It has long been believed that a balanced Chakra system can lead to a healthier, happier life, and I've seen this happen first hand. Everything in the world emits energy including you, me, our surrounding environment, plants, animals, and the earth we walk on. The Chakras are a system of energy points in our bodies that help regulate the energy we experience in different ways. In today's modern and busy world, there are many influences surrounding us that can either drain us or energize us and often cause our Chakras to become unbalanced. Unbalanced Chakras can leave us feeling depleted, tired, overwhelmed, and even over-excited. Here is a little about what the seven Chakras are and how they affect you (starting from top to bottom) ... when you better understand what each Chakra represents, you will better understand what is happening in your life.
The Seventh Chakra is the Crown Chakra, located at the crown of the head. This is the connection between the physical and non-physical, and relates to conscious awareness. It is your link to intuition and conscious thought. It gives you perception beyond what you can "think" and allows for "aha" moments, shedding light on what may have previously seemed impossible. The Seventh Chakra represents inspiration, spirit, unity, divine wisdom, and understanding. In balance, this Chakra brings you wisdom and a true spiritual connection. You contribute to humanity by following your intuitive guidance and being true to yourself.
The Sixth Chakra is the Third Eye Chakra and is located in the center of the forehead. This Chakra is your conscious mind and center for clear vision and insight. It gives you the ability to see beyond normal vision. This intuitive connection allows you to see the big picture and how you fit into it. Once you have vision, you can then effectively implement ways to realize your vision. The Sixth Chakra relates to imagination, intuitive vision, insight and perception beyond. When in balance you see the big picture clearly and have a sense of purpose in life.
The Fifth Chakra is the Throat Chakra. It is located in the center of the throat and relates to communication and self-expression. This is the Chakra of true communication and creative expression through words. It also relates to individuality and the integration of all aspects of the self. In balance, the Fifth Chakra allows true communication through self-expression and the freedom to express without limitations.
The Fourth Chakra, the Heart Chakra, is located at the heart and is responsible for feelings that connect you to others. This Chakra is where your inner identity process begins, and where you experience unconditional love. It is the link between your internal and external self. Through the Heart Chakra you experience feelings that help to guide you on your life path. There is a desire to build upon the unknown through intuition (instead of logic), creating a bridge between body/mind and heart/soul. The Fourth Chakra also relates to acceptance, understanding, compassion, and love. In balance, you have the ability to speak through your heart and feel connected to all of life.
The Third Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, is located at the solar plexus below the heart, right between where your ribs meet, and is your concrete mind. Related to your computer brain, will, and personal power, this Chakra has to do with your personality, your social identity, and your will to achieve. The Third Chakra connects the material world and your external identity. It is the beginning of the logical, linear mind. Here you look to your external environment in order to adapt to it. What appears on the surface is not necessarily what is underneath. When in balance you have energy, a positive self-image, and the will to carry out your life purpose.
The Second Chakra, also called the Sacral Chakra, is located in the lower abdomen just below the navel and is another feeling center. It relates to creativity and sexuality. The Second Chakra allows us to connect to others through feelings, desire, and sensation; it relates to giving, receiving and working harmoniously and creatively with others. The Second Chakra is associated with the female reproductive organs and is feeling and receptive in nature. In balance, you have depth of feeling, creativity, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to work harmoniously with others.
The First Chakra, or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine at the coccyx. It is the most physical and the foundation for the rest of the Chakra system. It represents your connection to mother earth and how grounded you are in your actions. The First Chakra relates to matters of the physical body, food, shelter, clothing, and feeling safe and secure in your body and environment. The male reproductive organs are located at the First Chakra, so the energy is more physical and assertive by nature. In balance you are centered, grounded, and secure in your body and environment.
Chakras 1-3 relate to your identity and the material world - who you are, whom you aspire to be, how others view you, and how you represent yourself to the world. The First Chakra is physical and relates most to male/testosterone energy. The Second Chakra is emotional and relates most to female/estrogen energy. The Third Chakra is mental and relates to the cognitive brain. These Chakras represent your personal foundation, programming, and conditioning based on your early life influences including parents, family, school, religion, culture, friends, etc. It represents how you manifest ... how your life circumstances, other people, environment, culture, religion, and other influences control you.
Chakras 4-7 represent conscious awareness and your relation to the big picture. With these Chakras you have access to your heart, voice, vision, and intuition to create your life rather than react to it.
If you live primarily out of Chakras 1-3, then programming controls Chakras 4-7 and limits your experiences. Circumstances and environment color your emotions. Your voice and communication speak these limitations, your vision validates your beliefs with tunnel vision, and you see intuition as crazy ideas (if you see your intuition at all). When you break free from the conditioning that takes you away from your innate nature, you are able to easily connect to your true self. When connected to your true self, you are rooted in your identity and not affected by external influences.
Balancing the Chakras can help you experience what it is like to be fully present and guided to follow your unique path in life. So, how do we balance all these Chakras anyhow? There are several ways to help with this:
Receiving a Reiki treatment from a trained and attuned Reiki practitioner can be an experience like no other. Reiki, pronounced ray-key, is a hands-on healing modality that quiets the mind and calms the emotions. After a session with Teri Kotantoulas, Reiki Master, your Seven Chakras will be balanced and you'll leave with a feeling of inner peace and calm within. It is during these moments of peacefulness that you get a glimpse of who you are meant to be and what you are meant to accomplish. (Click the picture to learn more about Reiki treatments.)
Gemstones and essential oils. Each Chakra is associated with certain colors and essential oils. Incorporating these gemstones and essential oils in your daily lifestyle can help maintain the balance and sense of peace you are seeking. I am now offering custom blended high quality pure essential oils and organic jojoba oil, paired with gemstone roller bottles, to help you achieve this goal. Gemstone Roller Bottles available include Black Obsidian, Red Jasper, Orange Carnelian, Yellow Calcite, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz, Sodalite, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Rainbow Flourite, and Clear Quartz. Explore the many options and pairings offered including blends for Calm, Balance, Tranquility, Untangle, Renew, Comfort, Happy, Unwind, Grateful, Energize, Sunshine, Invigorate, Courage, Truth, Exhilarate, Pleasant, Joy, Collected, Create, Motivate, Focus, Center, and others. Ask about these unique pairings at your next visit to the spa, or contact me to set up a time to come in and explore.
Gemstone bracelets and necklaces are a wonderful addition to your lifestyle, providing the positive energy you crave to get you through your day.
I personally handcraft my TLK Chakra Chic gemstone bracelets, and then charge them with Reiki energy before offering them to you. The energy of each bracelet is pure, balanced, and healing. Each bracelet is grounded with hematite in addition to the Chakra it is crafted to balance. I have also sourced a variety of genuine and beautiful gemstone necklaces, and charge each with Reiki energy so that you get pure, positive energy from each necklace. Be sure to take a look at them the next time you're in the spa and choose which to take home with you, or call me to schedule a time to come in and explore.
Now that you know a little more about your Chakras and what they do, you can start your journey to balanced, positive energy, and know that I am here to help you along the way.