Archive for January 2013

The Heart Chakra or “ANAHATA”

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Oh.. The heart chakra.. this, to many people, is considered to be one of the most IMPORTANT chakras; at least mentally and emotionally.  Let me explain…  This chakra is physically located near the heart/lung region.  While PHYSICALLY it is in control of your LUNGS, HEART, CIRCULATORY SYSTEM, ARMS, HANDS, IMMUNE SYSTEM AND LYMPHATIC SYSTEM… people store so much hurt and emotional trauma in this chakra.  Mentally, psychologically, spiritually and emotionally, this chakras’ function is LOVE, PASSION, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, COMPASSION AND DEVOTION.  When it is blocked or malfunctioning, we experience feelings AND disease, such as: ASTHMA, CORONARY DISEASE, LUNG DISEASE, IMMUNE SYSTEM DYSFUNCTION, DEPRESSION, GRIEF, LACK OF PASSION, LACK OF TENDERNESS, INNER-CHILD ISSUES, AND REJECTION.

THE COLORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS CHAKRA ARE MAINLY GREEN AND PINK.  The Heart Chakra has 12 lotus petals; they represent LUSTFULNESS, FRAUDULENCE, INDECISION, REPENTANCE, HOPE, ANXIETY, LONGING, IMPARTIALITY, ARROGANCE, INCOMPETENCE, DISCRIMINATION, AND AN ATTITUDE OF DEFIANCE.  The heart chakra is also associated with the element of air.  It is linked to the ages of 22-28; when we are often forming deep emotional relationships, hopefully ones that are returning the feeling.

Physically, our heart pumps oxygen rich blood from the lungs to all parts of our body.  It conveys water, food, oxygen and all forms of life force energy; it removes waste products through the kidneys, liver and lungs; and it carries important parts of the immune system!  Many people today suffer from medically diagnosed HEART DISEASE.  However, doctors are noticing that high blood pressure can be an initial sign of MENTAL STRAIN often caused by bottled up stress, anger or frustration.  The health of the physical heart would greatly improve if we did things to release past traumas and emotional pain, and not judge others.

Emotionally, do you ever find yourself asking, “what is wrong with me?”, “why aren’t I popular and loved like other people?”?  You may feel like you’ve had no luck in love, like you cannot establish meaningful relatiionships with people, or like you do not have lasting friendships.  This may give us doubt in ourselves and make us question our ability to relate to others.  These feelings can grow and grow until they are a REAL imbalance; preventing us from being able to love ourselves or anyone else.  If we don’t deal with our feelings, especially these types, we begin to BOTTLE UP, and store, our emotional pain.  Next, our entire chakra system will CLOSE in on itself and no longer be able to “FEED” the physical body effectively.  Take the steps to open up!  Talk to someone, mediatate, whatever it takes; it’s not just important for those amazing emotional relationships you’ll begin to have, but also for your health!

 

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TO OPEN HEART CHAKRA:

 

CRYSTALS:

PERIDOT,WATERMELON TOURMALINE, ROSE QUARTZ, JADE, JASPER

 

EXERCISE/THERAPY:

YOGA, MEDITATION, CRYSTAL THERAPY, CRYSTAL MASSAGE

 

AROMATHERAPY:

ROSE OIL: Antiseptic, emmenagogic, hepatic, sedative, and uterine.

MELISSA OIL: anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, febrifuge, nervine and sedative.

NEROLI OIL: Anti-depressant, sedative and aphrodisiac.

 

 

 

 

The Solar Plexus Chakra or MANIPURA

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Manipura, in Sanskrit, means “City of Jewels”, but is also known as “place of gems”.  It is often pictured as a ten petal lotus of the color yellow or gold.  It is located between the navel and the bottom of your sternum.  The psychological function of the solar plexus is WILLPOWER, personal power, expansiveness and opinion.  The body parts that this chakra is related to are your digestive system, liver and gall bladder.  Spiritually, this chakra has to do with growth.  If this chakra is blocked, some things  you may exprience include: powerlessness, fear, anxiety, introversion, anger, shame, sense of victimization, digestive troubles, chronic fatigue and hypertension.

