Healing the Seven Chakra Energy Centers

By Val Silver

Even though much has been written about the seven chakra energy centers, and mention of them goes back thousands of years, they remain a mystery and a point of contention. 

Information about these energy vortices has been gleaned from ancient Hindu and Buddhist texts, energy healers, and psychics. They tell us of their location, which colors and sounds they resonate with, and how they relate to personality, behavior and healing, 

Modern research has yet to validate the existence of the seven chakra energy centers. Only recently has it verified the existence of the human biofield. Until then, this energy field was also strongly denied in conventional western thought. Perhaps validating the existence of the chakra system with the help of modern technology isn't far behind. 

What do chakras do? 

Chakra means 'wheels' or 'circles of movement' in Sanskrit. These spinning wheels are aligned up the body from the base of your spine to the top of your head. They are located in the physical body and extend out from the front and back of your body into your energy field. Although each energy center functions on its own, they all interact with and affect each other. 

chakra energy centers
  • As they spin, chakras funnel vital life force energy to the body's organs and glands. 
  • Each vortex has specific associations. Energy processed through a specific chakra affects its associated organs and glands. Each chakra also corresponds with specific emotions and psychological patterns. A specific color, sound and musical note on the scale is associated with each energy center.

It is believed that certain vortices are more active in different life stages of our personal and collective evolution. For most people and younger people, the lower three centers are most active. As people heal, mature, and grow in wisdom, the upper centers become more open and active.

This does not mean that one chakra is better than another. Each needs to function properly and all need to be balanced for optimum health and well-being.

Why do chakras need healing?

Chakras can become overactive, restricted or distorted. These problems affect how the energy flows in and out of them. Problems in one chakra can also disrupt the functioning of one or more others because they interact with each other.

Distortions and restrictions can occur for many reasons, including illness, physical or psychological trauma, watching a violent or scary movie, substance abuse, and spinal misalignments. For example, foot or constipation problems could be indicators of an imbalance in the root chakra. 

  • If there is a distortion in the shape of the vortex, energy won't flow properly or to the right areas. This limits the understandings and energy they are meant to process and transmit.  Organs and glands receive less energy, which may lead to illness. 
  • restriction or clog may occur when there is too much tension in the system caused by stress or anxiety. When the muscles or tissues are tight, energy flow is impeded in that area. The chakra becomes underactive because it cannot function properly. 
  • A chakra may become too open or overactive when someone is in survival mode because their basic needs are not being met or if they are feeling overly anxious. For example, if you are starving, have too little money or in a lot of physical pain, the root chakra may become more active. In response, you may become greedy, short-tempered, or constipated. 

Supporting and Healing the Seven Chakras

Supporting and healing through the seven chakra is an important part of holistic energy healing. When your chakras are functioning properly, they support each other and the health of your physical body, your energetic body, and your emotional well-being. 

Clearing and balancing your energy centers optimizes energy to your body systems and help you feel more balanced. 

Healers discern energetic imbalances in a chakra by feeling the energy with their hands or using a pendulum. Some can see the energy field and the chakras. However, it is not necessary to have this ability to balance your chakras. What is important is that you use one or more of the following techniques to facilitate optimal energy flow through them.

Three ways to approach chakra healing

  • Intuit which chakras need help. Then use your favorite technique to clean and balance them. 
  • Routinely tune up all seven chakra energy centers in one session or work with them one at a time on a rotating basis. This is a good idea whether or not you know there is a single imbalance. 
  • Identify health and/or emotional issues, and match them with the associated chakra. Then, work on clearing the chakra, reinforcing a proper spin, and regulating its flow. For example, if you have chronic throat issues or trouble speaking up for yourself, focus your healing efforts on the third, or throat chakra. It may also be helpful to work with the neighboring centers above and below it.

Chakra meditations, chanting, toning, listening to chakra music, or energy healing techniques are all modalities to balance the chakras. If they are in need of clearing, two of the more popular ways of doing this are through meditation or slowing circling a hand over the chakra in a counter-clockwise direction for two minutes and then circling in a clockwise direction for three minutes. To determine clockwise, pretend a clock is on the body facing outward. 

Supporting the health of your seven chakras

There are several ways to support and improve the health of your energy centers. Basically, anything you do to nurture the health of your mind, body, and spirit will support your energy system and vice versa, since they are interconnected and part of the whole. 

  • Walk barefoot on the earth or wet sand. When you ground with earth energy your feet pull up the energy from the earth as nature intended. Do this often and notice how much more balanced and calmly energized you feel.
  • Spend time in nature. Look at the green of the grass and trees, the blue of the sky, the different colors of the flowers and a rainbow. 
  • Support a specific chakra by wearing clothing that matches its associated color and eating some food of that color. Bring that color into your environment. For example, you could wear a yellow blouse,  or put a yellow towel on your abdomen to support the solar plexus center. 
  • Do tai chi, chi gung, or yoga. If a chakra needs help, do asanas that support and strengthen it. 

This video titled "Throat Chakra Healing Exercises" illustrates how to open and support the throat chakra so that you can better express yourself.

Chakra Meditation

An important way to balance the chakras is through meditation.

Guided chakra meditations make this effortless and are very helpful, especially while you are learning or if you have trouble keeping focused on your own. These meditations often use sound, colors and tones that resonate with one chakra or all seven of them. Listen to the note associated with each chakra or chant it. Remember everything is energy. Color and sound are energy frequencies that affect you whether you realize it or not.

A fun chakra meditation you can do quickly and easily on your own is to pretend each energy center is a little fan. Check it over in your mind's eye and scrub dirt and residue off the blades. Then spin it in a clockwise motion.

Tending to the health of your seven chakra energy centers will help you enjoy better health of mind and body. It will also clear the way for deeper understanding and easier manifesting your true desires. 

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Healing the Seven Chakras page updated 12/2020

For Educational Purposes Only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult with your health provider before using natural remedies and/or complementary therapies if you are pregnant, nursing, or you are being treated for a medical condition. Be aware that certain herbs and supplements interact with medications.

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