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What are Tibetan Singing Bowls?

We also call them Himalayan bowls. The Tibetan Singing Bowl is a unique type of bell that vibrates and generates a distinctive deep sound when played. There are over 50 varieties of Tibetan Singing Bowls. Rumor has it that these bowls are made of an alloy of up to 15 different metals.

Out of the original, only three are preserved in Tibet in memory of ancient Tibetan monks. They still use them to date to teach the four noble truths, broadness, and emptiness. It’s only recently that some Buddhist monks have started using them in meditation. In some practices, therapists also use them in their work.

What is Their Purpose?

By tapping the Tibetan Singing Bowls, we produce vibrations identified as sound. This energy from the waves is then harnessed by being focused on the present to administer therapy. It is a type of healing that has been used over a long time and dates back to 2500 years.

Traditionally, spiritual practices in Tibet involved producing music using ancient instruments such as horns, singing bowls, bells, and tingshas. However, it is only recently that the popularity of sound therapy has gained traction.

How to Use Tibetan Singing Bowls

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To produce the intended outcome you have to learn how to hold the bowl and the stroke. The key is to relish the moment.

Here is how you do it:

  • Press the outer edge of the bowl in a clockwise motion using the mallet. Do this by rotating your full arm and not your wrist.
  • Now slow down at the onset of a clear sound.

You can also do the same on the outer belly of the bowl. 5 to 10 minutes should be enough with the focus being on the sound and not the melody you are creating.

The Healing Power of the Tibetan Singing Bowls

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Each part of the body resonates at a specific frequency. You are healthy when the particular cells in the organs are in harmony with your whole being. When ill, the energy in the respective cells in your body is out of balance. In other words, when you break this harmonious order such that the vibrations from your cells are out of tune, then you have a “dis-ease.”

For the singing bowls, the key is the energy that is produced by the vibrations. They create positive energy that corrects that imbalance and creates consistency.

What happens is that through training, your brain waves synchronize with the sounds produced creating distinct sounds (theta brainwave frequencies). It’s these tones that will increase your awareness leading to deep meditation that eliminates imbalances either emotionally or spiritually.

In addition, the longer you listen, the deeper you relax because there is a marriage between the brainwaves and the vibrations produced. This buries you in the present or puts you “in the zone.” Holding it in your hands intensifies the waves consequently affecting you directly on a cellular level.

What are the Benefits?

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Despite their long usage, Tibetan Singing Bowls have a number of advantages that can’t go unnoticed:

  1. Boosting brainpower

By clearing blockages, the vibrations enable free circulation of blood in the brain cells, which improves the clarity of mind and concentration. The brain can now function at full capacity due to the better interconnections between the nerve cells. It is also important to note that the enhanced flow allows the growth and survival of neurons.

  1. Deep relaxation

The world is moving quicker than before, and it gets overwhelming at times. Sometimes you feel like sitting by the sidelines and watch it pass by.

There is no better feeling than being deeply relaxed. The sound creates vibrations that improve blood circulation, which puts you in an open state feeling relaxed. Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is loosen up. Relax, refresh and revive.

  1. Better blood circulation

Whenever we interfere with blood flow, your body will always go off-balance. A feeling of being sick or being tired gently creeps in.

Because blood is the engine that runs your body, you need it firing in all cylinders. Sound can be the antidote that brings down those barriers for a smooth run.

  1. Pain relief

Pain is a dreadful feeling caused by extreme stimuli. It could be a symptom of an underlying condition, which means energy is not flowing as expected. Like a thunderbolt, the energy from the sound comes smashing through these walls resulting in relief.

  1. Cutting through mind clutter

Challenges are a part of life, and this can take a toll on you. Are you frustrated with no breakthroughs forthcoming? Just tap your Tibetan singing bowl and boom, your mental barrier is gone.

  1. Improved immunity

This involves your body putting up a formidable defense against infections. With the energy from the sound clearing blockages, white blood cells can roam freely and neutralize any imminent threats.

  1. Better sleep

Maybe you have a hard time getting into dreamland, or the quality of your sleep is wanting. A dinner date with the singing bowls can wash your troubles away. Play them and feel the sound put your body eased up and peaceful.

Just like that, your abusive relationship with sleep is fixed.

  1. Positive self-image

Whenever each cell in your body is in harmony, there is a feeling of peace within you. You eliminate negativity, and you feel in touch with your best self. It’s only this way that you can be able to tackle life’s most significant challenges and come out victorious in the end.

  1. Unveiling your best self

In life, you lose touch with who you are. There is so much noise that somewhere along the way you get lost. The Good thing is that the Tibetan singing bowls can help retrace your steps towards your best self by refocusing your energy on what matters.

Where to Find Tibetan Singing Bowls

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You can find these bowls online, in music shops, yoga studios, and even wellness centers. The better the quality of your Tibetan Singing Bowls, the higher the quality of sound produced.

Deep down, everyone has the ultimate goal of being the best version of themselves. It’s a struggle, yes, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

The Tibetan singing bowls can help you on that journey, but it all comes back to you.

Are you ready?

Katya Ki is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Feng Shui Master, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Chakra Colors: Esoteric Guide To Meaning and Purpose

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Chakras are the energy centers of our subtle body located along the spine. Each of them has its own color and is responsible for the vibration and effect on a certain energy node. The chakra colors indicate our current physical, emotional and spiritual state.

In this article, I will share with you some very important information about the chakra colors, their meaning, as well as how to use this knowledge practically for your meditation and everyday life!

Let’s get started!

7 Main Chakra Colors

Red color: Root chakra (Muladhara)

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Red is a bright and warm color that symbolizes the first chakra – Muladhara.

It is important to remember that red color differs from other colors of chakras by sharpness and saturation. Therefore it is responsible for producing lower vibrations.

Be careful when choosing a shade of red! The bright red color represents sexual energy. The dark red is a more aggressive shade that is directly related to fear.

Red Color Characteristics:

  • heat;
  • courage;
  • self confidence;
  • rebirth;
  • struggle for life;
  • security;
  • stability;
  • sexuality;
  • earthiness;
  • impetuosity;
  • individuality.

Add red to your surroundings when you feel tired. The red chakra provides nourishment from the Earth and connects your spiritual body with the physical.

Red Food For Muladhara Chakra

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The value of red food lies in its ability to accelerate the flow of metabolic processes in our bodies. Also, this food is rich in flavonoids (these substances are responsible for good memory and sharp vision), lycopene (responsible for the normalization of blood), and vitamin C (improves immunity and helps fight viral infections).

If you want to balance your Muladhara chakra, you should add more red to your daily diet: tomatoes, red pepper, red cabbage, etc. These products not only promote the healing of Muladhara chakra but also optimize the body’s ability to resist free radicals. Thus, you create a natural barrier against the destruction of the DNA structure and prevent the development of cancer.

Chakara Colors Meditation #1: Red Color

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Meditation on the red color will help you transform inertia and negativity into strong, positive energy; strengthen your love for life and help you get overall satisfaction.

Find a secluded place. Sit on a chair, straighten your shoulders, breathe easy. Focus your attention on your feet. Mentally imagine that you are standing on a soft carpet of bright red color.

Move your thumbs. Try to feel the texture and softness of the carpet, the warmth, and energy of the red color.

