Understanding the 7 Chakras and How They Can Help You Heal
In the world of wellness and healing, “chakra” is a term being thrown around a lot. As in, “clear your chakras and you’ll solve all your problems.” Okay, so it’s maybe not that extreme, but we’ve seen many a celeb and lay person jump on the chakra bandwagon—and because we think it’s important to understand the foundations of trends before we adopt them, we chatted with Nikki Novo, best-selling author, intuitive dating coach and certified hypnotherapist, about why chakras are so important (and yes, how they can really contribute to your holistic healing!).
What Is a Chakra?
According to Nikki, chakras are “energy centers throughout your body that represent an emotional, spiritual or physical state of being.” They’re an energetic wheel through which prana, or life force, circulates.
Why Are Chakras Important?
In order to feel centered, says Nikki, our bodies need to have a healthy flow of energy. “If a chakra is blocked, the flow is blocked, therefore causing internal chaos.” When we release those blockages by becoming familiar with our chakras and spotting imbalances, we can use our chakras to open up areas of our lives that once felt stuck, she says.
That’s why the wellness world touts chakras as powerful ways to promote healing—they change the way the energy moves through our bodies and give us more access to our health.
Understanding the 7 Chakras
Each chakra is associated with a color found in the rainbow. When we understand them, we gain access to a better understanding of ourselves and we can better relate to our surrounding environment. Utilizing the power of chakras is a little like tapping into the well of wisdom that your body holds. By diving into each chakra and its associations, you can feel what resonates with you—and take each chakra’s spiritual activity as a way to help clear whatever blocks you’re feeling, to live a more vibrant life.
Location: Base of the spine
Qualities: Patience, structure, survival, stability, security, the ability to manifest your dreams, roots
Life Issues: To value the material as sacred, to find trust in place of despair, to persevere
Spiritual Activities (helpful in clearing the chakra): Noticing the beauty and perfection of the natural world
Location: Two inches below the navel and two inches into the pelvis
Qualities: Well-being, sexuality, sensuality, pleasure, abundance, creativity, boundaries
Life Issues: To know what you are and what you do is enough; to have enough rest, food, exercise, fun and money; to not link self-world with what you do or have
Spiritual Activities (helpful in clearing the chakra): Meditation, celibacy, fasting
Solar Plexus Chakra
Location: Directly below the sternum and over the stomach
Qualities: Self-worth, self-esteem, confidence, personal power, personal freedom
Life Issues: To develop a strong and resilient self-esteem, to know you are worthy simply because you exist
Spiritual Activities (helpful in clearing the chakra): Leadership programs, psychotherapy, amateur dramatics, appreciating solitude
Location: Middle of the chest
Qualities: Love, relationships, vulnerability, our ability to be open, acceptance
Life Issues: To let love be the center of your life
Spiritual Activities (helpful in clearing the chakra): Learning to love yourself first, open your heart, prayer, healing, music
Location: The internal and external throat
Qualities: Communication, self-expression, truthfulness, integrity
Life Issues: To express your highest truth
Spiritual Activities (helpful in clearing the chakra): Chanting, journaling, public speaking, writing
Third Eye Chakra
Location: Between the eyebrows
Qualities: Wisdom, discernment, imagination, knowledge, intuition
Life Issues: To focus your intelligence, to know what is right and wrong for you; to channel your wisdom and share
Spiritual Activities (helpful in clearing the chakra): Reading positive books or watching positive films, reflection, visualization, clarity
Location: Top of the skull
Qualities: Oneness, spirituality, connection to God
Life Issues: Realization of your connection to all that is; relationship with the divine
Spiritual Activities (helpful in clearing the chakra): Prayer, meditation
Interested in learning more? Check out Nikki’s heart chakra meditation or read about the five crystals every entrepreneur should know about.