Enjoyable, Everyday Things That You Can Do to Keep Each Chakra Healthy
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Opening your chakras can help you be healthy and happy.
When your chakras are open, your physical body and your life are healthy and balanced. When any of the seven chakras are blocked or underactive, it can cause significant disturbances in your body or life.
(If you need a refresher on what chakras are, you can go here for a general overview, or here for more detailed information.
Energy flows through the chakra system in two ways. First, it flows up and down along your central channel, base of spine to top of head, connecting the chakras. Second, it flows horizontally, in an exchange of energy with the cosmos.
It's very common for one or more chakras to become blocked or imbalanced. A blockage in a chakra can result in disturbances--sometimes profound--in a person’s health, emotions, mind, spirit, or life. (To learn more about chakra blockages, go here.)
To be healthy and happy and continuing to develop spiritually, it's important to keep all the chakras open and balanced, smoothly exchanging energy with the cosmic energy and with each other.
How do you know if each of the chakras is open? Click here to skip directly to the part of this page that discusses that.
Down-to-Earth Methods for Chakra Opening
There are many techniques you can use for chakra opening.
Many energy healers will spend a considerable amount of their time with you healing the chakras: opening, balancing, and energizing them. A professional energy healing can be good not only for chakra opening, but also for you to get a feel for your own chakras.
But there are also many easy, natural, non-esoteric (and fun) ways that you can open your own chakras. I call it "everyday energy healing." Following are some suggestions for chakra opening for each of the seven chakras. They're just suggestions. I'm sure that you'll be able to come up with many more of your own.
Keep in mind that the way to make these techniques effective is to do them mindfully, with sacred intention to open the chakra.
- First Chakra Opening
Belly breathe; walk, especially walk barefoot in nature; dance; ground; mindfully eat healthy food, especially root vegetables; garden; create healthy order or structure in your life or home, such as creating a filing system or putting up shelves in the garage; wear a pleasing color of red; surround yourself with pleasing smells, especially cedar, clove, or patchouli.
- Second Chakra Opening
Spend time in moonlight and near open water; affirming erotic play; dancing; walking in nature; surround yourself with beauty, especially things that are beautiful to the touch; enjoy flowers, especially roses, iris, and other beautiful-smelling blooms; use perfumes with musk, ylang ylang, sandalwood; swim (especially in the moonlight); play; wear sensual fabrics next to the skin; free up your schedule to make more time for spontaneity; eat fruit, chocolate or other sweet foods (in moderation); wear a pleasing shade of orange.
- Third Chakra Opening
Belly breathe; spend time in the sunlight; do vigorous sports or activity; clean out a closet or do another task that you've been putting off; do something that you've been procrastinating on; make a point of dressing and grooming yourself well; work on cleaning or decorating the outside of your house; eat a high-protein meal; hold your head high; smile, no matter how you're feeling; set an intention, take a small step to set it in motion, and then allow yourself to rest for a day; assert yourself on a small matter; smell rosemary or lavender; wear a pleasing shade of yellow.
- Fourth Chakra Opening
Be out in nature; spend time with small children and domestic animal companions; make a donation; volunteer at a food bank, homeless shelter, pet shelter, etc.; give and accept hugs; scents of rose, jasmine, fresh grass; forgive someone; express gratitude; perform a "random act of kindness"; give someone a compliment; work for peace; eat a bountiful, fresh salad; see an old, dear friend; sing a song that always makes you feel good; wear a pleasing shade of green or pink.
- Fifth Chakra Opening
Speak up about something you've been silent about; sing or hum; chant; tone; take voice lessons; listen to someone with your whole heart for five minutes, then switch and have them listen to you; speak your truth; create something and display it; drink tea; do some neck and shoulder rolls; do the yoga facial exercise known as "The Lion"; write in your journal; share a favorite poem with someone; stand under a blue sky; scents of sage and frankincense; wear a pleasing shade of light blue.
