Introduction to the Chakra System:
How our bodies feel to us every day communicates what we need to change in our life. The Chakra system is a grouping of energies from the sacrum up to the ethers above your head. This is a discussion of the seven major chakras. There are many, smaller chakras as well. Healthy chakras spin in a clockwise fashion with equal speed. The chakra energy is smaller on the front of the body and is larger on the back, much like how a shotgun spreads its load when fired. To fix the chakras directly on the body the energy is usually directed from the front to back. The first step to healing is to acknowledge and witness the wound.
Each organ of the body has a particular time of the day it cycles. If the energy is balanced with the other organs of the body there are no problems or dis-ease in the body. If the energy is imbalanced with more energy going to it than normal it becomes irritated. If there is not enough energy to the organ, the body slows circulation and nervous stimulation in that organ and its function slows down.
Here is a list of organs and their associated meridian times:
- 11pm-1am Gallbladder/Pineal
- 1am-3am Liver
- 3am-5am Lungs
- 5am-7am Large Intestine (colon, rectum, appendix)
- 7am-9am Stomach/Muscles
- 9am-11am Spleen/Pancreas/Bone
- 11am-1pm Heart
- 1pm-3pm Small Intestine/Duodenum
- 4pm-6pm Nerves (according to Dr. Moffat’s Guides)
- 3pm-5pm Bladder
- 5pm-7pm Kidney
- 8pm-10pm Blood (according to Dr. Moffat’s Guides)
- 7pm-9pm Circulation-Sex/Adrenals/Reproductive glands/Skin/Pituitary
- 9pm-11pm Thyroid/Triple Warmer/Pericardium/Thymus/Common Bile duct
The goal is to have balanced energies going to all organs at all times of the day for perfect health. There are many ways to balance organ energy including what you eat, supplements, drugs, emotional work, color therapy, crystals, homeopathy, flower essences, drumming, reflexology and many other healing modalities.
I muscle-test for chakra imbalances with my basic consultation then delve deeper in this handout to find ways you can rebalance them. This can usually be done at home.
Chakra #1, The Root Chakra:
When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra it creates intestinal and stomach gases, constipation, tumors, boils and pimples. The root chakra is responsible for your sense of belonging, safety, and security in the world. It’s main concern is survival of the self. The health of our blood, immune system, bones, joints and spine is dependent on the emotions associated with this chakra. It envelops the body’s basic needs for safety, money, sexuality, groundedness and boundaries. People who have trouble with their first chakra may not have developed a strong identity and have not discovered their life purpose. If they are too yin they may be ungrounded. If they are too yang there might be too much attachment to material things, too much self-indulgence and a preoccupation with satisfaction of their own needs.
Associated glands/organs: Sexual/reproductive organs, vagina, perineum, tailbone, legs, feet.
This chakra is fed by getting involved in life. If you are not comfortable with the family you came from then create new families of friends, animals, organizations, support groups, etc. to balance this chakra and make it stronger. Look for evidence that your world is secure.
Musical instruments/tones feeding the root chakra: Keynote C, Deep-low drums, Bassoon, Primitive drum rolls.
Viewing or wearing red strengthens this chakra.
Crystals or gem elixirs which may help to balance this chakra include: Bloodstone, Boji Stones, Brass, Carnelian, Cerussite, Coral (Red), Diamonds (all chakras), Elestial, Epidote, Garnet (Green/Red), Hematite, Lodestone, Meteorite, Obsidian, Onyx (Black), Pyrite, Quartz (Clear, Smoky, Tourmalinated and Rutilated), Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Ruby, Sapphire, Spinel, Sunstone, Rubellite, Tourmaline (Black and Watermelon), Zoisite, Zircon (all chakras).
When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra you are lacking in creative drive and negotiation skills. This chakra is primarily associated with creativity and sexuality. This is a power vs. vulnerability chakra. It is about optimism, self-confidence, enthusiasm and courage. It involves money and power, who rules your relationship, boundaries and submissiveness. Frozen creativity causes fibroids. Lack of boundaries causes cervical dysplasia. If your second chakra is strong you have no problem saying no. When this chakra is weak you are susceptible to lower back pain and prostate problems, pernicious anemia and skin trouble. Men in their 40’s and 50’s sometimes struggle with their identity, creativity and potency (testapause). If there is too much yin there may be sexual problems. The abdominal area may be flabby, saggy or generally weak and may also be associated with kidney or bladder weaknesses. Too much yang will present as sexuality dominating the person’s life, sexual frustration and excessive fantasizing. There may be excessive tightness in the abdominal area leading to low back problems.
Associated glands/organs: Ovaries, adrenal glands, spleen, uterus, urinary system, prostate gland, uterus, cervix and lower bowel.
This chakra is fed by developing support systems and boundaries. Taking responsibility for what is happening in your life and “owning” up to your downfalls. Feeding your creative side and taking care of your body.
Musical instruments/tones feeding the spleen chakra: The keynote D, Electric guitar, Marimbas, Saxophone.
Viewing or wearing the color orange strengthens this chakra.
