So we’ve talked about crystals and we’ve discussed meditation, now it’s time to combine them and add a third element: chakras.
Chakras are energy centers that begin at the based of your spine and extend up to the top of your head, totaling seven (though there are minor chakras up into the twenties that correspond to other areas of the body). These centers correspond to areas of the body, have assigned colors and have been matched with certain stones. There are diets based on chakras and healing modalities focused on targeting damaged centers. Chakras are very big in New Agey woo-woo, but even in the non-woo they’re pretty interesting.
Here’s the cliff-notes version:
|Name||Part of the Body||Color||Crystal|
|1st||Root||Skeleton, lower body||Red or black||Jasper or hematite|
|3rd||Solar Plexus||Adrenal glands, stomach||Yellow||Tiger eye|
|4th||Heart||Immune system, lungs||Green with pink||Malachite|
|5th||Throat||Lymph nodes, neurological||Blue||Turquoise|
|6th||Third Eye||Pituitary glands, central nervous systems||Indigo||Lapis lazuli|
And that really is a nutshell-summary, but you get the picture, right?
Notice how the colors from the root to the crown follow the acronym for the color spectrum? Good old ROY G. BIV, learned it in childhood and find that it’s still useful!
One of the first guided meditations I participated in used this color progression and visualizing a staircase as it’s main vehicle. It was a lengthy meditation, nice and slow so that each color had time to become fully materialize in the mind’s eye before moving on. One of the more amusing parts of the meditation was at the end, in the 8th level (pure white light and the destination of this particular meditation) when the guide mentioned that once you were comfortable with the stairs you could hurry the process up–use the escalator or elevator on future trips.
This turned out the be useful because future sessions, on my own this time, I would move faster through the colors to my destination.Â Sometimes, though, I would get stuck on a certain color. It wouldn’t materialize or I couldn’t hold onto the color with my mind and I’d slip into a different color, usually the one just before the troubled one.
Turns out, this is a way of finding chakra imbalances and, some believe, pinpointing areas of disease (sometimes mentioned and thought of as dis-ease to highlight the out-of-whack-ness of the body). Knowing where the problem is can help you work through it and resolve any imbalances or ailments.
Which is where the crystals and colors come in. Skilled chakra therapists can pinpoint issues, apply the right crystals and bring things into alignment through energy manipulation. Depending on your self-awareness (which, hey, you’re considering your chakras and travelling through them–that’s pretty well on the path!) you can begin to align your chakras, yourself, or at least have a clue where to start when you visit your regular doctor for a persistent issue.