- Sixth Chakra Opening
Allow yourself to let your intellect rest and follow to an intuition; be aware of "sixth sense" experiences; keep a dream notebook; stand under a starry night sky; meditate; rub your temples; look at something from a different point of view or from a whole different way; have or do a tarot reading (or other form of divination) for yourself; deeply relax your eyes; take some time to really see the world around you; scents of vanilla, jasmine; wear a pleasing shade of deep, dark blue.
- Seventh Chakra Opening
Spend an extended time in stillness and silence; meditate; pray; receive or give energy work; massage your head and scalp; find things to be grateful for; surrender a problem to your higher power; do anything that makes you feel peaceful and harmonious; create an altar; listen for guidance out of prayer and stillness; accept things that you just "know," without intellectual proof; visit mountain tops or other places that offer high, clear vistas; scents of rose and lotus; wear a pleasing shade of purple.
More Methods for Chakra Healing
Here are links to more ways to heal your chakras. You might want to choose one of methods to incorporate into your regular routine, as a kind of preventive maintenance:
You can learn a chakra-healing meditation here .
Learn about chakra tones and how to open and balance your chakras with vocal toning here .
Learn about chakra stones and gems and how to give yourself a chakra healing with them at this page.
Learn about chakra essential oils and how to use aromatherapy for healing your subtle energy centers here.
This is a wonderful Youtube meditation for balancing and opening the chakras.
Learn why and how to balance your chakras here.
How to Tell if A Chakra Is Open or Blocked
So how do you know if you need to work on opening or balancing a particular chakra?
The easiest way to tell if a chakra is blocked or otherwise compromised is to look at your body and your life. I prefer to keep things positive, so I'll present some of the signs of health in each chakra; departures from that may signal a problem with that chakra.
But be aware that there can be huge variations in what indicates health for each individual person. Times of physical unhealth or life turmoil can actually signal progress--a life lesson being learned or a new spiritual level being struggled for. So take what follows as guidelines or suggestions, and let your own inner wisdom be your final guide.
Signs of healthy chakras might include:
- First Chakra Health
A relatively healthy physical body with good vitality; a basic sense of security and safety in the world; grounded; practical side of life functions smoothly; healthy bones, feet, legs, colon, adrenal glands, elimination, weight.
- Second Chakra Health
Balanced sexuality, neither under- nor over-active; creatively active; good life energy; can play; experiences joy; healthy emotions; open to change; healthy lower back, reproductive and urinary systems.
- Third Chakra
Sense of self-worth; ability to make things happen in the physical world; healthy relationship to personal power (neither shrinking from it or being domineering); right use of will; absence of diabetes, major allergies, hypertension; healthy digestion, adrenals, immune system, muscle system.
- Fourth Chakra Health
Balanced, healthy relationships; compassion for others; sense of emotional fulfillment; kindness to self and others; able to grieve in a healthy way; can forgive; can accept others, even when they are different; connection to nature; healthy heart, lungs, thymus, arms, hands.
- Fifth Chakra Health
Ability to express own truth; ability to express self; listens as well as talks; honesty; creative expression; healthy neck, shoulders, mouth, ears, nose, sinuses, thyroid, voice.
- Sixth Chakra Health
Intellect balanced with other attributes of intelligence; insight; intuition; ability to see "big picture"; good concentration and memory; healthy vision; healthy eyes, pituitary gland, hypothalamus.
- Seventh Chakra Health
Sense of meaning in life; sense of connection to a higher power or larger purpose, and to the rest of being, generally; highly developed consciousness; wise; inner peace; mentally stable; acceptance of others; healthy cerebral cortex, pineal gland.
More Ways to Tell If Your Chakras Are Open
Want more? Here are some links to other ways to discern if your chakras are imbalanced or blocked.
More About Healing the Chakras
Learn more about healing the chakras here
Learning About Your Own Chakras
Interested in perceiving the subtle energy of your chakras? You can learn about sensing chakras here
More Information About Chakras
For additional general information about chakras, you can go to the Chakras main page.
For more specific information about individual chakras, go to the Chakra Chart page.
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