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Chakras: How to Connect With Them, Identify Imbalances, and Heal and Realign Your Energy

Chakra lights in the woods

WTF! It’s Witchy Topic Friday and today we’re talking about Chakras. This is part 3 of a 4 part introduction to the energy body, its components, and why it's important to your craft as a witch. In our last post we discussed auras - what they are, what they do, and how you can practice seeing them. In this post you will learn more about the chakras: what they are, some symptoms that can present themselves when the individual chakras are imbalanced or blocked, and some basic methods for connecting with and healing them for a healthier energy body.

What are the chakras?

The chakras are like the organs for your energy body through which your energy flows. In fact, each chakra is associated with specific physical organs and, just like each of your physical body's organs has its own unique function for sustaining the health of your entire physical body, so do each of your chakras. Therefore, a specific kind of emotional or spiritual experience will determine which chakra is used to process the energy or where a blockage might occur if not processed healthily or completely. Because of each chakras' association with a physical organ in the body, physical symptoms can manifest in those organs as a result of its associated chakra being blocked. In simpler terms, your chakras process your emotional and spiritual experiences and, when emotional or spiritual wounds present themselves and are not healed properly, chakra blockages can occur which can present themselves in mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical ways.

How can I tell if I have a chakra imbalance or blockage?

Chakra blockages of any degree will present themselves in a variety of mental, emotional, spiritual, and even physical ways. Things like depression, loneliness, addiction, digestive issues, heart problems, back pain, headaches, anxiety, self-hatred, stress, skin issues, shame - and so much more - can all be attributed to a chakra blockage that likely was the result of some sort of life experience that was never fully or healthily processed. I bet that if you take a moment right now and self-reflect, you will be able to identify at least one to three symptoms - mental, emotional, spiritual, or physical - that you've been dealing with for a long time but have yet to overcome. Perhaps you already know the root cause of it, perhaps you don't. In either case, chakra healing work can be greatly beneficial to you in treating whatever it is you've identified. Once you've identified a symptom, you need to identify which chakra has likely been affected. From there, you can begin your work to connect with that chakra and heal and release what is keeping it from functioning optimally so your energy can flow freely once again.

How can I heal my chakras once I've identified a blockage?

The first step to chakra healing is connecting with your energy. A very simple method for doing this is found in a book called Chakra Healing by Margarita Alcantara. If you're interested in learning more about the chakras, I highly recommend it as a starting point. You can buy it here on Amazon (this is not a paid link). Margarita says that in order "to get in touch with your energy, hold your hands one inch apart, palms facing each other". In doing so, notice the energy between your hands which, as Margarita describes, is felt as a sense of warmth. She warns that you don't worry if you feel nothing at first. It isn't uncommon to need more practice when first trying to connect with your energy body. With practice, however, you'll be able to feel this warming energy between your hands even when your hands are spread much further apart.

To proceed with chakra healing, there are a variety of methods and tools you can incorporate such as behavioral or lifestyle changes, adjusting your diet, practicing meditation or yoga, and using things like crystals and essential oils. Additionally, professional services such as Reiki, acupuncture, and psychological therapy can all be extremely useful for energy healing depending on your individual needs. Here is a list of the chakras from head to toe, their primary functions and physical body associations, common ways they each may express an imbalance or blockage and what might be the cause, and tips for promoting and maintaining their health. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list. I highly encourage you to seek out more information or professional services as needed or desired.

Chakra: Crown

Location: Top and center of head

Primary Function: Spirituality; connection to life and self

Physical Body Associations: Muscular, skeletal, and central nervous systems, skin, and cerebral cortex

Symptoms of Imbalance: Depression, chronic fatigue, light/sound sensitivity, lack of faith, poor values, feelings of discouragement, unhealthy amount of selflessness

Potential Cause(s): Unresolved anger toward life/God/the Universe

Tips for Health: Trust in life/God/the Universe even when things are tough. Like any relationship, maintaining connection and trust is necessary for it to thrive, especially when things get challenging. Remember, the obstacles you face in life are lessons to help you get where you want to be and not punishments or walls meant to keep you away from it.