Visualize how your feet are filled with red light, which then rises higher up the legs to the Muladhara chakra. Concentrate your thoughts on answering the question: “What is the relationship between this chakra and the color red?”.

Pay attention to your Root chakra. Imagine that a pure pulsating red light enters your aura and goes down to your feet.

Continue performing this exercise for at least 5 minutes. As a result, you will feel that your legs have become warm, you feel good, your body is filled with energy.

Orange color: Sacral chakra (Svadhisthana)

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Orange is a very powerful, sensual and sexual color, which symbolizes the second chakra – Svadhisthana.

Use the color orange sparingly, but sufficiently to feel the confidence and freedom.

Orange is softer than red and is associated with joyful emotions, happy life, and a positive mood.

This color is responsible for:

  • feelings;
  • emotions;
  • intimacy;
  • creativity;
  • polarity;
  • sensitivity;
  • confidence;
  • sociability;
  • freedom;
  • movement;
  • sexuality.

Different shades of orange color help to get out of depression, get rid of negative thoughts and lift the mood. Just add to your life things or clothes of this color to improve mood and well-being.

Orange Food For Svadhisthana Chakra

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If you want to balance your Svadhisthana chakra you should consider adding more orange products to your daily diet, such as carrots, pumpkin, orange bell pepper, peaches, mangoes, tangerines, oranges, etc. There are also orange spices that have a beneficial effect on this chakra, for example, cumin and turmeric.

You should be aware that all orange products not only help to straighten your Svadhisthana chakra, but also have a beneficial effect on the whole body. For example, orange fruits contain the necessary vitamin C. Orange spices and vegetables are able to saturate the body with the necessary antioxidants.

Adding orange food to your diet will help you stay active and energetic.

Chakra Colors Meditation #2: Orange Color

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Take a comfortable position with a flat back and relax. Imagine yourself sitting on the edge of a cliff by the sea watching the sunset.

Listen to the sounds of the sea surf, feel its rhythm. Adjust your breathing to this rhythm. Inhale the air when the waves arrive, and exhale when they recede back.

Look at the sun, it falls over the horizon, acquiring a bright orange hue. This color spreads across the darkening sky and is reflected by reflections in the water.

Visualize the breath as the orange rays get into your Svadhisthana chakra, rotate around its center in a clockwise direction, reviving and cleansing the chakra.

As you exhale, discard all the negative energy accumulated in your body. Think about where it came from and how you can eliminate it. Perhaps the negative is caused by memories from the past. Let the rays of orange light dissipate all negative energy.

Look at the horizon again. The sky descended in the dark of night, the space around you is plunged into peace and quiet.

Yellow Color: Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

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Yellow is a bright color, similar to sunlight. It is the color of the third chakra – Manipura. Yellow clarifies everything that happens in the world.

Use yellow color dosed, in small amounts, since too much yellow can excite anger.

Yellow color symbolizes the mind and intellectual abilities.

Yellow color characteristics:

  • stimulates to action;
  • calms the nervous system;
  • responsible for willpower and knowledge;
  • brings joy;
  • gives wit and enlightenment of the mind;
  • gives a good sense of humor, optimism, curiosity;
  • develops self-control, awareness, and self-respect.

Yellow Food For Manipura Chakra

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If you want to balance your Manipura chakra you should consider adding more yellow products to your daily diet, such as yellow zucchini, yellow bell pepper, corn, melon, bananas, lemons, pears, etc. You can also add yellow spices to your food, such as saffron, for example.

Yellow products are aimed not only at Manipura straightening but also to achieve a balance in the energy system of the whole body. All yellow foods contain essential antioxidants and vitamin C. And lemon juice, for example, effectively cleanses your liver of toxins. Moreover, yellow fruit and vegetables provide saturation of the body with vitamins B, D and E, and
maintaining the required levels of iron, magnesium, and zinc.

Chakra Colors Meditation #3: Yellow Color

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In advance, find a picture of a bright, large sunflower. Sit back, take a meditation pose. Look at the picture of the sunflower, learn the shape and color of its petals and stamens.

Now close your eyes and try to restore the image in front of the inner eye. Visualize that this sunflower is located in your Solar Plexus area. Its petals are the petals of the Manipura chakra.

Turn your attention to the black heart of the sunflower. Think of the warmth, the fire that comes from digestion and helps you maintain your body temperature.

The yellow chakra is our emotional center. To balance it, you need to learn how to manage your emotions. In addition, to advance on the path of spiritual development, you must overcome your fears.

Think about the fact that man is a small part of the existing reality. Our consciousness can realize only a small part of the overall picture of the world. But sharing our knowledge with others, we expand our own consciousness and help others to develop.

Finally, turn your eyes from the center to the yellow petals of the sunflower. At the moment of inhalation, direct the pure yellow light to the third chakra. Continue until it is soaked in bright yellow light.

Green Color: Heart Chakra (Anahata)

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The green color symbolizes renewal and healing. It is the color of the fourth chakra – Anahata.

Shades of green soothe and promote balance.

Green color is responsible for:

Green color characteristics:

  • contributes to the harmonization of all spheres of life;
  • creates harmony in the trinity of mind, body, and spirit;
  • has a calming effect;
  • eliminates stress;
  • grant the ability to show sincere feelings and be loved;
  • heals;
  • helps to find unconditional love.

Greens Foor For Anahata Chakra

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Nutritionists say that foods of this color are considered especially valuable for our body as it is able to cleanse, revive, and give strength and the necessary energy to our bodies. It is also important that green food contributes to achieving a balance in cell activity, preventing chaos in vital metabolic processes.

If you want to straighten your Anahata chakra, add more green food to your diets, such as cabbage, peas, green peppers, zucchini, asparagus, cucumbers, lettuce, kiwi, green apples, green pears, avocados, and olives.

Don’t forget to include greens such as leek, basil, spinach, mint, fresh coriander. Greens effectively help our bodies to remove toxins from the cells and cleanse the blood.

Chakra Colors Meditation #4: Green Color

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Take a meditation position and relax. Take five deep breaths.

Then direct your attention to your Heart chakra. Visualize your Anahata chakra in the form of a pale pink Lotus flower sitting on green leaves.

Watch as the pink rays from the Lotus petals surround you, creating the energy of pure love. Look around the flower, it is surrounded by green rays of light reflected from the leaves.

Now focus your attention on the area just below your Heart chakra. Right below it is another, smaller energy center that emits a pale green light. It symbolizes the tree of life, and its altar is decorated with precious stones. On the altar, you will see the fire of life.

Look at the tree of life. Its roots have spread over the earth, and the branches stretch to the light and sun. In the same way, we should combine earthly and spiritual life. In this case, we will find harmony with the world around us.

The branches of the tree symbolize the various challenges that must be overcome on the spiritual path. Then look at the fire of life burning on the altar.

Think about your own inner fire. What can you do to make it stronger, brighter and more resistant?

Visualize that the fire is becoming brighter and brighter until you will feel that your inner potential is completely opened.

Blue Color: Throat Chakra (Visuddha)

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Blue is a cooling color of the fifth chakra – Vishuddha. It is considered a symbol of peace, tranquility, and inspiration.

