Monday, November 7, 2016

Chakra Box

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel or disk. The chakras are wheels of energy corresponding to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. When any of these chakras are out of balance, it impacts the related system as well as the whole. The December Chakra Box is a collection of sacred objects to use in your sacred space and rituals to align and balance these cosmic energy centers.

-Anahata Chakra Art Card: Symbolizes the Heart Chakra, to remind you to mindfully breathe into your heart-space nurturing it with your attention, that it may radiate love to yourself and others.

-Engraved Chakra Stones and Ornate Wood Box: Each stone and symbol correlate with a chakra and can be used to balance and align these energy centers. Cleanse your stones by smudging with sage (an intention to clear the stones of prior energies and influences is enough when using sage), or place in a bowl of water and sea salt. You may lay the stones directly on the chakras or hold them in your right hand to charge or left hand to absorb. Scroll down for information on each stone as well as information on using Chakra stones.

-Chakra Chart: This laminated 7" x 14" Chakra chart has many important pieces of information on each Chakra including its Sanskrit name, associated systems, colors, crystals, foods, herbs, yoga poses and more. Use this reference when working with the Chakras or when you recognize imbalances in your physical emotional or spiritual being.

-Svadhisthana Pendant and Pouch: The Sacral Chakra symbol with carnelian or tiger’s eye, two of the many healing stones for this chakra. The Sacral Chakra is generally unbalanced in many of the world's populations. This is a result of the rise of the patriarchy and the oppression and sexualization of the feminine. This Chakra also relates to our emotional relationships, including our parental relationships. Our creativity arises from this cosmic portal, the carrier and manifestor of life energy.  Wear this pendant with the intention of harmonizing this Chakra, for your benefit, but also for the good of all beings.

-Vishuddha Soap : Use this vegan Throat Chakra soap mindfully, as a ritual for rebalancing, reflecting on the associated energies, intentionally nurturing these energy centers. Too often we don't say what needs to be said, for fear of conflict or hurt feelings. Or maybe it is because we don't feel like we will be heard, or are maybe we are simply shy. Healing this Chakra is important for our spiritual growth.

-or Ajna Soap: As above, use this Third eye Chakra soap mindfully to inspire an awakening of your inner eye, and intuition. With love and attention you can become more connected with your intuition and inner wisdom.

-Sahasrara Chakra Candle: Use this Crown Chakra candle during meditation with the intention of connecting with the Divine/Source/Higher Self.

-White Sage Smudge Bundle: Burn sage to cleanse the energies in your home, sacred space, your crystals and other sacred objects, your chakras and your aura.**

Using Chakra Stones
There are endless ways to use your beautiful stones. Cleanse your crystals with sage or other appropriate method before using for the first time, and then as needed. Some ideas for using your crystals are:
  • Put them in a pouch, and choose one randomly as an oracle. This is an intuitive way to find out from your Chakras themselves which one may need attention.
  • Read the section on imbalances in the Chakra chart to find which Chakras may be out of balance and carry the associated stone with you in a pouch or pocket, reminding yourself throughout the day to breathe into that Chakra, directing compassion and love there.
  • Lie down, lay each stone on the corresponding Chakra starting at the root. For the crown Chakra, lay that stone on the ground so that it touches your head. Bring your attention to the root Chakra and breathe luminous red light into this space, repeat with each Chakra. Remove stones beginning with the crown down to the root.
7 Day Chakra Balancing and Aligning Exercise
Do this exercise with one Chakra at a time beginning with the Root Chakra, for seven days. If you miss a day, just keep going, it doesn't really matter how long it takes, just that you give each Chakra at least a day before going to the next one, so each can assimilate the intention and healing before moving on. 
**This ritual can be done out of order, or with any Chakra, without doing the whole seven days.
  • Beginning on day one with the Muladhara stone, get into a comfortable meditative position. Consult the Chakra chart to get an understanding of the Root Chakra and it's physical, emotional and spiritual centers. Understand what a balanced and unbalanced Root Chakra feels like. 
  • With your stone in your right hand close your eyes and focus on your breathing for several breaths. Imagine that you are breathing through your right arm into your stone and filling it with the healing balancing energies of the Root Chakra, such as security, prosperity and feeling grounded. 
  • When you are ready, move the stone to your left hand. Allow your mind to consider how you may be imbalanced in this Chakra with gentle, loving, compassionate attention. Whether or not you have an imbalance in this area, allow the healing energies from the stone to be absorbed into your energy body. 
  • Carry this stone with you, in a pocket or pouch throughout the day, or sleep with it under your pillow. If you feel moved to journal, write about your Root Chakra energy, is it pretty balanced or does it need alignment? Write about how you can bring healing energy to it with attention, foods, and other types of nurturing (essential oils, yoga, etc..)
  • Repeat

Chakra Stone Properties
My favorite online resources for crystal and stone properties are Crystal Vaults and Healing Crystals which is where much of the information below can be found.
Muladhara, the Root Chakra- Red Jasper stimulates the Base, or Root Chakra. All Jaspers connect to the Earth and may be placed on the Base Chakra to stabilize and energize the physical body. 
Svadhisthana, the Sacral Chakra-Orange Aventurine is great when dealing with issues of self-worth. Use Orange Aventurine to help you to clear blockages between the Sacral and Third-Eye Chakras. Orange Aventurine can be used to enhance personal will by channeling energy through the Sacral Chakra for assimilation. 
Manipura, the Solar Plexus Chakra- Yellow Aventurine can aid those who have problems with power and control.  Working with Yellow Aventurine can help focus intentions for manifesting a sense of ease in being yourself.  The golden light of Yellow Aventurine fills one with compassion and understanding, alleviating grief and centering the emotions.
Anahata, the Heart Chakra -Green Aventurine is a comforter and heart healer, used to clear and activate the Heart Chakra for general well-being and emotional calm. Green crystal energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the Heart Chakra, helping us understand our own needs and emotions clearly.  
Vishuddha, the Throat Chakra- Lapis Lazuli Blue crystal energy will unblock and balance the throat chakra. The darker shades of blue carry the power of truth. The Throat Chakra is the voice of the body, a pressure valve that allows the energy from the other chakras to be expressed. If it is blocked or out of balance, it can affect the health of the other chakras. 
Ajna, the Third Eye ChakraBlue Aventurine resonates with the upper chakras, from the mind to the heart, and is especially stimulating to the Third Eye and Throat Chakras. When the Brow Chakra is in balance our thoughts and internal communications within ourselves are healthy and vibrant. We are open to new ideas, dreams, and visions, and can control the flow of energy within all the chakras. The dark blue/purple crystals of indigo are used to treat imbalances of the Brow Chakra.
Sahasrara, the Crown Chakra-  AmethystImbalances of the Crown Chakra are treated with Light Violet crystals. Their violet rays have the universal life force of magic, dreams, inspiration, and destiny. When the Crown is in balance, our energies are in balance. We know our place in the universe and see things as they are.