First Energy Center

26 Jul

Life Lesson:  Wed the Material to the Spiritual

Why separate your spiritual life and your practical life?

Integral being, there is no such distinction.

-Lao Tzu

Location: base of the spinal column

Color:  white

Sanskrit Name:  Muladhara

Petals:  4

Positive Expression:  purity, hope, joy, self-discipline, integration, perfection, wholeness, nurturing

Unbalanced Expression:  discouragement, hopelessness, impurity, chaos

Parts Of Body:  adrenals

Musical Instrument:  drum, tabla

Gemstone:  diamond, pearl, zircon, quartz crystal

Spiritual Tradition:  Hinduism

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Through practicality, self-discipline and joy, we nurture life to wholeness!

Our ascent begins at the ground level–the level of the energy center know as the base-of-the-spine, or base, chakra.  It takes its name from its location at the base of the spine, but it is also the base (foundation) of our inner and outer development.  At the base chakra, we access the life-force that enlivens us both physically and spiritually.  This energy is the creative power of Spirit anchored in our physical bodies.

The base chakra represents the point where we connect with the physical world, with nature and with our environment.  Balancing the energies of this chakra is therefore fundamental to our practicality and effectiveness in the physical world.  When used in harmony, the pure and vibrant energies of the base chakra can endow us with hope, joy, self-discipline and wholeness.  Along with the soul chakra, the base also engenders the activity of procreation.

This energy center and its white light are associated with planning, striving for excellence and perfection, and externalizing inner patterns and divine geometry in outer form. The base chakra is also associated with the expression of purity, harmony, perfection, symmetry, order and integration in fields such as music, art, sculpture, architecture, technology and mathematics.

One of the reasons this first energy center is foundational is that its health and vitality affect all the other chakras.  How we use the energy that resides at the base chakra will determine whether the potential of our other chakras remains dormant or becomes fully awakened.

Some of us have a greater momentum of mastery in the base chakra then others, but at this level we are all called to learn certain lessons.  What are those lessons and initiations?  And how can we master the flow of energy through this center?

I Value The Material World And My Body As Chalices For Spirit

We cannot evolve spiritually without having a secure physical platform. The two go hand in hand.  Sometimes because of our religious upbringing we have the mistaken idea that Spirit is good and matter is bad, or spiritual things are good but the body is bad. In, reality, both the spiritual and the material, in their highest state, are meant to be a reflection of the divine.

Matter comes from the Latin work mater, meaning “mother.”  The physical world is the mother because matter is the womb or chalice into which spirit descends.  Matter is the instrument of Spirit.  It allows spirit to express itself.  Matter is like the flute and Spirit like the breath.  Without our flute–our physical instrument–Spirit cannot play its song through us.  And each of us contains a unique song waiting to be heard.

Another misconception we may have is that in order to be spiritual we need to escape from the world around us.  But real spirituality isn’t leaving the physical world behind; it’s imbuing the physical world with Spirit.  It’s part of the world, but not identifying so much with the material that we forget who we are (spiritual beings) and why  we are on earth (to express our spirituality in a practical way as we fulfill our unique reason for being and help others.)  In other words, being grounded and practical is part and parcel of spirituality.

At the level of the base chakra, we learn to relate to the world in the most meaningful way possible.  The initiation at this level asks us to tenderly care for those we are responsible for and not to neglect our duties to others because we are “pursuing spirituality.”

In fact, our spirituality demands that we enter the physical arena.  It demands that we integrate the spiritual and the material.  Ramana Maharshi, one of the great spiritual teachers of modern India, once chided a student who wanted to give up his job and family to serve God.  he said, “Renunciation doesn’t mean giving away your money or abandoning your home..No: a true enunciate actually merges in the world and expands his love to embrace the whole world.”

At energetic levels, the reason it’s important to pay attention to the physical is that the condition of our body determines in part how much energy we are able to hold onto.  God, won’t let a 240-volt flash of light pour through you if the chalice of your body is only able to receive 120-volt charge of light.  Our care for the physical includes not only our body but our physical base.  Our home and our work environment are extensions and expressions of our soul–the crucibles in which we forge our life’s work.  No matter how little money we have, we can be mindful of the importance of beauty in our homes.  The more uplifted we are by our environment, the more creative and fulfilled we will be.

I Strive To Be Non-attached To My Belongings

Most of the lessons associated with our seven energy centers have to do with balance.  While we value the material world as a way to concretely express our spirituality, over-attachment to the physical can tempt us into materialism.  The challenge can be subtler than we realize.  Even the poorest person can become a materialist if he is overly concerned about his possessions (or lack of them) and resents those who have more than he does.  Lao Tzu taught, “To know when you have enough is to be rich.” and that “enough” is different for each of us.

The twentieth-century Indian spiritual leader Sri Aurobindo saw money as a resource that should be used to reconnect us with our Divine Source.  He taught that it is not necessary to completely renounce all money, just as it is unhealthy to be attached to it.  “All wealth belongs to the Divine and those who hold it are trustees, not the possessors,” he said.  “it is with them today; tomorrow it may be elsewhere…In your personal use of money, look on all you have or get or bring as the (Divine) Mother…Always consider that it is her possession and not your own that you are handling…Do not look up to men because of their riches or allow yourself to be impressed by the show, the power, or the influence.

