You may already know about the seven main chakras in our bodies and their roles in maintaining our health and well-being. In this article, we will learn the meaning behind each of the seven colors.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel in English. They are energy centres aligned along your spine, from your tailbone at the base to the top of your head, connecting your mind, body, and spirit as one unitary being.
The chakras represent different organs in your body, such as the heart or throat, but also levels within each specific emotion/emotional state.
The chakra system is not a new concept. It has been around for thousands of years. From ancient times it was used as an architectural concept in the design of temples. The areas in the temple were designed to correspond with the seven chakras. For example, a particular emotion could be felt more intensely in a particular area to correspond with its corresponding chakra. This will help meditators achieve greater clarity on their spiritual journey.
The seven colors are represented within the body, each corresponding to different parts of your psyche (or soul). Understanding the chakra colors and their corresponding energies is important to mindfulness.
Each Chakra Colors
The seven chakra colors correspond with the colors of the rainbow, as can be seen below:
- Root Chakra, represented by the color Red
- Sacral Chakra, represented by the color Orange
- Solar Plexus Chakra, represented by the color Yellow
- Heart Chakra, represented by the color Green
- Throat Chakra, represented by the color Blue
- Third Eye Chakra, represented by the color Indigo
- Crown Chakra, represented by the color Violet
The colors of the seven main chakras forming the spectrum of the rainbow give an amazing pattern when put in their natural order.
This particular color arrangement, which has been observed for centuries by various cultures around the world, including our own, hold a special significance and is called The Spectrum Of White Light (or Visible). It ranges from 700 nm – 400 nm with Red being the longest and Violet the shortest.
The Significance of the Colors
The Root Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara
Location: Base of the spine
Chakra Color: Red
Seed ‘Beej’ Mantra: “Lam”
Represents: Vitality, Strength & Courage
The Root Chakra, represented by the color Red, is concerned with survival. It is the foundation of our being and signifies grounding ourselves to what matters most in life – including family members who have been close to us through thick or thin!
Red influences how we interact physically and emotionally. Red catches people’s attention and signals alerts and threats. It also brings your attention back to safety. Red represents vitality, strength and power. It also represents courage and self-awareness. Red helps us remain grounded. The wavelength of Red is the slowest.
Sanskrit Name: Svadisthana
Location: Lower abdomen
Chakra Color: Orange
Seed ‘Beej’ Mantra: “Vam”
Represents: Joy, Freedom, Enthusiasm & Warmth
The Sacral Chakra, represented by the color Orange, is the second chakra, located below the navel. It is associated with Orange and governs our creativity, sexuality, and emotional well-being.
Orange is the color of creativity and success and is associated with joy and ecstasy. It is both exciting and soothing, combining Red’s physical energy with Yellow’s joy and happiness. Orange represents optimism and freedom and is also associated with enthusiasm, warmth, excitement, and adventure.
Orange also represents self-expression and emotional balance or stability – all of which make up your identity in society. The orange hues represent this energetic centre because they are vibrant without being too intense.
Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Location: Upper abdomen
Chakra Color: Yellow
Seed ‘Beej’ Mantra: “Ram”
Represents: Optimism, Originality & Inquisitiveness
The Solar Plexus chakra is responsible for giving you a sense of self-esteem. It also influences how much energy you have available to do things.
The color Yellow is the color of sunshine and is located above your navel. It is a constant source of power, where self-confidence manifests itself in all aspects: mental clarity as well as physical strength to take on whatever life throws at you! The strong sense through which this energy shines brings out light upon what it means “to be myself” – not just recognise my uniqueness but also embrace every aspect thereof without fear or worry.
The Heart Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Anahata
Location: Heart Centre
Chakra Color: Green
Seed ‘Beej’ Mantra: “Yam”
Represents: Kindness, Love & Compassion
Heart chakra is associated with the color Green , which represents compassion and love. It also symbolizes a connection to others through empathy or understanding their feelings.
As the color of nature, Green has a calming and soothing effect that can encourage a sense of harmony and balance. Green is also associated with feelings of peace, kindness, and equanimity. The dynamic energy of Green represents growth, expansion and openness.
It also represents abundance, healing and growth. It has properties of self-healing and helps us heal ourselves from our past hurts to give us a chance to start afresh and have a more wholesome future. By connecting with Green’s peaceful and healing energy, you can open and balance your Heart chakra. One effective way to do that is to soak yourself in nature.
