We're heading into the last part of this series. This last section will cover the Heart Chakra, the start of the upper four chakras and the transition from the physical-related chakras to those associated with the higher self. This chakra serves as a means of connection for the chakras as a whole, as well as our connection to others and the universe around us. There's lots to cover, take your time to absorb and grow!
Fourth / Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra is the connection between matter and spirit. Located at the heart center, the fourth chakra is at the middle of the seven and unites them. The fourth is also spiritual but serves as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions, and spirit. The Heart Chakra is our source of love and connection. It encompasses the heart and lungs, and the chakra itself exists within the chest, just above the heart. The lesson of this chakra is I Love.
The Heart Chakra is most often associated with the color green. Green is a color of harmony, growth, abundance and nature. Green works to revitalize the nerves, offering new energy outward to renew and fresh the sense of vitality.
How do you know if your Heart Chakra is unbalanced? Apathy and faithlessness. Distrust and difficulty to commit. Breast issues. Over-loving (suffocation). Jealousy. Abandonment. Anger. Bitterness. Fear of Loneliness. Lack of empathy. Fear of intimacy.
Tips for Balancing your Heart Chakra: Locate your hearth Chakra - located at the heart. Smile at everyone you see daily, even if you don’t feel like smiling. Forgive and move on. Life is too short to hold grudges. Give friends, family, and co-workers positive affirmations and feedback. Engage with the element of air. Practice and reflect on empathy and your caring for others. Surround yourself with the color green and practice while utilizing the color green, or incorporating a gemstone over the chakra area using a gemstone specific for balance of the Heart Chakra: moonstone, tourmaline, rose quartz, aventurine, emerald, green calcite, green tourmaline.
Practice yoga poses that open the chest, such as camel pose (Ustrasana) and eagle (Garudasana).
Suggested Essential Oils Recommended for Diffusing and/or applying for balancing the Heart Chakra: Rose, Geranium, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, Acceptance, Humility, Joy, Bergamot, Rosemary, Peppermint, Tea Tree.
Heart Chakra Balancing Spray Recipe: 5 drops Bergamot + 1 drop Rose + 3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Neroli + 2 drops Tangerine + 1-4 Rose Quartz pebbles (optional). Combine ingredients in a small 2 oz spray bottle with distilled or bottled water or into a 5 ml glass bottle with carrier oil. Apply to Root Chakra as needed.
Affirmation / I listen to my heart and honor its connection to the hearts of others. I allow love to fill me up and guide me in all my actions. I gracefully move to the rhythm of life.
The Spiritual Chakras
In the first half of the series, we covered the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, and Solar Plexus Chakra. These more physical chakras deal with energies that are more concerned with the fundamental functions of life and well-being. They are not of less importance, but rather serve as more foundational energies that provide the basis for a higher self.
These following three sections are concerned with the final three chakras: the Throat Chakra, the Third Eye or Brow Chakra, and the Crown Chakra.
Fifth Chakra: The Vishuddha chakra is the fifth chakra, located in the area of the throat. This is our source of verbal expression and the ability to speak our highest truth. The fifth chakra includes the neck, thyroid, and parathyroid glands, jaw, mouth, and tongue. ***The lesson of this chakra is to speak up and let your voice be heard.***
Sixth Chakra: The Ajna Chakra is located in between the eyebrows. It is also referred to as the “third eye” chakra. Ajna is our center of intuition. We all have a sense of intuition but we may not listen to it or heed its warnings. Focus on opening the sixth chakra will help you hone this ability. ***The lesson of this chakra is to see the big picture.***
Seventh Chakra: The Sahasrara Chakra or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra is located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine. It is located at the crown of the head. ***The lesson of this chakra is live mindfully.***
Fifth Chakra / Throat
The first of the three more spiritual or ‘Higher Self’ chakras is the Throat Chakra. Like the physical nature of the throat, the Throat Chakra deals with communication and expression of ideas, thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It is our center of expression in terms of vocalizing truths. Generally, this chakra begins to develop later in life, as one becomes more comfortable expressing their ideas, opinions, and thoughts to others. This chakra relates to the thyroid gland, upper lungs, and the respiratory system.
