When Siddhartha listened to this river, to this song of a thousand voices; when he did not listen to the sorrow or laughter, when he did not bind his soul to any one particular voice and absorb it in his Self, but heard them all, the whole, the unity; then the great song of a thousand voices consisted of one word: Om – perfection.

- Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen Valladares
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      Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you will want to become acquainted with the chakra system and create your own routines and tools for cleansing and balancing your chakras.

      Chakras are etheric but very real energy centers within and around your body. You may “see,” “feel” or experience the chakras as spinning (in a clockwise direction) vortexes of energy, or spinning balls of light. There are hundreds of chakras throughout the body, but most traditions focus on the 7 major chakras, from the root to the crown (see chart below). I also like to include my feet chakras (in the center of the bottom of the feet), hand chakras (in the palms), and ear chakras (just above your physical ears) in any clearing techniques that I use.

      Why are the chakras so important? When you understand that we are more than our physical body, then you also understand that is as just as important to pay attention to and take care of our non-physical, or energy body. Many of these non-physical points where the chakras lie are in fact, connected with physical parts of our body and thus, it can affect us physically when our chakras are closed, dirty, or enlarged. Each chakra is also connected with different emotional and developmental issues. Because they are energy centers, the chakras are constantly affected by the energies we are around and by the energies projected by our thoughts and feelings. For example, if you are having issues concerning power (such as not recognizing your own power or overexerting your power), your solar plexus chakra may shrink, become enlarged, or become murky. As a result, you may also begin to experience physical pain or discomfort in the stomach area, where this chakra is located.

      The good news is that it simply takes our intention and attention to the chakras to regain our health and sense of balance. When your chakras are open, clear, and all the same size, you will feel more balanced and peaceful. You will also experience greater intuition and perception and an increased ability to receive divine guidance. If you want to more clearly see, hear, feel and know the messages that are coming from your angels and guides, clearing your chakras on a regular basis will help immensely!

      There are many methods for clearing your chakras and often, it can be done any time, any where. You can use meditation, yoga, visual exercises, crystals and affirmations (see suggestions below), just to name a few. In any practice, it is always helpful to visualize the color of each chakra. I love to do this while walking in nature. You can focus on different objects in nature that represent the chakra colors or simply imagine the colors in your mind’s eye and just allow those colors to wash over, around and through your body.

      For more information on this subject, including many wonderful clearing exercises, and an outstanding chakra clearing meditation on CD, I highly recommend Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing book and CD (see Suggested Books and Websites).
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Below is a description of the seven chakras.

Root Chakra     Sacral Chakra     Solar Plexus Chakra
Heart Chakra     Throat Chakra     Third Eye Chakra
Crown Chakra

 





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Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation

Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.

Chakra One - Root Chakra
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Location - Base of Spine
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Color - Red
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Corresponding Issue - Survival, Physical Needs, Material and Monetary Concerns, Tribal/Family Issues

CHAKRA AFFIRMATION:
cleansing technique for the root chakra

I am willing to release all fears, worries and concerns about money, my career, safety, and protection.

I know that I am perfectly protected and that all my needs are met abundantly.

Note: These affirmations are compiled from Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing meditations and my own experiences.

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Water, Emotional identity, oriented to self-gratification

The second chakra, located in the abdomen, lower back, and sexual organs, is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.

Chakra Two - Sacral Chakra
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Location - 3 to 4 inches below Solar Plexus
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Color - Orange
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Corresponding Issue - Physical Desires, Appetites, Addictions, Emotional Balance

CHAKRA AFFIRMATION:
cleansing technique for the sacral chakra

I release all my desires and appetites to the light. I release any fears or negative thoughts that keep me from knowing peace, harmony and balance.

All of my thoughts and emotions flow harmoniously. All of my desires are perfectly balanced.

Note: These affirmations are compiled from Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing meditations and my own experiences.

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Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition

This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.

Chakra Three - Solar Plexus Chakra
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Location - Stomach area, between navel and base of sternum
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Color - Yellow
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Corresponding Issue - Personal Power and Control

CHAKRA AFFIRMATION:
cleansing technique for the solar plexus chakra

I am willing to release all my fears and struggles that have to do with power and control.

I fully step into my power now. It is safe for me to be powerful and I accept my God-given power to be used in the service of love and light.

Note: These affirmations are compiled from Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing meditations and my own experiences.

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Air, Social identity, oriented to self-acceptance

This chakra is called the heart chakra and is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.

Chakra Four - Heart Chakra
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Location - Center of Chest
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Color - Emerald Green
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Corresponding Issue - Love, Relationships, Realization of Oneness

CHAKRA AFFIRMATION:
cleansing technique for the heart chakra

I willingly release all fears, concerns and worries about giving and receiving love.

My heart is open and flows freely with love for myself and others. I allow myself to easily give and receive love.

Note: These affirmations are compiled from Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing meditations and my own experiences.

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Sound, Creative identity, oriented to self-expression

This is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language.

Chakra Five - Throat Chakra
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Location - Adam’s Apple, Throat area
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Color - Light Blue
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Corresponding Issue - Communication, Speaking Your Truth

CHAKRA AFFIRMATION:
cleansing technique for the throat chakra

I willingly release all fears and negativity that block me from speaking my truth.

I lovingly speak my truth and allow my Higher Self to speak through me. I use my words to create beauty in this world.

Note: These affirmations are compiled from Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing meditations and my own experiences.

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Light, Archetypal identity, oriented to self-reflection

This chakra is known as the brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture."

Chakra Six - Third Eye Chakra
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Location - Above and Between Eyebrows
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Color - Indigo, Dark Blue
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Corresponding Issue - Clairvoyance, Intuition

CHAKRA AFFIRMATION:
cleansing technique for the third eye chakra

I willingly release all fears of seeing the past, present and future. I release any fears I have of seeing loving beings of light.

It is safe for me to see the truth. My vision is perfectly ordered and illuminated by love.

Note: These affirmations are compiled from Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing meditations and my own experiences.

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Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge

This is the crown chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.

Chakra Seven - Crown
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Location - Top of the Head
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Color - Violet, Royal Purple
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Corresponding Issue - Spirituality

CHAKRA AFFIRMATION:
cleansing technique for the crown chakra

I allow the light to dissolve away any barriers to my receiving Divine wisdom and guidance. I release all fears about listening to my Higher Self, God, my angels and spirit guides.

I know that I am safe as I follow my inner spiritual guidance. I allow this guidance to lead me to beautiful opportunities where I share my true nature as a powerful, loving, spiritual being. I listen, I trust, I take guided action.

Note: These affirmations are compiled from Doreen Virtue’s Chakra Clearing meditations and my own experiences.

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