The Throat Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Vishudhhi
Chakra Color: Blue
Seed ‘Beej’ Mantra: “Ham”
Represents: Purity, Loyalty, Clarity & Authenticity
The Blue color of the Throat chakra is associated with freedom, purity, loyalty, imagination, clarity, confidence and trust. Blue is also known to be cooling in nature and can help to create a sense of calmness, peace and balance. The element associated with the Throat chakra is space, and the greatest expanse of space on our planet is the sky and the sea.
As the Throat chakra is responsible for your ability to communicate, it makes sense that the color Blue represents creativity and self-expression. It is located near the end of the color spectrum, and it brings calmness to your mind. It also enhances your verbal communication with others and allows you to harness this energy effectively for your creative expression.
Sanskrit Name: Ajna
Location: In Between Eye Brows
Chakra Color: Indigo
Seed ‘Beej’ Mantra: “Aum”
Represents: Harmony, Awareness, Wisdom & Integrity
The color of the Third Eye chakra is Indigo (a combination of blue and violet), also known as Royal Blue. The violet in Indigo contributes to awareness, spirituality, wisdom and connection with your Higher self. Indigo is a color of integrity, harmony, deep inner awareness and wisdom. People who emit lots of Indigo from their auric field tend to possess natural psychic gifts, experience vivid dreams and can sense things before they happen.
Indigo is the color of intuition and perception and helps access the subconscious mind. It stimulates the imagination and promotes deep concentration during meditation. It helps you see, both on the physical and intuitive levels, and it is the color that encourages reflection and self-awareness.
The Crown Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara
Location: Crown of the Head
Chakra Color: Violet/Purple
Seed ‘Beej’ Mantra: “Silence”
Represents: Self-Awareness, Unity & Wholeness
The Sahasrara chakra’s color Violet is the color of royalty and leadership. The Crown chakra has the most spiritual properties of all seven. It is not surprising that this central energy point is found at the topmost position on your head and represents enlightenment; it is here that we find dynamic thoughts changing into pure light.
The color Violet is said to have the highest vibrational frequency of all the colors in the spectrum. Violet is considered a spiritual color and is often associated with reflection and self-awareness. Those with an aura of Violet are often curious and engaged in finding answers to life’s problems. Violet also represents unity, integrity and wholeness. The other color often associated with the Crown chakra is White, representing purity, perfection, innocence and new beginnings.
Benefits of Working with Colors
Chakra colors affect the way you think, act and feel. They influence both your physical and emotional state of mind. You can visualize these colors’ power and energies during your meditation sessions.
As you meditate, use the colors to heighten your awareness. By visualizing the colors of your chakras, you can tap on their energy to guide you to achieve greater well-being, self-awareness and spiritual liberation.
The First chakra is Red. This chakra is associated with your physical body and your survival instincts. You may feel afraid or anxious if this chakra is out of balance. Learn to use the energy of Red to help you feel more grounded and secure.
The Second chakra is Orange. This chakra is associated with our emotions and sexuality. You may feel angry or resentful if this chakra is out of balance. Learn to use the energy of Orange to help you feel more joyful and connected to your passions.
The Third chakra is Yellow. This chakra is associated with your mind and your ability to think clearly. You may feel confused or scattered if this chakra is out of balance. You can use the energy of Yellow to help you feel more focused and clear-headed.
The Fourth chakra is Green. This chakra is associated with your heart and your ability to love. You may feel lonely or disconnected if this chakra is out of balance. You can use the energy of Green to help you feel more connected to your loved ones and the world around you.
The Fifth chakra is Blue. This chakra is associated with your communication and your ability to express yourself. If this chakra is out of balance, you may feel shy or unable to speak your truth. You can use the energy of Blue to help you feel more confident and articulate.
The Sixth chakra is Indigo. This chakra is associated with your intuition and ability to see the bigger picture. If this chakra is out of balance, you may feel lost or disconnected from your spiritual path. You can use the energy of Indigo to help you connect with your intuition and find your way.
The Seventh chakra is Violet. This chakra is associated with your connection to the divine. If this chakra is out of balance, you may feel disconnected from your higher purpose. You can use the energy of Violet to help you connect with your spirituality and find your way back to your true self.
The chakras are responsible for our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Each chakra is associated with a different color. The colors of the chakras are often used to balance their chakras. By connecting with the meanings of each color, you will be able to balance your chakras more effectively. You can do this by meditating on the different colors and focusing on their corresponding areas of your life. This will help you feel more balanced and in harmony with yourself and the world around you. You can also learn more about chakras and their functionalities in our detailed course ‘Understanding Chakras.’