This article will be completely different than any other one we have had here at CCF. Especially recently, we go into a lot of detail about fun DIY projects, as that is a favorite among a lot of our readers. However, with this article, we are going to mix it up a little bit and focus on a variation of candle that we have never even mentioned and one most people haven't even heard of.
The subject is chakra candles, and these are candles that serve a purpose other than just making a room smell better. These candles have religious ties and are used hand-in-hand with meditation techniques and the all powerful "chakras". If you aren't familiar with the term 'chakra', don't worry, many people in the US aren't, as it is a way of thinking set in the beliefs of many Asia countries and their religious practices.
As most people don't know about these powerful meditation techniques, I think it's important and interesting for people to learn about alternative ways of thinking that they may never have been exposed to. Even if you don't meditate or practice any religion, this article will still be informative to you and will teach you a lot about something you may have never even considered. What makes this article different from most others on our blog is that it won't just talk about the candle aspect of it, but the larger part will be about the chakras themselves.
Understanding those is crucial in using the candles correctly and understanding their deep meaning. It's also very interesting how these candles compliment this practice, as we haven't discussed a lot of benefits candles have with healing practices. You may not have known how deep of a meaning some candles can have, as most people use them as a casual decoration or to freshen up the air in their house. I hope to open up an entirely new world of candles to you. So, if you want to learn more about these chakra candles, continue on down this page.
To understand this unique variation of a candle, it is first important for you to get some basic knowledge about what chakras are. Basically, a chakra can be defined as energy throughout the non-physical body, so raising awareness through your mind. It is a religious belief comes from Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. This belief system has also gone from the religious world to the secular one, as more yoga studios have adapted this type of meditation into their routines. Its ideology is prevalent in many tips of yoga, including Kundalini and others.
As you can tell from the chart above, there are seven chakras that each has to do with a separate section of the body and therefore each has their own specific purpose. There are seven energy centers and they are all located along the spine. Meditation is supposed to activate these chakras, therefore raising energy and spirituality throughout the spine.
Overview of the Seven Chakras
Here are the seven chakras, their location relative to the body, the color that represents them, and the purpose that they serve. They each have two names, and I include both.
So there is a brief but very general overview of the seven chakras. I was in no way trying to make you an expert on this subject and many of the descriptions were vague. You may also notice that they are all related and very similar, which can make it difficult to differentiate between them. That was a basic summary of them, as I could write an article of each chakra, as that is how detailed the philosophy behind them are. If you are curious about these and which to learn much more details about them, I would highly recommend this article from Expressions of Spirit.
Now you should have a fairly basic but enough of an understanding of chakras and what they are used for. Now to tie it in with candles as we always do. Chakras have been around for centuries and are used without candles many times. The purpose of the candle is to enhance the experience and make it more spiritual or beneficial for the practitioner. Above is all of the meanings behind them and the symbology, but it is equally important to understand the proper way to practice with them correctly.
The most important thing you must learn and master to use these candles is obviously chakra meditation. This is a lot easier said than done, as mastering this technique could take years. I feel like I may have already explained too much about the ideology behind chakras for a candle blog, so I won't even begin to talk about how to practice meditation by opening up your chakras. However, if you are seriously interested in learning about how to do so, read this article from About Meditation.
That being said, the hard part is learning how to meditate properly. Once you do that, you can start to integrate these candles into your routine. You want to make sure you only choose one color at a time, as that will determine your mood and mindset. I already state above the symbolism and meaning of each color, so use that as a guide. Whatever color you choose, go into the practice with the mindset of the color, and it should deeply help you get the most out of your meditation.
To summarize their purpose, these candles combine color therapy with aromatherapy and are a great way to enhance energy healing sessions and meditations. The color and fragrance blend of each candle are designed to enhance specific healing energies. They are used during sessions of intense focused and powerful meditations.
Chakras are powerful centers of energy throughout the body located along the spine that is deep rooted in many Asian cultures and religions. Even if you are a secular person or one that doesn't believe in their ideology, studying the way of thinking is still very interesting. The provide a great base for many meditation techniques, as they encourage energy through the non-physical aspect of your body, which is essentially what meditation can be described as.
Chakras are powerful by themselves, but chakra candles, each corresponding to one of the seven, enhance this way of thinking and process. I hope I explained this new way of thinking to you in a way that was easy to understand and hopefully you will be able to use this knowledge someday. Even if you don't plan on practicing this ideology, it is still interesting to know how candles can be used for spiritual reasons.
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