Chakras: What They Are and How To Start Using Them

by Rachel Erazo of Modron Lotus Garden

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There are centers of energy within your body called chakras. These spheres are constantly in movement, moving energy throughout your body.

When aligned and balanced, you physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually feel at peace. But, as energy is constantly shifting, your chakras can move out of alignment. This post will teach you about chakras and how to achieve optimal alignment for spiritual and overall well being.

What are chakras?

To put it simply, chakras are energy centers within our bodies. They’re constantly moving and shifting.

To explain a little further, check out this scene from Avatar: The Last Airbender:

**Note: Yes, the video doesn’t explain in depth what each chakra is but it’s a great introduction, especially for teaching children. I highly recommend watching Avatar for it’s introductory take on the elements, different forms of martial arts, and the use of meditation and energy work.**

There’s many different chakra areas in your body but there’s seven major ones that we’ll focus on.

Root (Earth) Chakra – Muladhara
This is located at the base of the spine and is our foundation. We use this chakra to be grounded and stable. It also deals with our instincts, security, and survivability.

When its out of balance we may feel anxiety, hopelessness, or instability.

Sacral (Water) Chakra – Svadhisthana
This energy center is located in the pelvis. It involves our sexuality, creativity, confidence, and ability to accept others/new experiences.

When out of balance, there may be issues of addiction, emotional imbalance, a lack of well-being, and feelings of loneliness.

Solar Plexus (Fire) Chakra – Maripura
This area deals with out self-esteem, self-love, willpower, energy, and vitality.

Problems with gas, stomach ulcers, procrastination, or a lack of confidence can occur when this chakra is out of alignment.

Heart Chakra – Anahata
This chakra is located in the center of the chest.

​It’s considered the connection between mind, body, and spirit; it connects the lower chakras to the upper within our body and acts as a bridge between the two.

This energy center deals with love, inner peace, and connection.

There’s guilt and a fear of intimacy, along with asthma, heart conditions, or allergies, when this center is unbalanced.

Throat Chakra – Vishuddha
This chakra is located in the throat, governing truth, verbal expression, and self-expression.

Feelings of confinement, difficulty expressing your feelings, sore throats, and thyroid problems are signs of an imbalance.

Third-Eye Chakra – Ajna
Located between the eyebrows, our third eye is the center of our intuition and focusing abilities.

Problems with eyesight, lack of intuition, and hormone imbalances can occur when this chakra needs to be reopened or realigned.

Crown Chakra – Sahaswara
This chakra connects us to our higher self, Guides, deities, and universal energy and spiritual sources. It’s at the crown of the head.

When unbalanced, you can experience problems with meditation, sleep deprivation, and generally feeling disconnected.

How do I know my chakras are out of balance?

It depends on how bad the shift is.

Sometimes it’s very slight; you can’t tell that much of a difference. Maybe your pelvis feels slightly off or you’ve had to pop your knuckles today. Something small and unnoticed.

But let’s say you get really sick. Your throats is burning, your eyes are watery, nose is dripping, and you’re running a fever. Although it may not be the cause, chances are your throat and crown chakras are out of alignment. Re-balancing them will help you recover quicker.

When can go our whole lives without being realigned; the energy within our bodies can shift back into place. However, when we take initiative and realign our own energy, we’re taking our complete health and well-being into our own hands.
You don’t have to go to a guru and have your chakras worked on for over an hour to be realigned (although that is a viable option).

Re-balancing your energy can can easily be done from the comfort of your own home or while you’re going about your day. Here’s some ways you can change it!

Food

Yes, eating food can realign your chakras. But don’t break out the Ding Dongs yet!

You have to eat:
Food that nourishing for your body
Corresponds to the different chakras

An easy way to do this is just with the color of the food you’re eating. But here’s a sample list of foods you can use:

Chakras and Food

Essential Oils

Using essential oils for balancing your chakras is one of my favorite ways to realign! But I also love smelly things like candles and oils.

You can make your own perfume, candles, hair mist, or anything you can think of with these oils to rebalance yourself. Bath bombs are my favorite; plus it’s bath magic! Woo!

