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A CHAKRA PURIFICATION MEDITATION
Nadi and Marmas: The chakra cleansing exercise accomplishes pranayama, pratyhara, and dharana all at once being an excellent preparation before meditation or other practices of laya yoga. It helps us focus within toward awareness of the energy body, based on the classic seven chakras and their seed (bija) syllables. Each chakra has thus a corresponding vibratory sound energy which helps us get in touch with that region. According to classic hatha yoga there are seven chakras and their sounds are approximately: Lam for the muladhara (earth) chakra located in the perineum area. Yellow in Color Vam for the swadhistana (water) chakra located in the prostate/ovaries area. White in Color Ram for the manipura chakra (fire) located above the navel. Red in Color. Yam for the Heart chakra (anahat) associated with the element of air. Blue in Color Ham for the vishudda (throat chakra) associated with ether (akasha). Swirling Dark Gray Aum for the third eye AH for the Crown (various schools use different sounds for the crown chakra, here AH is a special mantra specifically chosen for its benign effects. The first five seed syllables are said with a nasal “hngh” type ending more than a mmm type ending as in lamngh, vamngh, ramngh, yamngh, and hamngh. In the Nepalese and Tibetan tradition it is often pronounced la, va, ra, ya, ha. We can increase the detail in regard to colors, number of lotus petals, letters on the lotus petals, sounds of the lotus petals turning, etc. to aid further detailed concentrations, but this process of differentiation can be endless. It can be even counter-productive as these details are not the chakras themselves, but rather simply symbolic representations of corresponding characteristics that “may” help point out as a temporary aid in which to access the actual awareness of these vibrating energy vortexes in which more or less detail may or may not be of help. For those who are a bit unfocused, then the need for more details may help their over active mental situation in which case there exist many more detailed chakra meditations utilizing such detail. However in this chakra purification meditation we do not trouble ourselves with such details, but rather use the sounds as an aid to focus in on the pre-existing energy patterns that are singing at each chakra — bring our awareness and listening to “it”, more than projecting a sound unto it.
We start simply by sitting in a comfortable position with the spine resting on the upright sacrum, - grounding the tailbone to the earth, and extending the spine and torso (in mulabandha) so that the occiput extends toward the sky and the chin is slightly drawn in (a soft jalandhara bandha). It might help to halfway to close the eyes gazing inside and upward touching the tongue lightly to the roof of mouth while the eyes look up softly into the ajna chakra.
The Practice Proper
We then visualize a brilliant bright light at the base of the spine. As we breathe in we visualize this brilliant bright light entering the chakra and purifying it. As we exhale we visualize the chakra opening (like the petals of a lotus blossom) and say the seed syllable (once or up to sixteen times). Then we again visualize a brilliant bright light at the base of the spine and as we inhale, visualizing this light raising up to the next chakra purifying it. Again as we exhale, we visualize the chakra opening like the petals of a lotus blossom as we vibrate the seed syllable for that chakra out loud. Eventually we work up to the crown kinesthetically feeling the vibratory nature of these energies. With the awareness focused within to this energy flow we sit in silent awareness connecting the root with the crown (sambhavi mudra). For example, inhale a brilliant bright light from the base of the spine into the MULADHARA chakra. As we exhale we visualize the chakra opening like a lotus flower while saying LAM as many times as you like (classically up to 16 times). On the next inhale we visualize a brilliant bright light moving up from the base of the spine to the SWADHISTHANA chakra (below the navel) and as we exhale we vibrate aloud the sound, VAM, anywhere as many times as you like (classically up to 16 times) as we visualize the chakra opening like the petals of a lotus flower. Likewise from the base of the spine we visualize a brilliant bright light and as we inhale it moves upward purifying the MANIPURA chakra (above the navel) and as we exhale the seed syllable RAM vibrating aloud as we visualize the chakra opening. Then visualizing again a brilliant bright light at the base of the spine we inhale it up to the heart center (ANAHAT CHAKRA) and as we exhale say the bija mantra YAM as many times as we are drawn to (usually one to sixteen times) as the chakra opens. Then visualizing a brilliant bright light at the base of the spine, inhaling it up the spine as a white light into the throat chakra (VISHUDDA) and as we exhale say HAM as we visualize the petals of the chakra opening.
An advanced practice may be undertaken after one has practiced pranayama with kumbhaka (retention) and the three bandhas (mula. or begin a silent meditation. Especially if we noticed an energy blockage in a specific area the first time. It is especially the the root and crown chakras (earth and sky) which are the two most critical to connect while the others may just fall into place on their own inbetween. pratyhara (focusing the awareness within). such as doing energy healing work by finding pre-existing energy blocks and working through them. uddiyana. self healing. etc. The first practice (given above) is both absolutely safe and purifying as well as energizing. we can simply breathe back into the chakra below and above it. For example we can repeat the visualization over again to see if there is an improved effect. Then we visualize a brilliant bright white light at the base of the spine and as we inhale visualize it rising to to the crown chakra (SAHASRARA) and as we resonate out loud a long AHHHH deep within the brain and upward we visualize the chakra opening so that our energy is as an open self supporting balanced conduit between the earth and the sky extended in an effortless self supported equipoise. for example. An Advanced Chakra Meditation This ends the simple chakra purification exercise which accomplishes pratyhara and focuses (dharana) our energy and mind inside freeing us from external disturbance and vagaries (vrtti) and thus acting as a catalyst both toward self empowerment. Feel free to experiment with resonant combinations of the chakras. resonate the seed syllables over again. or simply be finished for the time being. the ajna chakra and swadhistana chakra have a specific resonance. the vishuddi (throat) and manipura (fire chakra). At this point in the meditation we can engage in other practices for self healing. breathe into the specific energy center in question. . and then on an additional breath.4 On the next inhale we breathe up a brilliant white light from the grounded tailbone connecting into the third eye (AJNA chakra) and as the petals open as we exhale saying a long AUM only once. and jalandhara bandhas) with an even more powerful effect. pranayama (lengthening the energy). and effective meditation. So in the above practice we have also accomplished asana (posture). This can be repeated until some sort of openness or flow is achieved. and dharana (focusing the mind) allowing us to be much better prepared to sit in meditation as the energy is already flowing easier because pratyhara and dharana has already become accomplished. the earth (muladhara) and sky sahasrara).
green at the heart. the bandhas. one slowly exhales. tejas. Many Western schools give the colors for the chakras like the spectrum starting with red at the root. The most controversial is the sound at the crown chakra. and for others it is simply the feeling — the awareness of opening and being filled with light. At the end of each inhale. The second most common sound that is often suggested at the crown chakra is the high pitched sound. yellow at the navel. a white color should be used for all the chakras. Then. having brought the light and breath into the chakra and before the beginning the exhalation. before there is any discomfort vibrating the seed syllable as in the above purification practice. associated deities. A simple and easy addition in this regard is to visualize the chakra region as pulsating in a vibratory wavelike motion adding appropriate color associations to the energy or adding even greater elaboration if one desires. but ah is the most common. and symbols may be used for those who like more detail. for others the breath. syllables (sounds) for the various petals. they can be activated by doing the same as above. purple at the ajna. There are also schools which use different sounds at each chakra (rare). hri (pronounced huhreeee). the practice can be very simple as in the first part. and strength. To get a powerful effect. blue at the throat. but the main difference occurs with the synchronistic use of retention (antar kumbhaka). The above is the classic hatha yoga practice. and more elaborate visualization thusly. While the breath is held inside. This should be done after the chakra purification practice is mastered. One may do this advanced practice feeling both the front and the back of the body vibrating. or ojas). but there are many schools which differ on some specifics. . paying attention to the subtle quality and tone of the exhalation. for others the sound. It brings more vitalizing energy into the system (good for those who are deficient in prana. and white at the crown. prana. As an additional practice the different colors. but such is not found in classical yoga. To enhance the above after the chakras are purified and open. the chakra region can be visualized in more detail if desired. one holds the breath inside (internal kumbhaka) while at the same time performing the three bandhas as a continuous wave starting at the bottom and working upward. but in addition hold the breath (internal kumbhaka) inward utilizing the three bandhas gently for a short duration of time before exhaling and sending the the light out (while the lotus flowers expand).5 The advanced practice is performed as above. For some the colors are valuable. Feel free to experiment to ascertain what works best for yourself. orange at the swadhistana. Utilized as a simple but profound purification.
Let the back of the medial scapulae sink while the top front of the shoulders move up and around and toward the back (posterior). and vijnanamaya koshas depending on its state of purification and transformation. Again find a very comfortable. A Top Down Chakra Meditation Another classical chakra meditation is top down (from sahasrara to muladhara). The coarse physical body (sthula sharira) is of the lowest vibration and most dense. while the causal body (the karana sharira) is associated with the anandamaya kosha which is beyond suffering and bondage. and jalandhara bandha) without strain so there is a felt sense of self supporting mutuality. strong. The subtle body (the sukshma sharira) which is often called the astral or energy body is associated with the pranamaya.6 CHAKRA CHART Chakra Muladhara earth Location Base of the spine Seed Syl Lam Vam Ram Yam Ham Aum Ah Prana Element apana vayu vyana vayu samana vayu prana vayu udana vayu Kosha Annamaya Annamaya Pranamaya Manomaya Vijnanamaya Vijnanamaya Sharira Sthula Sthula Sukshma Sukshma Sukshma Sukshma Organ smell taste seeing feeling hearing Swadisthana Below Navel water Manipura fire Anahata air Vishuddha speech Ajna Sahasrara Above Navel Heart Throat ether (akasha) Third Eye Crown Anandamaya Karana Regarding the above chart. uddiyana bandha. This one also utilizes a slight retention after the inhalation (antar kumbhaka). and implement the energetic form of each bandha (mulabandha. extend the spine. The various bodies (called sharira in Sanskrit) are associated with the five koshas (sheaths). slightly without tension tuck the chin gently. See The Timeless Body of Infinite Light and it’s Finite Manifestations for more. Lift the hear. and upright position grounding the tailbone with the earth and placing the pelvis in neutral position so that the spinal column sits erect upon the sacrum. manomaya. Let the gaze rest at the third eye or nose and implement khechari mudra (if you practice it) or simply . one may eventually become aware of the more subtle energies that surround and operate in our life.
On the next inhalation breathe the white light in from infinite Source through the brahmarandhra and down from the crown into ajna chakra filling the third eye. The hands can rest on the knees in chin mudra. bright. and muladhara chakra (earth) the same way utilizing an internal retention (kumbhaka) and then a spreading outward of the light energy on the exhalation purifying each and every chakra one by one. sinus. Visualize the brahmarandhra (hole of Brahma) open at the top of the head. thalamus. wave like etheric pressure variant. physical eyes. cerebellum. the manipura (fire chakra). If the exact spot is difficult to locate. Begin by becoming aware of the space above the crown (at the parietal bones which are located top dead center between the occiput in back and frontal bone in front). If you do not feel the specific location of the brahmarandhra chose the bregma point (the anterior fontanel at the junction of the frontal and parietal bones) or the posterior fontanel at the junction of the parietal and occiput. jnana mudra. and cleansed. . the sides rise up on the exhalation and come together on the inhalation creating an widening abduction on top. Exhale the same way again flooding the light outward throughout the region. the swadhistana chakra (water). the heart/ lungs (anahat chakra) . and brain stem with white light and energy while retaining the breath in implementing the bandhas actively. Then on an inhalation breathe fresh new white colored light into the crown (sahasrara) and hold the breath and bandhas in while visualizing the entire frontal cortex and cerebrum fill and flood with white light on the exhalation letting the energy spread outward. On the exhalation breathe the energy and light back up and out through the brahmarandhra to infinite space. Repeat breathing white light into the throat chakra (vishuddha). Center your awareness there and try to feel the empty space above the crown (sahasrara) as a subtle density dynamic. fluid. a wind. then try visualizing the entire parietal bone flapping subtly like wings. or any other comfortable position that supports the overall energy. or any other such subtle awareness.7 place the tongue at the top palate without creating stress to the tongue or jaw. Then on the inhalation breathe energy from infinite Source above the crown and then down into that spot sucking it in through the brahmarandhra. back brain. Repeat two or more times until the area feels open. airy. It is excellent to move this energy all the way down to the soles of the feet while spreading the white light outward on the exhalation. Relax into a feeling of buoyancy.
and hence the earth is accelerating and becoming more refined and diversified as such new energy centers have emerged within the hologram of man. and animals — to everyone everywhere and throughout the three times. cell. In some tantric systems there are 9. cell. As you exhale let loose all the bandhas and slowly let the breath and light connect back to infinite source out the crown of the head as well as sink down to mother nature/creation leaving the entire body and nervous system as an open channel. people. then six. and atom. One may locate the center of the chakras by making FIVE . Eventually allow the breath to return to an equality of inhalation and exhalation or allow the exhalation to be longer in regard to duration and strength. plants. 10. Send this healing infinite universal to the surrounding space. there were three chakras or lokas.8 Let the light spread out in all directions in each chakra. During the kumbhaka (breath retention stage) gently compound and suck in and up the energy in the lower cauldron (lower dan dien or hara) below the navel by combining mulabandha and uddiyana bandha. Sit in that afterglow space in a receptive mood and then start your meditation or practice or simply use this time to facilitate energy healing work in specific areas. After all seven chakras are done this way and you have cleansed and activated the muladhara. atom. the galaxy. Please notice that this experientially works best for me at this time. strengthened. Before the exhalation visualize the energy from muladhara on up from chakra to chakra to the crown completing the circle by containing it. To end send the energy to fill the heart chakra and from there visualize this energy going to every organ. and more. On each exhalation be aware of a vibratory and pulsating afterglow of light in each chakra. energized. and pulsing at an accelerated very intelligent healing frequency. tissue. livened. then seven. cleansed. gland. trees. In the very ancient literature and traditions. making no universal claims on its application. vibrating. then later there was five. 12. then in one long breath breathe in from infinite Source all the way to the muladhara implementing the internal kumbhaka and the bandhas as the light and space is spread throughout the body to each and every system. quickened. but your actual practice does not have to be limited by the classical thought of centuries long past. outer spaces. I use ten chakras. but simply will share it here. The Ten and the Many It is best mentioned here that the seven chakra system is classical. all times and dimension. At this phase spread the entire body with white vajra light. One theory is that the vibratory nature of the universe. internal space in the body. community. connected.
gallbladder. Its seed syllable is also aum (like the ajna) Thus we have ten muladhara lam swadhistana vam manipura ram nabhi/spleen hoh anahat yam thymus sham vishudda ham talu aum ajna aum sahasrara ah [For more on a 12 chakra system see the addendum at the Chakra Healing page at Rainbowbody] The Seven Microcosmic Chakras of the Neck The neck has an “S” shaped curve very similar to the spine and an analogue can be found at each cervical vertebra. its center on top of the spleen. Then five more locating the thymus center halfway between the throat and heart chakra at the thymus whose seed syllable is sham). muladhara and sahasrara). EARTH WATER FIRE AIR — LAM between the 7th and 6th — VAM between the 6th and 5th — RAM between the 5th and 4th — YAM between the 4th and 3rd . then higher up five more finger widths the palm will be under the sternum.9 FINGER WIDTH spacing starting from the pubic bone upward. Five more finger widths to the heart (anahata). liver. These two chakras Spleen and Thymus) work in resonance (like the throat and navel. stomach complex. or throat problems. Here we can place an additional chakra and call it the spleen or nabhi chakra with the seed syllable hoh. ajna and swadhistana. neck. The center of the swadhistana then would be located in the center of the first palm. The second palm will center around the navel region (manipura chakra). The last additional but very important chakra is the Talu chakra located at the cerebellum area and brain stem directly in front of the occiput. This additional chakra practice for the seven vertebra of the neck and as a microcosm for the rest of the spine can be done alone or integrated with the above practices is an excellent 7 step exercise for those with blockages in vishudda chakra.