Think of Manipura as the sun in your body drawing in solar radiance as a type of prana (energy), and transducing into a form that enables the flow of vital energies throughout the physical body to be regulated.  The meanings of the ten petals of the solar plexus are said to be spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness.  These all must be overcome in order to overcome the next chakras in order (heart, throat, third eye & crown chakras)!

Many health problems can occur if STRESS blocks your solar plexus chakra.  Things like Diabetes and Cancer are both a problem for this chakra, especially when stress is involved.  People can become edgy, depleted, depressed, insecure and fearful.  It is important to do things to keep your energy positive, and yourself open and balanced (see below).

 

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Things to do to open or stimulate your solar plexus chakra:

 

Exercise :  YOGA, MEDITATION, WALK & DANCE

 

Crystals: CITRINE

 

Aromatherapy:

CLARY SAGE: Strongest relaxant, very euphoric, anti convulsive, anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, emmenagogic and aphrodisiac.

JUNIPER: IDEAL FOR SOLAR PLEXUS, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-toxic and emmenagogic.

GERANIUM: Anti-depressant, antiseptic, deoderant, diuretic, tonic, and EXCELLENT FOR TREATING PMS.

The SACRAL Chakra or SVADISTHANA

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The color related to this chakra (our 2nd chakra) is ORANGE. The Sacral chakra is associated with the element WATER, and this chakra has to do with how we process water throughout our bodies.  The most key issues of this chakra are relationships, violence and addictions.  the sacral chakra has everything to do with your reproductive system.   Mentally, emotionally and spiritually it deals with the feelings of creativity, joy and enthusiasm.  In Sanskrit, the meaning of SVADISTHANA is “sweetness” or “one’s sweetest abode”, and it is pictured as as orange lotus with six petals.  The orange petals of the lotus symbolize a secret connection with the high sixth state of consciousness into which we are evolving.  The petals are also associated with affection, pitilessness, a feeling of all destructiveness, delusion, disdain, and suspicion on the path to a sixth state.  It is widely known as our sexual energy center.

The Sacral chakra is located between the naval and the genitals, and is linked to the adrenal glands that lie above each kidney.  They are concerned with the production of adrenaline, cortisol and aldosterone.  It’s psychological functions are those of sexuality, desire, emotion, creativity, and pure unconsciousness.  This chakra is related to our reproductive organs, tongue, kidneys, bladder and lower back.  When it is blocked or malfunctioning, we can experience things like emotional problems, sexual guilt, a halt in creativity, and urinary problems.

Linked to ages 8-14, they say when this chakra is stressed in our adult years, it may be a result of our early years in how we learned to understand our self in relationship to our mother.  Stress in this chakra causes us to put walls up to avoid what we really feel.  During love making, as kundalini (energy from your root chakra) rises from the first chakra to the second, it can hit a wall of blockages, and a real feeling of bliss will not be able to arise throughout the chakras.  This can cause people to go from one lover to another to try and find that bliss, when, really, they have to open their blockage.  Any negative emotions held in the sacral chakra, such as anger and fear, can eventually cause illness; such as Colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, bladder tumors, malabsorption diseases of the small intestine, and unexplained lower back pain.

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RECOMMENDED TO OPEN ANY BLOCKAGES:

 

CRYSTALS:  CARNELIAN, ORANGE CALCITE

 

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DANCE

 

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PRANAYAMA (A YOGIC PRACTICE TO CONTROL SUBTLE ENERGIES WITH BREATH)

 

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AROMATHERAPY:

SANDALWOOD: Anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, aphrodisiac, astrigent, bactericide, expectorant and sedative.

JASMINE: Analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, sedative and uterine.

ROSE OIL:  Antiseptic, aphrodisiac,anti-depressant, sedative, hepatic, emmenagogic and uterine.