The Throat Chakra is also associated with the color blue. Because the Throat Chakra deals with open communication and clarity, one way to conceptualize its relation to blue is the instance of clear skies – open and bright blue. Blue is related to devotion, health, infinity, and calm.
How do you know if your Throat Chakra is unbalanced? Habitual lying. Difficulty communicating or feeling of insecurity when expressing oneself. Nervousness. Voice loss. Fear of no power or choice. No willpower, out of control. Mind and heart aren’t connected.
Tips for Balancing your Throat Chakra - Locate it first - at the throat. Surround yourself with the color blue, like being under a blue sky. Practice throat and vocal exercises – try being loud! (Chanting, singing, humming, and reading aloud). Meditate and still your mind, and focus on listening to your inner thoughts. Acknowledge and record your opinions openly. Practice while utilizing the color blue, or incorporating a gemstone over the chakra area using a gemstone specific for balance of the Throat Chakra: sapphire, aquamarine, red and brown aventurine, quartz crystal, angelite, blue lace agate, blue topaz, turquoise.
Focus on asanas that work on the upper body (shoulders, upper back) - camel pose (Ustrasana), bridge pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana), shoulder stand (Salamba Sarvangasana), and plow (Halasana).
Suggested Essential Oils to diffuse/apply to throat for balancing your throat chakra: Roman Chamomile, Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Geranium, Coriander, Patchouli, Hyssop, Hope, Valor, Envision, Believe.
Throat Chakra Balancing Spray Recipe: 6 drops Bergamot + 5 drops Roman Chamomile + 2 drops Basil + 1-4 Lapiz pebbles (optional). Combine ingredients in a small 2 oz spray bottle with distilled or bottled water or into a 5 ml glass bottle with carrier oil. Apply to Throat Chakra as needed.
Affirmation / I love and accept myself. I am willing to stand up for myself in confidence for that which I believe. I have the freedom to make my own choices in life with appreciation of my sense of self. I am connected to the source of all power and it flows through me to encourage the power of others.
Sixth Chakra / Third Eye
The Third Eye Chakra has the quality of subtle ether. Ether is the connectedness of space – it’s what exists between all things, regardless of time. The Third Eye Chakra is a chakra that, in a sense, reveals the nature of this ether to our understanding. It enables us to experience clear thought and mindfulness of the object at hand, and it’s considered to be the source of our dreams, as well as psychic abilities, such as Clairvoyance. When this chakra is balanced we feel clear, focused, and can determine between truth and illusion. We are open to receiving wisdom and insight. Blocked by illusion.
The Third Eye Chakra is referred to as Ajna in Sanskrit. In the body, it’s located at the eyebrow and center of the forehead. In a similar capacity to our understanding of the brain, this chakra acts as the “command station” of the body and mind. It a place of consciousness that allows us to reflect upon the nature of things, including ourselves. It’s here that we look within ourselves and act as a witness or observer, a reflective point of view.
The color of the Third Eye Chakra is indigo blue, a powerful color relates to connection and the door to divinity. Indigo is a color of insight, a bridge between the left and right sides of the brain. It is a color of symbolic thinking and visionary abilities. It’s the spark that exists within someone’s eye – the ability to see a pathway and means of accomplishing or understanding things.
How do you know if your Third Eye Chakra is unbalanced? Nightmares. Learning difficulties. Eye, ear, scalp or hair, sinus or hormone issues. Eyestrain. Poor intuition.
Tips for Balancing your Third Eye Chakra: Locate it first - Middle of the eyebrows, in the center of the forehead. Mediate on the concept that everything is connected. Sit in the stillness of nature and simply observe the world. Separate yourself from illusion and fantasy and identify truths behind questions that you face. Practice while utilizing the color indigo, or incorporating a gemstone over the chakra area using a gemstone specific for balance of the Third Eye Chakra: diamond, amethyst, azurite, lapis lazuli, sodalite.
Practice Om or Sham mantra by chanting Om or Sham, the vibrations will open and align this chakra
Suggested Essential Oils to use with balancing the Third Eye Chakra: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange, Lavender, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Helichrysum, frankincense, White Angelica, Awaken. Dream Catcher, Transformation. Diffuse and/or apply to the Third Eye Chakra area.
