Music and sound, good or bad, influence us and affect our energy system. Remember how we are made up of vibration and in the body there are different sounds connected with different frequencies of energy.
Well within us are “chakras,” in Sanskrit, means wheel, spinning wheels of energy that vibrate at different frequencies. They are located along the spine (front and back) and are located in our energy body (etheric body), along the central channel which runs along the spine. Chakras absorb prana from the atmosphere and distribute it through the various systems of the body and cells.
These seven chakras are like doorways for the physical, emotional and spiritual force to flow into physical expression and each one holds a certain gift to help us deal with specific life challenges of a particular chakra.
There are higher and lower chakras and each reflects a certain frequency. For example the crown chakra (Sahasrara) at the top of the head is associated with the spiritual energy whereas the base chakra (Muladara) is associated with the energy of survival. Subtle energy becomes denser as it descends into the body. Imbalances in the body can be detected from the chakras and often an imbalance in a chakra can manifest later in the physical body.
So knowing that the chakras have their own frequency, we can balance and keep them in harmony. We become like an “out of tune piano” when our chakras are off balance. So lets look at ways to keep them balanced!
By resonating the chakras, an imbalance is corrected and healing of the physical body happens much more quickly. There are many sounds that resonate the chakras and most popular are the use of vowels and mantras. We are all familiar with the universal sound of “OM.” It resonates the crown chakra and vibrates at a high frequency.
Repetition helps bring the body, mind and spirit into a meditative state where healing occurs and visualization of the associated chakra color while using sound can deepen the experience.
Lets start with the “sacred vowels” which help balance the chakras. So it helps to look at the lower three chakras, the region of fire, keeping in mind that there are three higher chakras (region of the moon) and the heart chakra, 4th chakra (region of the sun) which links the two groups of three chakras.
1st Chakra (Muladhara or base chakra)
It is located in the base of the spine, related to the element of earth in Ayurvedic terms and is involved with the physical process of elimination and the associated organs. It is about grounding to mother earth. Some first chakra issues include: security, trust, fear and manifesting.
The vowel for this chakra is “Uh”. There is also the “key note” or frequency of each chakra, in this case it is “C” of the major scale and the color is RED. The mantra (Bija – Sanskrit word for the sound, the chakra’s seed) is LAM.
Try chanting this sound “Uh” as part of a sound meditation chakra balancing exercise, visualizing the color of the chakra. You can make this a fun time with your child (children) and gradually build up from 1 to 5 minutes.
Also, it is easy to bring this vowel into a yoga class in combination with a yoga pose or warm-up. The children easily can vocalize this sound, and connect this sound to a particular animal. This sound is believed to be a harmonic of the actual frequency of earth.
Stay tuned for more information about using SOUND to balance your CHAKRAS.