Integrating Body, Mind and Spirit

22 Jul

The human body is only

vitality, energy, and spirit…

If you want to learn the great Way,

you must value the three treasures.

-Lu Yen

Vitality.  Everybody wants it, but in today’s complex and stressful world few of us know how to capture it–and keep it.  That’s because real vitality is more than a matter of good sleep, vitamins and pumping iron.  Real vitality is physical, emotional and spiritual.  Vitality comes from understanding your most important natural resource–energy.  It comes from knowing how to tap into your energy source.  How to clear the blocks to making that connection.  How to master the flow of energy so you can express your full potential.

The ancient wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions has much to teach us about the science of vitalizing body, mind and soul.  Again and again these traditions talk about seven levels of being and seven centers for the the exchange of energy from the spiritual world to our world.

The seven heavens of Judaism, the seven tiers of Kabbalah’s Tree of Life, Christianity’s seven sacraments and the seven chakras of Hinduism and Buddhism–they are all ways of describing how we can tap into higher levels of spiritual awareness to accelerate the flow of energy from Spirit to matter, from heaven to earth, from within to without. We will start with the ancient Eastern science of the body’s seven energy centers, or chakras.  The network of chakras forms a road map that can help you explore your physical, emotional and spiritual worlds.  For there is much more to you–and to your vitality–than meets the eye.

The colors of the chakras given represent how these vibrant vortices of light would appear at spiritual levels if they were working at peak performance.  It is import when meditating on the chakras to concentrate on the pure, original color pattern.

chakra strip

Our energy centers operate at subtle levels, invisible to the physical eye.  Yet they affect every aspect of our life, including our vitality, our creativity and our well-being.  In simple terms, you can think of the energy centers as receiving- and sending-stations for the energy that flows to you, through you and our from you moment by moment.  Each center is like a step-down transformer that translates this powerful energy from Spirit to a different level of our being, nourishing body, mind and soul. Each one has a unique part to play in the process of daily living and spiritual growth.

The seven major energy centers are situated at the etheric levels of our being along the spinal column at the base of the spine, midway between the base and the navel, at the navel, the heart, the throat, the brow, and the top of the head. We all have experienced energy flowing through our seven chakras, whether we have realized it or not.

chakra  man

The energy of the base-of-the-spine chakra enables us to connect with the earth and nature and to stay grounded and practical as we master the day-to-day, physical level of existence.  Along with the seat-of-the-soul chakra, it governs our sexuality.  Through the seat-of-the-soul chakra, we also receive our gut reactions and hunches and we liberate our soul to fulfill her life plan.  Through the solar-plexus chakra, our center of peace, we express and master our emotions and desires.

Our heart center inspires us with compassion and generosity to be love in action. Through the throat center, we have access to the tremendous power of will and the spoken word to create personal and world change.  Our third-eye center enables us to focus, see a situation clearly and tap into the highest truth.  And through the crown chakra, we engage our intellect, receive those sudden flashes of illumination and experience enlightenment.

The chakras are points of contacts with dimensions of our being beyond the physical, and yet they mesh with the physical.  They are coordinates, so to speak, of Spirit right within our own bodies.  The idea that the spiritual world is mirrored in the material world and in our own physical body is an ancient one. “As is the atom, so is the universe,” say the Upanishads.  “Within the pulp of a millet seed an entire universe can be found…the pupil of the eye, an endless heaven,” writes Sufi poet Mahmud Shabestari. And the famous Hermetic axiom states, “As is the great, so is the small; as it is above, so it is below.”  In other words, the pattern of Spirit is indelibly imprinted within the very fabric of our being.

The world’s sages and healers tell us that as a result of our inner resonance with the divine, the power to heal ultimately comes from within ourselves.   Twentieth-century seer and healer Edgar Cayce, for instance, taught that all healing comes from attuning each atom of the body, each reflex of the brain forces, to the awareness of the divine” that lies within each atom and cell of the body.  He also said that true healing can only take place once there is an awakening of the spiritual self.

Our body’s seven energy centers are the gateways to that spiritual self.  When we understand how these centers work, we can work with them to bring our body, mind and emotions back into balance with our true nature.

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Elizabeth Clare Prophet

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