The Chakra Guide - Amy Russell Taylor

The Chakra Guide

May 12, 2023

Understanding, diagnosing blockages and balancing your chakras. A chakra guide to help you harmonise and balance your energy. Crystal jewellery for chakras


I wanted to make it easy for you to understand your own energy and if you might be experiencing blockages. To be able to diagnose imbalances in your energy centres giving you an informed decision on the best pieces for you. Intuition can play a strong role in determining what’s right for you so first and foremost, listen to your gut! There are no wrong answers, but if you’re still struggling to choose, take a look at my guide to understanding, diagnosing and rebalancing your energy. 


The word chakra means “wheel” in Sanskrit and refers to the energy centres in your body. These wheels of energy each correspond to certain nerve bundles and major organs. To function at their best, your chakras need to stay open, or balanced. We’ve all experienced that feeling of dread in the pit of our stomach or the excruciating ache in our hearts when we lose a loved one. This is your body creating focused energy in one area (chakra) and they are as vital to you as your other senses like sight, sound and touch. When we can’t see properly, we put on glasses to improve our sight. When we can’t hear, we put in a hearing aid and so on. So when we are living in stress and fear, experience hormonal challenges or feel dominant emotions of resentment, guilt or anger. Chances are, our energy centres are out of balance and we should work to improve this to become clear. 


Wearing crystals on and around different energy centres can help keep your energy in check. Quartz is commonly associated with the Crown and Third Eye Chakra but due to its transcendental strength they can essentially heal and harmonise all Chakras, working to clear energy blockages throughout the body.



Suggested Crystals - Smokey Quartz, Ametrine, Tourmaline, Black Sapphire
Located at the base of your spine and associated with the earth element relating to your ability to feel firmly rooted in your life. This energy centre corresponds with your sense of security and your feeling of comfort and stability. When energy is flowing through the first chakra, you feel firmly grounded in yourself and the world around you. When this chakra is blocked you may experience pain in your lower body. 
Signs of a blockage: 
  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Incontinence
  • Increased distractibility
  • Rushing from one task to another
  • Feeling exhausted or lethargic
  • Increased feelings of anxiety, stress or depression
  • Feeling stuck
  • Inability to take action


Suggested Crystals - Green Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Carnelian, Garnet 
Located below the naval where the perineum is and associated with the sex organs and kidneys. Linked to the water element and known to enhance your creativity, improve sexual intimacy and increase your intuition. One of the survival energy centres, it enhances healthy emotions and the inner child so when this is blocked our emotions can feel defective.
Signs of a blockage:
  • Detachment from your emotions and those around you
  • Feeling isolated 
  • Feeling anxious 
  • Feeling lonely
  • low libido
  • lack of creative inspiration



Suggested Crystals - Citrine, Green Amethyst, Lemon Jasper, Yellow Sapphire
Located in the upper abdomen, associated with the fire element and linked to your inner power bringing warmth and energy. It’s also the energy centre for digestion and metabolism. Excessive energy here can cause impulsive reactions which is why when we hear a growling in the bushes at night time, we feel it in our stomach which is giving us the energy to fight or flight. It’s important we don’t remain in this fight or flight mode after experiencing stress. As you can see below, there are lots of reasons we don’t want this chakra to be blocked. 
Signs of a blockage:
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eating disorders
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Issues with the pancreas, liver, and colon 
  • Heartburn
  • Sensitive or bleeding gums
  • Overthinking
  • Feeling angry
  • Doubt and mistrust towards the people in your life
  • Insecurity / low self-esteem
  • Need for approval from others
  • Unhealthy relationships and dependencies on others
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Feeling like the victim
  • Lack of motivation 



Suggested Crystals - Green Amethyst, Ametrine, Citrine, Emerald, Rose Quartz, Malachite
Located in the centre of your chest and associated with the air element. Connected to love, relationships, empathy and healing energy. Air, being our life force, this energy centre is vital for our happiness, our ability to express our feelings and be open to receiving love from others. Symbolising renewal, health, abundance and generosity it helps us live in gratitude and joy. Another vital chakra that we need to focus on to prevent blockages. 
Signs of a blockage:
  • Shyness
  • Untrusting 
  • Inability to open up to others
  • Lack of self-love
  • Possessiveness and jealousy in relationships
  • Judgemental 
  • Feeling lonely 
  • Antisocial 
  • Feeling disconnected 
  • Being overly empathic
  • Sacrificing your needs to please others
  • Inability to set boundaries in relationships
  • Codependency
  • Chronic upper back pain
  • Circulation problems
  • Asthma or breathing difficulty
  • Immune system deficiency



Suggested Crystals - Clear Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Ametrine, Blue Topaz, Aquamarine
Located in the throat and associated with the ether/space element, this energy centre governs our communication and self expression. When this is blocked you may have a harder time communicating efficiently.
Signs of a blockage:
  • Fear of speaking your truth
  • Difficulty expressing your thoughts
  • Anxiety about speaking or communicating 
  • Outburst of emotion or refusal to speak
  • Raspy throat
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Gum disease
  • Laryngitis
  • Thyroid challenges



Suggested Crystals - Clear Quartz, Green Amethyst, Smokey Quartz, Lapis Lazuli, Sapphire
Located between the eyebrows in the centre of your head. This energy centre is associated with the light element and our ability to tap into perception, intuition and pure consciousness. This chakra establishes our connection to our external world whilst elevating us to a higher realm and bridging the gap to our highest self. The ability to reach our goals becomes more difficult when this energy centre is blocked.
Signs of a blockage:
  • Unhealthy desire for material things
  • Impatience 
  • Feeling burdens from the past
  • Indecisiveness 
  • Confusion 
  • Lack of focus
  • Depression 
  • Eye problems
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Brain disorders
  • Insomnia


Suggested Crystals - Clear Quartz, Ametrine, Citrine, White Chalcedony, Amethyst, Selenite
Located at the top of the head and associated with the spirit element, this energy centre is responsible for the universal flow of energy and enlightenment. It’s considered to influence brain functions such as memory, intelligence and focus. When this chakra is balanced it brings a more positive outlook on life with visible changes in our attitude as we are no longer ruled by the ego. 
Signs of a blockage:
  • Disillusionment
  • Boredom
  • Restlessness
  • Unwillingness to be open to others ideas
  • Cynicism
  • Self-destructive behaviour 
  • Feeling overwhelmed 
  • Confusion
  • Lack of inspiration
  • Desire to oversleep
  • Poor coordination
  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Exhaustion

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