Crystals and/or gem elixirs which may help balance the second chakra: Amber, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Coral (Orange), Danburite (all chakras), Diamond (all chakras), Garnet (Orange and Red), Moonstone, Gold, Opal, Pearl, Peridot, Quartz, Clear (all chakras), Quartz (Smoky and Rutilated), Ruby, Selenite, Tiger eye, Wulfenite, Zircon (all chakras).
Chakra #3- Solar Plexus Chakra:
When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra we have problems with self-esteem and confidence, our sense of adequacy, issues around responsibility and feeling “caught in the middle” and deprived of the sweet things in life. It is the power center of the body. Will power, being perfectionistic and self critical is a problem with a third chakra imbalance. You may feel weighed down emotionally and physically (weight problems). You may have diseases associated with the stomach (eating disorders), upper bowel (Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, malabsorption/ maldigestion), kidneys, gall bladder, liver (all three organs can have stones), addictions, pancreas (diabetes) and adrenal glands. Excessive yang can lead to aggressiveness or greed. Balance of this chakra will give self-motivation.
Associated glands/organs: Pancreas, Stomach, Liver, Small Intestine, Digestion, Blood Sugar.
This chakra is fed by disengaging from responsibility, practicing loving and nurturing yourself- not depending on others to nurture you, doing things you are good at and that is rewarding to you. It is also fed by eating yellow and green vegetables, and daily exercise.
Musical instruments/tones feeding the Solar Plexis chakra: The keynote E, Cello, Violin, Oboe, Piano, Guitar.
Viewing or wearing the color Yellow strengthens this chakra.
Crystals and/or gem elixirs which may help to balance the third chakra: Amber, Apatite, Aquamarine, Aragonite, Calcite (Yellow), Carnelian, Chrysoberyl, Citrine, Copper, Desert Rose, Diamonds (all chakras), Danburite (all chakras), Eilat Stone, Emerald, Gold, Golden Beryl, Goldstone, Hawk’s Eye (Falcon’s Eye), Hematite, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Malachite, Quartz-Clear (all chakras), Quartz (Smoky and Rutilated), Topaz, Yellow Onyx, Pearl (Gold), Peridot (Olivine), Pyrite (Fools Gold), Rhodochrosite, Sulphur, Tiger’s Eye (Yellow), Topaz (Golden), Variscite, Zircon (all chakras).
Exercise: Every day stand and look at yourself in a mirror. Say, “(Your name here), I love you. What can I do to make you happy today?” Write down for thirty days what your higher self is saying to you after you ask that question and then DO what it says.
Chakra #4- Heart or Dorsal Chakra:
When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra there is a disruption of love, balance, harmony, peace, brotherhood, hope, growth and healing. When the chakra is blocked there is an inability to express any deep emotions including joy, fear, sadness and serenity. Diseases associated with this chakra imbalance include tuberculosis, arrhythmias, hypertension, coronary heart disease, asthma, high cholesterol, breast (cancer and fibromas), shoulder and esophagus problems, selfishness, and envy. Excessive yang leads to insensitivity. Excessive yin leads to hypersensitivity or the feeling of emptiness. This is the master control center for regulating the emotions.
Associated glands/organs: Heart, Lungs, Thymus, Blood, Lymph, Immune System.
This chakra is fed by finding your passion and following your heart. I would recommend getting a copy of Finding Your Life’s Purpose (see references) and listen to it then DO the exercise on the tape. Have faith, find ways to express yourself and practice appreciation, balancing giving and receiving ,and forgiveness of yourself.
Musical instruments/tones feeding the heart chakra: The keynote F, Harp, Flute (a woodwind instrument) , Violin, Piano.
Viewing or wearing the color Green or Pink strengthens this chakra.
Crystals and/or gem elixirs which may help balance out the forth chakra: Adamite, Agate, Adventurine (Green), Alexandrite, Apophyllite, Beryl (Pink), Bloodstone (Green), Calcite (Lime Green), Carnelian, Celestite, Charoite, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Cobalt-Calcite, Coral (Pink), Danburite (all chakras), Diamonds (all chakras), Dioptase, Emerald, Garnet (Green), Gold, Kunzite (Pink Spodumene), Lepidolite, Malachite, Moldavite, Moonstone, Opal, Peridot (Olivine), Pyrite, Quartz-Clear (all chakras), Quartz (Rose), Quartz (Rutilated), Topaz (Blue), Tourmaline (Watermelon, Green and Rubilite), Rhodonite, Ruby, Variscite, Zircon (all chakras).
This exercise is from Sonja Choquette’s Igniting Intuition : Stay or Leave
Should I stay or should I leave? The only way to get an answer would be to check it out with your body. Close your eyes and ask your body, “Is this a situation that I feel comfortable staying in for now?” You now have three options: 1) I want to leave, but now is not the time. 2) Stay and have a game plan, or 3) Leave.
Feel where the conflict is, usually in the gut or chest. Ask that area of energy, “Is it in my highest interest to stay or should I leave at this point? Will staying bring me joy?” Now, either you will feel your chest or gut tighten down and get worse or you will feel a tremendous relief.
