Chakras & Crystals

CHAKRAS

 

      

 

The word Chakra (Sanskrit: चक्र, Pali : Cakka, Tamil: chakra) derives from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel, cycle and circle. Many people like to describe a chakra as a  spinning wheel of light. These circles are energy centers in the body through which energy flows. Of the 88,000 chakras within the human body, 7 are considered of main importance and are referred to as the "major chakras".

In yogic literature of Buddhist and Hindu traditions, which can date back thousands of years, a chakra is an energy center in the subtle body. Each chakra vibrates at a different frequency. The first chakra for example, the Root chakra vibrates at a slower and more dense vibration, where the seventh chakra, the Crown chakra vibrates at a faster more refined vibration. 

Chakras respond to both psychic and physiological functions. They are directly linked to mental, physical, and spiritual attributes. Chakras are affected by sounds, colors, scents, foods, movements, crystals and more. By understanding what each chakra represents, how they work and what you could do to keep the energy flowing freely, you can achieve an optimal quality of life.

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1st . ROOT . MULADHARA


Muladhara is located at the base of the spine in the coccyx region. Responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat. This chakra draws energy from the earth's core. Muladhara is related to instinct, security, survival. Connected with sense of smell and grounding, Root chakra is the center of discipline, responsibility, attention to details and order. The Muladhara symbol has four petals, each petal bears one of the following Sanskrit letters: Sa, Sha, Scha & Va, in the center is Lam.

Sanskrit: मूलाधार – Mūlādhāra
English: mula – root, adhara – support
Color: Red
Hindu/Vedic Mantra: LAM
Music Note: “C” - { Do }
Mudra: Gula
Location: Base of spine, on perineum
Element: Earth
Yoga: Tree Pose
Purpose: Survival, Security & Stability
Sense: Smell
Crystal: Red Jasper, Garnet, Ruby, Hematite & Black Tourmaline
Scents: Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood & Cedarwood
Physical Body: Adrenal Glands
Call to action: To Be
Zodiac: Capricorn,  Aries,  Taurus &  Scorpio
Planet:  Mars,  Saturn & Pluto

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2nd . SACRAL . SVADHISTHANA



Svadhishthana chakra is located in the sacrum and is considered to correspond to the testes or the ovaries that produce the various sex hormones involved in the reproductive cycle. A healthy Sacral Chakra is important to maintain quality relationships and individual well being. Physically, Svadhishthana governs reproduction, mentally it governs creativity, emotionally it governs joy, and spiritually it governs enthusiasm. The Svadhishthana symbol has six petals, each petal bears one of the following Sanskrit letters: La, Ra, Ya, Ma, Bha & Ba, in the center is Vam.

Sanskrit: स्वाधिष्ठान – Svādhiṣṭhāna
English: sva – self, sthana – dwelling place
Color: Orange
Hindu/Vedic Mantra: VAM
Music Note: “D” - { Re }
Mudra: Anat
Location: Below the navel, in the lower abdomen
Element: Water
Yoga: Goddess Pose
Purpose: Emotions, Pleasure & Sexuality
Sense: Taste
Crystal: Carnelian, Topaz & Moonstone
Scents: Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Rosemary & Jasmine
Physical Body: Ovaries, Testes, Lymphatic System, Kidney & Bladder
Call to action: To Feel
Zodiac:  Cancer,  Libra,  Scorpio
Planet: Venus,  Pluto 

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3rd . SOLAR PLEXUS . MANIPURA




Manipura is related to the metabolic and digestive systems. Manipura is believed to correspond to Islets of Langerhans, which are groups of cells in the pancreas, as well as the outer adrenal glands and the adrenal cortex. These play a valuable role in digestion, the conversion of food matter into energy for the body. Physically, Manipura governs digestion, mentally it governs personal power, emotionally it governs expansiveness, and spiritually, all matters of growth. The Manipura symbol has ten petals, each petal bears one of the following Sanskrit letters: Tha, Ta, Na, Dha, Da, Tha, Ta, Na, Dha & Da, in the center is Ram.

