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Chakras

What is a Chakra? And why should you care?

Chakras are 7 energy centres within all of us. They’re an invisible cycle of energy starting in the root of your spine and ending in the crown of your head, which keeps you vibrant and healthy. Each Chakra links to different physiological and neurological systems within our bodies. Knowing and understanding this, and their importance, can help self-reflection and healing of ailments (physical, mental and emotional), by unblocking the particular Chakra in question. I’ll be covering ways in which you can utilise your knowledge of Chakras in a later post.

Below is a simple guide to the key features of the 7 Chakras which I compiled in the hopes of inspiring you to discover more about these critical cycle of energy within yourself!

Love, Sophia x

PS, image isn’t my own

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(7) Crown/ Sahasrara (thousand petals). Typically represented as violet or white, though it’s auric colour is white, gold or clear light. The Crown Chakra relates to our consciousness, wisdom and access to the higher states of the universe; it is our gateway to the cosmic self. It links to our pituitary, pineal and hypothalamus glands. Imbalances in this Chakra lead to cynicism regarding the spiritual/sacral, a feeling of disconnect with the body, or close-mindedness

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(6) Third Eye/ Ajna (perceiving). The Third Eye is usually seen as blue-purple, and it’s auric quality is a translucent purple with the soft luminescence/radiance of the moon. It’s located close to our optical nerves and is sensitive to light and visual simulation, but it is also linked to our pineal gland, which regulates biorhythms in our bodies such as sleep/wake time. The Third Eye is known for its intuitive energy, and is driven by imagination and openness. If you suffer from lack of clarity or vision for yourself, or fail to see the bigger picture in life, it may be your Third Eye Chakra is imbalanced. On the other side of the spectrum, if you indulge in psychic fantasies this too relates to an imbalance.

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(5) Throat/ Vishudda (purification/ purity). This Chakra leads our principals of expression and communication. It relates to the importance of telling the truth, speaking out for what you believe, and also links to a sense of timing. The Throat Chakra is turquoise in representation and auric colour, and is associated with our thyroid (which links to temperature and growth control), as well as our mouth, tongue and pharynx. Imbalances in the Throat Chakra can manifest as insecurity, timidity, lie telling, an inability to listen to others or talking too much/speaking badly of others.
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(4) Heart/ Anahata (unstruck). The Heart Chakra is represented using green, and it’s auric colour is smoky pink; both relate to it’s healing stones, jade and rose quartz. It is the air element, and is connected to the cardiac system and lungs, as the heart is in reality in the body. The Heart Chakra is also associated with the glands responsible for hormone production and immense system regulation. It won’t come as a surprise that this Chakra is about love, compassion, forgiveness and beauty, but also works as the key bridge between the earthly and the spiritual realms. A blocked Heart Chakra can lead to jealousy, victimisation of yourself, grudges, and codependency.
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(3) Solar Plexus/ Manipura (city of jewels). This Chakra represents the fire element, as is yellow in colour. It is linked to our digestive system, which transforms matter into fuel and energy for the body. The Solar Plexus is the intellectual Chakra- it relates to our mental abilities, decision making, taking on off responsibility, opinion making, independence and confidence. An unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra leads to taking obsessive control over others, an obsession with detail, and a lack of purpose in life.
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(2) Sacral/ Svadhisthana (your own place). This is the Chakra of pleasure, sensuality and creativity; the realm of emotions. Translucent orange in colour, the Sacral Chakra is represented by the water element, which relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts and developing flexibility. Imbalances in this Chakra can lead to feeling numb, having a lack of sexual desire, or, conversely, being ruled by emotions and fantasies.
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(1) Root/ Muladhara (root support). As the name suggests, the Root Chakra relates to feeling rooted; feeling safe and grounded. It also links to our basic survival instincts, to our basic needs for food/ shelter. A blocked Root Chakra can lead to eating disorders, excessive cynicism, negativity, greed and distrustfulness. Deep red in colour, this Chakra is sometimes associated with gold.

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