Doctors and therapists have posited that sickness is always linked to a disturbance in the flow of energy within the body. The free flow of this energy provides cells and organs with what they need to sustain their healthy functioning. In fact, health can be defined as the state in which energy is flowing unimpeded through the chakras. Whatever the reason for the blockage in the energy flow, a part of the body will not function correctly. These blockages can come from mental and physical complaints and conflicts. There are seven primary chakras in the human body vibrating at seven different frequencies, each sharing information with the others. Because they cannot be seen by normal means, the chakras are represented by diagrams and other symbolic maps of the body. This is necessary to clarify the relationship between the subtle centers and the physical organs and structures with which we are familiar.
As you should start from the bottom when doing a chakra cleanse, we shall begin with the root chakra.
The Root Chakra (Muladhara)
Name Meaning- Foundation
Description- Four deep red lotus petals around a square; the square represents the element of Earth.
Energy- Located at the base of the spine. Disturbances lead to addiction, uncontrolled or diminished sexuality, digestive disorders and obesity. The base chakra must be well balanced in order to anchor and make use of the spiritual energy. People with a weak root chakra may be easily swayed by their impressions, lack the ability to discriminate between viewpoints and belief systems. Grounding and earthing restores the natural flow of energy to and from the base chakra, and visualization is helpful. With your feet firmly planted on the ground, imagine tree roots extending down and out from where your feet are touching the ground. If the energy is flowing smoothly, one feels a deep connection to nature.
Stones- Garnet, Hematite, Red Jasper, Onyx, Rhodonite, Ruby, Bloodstone, Smokey Quartz, and Black Tourmaline.
Foods- Red foods; apples, beans, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, cherries, pomegranate, peppers, radish, beets, and watermelon.
The Sacral Chakra (Svadistana)
Name Meaning- Sweetness
Description- Six vibrant orange lotus petals surrounding a circle; the circle represents the element of Water.
Energy- Located in the lower abdomen. Disturbances lead to sexual problems, life may seem to loose its meaning. The sacral chakra is the focus of our experience of pleasure and pain, and is primarily affected for two reasons. First, the life-energy or chi is tightly gathered in this area of the body, so any threat to it causes turbulence and aggravation. Second, the fragments of trauma locked within the different systems of the body need to be released. Tje accumulation of physical stress in the muscles and organs of the body, and emotional and mental stress in the subtle bodies and chakras, creates a breakdown of the natural movement and flow of life energy. When the balance is restored one may enjoy life openly and fully.
Stones- Orange Beryl, Orange Jasper, Carnelian, Orange Aventurine, and Citrine.
Foods- Orange foods; almonds, papaya, melon, passion fruit, orange, pumpkin, mandarins. mangoes and walnuts.
The Solar Plexus (Manipura)
Name Meaning- City of Gems
Description- Ten luminous yellow lotus petals surrounding a downward pointing triangle. The triangle represents the element of Fire.
Energy- Located in between the bottom of the rib-cage and the navel. Disturbances lead to discontent, restlessness, and discouragement. Solar plexus issues often arise from how we perceive ourselves in terms of our own personal power. It is the job of the solar plexus to realize at a spiritual level that all such judgments are limited and ultimately false. Our view of ourselves is no more substantial that clothing or masks. Allowing the solar plexus an opportunity to shine with the clarity of the sun encourages a broader perspective where these false judgments can begin to be seen as the false shadows they truly are. When the balance is restored to the solar plexus, one feels a deep sense of inner peace.
Stones- Tiger’s Eye, Topaz, Yellow Tourmaline, Amber, and Citrine.
Foods- Yellow foods; corn, pineapple, squash, beans, peppers, lemons, banana, brown rice, oats, quinoa, and spices: ginger and tumeric.
The Heart Chakra (Anahata)
Name Meaning- Unstruck
Description- Twelve deep green lotus petals surrounding a hexagram or six-pointed star. The hexagram represents the element of Air.
