Everyone has seven chakra centers within the body— each chakra is an energy hub transmitting and receives a flow of energy. They start from the pelvic floor and the seventh ending at the crown of the head. When any or all of these seven hubs are out of balance, it leads to any number of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual symptoms and ailments.
Learning to understand when your chakras are out of balance is an art that’s worth mastering. And if you are clueless in this field, don’t worry. The list below is your ultimate guide to identifying unbalanced chakras and quick tips for rebalancing.
Before you can find out which of your chakras is out of whack, you must first recognize their existence. This is done in a few ways, including figuring out which chakras come easiest to you. Your easiest and strongest chakra is considered your dominant chakra — more on this below.
What Is Your Dominant Chakra?
Everyone is born with innate gifts, natural talents that come easier than other things. It is easy to overlook these talents as gifts because they come so naturally to the person. The things in your life that don’t take a lot of thought or energy are your innate gifts. They will even recharge your energy if you let them!
In the same sense, all humans are born with aspects that are more difficult to master. They take quite a bit of thought and energy. Maybe they even seem so difficult to accomplish that you simply write them off before giving them a proper chance. That’s the common problem of living in the age of convenience. When you notice something taking more effort than normal, you are more likely to pay someone else to figure it out for you.
However, when it comes to your chakra system, there is no phone-a-friend option. It is up to you to take your health into your own hands, and this includes the health of your subtle (energetic) body. The more you understand your strengths and weaknesses, the easier it will be for you to determine which chakras are the easiest for you to balance.
Your easiest chakra is known as your dominant chakra. Identifying which chakra is your dominant chakra will help you in a few ways. Namely, it helps to point you in the right direction regarding maintaining balance in your other six chakras.
For those needing a little help determining their dominant chakra, or those that just need a little confirmation, click here. It is a test that determines which is your dominant chakra.
The Seven Chakras: Identifying an Imbalance and Tips For Rebalancing
Depending on your dominant chakra, other chakras might feel especially difficult to maintain a healthy energy flow. When one of your chakras is out of balance, you will most likely experience a multitude of symptoms. Identification of the symptoms will lead you to the identification of the imbalance.
Below is a list of the seven chakras and the symptoms that manifest during an imbalance. There are also a few tips for each chakra to help regain and maintain a balance and natural flow of energy in each.
Muladhara — The Root Chakra
The Root Chakra is the first energy point in the chakra system. Much like the name suggests, The Root Chakra or Muladhara is located at the spine’s root or base near the tailbone. It is the beginning of the Kundalini energy. This energy slowly makes its way up the spine and to the crown of the head. As each chakra is activated and harmoniously balanced, the easier it is for you to manifest things into reality.
It is also considered the foundation for the energetic body and potential awakening. That said, you cannot healthily activate any other chakra until you activate and balance your Root Chakra. Without it, the entire basis of your body’s frequency will be off from the very beginning. Not only that, but you will likely experience an array of symptoms, such as these:
- Knee and lower back pain
- Eating disorders
- Immune disorders
- Financial stress
In most cases, a blockage in The Root Chakra is identified because of a person’s flightiness and anxiety. The best thing to do in this scenario is to practice meditation or a form of active meditation, like kundalini yoga. Participating in these acts will ground your energy and allow for ease of energy flow in The Root Chakra once again.
Swadhisthana — The Sacral Chakra
The second energy hub in the body is located just below the navel. Known as The Sacral Chakra or Swadhisthana, it can be the underlying problem of those pesky urinary tract issues. The Sacral Chakra is associated with creativity, sexual drive, and passion, or energy. Those that have a dominant Sacral Chakra could get creative bursts of energy soon after meeting a new sex partner. It could also cause you to become extremely selfish without realizing it.
However, when this chakra is out of balance or experiencing an energy block, here are some of the symptoms experienced:
- Reproductive health issues
- Urinary issues
- Kidney problems
- Hip and pelvic pain
- Unable to control or express emotions
- Unaware of selfishness
- An ever-present fear of betrayal
Each chakra center is given a representative color. The Sacral Chakra is represented by the color orange. A great way to activate and balance The Sacral Chakra is to work with the color orange during meditation, as well as to cook with orange foods. It also helps to focus on hip-opening exercises during your yoga practice and journaling your emotions onto paper daily.
Manipura — The Solar Plexus Chakra
Continuing upward, the third energy center in the body is located at the abdomen and is known as the Manipura or The Solar Plexus Chakra. As you can imagine, many of the signs related to a blocked or closed Solar Plexus Chakra results in abdominal pains or digestive issues.
All human beings have an inner fire or “pilot light” located in their gut. An activated and balanced Solar Plexus quite literally stokes the inner fire within you. The gut is known as the second brain, so it is only right that the inner energetic flame of all humans is located there. The best way to feed your gut and your brain? Eating right. When you eat to fuel your consciousness rather than your ego, it is nearly impossible not to activate and balance this chakra.