I Look Beyond Outer Appearances To The Inner Essence

As we master the energies of the base chakra, we move from attachment to the outer form to an appreciation of the inner essence.  Another name for attachment to the outer is idolatry.  Idolatry is placing one’s trust in the vessel that houses the Spirit instead of placing one’s trust in the spiritual flame that abides in the vessel.  When we meet someone, do we take a reading based on what they look like and what they are wearing–or do we take a moment to tune into the inner qualities they are expressing.

Idolatry and its sidekicks–over-dependence and co-dependence–are especially challenging in relationships.  In a healthy relationship, each partner can stand on a firm foundation of his own.  It has to be that way so the partners can take turns bolstering each other.  If one of them hasn’t developed his own strong roots, the relationship isn’t really a partnership..

Kahlil Gibran eloquently captured this truth when he wrote of marriage: “Let there be spaces in your togetherness…Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music…Stand together yet not too near together: for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

I Honor The Sacred In Nature And Apply Its Lessons To My Life

Another way we enhance our connection with Spirit at the level of the base chakra is to strengthen our connection with Mother Nature.  Our Native American brethren have much to teach us in this regard.  Chief Luther Standing Bear said the Native Americans sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of being close to “a mothering power.” He said, “The old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life-giving forces,” because he is “able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly.”

Working with the earth, with plants and with animals increases our sensitivity to life.  We learn to tune into what that plant needs in order to flourish.  Does it have enough sunlight and the right amount of water?  Does its soil have the proper nutrients?  We can apply the same sensitivity to the way we care for others.  People also need care and attention.  They too need optimum conditions in order to flourish.  How beautiful is everything God makes!

I Honor, Respect, And Nurture The Feminine In Myself  And Others

The energy of the base chakra is also referred to as the “Mother light.”  In a spiritually symbolic sense, the physical universe, which associated with the base chakra, represents the feminine (or Mother) principle of God. The spiritual universe represents the masculine (or Father) principle. As the inner traditions of the world’s religions show us, there is another side of the divine: the feminine side, or God as Mother.  This side nurtures, teaches and supports.  She is sacred energy that comforts and heals. The base chakra corresponds to this feminine aspect of life.  The personifications of the feminine are not , at their core, goddesses to be worshiped.  They are embodiments of the feminine attributes of God who teach us by example how we can realize our feminine potential.  We all have a feminine side. When we maintain a vital and balanced flow of energy through the base chakra, we are able to express the caring qualities of the divine feminine.  We too become sensitive to the needs of others.

divine mother

I Conserve My Energy

Those who conserve the energy they receive from their Source are the most creative, joyous and effective people in all fields of endeavor–because they are overflowing with that spiritual energy and they want to share it with others.  What does it mean to conserve energy?  Everyday we receive from our Source an allotment of spiritual energy.  This is the energy that empowers us to think, feel, speak and act.  We all have free will to decide what to do with that energy.  We can–through loving deeds and our spiritual practices–raise that sacred fire to endow all our interactions with that vitality of spirit.

On the other hand, we can dissipate that energy in any one of our chakras through a number of unbalanced activities that don’t add value to our spiritual path.  These could include anything from outbursts of anger to excessive chattering, egoism, criticism, gossip, resentment, non-forgiveness, perverted or excessive sexual activity, jealousy, obsession with material objects, feeling sorry for ourselves, revolving the past, constantly worrying about the future, and so on.

The bottom line is this:  We waste God’s precious energy by diverting it into activities that are not helping us grow spiritually–activities that tie up our energy rather than letting it flow.  The best measuring rod is to ask yourself:   Is what I’m about to do helping me realize more of my spiritual nature?  Is it helping me integrate my spirituality into everyday life?  Is it allowing me to help others in a meaningful way?

When we conserve the energy (the Kundalini) that resides at the base-of-the-spine, it naturally rises to nourish our other centers, activating new levels of spiritual awareness within us.

If you do not care about your vitality and waste it arbitrarily,

that is like putting water into a leaking cup.

-Ancestor Lu

A word of caution about working with the base chakra.  As we work with each of life lessons of the base chakra and use our energy wisely, the energy of our base chakra will naturally rise.  As it does, we will not necessarily fell it in a physical sense because it is taking place at inner levels in our being.  There are several techniques that claim to accelerate the raising of the Kundalini.  However, unless the base chakra is first balanced and cleared these practices can be dangerous.  For as energy rises, it can activate the negatives that we are carrying around with us.  For this reason, I have found it is best to meditate on the upper chakras, from the heart to the crown.  When we intensify the light of our upper chakras they become magnets of light that naturally and safely draw up the energy from the base chakra.

An effective way to purify and accelerate all of our chakras is to access the high-frequency spiritual energy known as the violet flame through prayer and meditation.

Mantra for the Resurrection of the Inner Light

As you say the following affirmation, see and feel the light within you as a mother-of-pearl softness bathing your body in a gentle, suffusing glow.  See the light surround every cell and atom of your body, becoming whiter, and whiter.  As the cells and atoms accelerate they begin to spin–releasing the white light to clear and energize your body, mind and emotions.  As you recite this affirmation, stand with your arms raised over your head.  Imagine that you are directing the energy that is rising up the network of your chakras back to God.

I AM the resurrection and the life of every

cell and atom of my being now made manifest.

Your Seven Energy Centers by Elizabeth Clare Prophet.

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