The word “chakra,” which means “wheel” in Sanskrit, is the name given to the major energy centers of the body, which to intuitive sight look like vortexes or funnels. These energy centers are like computer data banks through which we process our life experience.
The following is a quick guide to the location and key concepts associated with each chakra.
7th chakra – Grace & Devotion (crown chakra at the top of the head.)
Colors: Violet, White. Element: Thought. Sense: Channeling.
Key concepts: Connection to the divine, grace, inspiration, prophetic thoughts, mysticism, ability to trust life, faith in God, devotion to spiritual path, living in the now, healing through prayer & meditation.
6th chakra – Imagination & Insight (third eye chakra).
Color: Indigo. Element: Light. Sense: Psychic.
Key concepts: Ability to visualize & carry out ideas, insight, imagination, intellect, open-mindedness, wisdom, reflection, becoming conscious, facing fears & shadow side, spiritual discipline, detachment, seeing past illusion to truth, healing through symbolic sight.
5th chakra – Alignment & Expression (throat chakra).
Color: Blue. Element: Sound. Sense: Hearing.
Key concepts: Taking in & assimilating, communication, self-expression, power of choice, following your dream, being in alignment with higher purpose, right use of will, truthful living, speaking your truth, healing issues of powerlessness, healing through silence and sound.
4th chakra – Love & Interchange (heart chakra).
Color: Green (Pink for spiritual heart). Element: Air. Sense: Touch.
Key concepts: Love & will towards world, peace, forgiveness & compassion, sharing, contribution, emotional intuition or empathy, healing the heart (hatred, resentment, grief, anger; fear of loneliness or commitment), listening to the heart, ability to take in life force energy, healing through touch or breath work.
3rd chakra – Power & Focus (solar plexus chakra).
Color: Yellow. Element: Fire. Sense: Sight.
Key concepts: Sense of self, who you are in the world, ego, trust, self-esteem, self-confidence, self respect, personal honor, “gut feeling” intuition, focus and intention, goals, healing the self (rejection, shame & issues of worthiness), intention or will to heal, healing through action that builds boundaries and self-esteem, healing through visualization or color therapy.
2nd chakra – Feelings & Flow (sacral chakra – pelvic area).
Color: Orange. Element: Water. Sense: Taste.
Key concepts: Giving & receiving, desire, emotion, relationships, yin/yang, sense of balance, sexuality, finances, creativity, issues of physical power and power over others, morality & ethics, “shadow” side issues, empathy, healing issues of control, guilt, and flow, healing through creative or sensual expression – including dance and the arts, healing through liquid remedies such as flower essences.
1st chakra – Security & Grounding (base or root chakra – tailbone).
Color: Red. Element: Earth. Sense: Smell.
Key concepts: Physical strength, will to live, survival, grounding, connection to Earth, inner security, belonging, feeling of abundance, group connections & loyalties, “roots,” spatial intuition, ability to turn dreams into reality, healing issues of abandonment and separation, healing through grounding in nature, yoga & exercise, crystal therapy, food as medicine.