Recognizing Imbalances In The Chakras

When a chakra is not functioning properly it has a ripple effect throughout our lives and even into the lives of those around us. At any given moment, depending on a wide range of circumstances – both positive and negative – the energy in a chakra can become stuck or excessive, causing an imbalance in the system. People in tune with their system can recognize these changes and begin working on correction, whether through simple exercises, major life changes, yoga, and meditation. Sometimes the energy in a chakra is stuck only for a matter of minutes and other times it can be stagnant for years, or even a lifetime.

Use this reference guide to recognize imbalances in the seven chakras. The lists below show how a weakness, whether a deficiency or excess, in a specific chakra manifests negatively in daily life and activities.

1st: Muladhara (Root Chakra)

  • Feeling of being overwhelmed by personal life, work, and responsibilities that results in either high stress or simply giving up
  • Struggling with “survival crises” – health, money, home, family
  • Piles of clutter, “to-do” lists, and chores that don’t get moved or accomplished
  • Often described as a messy or disorganized person
  • Travel frequently
  • Resistant to exercise, healthy diet, and fresh air
  • Greediness, hoarding money or possessions
  • A sense of feeling ungrounded often – living in the head instead of the body

2nd: Svadhishthana (Pelvic Chakra)

  • Prefer solitude because of fear of judgment or what other people think of you
  • Feelings of insecurity or not being safe
  • Feeling “stuck” in either your professional or personal relationships, or both
  • A strong desire of wanting someone to take care of you, to the point of neediness
  • Self-described “workaholics”
  • Growing up in an environment where emotions or pleasure was repressed or denied
  • History of sexual abuse or issues expressing and experiencing sexuality
  • Chronic pain in the lower back and hips
  • Reproductive health issues
  • A strong desire to exhibit power over others in order to create a false sense of confidence
  • A personality dominated by either timidity or aggressiveness

3rd: Manipura (Navel Chakra)

  • A feeling that life is confusing, unsatisfying, or should be something feared
  • Making decisions based on pure emotion or selfishness
  • Frequent bouts of anger, sadness, and intense emotional pain
  • History of digestive problems or eating disorders
  • Low self-esteem
  • Sensitive to a variety of stimuli resulting in coping mechanisms such as drugs, alcohol, over-eating, and other forms of self-abuse
  • A desire to be a perfectionist
  • An obsessive need of self-protection and/or protection of others

4th: Anahata (Heart Chakra)

  • Frequent negative emotional reactions to painful or difficult life experiences
  • A life driven by fear and misconception
  • Anxieties and emotional scars that are dealt with on a regular basis
  • Inability to forgive or let go
  • Lack of empathy
  • A strong attachment to the outcome of an experience rather than gratitude for an experience
  • Fear of letting people too close into your personal world
  • Intense shyness and/or loneliness
  • A struggle to receive or give love fully
  • Frequent poor posture – head forward, rounded shoulders, collapsed chest
  • Deep unhappiness, selfishness, indifference, and even hatred
  • Shallow breathing patterns, asthma, and lung diseases
  • High blood pressure and heart disease

5th: Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)

  • A feeling of being inadequate (body, profession, material possessions, speech)
  • Fearful of making mistakes
  • Abuse of power or a lack of power
  • Often surrounded by negative people
  • An affection for gossip or frequently speaking without thinking
  • Extremely shy, especially when it comes to speaking in front of groups
  • Struggle with accepting compliments
  • Difficulty listening to others
  • Smokers or tobacco users
  • Sufferers of seasonal allergies
  • Frequent sore throats or thyroid issues
  • Stiff necks and shoulders, teeth grinding, and jaw disorders

6th: Ajna (Third Eye Chakra)

  • Follow trends and people blindly, oblivious to potentially dangerous situations
  • Lack of creativity
  • Inability to focus or concentrate during daily tasks
  • Find it difficult to make decisions because the situation doesn’t seem clear
  • Hypersensitive to the feelings and behavior of people around you
  • Frequent headaches, hallucinations, nightmares
  • Poor memory and/or eye problems

7th: Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)

  • An inability to still the mind
  • A fear to do something today because of a traumatic past experience
  • Acting without using innate intuition
  • Apathetic
  • An inability to think for yourself
  • A spiritual skeptic
  • Frequent materialistic urges – shopping addictions
  • Overreaction to ignorance – both yours or others
  • An inability to think intrinsically, almost always resorting on analytical knowledge learned from schools and institutions
  • Seeing yourself as an elite member of a spiritual or intellectual group
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