Third Eye Balancing Spray Recipe: 5 drops Lavender + 3 drops Idaho Blue Spruce + 2 drops Frankincense + 1 drop Clary Sage + 1-4 Amethyst pebbles (optional). Combine ingredients in a small 2 oz spray bottle with distilled or bottled water or into a 5 ml glass bottle with carrier oil. Apply to Third Eye Chakra as needed.
Affirmation / My mind is open to new vision. I expand my awareness through my higher self.
Seventh Chakra / Crown
The Crown Chakra, one of the most difficult chakras from people to understand and fully open. It is often referred to and depicted as the ‘thousand-petaled Lotus.’ This chakra sits atop the chakra ladder, where the Root Chakra grounds us to earth, the Crown Chakra connects us to what is beyond earth – the heavens and ether above. This chakra is highly complex, dealing with transcendence beyond all other things and worldly attachments. This serves as a connection to the universe and helps breed our imagination and self-creation. The highest chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. Deals with pure, cosmic energy, and is blocked by earthly attachment. When this chakra is balanced, we live in the present moment. We have an unshakeable trust in our inner guidance.
It exists on the top of the head, sometimes depicted as being just above the body. It relates to the nervous systems, pineal gland, and brain. It deals with awareness, understanding, and our highest states of potential and being. When this chakra is opened and fully functioning, you’re enabled to have complete control of your thoughts and actions. This chakra directly connects us to the pure cosmic energy of the universe.
The color of the Crown Chakra is deep violet. It represents the connection between red (matter) and blue (spiritual energy). It is both subtle and overt, dealing with all form of our health, from our spiritual, to mental, to physical health. Violet relates to letting go of sadness and intense and powerful change. It is cleansing and purifying, and contains mystery and mysticism. The sense of the Crown Chakra deals with a sense of wholeness and completion.
How do you know if your Crown Chakra is unbalanced? Confusion. Loss of faith. Light sensitivity. Neurological issues. Inability to learn. Sensitivity to light, sound, environment. Difficult to meditate. Bodily disconnect.
Tips for Balancing your Crown Chakra. Locate it first - Top of head. Meditate upon the silence after the Om mantra - silence is the most powerful and important way to opening the seventh chakra. Reflect in silence. Think of all your worldly attachments, and let them go.
Realize that letting go of these things doesn’t mean never having them. Engage in spiritual practices, rhythms, and groups. Practice Om mantra - by chanting Om, the vibrations will open and align this chakra. Practice while utilizing the color violet, or incorporating a gemstone over the chakra area using a gemstone specific for balance of the Crown Chakra: sapphire, green aventurine, quartz, diamond, clear calcite.
Suggested Essential Oils to use with balancing the Crown Chakra include: Frankincense. Sacred Frankincense, Myrrh, Lavender, Jasmine, Three Wise Men, Gathering, Inspiration, Neroli, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Rose. Diffuse and/or apply to top of head.
Crown Chakra Balancing Spray Recipe: 7 drops Lavender + 5 drops White Angelica + 1 drop Neroli + 1-4 Clear Quartz pebbles (optional) + Combine ingredients in a small 2 oz spray bottle with distilled or bottled water or into a 5 ml glass bottle with carrier oil. Apply to Crown Chakra as needed.
Affirmation / I am connected to all. I am a part of it all.
Seal the Energy
Once you’ve worked on getting your chakras aligned or finished your meditation or yoga practice for the day, I recommend that you use this recipe to “seal” the energy: ⠀
Seal the Energy Spray: 10 drops of Valor or Valor II + 3 drops of White Angelica + One small Clear Quartz stone (optional). Mix the essentials oils in a 2 oz spray bottle with distilled or bottled water and put the stone into the bottle. Swirl the contents before using and spray over the crown of your head or over the chakra that you worked on.⠀
Thank you for being here on this journey with me. xo
That’s the end of our series! I hope you have learned a lot about how to open up your chakras in combination with Young Living Essential Oils. Use this information in your own personal practice or if you teach yoga, be sure to utilize these recipes with your clientele.
If you’re not able to source the gemstones for your recipes, here is a website that sells roller bottles with the gemstones in them, roller bottles with the gemstone as the roller ball and roller balls that will fit most 10 ml bottles: Whimsey and Wellness