The words "aura" and "chakra" get used quite a bit these days, which is great - if you know what they mean! Here's a quick rundown.
AURAis your psychic energy body- it's the energy produced by your life force, and it emanates all around you. A lot about your mental, emotional and physical state is reflected in your aura. This can be percieved in the predominant color of your aura.... but please keep in mind, the aura is constantly changing in color, shape and size. Also, the strength and integrity of your aura will have a strong effect on your overall wellbeing. To learn more about strengthening your aura, click here.
|Purple indicates spiritual thoughts. Purple only appears as flames and flashes, since truly spiritual thoughts only come as flashes and flames of consciousness.|
|Blue indicates a person leading a balanced existence, one who feels at ease and is stress free. Blue is a very desireable color for an aura. Blue flashes can also indicate when a person is recieving or sending clairvoyant communication.|
|Turquoise indicates a very dynamic person, very energetic and capable of influencing others. These people are very organized and goal oriented. They make fantastic managers, are are generally very popular with their employees.|
|Green is restful, a natural healing energy. All healers should have green auras, they make great doctors! Just being around a person with a strong green aura feels restful and healing. These folks also have a green thumb, and can make anything grow.|
|Yellow is a joyful color, the color of a true free spirit. These people are very generous- they are not attached to anything. A yellow halo is a sign of a true spiritual teacher- Jesus, Budha and the saints all had large, bright yellow auras around their heads. It indicates a person who has found enlightenment.|
|Orange is a sign of power, and a desire to control people. It can also be inspiring, and can contribute to a yellow halo for a person who has a strong spiritual inclination. Spiritual leaders have this combination.|
|Red is the color of a person who is preoccupied with their physical body, and who's thoughts dwell on material desires.|
CHAKRAis a Sanskrit word meaning "spinning wheel of energy". These energy centers within our bodies receive and transmit energy, and each is situated at a major endocrine gland, and nerve bundle within the physical body, called a plexus. Each chakra is connected and associated with a different part of the body. There are seven chakras. Each chakra has a color, and different gemstones and crystals can be associated with these. Understanding and using your chakras can promote physical, emotional and spiritual healing, and can lend energy to your manifestational work. To download our FREE eBook on the Chakras, click here.
|The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine. It is closest to the Earth, and can be utilized for Earthly grounding. It controls your physical vitality, "flight or fight" response, physical survival instincts, and the emotions of desire, anger, jealousy and greed. Its color is red, other colors associated with the Root Chakra are black, brown, and gray. Gemstones like hematite, bloodstone, black tourmaline, labodorite, garnet, ruby, onyx, fire agate, smoky quartz, star ruby and red jasper are beneficial in balancing this chakra. Click here to see Gemstones. The First, or Root, Chakra governs life lessons involving the lessons of the material world, such as survival, and stores information involving family beliefs and loyalty, you ability to stand up for yourself, superstition, instincts, physical pain or pleasure, and touch. Your sense of self esteem, safety and security are also based here. An imbalance in the First Chakra may be indicated by a loss of interest in the ‘real world’ and practical survival, obsessions and addictions, volatile emotions, selfishness, restlessness and a lack of energy. Among the essential oils and flower essences used to balance the Root Chakra are corn, clematis, rosemary, ylang-ylang, myrrh, frankincense, benzoin, patchouli and sandalwood. Click here to see fragrant oils. Foods that fuel the First Chakra are Root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, Protein-rich foods like eggs, meats, beans, tofu and soy products, and peanut butter, and Spices like horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, and pepper.|
|The Navel Chakra is located just below the navel, about 2-3 fingers. It is also known as the Sacral, or Second Chakra. In Martial Arts, it is called the "Hara". It represents your sexuality, creativity, self esteem, pleasures and frustrations. Its color is orange. Orange Gemstones like carnelian, orange tourmaline, tangerine quartz, fire opal, citrine, moonstone, and orange zincite help to bring this chakra into balance. Click here to see Gemstones. The Second Chakra governs life lessons involving blaming and guilt, manifesting, money and prosperity, sex, power, control, and it is the base of you creativity and sense of morality. Information stored in the Second Chakra involves feelings of duality, personal magnetism, your patterns of control, your sociability, and emotions and feelings. An imbalance in the Second Chakra may be experienced as an eating disorder, drug or alcohol addiction, depression, and intimacy issues, including impotence and frigidity. Among the essential oils and flower essences used to balance the Second Chakra are all citrus oils, such as neroli, melissa, and orange. Also rose, hibiscus, jasmine, Indian Paintbrush, and lady’s slipper. Click here to see fragrant oils. Foods that fuel the second Chakra include sweet and tropical fruits like melons, mangos, strawberries, passion fruit, oranges, coconut, etc. Also Honey and Nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds etc. and Spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, and caraway seeds.|