Sanskrit: मणिपूर – Maṇipūra
English: mani – gem/jewel , pura/puri – city
Color: Yellow
Hindu/Vedic Mantra: RAM
Music Note: “E” - { Mi }
Mudra: Tanit
Location: Above the navel, Adrenal
Element: Fire
Yoga: Boat Pose
Purpose: Self-Esteem, Vitality & Direction
Sense: Vision
Crystal: Citrine, Calcite, Sunstone, Tiger's Eye
Scents: Cinnamon, Peppermint, Bergamot, Juniper
Physical Body: Spleen, Liver, Respiratory System & Digestive System
Call to action: To Act
Zodiac: Leo, Virgo, Sagittarius
Planet: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter

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4th . HEART . ANAHATA




Anahata is related to the thymus, located in the chest. The thymus is an element of the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system. It is the site of maturation of the T cells responsible for fending off disease and may be adversely affected by stress. Physically Anahata governs circulation, emotionally it governs unconditional love for the self and others, mentally it governs passion, and spiritually it governs devotion. Anahata is the center of love, courage, joy and forgiveness. The Anahata symbol is a peaked circle around a six-pointed star.

 

Sanskrit: अनाहत – Anāhata
English: anahata – unstruck, unbeaten, unhurt
Color: Green & Pink
Hindu/Vedic Mantra: YAM
Music Note: “F” - { Fa }
Mudra: Hridaya
Location: Center of Chest, Heart, Thymus
Element: Air
Yoga: Camel Pose
Purpose: Love, Relationship & Compassion
Sense: Touch
Crystal: Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine, Rhodonite, Amazonite
Scents: Lemon, Rose
Physical Body: Heart, Immune System, Skin & Lungs
Call to action: To Love
Zodiac:  Leo,  Libra,  Sagittarius
Planet:  Sun,  Venus,  Saturn

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5th . THROAT . VISHUDDHA




Vishuddha is understood as relating to communication and growth through expression. This chakra is paralleled to the thyroid, a gland that is also in the throat and which produces thyroid hormone, responsible for growth and maturation. Physically, Vishuddha governs communication, emotionally it governs independence, mentally it governs fluent thought, and spiritually, it also governs a sense of security Center of power, confidence, self-esteem, growth, truth and expression. The Vishuddha symbol is inspired by the moon, purity, and cosmic sound and is surrounded by lotus petals.
 

Sanskrit: विशुद्ध – Viśhuddha
English: viśuddha – specially pure
Color: Blue
Hindu/Vedic Mantra: HAM
Music Note: “G” - { Sol }
Mudra: Neith
Location: Throat, Thyroid & Parathyroid
Element: Ether
Yoga: Supported Shoulderstand
Purpose: Communication, Expression & Thruthfulness
Sense: Hearing
Crystal: Blue Lace Agate, Sodalite, Aquamarine, Sapphire
Scents: Eucalyptus
Physical Body: Communication, Self-discipline & Expression
Call to action: To Speak
Zodiac:  Aquarius,  Taurus,  Gemini
Planet:  Mercury,  Mars,  Venus,  Uranus

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6th . THIRD EYE . ANJA



Ajna is known as the third eye chakra and is linked to the pineal gland which may inform a model of its envisioning. The pineal gland is a light sensitive gland that produces the hormone melatonin which regulates sleep and waking up, it is also the place where the production site of the psychedelic dimethyltryptamine take place, the only known hallucinogen endogenous to the human body. Mentally, Ajna deals with visual consciousness. Emotionally, Ajna deals with clarity on an intuitive level. This is the center of focus, wisdom, contraption, clarity and perception. The Anja symbol has an upside down triangle that serves a dual purpose in its symbolism. The cone-shaped geometric figure is representative of the channeling of information to the seed (or point of the triangle) from which wisdom blossoms. Similarly, if you look at the triangle from the other direction, the widening sides are indicative of the growth of one’s wisdom that leads to enlightenment.
 

