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The Chakras – The Heart Chakra

4 – The Heart Chakra

The fourth chakra, the heart chakra is known as Anahatta in ancient Sanskrit. It is located right in the center of the chest. Its energy flows out of the front of the chest and to a lesser extent also out of the back at a point directly behind.

This chakra is all about love and feelings. Love in its purest sense.

The heart chakra represents a balance in relationships, links with others and with oneself. It is literally the center of our being, both physically and psychologically.

When this chakra is activated fully it benefits the heart and the lungs. If the chakra is blocked it can cause breathing problems, high blood pressure and even heart related ailments.

The associated colors for the heart chakra are green or pink. The way it is used in the healing chakras CD is that when the meditation is working its way up, activating the chakras from the bottom up then the color to activate it is green. Once all the chakras are open and active then on the way back down the body, the color best suited for bathing the already open chakra is pink.

Its element is air and the metal associated is Tin. Its gem stones are rose quartz, green quartz or emerald. When you use these stones, especially the rose quartz, which is has a very loving energy, they can help us to transmit loving vibrations which will help  to heal the wounds of the heart. It can teach us to accept and to love. They can also help us to see the love in others and appreciate them more. These stone can also stimulate creativity and fantasy at the same time as balancing us emotionally.

When the heart chakra is in balance, the psychological aspects can be compassion, acceptance of what cannot be changed and a great general opening up emotionally. The psychological aspects of the heart chakra when it is out of balance are low self esteem, loneliness, sadness and a closing up emotionally.

To balance the chakra you can use meditation music in the key of G and imagine a ball of gentle green light centered around the area of the chakra. Imagine a 12 petalled green lotus flower opening slowly and rotating over the chakra. This 12 petalled green lotus flower is represented in the Sanskrit Mandala for the chakra.

The Chakras – The Throat Chakra

Throat Chakra5 – The Throat Chakra

The fifth chakra is the throat chakra and is called Vishudda in ancient Sanskrit. It is positioned the the center of the throat. The energy from this chakra  flows out of the front, just under the chin and also a little less intensely from back of the neck.

This chakra is to do with communication, speech and expression.

The throat chakra represents a will to communicate harmoniously that which is inside oneself to others and the use of that energy in a creative way.

With a fully activated throat chakra speech can come easily and thee is a willingness to communicate with others. With this chakra blocked then throat problems in general can arise along with loss of voice, neck problems and sometimes shoulder problems too.

The color associated with the throat chakra is blue… turquoise blue, Its element is the ether and the associated metal is Mercury. The main gem stone for this chakra Turquoise. This stone has the blue of the sky and the heavens combined with the green of the earth combining the spiritual with the grounded power of the planet itself. This is the principle behind this chakra. The stone helps us to express ourselves and to share spiritual knowledge which can be integrated into our material lives. As well as augmenting both psychic and spiritual communication it can also help with communication in general,

When the throat chakra is in balance, the psychological aspects manifest as a development of artistic talent and elevated spirituality. The psychological aspects of the throat chakra when it is out of balance can be getting blocked, obsession, repression of speech, creative blocks and not being able to express yourself.

To balance the chakra you can use meditation music in the key of A and imagine a sphere of turquoise blue light around the area throat. Visualize a  16 petalled blue lotus flower slowly opening and rotating over the chakra. This 16 petalled blue lotus flower is represented in the Sanskrit Mandala for the chakra.

The Chakras – Third Eye Chakra

The sixth chakra is the third eye chakra and in the Sanskrit language is referred to as Alna. It can be found right in the center of the forehead, just between and slightly above the eyes  at the level of the eyebrows. It also has a corresponding point at the back of the head.

This chakra is about attaining a clear vision of events, of knowing instinctively and of awakening the sixth sense.

The third eye chakra represents the power to communicate with your inner self and your intuition.

If this chakra is activated and open, it can help you to get in touch with your inner self, your intuition will become more finely tuned and it can allow you to learn to let the messages of the brain flow easily thus allowing a direct connection to the cosmic consciousness. When this chakra is blocked however then there can be mental imbalance along with insensitivity and an inability to accept new ideas.

The color associated with the throat chakra is indigo blue and its metal is Silver. The principle stone for this chakra is Sodalite. Sodalite clarifies understanding, it can bring a serenity and can strengthen the nerves. It can help greatly in dissolving old and obsolete behavior patterns whilst providing the strength and confidence to defend ones thought patterns in the environment of our daily life. It can help to clear the mind and to achieve rational thinking.

When the third eye chakra is balanced, the psychological aspects can manifest as psychic development, an intellectual lucidity and extra-sensorial perception. When the chakra is unbalanced the psychological aspects can manifest as inability to use the intuition, disbelief of dreams, an inability to visualize and intellectual blockages. It can cause headaches and confusing thoughts.

To balance the chakra you can use meditation music in the key of D and imagine a sphere of indigo blue light between the eyebrows. See a 2 petalled indigo lotus flower slowly opening and rotating over the area. This indigo lotus flower with its 2 petals is represented in the Sanskrit Mandala for the chakra.

The Crown Chakra – The Seventh Chakra

The Crown chakra, the seventh is the uppermost of the principal chakras and in ancient Sanskrit is called Sahasrara. It is located right on top of the head in the center…  at the ‘crown’ of the head.

This chakra connects us with our spirituality and providing a mystic union can help us toward achieving enlightenment.

The crown chakra is the chakra that most will help us on our spiritual path as it opens us up to other dimensions and can give us knowledge of alternative consciousness at the same time as helping us to not become extremist and to remain grounded. This offers you the opportunity to explore new dimensions and levels of consciousness.

