What are the 7 Chakras, and which one do you need to work on?

To understand the Seven Chakras, you must first realize that everything in our Universe has some form of energy. This means that everything in our bodies, including specific organs, nerves, and even the smallest cells, emit energy. Our chakras are how this energy body connects to the physical body. Each chakra corresponds to a specific energy center within our energy bodies and to a particular endocrine gland and nerve group (called a plexus) in the physical body. While each of the seven chakras is aligned and balanced, the body, mind, and spirit are harmonious.



The idea of a chakra originated in India in around 1500 BCE. Chakras are also found in the Vedas, a group of ancient texts from the Hinduism tradition. Chakra means "wheel" or "vortex" in Sanskrit. Each one is like a vortex of energy whose job is to keep energy flowing throughout the body and shut off to combat negative energy.


Understanding the seven main chakras is the key to understanding one's consciousness. Tension occurs when our minds and/or consciousness are uneasy, and whenever tension arises in the body, it can eventually create a physical symptom. Though usually painful, these symptoms serve us by letting us know when an area of our consciousness (a chakra) needs to be healed.


Before getting into each of the seven chakras' specifics, it is crucial to keep in mind that each one is as important as the last. They all work together as a system, so if one is closed or underactive, another will become overactive to maintain equilibrium. It would be ideal for a person to focus on every chakra rather than just a few.


The Root Chakra


The first chakra is known as the root chakra, located at the base (root) of the spine. Its color is red. In the physical body, it is associated with the adrenal glands, the spine, the reproductive organs, and blood.


This chakra symbolizes physical identity and stability. It is the foundation on which we build the rest of our consciousness. Without a steady foundation, consciousness would be left in a wholly unstable environment. Keeping the root chakra aligned is vital for maintaining a healthy body and mind.


When the root chakra is closed, it can lead to numerous physical problems and symptoms, including, but not limited to, arthritis, constipation, restlessness, unhealthy weight, and fatigue. A closed or underactive root chakra can lead to emotional problems as well, such as the tendency to be too dependent on someone else, a fear of abandonment, insecurity about basic needs and well-being, and a significant lack of security.


When the root chakra is overactive, one might be in a constant state of fearfulness, anxiety, and insecurity. One may also be ungrounded and resistant to change.


The Sacral Chakra


The second chakra is called the sacral chakra, and its color is orange. It is located right below the belly button and is associated with the kidneys and reproductive organs.


This chakra symbolizes sexuality, creativity, and passion. It allows us to accept change, move on from the past, and transform ourselves into better beings.


When the sacral chakra is blocked off, one might experience many physical symptoms, such as urinary tract infections, impotence, lower back pain, infertility, kidney infections, and urinary issues. In the emotional realm, one might find themselves insecure about their self-worth and self-confidence, unemotional, and closed off to others.


On the other hand, an overactive sacral chakra might lead to being obsessed with drama and gossip, lacking a sense of personal space and boundaries, and being neurotic or moody.


The Solar Plexus Chakra


The solar plexus chakra (which is also known as the naval chakra) is the third chakra and is located in the body's upper abdominal region. It is associated with the color yellow. In the physical body, it corresponds with the central nervous and digestive systems, liver, and pancreas.


This particular chakra symbolizes self-esteem and self-confidence. It allows us to create the lives we want for ourselves by helping us grow our confidence and authenticity. It can free us of external expectations and let us grow into the people we always knew we were meant to be.


A closed solar plexus chakra can manifest in the form of ulcers, heartburn, eating disorders, indigestion, nausea, asthma, and nerve pain. Emotionally, it can result in feelings of low self-esteem and self-confidence, as well as passiveness, indecisiveness, and timidness.


When overactive, the solar plexus chakra may make one feel dominant, aggressive, angry, and critical of everyone and everything.


The Heart Chakra


The heart chakra is located at the center of the chest and is right above the heart (as its name would suggest). It is associated with the thymus gland, heart, lungs, hands, arms, and breasts. This is the fourth chakra, and its color is green.


This chakra symbolizes love and compassion and teaches us how to develop our emotions in the healthiest way possible. As this chakra is at the center of the body, it connects the lower and upper chakras together. This is where earthly and spiritual matters meet.


When the heart chakra is constricted and underactive, possible physical symptoms might arise, including heart problems, asthma, poor circulation, breast cancer, joint pains, and weight loss. In the emotional sense, a closed heart chakra might lead to loneliness, insecurity, and isolation. It could also lead to someone putting others first when they should be caring for themselves.


An overactive heart chakra can very easily lead to someone being too clingy, lacking a sense of self in a particular relationship, and willing to let in every single person that crosses their path.


The Throat Chakra


The fifth chakra, known as the throat chakra, is blue and is located in the throat. It is associated with the thyroid, throat, neck, mouth, ears, and shoulders.


This chakra symbolizes communication. It allows us to grasp our inner truth and clearly communicate it to others (and ourselves). An open throat chakra can allow us to speak and listen well with an open mind.


If this chakra closes, one might experience voice and throat problems, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, dental issues, and earaches. Emotionally, they might also experience introversion and shyness, an inability to speak the truth, and high social anxiety levels.


When the throat chakra is overactive, someone might find themselves talking too much, speaking without thinking, being unable to listen, and even being verbally abusive.


The Third Eye Chakra


The sixth chakra is located between the eyes and on the forehead and is associated with the color indigo. This chakra is associated with the eyes, brow (the third eye chakra is also occasionally called the brow chakra), the base of the skull, and various biorhythms.



This chakra symbolizes intuition, imagination, and mental ability. It can teach us to disconnect ourselves from the illusions of our own minds and thoughts. An open third eye chakra allows people to follow their gut without any anxiety.


A blocked third eye chakra can lead to headaches, sight and concentration, insomnia, nightmares, seizures, and hearing problems. It may also lead to thinking rigidly, a heavy reliance on authority, high levels of anxiety regarding the future, and feelings of depression regarding the past.


An overactive third eye chakra, on the other hand, might leave someone out of touch with reality, delusional, and prone to hallucinations.


The Crown Chakra


The seventh and final chakra is called the crown chakra. Its colors are violet and white, and it is located at the very top of the head. It is associated with the brain, pituitary and pineal glands, hypothalamus, and central nervous system.


This chakra symbolizes awareness, wisdom, purpose, and spirituality. Known as the chakra of enlightenment, it is connected to every other chakra and can connect us with our higher selves.


If this chakra becomes closed off, symptoms can include confusion, mental fog, dizziness, neurological and mental disorders, and nerve pain. Emotionally, it could result in close-mindedness, stubbornness, and skepticism.


An overactive crown chakra may lead to someone who is addicted to spirituality, neurotic, and unwilling to listen to their own needs.


Taking Care of Yourself and Your Chakras


There are various methods for balancing the chakras. Some include yoga, mantras, wearing certain colors, eating healthy foods, listening to high-vibrational sounds and music (each chakra actually has a corresponding musical note!), toning, essential oils, and of course, meditation.


There is a lot of information to be learned regarding your chakras (it is often believed that there are actually 144 chakras total), but taking the time to understand how they work can result in a wonderful life. We are put on this planet to experience the World and the human body/mind, and learning to align the seven main chakras can allow us to do that as best as we can.


~Much Love, Good Vibes and Choose to be Happy! ~

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