I bet you’ve heard about healing meditation and mindfulness before. Still, does chakra meditation ring any bells? And what kind of images does your mind conjure when you hear the word chakra? Anyways, if your mind is blank, and your bells are unringing, I suggest you read this article to find out all the cool stuff about chakra meditation and its benefits.
What is Chakra?
In Hinduism, the word chakra means “wheel”, and it refers to one of the seven centers (chakras) of energy within the human physical body. In other words, there are seven chakras, and they are interconnected components of one energy system inside our bodies.
For instance, we can say that each of us has this inner energy system that consists of seven wheels (chakras). Accordingly, each wheel produces energy through vibration & spinning, which affects our spiritual and physical well-being.
Every energy point within the system has a vibration frequency; the higher your vibration frequency is, the more balanced your chakras are. In return, it influences your awareness, concentration, emotional stability, and self-understanding.
What Are The Seven Chakras?
Simply put, our inner energy system is made of seven chakras, and they align vertically with our spine. Each type has its unique aura color as well as special characteristics. So, to have a clearer idea, we’ve made this table. It contains the seven energy points, their aura colors, and their spiritual characteristics.
|Chakra Type||Aura Color||Spiritual Characteristics|
|Root Chakra (muladhara)||Red||Energy, Pleasure, Determination|
|Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)||Orange||Happiness, Success, Courage|
|Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)||Yellow||Enthusiasm & Optimism|
|Heart Chakra (Anahata)||Green||Vitality, Abundance, Growth|
|Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)||Blue||Tranquility & Intuition|
|Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)||Indigo||Trustworthy & Communication|
|Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)||Purple||spiritual, Passionate, Visionary|
What is Aura?
As you’ve noticed in the table, there are seven auras. Each one is associated with a specific color as well as unique spiritual qualities. Allegedly, auras invisibly encompass our physical body, and they affect our field of energy and that of others.
Still, your aura is not necessarily limited to one color, for it can be a mixture of all colors (the seven auras). For instance, we can assume that your unique aura is a colored canvas, and it’s painted by a mixture of your auric colors combined. However, it is believed that everyone has a dominant aura that influences their entire energy system & spiritual qualities.
P.S: Dear reader, you might find this whole chakras-thing far-fetched or confusing. You might even argue that it is nonsense or has no scientific basis, and there’s a good chance you’re right as well as wrong. So, I’d like to say that spirituality cannot always be explained through science or physical evidence, for there are dozens of life mysteries (such as death, god, consciousness…, etc) that cannot be explained nor understood by merely hard science.
However, we don’t aim to convince you that chakras are real, nor do we aim at selling you a magical formula to reach transcendental consciousness. Our main objective is to aid you through your meditation journey and help widen your spiritual perspective.
"It is up to us how we explore the great wonders in our body, its life force, and subtle centers we call "CHAKRAS". We can either deny that they exist or learn to understand, work and awaken them to live a more fulfilling life on planet Earth."
The Ancient History Of Chakra meditation
Chakra meditation is an old practice that stretches back to ancient Asia. It first originated in India between 1500 and 500 BCE, and it is a significant relic of the spiritual customs in Hinduism. It’s also a common practice in Buddhism although Buddhists slightly differ from Hinduism in terms of their approach to meditation and the number of chakras. Buddhist manuscripts speak of 5 energy points within the chakra system while Hinduism proposes seven points of energy or chakras.
How Is Chakra Meditation Different?
This kind of meditation is uniquely different from conventional meditation practices because it aims at unsealing your blocked chakras. When your seven chakra centers are unaligned or blocked, your inner energy system gets disturbed and imbalanced. Therefore, it leads to negative effects on your physical & emotional well-being.
Thus, to avoid inner imbalance and its effects on your soul & body, you need to unseal your blocked chakras, so that you can reach a state of inward balance and tranquility.
There are three approaches in terms of meditation for chakras, and each approach seeks to open your sealed energy points.