Blue color promotes:

  • relaxation;
  • reduce physical and emotional stress;
  • manifestation of creativity;
  • spiritual growth.

However, be careful, because long-term contemplation of blue may cause depression.

Use this color when emotional distress occurs or when you need extra care and wisdom.

Blue color characteristics:

  • develops rational thinking;
  • stimulates the thyroid gland;
  • responsible for communication, wisdom, trust, speech, creative expression, spatial planning, organization, and caution.

Blue Food For Vishuddha

If you want to balance your throat chakra you should consider adding blue food to your diet. Blue is a color not easy to find in nature. However, there are some foods that you can use such as blueberries, blackberries, and mushrooms.

By adding blue products to your daily diet you contribute to your clarity of thinking. Also, all these foods can help to lose weight and slow down the aging process.

Chakra Colors Meditation #5: Blue Color

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This chakra colors meditation is recommended to be performed outdoors. If this is not possible, you should lie down on the floor and imagine the blue sky overhead.

So, lie down on the ground or on the floor. The selected location must be protected from direct sunlight. Look up at the endless blue sky. Do you think space is infinite or does it have an edge? Think about the fact that we are surrounded by many galaxies, but we know almost nothing about them.

Man and even the entire planet are negligible in the scale of the Universe, like drops in the ocean. However, the ocean wouldn’t exist without the drops. Moreover, each of the drops is unique in its own way.

So every person is special. Each of us has a unique mission or role in the universal cosmic plan.

Now pay attention to the sun, but do not look directly at it. Think about how important its role is in the life of our planet and each person in particular. It warms us and illuminates the Earth. Without the sun, we’d be in total darkness.

Look at the light coming from the sun and going into the endless distance. Imagine that you are moving along the beam, moving further and further into Space. Heavenly blue light envelops you with a protective cover of peace and tranquility.

Mentally look back, look at the planets and stars. Listen to the sounds coming from them. Their joint sound merges into a single beautiful melody. Feel how these sounds resonate with your body, with every muscle and every organ.

Find the sound resonating with your Throat chakra. Feel its vibrations all over the body, they spread around the neck, shoulders, as well as down the arms.

Now you feel a sense of inner peace and listen to the music of the planetary spheres, all this allows your body to restore its original integrity. Now it is easier for you to follow the path of spiritual development, nothing hinders you.

When you feel ready, find a ray of Golden sunlight and head back to Earth with it. When you return, feel your body. Think about what has changed in you?

Indigo Color: Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

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This is the deep cool color of the Ajna chakra.

Indigo color is responsible for:

  • intuition;
  • ingenuity;
  • mental ability;
  • self-realization;
  • perception;
  • understanding;
  • memory;
  • courage;
  • deliverance.

This color supports:

  • development of intuition and clairvoyance;
  • devotions;
  • comfort;
  • stress relief;
  • reducing pain.

Indigo Food For Ajna

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If you want to straighten and balance your Ajna you should consider adding products of a color close to Indigo. These foods may include blueberries, blue plums, dates, blue grapes.

Indigo products have a strong impact on the human mind.

Indigo products are rich in zinc and anthocyanin. Zinc is known to be essential for the production of testosterone and other hormones. It promotes cell renewal and strengthens the immune system. Anthocyanin controls the level of cholesterol that our brain needs. In addition, it substance promotes healthy sleep and emotional stability.

Chakra Colors Meditation #6: Indigo Color

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Sit in a meditation position. Visualize twilight. The sun is hiding behind the horizon. The night is enveloping the world with its dark blue (indigo) color.

Birds are getting ready to sleep on the branches of trees. Pets are also going to sleep. And only night animals and birds do not sleep, they are going to look for food. Flowers are closed at night, keeping the warmth of sunlight.

You are in silence. Think about your life, what joys and failures have you experienced?

Take it as a life experience that will help you in the future. Drop everything that is alien to you, that imposes an environment or stereotypes.

Man can be likened to a garden. In the garden, we sow seeds to see the shoots and grow plants. In the same way, the seeds of wisdom sown in the soil of the mind are sure to come up. The experience and knowledge gained in life are necessary for understanding ourselves and the laws of life.

If you meditate before going to sleep, let the dark blue cover of the night envelop you with a haze of sleep. You sink into the night, into a deep and refreshing sleep. And in the morning you will wake up full of energy and strength.

If you perform this meditation during the day, then visualize how the dark blue cover dissolves your fatigue, gives a sense of calm and equanimity, gives peace of mind, improves health, gives rise to a sense of well-being.

Purple Color: Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

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Purple represents the seventh chakra – Sahasrara. Our Crown chakra is the “door” to bliss and knowledge.

Purple has the shortest frequency wave and the highest energy level compared to other colors of the spectrum.

Use purple to balance and open your Sahasrara chakra and experience higher levels of consciousness.

Purple color is responsible for:

This color is a manifestation of spiritual consciousness, purity, modesty, faith, and humility.

Purple Food For Sahasrara Chakra

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If you want to balance or straighten your Sahasrara chakra you should consider adding purple food to your diet such as grapes, eggplants, purple onions, plums, beets.

Purple products are rich in such nutrients such as potassium, pectin, and resveratrol. Potassium is necessary to maintain the functioning of the heart, to overcome chronic fatigue. Pectin is designed to normalize the gastrointestinal tract and also has antioxidant properties. As for resveratrol, it has anti-allergic properties.

Chakra Colors Meditation #7: Purple Color

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For this meditation, you need an amethyst crystal.

Amethyst (from the Greek “amethystos” meaning “not drunken”) is widely known for its ability to prevent intoxication.

Amethyst of light purple shades used for spiritual and mystical insights. And crystals of dark purple shades are used in the Kundalini awakening practices.

Instructions:

Sit in meditation position in front of the amethyst crystal. Look at the shape of the crystal, the variety of its colors.

Each crystal is unique. Think about the qualities that amethyst symbolizes: humility, love, and inspiration.

Remember the moment you made the decision to follow your spiritual path. You may have been inspired by someone, or you read an inspirational spiritual book, or maybe you felt this desire within yourself and you wanted to discover who you really are.

On the path of spiritual development, you are waited by obstacles and barriers. To overcome them, you need strength and self-confidence. But in addition, you will need humility, without which it will not be possible to achieve a state of divine love. Think about what qualities you need to work out.

Now visualize your Sahasrara chakra. It emits a gentle purple light. You are enveloped in this light. It dissolves any pain and problem, filling you with divine love.

Try to feel what kind of emotions hinder you on the spiritual path and constrain you. Let the purple light balance these emotions and bring your consciousness into peace and harmony.

Conclusion

Knowing and understanding the chakra colors is a powerful tool we can use to balance all the spheres of our lives!

When you feel that you need to strengthen a certain chakra, meditate on its color, surround the space around you with shades of this color, eat produce of this color, and you will see that your life will begin to change for the better.

After all, most of us intuitively feel what chakra needs to be balanced by choosing certain colors in clothing, interior design, food, etc. Thus we make intuitive choices of colors in order to harmonize our energy, the state of mind and certain spheres of our life.