because it is simply an abstraction. The words. not the real thing. In addition many tantric systems recognize at least one chakra below the body belonging to the earth proper and at least in space above the head belonging to the sky region proper. It is through this body that Shiva’s love is communicated to Shakti. . Commonly there exist recognition of the chakras at the cupped arches at both feet. One can continue to break down the energetic points of the body and give them names and sounds which symbolize their energetic resonance. the symbolic representation should not be confused with the Reality. knees. refers to the region at the cerebellum. The “external or objectified knowledge” approach to chakras and energy is more than limited. and pictures that anyone can memorize are at best approximate manmade representations. CHAKRA AND ENERGY BODY HEALING: MODALITIES FOR CONSCIOUS PRACTICE ON YOURSELF AND OTHERS Introduction: Energy Healing is a Spiritual Discipline The following will not be a summary of the voluminous extant literature available about chakras and energy healing. help focus our energy. i. at the heels. activation. objectification. “talu”. At best diagrams are maps that can point in the direction. True knowledge comes from within. the wrists. sounds. nor will it be a parroting of such. and at both shoulder joints (gleno-humeral joints). the cupped arch at the palms of the hand. These two follows around the human body where ever it goes as long as it is alive. or the artificial conditions of language and words.10 AKASHA — HAM between the 3rd and 2nd AUM between the 2nd and 1st AUM again between 1st and then entering into the talu chakra (note that sometimes the name of the chakra behind the occiput at the brain stem is called “talu”. and both hip joints. diagrams.. and how Shakti’s love toward Shiva is expressed in a balanced mutual timeless non-dual synchronicity. and or make suggestions. the elbows. and stabilization. In other words the functional knowledge to be applied effectively “inside” has to be “self” knowledge — it has to come from a subjective experience or Gnosis. but rather it is dysfunctional. but we must avoid imposing a template upon organic reality that will limit our actual experience.e. harmony. We nonetheless can (and do) “feel” and move our energy without the necessity of manmade graphs. while in other literature.
how it is harmonized and organized intelligently on one hand. head and root. This polar energy is often “represented”. obfuscated. acupuncture. Very importantly that means it is inside of all of us (dormant. symbolized. and on the the other how it is corrupted and creates disease. and dissociated as it may be). nature and spirit. So as we study energy healing if it is to be honest and effective. tantra. but which have survived in the East in forms of yoga. the life energy. subjectivity/objectivity. The life supporting intelligent energy is innate in all of creation (shakti). mental organization. True understanding of this process in continuity — with integrity — defeats the disease of ego and arrogance. and dysfunction is the subject of indigenous wholistic sciences of healing which mostly have become forgotten in the West. pulsates. and resonates in the human body. then it is also corruptive to the physical body. but when it is corrupted. the nature of existence and in order to heal disease. Then there was two. and so forth. Physics tells us that nothing can move without voltage . . In stillness it rested. When this energy direction (intelligence) is out of harmony with Source and Manifestation. This “relationship” and its myriad energetic circuits upholds life and potentiates creativity when it is in harmony and synchrony. shakti and shiva. fragmentation. being and consciousness. From the two the many formed. Hence ancient healing sciences were wholistic — they took into consideration the origin of life and creation in order to understand self. fragmented. Creative energy is inhibited and misdirected into destructive and pathological behavior while specific tensions. we must also be willing to take on the authentic spiritual journey to know our “self’ and look inside. In other words if one is not ready to look inside.a vector or energetic force AND direction (intelligence).11 First there was one — the Source of All The Creator Seed. earth and sky. crown and earth. blocked. how it flows. front and back. right brain/left brain. and stress (called dis-ease) can be discerned and articulated. respectively. left and right. or characterized by yin and yang. chi gong. Taoism. then no true knowledge or functionality in this realm can be achieved. suppressed. Without this direct experience we are stabbing in the dark. This study of the movement of the energy and how the energy vibrates in gross and subtle forms. spirit and nature. conflicts. ida and pingala. and distorted disease patterns arise and impact negatively upon the energy body organization. and the physical organism as well. inhibition.
The basic impediment that must be over come is our incessant imposition of the veil of ignorance upon the profound and sacred organic interaction of creator/creation. craniosacral pulse. Indeed these micro-movements are myriad and when working as a community (an inner ecology) in order to support the organism. . and parrot them. The beginner can thus be easily seduced by the plethora of various terminology. cell mitosis. false assumptions. vrtti. or polarity. On a gross level the well known movements inside the body can be discerned as arterial pulse. external authoritative systems. between our energy patterns and physiological processes. lymphatic flow. conform to. health is the natural result. peristalsis. functions. I hope the following will give some encouragement to this “exploration of the “real thing”. samskara. past trauma. Given the basic principle is that nothing can move without voltage. and techniques that deal with the subject. Thus the direction of healing (in time and space) is for most of us an indigenous movement from the inside out and earth chakra upward versus one imposed by logic (top down) or from outside authorities (outside to inside). negative conditioning. prejudice. between body and mind. But my warning is that healing lies in the opposite direction. we will see the same underlying common currents. vector. and they often make the mistake to attempt to memorize. and all the rest of what are called in classic yogic terminology: kleshas.e. Regardless of the language or terminology in which to peer into the nature of disease. Energetic Exploration into the Territory: Being Open and Vulnerable Instead of attempting to memorize the locations. fear. This causal force manifested as energy (shakti) and its manifold patterns determines what the shape of the our future health (or disease will become). or avidya. i. bias. This veil of sorrow is reinforced by core beliefs.. connecting up with one’s own intelligent energy body. charts. organ motion. between emotions and physical dynamics. habits. colors. but in order for this self healing to occur usually the conditioned “mind” or left brain reinforced belief systems has to move out of the way to allow for this. it is essential for us to establish a working feeling/sensitivity for this dynamic in our daily life. but science have already differentiated thousands more already.12 Thus the direction of healing for most of us is to invite this innate intelligent energy to take its rightful place in our life. nerve firings. vasana. past imprints. or other aspects of what is called the chakra system it is necessary to first experience them as they exist in our own energy body by realizing the innate relationship between energy and matter.
Then there was Two then the many in diverse song and dancing ways became. The most classic are classic Chinese medicine (Qi Gong. continuum. laya yoga. art therapy. energy body. and prejudice. swara yoga. psychology. acupuncture. acupuncture). This non-verbally based and non-left brain dependent “ability” is enhanced through daily meditation. The problem has been that most of us have not been trained to look within — to be sensitive to how we feel and to what we can access inside. bandha.The Source Seed. First there was the One . Work from Your Energy Body When I go into my own “back body”. instinct. and asana practice. It is the very reclaiming of a primary schism. craniosacral. but rather our training has been to ignore (as in in ignorance) the reality inside (intuition. visualization. somatics. tantra yoga. while overly giving credence external gross and lower vibrating forms of “matter” as being the only thing that is real That is the mistake core belief of gross materialism — and thus the modern age has to overcome the many negative influences and habits built up around that false assumption. yoga. Jin Shin Do. movement therapy. . As we become more aware of this dynamic energetic relationship. a numbing out of the dynamic interdependence between our inner and outer ecological energy vortex. Conversely successful energy healing work will depend upon our ability to be aware and sensitive to the inner dynamic operations of this energy. visualization. What we think and feel influences this energy and the body just as much as what we do to our body systems influences the nervous system and mind. inner wisdom. various schools of shamanism. It comes from an inner sensitivity and awareness. Energetic dance. Reiki 1 & 2. and so forth. instead of developing it further consciously (I am certified in craniosacral 1 and 2. visceral massage. physiology. pranayama. Reiki. and other energetic forms of body work (such as polarity massage. Huna. a dissociation from our body. Huna. bias. meditation. body psychotherapy. rainbow body. This awareness/sensitivity can be reclaimed through many modalities. and have studied anatomy. and similar also work with the energy directly and are a way to so become attuned and aware. but then I am much better able to understand what is going on with other people energy wise. pranayama. mudra. and feelings).13 The mind and body are always moving inside and this movement forms the basis of the future state of health or disease. Tai Chi. the better we will be able to deepen our ability to positively influence it and direct its development. and/or chakra system not only do I understand myself better as I really am.
Some schools call this phase “grounding” or being grounded. music. being centered. and thus we do not fall into the trap of identifying as the creator of the process (see chapter III on the Yoga Sutras for why) but rather just a participant/vehicle in a greater transpersonal process. core energy. but simply as an open channel or vehicle for the life sustaining evolutionary and creative healing dynamics while acting as an ambassador of eternal love — of the innate harmonious and balancing relationship of shiva/shakti. tai chi.14 shamanism. In this context then it is preferred to let the underlying intelligence which awaits us underneath the energy. Although all these approaches have served to awaken within me a heightened sensitivity and openness to the possibilities. chi gong. or activating and abiding in “flow”. pranayama. pranic healing. yoga. wellness. then stream unimpeded through the nervous system. cells. In other words we first have to work on ourselves and maintain this connection in order to work effectively. or self esteem. chi gong. yoga. yang/yin (tai chi). body/ mind healing. polarity. father sky/mother earth.— this involves awakening and reclaiming our innate wisdom. learn. pranic healing or similar courses from time to time . organs. instinct intuition and inner direction which in turn gives us a feeling of self confidence. Thus the healing session is an opportunity for both to listen. body psychotherapy. visualization. Although taking a class in energy healing. For this to occur we must learn how to surrender to it — to know it and trust it. It is to establish this natural flow between crown and root — spirit and nature and let that awesome evolutionary energy of creator/creation animate and instruct us. and limbs organically and spontaneously without limiting/inhibiting it through prejudicial viewpoints or limited assumptions. In this way we receive an energy treatment/healing at the same time as we give it — as a communion and meditation. and other related energy system modalities. So the first rule is to drop in to the body (the house of living spirit and the energy body) — to make contact by staying grounded — bringing spirit in. shamanic healing. meaning. You can call it finding your center. they can also have their own built-in limitations/bias. etc. and experience the healing evolution energy together. The flow is up from the earth to the sky and down from the sky to the earth through the living channel/embodiment first drawing a locus of connection between the earth chakra at the perineum or feet with the crown chakra and then moving into it as a felt line of energy. dance. Jin Shin Do. acceptance. Nor is helpful to identify with any such self limiting dualistic conception of being a giver while the client is the receiver. and empowerment which obviates any need for external validation of self worth. be open. somatics.
open us up to broader horizons. What I want to emphasize is that everyone has this ability (it is innate to us) and we should not hesitate nor be afraid to touch and play. Here we have invited the healing energy in . increase our sensitivity. the central and autonomic nervous systems. . down and up — all and none of these flat plane linear modes but when balance and harmony is reached a profound non-dual synchronicity is realized that defies left brain logic as well as any concept of linear time. During the treatment we continuously stay intimately connected and commune ever more deeply with this dynamic and intelligent process utilizing witness consciousness. but rather as a joyful opportunity that you are giving to yourself as well — a creative. Both doing and listening at the same time balances the ida and pingala. up and down. not as “hard” work. Since the knowledge does not come from the outside. Although there exist “healers” who claim good results through very precise and “tight” structural approaches. left and right. but from within. my approach has been that everyone will benefit more when the session is viewed with an open mind — as an exploration — as an opportunity for being more deeply present — as a mysterious adventure. front and back. the efferent and afferent. There exist numerous further techniques to invite the energy connections to be made and increase its intelligent presence besides keeping the basic non-dual energy flowing in the central channel (sushumna) through visualization and energetic alignment. that kind of activity also has the seductive potential to distract our attention from the innate healing power and intelligence if not placed inside of a transpersonal indigenous/ endogenous perspective. and/or a meditation traveling far beyond the manmade human world of conventional knowing and thinking.15 can stimulate our own innate creative process. and empower us. while allowing it to arc over without holding the breath. any teacher/healer who emphasizes that truth is an authentic teacher/guide. a shamanistic journey.evoked it by taking the initiative to create an environment (external framework) of which to more deeply connect and commune. but rather open ourselves up to the vast healing potential that we all have (mostly laying dormant). let it flow through us and at no personal expense to ourselves. rewarding. become increasingly accustomed to spontaneous flow. As a healer or in a healing session (all life should be approached as such) we have the opportunity to charge our body/mind as a vehicle of love energy. Here we can use the breath and prana to increase the charge (from the infinite Source). streaming of energy. effulgent. and joyful labor of love. fulfilling. spiritual communion.
core energy. sky energy and earth energy within our own existence as a vital and evolutionary part of creation being linked therein all the way back to the beginningless creator as well as into the future. Yet once we become balanced in this way. nor dual — but linked together in a profound circle. When we get this evolutionary energy “balanced” correctly. Rather its realization actually depends upon letting go of these self imposed limitations conceptual dualistic beliefs. blocked. However when harmony and balance is attained there occurs a synchrony not only in the left and right hemispheres corresponding to the right and left sides of the body or the pingala and ida nadis (psychic nerves) respectively. energy body. but rather profoundly central (non-straight plane). . In this sense then the amplification of the right brain modality can be the functional doorway (for those who are left brain over dominant and imbalanced). disparate. and diminished being overridden by the an unbalanced and out of synch flow of energy in the polar (left and right) psychic nerves (the ida and pingala respectively). The activation of the energy body occurs as a powerful redirection/ remediation of energy and consciousness which is “ordinarily” misdirected into a dualistic world of appearances where there exists an “apparent” (false) misidentification between externally observed objects (by the five senses) as being separate and distinct from our concept or experience of “self”. consciousness and being. well being.16 Energy Body Anatomy The idea that Angela Farmer calls the back body (bringing our awareness back toward the spine in witness consciousness) is the same awareness of what is called the light body. Here there exist many dimensions and all dimensionless space — ecological circuits within ecological circuits. rainbow body. the synergistic symmetry created in sushumna (the central column in yoga where non-dual energy flows) flow is neither right nor left. in other systems. etc. Ultimately therefore this linking is mystical/mysterious in the sense of not being capable of reached with left brain logic (the conceptual and academic/ analytical process). and wholeness having linked mind and body without conflict. This is not a conceptual or intellectual realization but we return once again to an energetic dynamic where we feel and experience our center. the energy literally raises us up off our feet — it supports and embraces us in a direct way (as such it is called the kundalini). top or bottom. Although the flow of energy (prana) in the light body is always present in ordinary dualistic consciousness the flow is greatly obstructed. front or back. spirit and nature. vortexes within vortexes — holographic realms where the inner and outer (microcosm and macrocosm) are no longer seen as separate. as a feeling of synergistic harmony.
