Chakra is a Sanskrit word, and it means "wheel," or "vortex," because that's what it looks like when we look at it. Each chakra is like a solid ball of energy interpenetrating the physical body, in the same way that a magnetic field can interpenetrate the physical body. The chakras are not physical. They are aspects of consciousness in the same way that the auras are aspects of consciousness.
The chakras are denser than the auras, but not as dense as the physical body, but they interact with the physical body through two major vehicles, the endocrine system and the nervous system.
Each of the seven chakras is associated with one of the seven endocrine glands, and also with a particular group of nerves called a plexus. Thus, each chakra can be associated with particular parts of the body and particular functions within the body controlled by that plexus or that endocrine gland associated with that chakra.
Crown Chakra - Violet
Third Eye (Brow) Chakra - Indigo
Throat Chakra - Blue
Heart Chakra - Green
Solar Plexus Chakra - Yellow
Sacral (Navel) Chakra - Orange
Root (Base) Chakra - Red
A Quick overview of The Functions of the 7 Major Chakras from Root Chakra to Crown Chakra.
Root (Base) Chakra - Red
The Root Chakra is associated with the Reproductive Glands. It is the centre of physical energy, grounding and self-preservation. The possible physical issues affected by an out of balance Root Chakra are auto-immune disease, arthritis, cancer, AIDS, CFS, EBV, fatigue, kidney, spinal column. The Root Chakra governs the back, feet, hips, spine and legs.
Endocrine Gland - Adrenals
Areas of Body Governed - Spinal Column and Kidneys
Root (Base) Chakra - Orange
The Sacral Chakra is associated with the Genito-Urinary Tract. It is the centre of emotional desire, emotion, creativity, spirituality and intention. The possible physical issues affected by an out of balance Sacral Chakra are gall & kidney stones, reproductive organs, vaginal cancer, prostate cancer, pelvic disease. The Sacral Chakra governs the sexual organs, bladder, bowel and lower intestine.
Endocrine Gland - Gonads
Areas of Body Governed - Reproductive System
Root (Base) Chakra - Yellow
Root (Base) Chakra - Green
Root (Base) Chakra - Blue
Root (Base) Chakra - Indigo
Root (Base) Chakra - Violet
The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the Digestive System/Adrenal Glands. It is the centre of personal power, ambition, intellect and astral force. The possible physical issues affected by an out of balance Solar Plexus Chakra are digestive/adrenal organ illness, diabetes, hypoglycaemia, digestive disorders. The Solar Plexus Chakra governs the stomach, upper intestines, upper back, upper spine.
Endocrine Gland - Pancreas
Areas of Body Governed - Stomach, Liver, Gall Bladder and Nervous System
The Heart Chakra is associated with the Circulatory System/Thymus Gland. It is the centre of compassion, love, group consciousness and spirituality. The possible physical issues affected by an out of balance Heart Chakra are heart problems, thymus, blood, circulatory, involuntary muscles. The Heart Chakra governs the heart, lungs, blood and circulation.
Endocrine Gland - Thymus
Areas of Body Governed - Heart, Blood, Vagus Nerve and Circulatory System
The Throat Chakra is associated with the Respiratory System/Thyroid Gland. It is the centre of sound, communication, speech, writing and thought expression. The possible physical areas affected by an out of balance Throat Chakra are neck problems, lungs, hypoactive thyroid, throat, jaw, alimentary canal, vocal cords. The Throat Chakra governs the throat, thyroid, mouth, teeth, tongue, jaw.
Endocrine Gland - Thyroid
Areas of Body Governed - Bronchial and Vocal Apparatus, Lungs and Alimentary Canal
The Third Eye Chakra is associated with the Autonomic Nervous System/Pituitary Gland. It is the center of psychic power, spirit energies, higher intuition and light. The possible physical areas affected by an out of balance Third Eye Chakra are cerebellum, nose, pituitary, central nervous system, left eye. the Third Eye Chakra governs the pituitary gland, pineal gland, skull, eyes, brain, nervous system and the senses.
Endocrine Gland - Pituitary Gland
Areas of Body Governed - Lower Brain, Left Eye, Ears, Nose and Nervous System
The Crown Chakra is associated with the Central Nervous System/Pineal Gland. It is the center of enlightenment, dynamic thought, truth and oneness. The possible physical areas affected by an out of balance Crown Chakra are cerebrum, pineal gland, right eye. The Crown Chakra governs the top of spinal cord, brain stem, pain center, nerves.
Endocrine Gland - Pineal
Areas of Body Governed - Upper Brain and Right Eye
The chakras are not physical. They are aspects of consciousness in the same way that the auras are aspects of consciousness The chakras are more dense than the auras, but not as dense as the physical body, but they interact with the physical body through two major vehicles, the endocrine system and the nervous system. Each of the seven chakras is associated with one of the seven endocrine glands, and also with a particular group of nerves called a plexus. Thus, each chakra can be associated with particular parts of the body and particular functions within the body controlled by that plexus or that endocrine gland associated with that chakra.
Your consciousness, your experience of being, represents everything it is possible for you to experience. All of your senses, all of your perceptions, all of your possible states of awareness, can be divided into seven categories, and each of these categories can be associated with a particular chakra.
Thus, the chakras represent not only particular parts of your physical body, but also particular parts of your consciousness. When you feel tension in your consciousness, you feel it in the chakra associated with the part of your consciousness experiencing the stress, and in the parts of the physical body associated with that chakra.
