Meditation Based on Chakras

The Chakras
Categories : Spirituality

To do a healing meditation on any specific chakra, we should locate the chakra related to the physical or emotional problem that we are experiencing. However, it is always better to do full chakra meditation starting from root chakra in ascending order i.e., from lower chakras to higher chakras in full chakra meditation. To heal specific issues, chakras connected to those issues should be meditated upon.

a) Create a safe and protected place where you can spend time meditating without being disturbed.

b) Either lie down or sit comfortably.

c) Place or visualize the appropriate stone or colour on the chakra you want to heal.

d) Focus your breath on the spot where you have placed the stone or your visualization.

e) Taking one chakra at a time, inhale the positive, loving energy of each chakra and exhale all the impurities.

f) With your exhale breath, say and feel the vibration of the sound (mantra) associated with the chakra.

g) Make an intention that all negativities are returned by you to earth for purification.

h) Feel the appropriate colour vibrations in each chakra. Healing and cleansing strengthen each energy centre. Crystals can also be used if visualization of colour looks difficult.

i) Express gratitude.

j) When completed slowly open your eyes.

k) Drink plenty of water after this meditation is over.

You will feel mentally relaxed after completing this meditation. It will also help in cleansing and opening all the chakras. This may help in the proper functioning of each chakra.

Chakra Explained:

The word “Chakra” is derived from the Sanskrit word that means ‘wheel’ or ‘turning’. As per Wikipedia, Chakra is the centre of Prana, life or vital energy. Chakras correspond to vital points in the physical body i.e., major plexuses of arteries, veins and nerves. Texts and teachings present different numbers of chakras. Mainly, there are seven types of chakras and it carries the colour of the rainbow spectrum.

These chakras, or energy centres, function as pumps or valves, regulating the flow of energy through our energy system. The functioning of the chakras reflects the decisions we make, and how we respond towards life and life issues. There are seven main chakras in the human body. They are named below: –

a) Base/Root Chakra (Muladhara)

b) Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)

c) Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

d) Heart Chakra (Anahata)

e) Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

f) Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

g) Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Function of Chakras

Each Chakra is associated with a particular part of the body and gland.  When the chakras are balanced and energy is flowing freely, a sense of physical well-being is achieved.

When the physical body is in a state of well-being, the mind is at ease.  When chakras are balanced and energy is flowing freely, a state of mental clarity is attained.

When the chakras are balanced and energy is flowing freely, our energetic vibration rate rises. This allows us to experience more of our true divine nature and connection with the sea of Universal Life energy. That which permeates all things.

Chakras get blocked due to emotional and mental disorders in the body and mind. Due to this, different types of imbalances occur in the human body. This creates issues in the proper functioning of chakras. Because of such imbalance, there may be problems in the proper functioning of glands and organs connected to those chakras.

Anil Bhatnagar in his book “Turn your life around with Reiki” states: “Normally, the chakras spin very fast, sucking the universal energy into our body and directing our hormonal secretions. However, as we grow older, we develop negative patterns of thinking and living that slow down some or all of the chakras and sometimes even reverse their direction, causing an energy imbalance that results in various diseases and accelerates the ageing process.”

In the following discussion, we shall understand more about each chakra. We shall see the related mantra or sound which if recited helps in strengthening the chakras. We will also figure out the kinds of diseases which may occur if the chakra is blocked or is malfunctioning.

Affirmations are magical as it conditions the mind for healing. We shall also point at the right healing strategies to be followed to strengthen, heal and open each chakra.

a) Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Location: Base of spine, at the seat of Kundalini.

Symbol: A circle surrounded by four lotus petals, with a square inside it.

Colour: Red

Association: Insecurities, fear, anger.

Health Issues: Bladder, colon & adrenal glands. It is also linked to the spine and lower back area. Supports functions related to blood, bone, and immune system.

Mantra: The sound is Lam.

Healing strategies: Physical activity, massage, reconnecting with the body, grounding and Hatha yoga.

Affirmations that help in opening chakra:

i) It is safe for me to be here.

ii) The earth supports me and meets my ends.

iii) I love my body and trust its wisdom.

iv) I am here and I am real.

v) I trust my higher Self fulfils all my needs.

vi) My life is full of prosperity.

b) Sacral Chakra (Swadhisthana)

Location: Lower abdomen

Symbol: A circle surrounded by five or six lotus petals.