subtle body. Here the healing ability/wisdom occurs spontaneously arising by itself from inside out independent of the accumulation of external facts. friends. certifications. and kundalini yoga also deal with the integration and manipulation of the energies (sometimes all the practices are combined). rainbow body or vajra body no matter how slight our awareness may be at first.) in kinesthetic and energetic terms relating to energy patterns.17 Thus some sort of body/mind right brain amplification practice is most valuable to any practitioner in order to first to be able to access this state within ourselves (only then can we share it) whether we move in asana. center. hue. Classical hatha yoga is rich in techniques which bring our attention inside. repressed. light body. students. For it to reach its fullest potential we must also learn to honor it and keep it active and flowing during everyday life circumstances. etc. doctrine. activate. pramanas. vrttis. weak (depleted). temperature. hierarchical status. As long as this brings balance (we are assuming that the right brain has previously become abandoned. Again this ability is made possible first by ourselves entering into this operative dimension of awareness and experience. knowledge. shape. coarseness. and similar) and then devise methods to re-establish synchronistic balance and energy flow. tantric. focusing on the psychic anatomy and energy body practices/techniques that are precisely designed to purify. healing song. licensure. acquaintances. and in terms of energy balance as to where the energy may be imbalanced. Thus an authentic indigenous approach to yoga provides a sensate and accessible framework or context where we can thus analyze. energy obstructions. As our self awareness deepens the energy flow deepens at the same time as this state of deep interconnectedness becomes established and with this synchrony an overall amplification (of the functionality of both the right and left brain hemispheres) is catalyzed so that awareness becomes even more easy (moving from extremely subtle to prevalent). and heal ourselves and everyone else (clients. . stagnant. static. adherence to belief systems. Laya. or other similar right brain amplification practices. (or any other qualitative characteristic such as color. music. degrees. swara. distorted. activate and balance our left and right (ida and pingala) and front and back energy flows and then gently guide/direct this energy to flow in the central column (sushumna). or other entirely artificial systems and approaches. energetic qualities. density. strident. perform sacred dance. daily life. dammed up (congested). sit in meditation. blocked. or dissociated) this method becomes a doorway into a realm of balance — centering ourselves in awareness of the energy body.
and left sides of the body (along with the right brain crossing over at the third eye) is associated with the ida or chandra nadis while the back. heightened afferent nervous function. energy (pranamaya kosha). hyper-parasympathetic tone. and right side of the body (along with the left brain again crossing over at the third eye) is associated with the pingala or surya nadis. front and back. feeling of vulnerability. over active afferent nerves. palpation. and/or analysis of the air flow through the nostrils. The many possible situations will speak to us very clearly and our own activated energy body will go directly to the balanced (correct) mode of intervention. yang. etc. Left and right. yin. ida dominant. the right brain (crossing over at the third eye) and the energy running up the front of the body (female). flow.18 Diagnosis and Treatment Specific methods of healing are unlimited as they are subtle and intricate. but we will suggest that even what appears as a collapse is often do to an energy dam. In this as a simple experiment we might suggest the emphasis of backbends as a simple remedial measure. armored. The dear reader should know that the following is only a coarse and rough outline of energy diagnosis and healing techniques. depletion. pingala. or other wise associated with hyper-sympathetic tone. a contraction and folding inward as protection around an old pain. unresolved conflict inhibition. yielding. weakness. or their lack of flow and then treated to reestablish homeostasis. The front. Most “illnesses” can be analyzed by simply analyzing the energy patterns. For example if someone is overly contracted or collapsed forward being bent over to the front we may surmise that the surya nadi (pingala) is over active or the chandra nadis or ida is depleted or under active. with the obvious exception of situations that are drug induced or the result of over stretched ligaments. or right brain dominant function associated with the female will appear to be the opposite of a body which is stiff. hard. while the ida is associated with the left side of the body. In other situations the causal obstruction may mirror a similar obstruction that is imbedded or brings up a resonant blockage in our own mental/emotional (manomaya kosha) . blockages. fear. rigid. and it can be done through visual examination. making passes with the hands to feel the qualities and densities of the energy. soft. stagnations. top. or belief . bottom. Often a collapsed body which appears overly passive. overly contracted. over active efferent nerves. These are two extreme energetic ways of viewing the possibilities. top and bottom are easy ways to structure the diagnostic healing “search”. or male associated functions. grief. trauma. because the pingala nadis (male energy not only is associated with the right side of the body and left brain (male) but also the back energy (rising up the back).
an imbedded fear. thoughts. Here we can cool the hot and over active (overly rajasic) and heat the overly cold and sluggish (tamasic) if we chose to use the Ayurvedic breakdown of the three gunas which are composed of rajas (hot and stimulating). cool/hot. All these wholistic relationships and more can be accessed and positively influenced through “energy work”. fear. energization at first may be best. and emotions from that of the physical symptoms. a stubbornly held core belief system. Most schools emphasize first purification of the area.). a depletion. This can also appear often as being represented as being hot or red or in a state of healthy and synchronized interactive flow.19 system (jnanamaya kosha) bodies so that we may either be forced to do healing on ourselves or otherwise be stumped. and tamas (slow and cool). etc. . but in some cases where the energy is already critically depleted and the patient is very weak and cold. armoring and contraction around a past trauma. or a congestion while “treatment” is always aimed at re-balancing and removing stasis to the “natural and healthy” flow of energy which includes purifying/opening the congested channels and/or centers. belief systems. and balanced in their own core/heart energy and thus able to accept the patients pain. life styles. Classically. compensatory desires. past negative karma or habits — animosity. wet/dry. anger. Indeed this will avoid some untoward effects if one were start first energizing without clearing the obstructions to the flow. grudges. guilt. and other such elements of disease without themselves being disturbed or negatively influenced — in order for the therapist to be fully present and effective and creatively and joyfully work responsibly. greed. complexes glued together in anger. but the therapist must embrace the wholistic framework wherein there is no isolation/separation between the body/mind. There of course exist equal richness in the Chinese energetic system (yin/yang. congestion. then removal of congestion (sweeping) and lastly then energizing or balancing the area. Similarly we may find often the energetic problem is a symptom reflecting past conditioning. and stress (where the flow is blocked above or below it) which is sometimes mistaken as being diagnosed as “over active”. the chakras can exist in : a state of deficiency (depletion) which is often cool or blue distortion. Here the therapist must be firmly grounded. Such approaches include techniques of energizing/stimulating on one hand or soothing/ calming/cooling on the other while re-establishing balance and harmony — re-activating the innate dormant evolutionary/creative circuitry. centered. satva (balanced and pure). In other words disease may manifest in energy terms as an imbalance. and many other similar energetic propensities that have components other than the “simply” the physical.
or transfer of your personal energy (but rather it is always more valuable to stay in tune always with the transpersonal universal life energy acting from this central intelligent core as much as possible). This is not unlike some shamanistic techniques which use a form of drawing out of an evil spirit or exorcism in order to effect the overall “cure”. deva. i. barter. Be sure to thank these helpers (usually silently) at the end and ascribe any “miracles” to them (rather than the lower self or ego). to surrender to the innate and indigenous healing powers and intelligence within). archetypal world of gods and goddesses. We are all in this together even though our present culture or peers will not acknowledge that “fact”. This will save us trouble falling back into duality and increase our abilities to align with infinite power and wisdom in the long run. the following specific techniques may or not be suitable for everyone. One must realize that this is the same evolutionary energy that is inside of all of life and creation (it is not an exclusive or personal endogenous ability. A careful reading will show that purification not only relieves congestion and restores depletion. nature/creation/creator in general. There exist many techniques in psychic healing that are similar while many practitioners are interdisciplinary and eclectic incorporating more than one of these techniques. 1. 2. . Given the two basic techniques above. but it must always include taking care of your own energy system and never approaching pranic healing as a sacrifice.e. but rather transpersonal as a result of millions of years of co-creative/co-evolutionary interdependent dynamic inter-relationships). It helps to ask for help from some “outside” force that you have a balancing affinity with such as a specific helper from the angel. or at the very least your highest self).. the universe (such as the sun or stars. but also restores balance and homeostasis simply because the energy is now flowing unobstructed being self regulated by the natural intelligence inherent in the healthy organism. plant or animal spirit world.20 The overall description of our approach can be simplified even further by stating that the process can be reduced to the idea of purification of the channels and pathways because purification will at the same time remove obstruction of flow in the area where it is blocked (thus facilitating removal of congestion) and at the same time the energy is now able to flow to energize the areas that may have been depleted (due to the blockage/obstruction). It is essential first to take on the responsibility of understanding and healing ourselves and then we are able to heal others. Many times this can happen simultaneously.
an unnecessary limitation. belly. but if you are good at concentration. Scan the person’s aura asking questions with your hand not mouth) such as is this hot or cold. clockwise or counterclockwise. Focusing upon your own light body. The hand can also sense vortexes and synchronize and re-tune the existing vortexes. For many this diagnosis stage can seem like an artificial imposition. The fingers can also be allowed to perform delicate actions and in Huna each finger is assigned a corresponding element quality. As mentioned cleansing alone is often sufficient to allow for healing to occur because it opens flow from congested areas so that it can energize depleted areas and reestablish balance. and soothe. chakras. energize the areas from the source of prana (use the sun if need be). but both can be used. Wash out the hands and cleanse your own system. get in the way. thick or thin. For instance in some systems the hands are placed on two chakras of choice simultaneously. Next we can concentrate our awareness on our own back body (light body) grounding the tailbone deep into the earth and at the same time extending the line of energy through the crown to the highest point (brahmabindu at the brahmarandhra) connecting up with the formless Seed/Source above and the Abundant Mother below. congested and full versus depleted and desirous of energy. Approach these subtle possibilities with loving attention and let the intelligence of the client guide you. very specific operations may be attempted with the finger tips as long as you have a good diagnosis and a clear idea of what you are doing. and so forth maintaining an inner dialogue of asking questions and allowing for answers. 5. . Go deep inside for this conscious connection. and sweep out and clear any areas that still feel congested.21 3. There exist an unlimited amount of possibilities here. Activate internal flow especially through (in and out) from the feet and hands. or slow things down so that they combine this step (four) with step five (below) as one process/movement. Perform any specific operations or visualizations that you desire after entering more deeply. For example one hand may be placed over or on the sacrum (at the muladhara chakra) 4. Intend that love be embodied and healing be done now. and breath in relationship with the back body. In this regard even the slightest amount of bodhicitta helps tremendously in transforming any possible negative conditions. calm. red or blue. After the energy diagnosis we can purify and open the systems that felt clogged and obstructed. One method is to use the finger tips of one hand to receive prana and the center of the opposite palm to send it. Get in touch with the feet. sensitize and charge your hands.
and the other hand over or on the back of the occiput (talu chakra) as in craniosacral and polarity therapy). In a similar approach the hands are placed over a chosen center/chakra (one hand in front of that center and the other hand in the back of the same center) simultaneously. For example in many Reiki moves and craniosacral therapies. In some forms of Jin Shin Do, fingers touch two or more acupuncture points simultaneously transferring, balancing, and harmonizing psychic energy flows. In another system the hands never really touch the physical body, etc. The point here is that after the awareness of the energy vibrations and pulses are attuned to through opening the nadis (energy channels/ pathways) within ourselves then we are able to consciously direct the energy through intention. Cit means conscious awareness and prana means energy. Here we work with the cit-prana by becoming aware of the connection within of the energy as well as the energy of consciousness itself. Even without knowing the exact pathways consciously, just the subtle awareness and the intention are sufficient to allow the energy to move because the prana as the life force has an innate intelligence. After awhile we can apply the cit-prana at will, focusing on any area, both in ourselves and others. As our own eyes open, we open to the possibilities in the world and in others. Many more detailed variations are possible and if so called to, many include working with the elements (water, air, fire, earth, and akasha (ether), the elementals (intelligent dynamic relationships and guardians formed around various natural phenomena), plants, totems, nature spirits, subtle form bodies, spirits, and the Great Spirit. Connecting up energy centers, balancing and harmonizing the previously restricted body/mind energy flows, opening up blockages, calming and cooling irritated or over loaded areas, stimulating previously strangulated and dormant centers, reprogramming negative emotional and mental habits, and similar approaches requires sensitivity — a requisite degree of waking up — of being open. Humans have not perfected “healing” as a perfect science, but one can become more efficacious by matching the most efficacious modality to the right person. This then depends on the previous sections being developed by learning how to be present with “the other” and to listen openly and completely without judgment (listen and look from one’s inner sense of knowing or innate intelligence), to have the courage and compassion to be with that person’s pain and suffering. This requires the “healer” to be centered, aligned, stabilized, and grounded in their own core energy being — it requires the self confidence, courage,
inspiration, consciousness, compassion, and self empowerment that such integrated groundedness affords. This comes with openness, receptivity, loving intent, and practice. Healing, loving intent, and spirit leads. Ending the session, make sure you exit slowly and intend that all things be placed where they belong. End up with stabilizing and grounding techniques while compacting the client’s energy body (containing their energy within an aura of love and healing) while slowly withdrawing your “touch” and energy with a healing prayer for the benefit off all beings. Here we can seal the energy body, but always with the clear conscious intent to allow the good, healing, natural, and loving energies to be able to enter and the noxious elements to leave (being recycled back by mother nature). For example carbon dioxide, human waste, pus, etc are food for the plants, bacteria, worms, etc. In turn animal and plant “waste” provide the basis for human food, energy,and air.
For example in Huna specifically, we are taught how to leave a drain for any noxious contamination to complete its removal over time, and/or how to empower temporary elemental allies to provide healing assistance for specific time periods when those elements can form a synergistic relationship. Man is ally to nature in his evolved modality. As such man is here to act as allies in healing and evolution with all of nature, just as nature is here to assist man. This natural healing relationship in the modern world has been mostly forgotten, but nonetheless this tragedy of dismemberment can be invoked — a host of allies are available should our heart allow. It is a good idea to generate the bodhicitta (the aspiration for the complete enlightenment and end of confusion and suffering) at the crown chakra after withdrawing and let the client clearly know that you are finished with the session (verbally or symbolically), checking in with them that they are OK, and that they may take their time getting up. Finishing may vary considerably. One commonly effective method is to leave with the right hand on the client’s third eye and the other hand on their heart or navel center checking in with them as to consciousness awareness (at the third eye) and joining that awareness to their heart or energy center (at the navel or heart) with a full body smile. Words are not always helpful or necessary. Check to ground yourself with mother earth and connect with father sky and again intend that this evolutionary and creative intelligent transpersonal loving energy that has created all of us become active and dominant in providing direction in our lives. Place confidence in this eternal omnipresent love, affirm, and surrender into it with infinite humility, gratitude, and joy in completion.
During a session there is a wealth of power and innate intelligence to draw from if only we are able to be present. Some healing approaches may include entering into verbal dialogue with the client while working; asking them what they want to accomplish; ask how they feel here or there, ask them to ascribe representative symbols to the feelings of disease or pain; have them recount a past experience that appears to be energetically related and provoke the catharsis of any associated emotions, feelings, and thoughts; ask them to participate in the process by breathing in a golden light into specific areas, and or moving energy in a specific region. A valuable skill is to always work in the present, knowing absolutely that it is the healer’s ability to stay present that brings forth the insight and healing energy, that allows the healer to be effective, and as such the healing is always mutual and transpersonal. In this way the transpersonal healing infinite Source of the healing energy is invoked and amplified.