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Read This Before Buying Or Using Incense For Your Meditations

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Since ancient times, incense has been used in the East, Egypt, Babylon and America for healing, meditation, cleansing houses, and temples. Recipes of their preparation were passed down from generation to generation. The scope of their application has not changed much to date: incense is used to treat various diseases, to disinfect the air, for meditation, as an offering, for ritual ceremonies, and also just for enjoying their pleasant fragrance. But do you know how to choose and use incenses properly? Let me share with you the guide for using and shopping for incense!

Different Kinds Of Incenses

Incenses can be different in their form:

  • mixtures,
  • briquettes,
  • sticks,
  • pyramids,
  • oils.

Moreover, they can be different in composition.

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Oil Incenses

This kind of incense has two components in their composition:

  • the base, which perfectly absorbs essential oils and is capable of smoldering;
  • the oil itself or the composition of oils.

You can find oil incenses in the form of sticks, plasticine or lace.

Oil Mixture Incenses

The composition of oil mixture incenses is not only oil-treated coal-based but it can also include honey, melted butter, powder plants, and manure (if you’re vegan you don’t want to buy this kind).

Herbal And Floral Incense

Incenses of this kind are calm and closer to natural odors. They are good for aromatherapy as a soothing agent.

Honey And Dung Incense

The production of honey and dung incense goes back to antiquity. They were used during the time of Ramayana. The main difference between honey incense is that they have a barely noticeable sweet flavor that accompanies the main smell. Honey incense is used for aromatization of premises, aromatherapy, as well as for Pujas.

Most people feel weird about using dung incense. Indeed, for us, dung is considered to be bad-smelling and unclean. Our opinion about dung is very different from the meaning of the ancient scripts. And these scripts say that on the basis of cow manure not only incense can be produced (which, it should be noted, does not smell like manure itself) but also medicinal products. To distinguish manure incense is possible only by external rough appearance and the dense smoke emitted when it’s burning.

Camphor Cardamom Or Camphor Itself

The disadvantage of this kind of incense is that the quality of it slightly decreases, but the aromatic and medicinal properties remain longer. Camphor incense is good for body detox, as well as to cleanse space from spirits and negative energy. These incenses have immune-strengthening properties and contribute to the prevention of respiratory and epidemic diseases.

Cone-Shaped Incense

In the middle ages, cone-shaped (sandalwood) incense penetrated into Europe, where they were appreciated and were burned exclusively on major holidays. Cone-shaped incense is made by pressing a mixture of aromatic herbs, or with the addition of a small amount of fir resin, juniper, and other plants or without fastening additives. It is important to note that these incenses have the shape of a pyramid. This is a huge advantage, as the smoke released during combustion has more energy than the smoke from other incense. The method of application is similar to that of other incenses.

Lace Incense

It is another bizarre form of incense. It is a coil of slowly smoldering hemp rope impregnated with some essential oil. Here it should be noted that the aroma is very, very extraordinary: the duet of burnt hemp rope with a burnt sandal or red tree. In India, lace incense is in great demand among traders and, apparently, buyers too, in particular at vegetable markets. Street hairdressers and shoemakers are among the “gourmets” of this fragrance. To date, in majority other countries, the lace incense has not found a place of application.

Powdery Incense

Their composition is exclusively natural, the replacement of natural components with the chemical would be obvious. For the most part, powdery incense is made in Tibet, although in ancient times in Russia the same incense was used to fumigate patients. Also, shamans use herbal powders in their rites. But they are rarely used for Pujas. With the departure of the Egyptian, Babylonian and ancient Greek civilizations the tradition of burning loose incense in the temples have exhausted.

Chinese Incense

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Chinese incense is characterized by a subtle mystical aroma with subtle transitions of one scent to another. This group is dominated by sandalwood and floral fragrances without a basis. Chinese incenses with bamboo sticks are less common. Ancient Chinese invention is the spiral – thin unbonded incense, swirling in a few circles. In China, it is believed that they should burn clockwise, creating an “energy column” so that through it the cosmic message descends down to man. There is a huge variety of colored Chinese spirals, which have a unique, wonderful and delicate aroma, used in various rites and for purification.

Tibetan Incense

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Tibetan incense is a unique masterpiece of the ancient art of healing and worshipping Deities. It plays an important role in aromatherapy medicine. The secrets of making Tibetan sticks and powders have reached our civilization from the depths of centuries, and today these ancient recipes are passed down from generation to generation. In the fullness of time in the highlands of the Himalayas people collect manually all the necessary herbs. Further, these herbs are subjected to thorough ecological expertise and control over the observance of the quality. In ancient times, wise Tibetan monks collected these divine herbs in the mountains for meditation, worship, and treatment. Despite the fact that Tibet was captured by China and the Tibetans were destroyed by the masses, this sacred art lives to this day. The descendants of Tibetan monks moved to India and Nepal, continuing the ancient tradition in a foreign land.

To prepare their magical compositions, herb collectors had to climb the mountains on secret paths known only to them, and collect herbs, roots, and minerals there. As their land was occupied, they returned and the production of incense was carried out in India and Nepal. Unfortunately, most of the Tibetan incense is not carefully enough milled, which slightly complicates the process of burning and the intensity of the smoke. The composition of Tibetan sticks usually includes up to forty components. These fragrances do not have a bamboo base and gradually change their scent when burning, adding new notes to the original scent.

Brief Inscence Guide

If you are a fan of agarbatti, you may find it useful to find a brief guide of fragrances, which contains the characteristics of scent and their psycho-emotional benefits, which will make it easier for you to choose the right incense.

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AMBER

This aroma is resinous, sweet, warm, joyful. It enhances the element of fire in the body, warms the heart, makes it kind and compassionate. It improves mutual understanding between people.

ORANGE

This aroma is gentle, light, sweet, cold. It relieves depression, fear, irritability; treats cramps, insomnia, frigidity, and impotence.

AFRODESIA

This aroma is light, exquisite, intoxicating. It gives confidence, strengthens the mind and body; awakes sensuality.

BERGAMOT

This aroma is cold, sweet and sour, tender, fresh. It has a strong tonic effect. It calms, gives strength, relieves fatigue, tension, improves memory and attention.

VANILLA

This aroma is sweet, sugary, and joyful. It gives joy, makes the heart kind and opens to communication.

GARDENIA

This aroma is light, cold, and sweet-tart. It promotes relaxation, calms the nerves, has an anti-stress effect, finds reserve strength in the body.

GERANIUM

This aroma is soft tart, cooling, fresh. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, relieves headaches, migraines, hypertension attacks.

HYACINTH

This aroma is fresh, cool, and light. It gives freshness to the body and feelings, strengthens the body’s protective power. It calls for self-reflection and self-analysis.

JASMINE

This aroma is exquisite, delicate, sweet-cold, weighted. This scent has an anti-stress and relaxing effect, eliminates fatigue, mobilizes the body’s reserve forces. It enhances sensuality and is considered a “female” aroma.

YLANG-YLANG

This aroma is light, elegant, fresh, invigorating. It is a good antidepressant, causes a sense of self-confidence. It relieves seizures and headaches. Ylang-ylang is a great aphrodisiac and is considered a “masculine” scent.

CAMPHOR

This aroma is clean, fresh, warm, and sharp. It has the property to remove inflammation and warm. It is able to exert a sobering effect and to calm sexual excitement.

