Painting the Chakras – Crown Chakra

The seventh chakra located at the top of the head connects us to our higher consciousness. When off balance there may be depression, an inability to learn, rigid thoughts on religion, constant confusion and a fear of alienation. When in balance, we live in the now with a strong trust in our inner guidance.

The colour of the Crown Chakra is Violet and also White and Gold.

Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting - Crown Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)
Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting – Crown Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)

The Crown Chakra is connected with all the elements and with thought in particular, so meditative and spiritual practices, singing hymns or spiritual songs, prayer, chanting and group spiritual practices are all healing and balancing.

Visualise a lotus flower, ultimate purity of energy, inside the top of your head, opening and becoming larger, enlarging your field of consciousness, spreading out into the universe. Feel connected to the higher energies and free from lower energy fields that drain you.

Repeat as often as you wish, with eyes closed the following positive affirmations:

I understand. I understand the impermanent nature of reality. I accept and honour the spirit within me and all living things. I embrance the unity of all beings and release all attachment. I invite sacred transformation. I am complete.

The Crown Chakra is associated with the element thought, so ease into a meditative state of reflection and allow in the energies of nature through pure therapy essential oils. Diffuse incense or light a candle and focus on its flame. Recommended aromas: Sandelwood, Saffron, Lotus and Jasmine.

Since this Chakra is more spiritual than physical, it is not nourished with food in the same way that they feed other Chakras. It’s food is simply prayer, maditation and fasting. The vibrations of this Chakra often prefer no food at all. Consider a detox or fast to energise the Crown Chakra. Try fresh fruit and vegetable juices and drink lots of water.

 

 

Painting the Chakras – Third Eye Chakra

The sixth chakra located in the middle of the eyebrows, connects to our cosmic insight. When off balance there may be moodiness, day-dreaming and distrust. When in balance, we feel open and focused, a deep spiritual connection, strong morality and can easily determine between truth and illusion.

The colour of the Third Eye Chakra (also known as Brow Chakra) is Indigo blue.

Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting - Third Eye Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)
Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting – Third Eye Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)

The Third Eye Chakra’s element is light, so light therapie, sitting in stillness in nature basking in the sunlight or lying quietly with an eye pillow is energizing.

Visualise a spinning indigo blue ball of energy in your minds eye, between your eyebrows. Imagine it expand all around your head with purpose strengthening your ability to dream, to visualise, to think without attachment. Connect to your inner knowing. Visualise your mind illuminating with the light until you feel fully clear.

Repeat as osten as you wish, with eyes closed the following positive affirmations:

I see. I see the truth in all situations. I trust my intuition and inner wisdom and follow them. My life is divinely guided and always taking me in the direction best for me. I accept my path. I am healing in body, mind and spirit.

The Third Eye Chakra is associated with the element light, so assist your focus to gain further intuition with pure therapy essential oils. Light a candle and meditate on its flame. Recommended aromas are Geranium, Basil, Jasmine, Lavender, Rosemary and Mint.

Food to stimulate this Chakra: figs, grapes, raisins, blackberries, prunes, eggplant, purple cabbage, purple kale, purple potatoes, purple carrots, purple asparagus.

For sharpening the intellect try logic puzzles or brain-training exercises.

 

Painting the Chakras – Throat Chakra

The fifth Chakra, located in the throat region, connects us to our expressive self, reinforcing communiucation, speech and healing. When off balance there may be issues of self-expression, fear of no power or control. When in balance, we can express our truth without worrying about what others may think.

The colour of the Throat Chakra is Blue.

Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting - Throat Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)
Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting – Throat Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)

The Throat Chakra’s element is ether (sky) and is related to communication, so express yourself by singing a song, calling a friend, writing a letter to someone you love or write a blog.

Visualise your taste buds and a thing you love to eat; maybe a fresh fruit amid the blue skies. Visualise it entering your mouth and you tasting it. Open mouth with each inhale take in pure turqoise light, with each exhale visualise the light loosing and releasing any blockages in your throat. Feel your confidence to speak your mind come to bloom.

Repeat as often as you wish, with eyes closed the following positive affirmations:

I speak. I speak my thoughts clearly, with grace and integrity. I am aligned with my highest truth and communicate this with love and honour. I acknowledge the power of my word to create my own reality. I express who I am.

The Throat Chakras associated with the element ether/space, so assist in vibrational healing with plant energies of essential oils to simulate, subdue, or provide Chakra balancing. Nurture your Throat Chakra; roll on essences to pulse points, inhale. Recommended aromas: Rosemary, Lime, Sage, Indian Champa and Cedarwood

Food to stimulate this Chakra: blue foods, currants, blackberries, blue grapes, blueberries, dragon fruit, kelp, kombu, barley, wheatgrass, mushroom, ginseng, herbal teas

I can hardly wait for the summer, lying in the grass and watching clouds pass the blue sky.