Here’s a list of oils you can use:

Chakras and Oils

*If you are looking to purchase essential oils, please look no further than Danielle’s doTERRA page where you will receive personalized guidance to choosing the best essential oils for your lifestyle and well-being. Please click here to shop and e-mail Danielle at realmofvibesdg@gmail.com to get started!

Crystals

One of the more popular methods amongst the witchy community, crystals can be used to realign your chakras or increase their vibration.

All you have to do is place the properly corresponded crystal on the energy center and meditate/relax for awhile. Here’s a list to help get you started:

Chakras and Crystals

Tarot readings

Tarot can be used to tell you the current status of your chakras and what you can do to realign yourself. This method can be incredibly personal, which is very good for realigning your chakras in everyday ways.

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I do offer a reading for identifying the state of your chakras and offering advice on how to fix them on my shop. It uses the lovely Dreams of Gaia tarot (as you can see above).

Pendulums

My absolutely FAVORITE way to balance my chakras: using my pendulum. I do this after I take a long, bubble bath and boy do I sleep great.

One way you can use a pendulum is to stand over someone who needs their chakras balanced, place the pendulum over each center, and ask it to realign that chakra. It will take a minute to do this; as one chakra moves into position another may move out. So be super diligent.

Another way is to simply have your hand out with your pendulum over it. Ask it to realign or balance your chakras. Done! The downside to this method: you don’t know what’s out of alignment because it’s so general.

My personal favorite is to make a pendulum board specifically for your chakras and have your pendulum tell you which is unbalanced and let it work on each one individually. I made one in my personal witchy journal and it works fantastic! Very much a sketch, but it works for me.

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And voila! There’s your introductory guide to chakras, what they are, and how to realign them in everyday ways!

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What do you think about chakras? What other ways can you align them?  Leave a comment below!

​Until next time, stay balanced!

Namaste.

 

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Essential oils: My first order – and why I became a Wellness Advocate

My mentor, Kipper, of One Grace Filled Life, sent me samples of On Guard and Deep Blue essential oils. My immune system is shot; I work in a variety of nursing homes, surrounded by very sick individuals for 8-10 hours a day. I have Epstein Barr, which when active, makes me a useless human being. I have tried everything to boost my immunity, besides essential oils. I fell in love with On Guard, rubbing a few drops mixed with FCO (fractioned coconut oil) on the bottoms of my feet, neck, and hands. Even though On Guard is an energizing scent, I was falling asleep within minutes. (Essential oils react differently for some individuals.) I used Deep Blue on my lower back to help a back ache from the beginning of January. Those two samples weren’t enough, I wanted more.

I ordered the AromaTouch Diffused Kit which includes 5 mL bottles of:

  • Balance
  • On Guard
  • Lavender
  • Malaleuca
  • AromaTouch
  • Deep Blue
  • Wild Orange
  • Peppermint

It also includes:

  • Fractioned Coconut Oil (FCO), 4 oz.
  • Petal Diffuser
  • Wellness Advocate Introductory Packet

I added to my order:

  • 15 mL Slim & Sassy
  • 15 mL bottle On Guard
  • 15 mL bottle Lavender
  • On Guard Whitening Toothpaste

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Needless to say, I was a little overwhelmed when my package came! I started by setting up the Petal Diffuser right next to my bed and adding a few drops of Lavender essential oil. My husband walked in the room after 15 minutes and said, “It smells like a frickin’ spa in here, Danielle!” That night, we both slept like babies!

My mom, a massage therapist, gave me a back massage with the AromaTouch essential oil. This could be applied directly to your skin, and is branded as a massage blend. My mom mixed AromaTouch with lotion and the scent was fantastic. Deep Blue, needs to be diluted with a carrier oil, such as FCO, but helps cool and soothe the skin (great for athletes).

I love adding a drop to Slim & Sassy to my water; which contains grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, ginger and cinnamon. I get a mason jar, fill it with ice, add a drop of Slim & Sassy, fill with filtered water, and enjoy my beverage. It helps maintain my girlish figure, gives my metabolism a boost, and tastes great!

