Engage the Chakras to Work for You


I am just about to head to our retreat center in Cobourg for a weekend of workshops with Sri Vasudeva.  I will be thinking of you and sharing the inspiration :).

Day 35: When you begin your day, it is important to be centered in your energy being.  You need to come into soul consciousness as best as you can. This is when you can really work better with the body. When you come into spiritual consciousness, you become aware of the Manipura chakra, then begin to use the chakras, use the Manipura. Breathe until you could feel there is prana in the body and the body will actually want to become more active.

Also ensure that you bring the heart chakra in, so that you have a passion, you really honour the body and begin enjoying the body. Create a passion for the body. Bring in the brow center with focus and vision. Visualize the kind of body you want. Visualize how healthy you want to be and hold that vision very firmly, supporting the lower chakras. Hold in your mind the importance of good health.

Be Body Conscious while Spiritually Centered

Then if you are able to access more of the crown, you will fill the body with great peace as you do everything in wonderful stillness, in connection to the Source of all vitality, all love, all mental strength. Your body will then enjoy the experience of being alive, healthy and fit. It is the consciousness that is important; and it is the focus that is important as we support that base chakra.

Staying in the base chakra allows you to ground in the world and enjoy physical activities, in the same way as the ignorant person who is completely at the base. You will enjoy just like them, full of vitality, full of physical consciousness, but in a space of freedom. The one who is totally ignorant feels a lot of physical power. You can too, in a higher consciousness if you are grounded in the Muladhara. You will feel the strength of Muladhara whilst in a higher consciousness. That is the joy of being spiritually conscious and physically centered. Amazing is the power of spirituality in the human experience.

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Boosting Emotional Well-being


Today we see the subject of Emotional Intelligence appearing. Instead of just measuring someone’s IQ, we are finding it important to measure someone’s E I, the level of “Emotional Intelligence”. This means the ability to be emotionally appropriate in a situation, for our own good and for the good of the space. So Emotional Intelligence is all about being appropriate in terms of our emotional posture to bring out the best in our relationships, even if it is a relationship with our own physical body. What is it saying to us? –That we need to be aware of every emotion that passes our consciousness. We need to be aware! How many of us are really aware of what anger does to us? Or what hate does? Or what “unforgiveness” does? What loneliness and fear do to us? It is a stressful experience when it stays within. When you are aware of this, then that is an invitation to come to a deeper place of loving. That is where the chakra of the eyebrow comes in. Using the intellect we begin to ask, “How can I love in a deeper way? How can I move my love another step?” That is wisdom. It is then we can begin to protect the heart, to open up the heart. So the head needs to protect the heart. On the journey, therefore, we need to stay in awareness of the emotions that are in our space and to use our intelligence, our wisdom to use the appropriate emotion that will open up our inner space of consciousness to higher qualities, and be able to manage lower emotions. So, we need to go to the Rudra granthi on the journey to bring out the fullness of love. And the head or wisdom chakra must support that.

Chakras – Positive and Negative sides


Day 17: As we journey this path opening up the consciousness, we experience both the limitations of the chakras and also their powerful qualities. There is a range of experiences in every chakra. When we are held or hijacked in the limited experiences of a chakra, it can sometimes be referred to as “the dark area” of the chakra because it leads us into more misery, pain and disharmony.  When we become more spiritually awakened and we experience the positive side of the chakras, (and you may refer to that as the side that involves the Light), then this promotes well-being at every level.

You therefore need to look at the different chakras to see where are you now in the experience? Are you caught up in thoughts and ideas? Do you feel empowered in your being that you can do it? Are you still caught up in the lower area where the emotions are fluctuating, and your attention is still on the worldly things? Are you caught up in the navel area where you are trying to use all your vitality to gain more in the human experience?  Are you caught up in sexuality where you are unable to manage these desires and thoughts?  Are you still so caught up in the human physical experience that you want to amass more wealth and seek to promote survival? Are you caught in the positive side of the chakra or the negative side of the chakra? Where are you caught?

Is there more?


When the soul becomes tired, worn out, beaten in the human experience, it begins to search for more. It begins to remember, now that it has the intention to search for more, it wants more power, it wants more freedom, it wants a better form of pleasure so it begins to search.  Now it will begin to remember some of its power, and that is when the chakras from the Manipura up to the brow and eventually the crown centre begin to pulsate, because now the soul is going back into its deeper soul memory and seeking to remember the power that it had. That desire to know more is therefore very important in the human experience. So no matter where you are, if you get caught in just enjoying the glamour of a certain chakra, you need to remember that there is more. So on this journey, if you want to be fully established in the highest place in your Being, in the highest form of consciousness, you need to ask the question, “Is there more?”

