In the language of Sanskrit the word chakra means wheel of light. According to the ancient Vedic tradition there are seven spinning wheels of light spaced between the base of our spine and the crown of our head, drawing the energy, or ‘prana’, from the cosmos that sustains and ultimately illuminates our beings. Each chakra represents a different aspect of our human nature.
Singing different tones attributed to each chakra makes it easy to feel where they are located. The seven different tones are sometimes arranged in a chromatic scale, generally that of C major. This is a Western precept gained from measuring the frequencies of the rainbow colours attributed to each chakra. There are varying thoughts regarding the notes of each chakra, some saying the Root chakra is an A note and others saying it is a B note. Staying with our Western idea that the chakras are in C Major, the First chakra would be the note of C, the Second would be D, the Third an E, the Fourth an F, the Fifth a G, the Sixth an A and the seventh would be a B note.
The First or ‘Root’ Chakra (MULADHARA) is located at the base of spine. Its element is Earth and it is Red in colour. The sense this chakra represents is smell and, energetically it represents grounding and security. The tone that resonates with this chakra is ‘UH’, or in the Vedic tradition LAM. Crystals and Gemstones for this chakra are Smoky Quartz, Garnet, Alexandrite, Ruby, Agate, Bloodstone, Onyx, Tiger’s Eye and Rose Quartz.
The Second or ‘Sacral’ chakra (SVADISTHANA), also known as the Hara, is located between the root and navel. Its element is Water and it is Orange in colour. The sense this chakra represents is taste, energetically it represents sexuality and life energy. The tone that resonates with this chakra is ‘OO’, or in the Vedic tradition, VAM. Crystals and Gemstones for this chakra are Amber, Citrine, Topaz, Aventurine, Moonstone and Jasper.
The Third or ‘Solar Plexus’ chakra (MANIPURA) is located at the navel. Its element is Fire and it is Yellow in colour. The sense this chakra represents is sight and, energetically it represents ego and self esteem. The tone that resonates with this chakra is ‘OH’, or in the Vedic tradition RAM. Crystals and Gemstones for this chakra are Yellow Citrine, Apatite, Calcite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, Iron Pyrites (Fool’s Gold), Topaz and Malachite.
The Fourth chakra (ANAHATA) is located at the heart. Its element is Air and it is Green in colour. The sense this chakra represents is touch and, energetically it represents love. The tone that resonates with this chakra is ‘AH’, or in the Vedic tradition YAM. Crystals and Gemstones for this chakra are Emerald, Green Calcite, Amber, Azurite, Chrysoberyl, Jade, Rose and Watermelon Tourmalines.
The Fifth chakra (VISUDHA) is located at the throat. Its element is Ether and it is Blue in colour. The sense this chakra represents is hearing and, energetically it represents communication. The tone that resonates with this chakra is ‘EH’ (or sometimes ‘MEM’), or in the Vedic tradition HAM. Crystals and Gemstones for this chakra are Lapis Lazuli, Aquamarine, Sodalite, Turquoise and Sapphire.
The Sixth chakra (AJNA) is located at the Third eye. Its element is Light and it is Violet in colour. The sense this chakra represents is light and, energetically it represents insight and imagination. The tone that resonates with this chakra is ‘EE’, or in the Vedic tradition SHAM. Crystals and Gemstones for this chakra are Amethyst, Purple Apatite, Azurite, Calcite, Pearl, Sapphire, Blue and White Fluorite.
The Seventh or ‘Crown’ chakra (SAHASRARA) is located at the top of the head. It is Indigo in colour. Energetically this chakra represents transcendence. The tone that resonates with this chakra is ‘I’ (EYE) or in the Vedic tradition AUM. Crystals and Gemstone for this chakra are Diamond, White Tourmaline, White Jade, Snowy Quartz and Celestite.
Journeying through the Seven chakras
We start with the Root chakra; this is all about survival, food and shelter. Once we have this sorted in our lives we move onto the second chakra where we experience sex and life energy. So having moved from a state of survival we then move into a state of sexuality. We then move up into a sense of ‘self’ with the Third chakra. This is an ‘I will’ or ‘I want’ mentality. Having connected with our ‘selves’ and our ego’s, we can then to move to the heart chakra where we can love and move beyond our selfish motives. Moving up to the throat chakra we experience communication, not only spoken but also telepathy. Naturally we then move up to our Third eye which is all about insight and meditation. This is the point where we transcend our physical and emotional needs and move beyond to experience meditation. This leads nicely onto the crown chakra where we experience Nirvana or enlightenment.
Experiencing Your Chakras
By singing the chakra tones we are literally singing ourselves back in tune with existence. To feel and experience your chakras, you will need to sit in a quiet, meditative space and chant the relevant tones for each chakra. It is a good idea to start at the First or root chakra by chanting ‘UH’. Some find it easier to visualise the colour of the chakras while chanting. Repeat the ‘UH’ chant for several minutes before moving on to the Second chakra, chanting ‘OO’. Continue to move up through all the chakras, and after several minutes chanting the ‘I’ for the Crown chakra, move back down through all the chakras to the First or Root chakra.
You will experience each chakra as a swirling, circular energy, hence the name ‘the wheel of light’. After chanting up and down through your chakras, it is a good idea to sit quietly. This is a fantastic meditation that relaxes and replenishes our being.
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