Essentially, chakras are channels of energy that run down the middle of your body. The seven chakras keep each other in check, with each one representing a specific type of energy, and when this balance is thrown off, it can have negative effects on both your physical and mental health. For example, if you suffer from seasonal depression, this may be due to an underactive crown chakra at the top of your head, or if you have an imbalance in your heart chakra, it may manifest itself as allergies or a weak immune system. Since each chakra is also associated with a certain color, color therapy has been shown to help restore balance to the affected chakra. To understand how color therapy can help you live a healthier life by balancing your chakras, it's important to understand what each chakra represents. Read on to find out about the seven different chakras, and how you can use color therapy to bring yourself back into balance:
The crown is the first chakra, located at the very top of your head. It is governed by the brain and most closely associated with beauty, creativity, and inspiration. The violet energy connects us with our thoughts, feelings, and spiritual self.
If your violet chakra is open, then you are generally creative and self-sacrificing for others, and have a strong higher sense of self.
When your violet chakra is blocked or underactive, you might feel depressed or unmotivated, or experience a low sense of self. When it is overactive, you might be prone to feeling superior to others and be disconnected from reality, living more in a fantasy land than real life.
This chakra, also known as the third eye, is located in between your eyes. It is governed by the eyes, head, and sinuses and associated with intuition and fear.
A person with an open indigo chakra is highly intuitive and faithful and has a clear vision of situations and experiences.
A person with an underactive indigo chakra usually has an inability to trust their intuition. On the other hand, if this chakra is overactive, a person might be spacey or have a tendency to live in a dream world.
The blue chakra is located in the throat and is associated with the health of your lungs and throat. An over- or underactive blue chakra could contribute to a number of health problems, including asthma, thyroid issues, and hearing difficulties.
A healthy and open blue chakra not only leads to good thyroid and respiratory health, but also has a calming effect. People with an open blue chakra are loyal, trustworthy, and peaceful.
If the blue chakra is under- or overactive it could lead to unfaithfulness, self-righteousness, and a cold attitude.
The green heart chakra is closely related to the heart and our ability to care. When the green chakra is fully open, the person is likely to be very compassionate, generous, and loving.
When this chakra is over- or underactive, it could lead to indifference, jealousy, and bitterness. It is also associated with health problems with the heart and breasts, like cancer or heart disease.
Solar Plexus: Yellow
The yellow chakra is situated in the solar plexus, just behind the ribs. The liver, spleen, stomach, and intestines govern it.
A healthy, open yellow chakra leads to optimism, practicality, and confidence. A yellow chakra that is underactive is sometimes associated with health problems such as diabetes and ulcers. An overactive yellow chakra is associated with feelings of inferiority and pessimism.
The orange chakra is located in the lower abdomen. Problems with the sacral chakra are associated with health issues related to the uterus, ovaries, and testes.
Those with an open orange chakra are very sociable, independent, and happy. On the other hand, an under- or overactive orange chakra can lead to unhappiness, over-dependency, and isolation.
The final chakra is red and is found at the very base of the spine. Spinal, leg, hip, kidney, and bladder health are all associated with an open red chakra. Feelings of strength, security, and courage are also related to a healthy red chakra.
A red chakra that is overactive could lead to aggressiveness, while an underactive red chakra leads to insecurities, fear, and self-pity.
Each color associated with the 7 chakras has a strong ability to improve the health of that chakra. If you feel that one of your chakras is out of balance, simply increasing or decreasing the amount of its associated color that you're surrounded with each day can help. For example, if an unbalanced throat chakra is causing insomnia, it could be helpful to fill your bedroom with calming blue colors. To find out more information about which of your chakras are open, overactive, or underactive, take this simple quiz. When you get your results, make an effort to bring more colors from the underactive chakras into your life.
Of course, if your health issues are more serious, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor. However, color therapy could be a great way to holistically improve your health and wellness, either on its own or in combination with other efforts.
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