“Meditation is nothing but withdrawing all the barriers; thoughts, emotions, sentiments, everything that builds a wall between you and existence. The moment they drop, you suddenly find yourself in tune with the whole; not only in tune, you really find you are the whole.” –Osho
“Remember you don’t meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you won’t find it. You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.” –Ajahn Chah
The seven chakras are an enigma to many people, but the more conscious we become of how energy moves through our body, the more we discover that which is healthy, superior, infinite, and unconditional within us. The more we meditate on this type of energy, the more we allow our personal frequency to resonate with the greater orchestra of the cosmos. And the more we allow our frequency to resonate, the more balance and health we will experience in our lives.
Opening the Earth Chakra
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin
This chakra, also known as the root chakra, deals with survival and is blocked by fear. In order to open this chakra we must be able to let go of fear so that it can go through the alchemical transformation into courage. The earth chakra doesn’t just ground us physically it also grounds us temporally by keeping us in the present moment. Those with open earth chakras tend to be healthier and more balanced than others. They tend to be less fearful and more centered. Those with closed earth chakras are often imbalanced and disconnected, and they tend to be fearful and lack in focus.
To open the earth chakra, focus meditation on the base of your spine. Imagine a bright red energy moving down your spine and branching down into the earth like the roots of a tree. Visualize yourself receiving the full bounty of the earth’s primordial energy. Relish in this most ancient of connections. Embrace your fear. Let go of your fear. Breathe the sacred breath of survival.
Opening the Water Chakra
“Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?” –Rumi
This chakra, also known as the sacral chakra, deals with pleasure and is blocked by guilt. In order to open this chakra we must be able to release all blame and guilt. We must be able to forgive ourselves our past transgressions in order to delve fully into life’s many unique pleasures. Those with open water chakras tend to be full of wonder and awe for their connection to the greater cosmos. They tend to be more adaptable, happy, and are able to go with the flow of life. Those with closed water chakras are often confused and disoriented about their place in the world, and they tend to suffer from autoimmune deficiencies.
The water chakra is fairly easy to transform as it responds to emotional and creative self-expression. The moon planet is a very powerful symbol with this chakra, as it controls the moving “tides” of our inner-waters. Meditate on the naval area. Imagine your psychophysiological “fluids” flowing out into the cosmos like rivers into a mighty ocean. Visualize yourself moving with the “tide” of your body’s natural rhythm in balance with the greater cosmic waves of the universe. Let go of your guilt. Feel the sacred process of pleasure. Breathe.
Opening the Fire Chakra
“There can be no transformation in the world outside unless there is transformation from within. It is our responsibility to bring about a radical transformation within ourselves.” –Krishnamurti
This chakra, also known as the navel chakra, deals with willpower and is blocked by shame. We must be able to let go of past letdowns and disappointments. Or, better yet, transform them into steppingstones toward higher awareness. We must embrace our insecurities and our doubts. Dance them into something worthwhile. Dance with the fire. If it burns us to ashes, then we will rise like a phoenix. Life is too short to live it second-guessing our authenticity. Those with open fire chakras tend to lead their lives with dynamism, power, and authority. Those with closed fire chakras tend to feel unworthy and they have a low self-esteem.
To open the fire chakra, focus meditation on the solar plexus. Imagine a bright yellow light spinning there, like a brilliant sun. Imagine it bathing you in healing light, burning away the shame and replacing it with a will toward healthy power. Notice how you feel as the benevolent power of the universe blesses you with a self-esteem and a confidence to engage the world like only you can. Let go of your shame. Embrace your willpower. Breathe.
Opening the Air Chakra
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people the right to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others” –Marianne Williamson
This chakra, also known as the heart chakra, deals with love and is blocked by grief. We must be able to release our sadness and loss in order to transform our ego into soul. We must let the pain from loss flow away like water off a ducks back. Learning how to love is learning how to let others love is learning how to let go of the egos attachment to love. This is the secret of attaining happiness despite grief. Those with open air chakras tend to be filled with unconditional love for self and others, what the Buddhists call Mahakaruna “the Great Compassion.” Those with closed air chakras tend to experience poor circulation on the physical level, lack of empathy on the emotional level, and a lack of devotion on the spiritual level. They have trouble loving themselves, and they are paranoid and afraid to love others.
