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Chakras are our energy centers, they are the openings for life energy to flow in and out of the aura. Their function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. They are associated with our physical, mental, and emotional interactions.

There are seven major chakras and many minor chakras associated with them. Minor chakras are located in various parts of our body while the major chakras are located in the main energy channel, along the spine.

Major chakras are:

  1. Root / Muladhara Chakra
  2. Sacral / Swadhishtana Chakra
  3. Solar plexus / Manipura Chakra
  4. Heart / Anahata Chakra
  5. Throat / Vishudhi Chakra
  6. 3rd eye / Brow / Ajna Chakra
  7. Crown / Sahasra Chakra

The root of each chakra where it connects to the central power current, is considered to be the center of each chakra. Within these subtle centers, controls the exchange of energy between levels of the aura and swirling vortexes of energy. Each vortex draws energy directly from the field of universal energy, the sea of prana.

It is important to balance and open the chakras in order to metabolize energy from the universal sea of prana. Our chakras are directly linked to our seven bodies.  Spiritual and psychological imbalances as well as physical body organs are related to each chakra. Proper function of our chakra means one is balanced in all seven bodies from the physical to the spiritual.

FIRST OR ROOT CHAKRA Sanskrit name: Muladhara (root)

Location: Base of spine.

This spiritual center symbolizes: Survival, stability, acceptance, self-preservation, perception, grounding, fear, and safety.

Color: Red

Sound or Mantra: “Lam”

Sense: Smell

Body: The physical body

Orientation to self: Self-preservation

Goals: Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity, and trust

Rights: To be here, to have

Developmental Stage: Womb to 12 months

Identity: Physical identity

Level of relationship: Tribal

Demon: Fear

Element: Earth

Hormonal Glands: Sexual and adrenal

Organs: Immune system, base of spine, legs, bones and bone marrow, feet, rectum, and physical body support

Excessive: Sluggish, lazy, tired, monotony, obesity, overeating, hoarding, materialism, greed, fear of change, and addiction to security

Deficient: Fearful, anxious, restless, lack of discipline, underweight, and financial difficulty, chronic disorganization

Balanced: Good health, vitality, well grounded, sense of trust in the world, feeling safe and secure, stability, prosperity, and ability to relax

Physical Dysfunctions: Frequent illness, disorders of the bowel, large intestine, bones, teeth, problems with legs, feet , base of spine(chronic lower back pain, sciatica), eating disorders, depression, immune-related disorders, skin problems, and lack of energy

Addictions: Food, gambling, shopping and work

Traumas and Abuses: Birth trauma, abandonment, physical neglect, poor physical bonding with the mother, malnourishment, feeding difficulty, major illness or surgery, physical abuse, and inherited traumas (eg. war, poverty, etc.)

Spiritual challenge: How well we manage our physical world

SECOND OR SACRAL CHAKRA Sanskrit name: Svadhisthana (sweetness)

Location: Lower abdomen

Central issue: Sexuality, emotions, finances, creativity, codes of honour and ethics

Color: Orange

Sound or Mantra: Vam

Sense: Touch and taste

Body: Ethereal body

Orientation to self: Self-gratification

Goals: Pleasure, healthy sexuality, feeling

Rights: To feel, to want

Developmental stage: 6 to 24 months

Identity: Emotional identity

Level of relationship: One-on-one

Demon: Guilt

Element: Water

Hormonal gland: Pancreas

Organs: Sexual organs, large intestine, lower vertebrae, pelvis, the kidneys, appendix, bladder, prostate, hip area, the lymphatic system, and all the body fluids

Excessive: Sexual, pleasure addiction, excessively sensitive and strong emotions; invasion of others, seductive manipulation, obsessive attachment; emotional dependency.

Deficient: Poor social skills; frigidity, fear of sex, lack of desire, passion, excitement, denial of pleasure, fear of change, rigidity in attitudes

Balanced: Graceful movements, emotional intelligence, ability to experience pleasure, nurture of self and others, ability to change, healthy boundaries

Physical Dysfunctions: Sexual dysfunctions, ob/gyn. problems, dysfunctions of reproductive organs, spleen, urinary system, loss of appetite for food, sex, life, chronic lower back pain, sciatica

Addictions: Alcohol, sex, and heroin

Traumas and Abuses: Sexual, emotional abuse, neglect, rejection, emotional manipulation, physical abuse, alcoholic families, denial of child’s feelings, and inherited (untreated incest, sexual issues)