YLANG-YLANG: Aphrodisiac, Anti-depressant, anti-septic, sedative, ands dispels anger.

CHAMPACA: Aphrodisiac, anti-depressant and stimulant.

The BASE or ROOT CHAKRA “MULADHARA”

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From Wikipedia:

The chakras are described[by whom?] as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head. New Agepractices often associate each chakra with a certain colour. In various traditions chakras are associated with multiple physiological functions, an aspect of consciousness, a classical element, and other distinguishing characteristics. They are visualized as lotuses/flowers with a different number of petals in every chakra.

The chakras are thought to vitalise the physical body and to be associated with interactions of a physical, emotional and mental nature. They are considered loci of life energy or prana, also called shaktiqi (Chinese; ki in Japanese), koach-ha-guf[21] (Hebrew), bios (Greek) & aether (Greek, English), which is thought to flow among them along pathways called nadis. The function of the chakras is to spin and draw in this energy to keep the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health of the body in balance. They are said by some to reflect how the unified consciousness of humanity (the immortal human being or the soul), is divided to manage different aspects of earthly life (body/instinct/vital energy/deeper emotions/communication/having an overview of life/contact to God). The chakras are placed at differing levels of spiritual subtlety, withSahasrara at the top being concerned with pure consciousness, and Muladhara at the bottom being concerned with matter, which is seen simply as condensed, or gross consciousness.

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Everybody should know how each Chakra affects you if it is open and functioning, or closed and  malfunctioning.  It is very important for your well being on a spiritual, emotional, mental and physical level.  To begin, I’d like to start with the Base Chakra.

This chakra is associated with the color RED (a LOTUS FLOWER), the sense of SMELL, the element EARTH, and in the endocrine system, THE TESTES AND OVARIES.  This Chakra draws down spiritual energy and grounds us in the physical world.  It is related to the physical processes of reproduction, excretion and to the various guilt and fear complexes associated with them.  This chakra is located at the base of the spine, by the tip of the tailbone and opening downward.  It is psychologically related to your security, sensuality, and survival. It is also related to your legs, ankles, knees, bones, feet, nose, large intestine, and anus.  If it is malfunctioning, or closed, you would experience things such as obsesity, anorexia, sciatica, constipation, and sometimes problems with sexual organs.  The emotion you would most likely feel is fear, lust, obsession, or problems with sexuality.  The main function of this chakra is to ground or root us.  When we are grounded, we are at one with life.

Our base chakra, or Muladhara, is the foundation of life.  Confidence in who we are or whom we trust, are functions of this chakra.  If in our early life we felt safe and protected, then trust in the world was well established.  If our conception was traumatic, the enviroment of our mothers womb or our childhood (ages 1-7) was disruptive, then stesses in the base chakra make us see the world, and other people, as frightening.

 

EXERCISES I would reccomend to practice to keep your base ckakra open: KUNDALINI AND TANTRIC YOGA!

CRYSTALS I would recommend to use while meditating (place them in your hands if sitting, or pelvic area if laying down):  RED JASPER (INCREASES PASSION & LIVEN UP SEX LIFE, HELPS TO REMEMBER DREAMS), HEMATITE (HELPS WITH GROUNDING & COPING WITH TOUGH SITUATIONS)

 

AROMATHERAPY to use while meditating, sleeping or just relxing:

CEDARWOOD (ANTISEPTIC, ANTI-SEBORRHOEIC, ASTRINGENT, DIURETIC, EMMENAGOGIC, EXPECTORANT, SEDATIVE AND AN INSECTICIDE)

PATCHOULI (ANTI-DEPRESSANT, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-MICROBIAL, ANTISEPTIC, APHRODISIAC, DEODORANT, SEDATIVE AND INSECTICIDE)

MYRRH (ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTISEPTIC, ASTRIGENT, CARMINATIVE,EMMENAGOGIC, EXPECTORANT, FUNGICIDAL AND SEDATIVE)

 

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