Last week I explained why balanced chakras are the key to vitality, and what it means when our chakras are in harmony. I also gave you a description of each chakra.
The lower chakras, namely the root, sacral, and solar plexus, affect our wellbeing and our ability to relate to our self, our sense of self, and the tangible world. The upper chakras, namely the throat, third eye, and crown, affect how we connect with the outside world. The heart chakra brings both together, as it foments our ability to lovingly connect with ourselves and others.
When one or more chakra is out of balance, we can bring them back to center by engaging in activities, behaviors, practices, thoughts, and intentions that allow energy to flow freely.
To know what to do, it is first important for us to recognize which chakra needs attention. I will share how we are likely to feel physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually when our chakras our out of balance. These are generalizations but hopefully can help to bring awareness to what we may be experiencing. Symptoms can stem from over expressing the energy of a chakra, and other times from under expressing it. I share a bit of what happens in both cases.
Root or Muladhara Chakra: Stability
The first or root chakra stands for restraint and structure. It takes care of our material needs and our basic need for nourishment, movement, sleep, rest, and calm. It represents how we focus on daily tasks (Rattana, 2014). When the root chakra is out of balance we may be affected as follows:
Physically: our body is not strong, and we feel uncomfortable in it. We have low energy and poor health. We may have poor lifestyle habits. We may also have tightness in our legs our mobility issues.
Mentally: we are worried or stressed, and we let ourselves get carried away by our thoughts. We may try to control our environment and become possessive.
Emotionally: we may feel numb and be in denial, or we may be at the other end of the spectrum and feel overly stressed and fearful. We don’t have much patience and have a hard time relaxing.
Spiritually: we don’t have a clear sense of belonging and may feel unsafe, alone, and/or isolated. We may feel disconnected and untrusting.
Sacral or Svadhisthana Chakra: Creativity
The sacral chakra stands for freedom, surrender, release, and the ability to embrace change. It is about connecting with ourselves and with others and interacting harmoniously with others. It forms the basis of our emotions (Rattana, 2014). When the sacral chakra is out of balance we may be affected as follows:
Physically: our body may feel tight and constrained, especially around our hips. We may have difficulties or imbalances with our reproductive organs, and in women this may manifest in menstrual irregularities. We may also have low or heightened libido.
Mentally: Mentally we may be allowing our thoughts and actions to be overly influenced or under influenced by our emotions. We may have confusion, indecision, judgment, or frustration.
Emotionally: When we suppress emotions, we create blockages and withdraw. On the other hand, when we overly express emotion, we push others away. This can lead to self-shaming, sadness, or neediness.
Spiritually: We feel creatively blocked. We may also feel rejected by others. We feel the need to withdraw, but secretly crave to connect. We are afraid to share ourselves with others.
Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra: Confidence
The solar plexus stands for our life’s purpose, and the focus on our self and identity. It affects our ability to be true to ourselves, and honor who we are. It allows us to take advantage of what life offers. It empowers our free will (Rattana, 2014). When the solar plexus chakra is out of balance we may be affected as follows:
Physically: we have poor digestion and our excretory organs have issues. Our bodies feel burnt out. We may have tightness in the lower back and hips.
Mentally: our thoughts are scattered and disorganized. We may feel superior or inferior to others, and either be inflexible or cave-in to others.
Emotionally: our sense of worth is compromised, which can lead to bitterness, frustration, or anger. We may feel powerless, aggressive, overwhelmed, or impulsive.
Spiritually: we lack faith in ourselves and may take on a victim or an aggressor approach. We look to outside circumstances or people to blame for what happens to us, and/or we rely on outside circumstances or people to guide us.
Heart or Anahata Chakra: Love
The heart chakra stands for expansion, space, and light. It is the chakra of integration or unification, as it is where we are able to see that all of life is inter-dependent (Rattana, 2014). When the heart chakra is out of balance we may be affected as follows:
Physically: we may have issues with our heart and circulation, and we may feel a general lack of nourishment or oxygen in our system. We may have tightness in our chest muscles or arms.
Mentally: we may not care or feel compassion, and instead criticize or avoid others. We may behave passive-aggressively or tend to obsess.