Spiritual challenges: Negative one-to-one control patterns need to be confronted

THIRD OR SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA Sanskrit name: Manipura ( lustrous gem )

Location: Solar plexus

Central Issue: Power, self-esteem, self-image, energy, will, and responsibility

Color: Yellow

Sense: Sight

Body: The astral body

Orientation to self: Self definition

Goals: Vitality, purpose, strength of will, vitality, and spontaneity

Rights: To act and be an individual

Developmental stage: 18 months to 4 years

Identity: Ego identity

Level of relationship: Inner self

Demon: Shame

Element: Fire

Hormonal glands: The pancreas and the adrenal

Organs: The respiratory system and diaphragm, the digestive system, stomach, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, the small intestine, the lower back, and the sympathetic nervous system

Excessive: Overly aggressive, dominating, controlling, blaming, arrogance, manipulative, power-hungry, stubbornness, hyperactivity, excessively ambitious and competitive

Deficient: Low energy, weak will, poor self-esteem, passive, sluggish, fearful, poor self-discipline, emotionally and physically cold, victim mentality, blaming of others, unreliable, and poor digestion

Balanced: Feeling of tranquillity and inner harmony, self-acceptance, respect for the nature and emotions of others, feeling of unity with the rest of humanity, responsible, reliable, confidence, spontaneity, sense of humour, and able to meet challenges

Physical Dysfunctions: Arthritis, digestive disorders, ulcers, colon and intestinal problems, anorexia or bulimia, pancreatitis, diabetes, gallstones, allergies, and problems with the stomach and liver

Addictions: Amphetamines, cocaine, caffeine, work, and anger

Traumas and abuses: Shaming, authoritarianism, physical abuse, fear of punishment, dangerous environment, age inappropriate responsibilities, and inherited shame from parents

Spiritual challenges: Maturation of the ego
FOURTH OR THE HEART CHAKRA Sanskrit name: Anahatra

Location: Chest and heart

Central issues: Love, unconditional love, self-love, forgiveness, relationships, intimacy, devotion, depression and loneliness

Color: Green and pink

Sound or Mantra: Yam

Sense: Touch

Body: The feeling body

Orientation to self: Self-acceptance

Goals: Stability, trust, physical health, prosperity, grounding

Rights: To love and be loved Developmental stage: 4 to 7 years

Identity: Social identity

Level of relationship: Loving relationships with significant others, with oneself and with all life

Demon: Grief

Element: Air

Hormonal glands: The thymus gland

Organs: Hearth and circulatory system, lungs, bronchial tubes, shoulders and arms, diaphragm, thymus gland, the immune system, the skin, and the upper back

Excessive: Demanding, jealousy, co-dependency, poor boundaries, overly sacrificing, and possessive

Deficient: Antisocial, withdrawn, cold, shy, critical, judgmental, intolerant, loneliness, depression, fear of intimacy and relationships, lack of empathy, narcissism, and bitter

Balanced: Compassionate, loving, self-loving, empathetic, peaceful, balanced, and good immune system

Physical Dysfunctions: Disorders of the heart, lungs, thymus, breast, arms, asthma, allergy, circulation problems, immune system deficiency, tension between shoulder blades

Addictions: Tobacco (smoking), sugar, love, and marijuana

Traumas and Addictions: Rejection, abandonment, loss, shaming, constant criticism, abuses to lower chakras, unacknowledged grief, divorce, death, conditional love, loveless environment, sexual and physical abuse, and betrayal

Spiritual challenges: To learn compassion, the value of forgiveness, and unconditional love

FIFTH OR THROAT CHAKRA Sanskrit name: Vissudha (purification)

Location: Throat

Central issue: Communication, self-expression, self-discipline, and speaking one’s truth

Color: Blue, light blue, and turquoise

Sound or Mantra: Ham

Sense: Hearing

Body: The mental body

Orientation to self: Self-expression

Goals: Clear communication, creativity

Rights: To speak and to hear the truth

Developmental stage: 7 to 12 years

Identity: Creative identity

Level of relationship: Relationship with our personal truths

Demon: Lies

Element: Ether – Akasa

Hormonal glands: The thyroid and parathyroid gland

Organs: Throat, thyroid and parathyroid glands, the neck, vocal cords and organs, mouth, teeth and gums, jaw, ears, and muscles

Excessive: Too much talking, talking as a defence, inability to listen, gossiping, interruptions, over-extended, stuttering