Colour: Orange

Association: Self-limiting thoughts, prosperity

Health Issues: Reproductive organs, hips, lower abdomen, spleen, kidneys & prostate.

Mantra: The sound is Vam

Healing strategies: Movement therapy, emotional release, inner child work, defining boundaries, involve in healthy pleasures, developing sensate intelligence.

Affirmations that help in opening chakra:

i) I accept and acknowledge my sexuality.

ii) My physical health is strong and pure.

iii) I deserve pleasure and happiness in life.

iv) Life is pleasurable.

v) I move easily and effortlessly.

c) Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

Location: Solar plexus, below the diaphragm

Symbol: A circle surrounded by ten lotus petals, and inside it a triangle.

Colour: Yellow/gold

Association: Tension, lack of control, depression.

Health Issues: Stomach, intestines, pancreas, liver, & gall bladder. Also relates to the middle back area.

Mantra: The sound is Ram

Healing strategies: Risk-taking, grounding, emotional contact, deep relaxation, stress control, sit-ups, psychotherapy etc.

Affirmations that help in opening chakra:

i) I can do whatever I want to do.

ii) I honour the power within me.

iii) I accomplish tasks easily and effortlessly.

iv) I release all unresolved emotions.

v) I claim my personal power.

d) Heart Chakra (Anahatra)

Location: Chest, heart, cardiac plexus

Symbol: A circle surrounded by 12 lotus petals, and inside it is a six-pointed star.

Colour: Green

Association: Unworthiness, selfishness, guilt, lack of love.

Health Issues: thymus gland, lymph glands, lungs, heart & circulatory system, breasts. It also affects the upper back, shoulders & arms.

Mantra: The sound is Ham

Healing strategy: Self-discovery, co-dependency work, forgiveness, reaching out and helping others and breathing exercises.

Affirmations that help in opening chakra:

i) I freely and easily give and receive love.

ii) I totally forgive others and myself for all past errors and judgements.

iii) I am worthy of love.

iv) I am loving to myself and others.

v) There is an infinite supply of love.

vi) I live in balance with others.

e) Throat Chakra (Vishudha)      

Location: Throat

Symbol: A circle surrounded by 16 lotus petals, and inside it is a circle containing a triangle.

Colour: Light blue

Association: Dishonesty, communication difficulty, unbalanced, not cantered

Health Issues: Thyroid gland, parathyroid, larynx, throat, tongue, mouth & teeth.

Mantra: The sound is Ham

Healing strategy: Learn communication skills, letter writing, practice silence (excessive), storytelling, singing, chanting, toning and releasing voice.

Affirmations that help in opening chakra:

i) I easily and gracefully express my deepest feelings and emotions.

ii) I hear and speak the truth.

iii) I express myself with clear intent.

iv) Creativity flows in and through me.

v) My voice is necessary.

f) Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

Location: The centre of the forehead, brow

Symbol: A circle surrounded on each side by two large lotus petals, and inside it a triangle.

Colour: Indigo blue

Association: Lack of concentration, clarity, fear of succeeding

Health Issues: Sinuses, ears & eyes

Mantra: The sound is Ham-ksham

Healing Strategies: Meditation, visual stimulation, creating visual art, colouring and drawing, working with memory, hypnosis, guided visualization, past life regression therapy etc.

Affirmations that help in opening chakra:

i) My inner vision is clear and strong.

ii) I trust my intuition and inner vision.

iii) I see everything in clarity.

iv) I am open to the wisdom within.

v) I can manifest my vision.

g) Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Location: The crown of the skull.

Symbol: Lotus with thousand petals.

Colour: Violet/White

Association: Frustration, lack of self-oneness, destructive thoughts.

Health Issues: Brain, cerebral cortex, pituitary gland, pineal gland, nervous system & glands.

Mantra: The sound of OM

Healing Strategies: Re-establish physical, emotional, spirit connection, spiritual discipline, meditation etc.

Affirmations that help in opening chakra:

i) I accept and acknowledge my spirituality.

ii) Divinity resides within.

iii) I am open to new ideas and suggestions.

iv) Information I need comes to me.

v) I am guided by a higher power.

vi) I am guided by inner wisdom.

vii) The world is my teacher.