Chakras and Color Therapy
By Mary Heather Hannah
Each of us posses seven spinning energy centers called chakras. Each chakra has its own quality and quantity of energy depending on how open or closed it is. Color therapy in a variety of forms can be used to open blocked chakras.
Chakra 1: Muladhara
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine. This chakra deals with human potential, primitive energy, basic survival needs and our foundations. Red is the color associated with this chakra. A significant lack of energy here can make people weak and self-destructive.
Chakra 2: Svadhisthana
The second chakra is located just slightly below the navel, or belly button. This chakra is the center of our sexual drive and emotions. The color of this chakra is orange. A deficiency of energy here may cause a person to be immobilized by fear, burdened by guilt or distrustful.
Chakra 3: Manipura
The third chakra is located at the solar plexus and relates to will, power, and social identification. This chakra's color is yellow. A lack of energy here may result in depression and confusion.
Chakra 4: Anahata
The fourth chakra is located over the heart and relates to love, balance, compassion, and self expression. Green, and sometimes pink, is the color of this chakra. Little energy in this chakra may cause paranoia and indecision.
Chakra 5: Vishuddha
The fifth chakra is located at the throat and relates to communication, creativity, and self identification. The color here is blue. A blocked chakra here can cause a person to be devious and manipulative.
Chakra 6: Ajna
The sixth chakra is located between the eyebrows at the third eye position relating to mind, intuition, and heightened self awareness. Violet is the color here. Insufficient amounts of energy here can cause a person to be oversensitive and afraid of success.
Chakra 7: Sahasrara
The seventh, or crown chakra, is located at the top of the head and deals with the experience of self- realization, wisdom, understanding, and enlightenment. Enlightenment is the culmination of all the other chakras and thus is depicted by white. A deficiency of energy here may cause a person to become catatonic.
The first three chakras are concerned primarily with physical concerns, where as the last three charkas are concerned with more spiritual matters. The fourth, or the heart chakra, balances the physical and the spiritual.
Color therapy can take a variety of forms including light, clothing and minerals. Colored light therapy may be as simple as buying a colored light bulb from the hardware store. People with an interest in theatre may extend the idea to flood lights and a colored gel, a thick piece of plastic. Even the stained glass windows of your local church can help you get the colored light you are looking for.
Clothing can also effect a person. To help alleviate depression, wear colors like orange, yellow, or pink. Black is a color of mystery and should reflect that mood. An erotic atmosphere can be created with red and orange colors. To counteract nervousness, surround yourself with blues and greens.
Minerals and jewelry can also help enhance your mood. Lower chakra stones are best worn as anklets, belt buckles, rings or bracelets. The fourth and fifth chakra minerals are best worn as necklaces over the heart or chokers around the throat. Sixth and seventh chakra stones are best in earrings or hair pieces. The chakra stones are generally the same color that is associated with the individual chakras. The following is a partial list of chakra stones:
- Chakra 1: Red - red garnet, black obsidian, smoky quartz
- Chakra 2: Orange - tiger's eye, carnelian
- Chakra 3: Yellow - citrine
- Chakra 4: Green - malachite, green jade, rose quartz
- Chakra 5: Blue - sodalite, azurite
- Chakra 6: Violet - lapis, flourite
- Chakra 7: White - amethyst, clear quartz
Select the chakra stones in such a way to enhance your mood much the same way you would select colors for your clothing.
Further Reading These resources talk more extensively about healing uses of the chakras and color therapy.
- 'Bodymind' by Ken Dychtwald
- 'Wheels of Life' by Anodea Judith
- 'Color and Crystals: A Journey Through the Chakras' by Joy Gardner
Copyright 2003 Mary Heather Hannah