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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 imbalances in your body or life.
(If you need a refresher on what chakras are, you can go here for a general overview.
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 disturb a person’s health, emotions, mind, spirit, or life.
To stay healthy and happy and spiritually evolving, it's important to keep all the chakras open and balanced, smoothly exchanging energy with the universal energy and with each other.
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.
If you'd like lots more ideas for chakra opening and balancing, you may enjoy my book, Chakra Care: Do-It-Yourself Energy Healing for a More Joyful, Loving, Fruitful Life, which I wrote to help people understand the chakras and learn ways that anyone -- not just professional energy healers -- can balance, align and nurture them.
Chakra Care tells you in detail how to tell if a chakra is blocked, and has over 500 down-to-earth activities and exercises you can use to nurture and heal them. It's a just-right explanation of the chakras for beginners, but it has loads of fresh ideas and perspectives for more experienced energy workers, too.