Healer: Heal Thyself
A basic rule that “healers” often need to be reminded of is that there is an infinite amount of energy in the universe and that a yogic healer should NOT be transferring personal prana from self to the client, but rather is simply acting as an inter-mediator or transpersonal facilitator allowing the conscious source of the healers own life intelligence to communicate directly with the other person’s conscious intelligent life energy and then after establishing contact allow the Source to facilitate change. In this way on a physical level we are asking the client’s dna and intelligent energy patterns to communicate to the healer (agency) what the nature of the difficulty is and then have the healer communicate with Infinite Mind facilitating the necessary transfer of information and implementation through the physical structure of the hands. If you are doing healing on others an important principle to implement is to not only ask permission, but inquire and evoke from the client the enthusiastic desire or intent to make a healing change in their own body/mind (whatever it takes) in order for healing to take place. Because without this receptive positive state as an energetic precursor, the effort may well be a waste of time. If the client has the attitude of “I don’t want to change, just you (the doctor) fix me so that I can go on with my life the same way”, then the chances of an enduring success may be greatly diminished. When the client has a unified will toward becoming well, being healed, and coming into physical, emotional, and psychic health, then the process has less friction and becomes a process of mutual cooperative and education. Change may be accompanied by both/or physical and mental catharsis (by catharsis one surrenders the obfuscations and noxious energy). Catharsis
Jin shin do. so when anger is touched upon it is titrated and allowed to come out while the facilitator holds the loving space — stabilizes themselves in the healing process. Huna. spirit and nature — all the koshas and bodies were intermingled. fear. and always working synergistically. and in concert. Here we take a moment to attune inside to the innate wisdom inherent in the body and to the entire cosmos — to the Source. Here the two energy bodies (that of the client and the facilitator) should be allowed to communicate directly from that deeper wholistic context of reality.25 can be slow and sweet. and ever present. and energy healing with yoga. These hyper-sensitive regions then can be returned to in future sessions and slowly titrated (brought into context without having the individual become overwhelmed by it). Further practice in yoga and meditation has led me to a greater appreciation of the energy body which has increased over time. I learned that harder and more was not better. polarity therapy and acupuncture. shiva/shakti. synchronistically. diet. What I learned is that the intent was all important. inner and outer. and to move from that deep grounded space in an energetically balanced and kinesthetic way where efferent and afferent. Reiki. If the client has a need to talk (and it appears to be cathartic) then the facilitator may allow or even encourage it. while the recent advances in the West of Body Psychotherapy. but rather much more deeply — from the energy body — the core energy. craniosacral. I learned that the healing energy and intelligence was transpersonal. that I needed to act not from the head. and movement therapeutics have helped validate and enrich my practice. Grieving and crying is often cathartic. If a catharsis occurs due to a painful past trauma or otherwise pain. somatics. of one taste. facial expressions. Mishra (Sri Brahmananda) and Nicki Scully as inspirations. soothe the energy. and breathing as gross signs of a deep unresolved disturbance perhaps triggering an over-stimulation reaction and if such a reaction is arising be able to know how to contain it. Personal Experience Thirty five years ago I began a conscious study of herbs. . limitless (limited only by our ignorance). pranic healing. mainly Dr. Later studies in shamanism. holographic healing. Thus it is safest to pay attention to the client’s energy. balance it. pingala and ida. and access a peaceful restorative mode when called for. If talk however seems to be resistive or escapist convince the client to go back into their breath and/or give them a remedial visualization to do in order to help refocus the energy. yang/yin. however the expression of stored anger can sometimes re-traumatize. and related energy work were added thanks to many teachers. anger arise only a skilled facilitator strongly stabilized in their own core should continue to evoke this unless re-traumatization or over stimulation occur.
One way to see this is to see the chakras as the energetic result and interaction of the five koshas (see below). toxify. integrating them. the wisdom body. sounds. and stress the chakra vortices. and acting from this deep place of integration (samadhi). Where these energetic matrices intersect within the human body. As mentioned there are many chakra systems. . the mental and emotional bodies. belief system. they should not be confused with the actual inner reality which must be experienced as an active operational intelligent energy dynamic pattern which correspond to emotional. diagrams. At death the human body expires by reabsorbing/withdrawing the prana at each chakra and rejoining infinite Source at the crown. Life then becomes a process of learning the connections between infinite and absolute unborn spirit and the force of creative evolution a sit manifests in the universe of form and content. weaken. then the budding infant recognizing the creative principle in all of creation learns to activate the evolutionary tools of the body (chakra circuits) and lives a creative and fulfilled life in harmony with the spiritual and universal matrices. and unconditioned divine creative spirit. and spiritual interactive dynamics as well as physical vectors (versus a representational abstraction. objectification. The chakra system can be reduced then to crown (sahasrara) and earth (muladhara) while all other chakras must align and stabilize around those two poles — they are all fed from the integration and harmonization of these two poles. but he/she has no ability to walk.. If this holy quest is kept intact throughout life. and the reader is again reminded that the various systems as written and described in colors. psychological. activating them. An infant has the fontanels (brahmarandhra) wide open at the crown (at the lambda and bregma points) crown points. discolor. the energy body. or separate fact apart from our subjective direct experience). our karma. or energetic center.26 The Chakra System Chakra is a s Sanskrit word which means circle of energy. to sense the earth. they are the result/product or interstices (if you like) of the physical body. But a wholistic life consists in developing the chakras — learning about them. spinning vortex of energy. are merely symbolic representations i. One way to view the hyman chakra system is from the ultimate point of view (the crown center or sahasrara chakra).e. are the chakras. or to know embodied existence yet. while it is the negative/ afflictive emotions (called kleshas connected to our karma) which distort. wheel of energy. and words. Despite their DNA and inherent operating system they are brand new to manifest creation and must get to know the earth body )the muladhara chakra).
So we are reminded that in the sacred Now. prejudice. the tree in the center of the earth. and duality —the source of DNA. and the like while in Integrity they are contained in the whole as one dynamic relationship — in the Reality of Eternal Beginningless Now. veil. Tiamet. crown chakra/earth chakra. activated. dissipates. the sushumna (where the kundalini flows).27 With that introduction in mind. This two became the apparent distinction of heaven and earth. pingala/ida. siva/shakti.in continuity both the source stillness and the flow exist as One. or distorts this natural evolutionary flow. Ouroboros. yang/yin. From this undistorted Wholeness and Integrity every “thing” -all phenomena — is seen as the river’s movement — all things are on fire. ein soph and shekinah. Any such objectification/abstraction will only further alienate us and produce counterproductive results — it will impose a limited dysfunctional filter. non-flat planed. In prime momentum then. as in the beginning. then no discolorations would occur — the chakras would develop naturally in one’s stages of development and remain open. integrated and conscious. voltage. Yggdrasil. the axis mundi. Hence the source of polarity. illusion. were formed. but they as a whole are part of a greater whole. father/mother. etc. the reader is again reminded that the chakra system is not to be viewed outside of the sacred/spiritual realm of creator/ creation. but in most situations negative conditioning (karma) and ignorance (with the kleshas) takes over and blocks. and discoloration. Mt. the infant is programmed to see an altered state of “things” — a contrived and transgenerational ignorance and prejudice sets in. Even though underneath our conditioned projections. So if the infant were to maintain that continuity of consciousness from the eternal Source into life in all our relations. healing. two were created. kether/ malkuth. Nidhogg (the Midgard serpent). in All Our Relations. They are linked by the central column. distortions. or father sky/mother earth. consciousness/being. creator/creation. the healing staff (caduceus). spirit/nature. exists the Everlasting — Beginningless Source Seed and in this Great Integrity — NOW and FOREVER — in completion and wholeness . In yoga it is this sushumna (central column) which unites heaven and earth —which is the channel of this loving. yang and yin. The authentic sushumna is rainbow hued. and multidimensional — it is the channel where the activated kundalini goddess . and manmade belief systems universal creativity always exists as Real. delusion. Meru. and evolutionary intercourse and dialogue. That is the healthy ideal. shiva/shakti. This happens when our programmed beliefs and false identities come into conflict with nature/creation as it is (Universal Reality) — the cosmos as it is versus the cosmos as our distorted constructed mindsets would prefer it to be.
A major problem in mankind’s fall. afferent/efferent. IN FACT WHEN WE EXTRACT OUR SELVES FROM THIS PROCESS WE WITHER. As we reclaim our innate birth rights (recover from our estrangement from living spirit) our consciousness becomes aware of the more subtle and hence the energy behind all of so called matter”. rather from the non-lineal fourth dimension (called turiya in yoga which is also called samadhi). but yet go ever deeper. In truth we must learn to operate outside of the narrow limitations of dualistic consciousness. DRY UP. autonomic/central nervous systems. WE IN OUR DAILY LIFE AND HEALING WORK ARE NO SEPARATE FROM THIS PROCESS OF CO-EVOLUTION. and Siva and hence the three granthis of yoga were delineated (see below) as portals into all dimensions of being. Vishnu. the seven the nine and the twelve. become the unity of the three (the trinity of Brahma. there become negative energy vortexes and hence physical disease is created. These are the two polar opposites which have further representations left/right and front/back. or discolorations occur. It is with these opened activated eyes that man heals. Further evolution provided further delineation and articulations and elaborations. In “normal (nut unnatural life) this natural flow of kundalini has become blocked and/or distracted/dissipated. but beyond all elaborations always is — is the “is-ness”. parasympathetic/ sympathetic. Here as “self” awareness and consciousness developed through awareness of “the two” forces. the more refined and differentiated his awareness becomes — the more his eyes become opened to what is in Reality. outside of the illusion of three dimensional (space/time). etc . this is the open ground of nondual reality where crown and earth chakras are united in true bliss and wholesomeness.28 (creative/evolutionary energy) flows. STARVE. As we discern the two prime chakras we also observe the two polar strands of dna. Hence in this context the two most important poles in the human body are the crown and earth chakras (top and bottom) which are linked by the sushumna (central nadi). As such those who have returned to pure subtle awareness even beyond the most subtle have taught methods for fragmented people to become whole again and integrate (yoga). AND EVENTUALLY DIE. Then the five. The two polar forces and chakras. Where such distortions. For the healing chakra work to be successful we must keep in mind the intracellular dna intertwined as it were in a spiral snakelike dance as it is in all of life (symbolized by ida and pingala) and feel it in every cell. was that man became bogged down into unbalanced centrifugation into the periphery forgetting his core and . and the infinite became intertwined. blocks. WE A AN INETGRAL PART OF THIS INTEGRATIVE PROCESS.
consciousness touches form. The most common systems that we see use seven major chakras while others offer a myriad number of minor chakras and marmas (energy points at the interstices of the koshas). blood. Classically medieval hatha yoga ended with a seven psychophysical chakra system. psychological. organs. What I would like to suggest for further consideration elsewhere that what is now attempting to evolve and become actualized/activated in human existence are twelve chakras and alongside that twelve energetic dimensions/permutations of DNA. includes not only working with the dna. glands. glands. and interactive energetic systems. He lost his center and his soul in exchange for the ersatz comfort of material substance. But there is no lasting happiness. It in fact is the result of delusion.29 essential nature. cells. tissues. I believe that seven is an anachronism in the twenty-first century. but also the interconnected emotional. muscles. These two conspire together as a misplaced momentum — a pathologic energetic vector which at best is neurotic — which creates the glue in modern man to limit and enslave him unless he finds the courage/inspiration to liberate himself. Hence although we will discuss chakra healing here. All of these relationships can be accessed through chakra and kosha work — as the dance of Shiva. That is called corruption (or sin) but it is simply the forgetfulness of the great Integrity. comfort. Specifics in Relationship to Healing at the First Three Chakras The earth chakra being that particular center associated when spirit touches nature. and spiritual evolutionary processes of the individual’s inner and outer ecology. or security that way. Earlier Indian tantra often gives only five although later seven or nine are common. core belief system. however I would like to make it clear that in my own experience. The common modern man has become lost in his artifacts — his contrived and artificial symbolic illusions/delusions brought about by limited conceptual belief systems and habituated and institutionalized false identifications. skin. ultimately any “healing cure” has to be seen essentially as a process of spiritual awakening. Another problem was that man tried to reestablish his lost center through doctrine which also became a left brain dominant limitation and bondage and through his attempt to conquer fear through dominance over nature which corresponds to his left brain/intellectual dominant stance over the right brain (feeling/receptive) sensitivities. nerves. bones. or heaven mingles with earth is the point of differentiation itself — the point of immanence and rich diversity— . We will use the classic seven as examples in these pages. Working with the energy of the chakras then as a practice. Kashmir tantra often has nine or more chakras.
our intuition. xenophobia. of creator and creation — in short our sense of place and well beingness — a basic sense of security. At the other pole. and contrived disease have created a god who is in heaven — a god who one goes to when one dies. but all that is not because of the lowest chakra — it is not the fault of the earth chakra. The healing rather is to come to terms with the muladhara — the earth center — with the physical body. It is not a coincidence that modern society with its widespread air pollution. We become afraid and contrive false identifications for protection in terms of racial alliances. our animal part and our incessant desire for control. genocide. destruction of other species. trees. food pollution. etc. mind pollution. war. We no longer trust our feelings. animals. Without this knowledge — this interconnectedness we contrive artificial protection and security systems. of spirit and all of nature. and thus a spiritually alienated belief system and life where sacred spirit is denied in creation/nature and the cosmos. WIth this knowledge we feel at home here with mother earth which the body has co-evolved with for millions of years in which the earth has co-evolved with the cosmos since beginningless time. water pollution. tribal wars. destruction of ecosystems. but such is the disease not the solution. The earth chakra is the doorway to abundance — every “thing” — all of existence and creation in its rich diversity and yet it is in constant transformation (change) being temporal and evolving. and cosmos — all living things. wind. wildness. the crown center is the nothingness or formless realm which contains the seed (potential) of everything. murder. At the bottom of this unhealthy abomination is our alienation from our naturalness. As a neurotic compensation we try to create external law and order systems — security states. with spiritual embodiment. This secure knowledge of who we are in a body (but not of the body) is earth chakra knowledge. our instinct. control and predictability over wilderness and cosmos. an unearthly god. nationalistic wars. chauvinism. In other words all the work can be accomplished between these two poles while and the flow between them is not to be taken lightly but rather attended to. and the body of all life. A big part of this war and conflict thus is rooted in the war or disconnectedness from our cognitive sense and our somatic sense. but rather it is the fault of its cognitive denial — of an arrogant ego who holds it nose up to it and won’t . We know the earth via the body — the earth and the body are from one source.30 it is the fertile earth while spirit is the undifferentiated seed. and have lost touch with our inner wisdom and natural alliance with the plants. Hence in the sense of simple polar balancing the crown and the root chakra (and all in-between) work can be undertaken simultaneously. from the mind and body — from the innate unity of consciousness and beingness (Cit with Sat). rocks.
SI joint pain and similar problems while lack of upward flow may manifest in lack of vigor (sexual. and mistrustful and when it can’t flow upward we fear change. All the lower three chakras are maligned in a society which is fear ridden. but rather our own cognitive confusion and arrogant belief systems (ego). despair. and timeless connection with all life and creation that an open earth chakra provides. estranged. healing sense of security. metabolic. lethargy. recognition. the great stabilization. herbs. over objectified. All that is necessary here is for us to embrace life and run our energy consciously through this chakra connecting up with the great courage. fear of living (which includes fear of death). collapse. or mental). The problem is not the earth or nature. insecurity problems. feelings of alienation. When the energy is blocked or deficient most likely we can investigate the possibilities of abundance problems (scarcity consciousness). leg. One can go and praise the earth chakra without end (it is needed because it so maligned) but knowledge about it is one thing. The body is not the ego. nihilism. fear of death. safety issues. thigh. and abundance when energy is flowing between it — the earth below. estranged from nature and the natural. cynicism.31 look down in love and beauty. and the crown above. estranged from our somatic feelings and experience. The characteristics of the healthy and open earth chakra can thus be read as fulfillment. passionate. smell. and respect if we wish to reclaim our lives and health. lack of trust. sciatica. etc. issues of lack of self acceptance. inhibit our evolutionary organic nature. Where it can’t go down we feel disconnected. Lack of downward flow is associated with constipation and holding and can manifest in the foot. and in severe cases paranoia and catatonia. it is god’s creation — it is a sacred portal for those who engage upon the sacred science. but direct experience of it’s activation tells all. healing. richness. lonely. On a physical level the earth chakra provides knowledge of nature. the great confidence. vertigo. acknowledgement. creative. creativity and integration. protection issues. These three more strongly correspond with the physical body than the upper three (the heart being at the feeling center at the center point). Here too many people confuse the symptoms with the cause. All of the lower three chakras have a specific energetic that require attention. nature. . hemorrhoids. hip. etc. knee. instinct. self doubt. and our hence cognitive based. The alienation from life and the earth chakra is the leading number one cause of disenfranchisement from healing (illness and disease) on the planet. It requires openness and flow for us to be balanced and healthy.
