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What blocks our Chakras?

According to Anodea Judith, if our needs are not met or if we experience trauma and abuse at the different developmental stages in our lives, we are sure to get chakras that are blocked within our energetic body. They become deficient or excessive in their energetic functioning. Here are a few examples of the types of traumas or abuses that lead to blocked Chakras:


We find people who experienced birth trauma or who had grown up in a violent environment, or was neglected as a child, may have a blocked Base Chakra (See symptoms of a blocked Base Chakra).

Other traumas or abuses experienced from the age of 2nd trimester to 1 year old, which affect the Base Chakra: *

- Abandonment

- Poor physical bonding with mother

- Malnourishment, feeding difficulties

- Major illness or surgery

- Physical abuse


Those who have been abused or as a child never received physical affection from a caregiver would most likely have a blocked Sacral Chakra.

Other traumas or abuses experienced from the age of 6 months to 2 years old, which affect the Sacral Chakra:*

- Emotional abuse and manipulation

- Denial of feelings

- Enmeshment

- Religious or moral severity (antipleasure)

- Alcoholic families


Growing up in an authoritarian household and in constant fear of punishment could result in a blocked Solar Plexus Chakra.

Other traumas or abuses experienced from the age of 18 months to 4 years old, which affect the Solar Plexus:*

- Shaming

- Volatile situations

- Physical abuse

- Domination of will

- Age inappropriate responsibilities


Lack of love from others, conditional love or lack of love for ourselves, results in the Heart Chakra being affected and closes off to the world. The armour that is formed around our Heart Chakra, to protect it from being hurt, creates a barrier and we slowly become unlovable.

Other traumas or abuses experienced from the age of 4 to 7 years old, which affect the Heart Chakra:*

- Loss

- Rejection

- Abandonment - Shaming, constant criticism - Abuses to any other Chakra

- Unacknowledged grief

- Divorce/ death of loved ones - Sexual or physical abuse

- Betrayal


Having to carry secrets, getting mixed messages (lies) or not being able to speak your truth creates an energetic block in your 5th Chakra, located in the throat area.

Other trauma's or abuses experienced as a child from the age of 7 to 12 years old) which affect the Throat Chakra: *

- Verbal abuse - Excessive criticism - Lack of trusting caregivers

- Alcoholic or chemical-dependent family (don't talk, don't trust, don't feel)


Witnessing abuse but being told that it's not happening or denying to yourself that they are happening. This causes us to distrust our intuition resulting in a blocked Third Eye.

Other trauma's or abuses experienced as a child (adolescence) which affect the Third Eye Chakra: *

- Being punished for having psychic abilities

- Invalidation of intuition and psychic occurrences

- Growing up in a frightening environment


Being told it's a bad idea to pursue a particular career, from a person in your life who you respect and rely on, and this person then denying you access to information that would allow you to pursue your dreams and desires. Or being forced to adopt a spiritual belief that does not resonate with you, closes down the Crown Chakra.

Other trauma's or abuses experienced as a child (early adulthood and after) which affect the Crown Chakra: *

- Being ridiculed by questioning

- Withholding knowledge

- No stimulation/ Poor education system

- Exposure to fanatical religious beliefs

As you can see, we have all probably experienced at least one of these situations in our lives. It therefore comes as no surprise that we may have blockages in our Chakras. They may be too open or they may be shut down. Without consistent exploration of where our blocks lie and persistence on healing them throughout this lifetime, these states of existence make it more difficult to function properly. .

Knowing where your blocks could lie will give you understanding on why you behave the way you do and you then give yourself the gift of choice. To choose to let go of the energetic block and allow more light and energy to run through your system. Living a more peaceful and authentic life.

To find out where your blocks lie. Make an appointment.

* Information gathered from Anodea Judith's, "Eastern Body, Western Mind", 2004. ISBN978-1-58761-225-1

Nothing in this blog is intended as medical or psychological advice. Energy healing is not a replacement for conventional medicine. Whenever you have concerns about your health or mental well being, you should seek and follow the advice of a qualified medical or mental health practitioner.

By Janine Zitianellis, Copyright © 2013-16 All rights reserved globally.

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