Sanskrit: आज्ञा – Ājñā
English: anja – command
Color: Indigo
Hindu/Vedic Mantra: AUM
Music Note: “A” - { La }
Mudra: Psyche | Kalesvara
Location: Between the eyes, Pituitary
Element: Light & Space
Yoga: Easy Pose
Purpose: Intuition, Perception & Imagination
Sense: Intuition
Crystal: Lapis Lazuli
Scents: Lavender, Geranium, Sage
Physical Body:  Brain, Nervous System, Sinuses & Pituitary
Call to action: To See
Zodiac:  Aquarius,  Pisces,  Sagittarius
Planet:  Mercury,  Jupiter,  Uranus,  Neptune

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7th . CROWN . SAHASRARA



Sahasrara is the state of pure consciousness, within which there is neither object nor subject. It is located either at the crown of the head, or above the crown of the head. Similar to the role of the pituitary gland, which secretes hormones to communicate to the rest of the endocrine system and also connects to the central nervous system via the hypothalamus. Sahasrara's inner aspect deals with the release of karma, physical action with meditation, mental action with universal consciousness and unity, and emotional action, This is the center of faith, devotion, trust and spontaneity. The Sahasrara symbol is depicted as a violet-colored 1,000-petaled lotus flower.

Sanskrit: सहस्रार – Sahasrāra
English: shasrara – thousands fold/petaled
Color: Violet
Hindu/Vedic Mantra: ANG
Music Note: “B” - { Ti }
Mudra: Mahamayuri
Location: At the top of the head, Pineal
Element: Cosmos
Yoga: Savasana
Purpose: Spirituality, Awareness & Intelligence
Sense: Transcendence
Crystal: Amethyst, Selenite, Diamond & Moldavite
Scents: Cedarwood, Frankincense & Lotus
Physical Body: Central Nervous, Muscular, Skeletal System
Call to action: To Know
Zodiac:  Pisces,  Capricorn
Planet:  Saturn,  Neptune

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CRYSTALS


A crystal is a solid physical matter made of atoms, molecules, or ions, which are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure, forming a crystal lattice that extends in all directions. Crystals are millions of years old, forged during the earliest parts of Earth’s formation, they can be found nearly everywhere on Earth. They may vary from color, size, density and finishes, their appearance and consistency are different than others based on their environment. Crystals are structured in such a way that they respond to the inputs of all different energies around them, leading them to oscillate and emit specific vibrational frequencies. Because the crystal lattice is so balanced and orderly, the energy it emits is consistent, and when dissonant energy is inputted, it is balanced and transformed into a harmonic energy. The cells in the human body also vibrate at certain frequencies, as do the chakras. So when we come into contact with a crystal, its vibration interacts with the vibration of the cells in our body, the response it that our chakras and cells of our body want to mimic that vibration. That is why each crystal has a metaphysical property that interacts with our emotional, intellectual and physical body.


Q: HOW DO I CLEAN MY CRYSTAL?

A: DO: A simple cleaning method that applies to most crystals and stones; use a damp cloth and wipe down the stones, it is best to use water only on the cloth, wipe the crystal/stone completely dry.

A: DON'T: Do not wear the crystals/stones under water (this includes showering, bathing and swimming), the water may cause decay over time. Do not spray colognes, perfumes, lotions or oils, cleaning chemicals.  Not only will damage the crystals/stones but it will also congest it.


Q: HOW DO I ENERGIZE OR RE-ENERGIZE MY CRYSTAL?

A:  FULL MOON: The most effective and powerful way is to rest it under the Full Moon. The gravitational pull of a Full Moon is excellent to re-energize anything and anyone, for best results allow your crystals to rest overnight under the Full Moon rays (Full Moon happens every 29.53 days). You may also re-energize by leaving the crystals under sun rays, this is a quick and easy (see section about heat and light sensitivity).

A: HIMALAYAN SALT, DEAD SEA, & BROWN RICE: For cloudy days you can use Himalayan salt, Dead Sea salt  or brown rice; the nourishing, grounding quality of the salt and rice balances the stones energy and removes negativity.  Allow the crystals/stones to rest on it for several hours, preferably overnight.  The salt and rice should be disposed of after use because it will be saturated with unwanted energy.

A: The most important take way here is to respect and appreciate all of the properties of the crystals, and know that they may become saturated with negative energy. If usage is constant, it is recommended to clean it every two weeks and re-energize it every four days or sooner as needed. When saturated it's best to allow the crystal to re-energize and you can keep doing it over and over again.