This 10-minute chakra meditation will take you through the seven energy centres of the eastern chakra system. The goal is to open your chakras, but you can use it to balance your chakras and strengthen your energy centres as well. It’s an ideal place to start for beginners.
When performing chakra meditations, I typically start with my root chakra and work my way up to the crown chakra, but you can start with the crown chakra and work your way down if you prefer.
You can also adapt this meditation technique to focus on any energy point you like. If you want to balance your chakras, concentrate on a specific emotion or character flaw you would like to purify, the foundation is simple to adapt.
Let’s get started.
Find a comfortable place where you can relax and focus.
- Start by taking in a long, deep breath through your nose. Continue breathing until you feel a pull in the pit of your stomach. This is the tanden, the point ancient sages say is the centre of creation.
- Then exhale slowly through your nose, concentrating on the breath as it is expelled from your body.
- Breathe in again, noticing the breath and the rise of your stomach. Then exhale, watch the breath.
- Continue breathing in this way and stay with your breath for a minute. As you do this, ask yourself if it is okay to open your chakras and bring them into balance.
- If you are happy to continue, concentrate on the chakra you want to open and bring into balance simply by imagining the corresponding colour of the energy point. To increase the power of your energy, repeat the mantra associated with each chakra described below silently in your mind or out loud.
Root Chakra (red)
Mantra: I am the master of my mind and have nothing to fear.
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is related to stability; how secure you feel in yourself and around others. When open and balanced it eliminates fear and you feel grounded and confident.
To open and balance the root chakra, bring your attention to the area around your groin and imagine a red light glowing around your genitals up into the lower part of your stomach.
During meditation on the root chakra, concentrate your focus on the bright, red, glowing ball. Repeat this mantra:
Sacral Chakra (orange)
Mantra: I love myself, the world and everything in it.
Located a few inches under the belly-button, the sacral chakra is the centre of self-love and is the colour of orange. Opening the chakra will make you feel emotionally balanced and optimistic.
During meditation on the sacral chakra, concentrate your focus between the rib cages, imagine a bright, orange orb and repeat the mantra above.
Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow)
Mantra: I am confident in everything that I do and will overcome all challenges in my path.
The solar plexus chakra is located in between the lower rib cages and dominates willpower and self-direction. It is from here that you summon the strength and the courage to overcome obstacles.
Like its name suggests, the solar plexus is yellow and like the sun has immense energy to burn away any fear and negative thoughts that prevent you from achieving what you most desire.
When the energies of your sacral chakra and the solar plexus work “in tandem” they actually work in your “tanden”, the point the ancients say “is the centre of creation.” Use this chakra meditation to work with your sacral-solar plexus axis daily to maintain your inner-strength and self-worth. This will help you venture forth into the outer world with confidence!
Heart Chakra (green)
Mantra: I am love and have compassion for everything. I accept myself for who I am, and accept that other people are different.
The heart chakra is green and governs love, compassion and generosity towards others. It is the most important and highest chakra of the four lower (physical) chakras.
Located at the centre of the body’s energy field, the heart chakra connects the lower chakras to the higher chakras. You could say it’s HQ, the decision-maker that bridges the physical base consciousness with the forgotten higher consciousness.
It is perhaps the hardest chakra to open, as breaking down the barriers of your heart depends on how much you have been hurt in the past. You must forgive whoever has caused your suffering and accept that whatever happened was a lesson from the higher self.
When meditating on the heart chakra, focus on the centre of the chest and imagine a bright, green light emanating love, compassion and understanding for everything.
Throat Chakra (blue)
Mantra: I am confident in my words and opinions and can speak freely without hesitation
The throat chakra governs your honesty and ability to express yourself. It gives you the power and the strength to speak to anyone and be comfortable in their presence.
However, this gift is also fuelled by the three lower chakras. You will learn more about your throat chakra in situations where you tell little white lies and half-truths to impress people.
This kind of behaviour is because you feel out of your depth and is a sign of an overactive throat chakra. In reality, you have self-doubt and are living in delusion.
An open and balanced throat chakra will make you feel comfortable speaking the truth about yourself or any subject to anybody. You speak eloquently and confidently without hesitation.
When meditating on the throat chakra, focus your attention on the throat and imagine a glowing blue ball giving you the inspiration to speak smoothly and freely.
Third-Eye Chakra (Indigo)
Mantra: Thoh (pronounced like toe in English). Hold the tone and let it vibrate.
For many practitioners of self-realisation, the third eye chakra is one that perhaps receives the most attention. It is the third-eye chakra that gives us an increased awareness of intuition and telepathy.
However, you can’t just simply open your third-eye chakra and suddenly become super-intuitive. You have to develop these skills. So don’t be fooled by spiritual teachers that claim they will open your 3rd eye chakra.
It is believed the third-eye chakra is connected to the pineal gland located in the thalamus at the centre of your head. Although this theory is yet to proven by mainstream science, it does make sense. The pineal gland secretes small quantities of N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT).
DMT is a psychedelic substance naturally found in plants. When digested it produced vivid images that seem to interlace with the real world. For example, during my first ayahuasca ceremony, I saw an Indian Chief kneeled at my feet with his hands on my thighs. The image was so clear, he could have been there in the room with me.
Given the pineal gland secretes DMT, there is a strong case to argue it is the catalyst for images that appear in the mind’s eye.
Moreover, if you close your eyes and press the tip of your finger into the bridge of your nose where it meets your forehead, you will feel a light pulse of energy. You may also feel the flash in your head. That is your third eye chakra and connects the frontal cerebral lobe with the thalamus. It will open your mind to new worlds, new perceptions and new opportunities – but only when you know to develop your intuitive powers and direct your mind’s eye.
Through your third eye, you will have visions that reflect what you are facing in your life right now. Like dreams, they are profoundly symbolic and difficult to understand. Understanding the esoteric symbolism in myths will help.
To meditate on the third eye chakra, imagine a blue orb in the centre of your forehead. The best way to open the third eye is through vibration.
Crown Chakra (violet/purple or white)
Located at the top of your head, the crown chakra is believed to be the antenna that connects your vibrational frequencies with your higher self and the morphic resonance field, also known as the Akashic Records or the Collective Unconscious.
Regardless of how you look at the crown chakra, it has a mystical, or spiritual connection that cannot be rationally explained by modern science; only religious and spiritual dogma.
Essentially, the Sahasrara connects you with the vibrational energy of the universe and is the seat of intuitive knowledge and wisdom. When opened and balanced, you have a strong connection to your higher self and when closed suffer from disorder and chaos.
Meditation of any kind is beneficial to the health of the crown chakra. Simply sitting still in silence helps you connect with your higher self. Therefore, there is no mantra. Just empty your mind and be in the present moment.