Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara (“Sah-has-ah-rah”)
Sanskrit Name Meaning: Thousandfold
Location: top of the head
Color: white, gold or violet
Stones: clear quartz, rutilated quartz, or amethyst
Function: connects us to our higher self, the divine, the timeless, and the higher truth
Related Illnesses: Skin disorders, chronic fatigue not related to a physical illness or disorder
Deities: Obatala, Shiva, Isis
The Crown Chakra
The Crown Chakra is where our connection with the Big “G” occurs. When functioning properly, a person will feel the work of the divine in there life. When not functioning properly, the person will feel disconnected from the universe and will not seek spiritual enlightenment.
Sanskrit Name: Ajna (“Ah-shnah”)
Sanskrit Name Meaning: To perceive
Location: An inch above where the two eyebrows meet the nose (commonly referred to as the “third eye”)
Color: indigo blue
Stones: kyanite, lapis lazuli, amethyst, sodalite
Function: opens the psychic abilities allowing us to see the bigger picture.
Related Illnesses: Chronic headache, sinusitis, brain tumor, seizures, vison problems, aneurysms, allergies, stroke
Deities: Nana Buruku, Oya
The Brow Chakra
The Brow Chakra, also commonly referred to the third eye, is where we experience intuition and insight. When it is functioning properly, a person is able to receive psychic flashes (in any form) and trust those intuitive revelations. When not functioning properly, a person will not be able to access their own internal visions or receive psychic messages.
Sanskrit Name: Vissudha (“Vees-shoe-duh”)
Sanskrit Name Meaning: Purification
Location: the vocal cord region of the neck
Color: sky blue or turquoise
Stones: amazonite, blue topaz, blue calcite, blue lace agate
Function: related to communication, creativity and self-identity, and allows us to understand the world through vibration
Related Illnesses: Thyroid dysorders, tonsillitis, chronic sore throat or laryngitis, esophageal cancer, mouth uclers/cancer, gum dysorders, TMJ, swollen lymph nodes
Deities: Ellegua, Woden, Ogma
The Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra is our communication center. When functioning properly, a person can freely speak their truth. When not functioning properly, an individual will not be able to communicate effectively. Either what they say always seems to not be understood or they simply can’t communicate at all.
The throat chakra is one of the chakras that is most commonly overractive where another chakra is deficient. In this situation, an individual will speak too much without saying anything of value or simply just be a liar.
Throat Chakra Story
L. had a deficient heart chakra and an overactive throat chakra. This situation probably arose because he grew up with alcoholic mother and an absentee father. When L.’s feelings were hurt (heart chakra), his first response was to get very loud (throat chakra), as a defensive mechanism. When that didn’t work, L.’s second instinct was to lie. Big lies, little lies, it really didn’t matter. Rather than face some unpleasant truth about himself, he would simply lie about it and hope it would go away.
L.’s life has not been pleasant. He has lost everything and had to rebuild from scratch several times now. He’s lost at least one relationship because of his lying and his inability to have a stable relationship. It is unclear at this point if L. has found any resolution to his issue but recently, he was able to clear some karma when he delivered some critical information to one his ex-wives.
Sanskrit Name: Anahata (“Ah-nah-ha-ta”)
Sanskrit Name Meaning: Unstruck
Location: in the center of the chest
Color: green or pink
Stones: aventurine, jade, rose quartz, rhodochrosite
Function: Connects the upper chakras to the lower chakras in perfect balance of unconditional/universal love and compassion
Related Illnesses: Breast cancer, asthma or allergies, lung cancer, bronchitis, all heart dysfunctions, and upper back and shoulder pain
Deities: Yemaya, Kuan Yin, Frigg, Oshun, Ariadne, Hina
The Heart Chakra
This chakra is our compassion center and is essential in forming emotional bonds between ourselves and others. If your heart chakra is functioning properly, you will be able to both give and receive love freely. Someone who has had heart chakra issues will have a difficult time connecting emotionally with people and may seem detached and distant in their personal relationships.
Abuse, long-term neglect or a series of unhealed emotional wounds may leave a heart chakra deficient or completely closed. While the heart chakra may be considered feminine in nature, both men and women can equally suffer from deficiencies with this chakra. When the heart chakra is overactive, it will normally manifest as an overemotional individual. A person may feel to much and always be at the mercy of their feelings.
