What’s not working in your life? Do you have money troubles? Relationship woes? Feelings of constant anxiety?  Understanding the chakras and their meanings can give you insight into challenging areas of your life.

the chakras and their meaningsNow sure what the chakras are and what they do? Here’s a brief rundown of the chakras and their meanings.

The chakras are energy centers that run from the top of our heads to the point just below our spines. We have seven chakras and each of them regulate a part of our physical, emotional, and spiritual beings.

The root chakra, or first chakra, located at the base of your spine, helps you to feel grounded and stable when it is balanced. With a balanced and healthy root chakra, you will have confidence in yourself and others around you.  You will also be confident in your ability to take care of your basic needs for survival. When it comes to your physical life, your root chakra can be considered something of a foundation. If your root chakra is unbalanced or blocked, you can feel depressed or fatigued, fearful or even nervous. You may have money problems or struggles taking care of your basic needs.

The sacral chakra, or second chakra, located around your lower abdomen, is associated with our emotional nature. It is also related to sexuality and creativity. If this chakra is balanced you are in touch with your emotions and may have a healthy sex drive. You are not afraid to be passionate. You are also comfortable and in touch with your creative nature. If there is a problem with this chakra, you may struggle with intimate relationships. You may also feel blocked when it comes to expressing your creative side.

The navel chakra, or third chakra, located at your stomach or solar plexus, has to do with self esteem and personal boundaries. When this chakra is balanced you stand up for yourself and draw the line in the sand when you have to. You have a healthy self-esteem and can give to others without being walked all over.  You have no problems making decisions and tend to have a good sense of humor. If the chakra is unbalanced, you could have trouble concentrating and making decisions. You might also let people walk all over you and find yourself giving too much of yourself for your own good.

The heart chakra, or fourth chakra, located in the middle of your chest, is about your ability to freely give and receive love. When this chakra is balanced you are likely to be compassionate and friendly and you may work well in team situations. You haven’t closed your heart because of past hurts; rather, your heart is open and willing to love and trust others. I’m not talking blind trust and being reckless with your heart. This is about making wise heart decisions. If your heart chakra is unbalanced, you could have self-acceptance challenges. You may also have a tendency to be negative about relationships. If it is unbalanced, you might also be shy and introverted and afraid to share yourself with others.

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The throat chakra, or fifth chakra, is located — you guessed it — around your throat area. This is the source of self-expression and communication. When this chakra is healthy you aren’t afraid to express your truth. Your real truth. However, if this chakra is unhealthy, you may be living a lie. You may be afraid to tell people how you really feel or show them who you really are.

The third eye chakra, or sixth chakra, located around your forehead, has to do with your intuition. When this chakra is balanced, you have the ability to fantasize and your intuition is strong. You may even have strong psychic abilities. When this chakra is unbalanced, you may have balance issues and insomnia. You may also rely too heavily on logic and be afraid to trust your intuition.

The crown chakra, or seventh chakra, is on the top of your head and is associated with your connection to the Universe. When this chakra is open you are at one with the world and yourself. You accept your own spirituality. If it is blocked, there could be a feeling of being disconnected from the world, or you may even experience some mental illness.

You know the chakras and their meanings: what next?

Once you know what parts of your life each chakra governs, take an honest assessment of what’s working in your life and what isn’t. For example, if you’re having financial problems and can’t make ends meet, take a look at your root chakra. If it’s relationships that you have troubles with, your sacral chakra would be an ideal place to look.

Once you know what areas you want to work on, then you can start to take some steps to balance your chakras.

Learning more about the chakras and their meanings can be the first step to a more connected life.