That said, everyone has those days, weeks, and months when feeding your soul feels out of reach. Maybe you have lost sight of your life’s mission or simply got swept away in something not meant for you. This can very easily throw off your Solar Plexus. When this happens, you will likely experience:
- Stomach pain
- Digestive issues
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Food tastes dull
- Chronic fatigue
- A toxic inner-critic
- Low self-worth
One of the easiest ways to combat this is by paying attention to your body. What is your body telling you it needs? Feed yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually, with foods and information that are there to serve you. All other things can fall to the wayside.
Anahata — The Heart Chakra
The Heart Chakra — as the name suggests — is located right at the heart. Many of the effects felt from an activated Heart Chakra are more emotional and mental. That said, it can still result in physical symptoms as well. Someone that seems to have an overwhelming sense of inner peace radiating from them most likely has a strong Heart Chakra. The same can be said for those that appear charismatic by nature. They most likely have The Heart Chakra as their dominant chakra.
When this energy center is out of whack, you will likely experience symptoms like:
- Depression and anxiety
- Unable to express love
- A fear of love
- Over-loving to the point of suffocation
- Jealousy and bitterness
- Fear of being alone
You might also experience some physical symptoms like:
- Upper back and shoulder pain
- Troubles breathing
- Arm pain
- Heart problems
- Heart disease
The saying is true. Sometimes you just need a little love to help you break free from your Heart Chakra blockage. Sometimes the best way to combat a blocked Heart Chakra is to love through it all. That said, if you are someone that doesn’t have a healthy definition of the word “love,” it might be harder for you to activate or unblock your Heart Chakra.
Regular meditation and practice of expressing love, joy, and compassion will help you slowly learn a new definition of love. In turn, this allows for free-flowing energy through the chakra center. The Heart Chakra is also associated with the color green. At the very least, you can meditate on this color and eat lots of green foods to help unblock the chakra center.
Vishuddha — The Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra or Vishuddha is also located exactly where the name suggests; the throat. This energy center is responsible for ease of vocal self-expression. Those that have a dominant Throat Chakra could be singers or public speakers. They are people that don’t seem to have any issues expressing themselves or explaining things to others.
When the Throat Chakra is out of whack, it can lead to all kinds of physical symptoms, including:
- Sore throat
- Ear infection
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Thyroid issues
- Control issues or a fear of losing control
- Unable to express yourself
- Stumbling over words or stuttering
During political years like the year, 2020 has been, it can feel as though it is nearly impossible to maintain balance within your Throat Chakra. Much like how a dominant throat chakra is present in singers, the act of singing can help heal it if your throat chakra is blocked or closed. Specifically, the key of G is extremely healing for The Throat Chakra.
Ajna — The Third-Eye Chakra
Every chakra center is located within the subtle body, but it has a very physical connection with certain parts of the physical body. The Third-Eye Chakra or Ajna is located on the forehead in between the eyes. In a physical sense, it is associated with the pineal gland.
The Third-Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra are one of the last energy centers to open in the human body. This is because they are both related to the spiritual realm rather than the physical. In most cases, they are the last two chakras to be activated.
However, it is possible for The Third-Eye Chakra to activate prematurely. It causes a whirlwind of what are known as ascension symptoms. It becomes hard for the person to recognize what causes each symptom. In turn, this makes it hard for the person to decipher, which chakras have opened, and how to balance them.
Some symptoms of an unbalanced Third-Eye Chakra are:
- Eye strain or aching
- Blurred vision
- Sinus problems
- Inability to make critical decisions
- A feeling of having no imagination
- Underdeveloped intuition
One of the quickest and easiest ways to activate and balance your Third-Eye Chakra is to develop your intuition. The only way to do this is by listening to it. Your intuition knows best, especially in moments when you are questioning it. Let go of your ego and allow yourself to fall into the depths of your higher self, and your third-eye will have no trouble staying open.
That said, it’s known that certain things can calcify your pineal gland and further close your Third-Eye Chakra. Some foods to help decalcify your pineal gland are listed here.
Samsara or Sahasrara — The Crown Chakra
The Crown Chakra is located at the crown of the head and is arguably the most exciting chakra to activate and balance. The Third-Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra can be balanced in tandem. When this happens, people speak of realizing their psychic abilities. These abilities can be further developed with regular practice.
It is by far the most magical of the chakra centers. When it is open and balanced, it acts as a portal that streamlines you to all the divine energies of the universe.
The thing about the Crown Chakra, in particular, is you are likely to feel the same symptoms when it first activates that you do when there is a blockage. These symptoms include:
- Inability to analyze things
- Rigid thought processes
- An overwhelming fear of alienation
- Blurred vision
- Chronic fatigue
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
To quickly unblock this chakra center, you must first take a deep dive into yourself. Deep meditative, relaxing, and breathwork exercises are the best way to quickly get into that introspective mindset. Trusting your intuition and working on strengthening your psychic abilities are also great ways to remove any blockages you feel.
All in all, the chakra system is a delicately, balanced system that is in constant motion. It is physically and spiritually impossible to maintain a 100% balance of all seven chakras at all times. The universe is in constant motion, which means energy in your chakra centers is in constant motion.
You are encouraged to live consciously of your subtle body so you can more easily spot these symptoms of energy blockages. The easier it is for you to spot symptoms, the easier it’ll be for you to remove them.
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