At the heart of Mindful Meditation is the belief that the mind, body and spirit are all interconnected and that the entire Universe is comprised of spinning wheels of energy. From our Milky Way to far off spiral galaxies, from our strands of DNA to the infinite amount of atoms swirling inside our bodies- we live within, on, and around spinning wheels of energy.
Some energy is in denser form that we can see and is what we call our physical reality. Physical energy vibrations are dense and can be experienced directly by our senses. All energy vibrates at different rates depending upon how dense or fine the energy is. Each vibration has its’ own color and by reading the color we can better understand the quality and nature of that energy. Since we, as humans, are energy that has awareness, the state of our energy can be influenced by the quality of our experiences, the environment that surrounds us, the nature of our relationships, and our very thoughts. This energy field is what we are and it is called our Aura.
Our Auras are thought to be like a blanket of layers of rainbow colors- a subtle radiation of various light energies, one on top of the other, completely surrounding the body. These layers are essentially the electro magnetic waves of vibration that are emitted by the active, pulsating vortices of vital energy that expand through the body called Chakras.
Technically the word ‘chakra’ comes from the ancient Sanskrit language and translates as ‘wheel’ or ‘disk’. We can think of them as seven spinning wheels of energy located just in front of the spine and positioned from the tailbone to the crown of the head. Where the charkas are placed implies their respective levels of consciousness; each chakra receives, stores and transmits energy while representing distinct frequencies of the Universal energy. Each chakra also links our subtle body energy with our physical bodies; each one is responsible for channeling energy into specific organs, endocrine glands and the various body systems. And the faster these wheels of light spin, the more energy they can receive and transmit, thereby improving overall health and well-being.
The seven chakras are activated to spin by the movement of two basic currents of Kundalini energy- one from below and one from above. Kundalini energy sits dormant at the base of the tailbone until it is awakened and (Shakti- divine feminine energy) begins to move upward, making its’ way up the spine and curving around each chakra. Once it reaches the crown (or top of the head) it awakens the second current of energy (Shiva- divine masculine energy), which moves downward, curving the opposite direction around each chakra. As both currents travel between each chakra their centers spin like gears.
Kundalini is our vital life force energy in its’ extremely potent form; it is the key to our health and longevity when nurtured properly. One can cultivate their kundalini energy through various techniques, including: visualization, meditation, pranic breathing and intentional movement. Moving your kundalini energy can help clear your chakra channel of stagnant/negative energy blocks, allowing each one to operate at its’ optimum capacity. This, in turn, will cleanse the aura, creating a sense of overall well being physiologically, psychologically, and spiritually.
1- Root or Base Chakra: (Survival Center) “I AM”
Located at the base of the spine or tailbone. (Adrenal)
-Traditionally the seat of the life force.
Primary drives associated are the urge for survival; to find your deepest connection to your body and the earth; where the individuation process starts.
Other energies= stability, power, action, focus and grounding. (Earth)
-The energy of the base-of-the-spine chakra enables us to connect with the earth and nature to stay grounded and practical as we master the day-to-day, physical level of existence.
“Ground spirit forces in body to gain ability to work lovingly on the physical earth plane.”
Sound associated with this chakra is (O).
Celestial body- Saturn
Archetype- Mother Earth
Sanskrit name- Muladhara
Represented by the 4-petal red lotus flower.
RED- invigorating, vital, and activating. It increases vitality & energy and also signals attention.
Associated Crystals- Ruby, Garnet, Lodestone, Obsidian, Bloodstone, Jasper & Hematite.
2- Abdominal or Belly Chakra: (Sexual Center) “I FEEL”
Located near genital or pelvic area. (Prostate)
-Outgoing energy, digestion.
Primary drives associated are the search for pleasure; to feel attractive; feel life fully and awaken to the emotions of life.
Other energies= sensuality, emotions, relationships, and creativity. (Water)
-The seat-of-the-soul chakra governs our sexuality. Through it we also receive our gut reactions and hunches and liberate our soul to fulfill its’ life plan.
“Utilization of creative forces into all aspects of being; high soul procreation directed self towards devotion.”
Sound associated with this chakra is (EH).
Celestial body- Moon
Sanskrit name- Svadhisthana
Represented by the 6-petal orange lotus flower.
ORANGE- lightness, easing, and letting go. It is an antidepressant, as it
increases cheerfulness, and helps create a happy environment.
Associated Crystals- Carnelian, Coral, Amber, Agate, Sunstone & Tiger’s Eye.
3- Solar Plexus Chakra: (Power Center) “I ACT”
Located in the area of the navel. (Spleen)
-Centering focus of power.