Chakras – The Different Possibilities


Day 13: Every chakra holds us in a self identity.  The uppermost, called Sahasrara chakra, brings us back into that full experience of our spiritual being in the human experience.  We become free in the consciousness even though the soul is still in the human experience. That is the experience of the crown.

Ajna Chakra

The chakra between the eyebrows is called the Ajna chakra.  This Ajna chakra is not a physical point, so when I point here [between the eyebrows], it is not a physical point; it an energy place inside of your brain.  So is the Sahasrara. They stimulate the brain.  This Supreme Consciousness contracts its awareness and brings the spiritual being into the human being.  In this human experience, when it comes into the Ajna chakra it is in limited awareness through the involution process, and  loses its connection with the Source.  It thinks it is a separate being.  The brain is now operating in a limited way.  On ascension, when the journey is going back up and the chakra opens up to its fullness, the person feels connected to the Source and feels as an instrument of the Source, completely in the Source, channelling the Source.

Chakras are described as lotuses because they open up to light and close in the darkness.  In the contraction phase, the lotus of the brow (it is symbolic) is closed.  In the ascension phase, as we grow more and more into the light, the chakra opens up and one begins to feel that they are a channel of the Supreme Energy.  They feel they are existing completely in that field; connected to that field; channelling that field; in surrender to that field; in full intuition and flow.  During the ascension process, as the chakra begins to open up, it opens up in stages, so the self awareness can grow in stages.  The brain can be stimulated more and more to give the human being its remembrance of its spirituality and its spiritual power.  The brain opens up more, it is stimulated more, and more of the brain is being used when this chakra is opening and becomes fully opened.  So the chakra can be opened up in stages on the spiritual journey.

Vishuddha Chakra

Coming down, the next chakra is at the throat.  This chakra is called the Vishuddha chakra.  When this chakra is in limitation, the person feels that the voice is just a human voice.  They communicate through human strength and might.  When the chakra begins to open up in stages, the individual begins to feel that there is another kind of power in the voice.  They can bring different energies from different chakras into the voice, so the voice becomes a spiritual expression as it begins to open up.  In the full stage, one can feel that it is the voice of the Divine, flowing through that being.  In the limitation process, the chakra becomes fully closed and one feels completely separate; the voice is just a human voice, human power, physical power.  It has no inner strength, substance or power.  It is marvellous when the voice chakra opens up and one begins to feel, “Wow, I can project energies in this voice.  This voice is not just a normal voice.”  You can feel the changes in the voice as you grow in spirituality.

Anahata and Manipura Chakra

 The chakra at the heart is the Anahata chakra.  When this chakra is closed, one’s love is just human; it is conditional love; it is very selfish love.  When the chakra begins to open up, that love changes gradually and in its fullness, the love becomes very spiritual, unconditional and selfless.  The chakra opens up in stages, so the love awareness grows in stages.

The next chakra down is at the navel; it is the Manipura chakra.  When this chakra is in limitation, when it is completely closed, the experience is that of just human vitality.  The vitality is replenished through food and rest.  When the chakra opens up, there is the experience of another level of vitality.  The person is able to generate vitality from another source.  There is a kind of radiance, fire, vitality that the person can begin to generate into the human body.  Despite the food and the rest, it can drive the body to great heights.  That is Manipura.

The next chakra going down is the Swadhisthana, the sexual chakra.  When this chakra is completely closed, sexuality becomes biological mating; driven by hormones; driven by selfishness, the person’s pursuit of pleasure.  When the chakra opens up, the person begins to feel spiritual energies at that place and the person is able to bring more spirituality into the sexual experience.  The sexual experience is now based on love and selfless giving and caring.

The last chakra is the Muladhara chakra, the root chakra.  In its closed form, the person is concerned mainly with survival and might is right – power, human power, human survival.  When the chakra is opened up fully, the person begins to enjoy the human experience; seeing the body as a temple; wanting to preserve health in the body; understanding the nature of the body; being fascinated by the body.

Every chakra can take you to the full journey if you go through that path, looking for the purest and most divine expression of that chakra.  Amazing, isn’t it?  All chakras are important on the journey.

The Sacred Battle in the inner space


This spiritual journey to our true power is a journey of stages.  In the Yogic wisdom, these stages are called Granthis, or knots.

