How Long Does It Take To Unblock Chakras?

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How long does it take to unblock Chakras? One of my students in my online meditation lessons asked me that today.

If you have read my guide to chakra dhyana for beginners, you might wonder how long it takes to unblock your chakras (or “sushumna” as they are sometimes called).

The chakras are energy centres (“Wheels”) in the body that move prana through rivers called nadi. They have existed in scared texts for thousands of years. Reiki master and yoga instructor Fern Olivia says that they were first mentioned in the spiritual text The Vedas, the Sanskrit literary records that are the first texts of Hinduism.

Unblocking the chakras leads to numerous health benefits, but it can take time. You might wonder, “How long does it take to unblock chakras?” and What are the best methods?

Well, for me, I have to say meditation is the best way, such as by using the Third Eye Meditation Technique. 

However, meditation can take time.  That’s why you might also like to use the methods below.

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How Long It Takes To Unblock Chakras Depends On Your Methods

Here are my favourite ways how to unblock chakras when you’re short on time. One of the best options for opening all seven is with the right meditation crystals. 


Different ways of unblocking chakras:

1: Nutrition: Yes, the foods you eat can influence the balance of your chakras. Below, I’ve mentioned the best foods to unblock the seven chakras. 

2: Mantras: Mantras are sacred sounds and phrases use in yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other religions. Traditionally they would be recited in Japa meditation while waring a mala. Mantras create vibrations in the throat, abdomen, and chest, that can change your energy frequencies. According to The Chopra Center, mantras are repeated different numbers of times depending on the mantra being used. In Vedic tradition, the best mantras for chakra unblocking are the beej mantras.

3: Visualization: Visualization simply involves imagining different things while meditating. 

4: Tapping: Although I haven’t mentioned it in the list below, another way to unblock chakras quickly is with tapping (the ” Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT). Nick and Jessica Ortner, who founded the Tapping Solution Foundation, state that tapping involves using the fingertips to tap meridian points, while also chanting affirmations.

Reiki: It is also possible to use the Japanese alternative medicine Reiki, made famous by individuals like Reiki Master Kelsey Patel. This channels chi through the body to unblock chakras.   

Root (Muladhara):

The root chakra is all about feeling grounded. There are many ways to unblock the root chakras. Some of them are quicker than others.

You can:

  • Walk around barefoot.
  • Visualise the colour red
  • Essential oils: clove, cedar and Myrrh
  • Eat red foods
  • Crystals: Agate, Smoky Quartz, Hematite, Bloodstone, Ruby, Garnet

 Ambi Kavanagh [author of Chakras & Self-Care: Activate the Healing Powers of Chakras with Everyday Rituals] tells us that the root chakra “can be underactive or overactive… [When it’s underactive] we feel anxious and insecure… [when it’s overactive]  the energies are working overtime [leading to attachment]”.

Sacral (Svadisthana)

Unblocking the sacral chakra helps with sexuality, creativity and relationships. And if you’re wondering how long it takes to unblock this chakra: Not long!

Just do this:

  • Eat orange foods
  • Develop self-compassion
  • Watch or read romantic movies / books
  • Indulge in romantic things like candles
  • Crystals: Moonstone, Carnelian
  • Visualise the colour orange.
  • Essential oils: Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang

Solar Plexus (Manipura)

Unblocking the solar plexus chakra will help with your mental clarity and will give a boost to your cognitive thinking and your emotions. 

  • Crystals: Amber, Citrine, Tiger’s Eye
  • Spend time in the sunshine
  • Eat yellow foods
  • Essential oils:  lemon and chamomile
  • Spend time with people who appreciate you
  • Reduce negative self-talk

Heart (Anahata)

The Heart Chakra symbolises everything to do with love. Deepak Chopra states that this chakra is the place where our spiritual side meets our physical side. When this chakra is unblocked we feel love, we are able to forgive, and we trust. When it is blocked we feel closed off from other people emotionally.

The best ways to open this chakra quicker include:

  • Spending time with those you love, whether people or animals!
  • Communicating in a loving and peaceful way
  • Spending time working on your passions
  • Eating green foods
  • Visualising the colour green
  • Essential oils: Bergamot, Rose
  • Crystals: Rose Quartz, Emerald, Jade Green

Throat (Vishudha)

The throat chakra, as you might expect, is a chakra all about communication. Incidentally, this is a chakra I myself struggled with for a long time. I used to have the hardest time communicating as a younger man. Opening this chakra helped big time. And if you’re wondering how long it takes to unblock this chakra: it’s quick! Just do this:

  • Sing (which opens the throat and makes you feel better about being vocal)
  • Communicate in honest ways, both with other people and with how you talk to yourself
  • Visualise the colour blue
  • Essential: Neroli, Sage, Lavender
  • Best Crystals: Aquamarine, Turquoise

  Third Eye (Ajna) 

The third eye chakra is all about insight and intuition. Here are some ways to open it.

  • Practice yoga for intuition
  • Listen closely
  • Listen to your intuition
  • Visualise the colour indigo
  • Essential oils: Rosemary, Jasmine, Patchouli
  • Best crystals: Lazuli, Sodalite

crown (Sahasrara)

The crown chakra is the seat of our highest selves and the gateway to spiritual awakening.

Some ways to open this chakra faster are:

  • Meditation
  • Reading
  • Spiritual activities
  • Eating purple foods
  • Visualising violet
  • Best essential oils: olibanum (frankincense)

These are the best ways how to unblock chakras quickly. So if you’ve ever wanted to know how long it takes to unblock chakras: not long! Well, not long if you are dedicated and make the suitable lifestyle changes, that is.

And if you’d like to learn more about chakras, here are the chakra books I recommend.

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By Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. "My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation" - Paul Harrison

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