The way we walk and move the tailbone and sacrum (or its lack) is related to the earth chakra. but the beginning practitioner should know that it to be greatly respected and can be gone to (in conjunction with the crown by placing the right hand on the skull and left on the tailbone region to balance energy or move energy through the entire system. and fourth chakras can manifest in over hyperactivity at any of the chakras. This short introduction to chakra healing will never do justice to the earth chakra or kundalini. Again once flow is reached in the sushumna it is neither left nor right. This should not be interpreted as just some mystical gibberish. nor up nor down — flow is in both directions simultaneously. glands of Luska. Physically this area is associated with the perineum. This area is often congested so elongating smoothing and softening passes with the hands up and down over this area can often be of value. Again the muladhara and sahasrara chakras are the two most important energetic centers while the sushumna is the most important psychic nerve (that connects them) directly. profuse menstruation. If it is blocked or toxic then these functions become imbalanced.32 Too much downward flow may manifest as diarrhea. and mental level it represents how we interact with all our relations — how we engage and have a two way intercourse (communication and flow) with other beings and things. but on an emotional/energetic. or excessive sublimation/discharge elsewhere. but yet the words certainly are symbolic of a very powerful energetic. It is where the kundalini lies dormant and it is where the prana and apana are to be balanced for the energy (kundalini) to flow in the central column (sushumna) . Excessive stimulation of the earth chakra (rare) without an outlet (having a blockage) to the second. . For example some people who have blocked second chakra energetics (water chakra) compensate by neurotic talking. Similarly the second chakra (water chakra) called the swadhistana chakra can suffer from deficiency or blocked energy flow through it (functional flow). and illnesses brought about by excessive tamas. The muladhara is the integrative physical center of the body and its support center. wobbly legs. tailbone. third. The water chakra is the energy vortex that reflects the health of our procreative function on the physical level (something that this society generally associates with sin and danger). Often because the energy may be blocked at the water chakra then discharging this energy there in excessive sex or in urination problems sometimes result although the actual energetics of all these functions are the result of manifold interactions. The earth chakra (muladhara) is the most important chakra in hatha yoga. and pelvic diaphragm. over eating.
In illness where these flows are damned up or restricted. Because of inhibitory influences of unnatural belief systems. yet not widely recognized dynamic. In the healthy body/mind the energy at the water chakra should be constantly streaming here without fear of attracting sexual negative notice from others (or guilt). procreative. inhibited from flowing either below or above. tension. Here resides our connection with fluid flow. and other artificial and non-body positive external influences a conflict between natural and spontaneous creative/procreative expression becomes reinforced establishing a body/mind discordance. This is a motive force chakra where innate evolutionary energies are expressed and generative and regenerative energies are stored and expressed. conflict. violence. Women and men who have “sex appeal” often have vital first three chakras. intuitive and instinctual senses are diminished. change. stepped on. If the center is dead. and hence it “appears” to want to come “out” and be discharged (or there is fear and shame associated in its expression). social mores. while in cases of lack of metabolic process. instinct. dammed up/blocked. social crime. Since sex is a powerful issue in modern life. and war which is an energetic source of much mental disturbances. and spontaneity. will power. If the energy is blocked in both directions at the same time. alien religions. generative. creative inspiration. In most cases where there is a tendency toward paranoia and alienation accompanied by tightness in the pelvis and sacrum. imagination. If such occurs the therapist may try streaming the energy between the muladhara (pelvic . but what really is happening is that the energy is congested. the sea. guilt. self censure. shape shifting. but also in order to avoid sexual attention or condemnation many women and men turn off this center in order to avoid the attention of others often in fear or shame. many clients (those who are numbed out or constricted in the swadhistana area will be embarrassed to allow energy to flow here and will resist energetic streaming. When sexual disturbances exist many people mistakenly suggest that there is too much energy flowing in the chakra. This is a particularly common and strong. or ability to manage one’s own affairs the energy is blocked going upward (into the manipura chakra).33 When it is deficient in energy there is deficiency in the sexual. and physical dis-ease. abused. and creative urges. seminal and creative ideas. the energy is blocked going downward from the swadhistana. there almost always exists a deficiency where a one way blockage can create a distorted shunt manifesting in what may appear as an over stimulation.
In this sense the swadhistana chakra is the center of energetic well being. self empowerment. This area thus must be honored with sensitivity and gentleness while the therapist must be capable of thoroughly moving through any personal sexual feelings that may become stimulated. Likewise the interaction of the manipura (fire chakra) with the anahata (air chakra) is . metabolism. this time with the throat chakra (vishuddi). bladder. greed. If the linear pathway is blocked/congested (up or down) then excess fire or depleted dysfunction may similarly occur. and the like. the manipura chakra which is characterized by the fire element. and the like. and self confidence. Although this is the water chakra (usually white in color). Here in the manipura chakra the added fire. it being the place where the fuel is burned to drive the physical engines of the neuro-physiological organism. It is too often ignored because on a physical level it may represent our gastric fire or ability to digest food and hence is relegated to the gastrointestinal tract which is normally a subject (especially the lower end) that is considered “low” and distasteful. allergies.34 diaphragm floor) THROUGH the swadhistana to the manipura (at the lumbar region and above so that the energy does not get stuck in the sexual region. or brought to the manipura chakra above for further balance and catalyzation of flow . As a result our energy is often ignored and people suffer from lack of energy diseases. or energy required to cook the broth. lack of ability to digest new ideas. Once the client realizes that the energy can be energized but not locked into that area (obsessed) but made to flow through it without congestion then further cooperation in release of this area will be more easily accomplished. The Fire Chakra (Manipura Chakra) Here too manipura which is the integrative energy center of the body has a special primary resonance. prostate/ovaries. and lower back. The first three chakras concern the physical body the most and their interaction is closely related in many psychophysical processes. the kidneys and adrenals being higher up are usually associated with the next center. and/or bubble over into the air (heart) chakra (called the anahata chakra in Sanskrit). heat. concentration. Strongly associated with not only the gonads. costiveness. vitality. ability to get things done. muladhara. action (fire). heat the cauldron. personal physical strength. This is the center for individual strength. will power. sacrum. This liberated energy can be used for healing in the swadhistana. gastrointestinal illnesses. distill the elixir. This center resonates in a simple harmonic order with the pituitary (ajna chakra or third eye) just as the muladhara has a special resonance with the sahasrara.
formless. Rarely will distorted/diseased. The fire chakra (navel) is the energetic/regenerative dynamo. while on the other hand more fire allows the steam to rise and fill the heart chakra. the throat chakra (vishuddha) is the integrative cognitive communication center for the will and intellect (it integrates the head with the body in activity). and physical (furthermost removed from cognitive dominance). non-differentiated. energizing. and belief systems while the lower centers are more primitive. . The upper chakras relate more to the more subtle forces of emotions. mental states. unbegun. etc. while the crown chakra is the eternal spiritual center which partially lies outside of the body linking us with the ineffable. or ignore our feelings). This is pointed out to suggest the possibilities — to invite distinction. Organs can be felt by energetically feeling beneath the skin while they can be adjusted and vectored energetically without physical pressure. transcend. natural. The water chakra is the integrative creative. ancient yoga also offers the five koshas (sheaths) energetic model which consists of the interdependent dynamics between the most gross and coarse physical body (which is the manifestation of the others) called the annamaya kosha and four others. and support of the physical body— the root of beingness. or depleted dynamics can occur in any of the chakras (seemingly as independent manifestations. The heart center (anahata chakra) is the integrative emotional and feeling center (this society teaches us to overcome. The third eye (ajna chakra) is intuitive center of awareness and consciousness. and perhaps diagnosis and treatment. and timeless. Adhi and Vyadhi — The Five Kosha System Besides the chakra system of healing. purifying. vital. when you feel that calling. Corresponding compensations can occur in may system sympathetically and can be modulated simultaneously. The next body is the mental/emotional sheath called the manomaya kosha. balancing. drawing out. instinctual communication center. sensate. never-ending. psychology. congested. The second sheath which encloses the physical and permeates it the pranamaya (energy) sheath. unformed. There are many other body/mind chakra related harmonic resonances and dynamics that exist between the “standard” chakra designations as well as simple adjacent interactions. subtle differentiation. Briefly the root chakra is the physical center — fulcrum.35 also closely related as more air increases the fire and heat on one hand (as in various pranayamas such as ujjayi or bhastrika breathing. Don’t be afraid to continue to explore new techniques and specific details of sensing. All of these relationships must be experienced as an interdependent ecology — as a whole — while memorization will be counterproductive.
belief system. Once the memory and trauma that is . pain. In addition there exist two kinds of adhis. etc. This ancient five kosha system provides an effective relationship of workable pathways between body/mind. stasis. The good news is that we can directly work with the body and/or pranamaya kosha to effect healing in the manomaya kosha and vice versa work on the manomaya kosha to effect positive healing changes in the pranamaya and annamaya koshas. Therapy is aimed at removing the source of the disturbances. psycho-neurophysiological. dissipation. but rather only kinesthetically and energetically. the realm of unconditioned eternal spirit which knows no pain or limit. This is modulated through the intermediary of the pranamaya kosha (or energy body) causing disturbances in the prana. suffering. energetic. It is believed that a lasting cure is only possible when the causal disturbance is completely remedied. Thus when the adhis are destroyed the vyadhis are no longer generated or manifest. we can integrate asking questions of the client in regards to ascertaining any relationship between the physical area and any emotional feelings thus associated with it such as fear. Hence when using the principles of the five koshas in energy healing work. Here adhis are considered causal and primary which in turn cause physical ailments (vyadhi). and rechanneling and repatterning the energy flow. opening up these blocked pathways.36 The fourth sheath is the vijnanamaya kosha (the belief system or wisdom body) while the fifth sheath is the anandamaya kosha which is literally called the bliss body. One is ordinary or samaya (caused by the mind or emotions) and the other one is called. sara. anger. grief. mistrust. Often early childhood trauma. In either case.. or situations of dissociation due to over stimulation can not be accessed verbally.e. and death. emotional. abandonment. physical disease is caused by disturbances/corruption and/or obstruction of the nadis (psychic nerves) and energy patterns which have become disrupted. dis-ease. or in general our energetic relationship that we cling to as “s(S)elf” in relationship to “r(R)reality” i. Here adhis (mental/emotional disturbances in the manomaya kosha or astral sheath) cause corresponding disturbances at the physical level (annamaya kosha) called vyadhi. and belief system inter-relationships and of the processes of disease and of healing. through modalities which reach into the vijnanamaya and anandamaya koshas. inhibition. which is intrinsic to a more causal spiritual malaise that can be successfully treated only through processes that affect the life style. distorted. overwhelm. and patterned into corruptive patterns causing degeneration. self identification process.
and extend the physical allowing it to pulsate. to visualize a color. There are many ways of moving the energy. In chakra work for instance we can work above and below a hard. and so forth. and inwardly directed intelligent movements. relax. This way we purify. feet. to melt down the hard contractedness. Another practical way is simply to sense any stasis. or even a contrived theater stage for example if an injury/trauma is associated with unresolved issues with other people. tight. left and right. to remove irritation and overwhelm. to open up clogged areas and pathways. As such they are a source of wisdom and healing. It is often good to invite the client to participate in other ways with the process such as breathing golden or rainbow light into the area. or hot spot/area to move the energy through — placing hands above or below. but it is our own activated energy body and awareness which must be allowed to intelligently guide the healing process as it knows how to facilitate “flow” at a deeper nonverbal and trans conceptual depth far better than any preconceived set of techniques. to the left and right. in relationship to the acupuncture meridians and their unique access points . and energetically realign. spirit and nature. and integrate establishing synchronistic harmony between heaven and earth. stress. and to allow the energy to flow. . fear. in front and in back. cold. Both Practical and Spontaneous The methods are just possibilities. dammed up. contraction. obstructed. a past event. and in the fourth dimension/all directions bringing in energy from the Source to soften. to remove the energy dams. energize. Dialogue should be invited but not forced (unless you are very experienced and know where you are going). Another way as in Jin Shin Do we first sense the energy flows in the body and observe any distortions in the field. Our task also is to help the energy to move. to irrigate the inner rivers and channels. open up. pain. torsion. above and below. mind and body. tightening. lengthen. imbalances. and so forth in tissue group or organ and then to soften. move. voltages. connect. tilts. gold or blue.37 being contracted around) comes into conscious awareness through touch. Children constantly are in motion moving the energy intuitively all the time. etc. They move with their whole body directing subtle energy throughout their system (keeping pathways open) with their hands. blockage.There are many such possibilities that may be effective depending on the situation. front and back. hardness. stimulate or cool. both emotional and physical peace can be made accomplished. visualize a scent like an essential oil (that may be specially attuned energetically as a remediator of that particular disease process). confusion. the stasis and stagnation. activate. flow. tension.
impurity. It can be interpreted many ways. Some yogis take it to mean keeping the inside of the body clean (annamaya kosha) and healthy. Asteya. the nadis open (pranamaya kosha) and energy unobstructed.38 which connect their characteristic energetic relationship. Also through internal and external purity (saucha) both of the body. Another inner application of saucha is keeping the mental thoughts (manomaya kosha) free from kleshas. Saucha. visceral manipulation. psychic environment. harmony of the senses. Similarly this work can also be done on oneself as well as from the dream body or from a distance. one. cheerfulness. Purity (saucha) is one of the niyams. Here “more complex” is not necessarily better . Similarly some groups work more effectively as a team of two or more people on one client at a time. samskaras. while the body is affected by being less burdened. Here one is no longer attracted by corruptive influences because one has established (and is happily rooted within) an inner energetic freedom. However with polarity. and of removing the occlusions of consciousness. Integrity. and affliction to . With the establishing of balance in mind we chose two usually distant but “key” points — directing or sending energy to one (with the sending hand or finger(s)) to the distant point where the receiving or sensing hand or finger(s) is placed.pointedness. 40 and 41 saucha svanga-jugupsa parair asamsargah 41. and Huna we often work more with specific intention and intervention techniques often moved to simultaneously work on two chakras at once to effect balance and flow. attachments to toxins and corruptive forces disappear naturally. and thus be a source of taint. there is achieved balance. craniosacral. Jin Shin Do. Sometimes this is accompanied with actual physical pressure on the points (like in acupressure) and at other times it is merely energetic. and vrttis. and Santosha (Purification. sattvasuddhisaumanasyaikagryendriya-jayatma-darsana-yo gyatvani ca Through the practice of physical purity. pranic healing. open. and yogic vision. Yet another application of saucha may be applied to our belief systems whether or not they may be tainted. and light. and Pacification) Another similar body/mind approach to energetic healing can be gleaned from yoga’s life style guides of yams/niyams and in particular saucha (purity) and asteya (truthfulness and integrity). Patanjali said in Pada II. In Reiki all the major and minor chakras and organs (most of the body) are covered sequentially (usually from the head down) simply by placing our hands on the client and going to Infinite Source for intervention. Human touch itself (between two people) can have beneficial results in and by itself and there exist much scientific validation to confirm that.
