The chakras are our central or focal points throughout our body that channel the energy through us. Running in a sequence from the base of the spine up to the crown of our head, the chakra points relate to various emotions and are directly connected to our organs and glands, and therefore, wellbeing. Each has its own representative colour – the chakra colours – which can also help us to manage the smooth flowing of our energy. Blockages cause problems both mentally and physically and so to maintain a constant flow is paramount to our overall wellness.
Each chakra governs certain aspects of who we are as well as supporting what we need in order to thrive. Each has a colour to represent it which also relate to the colours of the spectrum;
Root Chakra : Red
Sacral Chakra: Orange
Solar Plexus: Yellow
Heart Chakra: Green
Throat Chakra: Blue
Third Eye Chakra: Indigo
Crown Chakra: Violet
The importance of colours: the key word to understanding chakra colours is vibration. Each colour carries its own individual frequency which we can learn to understand and work on with the intention of opening up and healing that particular chakra. This delves deeper than the mere power of suggestion, we can actually draw strength from colour by relating its frequency or vibration to our own energy.
First we choose which we are going to work with – from the guidelines below you can opt for a particular point or points, and therefore colours to focus on with a purposeful intention. For example if you happen to be feeling off balance and disconnected you may want to set your sights on releasing a blockage in your root chakra, and therefore would work with the colour red. And to focus on that colour means to visualise it as an actual, physical thing, such as a ball of light existing within you whose glow you wish to increase. Concentrating on this whilst breathing with intention will aid the process, and with each breath the light is given more power to grow in vibrancy. If you like to work with crystals, see the related stones to the chakras, and add to the focus by holding the relevant one whilst honing in on the colour and location of the chakra simultaneously.
This focus on the chakra colours can be achieved during daily life in order to change our mood and feelings for the better, to achieve peace, calm and re-centre ourselves, to boost energy levels and feel good overall.
The chakra colours:
ROOT CHAKRA: this is situated at the base of the spine, represented by the colour red, it is where our ‘roots’ are developed, where our safety, security and grounding is located. Because it is the first chakra it affects the flow of energy to the rest and so we need to keep it clear and healthy. Issues resulting from a blocked root can manifest in many ways such as: pain in lower body (feet, knees, legs hips), sciatica, varicose veins, water retention, digestive issues, prostate problems, eating disorders, immune system problems, depression, anxiety, low self esteem, feeling of not belonging, jealousy, co-dependency, indecisiveness, phobias, addictions, obsessiveness.
SACRAL CHAKRA: located in the lower abdomen, just below the naval, this chakra focusses on our feelings, emotions, belonging and creativity. It is also the chakra that relates most to partnerships, sensuality and sex and is represented by the colour orange. It is our driving force for our enjoyment of life and connections. When balanced, the sacral chakra allows you to be passionate, creative, and sensual while connecting with your feelings and emotions. Should you be experiencing any of the following, you may need to pay some attention to your sacral chakra: fear of pleasure, lack of creativity, fatigue, lack of desire, not authentic to yourself, insecurity, detachment, emotional overreactions, being dramatic, aggressive, anxiety, excessive emotional attachment, addictive personality, kidney problems and urinary tract infections, chronic lower back pain, sexual disorders, infertility, gynaecological problems, dysfunctional menstrual cycles, and problems with the intestines, spleen, and gallbladder.
Stone: Tiger’s Eye
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA: located at the diaphragm area this chakra relates to our energy, success and motivation. It is associated with our physical centre, personal power, desire, inner-strength, emotions, instincts, and intuition and is represented by the colour yellow. Related issues with this chakra will present themselves as lack of memory and concentration, frequent fearing, feeling uncentered, sugar addictions, insomnia, and eating disorders, digestive and intestinal disorders, indigestion, food allergies, eating disorders, poor metabolism, diabetes, obesity, eczema, acne, and other stress-related skin conditions.
HEART CHAKRA: this chakra is situated at the actual heart area and relates to our love for ourselves as well as others. It is associated with love, compassion, safety, trust, adventure, self-compassion, forgiveness, and relationships. If our heart balance is off kilter we may feel apathetic, faithless, unforgiving, hopeless, distrustful, uncommitted and detached. With physical manifestations being pneumonia, asthma, breast problems, respiratory problems, upper-back pain, shoulder and upper-arm pain, and rapid ageing.
Stone: Rose Quartz
THROAT CHAKRA: this is positioned at the throat and relates to our expressive side, our identity. It is represented by the colour blue and is associated to our communication, expression, freedom, responsibility, and leadership. Problems can arise if we are stifling our true feelings, holding things in or have experienced trauma that we haven’t dealt with effectively. Should this be occurring within us we may experience nervousness, anxiety, fear, attention deficit disorders, poor coping skills, feeling isolated. And physically, problems with the nasal area, irritated sinuses, sore throat, lockjaw, voice loss, thyroid problems, teeth and gum problems, and ailments of the oesophagus and tonsils.
Stone: Blue Lace Agate
THIRD EYE CHAKRA: this chakra is situated just above and between the eyes near the brow and is the basis for our intuition and instincts. It is represented by the colour indigo and is associated with the mind, ideas, thoughts, dreams, intuition and psychic abilities. When blocked or suffering, this chakra will develop symptoms such as headaches and migraines, nightmares, seizures, neurological disorders, personality disorders and neuroses, learning difficulties, and hallucinations. Physically this can manifest as eye problems, glaucoma, ear problems and hearing difficulties, spinal conditions, and scalp/hair issues.
Stone: Amethyst or Lapis Lazuli
CROWN CHAKRA: the final chakra located at the tip of the head, or crown, that focusses on our spirituality, and connection to higher powers. The crown chakra is represented by the colour violet, purple or sometimes bright white (ultra-violet) and is associated with your God or belief system, spirituality, divine wisdom, enlightening, connection to the universe, imagination, awareness, and optimism. When not clear the manifestations of blockage will present as depression, confusion, loss of faith, mental disconnection, epilepsy, schizophrenia. And physically; light sensitivity, headaches, dementia, autoimmune disorders, neurological disorders.
Stone: Clear quartz
Once we have identified the area we are going to work on we can then take the chakra colour and hone in on that in order to heal. We can take a physical or natural thing which is the colour of the chakra we need to focus on and literally surround ourself with it. For example, if we are experiencing any issues relating to the heart chakra, we can go outside in nature and surround ourselves with greenery; the grass, trees, bushes etc and really absorb the energy of that colour with the intention of releasing any blockages.
There is also a rainbow meditation which begins with the root and works its way up to the crown, through all the chakra colours. We begin meditation and breathing by focussing on red and work our way through the colours of the spectrum until we reach violet. Really harnessing and embracing the various colours and their energy levels throughout. Visual or crystal aids are helpful in any practice. Even wearing clothes the colour of the chakra in question helps, or laying on a blanket of the allocated colour, the vibration frequency is within the colour itself and can pass to our physical and emotional being. Painting rooms of the house particular colours will induce different emotions and feelings to arise. A bright yellow room will inspire energy and motivation. Green is a loving colour, great for a place for family to be together.
Utilising chakra colours in this way allows us to absorb the good and release the bad; a simple, yet effective way to help heal us. It does absolutely no harm and cannot cause negative side effects so why not give it a try?
Image Credits: Sunflower by Ermelinda Martí, Eye and rainbow reflection by Harry Quan, Green grass and sunlight by Johannes Plenio, Colour walk by Robert Katzki – all on Unsplash
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