1.      The first one is the very basic spiritual awakening, called Brahma Granthi.   There is recognition that there is a greater power but the ideals become very material: acquiring more; having more children; getting involved in more material pleasures.

2.      On the second stage of the journey, we have to break the knot that is called Vishnu Granthi.  This consciousness involves the Manipura chakra, Anahata chakra and Vishudha chakra.   On the journey, as these chakras open up, they do not open up fully to give the full consciousness; they open up partially and allow energies to flow.   We worship so that we can get: get more knowledge; acquire more things in the world; get more pleasure, and we see the arts and music and the expression of the voice.  But we are still troubled by the material things because the goal is still material.  So when material things perish, our happiness is influenced. We still have issues with broken relationships; we still have emotional issues; and we do a lot of praying to an outside God, waiting for its help.  A lot of turmoil can happen at this stage as the soul consciousness is still caught up in the world, and it depends on an outer source for support.

3.      There is a third stage of soul development where we pierce a knot between the eyebrows called the Rudra Granthi.  When this knot is pierced, we begin to be able to see the world differently.  For the first time, we begin to realise that we can be divine; that this God is not outside, but that we are part of this Divine, like a drop in the ocean.  For the first time, we begin to look from a different space, a space of co-creation, where we can be involved in the co-creation or we can identify with divinity.  This step is the most powerful step on the journey because it allows us, in the soul consciousness, to bring in soul power that can help to manage the lower chakras.  But we can still be vulnerable to the pull of the world, even here.  Even as we begin to feel this soul power, we can still be caught up in these areas that were not completely cleared of the material pull; this selfish pull to the world, the thirst for pleasure and power in the human experience.  You can see how this can also lead us into a place of disturbance in our quest for true well-being.

True Well-being is when the Charioteer and the Traveller become One

The relief comes when we begin to go a little higher and give attention to that part of our being to that consciousness which leads us into that place of learning to work with the power of the Universe.   That is when the intellect and the traveller in the chariot begin to communicate so powerfully, that the intellect and the traveller are one.   The intellect is completely in service and the intuition flow is so powerful, that intellect and intuition work in harmony.  Then we can weather any storm.

Enjoy today’s ride in your world.  Keep your chariot strong, in good condition.  Hold the horses, manage them well and remember; you are working for the traveller.

Make the Body ‘Lifeworthy’


For me the most exciting part of this morning’s talk is where Guru spoke about how we can use the chakras in our journey to true health and well-being.

He said. “There are chakras in the brain, that can stimulate the brain, open the awareness. There is a chakra in the throat that can bring power to speech. There is a chakra in the heart that can help you to free yourself from emotional stress and lift you into that space of emotional freedom. There is a chakra at the navel that can bring such strength to the body and such vitality, that the body is always energized. There is a chakra in the sexual area that can help us to manage the sexual power and to use it appropriately. And there is a chakra at the base of the spine, in the root area, that we call the Muladhara chakra, that can help us to ground in the physical body. When these chakras are awakened, understood,  experienced, and  used in the human experience, we can make this body a healthy, fit and strong body, to make this journey.”

Please have a look at this blog site. I’ve rearranged the site so that it is easier to find past topics. I’ve tried to use my chakra energies in the design 🙂 since we know that every activity can be used as a path way to develop ourselves. I’d love your opinion and  your comments on today’s message.

Chakras – A Journey through Self Identities


I was struck by the descriptions of the different self identities in every chakra. I summarize them for myself so that I can grasp it easier.
Sahasrar when fully open – experience of freedom in the consciousness whilst still in the human experience

Ajna -in limitation person is captured in the human experience and feels completely isolated from the Source; while when open to its fullness, the person feels connected to the Source and feels as an instrument of the Source, completely in the Source, channelling the Source.

Vishuddha – In the limitation process, the chakra becomes fully closed and one feels completely separate; the voice is just a human voice, human power, physical power. In the full stage, one can feel that it is the voice of the Divine, flowing through that Being.

Anahata chakra – When closed, one’s love is just human, conditional, very selfish.  When the chakra begins to open up, that love changes gradually and in its fullness, the love becomes very spiritual, unconditional and selfless.  The chakra opens up in stages, so the love awareness grows in stages.

Manipura chakra – When in limitation the experience is that of just human vitality.  The vitality is replenished through food and rest.  When the chakra opens up, the person is able to generate vitality from another source.  There is a kind of radiance, fire, vitality that the person can begin to generate into the human body.  Despite the food and the rest, it can drive the body to great heights.

