Chakra Balancing: Is it Important?
Do I Need to Balance My Chakras?
By Linda Dieffenbach, BSW, RMT
Ever have one of those moments where, for one reason or another, you can’t seem to answer a straight question with a simple response? I had one of those moments the other week. As I was packing up my booth at the tail end of Phoenixville’s First Friday, a gentleman stopped by asking me about chakra balancing. Amidst the hustle and bustle of clean up, with loud music in the background, I launched into a long dissertation about chakras. In my defense, it was at the tail end of a very long day of a very long week. All I wanted was to get packed up and go home, get some dinner, and get ready for bed. Poor fellow. He did not really know much about the chakras (thus my long and convoluted reply), but of course, all he wanted was a simple answer.
Will chakra balancing help me?
Well, of course, the VERY short answer is YES. But that might be a bit too brief. As sometimes happens when I fail to give an effective response to someone, I’ve been mulling it over a bit in my head… “I should have said…” I realize that, in this case, the moment is gone however I hope to be able to give some answers to you and others who may be asking the same question. So, here it goes…
Benefits of Chakra Balancing
Similarly to balancing the wheels of your car, balancing your chakras helps to improve and maintain optimum performance. Sticking with the car analogy for a moment: when the wheels are not balances, they become wobbly and add undue stress, wear and tear to your tires and your vehicle. Performance decreases, as does the life of the tire. When your chakras are out of balance, they become too open or too closed. They do not effectively manage energy transmission and reception in your body. These imbalances create more stress and impact how you interact with the world around you.
Here a just a few of the many benefits of Chakra Balancing:
- Feel more grounded and safe in the world
- Healthy boundaries
- Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
- Able to give and receive love with ease
- Clearer communication
- Mental focus
- Greater sense of connection
How Frequently Do You Need to Balance Your Chakras?
Chakras are rich and complex energy centers that oversee all aspects of your life. From your physical body to self esteem, creativity and your relationships with the world. They are not just energy transmitters and receivers, but they also digest and process your life experiences. Your Chakras carry past traumatic experiences and unresolved pain. Imbalances are the result of these experiences and can become chronic conditions, therefor the healing process will take time. It is also important to understand the you are constantly moving through the world, and your body and energy is impacted by your life experiences every day.
Keep in mind, Chakra balancing is not a “once and done” activity. Just like bathing regularly, Chakra balancing is a necessary part of your regular self-care routine. Adopt daily practices to maintain overall Chakra health and find skilled practitioners to support you with deeper levels of healing.
Methods for Balancing Your Chakras
Fortunately, there are many tools and practices that help balance your chakras. Each work at different levels and, depending on the amount of compromise or damage within the chakra, will vary in its effect. Some practices can be done on your own while others will require a trained practitioner.
Energy Healing: Reiki, Acupressure, Acupuncture, etc.
Energy healing practices such as Reiki, Acupuncture and Acupressure are wonderful tools for rebalancing the chakras and improving the flow of energy throughout your body. Receiving energy work on a regular basis helps to reduce stress, improve chakra health, increase energy and vitality, and so much more. I recommend getting weekly or bi-weekly sessions for optimum results. More frequent sessions may be required when chronic conditions exist.
Meditation is one of the best practices that you can adopt for your overall health and well-being. There are Chakra Balancing meditations and practices that you can use, however any meditation will bring benefit to your chakra system. Our Chakra Healing Guide poster and meditation takes you through a gentle meditative practice that supports your Chakra health – check it out here. Elizabeth Frediani’s book, Where Body Meets Soul is a wonderful guide to overall energetic self care.
Chakra Balancing: Specific Practices for Each Chakra
Each Chakra has it’s own purpose, energy and function, so applying tools and practices specific to the energy of each of the 7 Chakras is a great way to improve the health of your Chakras. Here are a few examples:
- Root Chakra: Get out in nature – hike, garden, do something that builds connection with the Earth
- Sacral Chakra: Dance – especially with hip movement
- Solar Plexus Chakra: Practice making conscious choices based on what you want
- Heart Chakra: Place your hands over your heart and send love to yourself
- Throat Chakra: Toning and singing
- Third Eye Chakra: Guided visualization practices
- Crown Chakra: Meditate