- First, you can focus your meditation practice on one chakra color; this type is meant to work on one specific aura color.
- Second, you can choose to meditate on energy; meaning you focus your attention on one energy center inside your chakra system. It’s claimed that this type of meditation has healing benefits, for it unlocks & aligns your chakra centers leading to a natural flow of energy.
- Third, you can meditate on one individual chakra at a time. For example, while meditating you can concentrate on each chakra starting from the root to the crown center. This practice is meant to unblock your sealed chakra points to regain a balanced & natural flow of energy.
Quick note: meditating on energy and meditating on individual chakras are similar. The only difference is when meditating on energy, you only focus on one chakra while meditating on individual chakras targets all energy centers.
Benefits Of meditation For Chakras
Unlike other mindfulness practices, meditation for chakras yields a unique set of spiritual & physical benefits. It’s a profound journey of inward/ outward healing and self-discovery. It engages your body as well as your spirit by observing and unsealing each chakra energy within you.
Above that, chakras’ meditation reduces stress, helps restore emotional stability, and heals your body. As a result, you would have better sleep quality, a strong sense of self-connection, and inner balance. It also heightens your energy and sharpens your awareness whilst strengthening your understanding of yourself and others around you.
Complete Guide To chakra meditation
This guide has been created for both: meditation beginners and those who seek to go beyond conventional types of meditating such as breathing techniques, body scanning…., etc.
For the best results, try meditating daily for at least 20 minutes. It would be most effective if you can make it a consistent part of your daily routine. That being said, let’s dive in:
- First off, before meditating, you need to run a chakras test for any inner imbalance or disturbance within your energy system. Doing this will help you identify chakra blockages that disrupt your natural flow of energy. Thus, it will enable you to focus your meditation efforts on unblocking, aligning, and restoring a balanced flow of chakras.
To run a chakra test, you can take one online. Still, if you doubt the credibility of online tests, I suggest you ask yourself the following questions:
Are you suffering from any chronic pain either physical or emotional?
Do you usually feel pain on the level of my head, spine, shoulders, or neck?
Have you often been experiencing any feelings of depression, anxiety, or mood swings?
Are you struggling to fall asleep at night?
Do you feel a lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, you often criticize yourself and others?
Are you afraid of being abandoned or unvalued by others?
If your response is Yes to more than four of these questions, I suggest you start meditating to unseal and align your stifled chakras for cleansing energy & regaining inner equilibrium.
After identifying your blocked chakra centers, it’s time to meditate.
- 1- First, choose a quiet place where you’re able to sit without being distracted. Sit comfortably on a meditation cushion or a pillow with your legs crossed. Position your hands on your knees with your palms put at the center of your chest. You can close your eyes softly, but if you’re not comfortable with it, you can keep them open.
- Second, begin by practicing deep breathing. Ensure you inhale air deeply through your nostrils coming from your belly; keep inhaling till you feel your lungs are rich in oxygen. Hold your breath for a few seconds (4 seconds recommended); then, exhale slowly while sensing energy vibrating within you. Try this technique three or four times.
- After performing deep breathing, you should breathe normally while focusing your attention on each chakra at a time starting from the crown to the root. While meditating try imagining your chakras as spinning wheels, full of energy, vibration, and vitality. You can start with your base chakra (the root). Then, move onward to the crown chakra.
- Try sensing each chakra’s energy growing inside you, observe it, and visualize it running through your entire body. This way, you will unseal as well as align collectively, which achieves a greater sense of inner balance, peace, and tranquility.
By now, we hope you have a rough idea about what chakra meditation is, its basics, and its practices. Also, we hope this article has been successful in providing what you search for. We would like to add that this topic is very diverse and overarching, so one article is not ideally enough to cover it entirely. However, if you have any information, suggestion, or any idea to improve this article, please share it with us through your comments. It will be much appreciated!