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The Planes of Existence and Kundalini
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5 In order for each of us to experience the love, wisdom and compassion we have within us, we must come to terms with the states of mind we experience that may not fit into easily understandable or pleasant categories. Toward this end, it may be helpful to consider that each of us has within us many levels of consciousness or planes of existence. We may experience these levels or planes, as shifting moods or shifting levels of clarity, and even as shifting ethics, that appear and disappear in waves and splashes throughout the course of a day, a decade, and, very often, a lifetime. Due to this fleeting sense of self-orientation, human nature often appears to be purposely contrary and even hypocritical - and yet these are harsh terms of judgment upon the disjointed portions of the separated being. When the various states of mind are able to become more aware and accepting of one another, the being has an opportunity to become "together", self-empowered and consistent in thought, action and purpose. An understanding of the planes of existence can help us to become less fractured and more compassionate towards ourselves and others. Ancient Eastern theory (both Hindu and Buddhist) views the mind as an ever shifting experience of our most sacred as well as our most animalistic tendencies. These tendencies move throughout the body, and even beyond the physical body, radiating out into an energy field referred to as the aura. The functions of the various planes of existence are recorded and transmitted throughout the entire nervous system as well as the brain. In Western psychology, we tend to view the brain as the physical location of the mind. From the Eastern view, the mind is a map of consciousness that spans the entire physical being and beyond. Vedic philosophy asserts that there are seven main regions, or centers of energy located along the spine. Each of these regions represents qualities of spiritual energy transformed into the physical existence of a body. In the very center of each region is a spinning energy vortex, referred to in Sanskrit as a chakra, which means wheel. Each chakra, or vortex, gives rise to a realm of experience which may be referred to as a region or plane of existence. The image of a wheel is furthered by the description of fine energy strands streaming from the center of each chakra giving them a wheel-like appearance. These fine energy strands are called nadis, and there are said to be 72, 000 of them throughout the body. The vortices along with the nadis can both give and receive energy. When a person is in a radiant state of being, the energy is literally radiating from the vortices. When a person is feeling withdrawn, the energies are withdrawing and sucking inward. In many religions, saints and great spiritual beings are depicted as having an almost visible energy radiating all around them, either in the form of a halo or as an aura radiating around the entire body. When the energy is expressing outward, the person is in a state of giving. When the energy is drawing inward, the person is in the mode of taking energy. If you have ever felt inexplicably drained
is the emotional center and is the seat of compassion.. Although yoga texts occasionally disagree on a few of the assigned colors. as well as an associated color. including the seven along the spine. and several below the spine. she wants to discuss the taxes. Also. The element is fire. The lowest vortex is located at the base of the spine and is the seat of courage. The second vortex. sound.. Each of the vortices has beneficial qualities of giving as well as neurotic qualities of taking. . the seat of benevolence.. the information is otherwise consistent. Relationships often suffer difficulty because it is rare to find two people primarily situated in the same vortex location at the same time. Tantra of The Great Liberation: "The universe consists of a Mahabrahmanda.. In yoga practice. The higher regions lead toward heavenly energies while the lowest lead toward extreme ignorance and misery. A man may lust for a woman from his second vortex. Sir John Woodruff.The macrocosm has its. is the mental center. This area arises from the realm (element) of the etheric. worrying about how to afford baby food for the month ahead. and of numerous . These are examples of the everyday combinations of the often conflicting desires and realities of the chakras or vortices. is the intuitive or psychic center and is located in the forehead between the eyebrows.macrocosms evolved from it. located in the pelvic region is the seat of selfless love. located in the solar plexus. For example.. The color radiating from this center has been described by some texts as golden and by other texts as orange. with lesser aspects of our focus in other vortices.after being with someone. there are several regions above the head. The seventh vortex is located at the top of the head. it is possible to give from one vortex while taking from another. The element is air. The total number of chakras. while at the same time drawing energy from his own or her own mental vortex. The color of this region is yellow. Each of the vortices has a distinct function and a distinct feeling. When he is feeling tender and expressive. or college payments in the years to come. The fourth vortex located at the heart is the seat of merciful love and radiates the color of forest green. The color for this area is indigo. he wants to go jogging. the highest. and its color is described as white and also as red. and is the conduit and residence of spiritual energy governing the being throughout life and death.vertebral column extending from top to bottom. The color associated with this center is lavender as well as various shades of purple. or grand Cosmos. The third vortex. a parent may have a loving interaction with a baby. and its color is light blue. When she wants to discuss her feelings. this area is referred to as the third eye due to its fabled power of insight and vision. describes the cosmos of the chakras in his book. The meru of the human body is the spinal column and 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 . a well known authority on both Kundalini and Tantra. giving energy from his or her emotional vortex.. The next region. There are fourteen regions descending from Satyaloka. the sixth vortex. The next region. is fourteen. it may be because they were unconsciously draining your energy field with their own distress. and element. These are the seven upper and the seven lower nether worlds. the fifth vortex. 5 We tend to experience ourselves as primarily in one vortex at a time. In addition. and the element is earth. This arises from the element of water. (the pelvic region) and yet experience aversion for her from his mental or emotional region.