thus creating more peacefulness (santosha) and being adjunctive to the allied processes of aparigraha. meditation. saucha. meditation is the best practice of saucha. diet with the overall integrity which is the yogic process. taking energy away from the “other” super-psychic activities or spiritual projects unless we were already very open in this direction and were not negatively affected by dietary choices. and eliminate food) is an energy drain and sedation of the kundalini. Here also is where the hatha yoga kriyas or sat karmas (external cleansing activities) can also help as well as reduce irritation. instinct. but the elimination and immune systems thus creating more available energy for the process of evolutionary circuitry and higher consciousness to unfold. In one sense poor food habits (and inability to digest. and stay in tune with the Source and Central Axis of Love (the axis mundi or tree at the center of life) which forms the core of the healing power — a state of being that we can intimately “know . assimilate. then communion with a boundless joy (sukha) manifests. not poisoning the body or burdening it with afflictions that it can not digest. or made discontinuous we naturally awake to apply a balancing and centering remedy . pratyhara. so work only when you are able to focus on. aparigraha. merge. assimilate. brahmacharya. and synchronicity. In this sense transformation and rebirth is an action of purification. well being. swadhyaya. Santosha becomes a new nonconflicting and non-stressed way of wellness and thriving which becomes natural and when it is disrupted. tapas. On a mental level. santosha. But since actions follow thought and consciousness (or lack thereof) it seems that the purification of consciousness is more causal to this process. and isvara pranidhana. The key however is the development of our innate wisdom. and isvara pranidhana disclosing the underlying all inclusive integrative wholistic principle. So on a physical level. pranayama. tapas. intent is causal. absent. asteya. This is where the rest of the yoga practice acts synergistically with diet — and in turn. or eliminate easily will unburden not only the digestive system.39 our consciousness (until purified). To sum up. or intuition to know which of the food options are best for our own unique constellation of body/mind at the moment achieving synergistic balance. As we study the yam/niyams we will see the mutually synergistic interrelationships between ahimsa. 42. concentration. in energy and chakra work. santosad anuttamah sukha-labhah By establishing a connection with the energetics of fulfillment while being at peace with one self in the present moment (santosha). satya. Yet another manifestation of saucha is in our motivations and actions.
tailbone. transference. chauvinism. all or healing allies. wherein nurture. sexism. and embodied life itself. cauda equina. stability. diversity. the activated muladhara chakra connects us actively with the forces of nature and creation. The muladhara/earth chakra (as above) from the lower sacrum. alienation. natural function. and catatonia. nationalism. Concisely speaking. safety. Here the healing energy comes from the infinite timeless Source as we act merely as a finely tuned earthly vehicle/channel (resonating between spirit and nature crown and root). and embodied life itself. The above are only some “possibilities” — what is needed is an open mind and heart and ALL the rest follows (flows) from that. It is the place of establishing wholistic contact with all of creation. uro-genital diaphragm. Addendum One: The Twelve Chakra Systems 1. estrangement. withdrawal. A disconnect or blockage at the muladhara chakra results in feelings of fear of wilderness. . It is the seat of the kundalini (our evolutionary dormant potential) located posterior and lateral to the swadisthana chakra. all of history. natural identity. creation. The swadisthana/water chakra (as above) from the anterior perineum. cynicism. The earth chakra governs the giving back the transmuted solids back to the earth. loss of self esteem (often disguised as a superiority complex or pride) racism (racial superiority complex). In the case of blockage at the muladhara. spontaneity. pubis effecting the organs of intercourse (vagina/ penis) as well as how well and freely we qualitatively communicate and 2. It also is the portal from which we are able to freely give to and receive from the earth (nature gives to us as nurture as we give to her) — governing our stance and relationship to nature. abandonment and fear. and in other cases extreme depression. a feeling if interconnectedness.40 and feel” increasingly not with the mind but in the heart of hearts (Hridyam) which is inside the deepest core of the sushumna nadi (don’t take my word on this last one but rather check it out by increasing your meditation practice). It is the most severely ignored and most singularly important chakra other than the crown. Any negative situation can be transformed through sufficient and sincere cultivation and generation of the bodhicitta — the sincere intention to liberate of all beings from suffering without exception. . and meaning in life such as in acts of insecurity. and groundedness exist. natural feelings. xenophobia. nihilism. religionisms. and general feelings of insecurity. posterior perineum etc. then all sorts of compensatory pathologies may result in an attempt to compensate for the loss sense of connectedness. the herbs.
stubbornness. Its location is anterior and medial to the muladhara chakra between the pubic bone and sacrum. pure. mental. The lower tan tien (Chinese name) located between the two anterior superior iliac spines (below the navel and above the pubis. Swadisthana governs the final process of giving back the transmuted water back to the water systems of earth and sky through the urethra. openness. When activated and integrated with the lower tan tien this chakra creates the necessary heat. openness. the stars. and perfect rubies. energy. 3. Here when activated the higher procreative/creative processes are activated (the generation of immortal fetus). Thus the activated tan tien is the result of the harmonization of the lower two chakras with the manipura chakra (see above). and friendliness is diminished. and other people). When this chakra is blocked. and emotional impurities. It is associated with the umbilical cord. plants. and power to fire necessary body/mind activities. digestive fire and metabolism. wonder. the inquiry. This governs the generational/procreative/co-creational functions either projecting them outward and downward through the lower two chakras or providing for the generation and self empowerment of the sacred fetus. nature spirits. It can be visualized as a city filled with shining jewels (manipura) such as the most radiant. The classical manipura (also called nabhi) chakra. and fluidity and the ability to actively engage the world and other people passionately. . the ability to adapt and create (respond creativity). self absorption. This heat (which is fueled by pure tapas) acts as a detoxifier of karmic. and torpidity in the body and mind and thus eliminates chronic burdens on the immune system. thus it is the energy generator of the organism. This involves the ovaries/prostate. flexibility in general. The fire chakra (described above) at the navel which is involved in assimilation of food and information as well as the energetic regulator of physical embodiment.41 inter-relate with the diverse forms of creation— all our relations. When it is not activated everyday life is far less vital and and rewarding. in natural flow. and diamonds. Concisely speaking the activation of the swadhistana chakra provides a sense of active participation in nature’s scheme. impurities. in creative engagement with others (such as animals. 4. nourishment. the small intestine. It serves to burn up toxins. natural curiosity. and urethral tubing. general inhibition and withdrawal are prevalent. bladder. emeralds. while rigidity.
swadhistana. 7. anger. grief. The pancreas. filtering. (See also the Institute of Heartmath Research Papers and Neurobiology and Yoga: From the gods of the Amygdala to the God of the Heart by Antonio T. 6. regulation. then disturbances of the heart or blocked energy there cause problems with the physical lungs or heart. One may say then that the vital intelligent brain of this chakra is dependent upon the harmonization of the muladhara. perhaps for good reason because such processes that occur here should never be separated from it. The activation of the anahata center allows us to connect to our feelings and thus assumes the courage to be open and vulnerable — the heat must be open and we can not be afraid to experience pain. This center is commonly portrayed as part and parcel of the manipura chakra. accessing this center allows us to access the very essence of the process of our sentience — thus it is the chakra of direct experience and beingness. or other negative emotions (kleshas) either self generated or coming from others when empowered. de Nicolas. digestion. as well as intellectual discernment. Modern science tells us that the heart center radiates stronger and more refined electromagnetic fields than the brain as well as producing a storehouse of neuro-endocrine substances. The thymus center located above the heart chakra and below the vishudda (throat chakra). When the heart feelings are denied or ignored. liver spleen. To think of these processes being governed lower than the navel center can often be more functional and healing as the intelligent center for these processes exist there. stomach chakra located just underneath the sternum which is involved in breaking down of physical food. it is the separation of our awareness (ignorance) from our feelings which is rampid producing most diseases of dissociation. The classical anahata or heart chakra (air). as well as the neuro-endocrine system are also involved. It is our feeling center — This is more than the culmination of the five senses as feeling. and manipura in the lower tan tien. but more so. kidneys. This is our natural self regulating protective system which in modern times can be very strained or even overwhelmed. Blockages here can adversely effect the heart and lungs (our circulatory system). the vagus nerve.42 5. . In this culture. Here the adrenals. When unhealthy this represents the taking in of too many manmade pollutants as well as the presence of fear and toxic thought.
The classic throat or vishudda chakra (ether or akasha) that regulates cognitive communication powered by the will and intellect wherein our abilities of willful interaction in the world are reflected. arms. back brain. 11. where we go at death. and amygdala. The Talu chakra behind the third eye governing the midbrain. and the like. and individual consciousness associated with the pituitary. where feeling and thought are harmonized — mind and body. just ordinary discursive thought. It is the chakra where head and heart are integrated. It is a key point in craniosacral therapy. If the throat chakra however is not dominated by cognitive function (the head) but is in balance with the heart and feelings. balance. the occiput. and the two anterior lobes of cerebral cortex. and hands are reflected here. 10.43 8. The back brain center at the upper part of the neck and throat including the jaw region. it is the deep brain center associated with the cerebellum and primitive brain. concentration. basal ganglion. hypo-thalamus. It is home to our emotional circuitry which governs wellness. The classical third eye (ajna chakra) governing awareness. This is located in the lower throat near the thyroid. One might say that its “center” is behind the occipital condyles. brain stem (medulla oblongata). atlas/atlas. When activated it is a large chakra described as the thousand petaled lotus and s such it is Brahma’s pillow. The classical sahasrara or crown chakra associated with our formless non-dual imperishable nature — pure spirit and consciousness — existing beyond physical embodiment so it is most closely associated with the energetic vortex above the brahmarandhra (hole of Brahma or the aperture at the top of the head) but which also encompasses the head (often “seen” or observed as an aura). pineal. It is associated with the great continuum. where we came from. 9. Self awareness is fogged over and gnosis is obscured. Any illness can arise when this area is not irrigated with prana or there exists dissociation from the cognitive functions of the frontal lobes and the more vital centers of the back brain. and ultimately where and who we are right now. When activated one is is self realized (delusion has fallen) but the connection to divine intelligence may or may not be won yet (depending on the connection being open or not at the sahasrara) 12. the shoulders. This is the top connection point between the autonomic and central nervous system that is involved with self regulation. This is where delusion is made or broken. . Problems in expression. When not activated there is no conscious insight. this then can lead toward manifestation of wholism through the expression of the divine creative urge when this chakra is activated. and harmony.
The Hridayam is the Heart of Hearts — the holographic center of the Universe — of all of creation. Similarly the “S” shaped seven cervical vertebrae can also be seen as an analogue of the spine while each vertebra space is given a corresponding sound and and element. As such each cervical vertebra it can be related to the seven chakra system. This is our true and authentic home. It can be likened to our network connection to the Main Central Computer — the web of all life and its core. but further such discussion may be counterproductive. but which must be discerned from that of the anahat chakra.. See this discussion at the Chakra Purification Meditation at Rainbowbody The above is by no means an exhaustive discussion of the chakra theories. It is that unified central place of eternal stillness from which the entire creation revolves and as such it is of course associated with the sushumna which allows access to the sahasrara. Briefly then. Om .44 The activation here depends on the opening of the brahmarandhra (the gate of Brahma) at the crown (bregma and lambda points). which is also often called the heart chakra. it is the Hridayam. It is the opening to Divine consciousness that is beyond the physical body.
your body is a living shrine—and a meditation practice called bhuta shuddhi is one of the best ways to render that shrine wholesome and pure. . is fruitful to those who combine asana. If you haven’t reached this level of yoga practice yet. The whole process of yoga is to unite the individual self with the universal Self. but he is unaware of this because he falsely identifies himself with the body. It is an ascent into the purity of that absolute perfection which is the . So why has Yoga + chosen to introduce bhuta shuddhi to its readers today? Because there are a large number of aspirants in the West who are studying yoga earnestly and seriously—they practice kumbhaka (breath retention). It’s also a prerequisite for seekers who hope to learn the more advanced practices of the yogic and tantric traditions. you’ll be motivated. and mantra meditation—and as a result. THE PRACTICE OF BHUTA SHUDDHI The Practice of Bhuta Shuddhi By Swami Rama According to ancient tantric texts such as the Rudra Yamala and the Bhuta Shuddhi Tantra. pranayama. and death. they are qualified to undertake this unique and highly secret practice. and infinite.” Swami Rama (1925–1996). subject to sorrow.45 PURIFY YOUR CHAKRAS. the mind. which is pure and free from all imperfections. reveals an inspiring beginner’s version of bhuta shuddhi in the pages that follow. makes him think he is imperfect and limited. the founder of Yoga+ and an adept who studied in the cave monasteries of the Himalayas before coming to the West. visualization. and mantra japa. and objects of the external world. Just reading this article will give you a glimpse into the depth and breadth of authentic yoga practice in a world where people equate “yoga” with “asana” and “tantra” with “sex.The Editors According to the teaching of yoga. they declare. This false identification. perfect. man’s nature is divine. The techniques of yoga are tools to enable man to cast off this ignorance and become aware of his own true self. in turn. Bhuta shuddhi. but fruitless for those who isolate those practices. The practice is so potent that the sages forbid students who are not familiar with the broad range of yoga practices from undertaking it. decay.
the pelvic center (svadhishthana). which are beyond the elements. as time passed. and for this reason they developed the techniques of asana and pranayama and used them in combination with the practice of meditation. and ether) and their corresponding chakras—the root chakra (muladhara). water. the heart center (anahata). If you trace these obstacles to their source. That is why to free yourself of the obstacles that prevent you from experiencing the joy of transformation you must purify both body and mind. It is the most ancient model for health and well-being.46 original state of man. sloth. air. and turning it inward toward the center of consciousness. Bhuta shuddhi involves visualization. making it one-pointed. it entails removing the enveloping impurities in both body and mind. the core sound of that chakra. they refined their knowledge and developed a technique that would purify the body. and mental and physical instability. The purpose of bhuta shuddhi is to purify the basic elements of the body (earth. Systematically focusing on the seven major chakras in this manner purifies the subtle realms of being with the fire of kundalini shakti. and the throat center (vishuddha)— as well as the two highest chakras: the realm of the mind (ajña) and the realm of pure consciousness (sahasrara). But the mind cannot be totally separated from the body— at least not at first. Without purification. You can see this when you look at the obstacles you face in daily life: sickness. Thus it is necessary to purify the mind to make it crystal clear. pranayama. The mantra used for the first five chakras is a seed (bija) mantra. the royal path. you will find that the toxins in your system and your disorganized thoughts and emotions are their breeding ground. In the scriptures this process is known as bhuta shuddhi (purification of the elements). it is not possible to control the mind and turn it inward to cultivate an awareness of who you really are. for as long as the mind is covered with impurities. Those who practice tantra yoga regard the body as a living shrine wherein Divinity . One influences the other—a sound mind can live only in a healthy body. the light of the true Self cannot shine through. procrastination. The ancient yogis knew that to control the mind they must first cleanse the body and strengthen the nervous system. They called this raja yoga. the navel center (manipura). fire. It is also an effective technique for those following the path of raja yoga. physical impurities lead to mental dullness. Bhuta shuddhi is one of the basic practices of tantra and kundalini yoga. and the repetition of a specific mantra while focusing on each of these seven major chakras in turn. and mind while awakening the dormant force of the soul. Then. breath. the kundalini shakti. Yoga is the process of removing thoughts from the mindfield. fear. lack of motivation.