CEDAR

This aroma is soft, velvet, resinous, and warm. It regulates the self-regulation of the body, treats respiratory diseases. Moreover, it enhances sensory perception, fills the body with energy, excites and warms.

COCONUT

This aroma is sweet, warm, and fragrant. It stimulates the appetite, increases metabolic processes in the body, relieves apathy and drowsiness.

CINNAMON

This scent is warm, spicy, sweet, and playful. It stimulates blood circulation, relieves the effects of intoxication, strengthens the nervous system, warms, cheers, and relieves depression.

LAVENDER

This aroma is cold, fresh, thin, and bitter. It has strong antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Lavander is beneficial to use lavender incense for influenza, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It relieves fatigue, insomnia, strengthens the body’s immune system. Moreover, it stimulates blood circulation, eliminates mental lethargy, irritability, hysteria and the state of causeless fear.

FRANKINCENSE

This scent is smoky, sweet, tart, and buttery. It strengthens and brightens the aura, enhances the mind, inspires and awakens interest in life and optimism.

LEMON

This aroma is sour, cool, and light. It strengthens the human immune system, has antiviral and anti-infectious effects. It relieves headaches, dizziness, nausea.

LEMONGRASS

This aroma is sour and cool. It improves memory, helps to concentrate attention, increases concentration, eliminates the consequences of fatigue and lack of sleep.

LOTUS

This scent is light, elegant, fresh, and sweet. It gives freshness to the body and feelings, relieves fatigue. Moreover, it spiritualizes the thoughts and existence, and conducive to the spiritual development.

MAGNOLIA

This aroma is cool, sweet, refined, and delicate. It calms, promotes relaxation and rest, drives away fears and anxiety.

ALMOND

This scent is velvety, bitter, smoky, and soft. It helps to improve heat exchange in the body. It brings joy to the mind and heart, sharpens sensory perception.

MYRRH

This aroma is enveloping and sweet. It helps with insomnia, alleviates stress. It is favorable for strengthening the aura, improves meditation, and achievement in the spiritual search.

JUNIPER

This aroma is gentle, fresh, and velvet. It clarifies the mentality, removes the fear and inactivity, increases intuition.

MUSK

This aroma is warm, fragrant, spicy, and slightly tart. It helps with anxiety, mental fatigue, relieves stress.

NEROLI

This scent is gentle, cool, and light. It strengthens the heart, improves its performance, has a powerful sedative effect, helps with insomnia, stress, and depression.

OPIUM

This aroma is cold, resinous, astringent, and bitter. It tones, cheers, gives sharpness of mind and warms the heart.

PACIOLI

This aroma is tart, heady, and sweet. It is a powerful anti-virus tool. Pacioli nourishes, refreshes, gives strength and determination. It is also a strong erotic stimulant, it increases sensitivity, eliminates the frigidity and impotence.

ROSE

This scent is smoky, sweet, warm, and intoxicating. It transforms the unproductive energy of anger, frustration, and sorrow into the energy of self-improvement. People who inhale the aroma of roses, cause sympathy for others, have a light even aura, friendly and unobtrusive. Rose scent heals depression, insomnia, stress and nervous tension. It also relieves anxiety, nightmares, heals arrhythmia, and improves blood circulation.

ROSEMARY

It is a light, soft, fresh, and sweet aroma. Rosemary has a strong antimicrobial effect. It is the aroma of the heart. It improves blood supply to the heart muscle.

RHODODENDRON

This aroma is moist, light, slightly astringent. It is a powerful tool for cleansing and concentration of the mind. It sharpens the perception and improves memory.

SANDALWOOD

This aroma is exquisite, delicate, hazy, and tart. It promotes relaxation and meditation. Sandalwood calms the nerves, opens energy, springs creativity and talent. It compacts the energy layer, allows you to quickly and smoothly restore the thinned aura. Moreover, it helps with depression, insomnia, hiccups on the nervous soil, irritation of the throat, runny nose, nausea, heartburn. It is a mild aphrodisiac – increases sensuality, treats frigidity and impotence.

PINE

This scent is fresh, cold, and light. Pine activates the breath, which potentiates the pulmonary circulation. It has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, accelerates the process of rehabilitation after long-term, serious diseases.

TULASI

This aroma is gentle, silky, warm, and exciting. It relieves dizziness, headaches, and irritability. Tulasi scent helps with insomnia, depression and melancholy attacks.

THUJA

This aroma is tart, resinous, and cool. It refreshes and restores strength. Thuja scent is a great erotic stimulator. It enhances sensuality, eliminates frigidity and impotence.

VIOLET

This scent is light, delicate, and silky. It promotes relaxation, calms the nervous system, has an anti-stress effect.

CHAMPA

This aroma is soft, sweet, moist, and mysterious. It is favorable for compaction and clarification of aura. Champa promotes the concentration of the mind, relieves nervous tension and fatigue.

EUCALYPTUS

This aroma is tart, astringent, and pungent. It purifies the air and kills bacteria. Eucalyptus is a powerful anti-virus and anti-inflammatory agent.

How To Choose Incense Depending On the Season?

Did you know that you can choose incense depending on the season and the weather? Let me share with you a brief guide on how to do it.

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For winter (cold, dry weather) suitable scents such as eucalyptus, rose, cinnamon, geranium, heather, basil, winter cherry, citronella.

For early spring (cool dry weather) will fit warm, slightly moist flavors such as vanilla, myrrh, pine, cedar, lotus, orange, parijat.

For late spring (warm and dry weather) is good to use neroli, rosemary, jasmine, ylang-ylang, opium, tea tree incenses.

For summer (hot wet weather) suitable scents such as saffron, sandal, lavender, incense, bergamot, magnolia, lemon, sorghum.

For autumn (cool wet weather) suitable scents such as amber, patchouli, geranium, Champa, tuberose, cedar.

How To Choose Incents Depending On the Zodiac Sign?

You can also choose incense according to your Zodiac sign. Let me share with you the scents that are suitable for different zodiac signs the most.

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Aries (March 21 – April 20):

Pine, patchouli, geranium, rose, lemon, musk, frankincense, rosemary, sandalwood, vanilla, coriander, juniper, sage, vetiver.

These aromas harmonize the stormy temperament of Aries and turn his (her) stubbornness in the right direction.

Taurus (April 21 – May 20):

Bergamot, mint, cedar, chamomile, lemon, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, jasmine, sage, lotus, magnolia.

These flavors deliver happiness and joy!

Gemini (May 21 – June 21):

Sandal, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, orange, musk, neroli, rose, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, cinnamon, lemongrass, ylang-ylang, jasmine.

These scents balance the light, airy nature of Gemini, help them stand firmly on the ground.

Cancer (June 22 – July 22):

Jasmine, amber, bergamot, pine, lavender, lemon, lemon sorghum, myrrh, neroli, orange, herb aroma, tuberose, Champa.

These aromas help Cancer to keep a good mood and not to plunge into depression.

Leo (July 23 – August 23):

Frankincense, coconut, lemon, orange, patchouli, myrrh, rose, sandalwood, rosemary, juniper, mogra.

These scents emphasize the “royalty” of Leo and help to maintain good health.

