Good morning, world! It is cold and cloudy on this “Spring” day here in the Finger Lakes. But at least it’s not snowing, yayyyy. Anyway, since this blog is going to be about life as a twentysomething with some spirituality thrown in, I figure it’s probably best to explain what the title of the blog means before going any further.
Chakra is a sanskrit word and is used in many religious traditions like Buddhism and Hinduism. Unfortunately, I know about chakras from the new-agey, westernized yoga tradition, so I can only discuss them through that perspective. There are seven chakras (or energy centers) in the body and each have a corresponding color. Additionally, they each have a physical, emotional, and spiritual correlation. Here is a nifty little chart to help explain:
7 – Crown, 6 – Third Eye, 5 – Throat, 4 – Heart, 3 – Solar Plexus, 2 – Sacral, 1 – Root
Cool, right!? Is your mind blown? I hope so. This is serious stuff, people.
Chakras are related to all sorts of things like auras and crystal healing. The color of your aura is tied to the corresponding chakra color. For example, if someone’s aura is yellow, then that person may be feeling particularly self-confident or optimistic that moment (auras change based on internal and external stimuli, so the colors aren’t necessarily constant). Crystals used for healing purposes work similarly. If I’m having trouble feeling grounded, then that’s a root chakra problem and that chakra is represented by the color red. With that in mind, I would find a crystal that is also red such as garnet, bloodstone, or red jasper to help with ground me.
The third eye is associated with intuition (as shown in this chart). Unfortunately, some people ignore their intuition or don’t trust it. I went through a period of not trusting mine and tried rationalizing situations instead, but I found that when I did that my gut feeling was usually right. And that is what inspired the title along with a little help from my friends who brainstormed with me (thanks, guys). As a twentysomething, finding and trusting my intuition seems to be an important adage. So mapping the third eye = further exploring and unconditionally trusting my intuition. If it feels like I’m on the wrong path, then I probably am.
I’d love to hear feedback on chakras and any experience with them in the comments. They are something that can be felt, though I usually feel them most during a silent meditation. Also, I’m one of those people who uses healing crystals, so I’m happy to help if there are questions. 🙂