| Chakra Challenge with Jess & Candie!
Jessica Prill (one of Dakota Stones in-house designers) and Candie Cooper (mentor and jewelry designer extraordinaire) have joined forces in a
Chakra Jewelry Challenge! Inspired by the colors for each chakra and the stone types we specifically picked to correspond to each color, they created unique pieces of jewelry. Tune in next week to see the big reveal of their enlightening creations!
Below we have compiled some background* on chakras and a list of corresponding ds stones for you. Maybe you will come up with some of your own chakra jewelry and, if you do, we would love to see it!
Each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number.
The original meaning of the word chakra is wheel, as referring to the wheels of the chariots of the rulers, cakravartians. The oldest text recording of the chakra is in 1500-500 B.C. by the Vedas from India. Since this time there have been many different interpretations of the chakra. There is not one single "correct" version, as it is an ever evolving philosophy that has been adapted by the many different societies who have embraced it.
For the sake of this blog post we are going to focus on the New Age brand of chakras. According to the New Age philosophy (and Wikipedia!) there are seven major chakras, each represented by a color. These seven chakras correspond exactly with the main nerve ganglia which come from the spine.
The seven chakras and our corresponding ds stone types:
ROOT or BASE CHAKRA: GARNET
Color Association: Red
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Location: Base of spine, coccyx
Lesson: Survival-The right to exist. Deals with tasks related to the material and physical world. Ability to stand up for oneself and security issues.
Imbalances: Anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression. Frequent colds or cold hands and cold feet.
Root Stimulants: Physical exercise and restful sleeps, gardening, pottery and clay. Red food & drink. Red gemstones, red clothing, bathing in red, etc. Using red oils such as ylang ylang or sandalwood essential oils.
SPLEEN CHAKRA: CARNELIAN
Color Association: Orange
Sanskrit Name: Svadisthana
Location: Below navel, lower abdomen
Lesson: Feelings-The right to feel. Connected to our sensing abilities and issues related to feelings. Ability to be social and intimacy issues.
Imbalances: Eating disorders. Alcohol and drug abuse. Depression. Low back pain. Asthma or allergies. Candida & yeast infections. Urinary problems. Sensuality issues as well as impotency and frigidity.
Spleen Stimulants: Hot aromatic baths, water aerobics, massage.Embracing sensation (such as different food tastes). Orange food & drink. Orange gemstones and orange clothing. Using orange oils such as melissa or orange essential oils.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA: YELLOW JADE
Color Association: Yellow
Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Location: Above the navel, stomach area
Lesson: Personal power-The right to think. Balance of intellect, self-confidence and ego power. Ability to have self-control and humor.
Imbalances: Digestive problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, constipation. Nervousness, toxicity, parasites, colitis, poor memory.
Solar Plexus Stimulants: Taking classes, reading informative books, doing mind puzzles. Sunshine. Detoxication programs. Yellow food & drink. Yellow gemstones and yellow clothing. Using yellow oils such as lemon or rosemary essential oils.
HEART CHAKRA: GREEN AVENTURINE
Color Association: Green
Sanskrit Name: Anahata
Location: Center of chest
Lesson: Relationships-The right to love. Love, forgiveness, compassion. Ability to have self-control. Acceptance of oneself.
Imbalances: Heart and breathing disorders. Heart and breast cancer. Chest pain. High blood pressure. Passivity. Immune system problems. Muscular tension.
Heart Stimulants: Nature walks, time spent with family or friends. Green food & drink. Green gemstones and green clothing. Using green oils such as eucalyptus or pine essential oils.
THROAT CHAKRA: BLUE APATITE
Color Association: Blue
Sanskrit Name: Vissuddha
Location: Throat region
Lesson: Relationships- The right to speak. Learning to express oneself and one's beliefs (truthful expression). Ability to trust. Loyalty. Organization and planning.
Imbalances: Thyroid imbalances, swollen glands. Fevers and flu. Infections. Mouth, jaw, tongue, neck and shoulder problems. Hyperactivity. Hormonal disorders such as PMS, mood swings, bloating and menopause.
Throat Stimulants: Singing (in the shower), poetry, stamp or art collecting. Meaningful conversations. Blue food and drink. Blue gemstones and blue clothing. Using blue oils such as chamomile or geranium essential oils.
BROW OR THIRD EYE CHAKRA: DUMORTIERITE
Color Association: Indigo
Sanskrit Name: Anja
Location: Forehead, in between the eyes
Lesson: Intuition-The right to "see." Trusting one's intuition and insights. Developing one's psychic abilities. Self-realization. Releasing hidden and repressed negative thoughts.
Imbalances: Learning disabilities, co-ordination problems, sleep disorders.
Brow Stimulants: Star gazing. Mediation Indigo food & drink. Indigo gemstones and indigo clothing. Using indigo oils such as patchouli or frankincense essential oils.
CROWN CHAKRA: AMETHYST
Color Association: Violet
Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Location: Top of head
Lesson: Knowingness- The right to aspire. Dedication to the devine consciousness and trusting the universe. Learning about one's spirituality. Our connection to the concept of "God" or a higher intelligence. Integrating one's consciousness and subconsciousness into the super-consciousness.
Imbalances: Headaches. Photosensitivity. Mental illness. Neuralgia. Senility. Right/left brain disorders and coordination problems. Epilepsy. Varicose veins and blood vessel problems. Skin Rashes.
Crown Stimulants: Focusing on dreams. Writing down one's visions and inventions. Violet food & drink. Violet gemstones and violet clothing. Using violet oils such as lavender or jasmine essential oils.
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