In our Level 1 Certification Class, we briefly discuss the chakra system (energy system) of the body and essences that support the 7 basic chakras. As a group, we then choose an essence for each chakra, anoint ourselves with those essences, and then I close that segment with a guided meditation to balance and align the chakras. Without exception, people in the class (even when I am teaching via Skype!) feel a profound sense of peace and harmony at the end of the meditation. So, in this Essential Thought, I felt it would be beneficial to briefly outline the 7 chakras and mention an essence or two in support of each. Thanks to several great internet sites, Greatdreams.com and TheBigBookofYoga.com, and Tom DeLiso for an article on the chakras found in the Hermes Reality Creator series for great resources for contributing to a greater understanding of the chakra system.
1st Chakra – Root Chakra…Survival, Security, Instinct….”I am able to take care of myself.” Located at the base of the spine (some sources say the perineum) this chakra houses the kundalini energy that rises upward through the spine, energizing all other chakras into full operation and potential. This chakra is where we hold our survival instinct and will to live. Usually represented as a dark reddish hue. Essences that support this chakra are Davana and Virginia “Red” Cedarwood.
2nd Chakra – Sacral Chakra…Sexuality, Emotions, Intimacy…”I embrace my emotions.” Located just above the pelvis, it is generally represented by the color Orange. It is the collection point for sensual and sexual energy in the body. It also governs our ability to establish and maintain intimate relationships. Essences that support the Sacral Chakra include Blood Red Orange and Ginger.
3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra…Willpower, Vitality, Self-Identity…”I am in charge of my life.” The solar plexus chakra is located (not surprisingly!) at the solar plexus, midway between your belly button and the bottom of your rib cage. It is generally represented by the color yellow. It is the most sensitive of the chakras, and the easiest chakra to “bleed energy.” Socially, an underdeveloped 3rd chakra can cause dominant behavior and self-centered behavior. Essences for the 3rd chakra include Indian Lemongrass and Clary Sage.
4th Chakra – Heart Chakra…Love, Compassion, Connectedness…”What would love do now?” Generally shown as green in color, and sometimes with a touch of pink, it is located near the heart/center of the chest. It houses the best of our humanity, and governs our ability to relate to and engage with others. It is the only chakra that can transmute the high-vibration energy that comes from the upper three chakras into a form that can be used by the physical body. Essences for the 4th chakra include Rose and Cardamon Seed (Green).
5th Chakra – Throat Chakra…Communication, Creativity…”I speak my truth.” The Throat Chakra is located at the neck. Usually represented as a blue color. This chakra is all about expression – communicating with the external and the internal worlds we inhabit. It is also about wordless expression…art, music, body language, etc. Essences to support this chakra include Blue Cypress and Laurel Leaf.
6th Chakra – Third Eye…Clairvoyance, Intuition, Psychic Senses…”I know that I know that I know!” (One of my favorite expressions!) This chakra is located between the eyes…it is often seen as a deep blue or indigo color. This chakra contains your ability to see things beyond the normal physical plane, and as such, is a source of intuition. A mis-aligned Third Eye Chakra can cause migraines, insomnia and acute sinusitis. Essences for this Chakra include Blue Tansy, Spikenard and Pinon or Ponderosa Pine Cone.
7th Chakra – Crown Chakra…Cosmic Consciousness, Enlightenment…”We are all one.” This chakra is most often represented as violet or white in color. It is located above the center of the top of the head. It is the place where our spiritual connection resides; it is also the place where life-force enters into the chakra system. As this chakra grows and opens, it encompasses the entire head…which is where the the images of deities with halos originated. This is also the source of the tradition of royalty wearing a crown, indicating that the individual was ruling with God/Spirit and not just ruling with the human self. Essences for this chakra include Frankincense, White Spruce and Highland Lavender.
The essences are amazing at enlivening, balancing and aligning the chakra system…clarity, energy, passion and insight flow more readily when this has been done. I have developed a Chakra Balance AromaKit, which includes two essences for each chakra and Geranium, the “Queen of Balance” as a balancer for the entire system. If you have not considered the chakra system in evaluating your physical, emotional and spiritual health…I heartily recommend that you do so. And remember, here, too, the plants and trees are your allies!
Just a brief schedule update: Level 1, Arcata, CA, July 27-28; Level 1 Santa Fe, NM December 7-8; Durango Whole Expo Sept. 7-8, Durango, CO; Next Level 2 Advanced Aromatherapy Retreat is October 2-6, near Sedona, AZ at Wisdom of the Earth. Please visit my website re class content information, and you can always contact me if you have questions or wish to register for any of these offerings.
Our latest Wisdom of the Earth newsletter is now available on the WOTE website: http://www.wisdomoftheearth.com/eventInfo/WordsofWisdom_Summer-2013.pdf
Blessings, and continue to enjoy your summer!! If you haven’t visited my new website yet, please take a few minutes and “look around”! Love, Audre