The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. If we were able to see the chakras as many psychics and clairvoyants in fact, do. We would observe a wheel of energy continuously revolving or rotating. Clairvoyants perceive chakras as colourful wheels or flowers with a hub in the centre. The chakras begin at the base of the spine and finish at the top of the head. Though fixed in the central spinal column they are located on both the front and back of the body, and work through it.
Each chakra vibrates or rotates at a different speed. The root or first chakra rotates at the slowest speed, the crown or seventh chakra at the highest speed. Each chakra is stimulated by its own and complimentary colour, and a range of gemstones for specific uses. The chakra colours are of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of the wheels vary with individual development, physical condition, energy levels, disease, or stress.
If the chakras are not balanced, or if the energies are blocked, the basic life force will be slowed down. The individual may feel restless, tired, disoriented, in worst case scenario depressed. Not only will physical bodily functions be affected so diseases may manifest, but the thought processes and the mind may also be affected. A negative attitude, fear, doubt, etc. may preoccupy the individual.
Well balanced chakras promote health, harmony and a sense of well being. If the chakras are open too much, a person could literally short circuit themselves with too much universal energy going through the body. If the chakras are partially blocked or closed, universal energy will not flow through them properly which may also lead to discomfort and distress at emotional and physical levels ending up in condition we call disease.
Most of us react to unpleasant experiences by blocking our feeling and stopping a great deal of our natural energy flow. This affects the maturation and development of the chakras. When the chakras are functioning normally, each will be open, spinning clockwise to metabolize the particular energies needed from the universal energy field.
As already mentioned any imbalances that exist within any chakra may have profound effects upon either our physical or emotional bodies. We can balance our chakras using meditation, Reiki, Colour therapy or using Mantras and sounds. It has been found that use of quartz crystals and gemstones corresponding to particular chakra also help in re-balancing of all our chakra centres and once the chakra has been properly balanced then our body will gradually return to normal.
The reason why crystals and gemstones are wonderful and powerful healing tools are because of what science calls its piezoelectric effect. (You can see this effect in the modern quartz watches). Crystals and gemstones respond to the electricity that is coursing through our body, and if the energy is sluggish, the constant electrical vibrations of the stones will help to harmonize, balance, and stimulate these energies.
There are millions of chakras in our body, but primarily 7 major chakras govern most of our energy body. Depending on the flow of energy through these chakras, they can be classified as normal, over-activate, under-activate or blocked. These 7 major chakras govern various core aspects of our daily life. This is essential to understand the nature of holistic healing.