The chakras are energy centers located along the spine and they generate essential life energy that can help us remain balanced and protect our well-being. However, you may have noticed that each chakra is associated with a different color. But what do these colors mean?
The chakra colors follow the pattern of the colors of the rainbow. The root chakra, at the base of the spine is red and each of the subsequent chakras through the body use the rainbow colors up to the crown chakra, also known in Sanskrit as the Sahasrara chakra, is violet.
Each of these colors has a meaning and when the flow of energy is interrupted or blocked, it is possible to use healing stones and essential oils in the color with which is chakra is associated to rebalance the life energy. In this article, we will be looking at each of the chakra colors in more detail to understand what they represent.
The 7 Chakra Colors
There are 7 chakra colors and each of them represents various traits and characteristics in the body and who we are. If you were to look at color psychology, you will notice that each of the chakra colors can be seen on a color chart and is closely linked with how we view colors.
For example, red is often associated with danger and where the chakras are concerned, it is linked with our ability to survive. In contrast, green is often seen to be a calming color and this is the heart chakra color, green is associated with peace and love just like this chakra.
Let’s explore the meaning of each of these colors in a little more depth.
The Root Chakra, Red Color
The first in the chakra system is the root chakra, or by its Sanskrit name, Muladhara, and this is located at the base of your spine. It is often considered to be one of the most important of the seven chakras in the human body since it is related to being grounded. When looking at chakra healing or balancing, you may notice that this color can signify inflammation.
It has the color red and this symbolizes safety and security as well as nourishment from the earth. This chakra is also associated with your very survival. The chakras also govern glands and the root oversees the adrenal gland which is also linked with survival and our fight or flight response.
When it is blocked you may notice that you have problems with your finances and providing for yourself. You may feel a sense of not belonging or as though you have been shunned by your loved ones.
In other cases, people with a blocked root chakra may notice that they suffer from problems with self-worth and feel hatred towards their body or not feeling as though they are good enough.
Physical problems such as arthritis, constipation and bladder issues are common when this chakra needed to be balanced.
The Sacral Chakra, Orange Color
The second chakra in the human body has the chakra color orange and is known as the sacral chakra or the Svadhistana in Sanskrit.
This energy center is linked to your sexuality, creativity, and emotions. It is also linked to the water flow through the body. This life force center is located in every human being just below the belly button and if you notice certain problems in your life, this could be a sign that this chakra requires some energy healing.
Problems that may arise with a blocked sacral chakra could be problems with emotional and sexual intimacy and problems with toxic relationships. You may also find yourself believing that in order to be loved, you must be physically or sexually attractive and have a low sense of self-esteem.
The physical body may also suffer if the sacral chakra is blocked since it governs things like your reproductive glands, the kidneys, bladder, and other organs in the pelvic region.
The Solar Plexus Chakra, Yellow Color
The solar plexus chakra has the chakra color yellow and is located just below the breastbone. This color yellow symbolizes your intellect, mental power, and your will. This is indeed a powerful member of the seven chakras but when it becomes blocked, you may notice problems with owning your power or allowing others to take control. You might also find that you are unable to act on your goals and ambitions, feeling a sense of inertia in your career, perhaps.
In a physical sense, the solar plexus chakra can cause stomach pain when it is not balanced or the energy flow is interrupted. This chakra rules over your digestive system and when out of whack, it can cause things like heartburn and eating disorders.
The Heart Chakra, Green Color
The heart chakra or Anahata in Sanskrit has the color green and is located in the middle of the chest between the breasts. This green color is linked with peace, tranquility, and love. it also symbolizes your connection with other people and your sense of compassion for the feelings of others. The green colors of this chakra also represent your emotions and your ability to understand the emotions of other people, it symbolizes forgiveness and harmony.
However, if this chakra is blocked, you may notice that you struggle with personal relationships, perhaps believing that you must please others to be loved or are unable to commit to a romantic partner.
You may feel guarded as though you must protect your emotions and this can result in appearing to be cold and unloving.
Physically speaking, those with a blocked heart chakra might experience problems with asthma, allergies, and heart disease. You may also struggle with weight problems.
The Throat Chakra, Blue Color
The throat chakra, as its name may suggest is located in the middle of the throat and has the chakra color blue. This color represents our ability to communicate our feelings to others. The color here also symbolizes our ability to speak the truth, clearly and kindly. It is related to everything that has to do with our self-expression.
When the throat chakra becomes blocked, you may have problems in expressing how you feel and you might end up going along with what others want because of a fear of speaking out. When this chakra is in need of healing, you might feel as though your voice is not being heard.
Furthermore, a blockage in the throat chakra can result in repeated episodes of a sore throat or swelling of the glands in the throat. You might also have issues with the teeth and gums.
The Third Eye Chakra, Indigo Color
Ajna, or the third eye chakra is one shrouded in mystery and wonder. The 6 third eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead and has the color indigo. This blue indigo color is associated with your ability to see things that are not always apparent. The color represents inner wisdom, intuition and an ability to sense things on a higher level. People with an active ajna chakra have a way of accessing their psychic abilities that others can only dream about. It is one of the 7 chakras that a lot of people spend years trying to open.
If the ajna chakra is closed, you may have problems understanding why you are here, your reason for existing. You might also have issues with your spiritual side and feel unable to connect with your spirituality.
Physically speaking, when the third eye is in need of chakra balancing, you may have frequent headaches, but this can also be a sign that it is beginning to open. Some of the chakras are linked with different glands in the body and in the case of the third eye chakra, this is the pineal gland.
The Crown Chakra, Violet Color
The crown chakra or the Sahasrara chakra is the last of the 7 chakras and is located on the top of the head. It has the chakra color violet and this represents a connection with a higher consciousness; this might be God or the universe, depending on your beliefs.
Sometimes, people will associate chakra 7, the crown chakra with the color white and this also symbolizes a higher power; white being a color relating to purity and innocence in color psychology.
When the crown chakra becomes blocked, you will notice that you feel lonely and isolated. You might also develop an unhealthy attachment to your material possessions and use these to define yourself rather than more spiritual things. You might also feel abandoned by a higher power or unable to connect with it, often resulting in feelings of anger.
In a physical sense, an unbalanced crown chakra could be the meaning behind regular tension headaches. You may also experience problems with the central nervous system.
However, when the crown is out of balance, it also affects all of the other seven chakras as it is connected to each of them.
The Significance Of Colors In Chakra Healing
Since the 7 chakras need a healthy energy flow, it is little wonder that when this energy is disrupted, there may be problems. There are lots of ways that you can heal the chakras but most commonly, practitioners will encourage the use of the corresponding colors for the most effective healing.
Stones are one of the most common ways to incorporate the chakra colors into renewing their energy and you would use a stone in the same color as the chakra you are trying to heal. For example, the solar plexus chakra with its yellow color would heal well with citrine. In contrast, the throat chakra with its blue color might benefit from turquoise or aquamarine.
When healing the heart chakra, you would typically use a green stone but it is also possible to use rose quartz since the color pink has a similar meaning to that of green making this just as effective. The sacral chakra with its orange color can be healed with stones of a similar shade such as amber or carnelian.
While using the corresponding colors can work well, clear quartz is known to work with everything from the root chakra right up to the crown.
The chakras are powerful centers of energy that run the length of the spine and each one has a corresponding color. These colors represent various things and all of the chakras will govern different things including, organs, glands, emotions, and our spirituality.
The colors that are used are often seen in colour psychology as representing something similar so it is not by chance that the chakras are colored in this way.