The spectrum has seven colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, which make up white light.
Magically, our bodies have seven ‘chakras’ that react and respond to these colours. When our chakras are in balance they spin and transmit pure colours around our cells in a flourish of electromagnetic impulses travelling at the speed of light. When our chakras are spinning our body functions well.
Chakras are the energy centres of the body. They are located in the energy body along the spine, starting at the base of the spine and running upwards to the crown of the head. Each chakra coincides with a gland in the physical body and each radiates a specific colour and energy. When we are “off colour” or ill, we are literally lacking a colour in the part of our body that is manifesting physical dis-ease. If we feel lacking any particular aspect of our life we might choose to wear, or have a specific colour around us.
For example, if we are planning to have an important conversation, or are about to give a speech, wearing a turquoise scarf or a tie enhances our communication skills.
the seven heavenly colours
Chakra 7 – The Crown
Its colour is violet and it is at the top of our head. It is associated with the pituitary gland. It is concerned with information, understanding, acceptance and bliss. It assists our connection to the universe through our higher self.
For most of us the crown chakra develops fully by the time we reach maturity and it connects us with the wisdom of the universe. It says “I am open to my higher self.” Blockage can manifest as psychological problems.
Chakra 6 – The Third Eye (or Brow Chakra)
Its colour is Indigo. It is located at the centre of our forehead and is concerned with inner vision, intuition and wisdom.
This chakra tells us “I am content with who I am.” Blockage may manifest as problems like lack of foresight, mental rigidity and depression.
Chakra 5. The Throat
Its colour is blue or turquoise and it is located within the throat. It is the Chakra of communication, creativity, self-expression and judgement. It is associated with our throat, the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
The message of the throat chakra is “I express”. Blockage can show up as throat and voice problems, creative blocks, dishonesty or general problems in communicating with others.
Chakra 4 – The Heart
Its colour is green and it is located within our heart. It is the centre of love, compassion, harmony and peace. This Chakra concerns our lungs, chest and breasts, heart and thymus gland.
The green chakra says, “I love”.Blockage can show itself as immune system, breast, chest, lung and heart problems, lack of compassion – or heartlessness.
Chakra 3 – The Solar Plexus
Its colour is yellow and it is located a few inches above the navel in the solar plexus area. This chakra is concerned with our digestive system, pancreas and adrenals. It is the seat of our emotional life. Feelings of personal power, laughter, joy and anger are associated with this centre.
The message of the third chakra is “I control”. Blockage may manifest as anger, frustration, lack of direction or a sense of victimisation.
Chakra 2 – The Sacral (or Navel Chakra)
Its colour is orange and it is located between the base of our spine and our navel. It is associated with our kidneys, bladder, circulatory system, reproductive organs and glands. It is concerned with emotion and represents desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation and creativity.
This chakra says, “I desire”. Blockage may manifest as emotional problems, compulsive or obsessive behaviour and sexual guilt.
Chakra 1 – the Base (or Root Chakra)
Its colour is red and it is located at the perineum, or base of our spine. It is the Chakra closest to the earth. Its function is concerned with physical survival and security. This Chakra is associated with our large intestine and adrenal glands. It controls our fight or flight response.
It’s message is, “I exist”. Blockage may manifest as paranoia, fear, procrastination and defensiveness.
Our lives as humans progress naturally upwards through the chakras. Understanding their energies can help us to cope with the intricacies of life.
If we took more time to recognise the naturally developing stages of our body energy, our progression, as humans, towards our higher selves would create a much more peaceful and harmonious society.
As babies we are concerned solely with the basic tribal need for survival. Hunger and pain make us protest out loud. When we are happy we smile and laugh. Our red chakra dominates and it expresses itself loudly and simply – “I need!”.
As toddlers we gradually grow away from our dependent babyhood state, we find our feet and start to acknowledge other people around us. Around the age of two we are keen to state our place in the world – this is me and this is who I am! “I want!” is the cry of the orange chakra.
Our yellow chakra develops and we start to reach out to the world. We love to make friends with other children and see other humans and pets as fellow creatures who we might be able to bargain with to get what we want. We still like to exercise our personal power, but we can be kind as well. “I want you to be my friend,” is our yellow chakra expressing itself.
By the teenage years our green, or heart chakra starts to develop and our bodies become ready to experience love. It is a great pity that in conventional society our most important years at school coincide with our sexual awakening. “I love you,” is the cry of the heart chakra.
Teenage angst and frustration fades when, as young adults, we learn how to express our knowledge inner feelings. Our blue chakra wakens up and we tell the world “I understand.”
Ideally by the time we reach middle age we should be calm and secure with where we are in life. We are able to cope with life’s ups and downs and can recognise that everyone is entitled to be themselves. We are not all the same. “I accept” is the voice of the indigo chakra.
As old age approaches our violet chakra dominates. In more primitive societies the elders are revered and respected. Their wisdom is sought and they are consulted often by the younger humans around them. They are the teachers. It is sad that in the hurried rough and tumble of today’s fast living society our senior citizens are often cast aside. Their voice calls “I can teach”, but too often their wisdom remains un-shared.
Recognising and understanding the function of our chakras will help us and those around us to lead happy, more fulfilled lives.
We all have a field of energy that surrounds our body, called an aura. Most people cannot actually see an aura, but we can often feel this energy. The colour of our aura reflects our physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Someone who is healthy, self-confident, and positive tends to have a bright, light aura that other people can sense, even if they can’t see it. When we describe someone as having a ‘magnetic personality’ we are actually feeling their aura.
We know that laughing can be infectious, and we enjoy being with a cheery person. Their good energy radiates around them. But we have all met people who exude darkness. We might begin to feel depressed and drained, and if we don’t get away we can start to feel dejected as well.
But I like to make an effort if I find myself beside someone who is clearly down in the dumps, even if we are just standing in a queue or sitting on a bus. I try to make them smile by saying something cheerful and often that seems to unlock something within them and they will tell me what is on their mind. If I’m not in a hurry I quite often get a potted life story from a stranger, but invariably the person will go away sounding much happier, and that makes me happy too.
Some say that when our chakras are spinning well our good energy bubbles out and surrounds us with shining light. This can be sensed by those around us, but not usually visible.
I was at a ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ event with a friend when we came across a stand offering to photograph our auras. My friend went to have this done and her hands were placed on two sensitive pads that could ‘read’ the electro-magnetic field that surrounded her body. At the end she was given a photograph. It showed her body surrounded by colours, gorgeous purples and reds with a hint of vibrant green and turquoise.
The interpretation, that she was passionate, unconventional, determined and loyal fitted her personality perfectly! When I sat for mine it was filled with blues and greens. I was told that although I was creative I must learn not to hold myself back. I could be too sensitive and should make an effort to connect more with the world.
Well that was an eye opener! Following that advice did not come easily but nevertheless I did my best not to sabotage my chances of success with negative thinking. I realised I could sometimes appear aloof and judgemental and that was a good lesson too.