Emotionally: we subject our love to conditions. We may feel afraid to connect with others or feel resentment towards others.
Spiritually: we lack self-love and feel unattached or perhaps alone and unsupported by the universe. We don’t trust or don’t have faith.
Throat or Vishuddha Chakra: Truth
The throat chakra stands for action, and it processes our truth and our reality, as well as hearing that of others. It expresses and projects all of the chakras, including our feelings and emotions from the sacral, solar plexus, and heart chakras; our consciousness from our solar plexus; our inner awareness from our third eye chakra; and our wisdom and inspiration from our third eye and crown chakras. The throat chakra is the transition between the physical and non-physical. When the throat chakra is out of balance we may be affected as follows:
Physically: we have thyroid, respiratory or other pulmonary issues. We may also have tightness in our neck and shoulders.
Mentally: we are unable to express ourselves clearly or hold back when communicating because we are afraid or uncomfortable. When over-balanced we may not be able to stop speaking and tend to overshare or dominate conversations. We don’t listen well.
Emotionally: we may feel unable to tell the truth or to speak our truth from fear or avoidance. We either feel prideful and boastful (and overshare) or undeserving and shameful (and under share).
Spiritually: we may believe that our truth is not worth sharing or will not be well received. By contrast we may believe that others need to hear our truth, even when they don’t. We may not care about others, listen to them, or hear their truths.
Third Eye or Ajna Chakra: Inspiration
The third eye chakra stands for awareness and manifestation. It is what allows us to look at our inner screen- those images that play out in our mind’s eye. It is where we exhibit the power to visualize. It also is the seat of our psychic abilities (Rattana, 2014). When the third eye chakra is out of balance we may be affected as follows:
Physically: we are disconnected from our surroundings. For instance, our bodies may feel the need to hibernate when there is light and be out when dark. We may also experience headaches or have issues with our senses.
Mentally: we lead our lives from our intellect, not paying much attention to how we are feeling. We may need facts and figures to make decisions, instead of using our intuition.
Emotionally: we deny our emotions, or we may push them away. We are prone to worry and resentment.
Spiritually: we may deny that we are part of a larger universe, and only accept the tangible. We may also get carried away with illusions and not be able to face our reality.
Crown or Sahasrara Chakra: Wisdom
The crown chakra stands for our spiritual gifts. It is what allows us to surrender, trust, and have gratitude in our life. It helps us release control and have certainty that the universe and higher powers are taking care of us. It allows us to recognize that our divinity is not something external to us, but it is something within us, and that the vastness of the universe is held in our love and consciousness (Rattana, 2014). When the crown chakra is out of balance we may be affected as follows:
Physically: we feel that our bodies and souls are separate. We may view our body as the only part of our identity.
Mentally: we need to control because we don’t think there is higher power.
Emotionally: we may feel lost and desolate. We may also be depressed, apathetic, and disconnected.
Spiritually: We see nature as separate from us and see ourselves and our world as merely physical. We don’t recognize soul and spirit. We believe that faith and spirituality are concepts.
How to Support Our Chakras
Our chakras influence how energy flows throughout our being. The flow of energy affects how we interpret what happens to us; how we think, react, behave, and feel about anything and everything; where we are stuck; and areas we can pay attention to, to ensure we operate freely, healthily, and harmoniously.
The issues I explained above are generalizations. It is best to seek professional help or advice to get an assessment of your chakras.
There are many ways to support our chakras. We can incorporate aromatherapy, crystals, meditation, yoga poses, other mindfulness and movement practices, dietary changes, and energy healing. I presented some solutions here.
I personally prefer the use of aromatherapy because it works on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level =, and thus “matches” the effects of the chakras. Aromatherapy offers an effective and gentle way for us to bring harmony into our beings.
I have a chakra balancing line, which I hope you will explore further here.
Correcting or balancing our chakras can help us improve our body and health, our thoughts and interpretations, our feelings and emotions, and our ability to connect with ourselves and with others.
Rattana, G. (2014). Your Life is In Your Chakras: In-Depth Guide for Awakening Your Chakra Powers.2ndEd. Sunbury, PA: Yoga Technology, LLC.