|The Solar Plexus Chakra is just above your navel, at the center of your solar plexus. Emotional memories are stored here, and it's where your ‘gut feelings’ come from. It is the seat of your emotional life, and many of us are naturally connected to our environments through this chakra. Its color is yellow. Gemstones like citrine, golden topaz, amber, yellow tourmaline and yellow sapphire are used to bring this chakra into balance. Click here to see Gemstones. The Solar Plexus, or Third Chakra, governs life lessons involving your self esteem, a fear of rejection or an oversensitivity to criticism, distorted self-image, and a fear of your “secrets being found out”. Information stored in the Third Chakra involves your personal power, your personality, your sense of ‘knowing’ and your sense of belonging. An imbalance in the Third Chakra may manifest as a difficulty concentrating, a poor ability to make decisions, or to judge a situation accurately, a feeling that you are more important, or less than, than other people and trouble taking action or getting things done. Among the essential oils and flower essences used to balance the Third Chakra are yarrow, chamomile, peppermint, lemon juniper, vetivert, petigrain and marjoram. Click here to see fragrant oils. Foods that fuel the Third Chakra are granola, grains, pastas, breads, cereal, rice, flax seed, sunflower seeds, etc. Dairy foods like milk, cheese, and yogurt, and spices like ginger, mints, melissa, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, and fennel.|
|The Heart Chakra The Heart Chakra is in the heart. It is the center for unconditional love, tolerance, empathy, forgiveness, and compassion. It is the seat of the soul. Its color is green and the secondary color is pink. Gemstones like rose or green quartz, ruby zoisite, watermelon, pink or green tourmaline, aventurine, malachite, jade, emeralds, moss agate, peridot, and pink saphire are useful for bringing this chakra into harmony. Click here to see Gemstones. The Heart, or Fourth Chakra, governs life lessons involving love and compassion, self confidence and self acceptance, inspiration and hope, generosity, and on the flip side, feelings of despair, hate, envy, fear, jealousy, and anger. Information stored in the Heart Chakra includes the connections or "heart strings" to those we love. An imbalance in the Heart Chakra may be felt as a lack of self discipline, difficulty in relationships, attempts to live vicariously through others, and depending on someone else for your happiness. Among the essential oils and flower essences used to balance the Fourth Chakra are holly, poppy, rose, eucalyptus and pine, bergamot, melissa, jasmine or rosewood. Click here to see fragrant oils. Foods that fuel the Heart Chakra are leafy greens and vegetables like spinach, kale, dandelion greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, squash, etc. liquids like green and herbal teas, and spices such as basil, sage, thyme, cilantro, and parsley.|
|The Brow Chakra The Brow Chakra is located in the center of the brain (not the center of the forehead), and is also known as "the Third Eye". This chakra governs spiritual direction and wisdom. It is the seat of dreams, inner vision, and the spiritual life. Its color is indigo or shades of dark blue. Gemstones like lapis lazuli, purple flourite, sugalite, azurite or sodalite compliment this Chakra. Click here to see Gemstones. Life lessons centering around the Brow Chakra include understanding, “reality checks”, detachment, open mindedness, trusting your intuition and insights, and developing your psychic abilities. Self-realization, and releasing hidden and repressed negative thinking. The information stored within the Third Eye Chakra include seeing things clearly (symbolically or literally), wisdom, intuition, and intellect. An imbalance in the Sixth Chakra might be felt as a learning disability, co-ordination problems, or sleep disorders. Among the essential oils and flower essences used to balance the Sixth Chakra are wild oat, Queen Anne's Lace, madia, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, spruce, frankincense, patchouli, elemi or clary sage. Click here to see fragrant oils. Foods that fuel the Brow Chakra include dark bluish colored fruits such as blueberries, red and concord grapes, black berries, raspberries, etc. and liquids such as red wines and grape juice, and spices like lavender, poppy seed, and mugwort.|
|The Crown Chakra The Crown Chakra is located at the crown of the head. It balances the inner and outer person, and is the connection for the higher self. It is the channel through which we receive divine guidance, purpose and wisdom. Its color is purple, the secondary color is clear or white. Gemstones like amethyst, clear quartz, diamonds, moldavite, and peacock ore are perfect for bringing the crown charka into alignment and balance. Click here to see Gemstones. Life lessons to be learned through the Crown Chakra are intuitive knowing, integration of the whole Self, spirituality, living in the now, discovery of the Divine, the ability to see the big picture in the stream of Life, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics, trust, selflessness, humanitarianism. The information stored in the Seventh Chakra includes your connection to the Divine, your life’s purpose, your connection to past lives, and Immortality. An imbalance in the Crown Chakra may be felt as lack of purpose, loss of meaning or identity, mental illness, and senility. Among the essential oils and flower essences used to balance the Seventh Chakra are lotus, angelica, star tulip, frankincense, sandalwood, myrrh, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, lavender, angelica or St. John's Wort. Click here to see fragrant oils.|