Sometimes life can get lackluster and feel like it's missing that magic ingredient. We feel like a dark cloud is hanging over us, and long to see the Sun appear from behind the clouds. If you feel like your life is being lived out in monochrome, then working with the seven chakras can restore your life to its full spectrum of rainbow colors.
The yoga sages of ancient times were said to have acquired magical powers (siddhis) that included invisibility, superhuman strength, knowledge of past and future lives, and exceptional states of consciousness. Nowadays, trainee yoga teachers are warned against the dangers of being seduced by these extraordinary powers, and are encouraged to view them as a worldly distraction on the path rather than a final destination.
The chakras were imagined into being by the ancient yogis as an aid to meditation. There are seven chakras along the midline of the body, which are spinning vortices of psychospiritual energy that form part of a network of subtle energy within the human body. The chakras are wheels that connect the world of spirit and matter and provide an interface between the heavenly and earthly realms. The chakras provide us with a treasure trove that we can explore to create a magical and awe-inspiring life.
How can we tap in to this powerhouse of energy and magic today? Below is a simple guide to the seven chakras and their potential to magically transform your life.
The Root Chakra
The Sacral Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra
Anytime you need to build confidence and courage, work with this chakra—which is all about expansion and taking up space in the world. Imagine that there is a sun at your solar plexus. Picture that sun radiating rays of healing light around your body. Now radiate that light out into the world. You are a lustrous gem. Go shine!
The Heart Chakra
One of the ancient yoga texts, the Chandogya Upanishad, states that, "The little space within the heart is as great as this vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars…the whole universe…dwells within our heart." Now, try sitting quietly for a few breaths. Be aware of your body and have compassion for your body. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings and have compassion for yourself and how you struggle sometimes. Give yourself a hug. Wish yourself well. Forgive yourself. Then send out a virtual hug to all of those people who bring love and light into your life. When we work with the heart chakra, we gain access to the miraculously potent force of love.
The Communication Chakra
We can free up this chakra by working with mantra, or sacred sound. Try chanting the mantra Ma, which is nourishing and nurturing. In a seated position, rest your hands on your belly. Inhale and take your arms out to the side. Exhale and bring your hands back to the belly, chanting the mantra Ma (mm-ah). Repeat 6 times. Please note, we divide the mantra Ma into two syllables, mm and ah. Making a prolonged mm, sound, direct your awareness to the third eye chakra, between the brows, and making a prolonged ah sound, direct awareness to the sacral chakra at the belly.
When you find the courage to speak your truth, a miracle happens! When we speak from the heart, others will hear what we have to say. When we learn to listen, we open ourselves to hearing angelic whispers from heavenly realms.
The Third Eye Chakra
Keeping a dream diary is a powerful way to work with this chakra. I find during my early morning yoga practice that fragments of my dreams often float up into my mind. Dreams are magic in action, and working with this chakra will unlock the dreamy wisdom of your subconscious mind.
When you see with the inner eye, you see, and you know. What was once hidden is brought out into the light. This chakra enables you to peep behind the veil that separates the spiritual and material realms.
The Crown Chakra
You can work with this chakra by doing activities that help you to cultivate a sense of wonder and awe. Swim in the ocean. Gaze at the river of stars stretching out across the night sky. Meditatively watch a cornfield gently swaying in the breeze. Look at a snowflake under a microscope. Lose yourself in an inspiring painting. Make love. Listen to an uplifting piece of music. Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, relaxation—all these things help us to relax into a contemplative state of simply being. And grace happens!
This chakra is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As if by magic, everyday concerns disappear and you dissolve onto an ecstatic state of feeling a part of it all. At one with the celestial realms, a miniscule but important part of a loving universe.
Astronauts in space looking down upon the Earth and out across the vastness of the cosmos report experiencing the universe as a loving presence of which they are a part. Similarly, the ancient yoga sages, during periods of meditation, looked within themselves and found the whole cosmos residing there. The yogis mapped out an internal solar system, which is the body's subtle energy system and that includes the chakras. Modern science confirms what the ancient yogis intuited: that we are literally made of stardust! And that is truly magic!
My latest book, Chakras for Creativity, shares with you the many enchanting ways that you can work with the chakras to create a sparkling and magical life. May the light of love guide you home.
Jilly Shipway (Shropshire, UK) is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher with more than thirty years of teaching experience. She has been studying the chakras and integrating chakra-inspired yoga practices into her own ...