it is important that you learn it systematically and practice it regularly and sincerely. and the thinking process is clarified. certain components of bhuta shuddhi—meditation on a particular chakra with mantra repetition. a harmonious balance is created between the auditory and the optic nerve centers in the brain. . These practitioners. for recollection depends greatly on the relationship between what is seen and what is heard. In other words. however. because it creates a smooth transition between the process of withdrawing the mind from the external world and turning it inward. and bhuta shuddhi is one of the preliminary methods for rendering the body pure and wholesome. but it is not mentioned in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. the scriptures also tell us that it is highly secret. In addition to helping you master pranayama. This practice is derived from the texts of tantra and kundalini yoga. and visualization. together with the combined force of intense visualization and breath retention. can use bhuta shuddhi to good effect after the breathing practice nadi shodhanam (channel purification) and before sitting for meditation. bhuta shuddhi prepares the aspirant for the awakening of the latent force of kundalini. What is more. The scriptures praise bhuta shuddhi so that students will be inspired to practice it. so those following the path of raja yoga may not be aware of it. hearing.47 dwells. I therefore advise anyone who practices bhuta shuddhi to do so under the guidance of a competent teacher who has mastered this technique and who has experienced the subtleties that are not described in either the scriptures or this article. for example—become the central focus of kundalini practice. the practice of bhuta shuddhi creates a perfect environment in which the brain centers that regulate vision and hearing are activated and linked with the processes of speaking and thinking. In the kundalini yoga system. it trains the mind to concentrate. And by combining visualization and the repetition of the seed mantras of the specific chakras. because this technique involves breath retention and requires coordination between thinking. But to make sure it is taught properly. Later. The power of memory is also improved. The Benefits Bhuta shuddhi introduces you to the deepest layers of your being. the energy released from the sacred sound of the seed mantras. help unblock the energy channels more effectively than many other yogic methods that are not so all-inclusive. However.
visualize the kundalini awakening and traveling upward until it reaches the svadhishthana chakra. Its body is as brilliant as a thousand flashes of lightning. “vam. encircled by a twelve-petaled lotus. The presiding force of this chakra is contained in the bija mantra of the space (or ether) element.” not less than sixteen times. visualize a red triangle pointing upward. There. the abode of the water element. the heart center. in the form of a flame.48 The Method There are many ways to do bhuta shuddhi. the abode of the earth element. one superimposed upon the other. This triangle is enclosed in a circle of ten petals. Next. Visualize a yellow square surrounded by four petals.” which you mentally repeat not less than sixteen times.” the bija (seed) mantra of the earth element. . Allow your mind to reach the central point in the region of the root lock. in which the individual consciousness has dissolved. Next. Now create a root lock by squeezing the anus muscles and pulling them upward. traveling upward until it reaches the vishuddha chakra. at the navel center. visualize two smoky-gray triangles. not less than sixteen times. The circle is surrounded by six petals. just above the root of the genitals. Then mentally repeat “lam. the abode of ether at the base of the throat.” not less than sixteen times. with your head. while focusing your mind on the kundalini shakti that resides at the muladhara. Here. and includes the best techniques for inner purification. “hum. While mentally repeating the sound “hum. In the center visualize jiva. “ram. “yam. There. In the center of this yellow square. The method I describe here is drawn from different schools of yoga and tantra. Mentally repeat the bija mantra of the fire element. visualize the kundalini shakti. which is the abode of air. visualize the kundalini in the form of a sleeping serpent. Now visualize the kundalini traveling upward toward the manipura chakra. While you maintain this image. Close your eyes and focus your attention at the muladhara chakra. visualize an ocean-blue circle with a white crescent moon in the center. the abode of fire. At this stage mentally repeat the bija mantra of the air element. Here. a sky-blue circle is surrounded by a sixteen-petaled lotus. Continue to move with the upward-traveling kundalini until you reach the anahata. the individual soul. mentally repeat the bija mantra of the water element. Sit in a comfortable meditation posture.” feel as though you are awakening the dormant kundalini shakti. and trunk in a straight line. neck.” not less than sixteen times. at the base of the spine.
the thousand-petaled crown center which is the abode of the primordial spiritual master—pure consciousness. Then close both nostrils and retain the breath. Then close the right nostril and slowly exhale through the left nostril. and shapes dissolve.” sixteen times. When you experience this center. Close both nostrils and retain the breath while repeating “ram” sixty-four times. forms.” Keeping your consciousness at the sahasrara chakra. This chakra consists of a yellow triangle surrounded by a circle. During exhalation. reach the sahasrara chakra. for this chakra is beyond the realm of mind and therefore beyond the realm of imagination. it consists of countless rays of white light. While retaining the breath. visualize the light as emanating from the heart region and exiting through the left nostril. retain your breath only to your comfortable capacity and disregard the ratios given here. drying up all the toxins and impurities in the body. sixteen times. The Second Cycle Close the left nostril and inhale through the right nostril while mentally repeating the bija mantra of the fire element. begin three cycles of pranayama. A bright white flame is enclosed in the triangle. The First Cycle Close the right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril while mentally repeating “yam. If you have not yet mastered breath retention but still want to do this practice. taking all impurities with it.” the bija mantra of air. These pranayama cycles require you to retain your breath after the inhalation—normally the breath is retained four times longer than the inhalation and twice as long as the exhalation. Mentally repeat the mantra “so hum. Outside the circle are two petals. This is the realm of mind. while closing the left nostril. repeat “yam” sixty-four times. the center between the eyebrows. However. During this second cycle visualize a bright. While holding the breath.49 Now visualize the upward-traveling kundalini shakti reaching the ajña chakra. During retention. imagine that your whole heart region is filled with the air element. . At this center all colors. visualize a smoky color in the left nostril. “ram. While inhaling during this cycle. imagine this light consuming the impurities dried up during the first cycle. Then. exhale slowly through the right nostril. repeating the mantra thirty-two times. it is most often visualized as a thousand-petaled lotus with a pinkish aura so that the mind can conceive of it. flame-like light in the right nostril during the inhalation.” Still moving upward with the kundalini shakti. repeating the mantra thirty-two times. Here repeat the mantra “hamsah.
Now. and at the same time such a student also attains freedom from fear of death. purified by the kundalini shakti. Such masters are rare.” the bija mantra of nectar (also the seed mantra of water). retain the breath and concentrate on the ajña chakra. and anxiety. as it travels downward. the kundalini shakti has swallowed all the elements. those elements and energies re-emerge. Generally this process takes place only in the imagination. insecurity. then the kundalini is actually awakened and bhuta shuddhi becomes a living experience. let your consciousness descend toward the lower chakras. The Realm Beyond The type of bhuta shuddhi practice just described comes from kundalini yoga. feeling the nectar showering from this chakra in the form of all the mantras you have employed (they carry the subtle power of the divine force). Remember. repeating the mantra thirty-two times. the space element is left at the throat. the fire returns to the navel center. water returns to the pelvic center. The mind is left at the ajña chakra. sixteen times. During retention. When the kundalini rises above the ajña chakra all thoughts vanish. but when a competent master bestows shaktipata (the direct transmission of spiritual energy). few students are prepared to receive such a high degree of initiation. Self-effort is the force that draws divine grace and moves the guru spirit to light the spark that may result in shaktipata. According to the scriptures. and the earth element returns to the base of the spine.+ . and issues associated with each of the chakras as it traveled upward. Finally. After completing the inhalation. attaining a direct experience of pure consciousness takes a long time. When you have finished these three cycles of pranayama. and filling your body. repeat the mantra “vam” sixty-four times. However. and the mind is left behind. Its purpose is to help you make a smooth transition from general yoga practices to more advanced disciplines. What remains is only the awareness of pure consciousness. energies. individual consciousness and the air element return to the heart. The student who receives shaktipata transcends all sense of solidity and weight as the kundalini rises above the muladhara center. it is better to practice bhuta shuddhi sincerely and to your fullest capacity than to wait passively for a realized master to bestow shaktipata. Then exhale through the right nostril.50 The Third Cycle Close the right nostril and inhale through the left while mentally repeating “vam. Shaktipata—the direct transmission from master to student—is the quickest and surest way. the kundalini shakti rests again at the muladhara chakra. and even if an aspirant finds one.
to strengthen your nervous system with the help of pranayama. the chakras.] Cautions and Precautions Bhuta shuddhi soothes the mind and awakens the heart. What’s a Chakra? Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel. This means it should be done carefully. our energy system. The functioning of the chakras reflects decisions we make concerning how we choose to respond to conditions in our life. function as pumps or valves. should consult a competent teacher before undertaking this practice. and the role of mantra in awakening the dormant force within will help you understand the dynamics of visualization and the deep meaning behind the repetition of specific seed mantras at the chakras. is composed. or energy centers. and philosophy in the cave monasteries of the Himalayas. bhastrika. and to train your mind with the help of japa in order to enjoy the bliss that springs from the center of consciousness. Aspirants who have not gained some experience with mantra meditation and who have not practiced pranayama find bhuta shuddhi too intense—by the time they have completed the practice. and it refers to each of the seven energy centers of which our consciousness. You also should have been meditating regularly for some time. a nervous disorder. high blood pressure. the breathing practices of nadi shodhanam. as well as those recovering from drug abuse. it leaves no room for sloth and inertia. the mind has turned inward and become so one-pointed that the nervous system is overwhelmed. But according to what I have observed. . People with heart disease.51 [Swami Rama studied meditation. or vortex. which is an important part of bhuta shuddhi. yoga. We open and close these valves when we decide what to think. tantra yoga. bhuta shuddhi is a joyful experience mixed with fear for those who have not prepared themselves. and through which perceptual filter we choose to experience the world around us. kapalabhati. or schizophrenia. If you want to practice bhuta shuddhi you should first have studied yoga philosophy and practiced the fundamental yoga postures and breathing techniques. regulating the flow of energy through our energy system. and agni sara will help prepare you for the advanced pranayama. and what to feel. These chakras. That is why the scriptures tell you to purify your heart. A basic knowledge of kundalini shakti. When this practice is finished the mind slips into meditation without effort. He came to the West in 1969 to build a bridge between modern science and ancient traditions. By the same token. Bhuta shuddhi is an advanced practice.
We believe that anything can be healed. the person creates a symptom on the physical level.” the person would describe it as keeping themselves from seeing something. according to whatever the person allows themselves to believe is possible. and in the parts of the physical body associated with that chakra. all of your possible states of awareness. The symptom served to communicate to the person through their body what they had been doing to themselves in their consciousness. Each of the seven chakras is associated with one of the seven endocrine glands. but not as dense as the physical body. the endocrine system and the nervous system. everything it is possible for you to experience. They are aspects of consciousness in the same way that the auras are aspects of consciousness. Understanding the chakras allows you to understand the relationship between your consciousness and your body. When you feel tension in your consciousness. Thus. each chakra can be associated with particular parts of the body and particular functions within the body controlled by that plexus or that endocrine gland associated with that chakra. We believe everything is possible. The symptom speaks a language that reflects the idea that we each create our reality. “I can’t walk. Thus.52 The chakras are not physical. all of your perceptions. The chakras are more dense than the auras. Where you feel the stress depends upon why you feel the stress. the chakras represent not only particular parts of your physical body. Each category can be associated with a particular chakra. They interact with the physical body through two major vehicles. It’s just a question of how to do it. and transmitted to the parts of the body controlled by that plexus. and to thus see your body as a map of . And so on. The tension in the chakra is detected by the nerves of the plexus associated with that chakra. When the tension continues over a period of time. getting the message communicated by the symptom. Thus. and it can be released. or to a particular level of intensity. All of your senses.” means the person has been keeping themselves from walking away from a situation in which they are unhappy. you feel it in the chakra associated with that part of your consciousness experiencing the stress. “I can’t see. and the metaphoric significance of the symptom becomes apparent when the symptom is described from that point of view. and also with a group of nerves called a plexus. rather than saying. can be divided into seven categories. but also particular parts of your consciousness. When the person changes something about their way of being. the symptom has no further reason for being.
This energy does not just live in your brain. we are then able to see the body as a map of the person’s consciousness. it fills your entire body. who you really are. we must first orient ourselves to the idea that the causes of symptoms are within. Why are some people affected and not others? Something different is happening in their consciousness. relating particular symptoms to particular stresses and particular ways of being. Everything Starts In Your Consciousness To understand this map. Through your consciousness. You decide what to think. We know that stress creates symptoms. and that it is the same part that has had habitual problems? Is that an “accident. “Which stress creates which symptoms?” When we are able to quantify this process. What else is there? Your Body Is The Mirror Of Your Life Everything begins with your consciousness.” or is there a pattern and an order to the way things happen in our bodies? You Are A Being of Energy Your consciousness. You decide what ideas to accept and which to reject. While it’s true that germs cause disease and accidents cause injuries. your experience of Being. you can communicate with every organ and every tissue. in the same way that Type “A” Behavior has been able to be associated with heart disease. you experience the stress as if in your physical body. The interesting question is. Your consciousness is connected to every cell in your body.” why is it that a very specific part of the body is affected. and you decide what to feel. Germs are everywhere. your experience of Being.53 your consciousness. Your consciousness is who you are. is energy. it is also true that this happens in accord with what is happening in the consciousness of the person involved. . and everything that happens in your body. It gives you a better understanding of yourself and those around you. begins with something happening in your consciousness. and a number of therapies are based on this communication with the organs which have been affected by some kind of symptom or disorder. Something different is happening in their consciousness When someone is injured in an “accident. When these decisions leave you with residual stress. We can call it “Life Energy” for now. Why do some patients in hospitals respond better to treatment than others? They have different attitudes. Everything that happens in your life.
creating a blockage in the energy field with a sufficient degree of intensity. A change of consciousness creates a change in the energy field. but rather the aura or energy field that is creating the physical body.” the person would have to say. The interesting thing about this is that the weakness shows up in the energy field before there is ever any evidence of it on the physical level. we can see that a change in your consciousness creates a change in the energy field that is being photographed. there will be a different pattern of energy shown on the Kirlian photograph.” If they cannot walk. they would have to say. When you take a Kirlian photograph of your hand. Thus. When the symptom is described from that point of view.” And so on. This energy field shown in the Kirlian photographs has been quantified.54 This energy which is your consciousness. The direction of manifestation is from the consciousness. can be measured through the process known as Kirlian photography. which reflects the idea that we each create our own reality. The symptom speaks a certain language. which we call the aura. Things do happen according to a pattern and order. “I have been keeping myself from seeing something. “I can’t see. the aura. 1. this creates a symptom on the physical level. we have an interesting direction of manifestation shown through what we have described. so that when there are “holes” in particular parts of the energy field. 2. we see that it is not the physical body creating the energy field. Consciousness—1—>Energy Field—2—>Physical Body > > When we look at things in this way. through the energy field. Thus. and which reflects your state of consciousness. the metaphoric significance of the symptom becomes clear. What we see as the physical body is the end result of a process that begins with the consciousness. these are said to correspond to particular weaknesses in specific parts of the physical body. We Each Create Our Reality When someone makes a decision that leaves them with stress. . A change in the energy field happens before a change in the physical body. it shows a certain pattern of energy. If you take a second photograph while imagining that you are sending love and energy to someone you know. Thus. “I have been keeping myself from walking away from something. We must understand that there are no accidents and no coincidences. instead of saying. to the physical body.