Primary drives are to be self-assertive and have a sense of power; to recognize yourself as an individual seperate from the world and yet be able to make an impact on the world. (Develop principles, ethics & beliefs.)
Other energies= will, transformation, passion and self-confidence. (Fire)
-Through the solar plexus chakra, our center of peace, we express and master our emotions and desires.
“Assimilation of experience; digestion improvement.”
Sound associated with this chakra is (HARA).
Celestial body- Sun/ Mars
Sanskrit name- Manipura
Represented by the 10-petal yellow lotus flower.
YELLOW- ethereal, lightness, and letting go. It represents intelligence, cheerfulness, faith, spiritual progress and prosperity.
Associated Crystals- Topaz, Amber, Citrine, Calcite, Yellow Tourmaline & Moonstone.
4- Heart Chakra: (Love Center) “I LOVE”
Located in the area of the heart. (Thymus)
-Balancing of the emotional side of personality.
Primary drives are the quest for love (believing that ‘Love is the strongest force in the Universe); to be in a place of magnetic attraction of abundance and to allow life to more freely flow through you.
Other energies= compassion, community, self-acceptance and forgiveness. (Air)
-Our heart center inspires us with the compassion and generosity to be love in action.
“Release emotionally suppressed trauma; soul heart consciousness; expressing love in action.”
Sound associated with this chakra is (AH).
Celestial body- Venus
Archetype- Quan Yin (Goddess of Compassion)
Sanskrit name- Anahata
Represented by the 12-petal green lotus flower.
GREEN- finest balance, cooling, soothing and calming. Represents unconditional self-love, healing, life, joy and growth.
or PINK- absorbing, stimulating, abounding and loving. It helps raise energy level and is said to be formal yet festive.
Associated Crystals- Aventurine, Malachite, Flourite, Emerald, and Rose Quartz.
5- Throat Chakra: (Expression Center) “I SPEAK”
Located in the center of the throat. (Thyroid)
-Balancing center of positive speech.
Primary drives are to find your voice of creative self-expression, and to speak your own truth.
Other energies= loyalty, sincerity, clear communication and internal wisdom. (Sound)
-Through the throat center, we have access to the tremendous power of will and the spoken word to create personal and world change.
“Ability to verbalize and express truth through the power of spoken word.”
Sound associated with this chakra is (HU).
Celestial body- Mercury
Sanskrit name- Vissuddha
Represented by the 16-petal blue lotus flower.
BLUE- spacious, ease of tension and stress. It can be supportive, refreshing, relaxing, inviting, communicating, and gregarious.
Associated Crystals- Turquoise, Amazonite, Blue Lace Agate, and Aquamarine.
6-Third Eye Chakra: (Perception Center) “I SEE”
Located in between the eyebrows. (Pituitary)
-Ability to align into higher consciousness.
Primary drives are the desire for transcendence; opening the imagination; connecting to the divine spirit web.
Other energies= trusting intuition and insight, introspection, and the ability to visualize and remember dreams. (Light/ Insight)
-Our third eye center enables us to focus, see a situation clearly and tap into the highest truth.
“Clearing subconscious to channel intuition; achieve a balanced state of mind; see divine perfection in all things.”
Sound associated with this chakra is (I or eee)
Celestial body- Neptune
Archetype- Dreamer/ Psychic
Sanskrit name- Ajna
Represented by the 2-petal indigo lotus flower.
INDIGO- supportive, refreshing, stimulating anxiety releasing, and tension easing. It helps to increase positive thought processes, justice and psychic abilities.
Associated Crystals- Flourite, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire, Amethyst, and Indigo Tourmaline.
7- Crown Chakra: (Spiritual Center) “I KNOW”
Located at the top of the head. (Pineal)
-Center of self-respect.
Primary drives are the surrender to spirituality and divine guidance; and uniting your personal experience with the collective.
Other energies= awareness of ones’ inner essence, re-connection to higher source, transcendence. (Spirit/Thought)
-Through the crown chakra, we engage our intellect, receive those sudden flashes of illumination and experience enlightenment.
“Personal identification with the infinite; ONEness with God; Peace; Wisdom; Divine Source.”
Sound associated with this chakra is (MMM).
Celestial body- Uranus
Archetype- Wise Woman/ Sage
Sanskrit name- Sahasrara
Represented by the thousand-fold lotus flower.
VIOLET- individuality, inner balance, silence, ease of self, peace, love, concern for others, and connection to the ONE.
or WHITE- Purity and goodness, cosmic energy.
Associated Crystals- Clear Quartz, Rock Crystal, and Amethyst.
Go to the Holistic Hooping Site to learn more on one way to use these colors and Chakras for your daily exercise.