Everyone has 7 major chakras, which are also known as energy centers. These chakras run from the base of your spine all the way to the top of your head, which is also know as the ‘crown’ of your head hence Crown Chakra. Chakra literraly means wheel or circle in Sanskrit. Each chakra carries energy and each has it own color that are based on its healing engery, crystal, element and function. We should aim to keep these chakras balanced and therefore helping you to “be your best”. Chakras are used in Chinese medicine or acupunture and are also referred to as meridians.
The seven chakra centers are the root chakra (located around the tailbone area); the sacral chakra located about 2″ below your navel; the solar plexus which is located at the top of your stomach; the heart chakra (located in that lovely place); the throat chakra; the third eye (located between your two visual eyes); and the crown chakra (located at the top of your head).
The heart chakra is the fourth chakra and is said to be the seat of balance within the body and the energy here should move in an even flow upward and downward. The colors that are associated with the heart chakra are pink and/or green. The element associated with this energy center is air. The heart chakra is the dwelling place of unconditional love and it is from this place that we can/should extend loving kindness to others and create peace within. When the heart chakra is out of balance we tend to commit unloving acts the heart hardens and the arteries begin to close leaving us vulnerable to heart disease. This center is also about the way we nurture ourselves, self love. The left breast is located over the heart.
Here are the stones that are associated with the Chakras and can be used to help balance the energy associated.
Rose quartz – Is said to stimulate unconditional love, draw love into your life and helps you to communicate love to others.
Kunzite – Is said to open the heart to all forms of love, helps to release blocks in matters of the heart and allows one to move to a more receptive state.
Pink & Green toumaline – Is said to be a great activator of the heart chakra, linking it to the higher self and fostering love, tenderness and friendship.
Emerald – Is said to be the stone of ‘successful love’, enhances unity and unconditional love.
Dioptase – Is said to be a powerful heart opener and tune all the chakras to a higher level of functioning, teaches that ultimately pain and difficulty in a relationship is a mirroring of an inner separation from the self.
Rhodacrosite – Is said to represent selfless love and compassion, very good for those who feel unloved and great for healing sexual abuse as well as encourage a positive attitude.
Green aventurine – Is said to be a comforter and heart healer, protects the heart, brings things back into control.
Chrysoprase – Is said to crystalize feelings of unconditional love and acceptance, great for stimulating the heart chakra, helps with creativity and is useful for forgiveness and compassion.
Malachite – *Use with caution, a polished form is preferred external only * Is said to be a very strong stone so research before using. This stone is about transformation, draws out deep feelings, breaks unwanted ties and outworn patterns, teaches how to take responsibility for ones actions and helps develop empathy.
There is a wealth of information regarding Chakras, if you are interested in learning more about the crystals and how they relate to their chakra a good book to start with would be Crystal Bible by Judy Hall.