Either it feels good. From that moment.” If we make the decision we know is the right one for us. This inner guidance system functions through what we call our intuition. we are also able to release it with a decision. All the rest is just politics. It could have happened through falling from a ladder. and their right arm is affected. a connection to our Higher Self. or our instinct. something happens to create a symptom on the physical level. We are told to trust this inner voice. We create a symptom. As we move more and more in the direction that feels notgood. . or our Inner Being. we have received the message. and therefore change direction.” Something had to happen on the physical level to create the symptom. “I should have listened. If we created the symptom with a decision. we experience more and more emotions that feel not-good. If we change our way of being. That feels not-good. If we continue to move in the direction that feels not-good. We do to ourselves literally what we have been doing to ourselves figuratively.” That meant that we heard the inner voice. we feel better. the communication reaches the physical level. When we describe the symptom from that point of view. Then. and therefore from having what they want. and at some point we can say. we can imagine that someone makes a decision that it is not a good idea to express what they want. and the symptom speaks a language which reflects the idea that we each create our own reality. and the symptom has no further reason for being. The next level of communication is through the emotions. we could not have said.The Human Directional System 55 We can say that we have an inner guidance system. or it doesn’t. They feel more and more not-good as they keep themselves from expressing what they want and not having it. Otherwise. whenever there is something they want. they keep themselves from expressing it. or whatever name we choose to give this Higher Intelligence. the voice must get louder. The tension grows. or in an automobile accident. there is a release of tension. Eventually. As an hypothesis. We are told we should move with what feels good. When we don’t follow this inner voice we feel tension. we can understand the message. and do not do what doesn’t feel good to us. in order to give the person the message on the physical level about what they had been doing to themselves. and we know we are again on the right track. It is able to be released. or by “sleeping in a draft. “I should have listened to myself when I thought to move in the other direction. according to whatever we allow ourselves to believe is possible. or by pinching a nerve in the neck. It speaks a very simple language. We feel not-good.
they feel it in their heart. Chakra is a Sanskrit word. and in the parts of the physical body associated with that chakra. but not as dense as the physical body.56 The effect is that the person cannot move their arm. all of your perceptions. Where you feel the stress depends therefore on why you feel the stress. and since it is the right arm. and which use the language of the chakras. and it means “wheel. you feel it in the chakra associated with the part of your consciousness experiencing the stress. they are keeping themselves from reaching for or going for what they want. The chakras are not physical. When they begin to do something different in their consciousness.” or “vortex. their legs tremble and their bladder becomes weak. on the “will” side of the body. the chakras represent not only particular parts of your physical body. your experience of being. When someone is hurt in a relationship. They have been giving themselves reasons to not believe that they could have what they want. When there is tension in a particular part of your consciousness. can be divided into seven categories. When you feel tension in your consciousness. in the same way that a magnetic field can interpenetrate the physical body. but also particular parts of your consciousness. but they interact with the physical body through two major vehicles. each chakra can be associated with particular parts of the body and particular functions within the body controlled by that plexus or that endocrine gland associated with that chakra.” because that’s what it looks like when we look at it. Each chakra is like a solid ball of energy interpenetrating the physical body. all of your possible states of awareness. they notice that something different begins to happen with their arm. Thus. and also with a particular group of nerves called a plexus. Your consciousness. we can turn to some ancient Hindu traditions which have been studying consciousness for thousands of years. and each of these categories can be associated with a particular chakra. Chakras And The Map To understand the map of the consciousness that the body represents. the endocrine system and the nervous system. All of your senses. Thus. and the symptom is able to be released. They are aspects of consciousness in the same way that the auras are aspects of consciousness The chakras are more dense than the auras. Each of the seven chakras is associated with one of the seven endocrine glands. represents everything it is possible for you to experience. They are keeping themselves from reaching for something. When someone is nervous. and therefore .
air. Each of the chakras is energy vibrating at a certain frequency. the lightest on the top. and the left side is their yin side. Thus. For most people. the elements become more and more subtle. and which side it is on will depend upon whether the person is right-handed or left-handed at birth. their feeling or adaptive side. The heaviest element is on the bottom. the tension is detected by the nerves of the plexus associated with that chakra. When the person changes something about their way of being. their will side. The colors of the spectrum also represent a series of seven vibrations in a logical and orderly sequence. but for a left-handed person. in a logical and orderly sequence of seven vibrations. and communicated to the parts of the body controlled by that plexus. the symptom served to communicate to the person through their body what they had been doing to themselves in their consciousness. or their male leg. Again. their right leg can be described as their will leg. their left leg would be their male leg or will leg. or the will nostril. etc. feminine and masculine characteristics. Reading The Map When we are reading the body as a map of the consciousness within. the person creates a symptom on the physical level. their female side. however. Thus. for a right-handed person. their acting or active side. as do the notes of the musical scale.. we also need to look at ourselves as each a polarity of yin and yang. or reaches a particular degree of intensity. or the will eye. As we move up the scale. The person was feeling stress about something that was happening in their life at that time. It is a logical and orderly sequence. we can put the heaviest vibrations or the longest wavelength on the bottom . For people who were born left-handed. moving through the five physical elements of earth. We are going to examine the map of consciousness that the chakras provide. or the foundation of their will. in order to understand the language of the symptoms that are associated with each chakra. to the spiritual elements of inner sound and inner light. In order to complete this map. fire. their right side is their yang side. and they are then able to return to their natural state of balance and health. When the tension continues over a period of time. we can talk about the will arm. this polarity is reversed.57 in the chakra associated with that part of your consciousness. and ether. they are able to release the stress that had been creating the symptom. Thus. we work with the idea that the tensions in the body represent tensions in the person’s consciousness concerning what was happening in the person’s life at the time that the symptom developed. and so on. water.
they cut off their roots and experience symptoms of tensions at the level of the Root Chakra until they can again open to accept their mother’s love. we can see whether it is the male leg or the female leg. the mother provides the nourishment and the father provides the direction. the legs. and reflects something about the person’s association with the earth. or how they feel about being on the earth. it is experienced as insecurity or fear. or not feeling loved by their mother. The Root Chakra is associated with the parts of our consciousness concerned with security. When someone experiences a sense of separation from their mother. as can a particular musical note.58 and the lightest on the top. the nose. For most people. is associated with the Root Chakra. Each chakra is associated with an element. it makes certain decisions . or the aspects of trust in the foundations the emotional being. it is experienced as a threat to survival. in the child’s relationship with its mother. home. When there is tension in this chakra. related to what was happening in the person’s life at the time the symptom developed. the person is able to feel secure. The physical sense of smell. When this chakra is in its clear state. and therefore the organ of the sense of smell. Thus. or trust. be present in the here and now. Music played in a certain key vibrates a particular chakra. The Root Chakra is associated with the element of earth. The adrenal glands are also associated with this chakra. and job. This chakra is also associated with our relationship with our mother. this concerns the parts of their consciousness concerned with money. and we feel a particular way when we hear that music. and a particular color can be used to represent a chakra in its clear state. Our relationship with a certain color says something about our relationship with the part of our consciousness that the color represents. When there is more tension. and be grounded. tensions at the level of the Root Chakra. therefore. We can also see it as having something to do with trust in the will. Parts of the body controlled by the sacral plexus and this chakra include the skeleton system. If one leg is affected. which we call Mother Earth. Symptoms in these parts of the body represent. Symptoms at the level of the nose or affecting the sense of smell reflect tensions at the level of the Root Chakra. and the elimination system. survival. When a child comes into the world in the traditional family structure. and thus whether it has something to do with trust in a male or trust in a female. and we therefore know that the person is seeing the world through a perceptual filter of insecurity or fear.
and job. Those who are farsighted experience tension also at the level of the throat chakra. control. or freedom. home. the muscular system as a system.money. control. Parts of the body controlled by the lumbar plexus include the reproductive system and the abdomen. as is the element of water. this reflects their attitudes about the parts of their consciousness that this chakra represents. and the lumbar region of the back. and the face in general. The sense of taste is associated with this chakra. It is also involved with the person’s willingness to feel their emotions. or being on a boat). etc. The physical sense associated with this chakra is the sense of sight. Parts of the body associated with this chakra include the organs closest to the solar plexus . Tensions on the will side or the emotional side of this chakra indicate tensions in the person’s consciousness as conflicts between either the will or the emotions with what the person’s body is asking for. In its clear state. for example. the person is in touch with this communication. and what it finds pleasurable. or freedom. . When this chakra is in its clear state. Astigmatics see through the emotional perceptual filter of confusion. . and experience the world through a perceptual filter of fear or insecurity.being comfortable with who you are. and see the world through a perceptual filter of anger or guilt.stomach. about what the body wants or needs. When someone does not have a clear relationship with water (swimming. Anyone with impaired eyesight experiences tension at the level of their solar plexus chakra about the issues of power. The endocrine gland associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra is the pancreas. spleen.as well as the skin as a system. It also is related to what is happening in their consciousness about having children.59 about the way things are. gall bladder. The Root Chakra is associated with the color red. liver. and comfort with what is real for one’s self .the communication from the body to the person within it. The relationship with the mother thus becomes a model for the person’s relationship with everything that represents security . it represents ease of being. The Abdominal Chakra is associated with the parts of our consciousness concerned with food and sex . The second chakra is associated with the color orange. and listening to and responding appropriately to what the body wants and needs. The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the parts of our consciousness having to do with perceptions of power. This chakra is associated with the sense of taste. Nearsighted people also experience tensions at the level of the Root Chakra. and with appetite.
For example.). then it includes the aspect of relating we associate with the Heart Chakra. This chakra is associated with the element of air. a musician playing music. and the blood circulatory system as a system. Diabetes is associated with suppressed anger.” The throat chakra is associated with abundance. The Throat Chakra is associated with the parts of the consciousness concerned with expressing and receiving. but when the masseur seems to have a sense of what the person inside the body is experiencing. emphysema. Expression is related to receiving. as with AIDS. The element associated with this chakra is fire. and ye shall receive. for example The color associated with the Heart Chakra is emerald green.difficulty letting it in. siblings. in its aspect of relating to the person inside the body. The parts of the body associated with this chakra include the heart and lungs.partners. This chakra is also associated with the thymus gland. The color of the Solar Plexus Chakra is yellow. When this is affected. children. we say that their relationship with air reflects their relationship with love . using a form for expressing and bringing to the outside what was within. When someone experiences extreme sensitivity about being touched. The Heart Chakra is associated with the parts of the consciousness concerned with relationships and our perceptions of love. Expressing can be in the form of communicating what one wants and what one feels. etc.60 We can say that diabetics are keeping sweetness from themselves. The emotion is anger. “grace. or letting it out. “Ask. as an artist painting. tuberculosis. The physical sense associated with this chakra is the sense of touch. they feel threatened in their power to be who they are. a dancer dancing. When someone has difficulty with air. parents. we would ask what was happening at the level of the Heart Chakra. When someone gets too close with sweetness.” where it seems that what you want for you is . the person’s lifestyle separates them from someone they love. and an emotion comes up to create a safe distance again. with breathing (asthma. and the person’s relationship with the sun says something about their relationship with the parts of their consciousness associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra. and with the state of consciousness called. a massage given to someone with no sensitivity to what the person is feeling inside would be an example of the sensation we associate with the Abdominal Chakra. or it can be artistic expression. The relationships we speak of here are with those people closest to our heart . as. which controls the immune system.
The color associated with this chakra is Indigo. and one’s interaction with this other level of intelligence. This chakra is associated with the carotid plexus. The Brow Chakra is associated with the parts of the consciousness concerned with the spiritual view. Someone looking at the world through this chakra watches the manifestation of their goals. the color of lapis lazuli. Accepting what the abundant universe offers you requires a sense of unconditionally receiving. the two point to the same thing. and arms and hands. . and the nerves on each side of the face. the Being within. midnight blue. corresponding to what we find in deep space. Headaches in the temples or center of the forehead are associated with tensions at this level. and the Feeling Arm represents manifesting what makes you happy. also known as the Third Eye. shoulders. Some consider it a pathological condition.61 also what God wants for you. and flowing in a particular way where it seems that the Universe supports you in all that you do. is associated with extra sensory perception (ESP). This chakra is also associated with listening to one’s intuition. This level of consciousness is associated with what western traditions call the unconscious or subconscious. and the home of the Spirit. the set of all inner senses that correspond to the outer senses. and the thyroid gland. Parts of the body associated with this chakra include the throat. It is the first level of consciousness from which one perceives another level of intelligence functioning. We can watch our outer theater from an inner point of view. From this level we are aware of the motivations behind our actions. The sense of hearing is associated with this chakra. This chakra controls the entire endocrine system as a system. The Brow chakra. the sound that one hears in their ears that does not depend upon something in the physical world. the part of our consciousness that directs our actions and our life. which together comprise spirit-to-spirit communication. Sky Blue is the color associated with this chakra. The ether is the crossover between the physical and the spiritual dimensions. and the pituitary gland. The Will Arm represents manifesting what you want. The element associated with this chakra is a vibration known as the Inner Sound. the most subtle physical element. or the color of the night sky during a full moon. In some of the eastern traditions the ability to hear this is considered a necessary prerequisite to further spiritual growth. and the element of ether. Hopefully. and the process of growth.
the brain. and difficult to make contact with those outside the shell. The parts of the body controlled by this chakra are the pineal gland. The issues that are unresolved in a person’s life are. This becomes the model for our relationship with authority. When we see how the body carries out the messages and deepest wishes of the Being within the body. that would be reason enough to motivate the person to want to change something that doesn’t work for them. we see that it is also a matter of health. the color of amethyst. it is associated with our connection with our biological father.62 The Crown Chakra is associated with the parts of the consciousness concerned with unity or separation. . Being aware of these associations helps one to see the importance of resolving the tense issues in their life. At first. our consciousness can make our body well. The logical conclusion of this process is that anything can be healed. We see how everything begins in our consciousness and we are able to look around us at other aspects of our lives in the same way. If our consciousness is directing how we develop symptoms. If our consciousness can make our body ill. The person feels as if they are hiding from God. If it were only a question of doing what is necessary for the person to be happy. we see the degree to which we each create our reality. it can also direct how we release these same symptoms. and this becomes the model for our relationship with God. Using The Map When there is tension in a particular part of the body. not seeing what is true for them in the deepest part of their consciousness. and the effect on the consciousness is a sense of isolation and aloneness. The color associated with the Crown Chakra is Violet. This chakra is also associated with a sense of direction. In fact. When there is a sense of separation from our biological father. those words begin to take on a new meaning. this represents a tension in a particular part of the consciousness. hazardous to their health. in fact. Which Art in Heaven. the person closes this chakra. but here. about a particular part of the person’s life. or hiding from themselves. this chakra shows our connection with Our Father. we can realize that the process can go in more than one direction. When we see the correspondences between the consciousness and the body. the part we call the soul. being in a shell. and the entire nervous system as a system. and just as the Root Chakra showed our connection with Mother Earth.
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