First Chakra - Muladhara: Earth, Physical Identity, Oriented to self-preservation
Located at the base of the spine, this Chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this Chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
"Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the First Chakra include when to feel safe and secure in the world, knowing when to trust or mistrust, knowing when to feel fear, and finding a balance between independence and dependence. Physical dysfunctions that can occur are: back pain, scoliosis, rectal cancer, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and skin problems."
Second Chakra- Svadhistana: Water, Emotional Identity, Oriented to self-gratification
The second Chakra, located in the lower bellye and sex organs is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this Chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change.
"Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the Second Chakra are balancing your drives toward sex, money, and relationships; co-creating with others; defining boundaries; and struggling with when to give and take and when to be assertive and passive. Physical dysfunctions that can occur are: lower back pain, sexual impotency, urinary problems, and appendicitis."
Third Chakra - Manipura: Fire, Ego Identity, oriented to self-definition
This Chakra is known as the power Chakra , located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this Chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.
"Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the Third Chakra are challenges with self-confidence, self-respect, competence and skills in the outer world, substance abuse, aggression, defensiveness, making decisions, and competitiveness. Physical dysfunctions that can occur are: ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, diabetes, diarrhea, indigestion, anorexia, bulimia, and hepatitis. " Dr. Northrup
Fourth Chakra - Anahata: Air, Social Identity and connection, oriented to self-acceptance and Universal Love
This Chakra is called the heart Chakra and is the middle Chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth Chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, have a deep sense of peace and centeredness.
"Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the Fourth Chakra are emotional expression; the capacity to fully express and resolve anger, hostility, joy, love, grief and forgiveness; the balance of giving and receiving and nurturing of self verses nurturing of others. Physical dysfunctions that can occur are: heart attacks, hypertension, chest pain, congestive heart failure, asthma, allergies, lung cancer, pneumonia, upper back and shoulder problems, and breast cancer." Dr. Northrup
Fifth Chakra - Visuddha - : Sound, Creative Identity, oriented to self-expression
This is the Chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language. This is the chakra of faith and higher communication. Here is where you discover your inner truth and use your voice to convey it to the world.
"Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the Fifth Chakra are the struggles between speaking versus listening, pushing forward versus waiting, and being willful versus compliant. Physical dysfunctions that can occur are: bronchitis, hoarseness, chronic sore throats, mouth ulcers, gum difficulties, chronic neck pain, laryngitis, swollen glands, and temporomandibular joint problems." Dr. Northrup
Sixth Chakra - Ajna : Light, Archetypal Identity, oriented to self-reflection
This Chakra is known as the brow Chakra or third eye center. It is related to the act of seeing, both physically and intuitively. As such it opens our psychic faculties and our understanding of archetypal levels. When healthy it allows us to see clearly, in effect, letting us "see the big picture.
"Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the Sixth Chakra are struggles with clear and ambiguous perception, conservative and liberal morality, following rules and understanding that rules have exceptions, and repression and lack of inhibition. Physical dysfunctions that can occur are: brain tumors, stroke, neurological disturbances, blindness, deafness, tinnitus, Parkinson’s disease, learning disabilities, and seizures." Dr. Northrup
Seventh Chakra- Sarhasrara: Thought, Universal identity, oriented to self-knowledge
This is the crown Chakra that relates to consciousness as pure awareness. Some refer to it as a "god source." It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this Chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss.
"Spiritual and emotional issues that can block energy in the Seventh Chakra are struggles with a clear sense of life’s purpose and trusting that life has a purpose that may not be learned, or understanding the paradox that an individual can influence her life events and also trust that things happen as forces of circumstance. Physical dysfunctions that can occur are: cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and any life-threatening illness or accident that serves as a wake-up call. " Dr. Northrup