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A Spiritually Enlightening Online Magazine. January Theme: "Within" Volume 1 Issue 2 ISSN# 1708-3265

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By Donna Doherty

Every chakra spins or turns at a different speed. The base or first chakra spins at the slowest speed, and the crown at the fastest. Each chakra is stimulated by its own complimentary colour, and each responds to crystals or gemstones unique for specific purposes. The chakra colours are of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, aqua/turquoise, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of the chakras constantly shift as they are affected directly by one's development, physical condition, energy levels, disease and stress.

When we have symptoms of tiredness, depression, or feeling out-of-sorts, our energy systems (chakras) are probably out of balance or blocked, causing a slow-down in our body/mind functioning. This leads to our thought process being affected, and we may then become steeped in manifesting fears, doubts, and holding a generally negative attitude.

When we react to unpleasant situations by shutting down or blocking our feelings, we stop our natural flow of energy. This then sets up disease and stress within our bodies, as we are unable to cope with what surrounds us.

By working with the knowledge of the qualities and functions of each chakra; the appropriate colours, sounds, gemstones, aromas, foods, affirmations etc., we can greatly assist ourselves by harmonizing with the vibrational energy of like-minded attributes as they relate to a specific area; helping energy to become un-stuck, and to move freely again within our bodies.

Surrounding us with the similar energy frequencies of those things relating to a healthy chakra assists by shifting it to match the level where it, too, is healthy. This whole concept is known as 'entrainment', (or synchronizing). You are what indwells and surrounds you.

Root Chakra: base of the spine.

Controls: all solid parts - spinal column, legs, feet, bones, teeth, nails, anus, rectum, colon, prostate gland, blood and building of cells.
Colour: red.
Sound: "U" (as in uuh).
Gemstones: agate, bloodstone, hematite, red garnet and ruby.
Aromas: cedar, clove pepper and vetiver.
Functions: full acceptance of life on earth, survival, power to achieve goals, vitality, grounding, satisfaction, material security, stability, primal trust and courage.
Affirmations: I am stable, safe and secure. I have unshakable trust, which sustains me. I am rooted in life, and in myself.
Foods: beets, cherries, red cabbage, red currants, red peppers, red plums, strawberries, and tomatoes.
Keywords: I have, I live.

Sacral Chakra: between navel and genitals.

Controls: circulation for lower extremeties, pelvic area, sex organs, potency, fluid functions, kidneys and bladder.
Colour: orange.
Sound: "O" (as in home).
Gemstones: carnelian, coral, yellow calcite and moonstone.
Aromas: damiana, gardenia, sandalwood and ylang-ylang.
Functions: primal feelings, sexuality, desire, sensuality, procreation, pleasure, awe, enthusiasm, relationships, union with nature, open-ness to others and personal creativity.
Affirmations: I feel my creativity streaming through my body, mind, and soul. My creative/sexual energy has the power to create and transform. I open myself to others naturally.
Foods: apricots, carrots, mangoes, oranges, peaches and pumpkins.
Key words: I feel.

Power Chakra: above navel, below chest.

Controls: liver, digestive system, stomach, spleen, gall bladder, autonomic nervous system, lower back, and muscles.
Colour: yellow.
Sound: "O" (as in go).
Gemstones: amber, citrine, tiger's eye, topaz, and yellow sapphire.
Aromas: bergamot, carnation, lavender and rosemary.
Functions: personal power, social identity, influence, authority, self-control, energy, will, peace, radiance, joy, inner harmony, acceptance of self, strength, action and vitality.
Affirmations: I accept myself completely. I am full of radiant light and energy. My personal power is growing stronger every day.
Foods: bananas, corn, eggs, grapefruit, lemons, marrow, pineapple, yams and yellow peppers.
Key words: I will, I can.

Heart Chakra: centre of chest.

Controls: heart, blood circulation, immune system, lower lungs, rib cage, skin, upper back and both hands.
Colour: green.
Sound: "Ah" (as in father).
Gemstones: emerald, malachite, moldavite, green jade, kunzite, rose quartz, and tourmaline.
Aromas: marjoram, orrisroot, rose oil and yarrow.
Functions: unconditional/divine love and harmony, forgiveness, healing, compassion, understanding, transformation, warmth, sharing, sincerity, devotion, happiness and selflessness.
Affirmations: I am an open channel for divine love. I put my heart into everything I do. I love opening my heart, and sharing it with others.
Foods: avocado, beans, broccoli, cucumber, green peppers, lettuce, okra, olives, peas, spinach and zucchini.
Key words: I love.

Thymus Chakra: between throat and heart area.

Controls: the thymus gland and various hormonal functions.
Colour: aqua/turquoise.
Sound: unknown to writer.
Gemstones: turquoise, labradorite, and aquamarine.
Functions: re-acquainting with self, associated with self-nurturing, compassion and caring for self emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically. If this chakra is ignored one has difficulty discerning their purpose and direction in life, which is about learning to keep one's own cup 'full' and overflowing; so that from this full place one can share with others from a place of love.
Affirmations: Authenticity eliminates the need for deception; I am whole, abundant, and safe. Know thyself, and to thine own self be true. I eliminate anything, which does not contribute to my joy, abundance and peace.
Key words: I have faith that I am.

Throat Chakra: neck area.

Controls: jaw, neck, throat, voice, airways, upper lungs, nape of neck and arms.
Colour: blue.
Sound: "I" (eye).
Gemstones: blue sapphire, chalcedony, larimar, angelite, and celestite.
Aromas: benzoin, eucalyptus, frankincense and sage.
Functions: free/creative self-expression, communication, confidence, integrity, wisdom, truth, freedom, independence, and access to subtler levels of being.
Affirmations: I freely express my thoughts and feelings. I always communicate clearly and effectively; I express myself freely and easily.
Foods: asparagus, bilberries, blueberries, plums and potatoes.
Key words: I speak.

Third eye Chakra: centre of forehead.

Controls: endocrine system, left-brain hemisphere, left eye, nose, ears, sinuses, and parts of nervous system.
Colour: indigo.
Sound: "Aye" (as in say).
Gemstones: azurite, calcite, lapis lazuli, sodalite, amethyst quartz, and sugilite.
Aromas: jasmine, mint, mugwort and star anise.
Functions: inner vision, intuition, insight, clairvoyance, imagination, extra-sensory perception, idealism, concentration, peace of mind, projection of will and manifestation.
Affirmations: I am perfectly attuned to my vision. I use my imagination for positive, creative purpose. I move towards my vision with clarity and purpose.
Foods: both blue and violet foods.
Key words: I see.

Crown Chakra: located at top of head.

Controls: cerebrum, right brain hemisphere, central nervous system, and right eye.
Colour: violet.
Sound: "Ohm".
Gemstones: alexandrite, amethyst, clear quartz, diamond, and selenite.
Aromas: lotus, olibanum, rose and spruce.
Functions: perfection, integration/unity with the omnipresent being, divine wisdom and purpose, universal consciousness, bliss, understanding and enlightenment.
Affirmations: I am now consciously living my divine purpose. I am in total harmony - physically, mentally and spiritually. I am one with all of creation.
Foods: beet tops, blackberries, eggplant, purple broccoli and purple grapes.
Key words: I know.

Donna Doherty's passion is creating; beauty and peace are her rewards. As a Stained Glass Artist of 26 years, a Reiki M/T, and an Aromatherapist, she is able to fulfill her joy of learning, by studying new modalities of healing. Her love of nature is a constant inspiration which is expressed through all she does. Hiking,biking & skiing are some of the activities which energize and thrill her.
You may contact her via email or visit her website today.

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