by Kelly Lingen Mahieu
(illustration: Tapestry based on the artwork of Paul Heussenstamm)
People are becoming increasingly familiar with the term “chakra,” but what does the word “chakra” actually mean? Simply put, a chakra is an energetic wheel in your body. There are seven main chakras, each a spiritual center that connects to all parts of the body – emotional, mental, and physical, in addition to the spiritual. Translated from Sanskrit, the word “chakra” literally means “disc” or “wheel.”
If you’re somewhat acquainted with the chakra centers in the body, you’ve probably wondered about the different ways you can open and balance them. How do you keep your energetic wheels healthy? There are actually several different ways to keep your chakras on the up and up, and most of them are simple and inexpensive. You can easily incorporate any or all of the following into your daily routine for optimum chakra health!
Color is perhaps the most common association with the chakras, and the great thing about it is it couldn’t be easier to use. You can utilize color by wearing it (clothing and jewelry), surrounding yourself with color in your home or office decor, using colored lights and candles, eating a variety of colorful foods (I’m not talking Skittles here – more along the lines of a colorful salad!), working with different colored crystals, incorporating certain colors into your creative projects or artwork, and so much more.
As I mentioned with color, crystals are excellent helpers when it comes to opening, balancing, aligning or healing chakras. Just choose a crystal or stone of the color you would like to work with, and then put it to work by carrying it, wearing it in jewelry, placing it in your space (or in a crystal grid), making a crystal elixir or vibrational spray, or laying the crystal directly on the affected chakra.
Essential oils can be extremely beneficial for your chakras, and they’re easy to use! Diffuse oil throughout your home or office, substitute it for your favorite perfume or cologne, add it to your bath water, or simply apply a drop or two to the area surrounding the chakra you’re working on.
*Please use caution when applying essential oils directly on the body. It’s recommended that you use a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil with certain essential oils – especially if you have sensitive skin.
Yep, that’s what I said! Elementals or nature spirits such as fairies, mermaids, gnomes, elves, salamanders, sylphs, and more can be called upon for chakra healing. Each chakra center corresponds to an element (or more than one), and you can kindly ask specific elementals to assist you if you’re in need of some healing. How do you go about doing this? You can draw on elemental energy by creating a small alter or space (in or outdoors) to honor a particular element, make time to go out in nature specifically for healing, or just by observing a particular element in action. For example, visit a lake or stream if you’d like to call on water elementals such as mermaids, naiads, or undines. *Please note that elementals love to help those who are mutually helpful to them, so if you ask for their guidance or assistance, do something nice for them in return. They love to help those who keep the environment clean and anyone who is kind to animals.
Now that you’re more familiar with some ways to work with your chakras, here are some correspondences to get you started:
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Crystals: Red Jasper, Garnet, Bloodstone
Oils: Frankincense, Myrrh, Sandalwood
Elementals: Elves, Gnomes, Brownies, Tree Spirits
Sanskrit Name: Svadisthana
Crystals: Carnelian, Orange Calcite
Oils: Orange, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Elementals: Mermaids, Naiads, Selkies, Undines
Solar Plexus Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Crystals: Citrine, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Jasper
Oils: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lemon
Elementals: Salamanders, Djinn
Sanskrit Name: Anahata
Color: Green or Pink
Crystals: Watermelon Tourmaline, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz
Oils: Rose, Melissa, Neroli
Elementals: Sylphs, Flower Fairies
Sanskrit Name: Visuddha
Color: Light Blue
Crystals: Blue Lace Agate, Blue Chalcedony, Blue Quartz, Blue Calcite
Oils: Geranium, Lavender, Sage
Third Eye Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Ajna
Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite
Oils: Clary Sage, Palo Santo, Jasmine
Elementals: All, but Air Elementals such as Sylphs and Fairies can be especially beneficial
Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Crystals: Amethyst, Sugilite, Apophyllite, Clear Quartz
Oils: Helichrysum, Frankincense, Rose, Lotus
Kelly has recently studied under Doreen Virtue to become a certified Fairyologist. In addition to her love for the nature angels, she also loves the mineral kingdom! Kelly is a Master Crystologist, having completed Melody’s Levels I & II Laying on of Hands, Laying on of Stones workshops, as well as studying under Certified Crystal Healer Ashley Leavy and DaEl Walker. Her knowledge of healing crystals and stones combined with her love for the fairy realm creates a reading experience unlike any other. She works and gives fairy readings at Mimosa, and is the creator of Lingen Oracles.
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