I have been using Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening Fluoride-Free Toothpaste for years. (Affiliate Link) The On Guard Natural Whitening Toothpaste is amazing. It has a cinnamon and mint flavor. My teeth feel super clean and my breath is fresh. My husband said it was “different,” but that if it helps keep maintain his pearly whites, he has no problem using it daily.

I diffused Wild Orange, Peppermint, and Slim & Sassy in my kitchen. Wild Orange is a powerful cleanser and purifies the air. Peppermint promotes healthy respiratory function, and with this crazy NJ weather, my allergies have been out of control! The Slim & Sassy I diffuse before I go to the gym; it is energizing and uplifting.

When I am blogging, I put a drop or two of Balance, which is a grounding blend that promotes well-being and calmness, in my palms, rub together, and inhale. It is very woodsy and relaxing. It allows me to just write freely without judgment.

The Melaleuca (tea tree) oil is a favorite during my beauty regimen. I add a drop to my facial cleaner, moisturizer, or shampoo. If I don’t use the Slim & Sassy in my water, I add a drop of Melaleuca, which helps boost immunity. When we have the wood burner going, we add a few drops to the steamer, and it fills the room with a very earthy scent.

Many essential oils can be used as cleaning agents. I will update when I experiment! 🙂

Purchasing the AromaTouch Diffused Kit was a great decision. Not only was it economical, but I got to incorporate and sample 8 different essential oils.


So, Danielle, how do I order?

Option 1 – Wholesale, 25% off all products, STRONGLY RECOMMENDED

With a wholesale membership, you get 25% off all products. There is no requirement to spend an amount, or to purchase every month, or to sell anything. It’s like a membership to BJ’s or Costco, except you can get the membership FREE if you buy an enrollment kit.

Purchase an enrollment kit and get free membership:

  • Click HERE. If you need my Sponsor ID, it is 4191408.
  • Choose one of the enrollment kits as your first product and the $35 USD membership fee will be waived.
  • See details on the enrollment kits here (window will open in a new tab).
  • Both my mom and I purchased the $150 USD AromaTouch Diffused Kit.

I don’t want an enrollment kit, so I will pay the $35 membership fee:

  • Sign up here with my Sponsor ID, 4191408, and choose ‘Wholesale’.
  • Choose your products ‘a la carte’, and the $35 fee will be added.
  • Membership renewal costs $25 after the first year, but you get a free bottle of Peppermint ($27.33 USD, retail).

Option 2 – Retail

I really don’t recommend this option. This is for the person who wants to order one or two oils and then very seldom, or never, order…

  • Visit my shop, click the “SHOP” tab, add your items and check-out like you would any other shopping website.
  • Thanks for shopping with me!
  • Note: I know that you see some of these products on Amazon from retailers. I would be extremely cautious ordering from retailers because you don’t know exactly where they are coming from, and if they are 100% pure. Besides, wouldn’t you want ME to guide you on your essential oil experience?

Option 3: FREE IS FOR ME! – Earn free products or build a business

  • Simply sign up here with my Sponsor ID, 4191408, when prompted, choose “Wholesale”.
  • Select the option to become a Wellness Advocate.
  • E-mail me to let me know you’ve joined; I will be HAPPY to help you get started.
  • I was hesitant to become a Wellness Advocate. I really don’t need another thing on my already full plate. If I can help myself and others through natural and holistic methods, while having fun and making money, then why not? Besides, I love trying new products (hello, product reviews!).

How do I make money and/or get free products?

  • I would be happy to discuss enrollment into a LRP (Loyalty Reward Program) with you. A LRP is like an auto-ship enrollment (like on Amazon). You can edit your order up until the day before auto-ship will take place. You earn percentages off and points. Contact me to learn more: realmofvibesdg@gmail.com.

It is super easy to implement essential oils into your life. Between diffusing them, rubbing them on your sore spots, and adding them to your favorite drink, essential oils can provide a huge therapeutic benefit, along with a pay check for my entrepreneurs.

Link to my shop: here

Namaste.

Note: This post contains affiliate links. I purchased these essential oils and become a Wellness Advocate because I strongly believe and trust in the items I have used and purchased. All opinions are authentic and honest. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at realmofvibesdg@gmail.com