When was the last time you paid attention to the thoughts going on in your mind? Do you make a conscious effort to think positively and visualize what you want your life to look like? Or is your headspace a rambling jumble of chatter, self-criticism and negative movies playing out a multitude of fears?
Your thoughts create your reality – literally – and so if you aren’t already directing them to focus on what you want (versus worrying about what you don’t want) today is a good day to change direction! You can start by understanding the huge power and potential contained in your Indigo Third Eye Ajna Chakra.
The sixth chakra is called the Third Eye chakra and its original Sanskrit name is Ajna. The meaning of Ajna is ‘perception’ but also ‘become aware of’ and ‘control’. The Third Eye chakra is depicted as a two leafed lotus flower. The two leaves are placed next to the heart of the flower, like wings. In the heart of the flower, an inverted triangle can be found and a crescent moon placed over it.
This chakra is situated in the middle of the forehead, right over the bridge of the nose, between the physical eyes. The Ajna chakra is connected to the pituitary gland in the endocrine system. The Third Eye chakra is associated with psychic abilities, clairvoyance, the power of thought, imagination and seeing on all levels and intuition. The function of this chakra is aptly described by its Sanskrit name Ajna, meaning command. It is from this level, when we reach it, that we can control or command the whole personality or lower self. This is the seat of mind and at this level we experience mentation; that is to say, a flow of mental images and abstract ideas continually coming and going in the mind.
We all know that communication is the key to harmonious relationships (personally and professionally), yet how many of us struggle with expressing ourselves openly and honestly, unsure of how the other person might respond? You get what you want by asking for it but how many of us have been taught it’s better to keep quiet than to open your mouth and potentially create confrontation or conflict?
If you are one who has trouble expressing your truth, look to your blue throat chakra for some help, located of course at the throat. When balanced this chakra helps us to express who we really are, not only via our verbal communication but also through the clothes we wear, the career we choose and the lifestyle we live. Do these things match who you feel you really are or have you conformed to the reality around you not wanting to risk judgement, criticism or being outcast by a certain social, cultural or family group?
The original Sanskrit name for the throat chakra is Vishudda. Vishudda means ‘purification’ or ‘cleansing’. The throat chakra is depicted as a sixteen leafed lotus flower containing an inverted triangle that represents speech and in turn contains a full moon.
This chakra is situated between the third and fifth neck vertebra and opens towards the throat. The throat chakra corresponds with the thyroid and parathyroid in the endocrine system. The throat chakra is the centre of communication/speech but also hearing and listening are controlled by this centre. The life lesson taught by this chakra is self-expression and the power of choice.
If this chakra is blocked, you may feel insecure and weak and not able to word your emotions. Physical problems related to this chakra are: thyroid disorders, sore throats, back aches, ear infections, cold hands and feet, chronic diseases and auto immune disorders.
Do you feel totally in control of your life or are you feeling helpless and hopeless, at the whim of external forces around you? Are you in the driver’s seat of your life or do you feel pushed and pulled in all directions by people who think they know the direction that’s best for you? Do you find yourself saying yes when you wish you had the courage to say no and no when you really wish you had the confidence to say yes?
If you feel you need a boost to your sense of empowerment and want to tap into your warrior energy, then look no further than your yellow solar plexus chakra.
Our manipura chakra, a yellow lotus of ten petals, located at the solar plexus – the place where we get those butterfly feelings when we feel scared or powerless. Its element is fire -fire that radiates and transforms matter into energy, giving light and warmth. This chakra represents our “get up and go,” our action, our will, our vitality and our sense of personal power. Its name, Manipura, means “lustrous gem.” We can think of it as a glowing yellow Sun, radiating through the center of our body.
On the physical plane, the mainpura chakra rules metabolism, the process whereby we turn food (matter) into energy and action.
This chakra is located between the navel and the base of the spinal cord and holds the ‘chi’ or energy of creation, around the area of the spleen. It controls the sexual organs and manifests joy, compassion, sensuality and creativity. This chakra also can affect the lower back, lower digestive organs and urinary system. It is a strong link to our mother’s womb. Unbalanced, it produces fear of living, worthlessness and resentment. Balanced, it expands our desire to form relationships and live with sensitivity.
We have all heard the adage ‘treat yourself as you wish to be treated’ but often treat ourselves and talk to ourselves in a way we would never dream of treating or talking to our best friend or daughter. We all smile when the beautiful woman in the advertisement says because you’re worth it’ but often put pampering and nurturing ourselves last on our very long to do lists. We deny our needs and repress our true feelings, often numbing ourselves with debilitating addictions and habits. Is there an anti- Goddess part of us trying to make us feel less than who we really are?
This beautiful chakra is all about love, kindness and affection. When open, you will be friendly and compassionate and will foster harmonious relationships. If under-active, you will be cold and distant and if overactive, you will be overbearing in the love department.
The spiritual lessons Anahata wants to teach us are about compassion, forgiveness, trust and unconditional love. A fourth chakra that is too open will lead a person into being too giving; generous to a fault. If it is too closed, it may lead a person into lacking compassion and empathy. One needs to strike the perfect balance between self-love and the love of others.
The Root chakra is called Muladhara in Sanskrit. The meaning of Muladhara is ‘root’ or ‘support’. The Root chakra is depicted as a four leafed lotus with a square in its centre in which a triangle facing downward is depicted.
This chakra is situated at the end of the spinal cord at the tail-bone in the back and the pubic bone in the front. The Root chakra is associated with survival and safety. All that you have achieved in the material world is derived from the energy of the first chakra. The life lesson this chakra teaches us is standing up for oneself.
When this chakra is blocked you may feel frightened, paranoid, insecure and frustrated. Physical problems that coincide with a blockage in this chakra are: obesity, anorexia nervosa, sore knees, arthritis, hip problems, problems of the lower back, the glandulae suprarenalis, the spinal cord and the reproductive organs.