HEALING CRYSTALS NEWSLETTER - October 2007
"Chakras & Crystals"
By Crystal CAT
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Information about the Chakras can be found all over the internet. Many people are learning the benefits of aligning, opening, balancing, and/or activating the chakras. You might be wondering why you should spend time to work on your chakras. In this article, I will discuss the general meaning and purpose of the chakras, and how they relate to crystals. This introduction is the first in a series of chakra articles that will discuss the chakras, some of their corresponding crystals, and how to start working with them for your own benefit.
The word "chakra" simply means "wheel" in Sanskrit. While western medicine does not accept the existence of the chakras, many spiritual traditions have similar systems of energy centers that correspond to areas of the human body. As an observer, it is important to note that there are many things in this physical world, which cannot be seen with the human eye, but never-the-less, we know they exist. It is thus reasonable to consider the possibility of the existence of chakras and their effect on us.
The origin of the chakras can be found in the ancient Hindu text of the Upanishads, in which refers only to five different chakras. The more commonly accepted descriptions of the chakras include seven main chakras, with many secondary chakras located throughout the body. For our purposes, we will be focusing mainly on the seven major chakras. The chakras are a manifestation of the human energy body, and thus have some corresponding effect on various aspects of the human experience. They can be viewed as vortexes of energy that take in and radiate out different frequencies of vitality, also known as prana or chi, and distribute this energy throughout the body. It is interesting to note that the living Earth has its own chakras, also known as vortexes, which are connected by ley-lines.
The seven major chakras can be grouped into three categories based on their functions: Lower, Middle, and Higher. The Lower Chakras relate to the forces needed for the body's survival in this physical world, and includes the Root and Sacral chakras. The Middle Chakras focus on the human personality, and are made up of the Solar-Plexus, Heart, and Throat Chakras. Finally, the Higher Chakras are focused on spiritual matters and include the Third-Eye and Crown Chakras. All of the chakras are connected via the nadis, which is Sanskrit for "vein", which transports the vital energy that flows throughout the body and beyond.
There seem to be two most common descriptions of the chakras. They are either seen as Lotus flowers that vary in the number of petals, or vortices of energy, made up of smaller funnels, that spin down into the body. Chakras are centers where energy exchanges take place between the energy field of the universe and that of the person. Corresponding to each chakra is: a color, a sound, a metal, a planet, a metaphysical function, an area of the body, an endocrine gland(s), and even a layer of the aura. Each chakra also relates to a physiological and psychological process. An open chakra is taking in energy from the universe, processing that energy to nourish areas of the body, and interpreting it into a language of perception. Chakras can be opened, balanced, blocked, torn, closed, and even disfigured.
When the chakras are all open and balanced, there is a healthy, continuous flow of energy throughout the body, contributing to healthy physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual processes. Imbalances and blockages can be caused by traumatic events in one's life, or by focusing too much on only one area of development. When a blockage in a chakra occurs, it can manifest to the person as an emotional or cognitive issue, but before it is noticed, it is already an imbalance of energy, and if allowed to continue, it can become a physical ailment. By slowly opening a chakra, one can bring in energy to be distributed to the area of the body that corresponds to that chakra, thereby increasing the healthy function of that area.
As centers of energy, chakras respond well to crystal therapy, as an energy healing modality. It is possible to use crystal pendulums to determine if a chakra is in a healthy state, or needs work. Very generally speaking, to work with a chakra, one can choose a crystal of a certain color that corresponds to that particular chakra. For instance, the first chakra to be examined in this set of articles, the Root Chakra, is red in color, and so one could use Red Jasper to work with it. This is not always the case however, as some people prefer to use Black Tourmaline, a black stone, for working with the Root Chakra. While color matching between crystals and chakras is really an oversimplification, those who are less familiar with the various chakra stones can go by color to make the process simpler.
There are certain crystals which are said to work with all of the chakras. One such crystal is Clear Quartz, which is known to open and harmonize the chakras, not to mention the fact that holding this crystal can increase the size and strength of the aura. Moonstone and Herkimers are known to cleanse the chakras, while Turquoise aligns them. Celestite is often used in clearing the chakras of blockages and Fluorite balances them. Powerful Moldavite is often used to clear, open, and align all of the chakras. Blue Kyanite is also used to align all of the chakras together and it has the wonderful quality of never needing to be cleared. Each of the stones mentioned above have their chakra-specific uses in addition to these functions.
In this series of articles, we will take a look at each of the seven main chakras, their functions, what crystals are best to use for each, and how to use these crystals to promote optimal functioning of your chakras. Next month, we will be focusing on the Root Chakra.
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