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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