Deficient: Fear of speaking, small, weak voice, difficulty putting feelings into words, shyness, tone-deaf, and poor rhythm

Balanced: Good listener, resonant voice, good sense of timing and rhythm, clear communication, and lives creatively

Physical Dysfunctions: Raspy throat, chronic sore throat, mouth ulcers, gum difficulties, scoliosis, laryngitis, swollen glands, thyroid problems, headaches, pain in the neck and shoulders, ear infections and problems

Addictions: Opiates and marijuana

Traumas and Abuses: Lies, secrets, verbal abuse, constant yelling, excessive criticism (blocks creativity), authoritarian parents, alcoholic, and chemical dependent family

Spiritual challenges: To recognize that your strength of will is measured not by how well you exert your will over others, but how well you control yourself. Conscious self-control and discipline means living according to the truth that every thought you have is either a potential act of grace or a potential weapon. Right thought leads to right speech, which leads to right acting.

SIXTH OR THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA Sanskrit name: Ajna (to perceive)

Location: The centre of the forehead, brow

Central issue: Intuition, imagination, ability to see one’s life clearly, use of the mind/intellect

Color: Indigo

Sound or Mantra: Ham-ksham

Sense: Intuition (the sixth sense)

Body: The high mental body

Orientation to self: Self-reflection

Goals: Psychic perception, imagination, clear seeing, accurate interpretation

Rights: To see

Developmental stage: Adolescence

Identity: Archetypal identity

Level of relationship: Our relationship to knowledge, wisdom and vision

Demon: Illusion

Element: Light

Hormonal glands: The pituitary and the pineal gland

Organs: The brain, nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, sinuses, face, the pineal and pituitary gland

Excessive: Hallucination, nightmares, obsessions, delusions, difficulty concentrating, and headaches

Deficient: Poor vision and memory, insensitivity, lack of imagination, difficulty visualizing, difficulty seeing the future, can’t remember dreams, and denial

Balanced: Intuitive, perceptive, imaginative, good memory, able to visualize, able to think symbolically, and able to remember dreams

Physical Dysfunctions: Headaches, eye and ear disease, nose and sinus problems, facial nerve problems, nightmares, brain tumour, stroke, neurological disturbances, seizures, full spinal difficulty, and learning disabilities

Addictions: Hallucinogens and marijuana

Traumas and Abuses: Frightening environment (war, violence), what you see does not go with what you are told, invalidation of intuition and psychic occurrences

Spiritual challenges: Pride and the ability to make judgements. The spiritual lessons relate to insight and intuition, to seeing beyond the visible.
SEVENTH OR CROWN CHAKRA Sanskrit name: Sahasrara

Location: The crown of the skull

Symbol: A lotus with thousand petals

Central issue: Awareness, spiritual search for meaning, issues of karma and, spiritual awakening, divine discontent

Color: Purple, white, gold, silver

Sound or Mantra: Om

Body: The soul, the karmic, causal body

Orientation to self: Self-knowledge

Goals: Wisdom, knowledge, spiritual connection, and consciousness

Rights: To know

Developmental stage: Throughout life

Identity: Universal identity

Level of relationship: Relationship to our life’s true purpose, relationship between the ego and the higher self, and relationship to God and spirit

Demon: Attachment

Element: Thought

Organs: The muscular and skeletal system, skin, and central nervous system

Excessive: Over-intellectualization, spiritual addiction, confusion, and dissociation from body

Deficient: Spiritual cynicism, learning difficulties, rigid belief systems, apathy, materialism, greed, and domination of others

Balanced: Sense of spiritual connection, open-minded, wisdom and mastery, broad understanding, intelligent, thoughtful, aware, ability to perceive, analyse and assimilate information

Physical Dysfunctions: Energetic disorders, mystical depression, coma, migraines, brain tumours, amnesia, chronic exhaustion not linked to physical disorder, sensitivity to light, sound and other environmental factors

Addictions: Religion, spiritual practices

Traumas and Addictions: Spiritual abuse, forced religiosity, blind obedience, misinformation, lies, withheld information, and invalidation of one’s beliefs

Spiritual challenges: Hope and faith, spiritual conscience. Spiritual quests and questions of your life: For what purpose was I born? What is truth? What is the deeper meaning of life? Can I find that? Failure to hear and respond to these questions can lead to anxiety and depression.

Laura Schwalm is a Master Psychic Healer who uses Holistic and Spiritual practices to help her clients heal and balance the body, mind, and spirit. To read more about Laura’s services please go to



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