Shedding light on the seven chakras

In my last two columns, I shared my experience with receiving a surprisingly accurate and effective chakra reading.

Today’s column aims to shed additional insight on the seven chakras and what each of these individual energy centers represents.


According to religious Indian thought and teachings, the body contains seven chakras — known as the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras — which are the centers of spiritual power through which energy flows.

The chakras are positioned throughout the body from the base of the spine to the crown of the head, with each chakra containing its own vibrational frequency, color, and specific function.

Each chakra has a corresponding color that mirrors the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet (or white). These colors, however, are not stable or permanent, but fluid, constantly changing along with your emotions.

“The colors seen in your chakras can be muddy, faded with very little color present, or even too saturated, too bright,” notes “The color of a chakra indicates your current physical, emotional, and spiritual state.” reports that blocked energy within the chakras can often lead to illness, which is why “it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.”

The Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine in the tailbone area, is our foundation and represents feelings of basic trust, survival instincts, and being grounded. Emotional issues connect with his chakra include financial independence, money and food. As the most dense chakra, the color red — which is the most dense color — represents the root chakra.

The Sacral Chakra represents our ability to accept others and new experiences. Located in the lower abdomen, about two inches below the navel, this orange-hued chakra is connects with our feelings of abundance, well-being, creativity, intuition, pleasure and sexuality.

At the center of our being lies the Solar Plexus Chakra. This sunshine-yellow chakra — a color that radiates intellectual energy — is located in the upper abdomen and governs impulse control, ego, self-esteem, and our ability to be confident and in control of our lives.

Green, the main color of the Heart Chakra, is the color of healing, balance, tranquility, and security. According to, “Green brings wholeness to our lives and is the color most frequently found in nature.”

Located in the center of the chest, just above the heart, this chakra is connected with our ability to love and with our feelings of joy, inner peace, compassion and spirituality.

The blue-hued fifth chakra is the Throat Chakra. “The main energy of blue is communication and it is the color used to soothe the soul,” notes Located in the throat, this chakra governs self-expression of feelings, emotion, and the truth, and our ability to communicate.

The Third-Eye Chakra, also known as the Brow Chakra, is located on the forehead, between the eyes, and aids us in our ability to focus on and see the big picture. reports that the indigo hue of this chakra “is the color that opens the consciousness and brings awareness to higher planes and connects us with the spiritual world.” This energy center also influences rationality, wisdom, imagination, and the ability to think and make decisions.

Our highest chakra — the Crown Chakra, located at the very top of the head — represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually. The energy of this unifying, violet-colored chakra is very healing and can soothe pain.

The Crown Chakra is also connected to inner and outer beauty, cosmic awareness and consciousness, and our connection with pure bliss.


Columnist’s Note: This column is the third in a three-part series about chakras.