To open the air chakra, focus meditation on your heart. Imagine a brilliant green light spinning there and emanating vibrant oxygen that connects you to all things. Feel this life-giving force invigorate and rejuvenate you. Imagine this connection nourishing your soul and healing your heart and skin. Touch is important with this chakra, so “feel” the cosmos pressing against your skin. “Feel” your skin absorbing the cosmos. Circulate with the Great Circulation. Let go of your grief. Allow love to wash over you and transform you into a being worthy of love and light. Breathe.
Opening the Sound Chakra
“The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein
This chakra, also known as the throat chakra, deals with truth and is blocked by lies. Honesty is very important with this chakra. It is essential that we be impeccable with our word. We must be able to release ourselves from whatever we might be in denial about, and accept who we truly are. Those with open sound chakras tend to be able to say what they mean and mean what they say. Their speech is uplifting and wise and they communicate clearly their intent. Those with closed sound chakras tend to experience poor communication on the physical level, codependency on the emotional level, unclear thoughts on the mental level, and insecurity on the spiritual level.
To open the sound chakra, focus meditation on your throat. Visualize a blue sun rising up from your Solar Plexus and moving into your throat. Imagine it washing over your vocal chords and emboldening divine expression. Let the Divine Breath to activate your vocal organs. Allow your numinous voice to resonate in the sacred ether. Let go of the lies you’ve been telling yourself. Embrace the truth. Breathe.
Opening the Light Chakra
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” –Marianne Williamson
This chakra, also known as the third eye chakra, deals with insight and is blocked by illusion. The illusion of separation is the greatest illusion. It is essential that we understand this, and move past the illusion, in order to actualize the Self in accordance with greater cosmic frequencies. The majority of people are unable to open this chakra. Those with open light chakras tend to see themselves and others as spiritually interconnected beings. They have great intuition, a strong sense of identity, and the ability to self-reflect. Those with closed light chakras tend to lack in imagination and have weak intuition, resulting in poor decision making and self-deception.
To open the light chakra, focus meditation on the forehead. Imagine a luminous ball of warm indigo energy emerging from your pineal gland and spinning slowly at the center of your forehead. Visualize it shooting powerful bands of light down and through your lower chakras, filling your entire being with divine light. Picture your third eye opening and reflecting aspects of the universe that you weren’t aware of before. Let go of all your illusions. Allow your intuition to guide you. Breathe.
Opening the Thought Chakra
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” –Albert Einstein
This chakra, also known as the crown chakra, deals with enlightened transcendence and is blocked by earthly attachment. We must be able to let go of all attachments, especially love, in order to open this chakra. This is very difficult to do. Because of this, only a very small percentage of people are ever able to open this chakra. Those with open thought chakras tend to experience divine union and cosmic love, stretching out forever. Their unique frequency is in tune with the greater cosmic orchestra. Those with closed thought chakras tend to be nihilistic and disconnected spiritually, doubting everything they know to be true.
To open the thought chakra, focus meditation on the top of your head. The goal is complete surrender and dissolution; a letting go of the hold that the physical world has on you. Imagine an infinite crown of violet energy showering up into the cosmos like a mighty fountainhead connecting you to all things. Feel the powerful energy pool up from your roots, passing through the sacred waters of the sacral, basking in the fire of the solar plexus, breathing in the vital breath of the heart, absorbing the ethereal voice of the throat, pouring through the dissolution of the Third Eye, and spilling up and out the crown of your head into a thousand-petaled lotus. Feel the boundaries of your mind body and soul dissolve into all things. Let go of earthly attachment. Let go of love. You are now love itself. Breathe.
About the Author
Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.
Waking Times originally created and published this article (Open Your Chakras and Dissolve the Boundaries of the Mind and Body) under the title “Opening the Seven Sacred Chakra.” It is posted here with permission.