The word chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel. If we were able to see the chakras (as many psychics and clairvoyants in fact, do) we would observe a wheel of energy continuously revolving or rotating. Clairvoyants perceive chakras as colourful wheels or flowers with a hub in the centre. The chakras begin at the base of the spine and finish at the top of the head. Though fixed in the central spinal column they are located on both the front and back of the body, and work through it.
Each chakra vibrates or rotates at a different speed. The root or first chakra rotates at the slowest speed, the crown or seventh chakra at the highest speed. Each chakra is stimulated by its own and complimentary colour, gemstones for specific uses. The chakra colours are of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of the wheels vary with individual development, physical condition, energy levels, disease, or stress.
If the chakras are not balanced, or if the energies are blocked, the basic life force will be slowed down. The individual may feel restless, tired, disoriented, in worst case scenario depressed. Not only will physical bodily functions be affected so diseases may manifest, but the thought processes and the mind may also be affected. A negative attitude, fear, doubt, etc. may preoccupy the individual.
Well balanced chakras promote health, harmony and a sense of wellbeing. If the chakras are open too much, a person could literally short circuit themselves with too much universal energy going through the body. If the chakras are partially blocked or closed, universal energy will not flow through them properly which may also lead to discomfort and distress at emotional and physical levels ending up in condition we call disease.
As already mentioned any imbalances that exist within any chakra may have profound effects upon either our physical or emotional bodies. We can balance our chakras using meditation, Reiki, colour therapy or using Mantras and sounds. It has been found that use of quartz crystals and gemstones corresponding to particular chakra also help in re-balancing of all our chakra centres and once the chakra has been properly balanced then our body will gradually return to normal.