Crystals are used to balance and heal one or more of the seven Chakras. They are all named and can be located at different parts of the body. The Chakras are aligned in an ascending column from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each Chakra is associated with a certain colour. The Chakras vitalise the physical body and are said produce physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being.
The Seven Chakras
Root or Base Chakra, also called Muladhara is located at the base of the spine. Its focus is on survival, instinct, security and grounding with a psychic focus on spatial intuition. Crystals that can be used for this Chakra are red or black in colour. Ideal crystals to use would be Garnet, Ruby, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline or Smoky Quartz.
Sacral Chakra, also called Swadhisthana is located on the lower abdomen just below the naval. Its focus is on emotion, creativity, intimacy, sensuality and health with a psychic focus on balance. Crystals that can be used for this Chakra are orange. Ideal crystals to use would be Amber, Citrine, Carnelian, Orange Calcite or Topaz.
Solar Plexus Chakra, also called manipura is located in the stomach area. Its focus is on emotional stability, confidence, control and power with a psychic focus on healing and teaching powers. Crystals that can be used for this Chakra are yellow. Ideal crystals to use would be Golden Topaz, Tiger's Eye, Citrine, or Yellow Tourmaline.
Heart Chakra, also called anahata is located in the centre of the chest. Its focus is on empathy, compassion, healing and unconditional love with a psychic focus on clairsentience and intuition. Crystals that can be used for this Chakra are green or sometimes pink. Ideal crystals to use would be Aventurine, Emerald, Jade, Kunzite or Rose Quartz.
Throat Chakra, also called Vishuddha is located on the throat. Its focus is on communication, telling the truth and spontaneity with a psychic focus on expression. Crystals that can be used for this Chakra are light blue. Ideal crystals to use would be Aquamarine, Chyrsocolla, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite or Turquoise.
Third Eye Chakra, also called ajna is located on the centre of the forehead. Its focus is on intuition, clarity and discernment with a psychic focus on clairvoyance. Crystals that can be used for this Chakra are dark blue or indigo. Ideal crystals to use would be Blue Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, purple Fluorite or Amethyst.
Crown Chakra, also called sahasrara is located on top of the head. Its focus is on ones higher self and spirituality with a psychic focus on claircognisance. Crystals that can be used for this Chakra are white or purple. Ideal crystals to use would be Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Selenite or Chaorite.
Mooladhara Chakra: Root chakra at the base of the spine.
Swadishtana Chakra: Sexual chakra behind the sex organs.
Manipura Chakra: Personality chakra behind the solar plexus
Anahata Chakra: Heart chakra behind the heart.
Vishudda Chakra: Expressive chakra nears the throat.
Ajna Chakra: Knowledge chakra between the eyebrows.
Sahasrara Chakra: Crown chakra near the pituitary gland.
A chakra is believed to be an energy centre. There are seven chakras placed over the spinal column. These are subtle and cannot be seen through dissection. Yoga believes that the male and female parts o Cosmic Consciousness are present in every human being.
The female Cosmic Consciousness is called Kundalini or ?serpentine power’, which is dormant in ordinary human beings and lies coiled at the base of the spinal column. The male part of Cosmic Consciousness is located at the crown chakra in ?sahasrara’, which is at the top of the head.
More importantly, Reiki ? a popular form of treatment practised all over the world ? deals with therapy through Universal Life Force by supplying the same to chakras, which in turn are supposed to distribute it in the body.
Several other spiritual schools all over the world have also accepted the concept of chakras and believe that their purification can be achieved in various ways and once purified, meditation practices will help in spiritual progress.
While the physical body is connected to all the chakras and the defective chakras can induce disease as mentioned above, on the mental level also chakras have a remarkable influence and determine the behaviour, acceptance levels and the ay a person operates in society.
For example, when the root chakra is defective a person may suffer from physical ailments like improper evacuation, piles, fistula, constipation etc. The defective chakra also affects one at the mental level.
When the root chakra is defective, a person becomes aggressive and confused. His aggressive behaviour makes others keep away from him but the person himself is not aware that he is aggressive. The problem with such people is that even when somebody takes pains to explain what is wrong with their behaviour, they hardly understand this, as they are convinced their behaviour is normal.
When defective, the mental aspect of the sexual chakra results in mental withdrawal and creates phobias. Almost all phobias like fear of the dark, fear of being alone, fear of flying, fear of heights, fear of crowds, fear of water, fear of fire, etc, are due to malfunctioning of the chakra at the mental level.
The personality chakra ? also called the solar plexus chakra ? controls feelings of guilt and shame. When this chakra is defective, the person becomes over-anxious about himself and how society is reacting to him. He is cursed with greed and becomes envious. While taking any action he is always worried about how he is perceived by others and goes out of the way to impress others. Instead of living for himself, he tries to live for others.
The heart chakra interferes with the way a person reacts to people around him. Compassion, kindness, forgiveness and an attitude of give and take are all at the base of this chakra. When this is defective, it makes a person hateful and vengeful.
When the expression chakra or throat chakra is defective, it makes a person unreasonable. This type of person wants everyone to obey him unquestioningly. He becomes a hard taskmaster, but in the process loses the love and respect of others.
The knowledge chakra or ajna chakra is perhaps the most critical one. If this chakra is functioning properly, it will act as a divine guide in he sojourn of life. When this chakra is fully functional, man is completely aware of his activities and responsibilities in life. This chakra guides him in proper planning of life so that progress is continuous and hurdle-free.