Energy- Located in the center of the chest. Open hearts radiate joy and friendliness, consideration of others and a deep sense of empathy. A balanced heart chakra can be identified in the ability to accept ourselves, other people and all sorts of situations. At a certain point in the development of the heart chakra there is an opportunity to see yourself and the rest of the world from a very different perspective. The realization dawns that while you can care, love and share with others you cannot live their lives for them or live your life through them. It can also be a very lonely moment when you realize that others cannot live your life for you either. They can love you, advise you and commiserate with you, but in the end, everyone is responsible only for themselves. Everyone has their own unique path in life.
Stones- Green Aventurine, Chrysocolla, Chrysophrase, Jade, Moss Agate, Emerald, Malachite, Peridot Rhodonite and Rose Quartz.
Foods- Green foods; spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, peas, peppers, leeks, zucchini, celery, green apples, pears, grapes, kiwi and avocados.
The Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)
Name Meaning- Pure
Description- Sixteen beautiful blue lotus petals surrounding a downwards pointed triangle, enclosing a small circle. The circle represents the Moon. This represents the ether or space, where all the elements dissolve into their refined essence.
Energy- Located near the cervical vertebrae and the base of the throat. The throat chakra is very much a mouth piece for the other chakras. What it listens to, what it hears and how it responds are all consequence to the patterns of stress found within each of the other chakras. Blocks in our ability to communicate may not cause immediate problems, but the restriction of our personal expression is nonetheles deeply disturbing to the energy system as a whole. In fact, lack of expression denies our existence, our individuality, and our right to be heard. Indications of blocks in this chakra may be a stiff neck, throat infections, tension in the shoulders, headaches or problems with swallowing or eating.
Stones- Aquamarine, Chalcedony, Celestite, Chrysocolla, Moonstone, Opal, Blue Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Sapphire, Blue Topaz and Turquoise.
Foods- Blue foods; currants, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, dragon fruit, kelp, barley, wheat grass, and mushroom.
The Third Eye Chakra (Anja)
Name Meaning- Command
Description- Two luminescent pearly blue-violet lotus petals surrounding a downwards pointed triangle. Within the white column (the “color of light”) is a representation of unified consciousness – a combined male and female deity.
Energy- Located in the center of the forehead. Flowing energy brings understanding seeing the world and yourself clearly. The brow chakra is all about seeing, not just with the eyes but seeing with the mind – making sense of and understanding what is being perceived. Balancing this chakra can help physical problems with the eyes, but more than that it will help remove confusion caused by an inability to distinguish important things from insignificant ones; in other words, the foreground from the background. Jumping to conclusions and making assumptions are signs that the brown chakra is becoming confused by too much emotional noise.
Stones- Sodalite, Amethyst, Sapphire, Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Azurite, Celestite, and purple Fluorite.
Foods- Purple foods; figs, grapes, raisins, blackberries, prunes, eggplant, purple cabbage, purple kale, purple potatoes, purple carrots, and purple asparagus.
The Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
Name Meaning- Thousandfold
Description- The “thousand petaled” crown chakra is sometimes described as formless, sometimes as a moon-like sphere above which is an umbrella of a thousand petals with all the colors of the rainbow.
Energy- Located just above the top of the head. Opening the crown leads to enlightenment. For those not drawn to metaphysics and philosophy, disturbances might manifest as a dogmatic idealism or even a megalomania. An interest in spirituality has the potential to open new awareness of thought and activity that can really help people to break out of old behavior patterns and become more fulfilled. When the crown chakra is out of balance it is unable to provide all the energy and information required by the other chakras. A healthy crown chakra is finely balanced on all levels, the thoughts that come and go need to be allowed free passage; it is only when we try to hold onto our thoughts without allowing possibility for change that disruption of the crown chakra occurs.
Stones- Amethyst, Quartz, Diamonds, White Calcite, Selenite, Sugilite, Chaorite, and purple Fluorite.
Foods- Since this chakra is more spiritual than physical, it is not nourished with food in the same way you feed your other chakras. Instead, its food is simply prayer, meditation and fasting. The vibrations of this chakra often prefer no food at all, consider a detox or fast to energize the crown chakra. Try fresh fruit and vegetable juices and drink lots of water.
Below is one of my favorite videos for a chakra cleanse!