Chakra mantras are a great tool for cleansing and balancing the chakras. The technique is simple and can be used by anyone, whether you are already familiar with the chakra system and chakra balancing using other methods, or if you are just starting out and want to learn more. If you’re unfamiliar with the chakras, here’s a quick overview.
The Chakra System
Our energy system is made up of seven major chakras and a myriad of minor chakras. Many of us are familiar with the main chakras, but just in case you haven’t heard of them, they include the Base Chakra, located at the base of the spine, the Sacral Chakra, found below the navel, the Solar Plexus Chakra, positioned above the navel, the Heart Chakra in the center of the chest, the Throat Charka at the base of the neck, the Third Eye Chakra, found in the middle of the forehead and the Crown Chakra at the top of the head. The minor chakras are located in various positions throughout the body. Together, they form our energy system or aura. So, now you’re up to speed with the chakra names and locations!
Why Do We Need to Balance Our Chakras?
Similar to our circulation system, the chakras circulate or transfer energy. The chakras are non discriminate and feed through whatever energy we come into contact with. This energy could take the form of positive vibes from a loved one or less positive energy from an angry coworker for example. Our own thoughts and feelings also have a major impact on the chakra system and the quality of the energy running through it. If we’re feeling low, the chakras can become sluggish and it can take a while to get them back on track and spinning at a high frequency again if you don’t know how. Over time this energy can build up and become stuck which leads to a chakra imbalance. As the whole energy system is connected, if one chakra is out of balance, all of them are!
For many people this is a way of living and they are not even aware that their chakras are out of whack. They just put it down to being stressed or overworked. And by the way, stress puts the chakras under so much strain. The chakra system is constantly under duress when a person is stressed out.
So what has this got to do with mantras? Mantras are words or sounds that are spoken or chanted and usually repeated a number of times. They are mainly used during meditation to bring the practitioner to a certain desired state or to focus the mind. Mantras elicit a frequency, and when sounded our energy becomes aligned with this frequency. It’s a bit like sounding a tuning fork. Chakras are similar as they each operate at a certain frequency. We could compare the chakras to musical instruments that need to be tuned up every so often.
There are seven chakra mantras, each related to one of the seven major chakras. When sounded, the mantra not only attunes the chakra to the desired frequency but also helps to cleanse and unblock the chakra, allowing the chakra to become clear and balanced. Great for overall energetic self-care, mantras are also a fast and effective way to purify and realign the chakras if feeling low or after coming into contact with a negative person or situation. Energy healers can also benefit from practicing chakra mantras after giving a healing to help clarify and restore their energy centers.
The chakra mantras are as follows:
Base Chakra – LAM
Sacral Chakra – VAM
Solar Plexus Chakra – RAM
Heart Chakra – YAM
Throat Chakra – HAM
Third Eye Chakra – SHAM
Crown Chakra – OM
How to Use Chakra Mantras
There are a few ways to use chakra mantras. For overall balancing and cleansing try this method. Start with the base chakra, take a few deep breaths and on the last breath after inhaling fully chant a long, slow LAM on the out breath. Repeat three times before moving onto the next chakra and the associated mantra. If desired, you can also visualize the color of the chakra as you focus on each one, so in this case, as you are chanting LAM for the base chakra, you could also visualize the color red.
If you are experiencing ongoing trouble with a specific chakra and wish to concentrate on that one, you could go straight to that chakra mantra and repeat the mantra for as long as desired. Go with your intuition on this one. If your throat chakra is bothering you and you’d like to work on it, chant HAM while visualizing turquoise blue.
Chakra mantras can also be used for “emergency” cleansing after an argument for example. Tune into your body and sense where you are holding onto the anger. If you are experiencing knots in your stomach, work with the chakra mantra for the sacral chakra. Once the knots ease out, sense if there are any other chakras that are linked to your angry emotions. If the heart chakra comes up, move onto clearing this next using the chakra mantra YAM. Keep going for as long as necessary until the anger has subsided and the chakras are realigned.
If you’re in a public space and unable to chant the chakra mantras out loud, you can also repeat them in your mind. Thoughts are energy and hold a frequency, just like sound. Silent mantras can be just as effective.
When to Use Chakra Mantras
Chakra mantras can be used everyday for optimum benefit and to maintain a healthy chakra system. They can be practiced in the morning after waking to start your day on a positive note, or during the day when in need of an energetic refresh. Try them on the meditation mat, in the shower or in the car on the way to work! If you’ve some like-minded friends, get together for chakra mantra sessions. You’ll gain extra benefit from the group frequency if you’re chanting the mantras together.