" These chakras are not only individual levels of reality but are also the stations on the path of transformation. the soul is ready to receive and make use of its own spiritual resources. purifying the diet. who resides in the spiritual center at the crown of the head. The energy that begins this search is a courageous form of spiritual consciousness referred to. which remains asleep in the ordinary person. joy. He or she is no longer at odds with the universe and has become a vessel of inspiration and benefit to others. and even genius. Kundalini can be awakened through physical movement such as yoga. a living master from the Himalayas. in search of ultimate union with her spiritual male counterpart.. and often electrifying. one by one. intensely blissful life. It is a healing. They are the nadis of the Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga manuals. and the being becomes suffused with a sense of purpose and ecstasy never before experienced.. also called shakti. creativity. the Kundalini experience become more consistent and manageable. The mind cannot become one-pointed and concentrated and meditation cannot be successfully 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 . over and over.refers to the transformed rapturous consciousness created by the flow of the bioenergy drawn from the nerves feeding the reproductive system and spread all over the human frame. When toxic thoughts and feelings arise try to observe them and allow their effects without repressing the experience or unduly falling into exaggeration. as the toxic energies are cleared from the nadis. One day the energies can feel blissful and the next day.within it are the chakras. At this point. the spiritual energy will awaken and move upward through the chakras until it reaches its station in the crown of the head. when the attention is directed inward. Gradually. in which the worlds are said to dwell. describes the purpose of kundalini practice in his book Path of Fire and Light 45 "The ultimate success of all yoga practices rests upon the awakening of kundalini. It is helpful to remember that you are in a dual process of re-energizing and purging. prayer. throughout the process of self discovery. Swami Rama. Once adequate preparation has occurred. The spiritual energy of the seeker arises from the lowest stations at the base of the spine to the highest. it is said that the energy becomes blissful and joyful. Also. The kundalini can rise through several chakras and then fall back down again." The initial experience of awakening the kundalini is an inconsistent one. it may be helpful to be aware that the movement of kundalini will not be simply linear at first. female energy. The aspirant earnestly seeks to awaken kundalini. The distinguishing feature between this bioenergy and that normally feeding the brain is that the former appears like a glowing radiance in the head. and through cleansing the vortices of the congested energy of negativity and taking. replacing these with the expressive energy of positivity and giving. Kundalini is described by modern day practitioner Gopi Krishna in his book The Awakening of Kundalini : "The bliss of Ananda. in Sanskrit as kundalini. before you begin to get a sense of how to guide and sustain your own experience. spread around the body and. you may experience deep sadness or anger. spreading far and wide to reveal a throbbing world of lustrous. selfless service. From here. It is said that the aspirant at this point has access to unbounded energy.
through the study and practice of kundalini." 5 In exploring the concepts of the vortices. Awakening kundalini is a highly systematic method of attaining self realization.) chakras. As long as kundalini remains asleep. no longer segmented by the idea of the body as a beast of burden merely supporting the functions of the brain.practiced until the aspirant awakens kundalini. and enjoy more fully the totality and purpose of our existence. (or if you prefer. give more of this energy.. . in which intense practice over a long period of time in necessary. we may be able to generate more positive energy throughout our being. Through comprehending the many states of mind and spirit within each of us. we can come to generate more compassion and patience with one another. body and spirit. we can come to understand some of the vast array of potentialities of the mind. We can begin to experience our thoughts and feelings in a whole body way. planes of existence and kundalini. 10 15 . Ultimately. take less.. the individual remains primitive and true knowledge does not arise.
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