Seven Main Chakras of the Body at Source Enlighten

The 7 Chakras

What are the 7 main chakras?

The chakras are wheels of energy that are located on certain parts of the body. The Sanskrit word for wheel is chakra . The 7 main chakras are also connected to the endocrine system of the body.


Colours are attached to each chakra and some clairvoyants allege that they can see these colours. They are red, orange, yellow, green, blue indigo and violet. If we could picture them we would see them as colourful rotating wheels of energy on the body, each chakra rotating at a different speed.

The lower level chakras, such as the root and sacral chakra is turning at a lower speed than the chakras that are located on the brow and crown. The first charka is located at the base of the spine and runs up through the central body to the crown of the head. Although they are fixed in the central spinal column they are located on both the front and back of the body.

The functioning of each chakra can range from each person and a constant balance between each chakra encourages health and well-being. If any of the chakras are blocked then universal energy is obstructed which can lead to disease of the body. If they are opened too much and are out of balance, this could cause a depletion of energy, resulting in tiredness.

Why would a chakra become blocked?

There could be many reasons why a person’s chakra is not functioning properly, this could include their environment, emotional trauma, what food they eat, exposure to harsh chemicals and even the actions they take. A normal functioning chakra means that it will be open to the universal flow of energy. In a healthy chakra, it will be spinning clockwise with the life force energy running through it.

Today, it is a rare occasion for someone to have a fully functioning chakra system but through incorporating the right lifestyle it is achievable for everyone.

First Chakra – The Root Chakra


The first of the main 7 chakras is the root chakra. This is located at the base of the spine by the tailbone. This is also where the kundalini energy is located, it is coiled at the bottom of the spine before it moves up through the remaining chakras to reach the crown.

The root chakra is connected to the earth and our primordial desires, including our basic needs and wants on earth and its Sanskrit name is muladhara.

When our root chakra is open and the energy is flowing freely we feel grounded and centred in our lives. Our outer world and relationships are healthy, we feel connected to nature and our physical needs including sex, food and material wealth are met. When the root chakra is blocked, we can feel depression, anxiety, fear, guilt and resentment. We may experience discontent in our outer world and we can even experience physical symptoms such as sciatica, colitis and impotence.

  • Colours connected to: Red, Brown and black
  • Body: Sex organs, hips, legs and lower back
  • Stones: Smoky quartz, black tourmaline and garnet
  • Element: Earth
  • Methods for opening the root chakra: Surround yourself in red, engage in physical activity such as yoga with a focus on opening the hips and keeping a healthy spine and practice meditation.

Second Chakra –  The Sacral Chakra

Sacral chakra

The second chakra is called the sacral chakra and is located below the navel, between the root chakra and the solar plexus chakra.

This sacral chakra regulates our emotional state, such as our creativeness, sexuality, intuition, self-love and our emotions. A person with an open sacral chakra will experience a sense of self-worth and will have confidence in their abilities. They will be balanced emotionally and will have an ability to be friendly and open with others both sexually and non-sexually. If the sacral chakra is blocked we may become emotionally unstable, jealous, emotionally manipulative, doubt ourselves and experience symptoms of self-hate, as well as experiencing outbursts of anger. We may also feel tired frequently and come out in physiological complaints including kidney and bladder infections, stiff lower back and bowel problems.

  • Colours: Orange
  • Body: Sexual organs (female), bladder, kidneys and large intestines
  • Stones: Tigers eye, carnelian agate and orange calcite
  • Element: Water
  • Methods for opening the sacral chakra: Surround yourself in orange, practice meditation and wear the gemstones associated with this chakra.

Third Chakra –  Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipuri)

solar plexus chakra

The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra; the Sanskrit name is manipuri. It is located below the breastbone and behind the stomach.

The manipuri chakra is where we hold our personal power and strength, our will. It controls our passions, strength, our ability to be creative and having the drive and strength to see something through. When the third chakra is blocked, you may feel indecisive, confused, weak, anxious about how others perceive you, you might lack confidence in your abilities and are co-dependent or easily susceptible to control and manipulation. This can lead to a host of physical ailments including, liver problems, diabetes, fatigue, digestive problems and food allergies. When your manipuri chakra is balanced, you are literally on fire, (as the fire element is connected to this chakra), you experience happiness, have confidence in your abilities, have direction, have self-respect, enjoy challenges and have a sense of power.

  • Colours: Yellow
  • Body: Liver, stomach, gall bladder and the smaller intestines
  • Stones: Yellow calcite, topaz and citrine
  • Element: Fire
  • Methods for opening the third chakra: Wear or surround yourself in yellow, practice meditation and develop the core area of your body to ignite the fire.

Fourth Chakra – Heart Chakra


The fourth chakra, often referred to as the heart chakra, (anahata) is located behind the breast bone. The heart chakra is the centre for love, empathy and an ability to feel and show compassion to all.