Now ask yourself, “What would love do in this situation?”
Chakra #5- Throat or Cervical Chakra
When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra it is difficult to speak your truth and find your voice. I have noticed when people have blocked energy here they clear their throat, there is a tightness and sometimes their voice changes when they are not completely comfortable talking about something. There may be lumps or tumors on the vocal chords, troubles swallowing, thyroid disease and problems with the jaw and neck. There may be issues with tact and timing, expression and communication and finding a balance between speaking and listening. Other challenges include problems with the parathyroid (therefore calcium imbalances), ears, atlas, colds, sinus allergies etc. A person who talks very softly is apt to be more yin. Loud and boisterous people are more yang. Blockage of the chakra inhibits self expression.
Associated glands/organs: Neck, eyes, ears, voice box, thyroid, parathyroid, sinuses.
This chakra is fed by opening the lines of communication of your thoughts and feelings, being more creative, speaking your truth, releasing past emotions, deep breathing exercises, and all types of healing work.
Musical instruments/tones feeding the throat chakra: The keynote G, the Human Voice, Flute (a woodwind instrument), Woodwinds n general.
Viewing or wearing the color blue will strengthen the throat chakra.
Crystals and/or gem elixirs which may help balance out the fifth chakra: Adamite, Amazonite, Apatite, Aquamarine, Aqua Aura, Azurite, Celestite, Cerussite, Chrysocholla, Danburite (all chakras), Diamonds (all chakras), Dioptase, Eilat Stone, Kyanite, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Larimar, Mother of Pearl, Onyx (Blue), Quartz (Blue), Quartz-Clear (all chakras), Quartz (Rutilated), Sapphire, Silica (Gem), Smithsonite, Sodalite, Spinel, Stilbite, Tanzanite, Topaz (Blue), Tourmaline (Blue-Indicolite), Turquoise, Zircon (all chakras.
Chakra #6- Brow, Spiritual Eye or Third Eye Chakra
When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra there will be poor focus and intuition. The way you perceive the world, your sense of purpose, morals, and how you think about what you see may be a little out of the normal. Life threatening diseases such as genetic problems, ALS and MS are related to this emotional center. This center also has to do with all the senses including the sixth sense. There may be challenges with being overly rational, and moral with very linear/rigid thinking and decreased receptivity to new ideas. Blockage of this chakra often manifests as a frontal headache, inability to think clearly, scattered or confused thinking.
Associated glands/organs: Pituitary, Hypothalamus, Eyes, Autonomic Nervous System.
This chakra is fed by visualization exercises, prayer, meditation and listening to yourself, practicing awareness or self and others environment, healing addictions and service. Remember, all emotion has to do with unmet need of some sort.
Musical instruments/tones feeding the third eye chakra: The keynote A, higher electronic instruments and synthesizers.
Viewing or wearing the color indigo will help feed this chakra.
Crystals and/or gem elixirs which may help balance out the sixth chakra: Alexandrite, Amethyst, Angelite, Apache Tears, Apophyllite, Aragonite, Azurite, Charoite, Diamonds (all chakras), Danburite (all chakras), Emerald, Fluorite (Double Pyramid, Clear and Purple), Hawk’s Eye (Blue-Falcon’e Eye), Iolite, Kunzite, Kyanite, Labradorite, Lapis Lazuli, Lepidolite, Meteorite, Moldavite, Moonstone, Opal, Phenacite, Quartz-Clear (all chakras), Quartz (Rutilated and Smoky), Sapphire, Selenite, Silver, Smithsonite, Sodalite, Staurolite (Fairy Cross), Sugilite (Royal Azel), Tanzanite, Topaz, Turquoise, Tourmaline (Blue-Indicolite), Ulexite (TV Stone), Variscite, Zircon (all chakras).
Chakra #7- Crown or Thousand Petaled Lotus Chakra
When energy is not flowing freely from this chakra there are problems with feeling you are making a difference in the world (Life Purpose), there is disconnection from God/Spirit.
Associated glands/organs: Pineal gland, hair, top of head and Central Nervous System.
This chakra is fed by unconditional love, compassion and peace.
Musical instruments/tones feeding the crown chakra: The keynote B, organ, electronic instruments and sounds.
Viewing or wearing the colors white and violet feed the crown chakra.
Crystals and/or gem elixirs which may help balance out the seventh chakra: Alexandrite, Amber, Amethyst, Angelite, Apatite, Apophyllite, Beryl (Clear), Cerussite, Charoite, Chrysoberyl, Citrine, Diamonds (all chakras), Danburite (all chakras), Elestial, Gold, Iolite, Kunzite, Moldavite, Morganite, Quartz-Clear (all chakras), Quartz (Rutilated, Smoky, and Tourmalinated), Senenite, Silver, Sugilite, Sunstone, Tanzanite, Ulexite (TV Stone), (Rayal Azel), Zircon (all chakras).
Chakra #8- Eighth Chakra
Crystals and/or gem elixirs which may help balance out the eighth chakra: Phenacite