When it comes to understanding how to open your chakras, there’s an awful lot of confusing information online. And for the beginner, it can seem somewhat of a challenge.
So to help out, here’s a easy explanation as to how to open your chakras – in 3 simple steps.
First you need to understand what exactly is meant by ‘the chakras’. In essence, they are the energy charges of the body – and they connect the physical body to the spiritual body.
There are 7 main chakras
- The Root Chakra: Located at the base of the spine, it controls the fight and flight response of the body and is associated with your bones, feet and legs, large intestine, and the adrenal gland.
- The Sacral Chakra: Located between the bottom of the spine and your navel (belly button). It controls your emotions – pleasure, creativity, desire, and procreation. Associated with the circulatory system, reproductive system, kidneys, and bladder.
- The Solar Plexus: Found a few inches above the navel. Controls the digestive system, as well as deep emotions such as joy, power, and anger. Associated with the pancreas, adrenals, and muscles.
- The Heart: As the name suggests, it’s found within the heart. It controls your feelings of harmony, peach, love, and compassion. Associated with the heat, lungs, thymus, arms, and hands.
- The Throat: Found in the throat, it’s in control of your creativity, communication, judgment, and self-expression. Associated with the thyroid and parathyroid glands, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.
- The Third Eye: Found in the center of the forehead and it’s all to do with your perceptions, knowing, and desire to question. Associated with wisdom, intuition, and inner vision.
- The Crown: Located at the top of the head. This chakra is all to do with your understanding, intake of information, acceptance, and happiness. Associated with the central nervous system, pituitary gland, and cerebral cortex.
Once you understand more about the different chakras, the key is to identify which one you want to work on first. However, because the body works as a complete unit, all are connected to each other. So if there’s imbalance in one chakra, it will affect others as well.
To find out which of your chakras might be worst out of balance, you can take what’s called a ‘chakra test’. This is simple to do, and involves answering a series of questions. Be sure to answer them honestly, because this will help pinpoint which chakra you should begin working on.
There are many chakra tests online. This is one of the most straightforward and will give you an immediate answer.
You may want to take a couple of different tests to identify more than one to work on.
OK, so now you’ve identified the chakra/s you want to work on, the real fun begins! What you’re aiming for is to activate the energy in that particular chakra. Don’t just think of it as opening, think of it as balancing the in and out of the flow of energy.
What you’re trying to do is let this energy have an unencumbered journey through that part of the body – sort of like removing a boulder that’s stopping a flow of water passing smoothly down a channel.
There are different ways to do this. They include the following.
- Breathing exercises
- Self healing – such as a massage specifically designed to help open the chakra
- Physical activity focusing on the chakras location in the body.
There’s no single way to successfully open your chakras. It’s a combination of trying different methods to see what works for you. And you don’t need to dedicate hours of time to it either, because if such a method as breathing or meditation work for you, then you can practice the art in short bursts – even in such situations as sitting in a traffic jam, once you become proficient.
Even when you’ve discovered which way works best for you, it’s advisable to spend a little time working on your chakras in other ways too.
Remember, there’s no right or wrong way to open your chakras. You can take as much advice and education as possible, but when it boils down to it, there’s no substitute for simply getting on with what you feel is the most successful way for you as an individual.
And, of course, the more you practice, the better you’ll become. So don’t be dishearted if, at first, you feel like you’re getting nowhere. Keep at it – because let’s face it, nothing worth doing is ever easy – or worthwhile. Good luck.