The 7 chakras originated in India within the religion of Hinduism. In the ancient Hindu language of Sanskrit, chakra means “wheel.” This is because the 7 chakras are seen as the spiritual organs in the body, and they are shaped like funnels and spin like wheels. These spiritual organs dominate the physical organs and corresponding areas in the body. This will become clear once we start looking at each of the chakras. These funnels pull energy into the body, and push energy out of the body. This is why being aware of them can bring about a clear and open consciousness.
In many Hindu and Buddhist practices the chakras are given great importance, especially while meditating. To understand why you might have a specific illness (whether that illness is physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual), look to the chakras to discover the underlying metaphysical cause. Working with the chakras can be a lot of fun, and they are quite fascinating! The more you work with the chakras, the more spiritual clarity and inspiration you will discover in your life. Below you will find what the names of the 7 chakras are and there corresponding colors.
- Sahasrara (Crown Chakra) - Violet
- Ajna (Third Eye Chakra) - Indigo
- Vishuddha (Throat Chakra) - Blue
- Anahata (Heart Chakra) - Green
- Manipura (Solar Plexus Chakra) - Yellow
- Svadhishthana (Sacral Chakra) - Orange
- Muladhara (Root Chakra) - Red
The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
The first chakra is referred to as the root chakra and is located at the base of the spine. There are only two chakras/funnels that do not face outward to others and the world: the root chakra, and the crown chakra (which is located at the top of the head). The root funnel faces down to Earth and pulls energy from the ground. The crown chakra faces up towards heaven and pulls energy from the divine. The other five chakras face outward and exchange energy with that which is in front of you, and that which is behind you.
Each of the chakras correspond to a specific color, in rainbow fashion. The first color at the bottom of a rainbow is red, and so the root chakra’s color is red as well. The chakras are also seen as lotus flowers, and each lotus has more petals than the one proceeding it. The root chakra has four petals. This vibrant earth energy chakra is associated with our lineage, our pasts, our upbringings, and our need for basic survival. This is the part of the body that is concerned with shelter, food, water, and much of the time, money. It rules over the colon, the lower back, and can also be associated with bone or teeth issues. When we are calm, centered, and grounded, this chakra is healthy and happy. Connecting to nature is a great way to take care of your root chakra.
The Sacral Chakra (Svadhishthana)
The second chakra is the sacral chakra, and it is located below the belly button where the sexual organs reside. The sacral is associated with the color orange and it has six petals. This chakra is soft and delicate, like water, and it is connected to our emotions, our desires, and the child within. The child within is also referred to as the inner child, this is the part of us that Freud might refer to as the “id.” This area is dedicated to relationships, sensual expression, and creativity. It rules over the sexual organs and the mid-to-lower back. When we have healthy relationships, and do not spoil or abuse the inner child, this chakra will be balanced and whole. Sexual guilt or shame can also get trapped in this area, so it is very important to love and respect yourself and others while experiencing sensual and emotional exchanges.
The Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)
The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra, and it is located between your belly button and your heart or the diaphragm. The solar plexus is associated with the color yellow, and it has ten petals. This chakra is electric and bold, like fire, and it is connected to our willpower, self-confidence, and our ability to manifest what we wish into reality. This area is dedicated to self-discipline, independence, and personal power. It rules over the digestive system and the middle of the back. When we align our will with divine will, this chakra brings great energy, vitality, and courage. This is the warrior chakra, and those who are very strong in their personal truth and intuition radiate like the sun, shining with light as they walk down the path of their life purpose and destiny. Scientists have now discovered that the stomach actually has neurotransmitters in it, as well as neurons (brain cells). Our stomachs are being referred to now as “little brains” because they are much, much more intelligent than we ever could have imagined. This is why the saying, “trust your gut,” is so important.
The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
The fourth chakra is the heart chakra, and it is located at the center of your chest between your lungs. The heart chakra is associated with the color green, and it has twelve petals. This chakra is youthful and typically open, like air, and rises above Earth to see clearly from up above through the eyes of love. The heart chakra represents our natural need to connect with others, as well as our deep love for others. Companionship, friendship, soul mates, lovers, and family all find their place in our hearts. This area is dedicated to service, unconditional giving and receiving, compassion, and peace. It rules over the heart, the lungs, the arms and hands, and the upper back.
In some newer perspectives on the chakras, the thymus (the upper chest) is also a chakra, referred to as the higher heart chakra. This area is concerned with self-love, transcendence, and protecting the lower heart. Think of the lower heart as a child who loves everyone and everything unconditionally. This is beautiful and sweet in theory, but it can get us into trouble when we aren’t wise enough to see toxic relationships. When the higher heart is awakened and aware of the truth of a connection, the entire heart area will be protected, and free to love openly.
The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
The fifth chakra is the throat chakra, and it is located at the throat and neck. The throat chakra is associated with the color sky blue, and it has sixteen petals. The first three chakras represent the more primal and animalistic aspects of our nature, and the heart serves as a bridge between the lower chakras and the three higher chakras. The higher chakras are the more evolved spiritual aspects of our being. The throat is connected to clear communication, art, creativity, expression, and freedom. Speaking your truth and manifesting your ideas into reality are both benefits of being divinely connected to this area. It rules the mouth, jaw, throat, esophagus, thyroid, voice box, the shoulders and the neck. When the throat chakra is aligned with inner truth and purpose, it has the ability to bring about aesthetic creations and profound expressions that can change the world.
The Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
The sixth chakra is the third eye, and it is located just above the eyebrows, between the two eyes. The third eye chakra is associated with the color navy blue or indigo, and it has two main petals, representative of the two eyes. The third eye is connected to our sixth sense, our intuition, clairvoyance, telepathy, and the ability to create our futures. For thousands of years this area has been associated with the pineal gland, or in Egyptian history, the eye of Horus. There is great mysticism wrapped up in the pineal gland, as it is the gland that produces melatonin and regulates our biorhythms. Melatonin is needed to sleep, and some believe that the “spirit molecule,” DMT is produced in the pineal gland as well. DMT (N, N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a chemical that has been used in shamanism to create sacred medicine for thousands of years. Scientists recently discovered that DMT occurs in our brains when we’re born, when we die, and likely when we dream. When ingested in the form of ayahuasca, this chemical links its users to the ethereal realms in existence. Here they find deep connections to spiritual energies and entities, as well as extreme physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing.
The third eye rules the eyes and parts of the brain. Those with a healthy third eye know their life purpose and can “see” what lies ahead, because they are actively creating and manifesting their will by linking it to divine will. This process requires that an individual is grounded in a spiritual practice, such as yoga or meditation—and that they are spiritually confident about who they are and where they are heading.
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
The final and seventh chakra is the crown chakra. As mentioned earlier, this funnel spins upward and pulls and releases energy to and from the heavens. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head, precisely where our “soft spots” were when we were babies. The crown is associated with the color violet or white, and is said to be made up of a thousand petals. The crown chakra is connected to our higher power, our divine source, ascension, and the universe. This area rules parts of the brain as well as the nervous system. It does not matter if your divine source is Jesus Christ, Buddha, Krishna, Muhammad, Archangel Michael, or the suns or stars in the galaxy—this source is your master guide and will help you uncover the answer to whatever questions you ask, as long as you’ve asked with a pure heart. When we are linked up to our higher power and understand our divine purpose, we will experience enlightenment, and spiritual bliss. Let our 7 chakra healing bracelet align you with source and start manifesting the life you desire. Connecting to the divine in all that is, will bring you to a place of heightened awakening and sublime consciousness. Know that you are divine, and you will find beauty and truth in everything that surrounds you.