When this chakra is fully open and activated it offer great inspiration, enlightenment and open a gateway into the cosmic consciousness
If this chakra is blocked however, depression can ensue accompanied by confusion slow thinking, a closing of to new ideas, tumors or cranial pressure.

The color associated with the crown chakra is Violet or white and even sometimes a warm golden color. The metal associated with this chakra is Gold. The principle stone for this chakra is clear quartz. The use of quartz offers light to the soul and promotes a spiritual knowledge. It can help us to connect our souls with the universal spirit that resides in everyone and everything. It can also help to dissolve blocks, protect us and give us new energy.

When the crown chakra is balanced, the psychological aspects can manifest as inspiration, enlightenment and a unity with the cosmic consciousness. When the crown chakra is unbalanced or not open properly some of the psychological aspects can manifest as limited personal beliefs, worry, inability to open up to new ideas and it can even in some cases lead to madness and psychosis.

To balance the chakra you can use meditation music in the key of G and imagine a ball of bright white light over the top of the head. Imagine a thousand petalled violet lotus flower slowly opening and rotating over the area. This violet lotus flower with its thousand petals surrounded in white healing light is represented in the Sanskrit Mandala for the chakra.

Guided Meditation for Centering

Here is a guided meditation that can be used for centering yourself and to help you relax.

It can be used before other meditations, before yoga sessions, healing sessions or any other type of therapy. You can also do this meditation on your own without the music and guide once you have learned it.

The music is original and specially composed for this meditation.

Meditation with Crystals

About meditation with crystals

There are so many meditations you can do using quartz crystals and other crystals and gem stones that I could write a whole book about it.

Quartz Crystal for MeditationQuartz crystals are basically amplifiers of energy so what ever you put into them comes out amplified. This is true for any type of energy, from basic earthly energies such as electricity or pressure to the higher subtle energies of thought and intention and even higher vibrations too such as spirituality and faith. I often use quartz crystals as an aid in my Reiki healing sessions to amplify and focus the healing energy

Each different type of crystal or stone has its own properties but you might want to start by trying a simple meditation with a clear quartz point.

Make sure you clean the crystal before hand by washing it under cold running water with clean thoughts. As I mentioned before the crystals can act as amplifiers and if you are unsettled and having negative thoughts whilst you are cleansing them then they can later hold a part of that negativity and give it out during your meditation. The best way to clean them is to think or imagine a pure white light going into the crystal as you hold it under the running water. You only really need do this for half a minute or so or until the crystal feels clean to you.

Now you have you clean quarts you can start your meditation.

There are so many ways to do this so here are just a few of the many methods you might want to use.

You can simply hold the crystal in the palm of your hand and meditate as usual, you will probably notice some subtle change in your meditation, beware though that you do not spend all of the time looking for the effect that the crystal might be having and instead try to forget that you have it there.

Experiment with the direction (This will depend somewhat on the size and shape of the crystal). Try sitting with the point of the crystal towards you and then in a later meditation try with the point facing outwards and then again with the point facing straight up.

Another way to meditate is to simply place the crystal of stone under your chair or under your cushion. This is more effective if it is a large or powerful piece that you are using.  Once again don’t spend the meditation wondering what effect the crystal is having.

Crystal gazing is also very powerful. You place a crystal before you, preferably at eye level or where you can see it well close up and even better if there is a light source behind it such as a window or a candle or even an electric light. (it doesn’t have to be a strong light source nor does it have to be close). This works particularly well with quartz crystal spheres. Now look into the crystal for a while, trying not to focus on the inside but instead on all of the outside edges as if you were using your peripheral vision. After a while, out of the corner of your eyes you will see a sort of twinkling around the outer edges, just allow this light to flow into you as you meditate with your eyes open. Do not try to look at this twinkling light or it will go away, instead simply allow it to flow into you.

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Amythist Crystal for MeditationIn Judy Hall’s The Crystal Bible she suggests that you can ‘get to know’ your crystals or stones by meditating with them. You start the meditation as before by staring into the crystal. You examine it in every little detail, you look deep inside it and allow yourself to get lost inside it. Then when you have been doing this for a while you can close your eyes and just soak up the energy of the crystal as you begin to meditate. You might even receive messages from the crystal in the form of unexpected thoughts or visions.

Another really good way that I use crystals in my meditation is with music. I have a channeled Chakra healing CD but it will work with most new age music especially made for relaxation. Just having the crystal placed somewhere in your auric field you will find that the vibration of the music will be subtly amplified at much higher frequencies by the crystal and you will be able to experience both the music and the energy of the crystal  lot more intensely.  Be careful how you use this method because if you are listening to strident music or music with negative energy then this will of course be amplified providing an uncomfortable experience.

Most of these Crystal meditations are not the typical ’empty your mind’ type meditations but they can be just as useful in so far as they will stop the constant mental chit chat that we all get and it will calm you both mentally physically and psychically all helping you to get into that place of meditation.

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new age music meditation

Achahn Chuen meditationNew Age music meditation can be a great aid to concentration. Not only can it help to center you for the meditation but the vibrations of repeated tones and droning basslines can physically help to open up your energy centers or chakras. This along with the repetitive rhythm and sequences can be almost hypnotic or trance like in nature which can greatly assist in entering a meditative state.

There are also some new age CDs that contain guided meditations with calming music in the background and a soothing voice taking you on a journey into your self, this is another common new age music meditation form.
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