Virgo (August 24 – September 23):

Myrrh, sandalwood, cedar, eucalyptus, geranium, orange, musk, neroli, frankincense, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, citronella, saffron, lemon sorghum.

These scents help Virgo to relax and enjoy life!

Libra (September 24 – October 24):

Pine, rose, lavender, incense, cedar, mint, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, geranium, eucalyptus.

These scents help Libra to feel good at any period of life and not overwork.

Scorpio (24 October – 22 November):

Patchouli, jasmine, pine, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood, cinnamon, magnolia, sedge, amber, basil, vetiver.

These scents will help Scorpio cope with his (her) feelings and not suffer from stress.

Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21):

Lavender, musk, lemon, lemon sorghum, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, frankincense, rose, rosemary, cinnamon, vanilla.

These scents help Sagittarius to remain calm and to be in good mood.

Capricorn (December 23 – January 20):

Amber, sandalwood, bergamot, sedge, lavender, eucalyptus, juniper, frankincense, Himalayan gold leaf, rose.

These scents help Capricorn to feel the joy of life and give him (her) creative energy.

Aquarius (January 21 – February 20):

Cedar, bergamot, pine, lemon, citronella, eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, tuberose, agar.

These scents help Aquarius to keep vital energy and sexual appeal.

Pisces (21 February – 20 March):

Cedar, orange, bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, musk, myrrh, neroli, frankincense, rosemary, vanilla, jasmine, juniper, opium, tea tree.

These scents help the Pisces to concentrate and “swim” with the flow of life to success and prosperity.

The Bottom Line

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Despite all the benefits that incense can provide you should be aware that they can also harm your health. As you know, incenses are made from different parts of odorous plants – bark, roots, flowers, resin and essential oils. The base of incense is usually a thin bamboo stick. When burning, all this releases carcinogenic substances (such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, carbonyl compounds, and benzene), which contribute to the development of cancer. People know about the destructive properties of carcinogens for quite a long time. That’s why you need to be cautious about using the incenses all the time.

You should be aware that it’s not a good idea to use incenses every day. You may use them for your meditations or cleanse the energy of your house or aura. But make sure that the windows are open and air circulating in the room while you’re burning the incense. It is very important to keep the windows open! Otherwise, you may experience all the side effects of inhaling the carcinogens.

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Chakras For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

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7 Chakras For Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

A person who practices yoga and follows the spiritual path should know and understand what processes in terms of energy occur in his/her body. All these processes are eventually reflected down into the physical plane affecting health, habits, positive and negative qualities of a person. The knowledge about the structure of the subtle body will help the yogi to understand what is happening to him/her on different levels of spiritual development and healing. Moreover, this knowledge will help an individual understand how to accumulate more energy, to preserve it, in order to direct it towards spiritual development, healing, and helping others.

This article is the ultimate guide to 7 chakras for beginners. This guide includes very important information about the structure of our subtle body, its functions, how the chakras affect our consciousness, and hence our motivation and goals. I believe that after reading this article, you will have a better understanding of what chakras are and how this subtle energy works within your body.

Here it is the Ultimate Guide to 7 Chakras for Beginners!

Chakras For Beginners

What Is A Chakra?

I want to start my Guide to 7 chakras for beginners with explaining what chakras are and how they work.

A Chakra is an energy center in the subtle body, which is a place of intersection of Nadi channels through which the prana (life energy) flows.

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Chakra is translated as “wheel”. This term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.

There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. These seven chakras (or energy centers) are very important parts of our energy body. The chakras not only control and energize the vital organs of the body but also control and affect our psychological and spiritual conditions. Hence, chakras are energy vortices which have certain physical, psychological, and spiritual functions.

The appearance of the chakra depends on the speed of the energy rotation. Under normal conditions, the rapid clockwise and counterclockwise energy rotations produce an optical effect making chakras look like lotus flowers with many petals. These petals are optically produced by the combined motions of pranic energy moving clockwise and counterclockwise. Therefore, chakras are usually depicted as lotus flowers with many pointed petals.

What Are Chakras’ Functions?

Chakras have several important functions, such as:

  1. Absorption, digestion, and distribution of prana to the different parts of the body;
  2. Control, energizing, and proper functioning of the whole physical body;
  3. Some chakras are responsible for psychic abilities. Hence, the activation of certain chakras may result in the development of certain psychic abilities.

Nadi Channels

The chakras’ state is very dependent on the state of Nadis (the energy channels).

Nadis are the channels through which the energies such as prana of the physical body, the subtle body, and the causal body are said to flow. These channels connect at special points of intensity – the chakras.

There are three main Nadis:

  1. Sushumna (in the center) – interpenetrates the cerebrospinal axis;
  2. Ida (on the left) is associated with lunar energy. It has a moonlike feminine nature with a cooling effect;
  3. Pingala (on the right) is associated with solar energy. It has a sunlike masculine nature with heating effect.
Main Nadis and Chakras for beginners

What Happens When Nadis Get Blocked?

Nadis run from the base of the spine to the head.

These channels permeate chakras bringing their energy with specific properties. A blockage of the energy channels affects the operation of the chakras.

If Nadis are clogged, the person is exposed to worldly desires. The energy can not freely circulate through the clogged Nadi and accumulates in different parts of the body. When this happens, impure vibrations enter the chakra and influence the mind. Under this influence, a person performs actions for the satisfaction of worldly desires. In the process of such actions, negative karma is created.

Thus, you can see that our chakras are connected to our karma. That is why for our spiritual evolution we need to cleanse our Nadis and chakras. When the Nadis are purified, worldly desires (attachments) leave us and we can focus on our spiritual path.

7 Chakras For the Beginners

Now let’s focus on the main part of this article – 7 main chakras for the beginners.

Root Chakra (Muladhara)

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I want to start my 7 Chakras for Beginners Guide with talking about the Root chakra or Muladhara.

Muladhara is considered a source of vitality and survival.

This chakra is located in the perineum of men and in the cervix of women.

Muladhara is a red Lotus with four petals.

It affects the organs of excretion and reproduction, the gland organ and hormonal secretions. Muladhara is directly related to the nose and sense of smell, as well as our animal instincts.

In the area of Muladhara, human evolution begins. And it is from the Root chakra that Kundalini rises.

People who have a strong Muladhara chakra are usually very strong physically, but if they do not develop, then, as a rule, their development stops.

In the Vedic tradition, it is believed that those people who have a pure and balanced Muladhara chakra live in harmony with the Mother Earth and with the goddess of fertility and prosperity Lakshmi.

Bija mantra: Lam.

The patron planet: Mars.

Element: Earth.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Ida channel a person is in a state of ignorance.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Pingala channel a person feels hatred and is even capable of murder.

When Muladhara is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person experiences joy when others suffer. Such a person is always focused on hatred.

When the Root chakra is not balanced a person feels lethargy, apathy, and physical fatigue.

After the cleansing and activation of Muladhara person is blessed with health.

It is believed that if at the moment of death a person leaves the body through the Muladhara chakra, he transforms into a hellish world.

Muladhara accumulates the energy of killing if a person kills or participates in the process of killing animals or people. For example, hunters, fishermen, those who consume animals, those who start wars – their Muladharas accumulate the energy of killing. Hence, such people cannot improve their karma for a very long time. Even if such people are engaged in spiritual practices usually they do not achieve great results.