When the heart chakra is open, we are accessing higher levels of consciousness and we become connected to the divine and can access higher knowledge. The practice of spiritual observances or becoming vegetarian can help to balance this chakra. The heart chakra when open, literally opens the heart, a person will be able to give and receive love easily. If the heart chakra is blocked a person will not be able to show compassion or empathy for others because they are unable to love themselves. They may experience fear of getting hurt so will avoid close bonds, become selfish, become possessive and feel like they are unworthy of love. Physical illnesses could include high blood pressure, anxiety and insomnia. When the heart chakra is balanced, you will feel compassionate, see all things as equal and will see the good in people.

  • Colours: Green
  • Body: Heart, lungs, upper back and shoulders
  • Stones: Rose quartz, kunzite and watermelon tourmaline
  • Element: Air
  • Methods for opening fourth chakra: Wear green, volunteer, participate in hobbies you love and mediate on the heart chakra.

Fifth Chakra – Throat Chakra

Throat chakra

The fifth chakra is the throat chakra and is located at the lower part of the neck. This chakra is the centre of sound, speech and writing and it determines how we communicate with other people.

The throat chakra stores anger and resentment. If your throat chakra is blocked you may feel powerless in the way you express yourself, you might be overly quiet, feel weak and are timid. You can also develop physical illnesses such as skin irritation, ear infections, inflamed glands or throat and hyperthyroid dysfunction. When this chakra is balanced you might become inspired musically, you will be a good communicator and speaker and you’ll feel lighter and more positive.

  • Colours: Blue and light blue
  • Body: Throat, neck, vocal cords, ears, teeth, mouth and the thyroid glands
  • Stones: Azurite and aquamarine
  • Element: Air
  • Methods for opening the fifth chakra: Practice right speech, meditate and wear the gemstones connected to this chakra.

Sixth Chakra – Third Eye Chakra


The sixth chakra is the brow chakra and is more commonly known as the third eye chakra, due to its connection the pineal gland, (which looks like the shape of an eye). This chakra is located on the centre of the forehead and is the centre for our physic ability, higher knowledge and intuition, it connects us to the higher energies of the divine.

When this chakra is open, we are functioning on a higher frequency, the highest emotional frequency is love and is associated with this chakra. When we are vibrating at this higher frequency it is easier to eliminate negative thoughts. Through the third eye chakra a person can channel the divine and tune into their higher selves and they can access guidance from the divine when they want. They can also develop psychic abilities including, telepathy, astral travel, become aware of past lives, telekinesis and they generally become less attached to material possessions.

If the third eye chakra is not balanced you might feel constant negativity, you may become less assertive or are afraid of becoming successful. You could also experience mental blocks and become overly egotistical. Physical symptoms can include blurred vision, migraines and eyestrain.

  • Colours: Purple and dark blue
  • Body: Eyes, face, brain and the pineal gland
  • Stones: Lapis lazuli, amethyst and sodalite
  • Element: All elements combined
  • Methods for opening third eye chakra: Mediate and concentrate on your brow area. Lower your consumption of sodium fluoride which can cause your pineal gland to calcify.

Seventh Chakra – Crown Chakra


The seventh chakra is the crown chakra and it is located just behind the top of the skull. This is the centre of spirituality, enlightenment and provides us with a direct connection to source energy.

The crown chakra is the place where we connect to consciousness. The soul comes into the body through the crown at birth and it leaves from the crown at death. When all the chakras are balanced, and open, the life force energy that is coiled at the base of the spine rises through each chakra, at the point it reaches the crown chakra we become enlightened. At this level of consciousness we see all things as equal and feel profound love and peace. This is the point of nirvana and Samadhi. The goal of almost all gurus and Buddhist monks and nuns is to reach this state. It is what Buddhist’s refer to as nirvana and as Eckhart Tolle states,

“The secret is to die when we are alive”

When the crown chakra is blocked and unbalanced we will feel no joy, we become preoccupied with the past and future that we forget to live in the now, from this we experience feelings of frustration and depression.

  • Colours: Purple, violet and white
  • Body: Crown of head
  • Stones: Oregon opal, amethyst and quartz crystal
  • Element: No element but thought
  • Methods to open the crown chakra: Practice meditation and vision light emanating from your crown area. Practice mindfulness meditation.

If any of the 7 main chakras are imbalanced or blocked you can take small steps to rectify this. Purchase a gemstone that relates to each specific chakra and try wearing one or put one under your pillow at night. These gemstones vibrate at a specific frequency that correlate to each chakra and the more of that frequency that you surround yourself with, the more it will immerse in you.

Tibetan signing bowls are another alternative to open blocked chakras. Click the video below by Temple Sounds for a recommended 70 minutes of Tibetan Singing bowls to help open your 7 main chakras.

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