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As discussed on the aura and the chakras page, color vibrates in the body along the meridians through the chakras. When one of the chakra centers is out of balance, it effects other centers. In other words when one chakra center is out of balance, you are out of balance. One way to balance the chakra centers is through meditation.

It is also through meditation that you can discover whether you are in balance. Are you in balance? Meditation can be used to both discover whether we are in balance and to obtain balance. Other keys to discovering whether or not you are in balance can be found in physical illnesses or ailments. This is briefly discussed on each of the seven chakra pages with links above. For example, an imbalance in the first or root chakra can manifest as a weight problem, hemorrhoids, degenerative arthritis, knee troubles, and/or sciatica. Eclectic Energies has a website that offers a test to find out how open each of your seven chakras is at http://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/chakratest.php

"Centering" and "grounding" techniques should be used before beginning these meditations. A grounding technique can be as simple as feeling your connection to the earth and visualizing a root growing from your body into the earth and being focused and present. Centering usually requires your being relaxed. Three deep abdominal breaths through the nose, focusing on relaxing your entire body, feet to crown, and simply feeling centered within your body will often serve as a centering technique. For those of you who are not that familiar with your body, the act of tightening and then relaxing your body from your feet to your head and then visualizing the act of centering a pot on a pottery wheel will often work as a centering technique. Imagine throwing a wet ball of clay onto the center of the spinning wheel and then with your hand around the moist clay, thumb on top, find the center of the clay and slowly push it to the center of the wheel, breathing deeply from your abdomen as the wheel spins with the clay centered perfectly.

Whatever method you use, take your time and achieve a deep state of relaxation. You may want to count to 10, 20, or 30 or visualize walking down 10 or 20 or 30 steps, whatever it takes to become relaxed.

Three meditative techniques are discussed here:
Drawing down colors
Viewing the body and looking for signs of imbalance
Meditations for each of the seven chakras

Lengths to time devoted to meditation will grow with practice.

Length of Time Results
3 minutes circulation and blood stability affected
11 minutes pituitary and nerves begin to changes
22 minutes the three minds balance and begin to work together
31 minutes the whole mind, the aura and the 5 internal elements (earth, water, air, fire and ether) are affected
62 minutes the conscious and subconscious are integrated
2.5 hours changes to the subconscious last the whole day

It generally takes 40 days to change a habit; 90 days to confirm the change; 120 days before the change is a part of who you are and 1,000 days before you are master of the new you.

Daily practice of spiritual exercise, such as some form of Yoga or Tai Chi (often called a moving meditation), will also aid in balancing the chakras. There are also websites offering samples of meditation mantras. One of those sites is: SpiritVoyage.com You may also find this meditation exercise both grounding and healing. Martin Gray offers it as one for connecting with and healing the earth.


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