Swadhisthana – When this chakra is completely closed, sexuality becomes biological mating; driven by hormones; driven by selfishness, the person’s pursuit of pleasure.  When the chakra opens up, the person begins to feel spiritual energies at that place and the person is able to bring more spirituality into the sexual experience.  The sexual experience is now based on love and selfless giving, caring.

Muladhara chakra –  In its closed form, the person is concerned mainly with survival and might is right – power, human power, human survival.  When the chakra is opened up fully, the person begins to enjoy the human experience; seeing the body as a temple; wanting to preserve health in the body; understanding the nature of the body; being fascinated by the body.

I hope you find the summary useful :).

Great night of Shiva


Ahh this is the great night of Shiva, Mahashivratri. A night where devotees around the world observe fasting and various sacred rituals in honor of Shiva, the cosmic power of disintegration and dissolution in the Universe. It is the power that destroys sickness and ignorance leading to well-being and liberation. Many will take part in the all night vigil, praying for peace, love and harmony in our world.

I often think about what I wish to dissolve as I chant and what will take its place because I like to consciously experience this power in my Universe, you know how I like to make every experience personal :). It makes the night very exciting.

I’ll share with you how I practice. As I listen to Sri Vasudeva chant I focus on the Muladhara or base center, where the chant is in an undifferentiated, potential state, then observe as it rises through the second and third chakras, Swadhisthana and Manipura, pouring my wish and intentions into the chant. As the chant rises to the heart and brow  Anahata and Ajna chakras, I can express my love while observing the entire experience then I start to chant  giving voice to these multi-layers with the awareness of other beings in the world who also chanting. So the listening and the chanting is a full experience.

The program at the Blue Star center in Trinidad will start at 9:00pm EST join in if you can http://blue-star.org/home.htm

May we experience the many blessings of this great night… I bow to that Absolute reality out of which everything emerges, Om Namah Shivaya!

Growing the “I” consciousness at the Crown


Sri Vasudeva says, “When you go above the energy center at the brow, you go to the spiritual center at the top of the head, the Sahasrara chakra [crown]. Here the idea of doer-ship becomes aligned to the Infinite. The ego is transformed when you are in the Sahasrara.   It is completely in service. It has no power of its own, only the power of the Self that directs it.”

Hmmmm what about my doer-ship?. Where is my ego aligned? What’s my game plan? How can I catch a glimpse of what he’s saying? I can recognize the spiritual energies that are already manifesting in me and use that as a stepping stone into transformation of the ego. Here is a meditation practice that shows how this could work. (This practice builds on the meditations described in my previous posts on the base, sacral, navel, heart, throat, brow centers).

Meditation

Let us center in a space inside where we can observe very clearly all that is happening within us.  Become aware of  the breath.  Acknowledge the presence of the intelligent cells of the body, the vital organs within. Observe the group identity of the body cells.

As we breathe focus attention on the movement of energy along the spine. Feel the  presence of the energy centers.

Remember how to energize the body. Breathe in to the belly area, feel how the navel area is recharged and energy is being stored there.

Breathe being aware of the internal silence and even when thoughts  arise,  feel that they are rising from a huge space of silence …. so huge that the thought looks very small; so small that it wants to disappear again.

Let us remember  that we can will energies through the different energy centers. “I can will an intention that is loving. I can hold the thought strongly with my will.” Now let us open our awareness  to the  Universal field, “I exist in a vast space, in a vast creation.”  Open hearts and minds to explore this.

Lets open mind and heart to feel a global awareness.  In this moment, millions of people across the world are doing what I am doing now, saying, “Grant us a world of peace and love.” “May our world be full of peace and love. May we care for each other. May we be more kind to each other.”  “May all be happy, may all be healthy, may no one suffer.”  Let us identify with them, connect with them.

Going a little deeper…

Lets connect with the many beautiful, powerful souls sending energy across the world to all those who can receive. If we become more silent, we can tap into the energies that are coming from these beautiful souls who live in the crown center.

Let us use the breath to help us to grow our sense of “I”.   Breathe out, breathing away, letting go of, all obstructions.  Breathe in, bringing in the subtle energy with the breath, embracing the entire Universe.  Enjoy.

How was that? Did it feel like you are not meditating alone, you are meditating in a large group? Could you feel bigger because of every person who is manifesting higher consciousness? Did it feel like your heart opened more; mental space became more peaceful?