For more information about Muladhara chakra and powerful techniques to balance it read my article: 11 Powerful Techniques For Root Chakra Healing

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana)

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The next chakra that I want to describe in my Chakras for Beginners Guide is the Sacral chakra or Svadhisthana.

Svadhisthana is located above the Muladhara, just above the genitals.

It is an orange Lotus with six petals. It is associated with the sacral plexus, with the organs and glands of the genitourinary system and reproduction system. Svadhisthana is connected with the tongue and the sense of taste.

The imbalance in Svadhisthana leads to selfishness and ignorance. If we analyze and look at what is being promoted in modern society (the corruption of morality, aggressive sexuality, the introduction of juvenile and gender technologies, the use of taste enhancers in food, the promotion of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco), it becomes clear why selfishness and ignorance are dominated in the modern world.

Although this chakra gives people creative abilities, when it’s not balanced and not aligned with other chakras, such abilities are usually expressed through the extreme emotionality and lower sexuality (connected to animal instincts). Therefore, if people create music, paintings, write novels, dance, etc. at the level of this chakra, they are able to make an imbalance in the chakras of those people who perceive such “art”. For example, aggressive sexuality in a dance (caused by an imbalance in the performer’s Svadhisthana) translates the audience into a state of ignorance. Therefore, such art can be extremely destructive not only for the artist but also for his/her followers.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Svadhisthana:

1.Ignorance

This state is expressed in the unbridled craving for pleasure and satisfaction of desires. People with this state of consciousness have an extremely strong desire for pleasure, even through self-destruction (drugs, alcohol, smoking, polygamy, etc.). They experience lust and desire for sense gratification, despair, self-searching, fears, and various phobias.

This is the level of survival instincts and reproduction. For such a person, it becomes very important to build good relationships with other people, to be approved by society, be liked and even admired by other people. The life of such a person lies between pleasure and entertainment.

2. Passion

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In this state, a person experiences great unrestrained desires, mostly lustful. Such people are attached to taste, pleasure, and sex.

3. Balance

When Svadhisthana is balanced, a person shows flexibility in communication. He/she can engage in spiritual practice without falling into fanaticism.

Beeja mantra: VAM

Patron planet: Venus

Element: Water

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Ida channel a person is unable to distinguish the truth from the lie. In other words, such a person sees good in harmful things and Vice versa. For example, some people think that alcohol and drugs help them to relax and feel good but in reality, they do more harm than good. This is an example of the Ida channel being clogged.

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Pingala channel a person experiences jealousy, anger arising from sexual dissatisfaction.

When Svadhisthana is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person is greedy for sexual pleasure.

When a person has problems in Svadhisthana chakra a person experiences a connection with the lower astral world and becomes an object of astral attacks.

When Svadhisthana is balanced people experience inspiration, have poetic talent, are able to control sexual desires, feel love for others. Such people are very attractive to others not for their aggressive sexuality but for their purity and innocence.

People with a balanced Sacral chakra live long and always look very young. In addition, such people have clairvoyance at a very high level, because they receive answers from their Higher Selves, and not from the astral entities of the lower level.

Svadhisthana can be a reason for lower back problems. The thing is that the majority of people drain a huge amount of energy through the Svadhisthana chakra. Through promiscuous sex and various sensual pleasures, people get their Svadhisthana chakras “infected”.

If a person can’t control emotions and sexual desires he/she clogs the Svadhisthana chakra, thus forming a habit or addiction for the next life.

Leaving this world through the Svadhisthana chakra, a person can be embodied in the animal kingdom. It happens because this is what these people are manifesting during their life – animal instincts. If your animal instincts are your priority then don’t be surprised to arrive in your next life as an animal!

For more information about Svadhisthana chakra and simple tips to balance it read my article: 8 Simple Tips On How To Harness the Power Of Your Sacral Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura)

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The third chakra that I want to talk about in my chakras for beginners guide is the Solar Plexus chakra or Manipura.

Manipura is located behind the navel within the spinal column.

It is a yellow Lotus with ten petals.

Manipura affects the digestion process and the absorption of food and prana. It is also connected with the eyes and vision.

At the level of Manipura consciousness is still limited to the coarser levels of existence such as sensuality, ambition, and greed.

When a person’s consciousness is aligned with Manipura such person has a certain level of stability in life – he/she has a house, doesn’t starve, has enough money to live a comfortable life, has a life partner and a good family. However, when people stop their development on this level, they can easily become manipulative and force others to live according to their rules.

It is believed that Manipura is responsible for all our external social activities.

When a person’s consciousness is aligned with the three lower chakras (Muladhara, Svadhisthana, and Manipura) it refers to the material level of existence. Even if these people try to follow the spiritual path they still can’t experience a deep understanding of spiritual knowledge and spiritual maturity.

When people with Manipura level of consciousness get married their motivation is always conditional. It’s never a marriage that is based on unconditional love but a marriage that is based on the question: “What can I get by marrying this person?”. The motivation can be different: a good wife, a good father for my kids, financial stability, social status, etc. No matter what your motivation for marriage is, if it’s based on anything but unconditional love, it’s just a contract that shows a certain level of spiritual immaturity.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Manipura:

1.Ignorance

Greed, selfishness, pride, spiritual materialism (attachment to the result of spiritual practice) are the qualities of the ignorance on the Manipura level. If you have a desire to show off and prove that you’re better than anyone else then your consciousness is matched with this level.

2.Passion

Overeating, greed, intellectual greed are the qualities of the hyperactivity of the Solar plexus chakra. Usually, such people accumulate knowledge without expressing it practically and without sharing it with others. Such people usually use lots of slang in their speech.

3. Balance

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Manipura in a balanced state is manifested as the ability to sacrifice for the development of others. Such people always move forward and develop great willpower. They have the ability to understand other people. Due to the fact that people at this level begin to act actively in society, they have a sense of responsibility for their actions, responsibility to others. They understand that if they want to be leaders they have to be responsible. Such people understand that the more power they have the bigger responsibility it brings.

Beeja mantra: RAM

Planet protector: the Sun

Element: Fire

When Manipura is clogged in the Ida channel it causes the inability to distinguish healthy food from harmful as well as true helpful knowledge from harmful.

When Manipura is clogged in the Pingala channel people have the desire to use science for evil purposes.

When Manipura is clogged in the Sushumna channel people have greed for food, material things, and science.

For more information about Manipura chakra and ways to balance it read my article: 8 Ways To Balance Your Solar Plexus Chakra For Success In Life

Heart Chakra (Anahata)

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Here we are halfway through my 7 chakras for beginners guide!

Now let’s talk about the Heart Chakra or Anahata. It’s located above Manipura, near the heart.

Anahata chakra is depicted as a Lotus with twelve green petals. It is connected to the solar plexus, the heart, the respiratory organs, and the thymus and is responsible for the qualities of absolute love without separation and distinction, hatred, compassion and cruelty, peace, etc.

Anahata is also connected to the hands and the sense of touch.