 

 

Painting the Chakras – Heart Chakra

The fourth Chakra located inb the region of the heart, connects us to our emotional self, bringing harmony, forgiveness, sincerity and love. When off balance it can lead to over-loving, jealousy, abandoment, anger, loneliness and bitterness. When in balance we feel joy, love, gratitude and compassion.

The colour of the Heart chakra is Green and also Pink.

Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting - Heart Chakra (Arylic on canvas)Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting - Heart Chakra (Arylic on canvas)
Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting – Heart Chakra (Arylic on canvas)

The Heart Chakra’s element is Air, so connect to the wind to nurture your heart chakra. Drive with the windows down in the car, or fly a kite on a breezy day. Practice deep breathing during a heart-focused medidation!

Visualise a green flower bud at the centre of your chest, that opens slowely and in the middle you can see the pink centre surrounded by the vibrating fresh green. Let go the negative energy or emotion that was locked in the bud.

Repeat as often as you wish, with eyes closed the following positive affirmations:

I love. I love myself. I am a being of compassion. I share this love to everyone. I live in balance, with grace and gratitude. I release all fears, concerns and worries about giving and receiving love. I know forgiveness. I am one.

As the Heart Chakra is associated with the element air, so breathe-in pure aromas therapeutic of floral essential oils like Ylang Ylang, Rose, Jasmine or Vetiver, Pine Rosewood, to help open your heart and feel the love and compassion.

Food that stimulate this chakra: green foods, spinach, kale, chard, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, peas, peppers, leeks, zucchini, celery, green apples, pears, grapes, kiwi and avocados.

Enjoy the beauty and softness of a bunch of pink roses or take a walk in the unspoiled and green nature.

 

Painting the Cakras – Solar Plexus Chakra

The third Chakra, located in our solar plexus, connects to our ego, will, personal power and autonomy. When off balance it can threaten our self confidence, cause depression and confusion. When in balance it brings us harmony and protection, the feeling of being comfortable with oneself and with others.

The colour of the Solar Plexus Chakra is Yellow.

Elsa. K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting - Solar Plexus Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)
Elsa. K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting – Solar Plexus Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)

The Solar Plexus Chakra’s element is Fire, so invite the energies of the fire by sitting, dancing, singing and laughing with friends around a bonfire. Get into the full light of the sun and take an invigorating walk.

Visualise the sun and the sunlight, which is going directly into your Solar Plexus Chakra and through your body. Feel the warmth of the sunlight.

Repeat as often as you wishwith eyes closed the following positive affirmations:

I do. I do enough. I am more than enough. I accept myself and stand confidently in my power. I respect differences and express my identity without imposing my will upon others. I am in harmony with all I see. I live with integrity.

As the Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the element fire, the best way to heal with aromatherapy is by burning incense or candles. Suggested essential oil aromas are Lemongrass, Fennel, Corriander, Lime, Myrrh, Frankincense, Juniper and Lemon.

Food that stimulate this chakra: corn, pineapples, squash, beans, peppers, banana, brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and spices (ginger, tumeric), cheese, yoghurt, kefir, cereal.

Buy a sunflower and look at the Mandala circle in the middle and the bright yellow flower petals.

Painting the Chakras – Sacral Chakra

The second chakra, located in the reproductive area (a few inches below the navel), connects to our feelings, emotions, sexuality and creativity. When off balance we may feel jealousy, guilt, possessiveness, shame of our body/sexuality. When in balance this chakra brings us grace, flexibility, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment and creativity.

The colour of the Sacral Chakra is orange.

Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting - Sacral Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)
Elsa K. Gaertner: Chakra Painting – Sacral Chakra (Acrylic on canvas)

The Sacral Chakra’s element is Water so spending time by the ocean, a lake, or a river, taking walks by the water or sitting with it in view, going wading or swimming, is especially energizing for this chakra (drink more water!).

Visualise yourself floating in the ocean during the sun is going down and colours the water in orange.

Repeat as often as you wish with eyes closed the following positive affirmations:

I feel. I acknowledge my uniqueness. I am a sensual and creative being. I attract only whole and nurturing relationships into my life. My senses are alive and connected. I embrace life with passion and feel abundant joy. I am radiantly beautiful, healthy and strong.

Use the power of aromatherapy in a bath or as a body scrub as the Sacral chakra is associated with the element of water. Use any of these oils: Orange, Tangerine, Neroli, Jasmine, Rosewood, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Geranium.

Food that stimulate this chakra: almonds, papaya, melon, passion fruit, pumpkin, orange, coconut, manadarins, mangos, walnuts, milk, butter, honey, chocolate, pasta

Moonlight also stimulates the second chakra so why not doing a walk in the moonlight by the ocean?