Chakra: Third Eye

Location: Between the eyebrows

Primary Function: Intuition; spiritual sight

Physical Body Associations: Brain, nervous system, eyes, ears, nose

Symptoms of Imbalance: Brain tumor, neurological issues, blind/deaf, spinal issues, learning disabilities, headaches, feelings of inadequacy, low emotional intelligence, not learning from past mistakes

Potential Cause(s): Distrust of your own intuition and inner-guidance

Tips for Health: Don't over-rely on your brain for self-guidance. Learn to tune into your inner-self for intuitive information. Generating a free Human Design Chart and understanding the basics of your design is a great tool for reconnecting with your intuition, internal GPS, and third eye chakra. You can learn more about Human Design and how to generate and read your chart basics by visiting the Human Design Chart Reading page on our website.

Chakra: Throat

Location: Front and base of neck

Primary Function: Communication; speaking and receiving truth

Physical Body Associations: Throat, trachea, neck vertebrae, mouth, teeth, gums, esophagus, hypothalamus, shoulders, arms, hands Symptoms of Imbalance: Raspy or sore throat, mouth ulcers, TMJ, stiff neck, scoliosis, thyroid problems, lack of self-expression, not following your dreams, disempowered, indecisiveness, addiction

Potential Cause(s): Suppressing your creativity, not expressing yourself, not speaking up for yourself

Tips for Health: Speak up and advocate for yourself and what you believe in, and allow yourself to express who you are either by words or creative outlets.

Chakra: Heart

Location: Center of chest

Primary Function: Love and compassion with self and others

Physical Body Associations: Heart, circulatory system, lungs, shoulders, arms, ribs, breasts,

Symptoms of Imbalance: Heart failure, attack, or disease, asthma/allergies, lung cancer or disease, breast cancer, high blood pressure, grief, loneliness, self-centeredness, lack of compassion, hope, or trust

Potential Cause(s): Unprocessed grief or heartache

Tips for Health: Process grief and heartache when it arises; don't ignore, avoid, or hold onto it. Remember that you are worthy of love and compassion and that involves tending to your own emotional pain, not repressing it.

Chakra: Solar Plexus

Location: Two inches above the navel

Primary Function: Self-esteem and personal power; to know who we are, be authentic, and fulfill our soul's purpose

Physical Body Associations: Abdomen, stomach, upper intestines, liver, gallbladder, spleen, middle of spine

Symptoms of Imbalance: Arthritis, intestinal problems, diabetes, indigestion, anorexia/bulimia, liver dysfunction, low self-esteem/confidence/respect, poor self-care, irresponsibility, sensitive to criticism

Potential Cause(s): Repressed or suppressed anger, being disempowered by self or others

Tips for Health: Practice self-respect. In order to feel empowered, you must live intentionally by making empowered choices that support your wants, needs, and humanity. In the face of adversity, remember that you always have the ability to choose your response. You are never entirely powerless.

Chakra: Sacral Plexus

Location: Two inches below the navel

Primary Function: Sexuality and creativity; connecting emotionally with others and freedom to self-express in healthy emotional, creative, and sexual ways

Physical Body Associations: Womb/genitals, lower vertebrae, pelvis, appendix, bladder, hips, kidneys

Symptoms of Imbalance: Lower back pain, sciatica, gynecological issues, pelvic pain, impotence, uterine/bladder/kidney issues, guilt, unhealthy relationships with sex, money, and power, stifled creativity, poor ethics, relationship issues

Potential Cause(s): Sexual abuse or trauma, rape, gender issues

Tips for Health: Allow yourself to experience physical and sexual pleasure in healthy and safe ways and immediately seek therapy for sexual trauma or issues related to gender.

Chakra: Root

Location: Perineum, base of spine

Primary Function: Survival, being, family;

Physical Body Associations: Physical body, base of spine, legs, bones, feet, rectum, immune system, large intestines, teeth

Symptoms of Imbalance: Lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumor/cancer, hemorrhoids, constipation, knee problems, depression, immune-related disorders, weight problems, lack of physical safety within family/friend groups/society, inability to meet basic needs or stand up for oneself

Potential Cause(s): Not having basic needs met, fear of or guilt for being alive

Tips for Health: Choose individuals, environments, and relationship dynamics that foster a sense of belonging, security, and safety, and prioritize meeting your basic needs.

Tune in next Friday for the last part to this introductory series about the energy body where we will discuss ways to integrate your physical and energy bodies. This integration is often a key element many of us are missing. Without this integration, there will remain a disconnect with ourselves, others, and life. Bringing yourself to a place of wholeness and oneness can highly impact your health and well-being, enhance your intuition, and empower your magick. Don't miss it!

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