Chakras are energy centers within the body that help to regulate all its processes. The chakras are positioned along the centerline of your body, from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. Each chakra governs specific processes such as organ function, immune system response and emotions and is represented by one of the seven chakra colors.
The word chakra meaning "wheel" comes from the Vedas, which are the oldest written tradition in India, dating from 1,500 to 500 B.C. The chakras, recognized in alternative healing and spiritual practices, are often described as spinning wheels of energy.
In the illustration above you can see the chakra colors and location of each individual chakra. If you explored the area of the body around each chakra you would find the nerve ganglia branching out from the spinal column as well as the glands and organs influenced by each chakra.
Violet: (purple) is the color of the Crown chakra, also known as Sahasrara. This chakra is located at the top of the head. The Crown chakra is linked to the crown of the head, nervous system, and the brain, and is representative of pure thought. This chakra connects one with the infinite consciousness. Opening this chakra will help tap into a deep spiritual understanding. Gemstones that will aid the Crown chakra include diamond and clear quartz.
Indigo: The color of the Brow or Third-Eye chakra, also known as Ajna. This chakra is located between the eyebrows. This chakra is our link to the universal unconsciousness. Opening this chakra can aid in clear sight, intuition, integrity, and lessens feelings of despair. Gemstones amethyst, moonstone and augilite.
Blue: The color of the Throat chakra, also known as Visuddha. This chakra is located in the throat. It is linked to the throat, neck, hands, and arms. The Throat Chakra is connected with speech and hearing, and encourages spiritual communication.Opening the Throat chakra improves clairaudience. Gemstones that will aid the Throat chakra include turquoise, aquamarine, lapis, sodalite, quartz, angelite, aqua aura.
Green: The color of the Heart chakra, also known as Anahata. This chakra is located at the center of the chest area and is linked to this entire area, the heart, lungs, circulatory system, and cardiac plexus. The Heart Chakra bridges the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds. Opening the Heart chakra allows a person to love more, empathize, and feel compassion. Gemstones that will aid the Heart chakra include emerald, tourmaline, aventurine, malachite, rose quartz, and rhodonite.
Yellow: The color of the Solar Plexus chakra, also known as Manipura. This chakra is located in the stomach area and is linked to organs &muscular system in that area. The Solar Plexus chakra is representative of vitality and will. When this chakra is open, it acts to empower a person and help them find their personal strength. It will help turn dreams and goals into reality. Gemstones that will aid the Solar Plexus chakra include amber, topaz, citrine, yellow calcite, yellow jasper.
Orange : The color of the Sacral chakra, also known as Svadhisthana. This chakra is located beneath the naval, close to the genitals. The Sacral Chakra is linked to the sexual organs and reproductive system. Opening this chakra will free fertility and inherent creativity. The Sacral chakra stimulates sexuality and emotions. Gemstones that will aid the Sacral chakra include carnelian, coral, orange jasper, orange jade.
Red: The color of the Base or Root chakra, also known as Muladhara. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to the universal energies. First chakra, base of the spine. Groundedness, trust, belonging, lessens feelings of mistrust. Gemstones that will aid the Root chakra include lodestone, ruby, garnet, smokey quartz, obsidian, hematite and onyx.
Additional Energy Centers And Chakra Colors
Some practitioners believe that the 7-chakra system is just part of a larger 12-chakra system. The 7-chakras connect you to the earth and keep you grounded physically, spiritually and mentally. The 12-chakra system expands upon that idea and connects you to the universe of all living beings as part of a greater whole.
For further study of the chakras and chakra colors we recommend, The Subtle Body: An Encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy that was used as a reference for this article.
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