Heart Chakra Story
T. has suffered from a closed heart chakra her whole life. She grew up in a dysfunctional family, filled with extraneous drama from day one. T. reported that she was told many times growing up that her pain was not as important as others and she should just “get over it.” As a young adult she found that her relationships were based on sex (a symptom of an overactive sacral chakra) not love (the heart chakra). She was unable to connect with her romantic partners, and would cheat on them whenever the opportunity arose.
It wasn’t until T. began a spiritual path in her mid-twenties that she was diagnosed with a closed heart chakra. Besides her relationship troubles, T. was also completely unable to feel energy due to the blockage. It took almost a year of work before she was able to unblock the chakra. When it did finally crack open, she found herself an emotional wreck for the next couple of months. She would cry and cry and then cry some more for no reason whatsoever. Once cleared however, T. was finally able to experience spiritual energy for herself. T. knows that her heart chakra is her weakest point on her energetic body and every couple of years she will have to work on it and clear out the residual pain.
Sanskrit Name: Manipura (“Mahn-ee-poo-rah”)
Sanskrit Name Meaning: Lustrous Gem
Location: just below the upward curve of the ribs
Stones: amber, citrine, yellow topaz, golden tiger eye, yellow calcite
Function: rules our personal power, sense of self, will, autonomy, self confidence, and metabolism
Related Illnesses: Eating disorders, liver dysfunction or hepatitis, diabeties, ulcers, arthritis, pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, and acid reflux
Deities: Oshun, Miach, Babaluaye, Lugh
The Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra is responsible for our sense of self confidence and our willpower. A person will a fully functioning solar plexus chakra will feel comfortable in their own skin and will have no problem saying “No” to something. When deficient, the person is the world’s door mat, having no discernable boundaries. When overactive, the person will trample over other people’s boundaries and becomes a bully.
Sanskrit Name: Svadhisthana (“Svahd-Heast-Hahnah”)
Sanskrit Name Meaning: Sweetness
Location: the “squishy insides” just below the belly button
Stones: carnelian or sunstone
Function: it connects us to the world through feeling, desire, sensuality, passion, and creativity, and source of the ability to nurture yourself and nurture other people
Related Illnesses: Ob/gyn problems or disorders, urinary track problems, pelvic or lower back pain, impotency, sciatica, sexual dysfunctions
Deities: Pomba Gira, Mary Magdalene, Chango, Epona,Rhiannon
The Sacral Chakra
Simply put, the Sacral Chakra is our sexual center. A person will a fully functioning sacral chakra will be able to enjoy sex, whether in the giving or receiving roles. When the sacral chakra is deficient, the person is unable to fully express themselves as sexual beings. The person may be frigid or simply unable to orgasm. When overactive, the individual will be overly promiscuous, sex addict or a chronic masturbator.
Sacral Chakra Story
S. had a blocked sacral chakra. The blockage was diagnosed after S. started dating a Reiki practioner who noticed his great difficulty in achieving orgasm. S. has spent many years in a bad relationship and had stored all of his pain and frustration into the sacral chakra.
The Reiki practioner, believing in the bulldozer method of clearing chakra blockages, called in the Pomba Gira to assist. The Pomba Gira shot so much energy into S. that he spent the next 45 minutes with his eyes rolled up into the back of head only being able to see the color orange. After he came back to his senses, the blockage was cleared and S. was able to achieve orgasms normally. Over the years, his blockage has returned when he is under great stress, but those blocks are easily eliminated.
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (“Moo-lah-Dar-Uh”)
Sanskrit Name Meaning: Root
Location: at the end of the tailbone or pubic bone
Element: fire and earth
Stones: red tiger eye, red jasper, garnet, ruby
Function: survival chakra that connects us with our needs, grounding, balance, stability, and ultimately procreation
Related Illnesses: Lower back pain, depression, immune-related disorders, sciatica, colon or prostate cancers, varicose veins
Deities: Brigid, Cernunnos, Ogoun, Thor
The Root Chakra
The Root Chakra is our survival center, impacting our physical needs of food, shelter and the need for elimination. When it is functioning properly, a person feels well-grounded, is able to provide the basic necessities of life for themselves and let go of the things they do not need. When not functioning properly, a person will have trouble prioritizing for the basic necessities, have grounding issues or will not be able to let anything go. When the root chakra is overactive, hoarding may be an issue.