Firstly, what is a Chakra?
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that literally means “wheel”. Chakras are imaged as spinning vortexes of energy centres placed at seven specific points on the body; each one serving a specific human function. For example, the Base Chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with feelings of safety and being ‘grounded’ to your body.
Each chakra has its own vibrational frequency, and the vibration expressed by the chakra is the vibration it holds at that time. Therefore, a chakra that is blocked or over-energized will not express energy at it’s optimal frequency. In practical terms, a blocked chakra will cause you to feel or act in ways that are out of character for you, and without apparent cause.
Intense past experiences can give rise to subconscious thought patterns which alter the frequency of the corresponding chakra. Where most of our experiences are moments that pass through us, some experiences leave energetic wounds if the energy is not dissolved. Spiritual practices such as meditation can help to strengthen our energetic shield, and chakra balancing can bring a chakra back into alignment by healing an energetic wound.
Chakra Balancing is a healing system. It consists of adjusting the vibrational frequency of a chakra so that it is in harmony with the chakra system as a whole. It is similar to the practice of tuning the strings on a guitar – not only will an individual note sound pleasant when it is correctly tuned, but the strings will create a harmonious sound when played together in the right order.
Because Chakras are pure energy (vibrations) centres, they express and impress energy. So any chakra work needs to be done on a vibrational level.
Colors, crystals and chakra stones are energy powerhouses that fall under the banner of ‘Energy Medicine’, as are flower essences and the use of sounds. Energy Medicine is a complementary therapy that works on healing or enhancing the body, mind and soul through the optimization of a person’s energy fields.
All colors are frequencies of light, and the colors of the rainbow have vibrational matches to the seven chakras.
The most straightforward way of using color therapy for chakra balancing is to wear the color corresponding to the chakra that requires balancing (see above).
To balance your base chakra, for example, you could dress with a red t-shirt and go about your normal day. However, a faster and more potent method of balancing your base chakra would be to:
– wrap yourself in red clothing or blanket
– light a red candle, sit in front of it and close your eyes as you would in meditation
– picture red energy seeping into your physical body, reaching your base chakra and radiating from there back into your physical body and out into your ethereal body.
Crystals hold their own vibrational frequency and for millenia have been used for healing and enriching oneself on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
To balance your chakras using crystal therapy, firstly select a crystal that corresponds to the chakra in question. Some people hold the crystal during meditation or place it directly onto the chakra area. You could also carry the crystal with you as you go about your day, or even make your own crystal essence (the video below shows how you can create a crystal essence).
I will never forget the first time I heard a ‘singing bowl’. I was at the Sydney Mind Body Spirit festival when a root chakra bowl was played for me against my ear. I was overcome by such unexpected emotion that I was very close to tears. I now have a singing bowl at home which I use daily as part of my spiritual practice.
Singing bowls (also known as Tibetan singing bowls) are healing and meditation tools used for centuries throughout Buddhist traditions. Striking the side of the bowl or applying friction to the rim of the bowl produces exquisite sounds that almost reaches right into your soul.
Other sounds that resonate with the chakras include:
A flower essence is an infusion containing the flower’s vibrational imprint which is dropped onto the tongue or mixed with water and ingested. Flower essences have no scent and are used for emotional, spiritual and mental healing and balancing.
When taking a flower essence to treat a chakra imbalance, I always use an affirmation after each treatment which adds to the vibrational efficacy.
Bach Flower Remedy is probably the most well known flower essence remedy system (sometimes seen in chemist shops and drug stores, as well as the usual health food store).
To view the handmade Bach Flower Remedy range of flower essence available from Basking In Light CLICK HERE.
Chakra stones can be placed on the chakra point during meditation or Reiki, or carried around on one’s person for an extended period of time.
I love using chakra stones for spiritual healing, and if I’m especially unsettled I combine chakra stone work with flower essence therapy and meditation until the balance resumes. I currently use smoky quartz Chakra Stones which are heart shaped and engraved with the chakra symbols and colors.
CLICK HERE to see the Smoky Quartz Chakra Stones that I use and import from India.
Why some people select one particular method for chakra balancing over another is really just down to preference and convenience. Some methods work better than others for some people, but no-one can unequivocally say that one chakra balancing method is better than another. All of the methods I’ve written about here are traditional, easy to source and relatively easy to practice.
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Kate Barton is a Sydney based ‘lightworker’ – a person who intentionally works to bring healing, love and light to the world. A lifelong student of metaphysics Kate also publishes Basking In Light, a website and online community sharing uplifting news, inspirational true stories and accessible tools for self empowerment and soothing. For more information on Basking In Light visit www.baskinginlight.com or see Facebook page facebook.com/baskinginlight.