When there is tension in a particular part of your consciousness, and therefore in the chakra associated with that part of your consciousness, the tension is detected by the nerves of the plexus associated with that chakra, and communicated to the parts of the body controlled by that plexus. When the tension continues over a period of time, or reaches a particular degree of intensity, the person creates a symptom on the physical level. Again, the symptom served to communicate to the person through their body what they had been doing to themselves in their consciousness. When the person changes something about their way of being, they are able to release the stress that had been creating the symptom, and they are then able to return to their natural state of balance and health. Everything begins with your consciousness. Everything that happens in your life, and everything that happens in your body, begins with something happening in your consciousness.
Your consciousness, your experience of Being, who you really are, is energy. We can call it "Life Energy" for now. This energy does not just live in your brain; it fills your entire body. Your consciousness is connected to every cell in your body. Through your consciousness, you can communicate with every organ and every tissue, and a number of therapies are based on this communication with the organs which have been affected by some kind of symptom or disorder.
There are many different ways in which Crystals & Chakra Stone can be used. This really comes down to personal preference. Some of the more common ways that Crystals are used are as follows:
Worn on the body (Pendants, Bracelets and Rings) or Close to the body (Keyrings or placed in pocket)
Kept under a pillow
Used in the Bath
In Meditation Practice
Placed around the Home or Workplace for space clearing and room cleansing
Counteracting Environmental Pollution
Making Gem Essences
Used in Aura Cleansing
The Laying on of Stones on the body for Chakra Clearing
A Closer Look at some the ways in which crystals can be used:
Worn on the Body or Close to the Body
One way to benefit from the properties of the crystals and stones is to wear them. Often people who have no conscious knowledge of crystal healing will intuitively select crystal jewelry with stones that will have a positive healing effect for them. Choose stones appropriate for the purpose you want but always use your intuition. Crystals worn on or close to the body are often used for healing or protective purposes. These usually do affect the entire body and energy field. The particular location of the stone is also not absolutely critical in most cases. Placing the stone on or near the specific area related to the purpose of treatment is often faster and has a more focused effect; however as in any form of healing, The healing energies will go to where it is intended and to where the healing is needed. You can also direct and focus the energy from the crystal by intention. Sometimes you will feel that a stone needs to be somewhere that has no pocket or practical place to wear jewelry. Little pouches can be pinned inside clothing for fine-tuned placement.
The length of the chain a pendant is on will help control the strongest effect of the stone. A pendant or necklace resting at the throat chakra might have the greatest effect on areas governed by the throat chakra (for example: communication and creativity and other throat chakra issues) but will still provide energy to the entire aura and physical body. A stone worn lower down and near to or on the heart will again have a greater effect on issues and areas governed by the heart chakra, for example: matters of love and compassion.
Many people feel that the stones worn on the left side have to do with receiving energies and that stones worn on the right side will primarily influence projective matters and outside issues.
Kept under a Pillow
Keeping Crystals under the pillow whilst asleep has many advantages. Certain crystals can help with sleep problems like insomnia. They can ward off nightmares and psychic attacks. Other crystals have properties to aid in dream recall and some can assist in out of body experiences and astral travel.
Used in the Bath
Crystals can be used in the Bathwater or placed around the edge of the Bath Tub. This method is very effective and enjoyable. Bathing cleanses not just the physical body but also cleanses us on all 4 levels. Bathing can wash away the stresses and strains of the day, any negative emotions we might be holding onto and can refresh us, soothe us, revitalize us and energize us. Placing Crystals in the bath will absorb any negative energy or emotions. In addition the healing energies of the crystal will be directed to where it is intended. Aventurine is an effective crystal for use in the bath. Good "all round" crystals like Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz and Amethyst are also great for use at bath times.
In Meditation Practice
The energy structure of crystal naturally imparts a stillness and order to the subtle body system, which in turn helps to quiet the mind. Problems are issues that have not yet been resolved by normal thought processes. By altering our way of thinking away from everyday issues a solution can automatically arise. Crystals can be placed in front of you in meditation practice of they can be held in the hands.
Placed around the Home or Workplace for Space Clearing and Room Cleansing
Crystals are able to alter the energy of a space, enlivening the atmosphere and neutralizing negative energies. Crystals can add harmony to any space. There is no hard and fast rule as to where you should place your crystals. You should use your intuition. Raw Crystals and Crystal Clusters have a better ability over small single crystals to retain their own energy integrity. Because of this they are able to retain more negative energy before they need to be cleansed again.
Counteracting Environmental Pollution
Every day our bodies are subjected to harm from everyday substances. This is known as Environmental Stress. Substances like plastics, electricity, radio and microwaves have harmful effects. These substances increase the stress loading on our systems making us more susceptible to Illness and Disease. The earth has a natural electromagnetic field called the geomagnetic field. Man-made substances can reduce this ambient Earth Energy by shielding it, or by setting up stronger electromagnetic resonances that may interfere with natural frequencies. Electrical devices in the home and workplace create a powerful electromagnetic field around itself. This can cause a problem of entrainment in a person who is run down or susceptible. Entrainment is when the natural frequencies of the body become enmeshed with a stronger set of frequencies from an outside force. Crystals can be used to amplify personal energy fields which may counteract the effects of environmental pollution. The use of crystals is becoming quite popular in modern offices where computers, artificial lighting, air conditioning, metal furniture and nylon carpets can be disastrous for the energy system.