When the consciousness of a person rises to the level of the Heart chakra, he/she focuses on his spiritual path, discovers his/her purpose in life and spiritual mission. Such people have developed love and compassion for others, and they build their lives on these principles. These people practice the main principle of conscious living – “no harm”. They are more focused on how to live without harm than on their desires and search for pleasure. And this is where they find the biggest happiness – in their ability to serve people, planet and all beings that live on Earth.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Anahata:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness have no idea what true love is. They have a delusional perspective of love and often suffer from unrequited love. The problem here is that such people don’t love themselves but hope to discover self-love through the love that another person can give them. However, they never find such love because according to the law of attraction we always attract what we project. And if there is no self-love there will never be a balanced romantic relationship.

2. Passion

People with this state of consciousness have such symptoms as jealousy and passion. Such people, always try to fully control the feelings of another person and usually build a relationship based on attachments. These people never have a balanced healthy relationship. They feel bored in such a relationship. These people need drama to feel alive.

3. Balance

People with this state of consciousness want other people to be happy. They turn their relationship in selfless and unconditional service. Such relationships are free from jealousy and based on unconditional love, compassion, and peace. They understand what true love is and this is what they give to their partners.

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Beeja mantra: YAM

Patron planet: Jupiter

Element: Air

When Anahata is clogged in the Ida channel it creates an attachment to illusions.

When Anahata is clogged in the Pingala channel it creates attachment based on selfish intent.

When Anahata is clogged in the Sushumna channel it creates attachments to love partners.

For more information about Anahata chakra and powerful ways to heal it read my article: 12 Powerful Ways To Heal Your Anahata

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

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The fifth chakra is the throat chakra or Vishuddha.

The Throat chakra is located in the middle of the throat. It has sixteen blue petals.

This chakra is associated with the cervical plexus of nerve fibers and the thyroid gland. It maintains the purity of the body and mind. Vishuddha is connected with the ears and the sense of hearing, with the throat and speech. It awakens acceptance of the vicissitudes of life, mental balance, and sensitivity to the needs of others.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Vishuddha:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness build their lives based on the confrontation and struggle out of inertia.

2. Passion

Such people build their lives based on the principle – the end justifies the means. They live according to rationalism.

3. Balance

These people build their lives based on absolute compassion. Their communication with others is based on the principle of service to the highest good for all.

The balanced state can also manifest in the form of high art, i.e. when they are singing or playing a musical instrument, they rise to the level of mystery, and are able to project a high spiritual vibration into the perception of other people.

Beeja mantra: HAM

Patron planet: Mercury

Element: Ether

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Ida channel a person often tells lies and has a habit of idle talk.

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Pingala channel a person uses profanity in his speech and has a habit to spread slander.

When Vishuddha is clogged in the Sushumna channel a person becomes a flatterer for making people like him/her.

When Vishuddha is activated and balanced it brings fame, high social status, power, and greatness.

If a person leaves his body through the Vishudha chakra, it is believed that he will transform into the world of the Asuras or demigods. That world is dominated by confrontation because its inhabitants have not outlived the ego, vanity, and greed yet.

For more information about Vishuddha chakra and powerful ways to heal it read my article: Every Woman Should Consider A Throat Chakra Healing! Here Is Why

Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)

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The sixth chakra that I want to talk about in my chakras for beginners guide is the Third eye chakra or Ajna. It is located at the top of the spinal column near the medulla oblongata.

Ajna has two silvery-gray or colorless petals. This chakra is mainly related to higher consciousness and intelligence.

Ajna chakra represents the third eye and is known as the “gate to liberation”.

When the Kundalini energy passes through Ajna, the duality and ego disappear. As a result, a person realizes that by doing something for others, he/she actually does it for himself/herself, and by bringing benefits to others he/she brings them to himself/herself, and by harming others he/she harms himself/herself.

When Ajna is open it activates clairvoyance and the clairaudience. A person finds a connection with his/her inner Guru, Higher Self, and can easily reach Samadhi. However, activated the Third eye can’t guarantee freedom of ego. Therefore you can see that there are many people with psychic abilities that still have big egos.

Usually, people who implement large-scale projects, such as architects of large buildings and structures, sculptors working with complex and large compositions, have very strong Ajna chakra. It is believed that in the beginning, they form a model of this project in the inner world, and then through Ajna chakra implement it in the material world.

There are three states of consciousness affected by Ajna:

1.Ignorance

People with this state of consciousness use their subtle material resources, their spiritual potential, without thinking about the karmic consequences and retribution (for example, the invention of a nuclear bomb). Roughly speaking, such people try to force reality to change.

2. Passion

Implementation of projects for ego and pride purposes.

3. Balance

Third eye chakra activation image

People with this state of consciousness use their creative abilities for bringing the maximum benefit to others, for helping others.

Beeja mantra: OM

Patron planet: Saturn

When Ajna is clogged in the Ida channel it brings the misconception that it is possible to satisfy selfish desires and live according to ego guidance without karmic consequences.

When Ajna is clogged in the Pingala channel a person is capable of doing harm to living beings and has anger directed against the whole society.

When Ajna is clogged in the Sushumna channel it leads to intentional ignorance.

When Ajna is activated and balanced people get the ability to attract whatever they want, they can manifest and create the desired reality.

For more information about Ajna and best techniques to activate it read my article: Best Techniques For Your Third Eye Chakra Activation.

To learn more about Third Eye Opening Symptoms read my article: Third Eye Opening Symptoms Everyone Should Know.

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)

Sahasrara Chakra For Beginners Image

The last chakra I’m going to talk about in my 7 chakras for beginners guide is the Crown chakra or Sahasrara.

Sahasrara has the form of a thousand petal Lotus. It is located in the crown of the head and is associated with the pituitary gland.

When Kundalini fully activates this chakra, it is the highest experience in human evolution. When it happens there is a complete overcoming of non-duality happens. This is a state when a person’s attention can be in the material world, performing some actions, and at the same time be in the spiritual world, maintaining a connection with the Higher Self, Inner Guru, and the whole Universe.

According to some sources, Sahasrara is not considered a separate chakra but is the result of the simultaneous and harmonious operation of all the chakras, when the chakras become one column of light.

The activation of Sahasrara implies going beyond the traditional understanding of reality.

For more information about Crown Chakra Opening Symptoms read my article: Crown Chakra Opening Symptoms You Should Be Aware Of

To learn more about Sahasrara blockage symptoms and best ways to heal it read my article: Crown Chakra Blockage Symptoms And Ways To Heal It

CONCLUSION

I hope after reading my Chakra for beginners guide you get a better understanding of what a chakra is and how balanced chakras look like.

I also want to remind you that chakra healing practice can’t be achieved by just going to a healer every other month for getting some energy work done to your chakras. Reiki healing is a great modality for balancing your chakras and can be done by yourself once initiated into the practice. Chakra healing practice is, first of all, a deep self-development and self-improvement practice. Only when you’re working on yourself, following your spiritual path, practicing yoga and energy healing can you say that you’re balancing your chakras. But when you doing energy healing without transforming and developing your consciousness it’s not really easy to see any stable result of such healing.

And in the very end of this Chakra for beginners guide I want to share with you some of my articles about chakras that might be helpful in your spiritual path:

This Is How You Can Test Your Chakras By Yourself

High-Vibe Mantras For Chakras

Magical Ritual Baths For Chakra Balancing

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