The seven main Chakras located in the physical body are energy centres through which life energy flows. These energy centres may be open, closed, blocked or open too wide. When the chakras are out of balance, it may lead to illness. Each chakra is closely related to a specific endocrine gland in the body, which gland stimulates the production of hormones in the body. By adjusting hormone levels, the endocrine system maintains the body in a state of balance.
Colour therapy is a holistic therapy which dates back thousands of years and can have a profound healing effect on people and animals. Each colour has its own unique properties, as does each Chakra. From root to crown, the chakras correspond with the colours of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
Let’s start at the base with the Root Chakra and the colour red.
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone. It spins at the slowest pace of the 7 chakras. The root chakra represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded. It is how we connect to the physical world and to the Earth.
The root chakra is associated with the colour red. The colour red relates to our self-awareness and basic survival instinct of fight or flight. It gives us courage and strength, stability and security. Red is stimulating and energizing and generates excitement, and therefore is helpful for fatigue and a lack of energy. A word of caution, as the colour red increases blood-flow, it should not be used by anyone with high blood pressure and hypertension.
I have recently discovered that there is some debate regarding which endocrine gland is related to the root chakra – the adrenal glands or the reproductive glands (gonads). It has always been my opinion that it is the adrenal glands because of the response of the hormones produced by the adrenals and their very close correlation to the characteristics of the root chakra. However, if you think of it in terms of location in the body, it makes more sense that the gonads would be more closely related to the root chakra. Also, infertility and impotence have been treated with colour therapy and specifically, the colour red. Perhaps both the adrenal glands and gonads are governed partially by the root chakra and partially by the sacral chakra and therefore each chakra exhibits traits of each endocrine gland. For the purpose of this post, I will adhere to my original belief that the adrenal glands relate the most closely to the root chakra. Having said that, I feel it’s important to challenge my beliefs and I would be happy to hear any differing opinions or thoughts if you choose to share them.
The adrenal glands help to regulate metabolism and blood sugar levels, but one of the main functions of the adrenal glands is to regulate the stress response. When stress strikes, the adrenal glands flood the body with adrenaline directing all available blood to the muscles, preparing them to fight or to flee. All non-vital systems, such as digestion, are temporarily shut off until the threat (real or perceived) is gone. This is a wonderful thing our bodies do for us, however, in our hectic stressful lives, the adrenal glands are overworked and for the most part the “threats” that trigger the response are not real. When the adrenal glands are not able to keep up with an individual’s stress load, adrenal fatigue may occur.
When you are balanced in the root chakra, you will exhibit characteristics such as: courage, determination, spontaneity and that of a natural leader. A balanced root chakra is the foundation for attracting money, good health and abundance into your life.
Weakness in your root chakra expresses itself as aggression, impatience, insensitivity, apathy and depression, insecurity and selfishness.
There are ways to ensure your root chakra is functioning properly. For example, essential oils such as Valor, Abundance, Nutmeg, Cedarwood, Ginger, Elemi, Rosemary, Vetiver and Clove may be used to balance the root chakra. Diffuse the essential oils according to your diffuser directions, or apply a few drops on the bottoms of your feet or around the base of the spine. Make some bath salts with the essential oil(s) of your choice and add a few drops of natural red food colouring for an energizing morning or mid-afternoon soak. Purchase Young Living Essential Oils Here.
All of Young Living Essential Oils’ products are adaptogenic, which means that they demonstrate the ability to normalize the secretion of various hormones, reducing them when they are in excess and boosting them when they fall short, bringing your body to balance.
The Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation are simple but extremely powerful exercises to help balance the chakras and improve overall health. They have long been practiced by monks to slow aging, calm the mind and strengthen the body. Carolinda Witt has simplified these ancient rites and created T5T. In her book, The 10-Minute Rejuvenation Plan, Carolinda Witt states that the 5th Rite, the Pendulum, “represents the need for energy, motivation and courage to follow one’s intuition… When done together, the Five Rites have a cooperative effect that results in the stimulation of all the chakras of the body”.
It’s surprising how powerful something as simple as colour can be when it comes to its effect on our very complex energy system, don’t you think?