib cage.

If this chakra is up and running healthily, you radiate confidence. You have a lot of energy, are very motivated, action-oriented, and driven. Much like an Aries, which I also am...

If this chakra is closed, you feel as though you don't have any control and play the victim card a lot. You might not have an appetite, you might gain weight, you might have bowel issues.

If it's too open the worst attributes of fire signs come out. You might become bossy, aggressive, highly critical, self-centered. Those people that are overly dominant, demanding attention-yeah, their third chakra is way too open.

Okay, so we have covered the first three chakras. These first three chakras are considered the earthly chakras.

The fourth chakra is your Heart chakra. This is the place from which you love and is located right behind the heart. This is also the chakra that is right in the middle of all the others. For this reason, your  heart chakra links both the earthly chakras and the upper three chakras (the spiritual chakras) together. Your heart chakra keeps everything balanced. It allows you to have a spiritual life while staying grounded.

When this chakra is closed, you are unable to love. You lack empathy, you have self-hatred, you might be consumed with power.

If it is too open, you then might focus too much on others. You give your heart away to everyone, and tend to lose yourself trying to please others.

A heathy heart chakra allows you to give and receive love equally.

Moving on to our fifth chakra, the Throat chakra, which is located right where it says- behind your throat. This is, very obviously, your voice. This is also where all of your creativity resides. Singing, painting, dancing...creative expression is coming from here. People with healthy throat chakras tend to be very honest and have a lot of self-awareness. As well as an ability to grow and learn.

A closed fifth chakra results in trouble communicating. You might not be able to express yourself or you might find yourself lying frequently. You also can't hear the truth, and lack any type of awareness. Any creative blocks happening are symbolic of a closed Throat chakra.

A too open fifth chakra are those people who talk way too much. They also might have episodes of mania, like to argue, and always have to be right.

The Third Eye Chakra is our sixth chakra, and it is your intuition. It is located on your forehead. This is your inner voice, your gut feeling, those vibes you feel and have no explanation for. When this is healthy, you have an ability to listen to your instincts, and can pick up on energy around you. Some people night refer to this as your "spider-senses."

If this chakra is closed, you have no sense of inner guidance at all. You are too involved with your physical body to be in tune with your inner. You have no sense of instincts or pull at all. Headaches and vision problems are a sign of a closed sixth chakra.

Having a sixth chakra that is too open are those that are over thinkers and day dreamers. They are not grounded in reality whatsoever.

Lastly, our Crown Chakra. Located at the crown of the head, it is your wisdom and consciousness. When this chakra is healthy you are aware of your connectedness to all things in the universe.

Someone with a closed seventh chakra have no type of spiritual connection to anything, would never seek to learn more, and are closed-minded.

A seventh chakra being too open can result in becoming a loner, on the pursuit of "self-discovery." Nomads and people who venture off on their own to isolate and "find themselves" probably have a seventh chakra that is too flighty.

Alright, so that is all the chakras. I hope you have a better understanding of what they are, and what they represent. Like I said, I plan to do future posts going into more detail with each.

There are few takeaways I want to mention with your chakras. Your chakras are a reflection of what is going on within you. They are not causing anything, they are a reflection of what already is. So they are not something wrong, they are a symptom of your outside world.

What this means is, if you have a chakra that is unbalanced, it is just a sign that there are areas of your life that you need to take a look at. When you begin to work on those areas of your life, you will find that chakra to become balanced. Much like hunger. A growling stomach isn't the problem. It is just a sign that you need to eat.

So, your chakras don't affect you. You affect your chakras. If you learn how to understand them, then you have another tool to utilize in improving your life.

Thanks for stopping by and happy weekend!!

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