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Chakra Healing – Names of God

21 Feb

 

From Kabbalah: Key to Your Inner Power, by Elizabeth Clare Prophet:

Our chakras are intended to be sending-and-receiving stations, clear channels for broadcasting God’s light to the world.

However, from this and previous lifetimes, we have varying degrees of karmic clutter that has calcified around our chakras. When our chakras are clogged, the light of Ein Sof* we invoke in our prayers will become tainted. As the light passes through us, it then takes on our negatives.

Therefore, for chakra healing, we clear our chakras using the violet flame so there will a pure flow of Ein Sof’s energy through the sefirot to our physical and spiritual bodies.

The chief mystical text of Kabbalah, the Zohar, says that Malkhut is “the way to that great and powerful tree…. “If one does not enter through this gate, one cannot gain entry to the worlds,” the worlds of the sefirot.  As we climb the Tree of Life—from the bottom to the top—we begin with Malkhut, the Mother.

*In the tradition of Kabbalah, Ein Sof is the name of God, as the unmanifest and unknowable.

Chakra Healing Visualizations

(c) www.TSL.org - Original art since 1958. Crown Chakra Ascended Masters I now visualize my crown chakra, thousand-petaled, a brilliant yellow fire, sending the energy of Keter and the light of God’s wisdom, enlightenment and illumined action to dispel all darkness.
(c) www.TSL.org - Original art since 1958.  Elizabeth Clare Prophet  Ascended Masters I now visualize my third-eye chakra, ninety-six-petaled, an intense emerald green, sending the energy of Hokhmah and Binah and the light of God’s vision and truth for healing.
(c) www.TSL.org - Original art since 1958. I now visualize my throat chakra, sixteen-petaled, an electric sapphire blue, sending the energy of Hesed and Gevurah and the light of God’s will to all nations and peoples.
(cO www.TSL.org The Summit Lighthouse I now visualize my heart chakra, twelve-petaled, a vibrant rose pink, sending the energy of Tiferet and the light of God’s love to all sentient life.
(c) www.TSL.org The Summit Lighthouse I now visualize my solar-plexus chakra, ten-petaled, purple and gold with ruby flecks, sending the energy of Netzah and Hod and the light of God’s peace and brotherhood to harmonize all life.
(c) www.TSL.org The Summit Lighthouse I now visualize my seat-of-the-soul chakra, six-petaled, violet-purple-pink, sending the energy of Yesod and God’s violet flame for freedom, forgiveness, justice and world transmutation.
(c) www.TSL.org The Summit Lighthouse I now visualize my base-of-the-spine chakra, four-petaled, pure white, sending the energy of Malkhut/Shekhinah and God’s light for the sealing of the sacred fire of the Divine Mother in the soul and base chakra of every child of light..

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Chakras and the Eightfold Path of Gautama Buddha

27 Jan

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Elizabeth Clare Prophet discusses The Middle Way in her book The Path to Attainment, Volume 9 of the Climb the Highest Mountain series.

I would say that in the East we have a tendency toward greater self-mortification and in the West we have a tendency toward greater self-indulgence. We do need the Middle Way.

Gautama taught that this Middle Way leads to six conditions of consciousness. They are insight, wisdom, calmness, higher knowledge, enlightenment and nirvana.

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The Four Noble Truths

Gautama proceeded to teach his disciples the Four Noble Truths: First, that life is dukkha, “suffering.” Second, that the cause of this suffering is tanha, “desire” or “craving.” Third, that suffering will cease when the craving that causes it is forsaken and overcome.

This state of liberation through the cessation of suffering leads to nirvana, which means literally extinction or blowing out—the blowing-out of the not self. The Fourth Noble Truth is that the way to this liberation is through living the Noble Eightfold Path, or the Middle Way.

The Eightfold Path

The first step on the Eightfold Path is to have right understanding, or right views. The second is right aspiration, right thought, or right resolve. Third is right speech. Fourth is right action, or right conduct. Fifth is right livelihood. Sixth is right effort. Seventh is right mindfulness, and eighth is right concentration, or right absorption.

These eight points of self-mastery are the endowment of your Holy Christ Self. Know this Holy Christ Self as your Real Self, and know your Real Self as possessing all of these attributes. Know that your Real Self has developed them to the full level of Christ-mastery and adeptship and is waiting for you to receive them.

As you put on these attributes in daily striving and attentiveness to the precepts of the Law, you are putting on the robes of righteousness of your True Self. You are putting on your deathless solar body, which Jesus referred to as the wedding garment. You weave this wedding garment by the practice of these eight right attitudes.

Eight Points of the Law

These eight points of the Law fulfill the seven rays of the seven chakras and the eighth ray and chakra, which is the secret chamber of the heart.

1 – Right Understanding

Heart Chakra wallet cardThe first is right understanding, right viewpoint, right perspective—being centered neither to the left nor the right in relative thinking but being centered in God. This is a quality that is developed through the heart chakra and the third ray, whose color is pink and may intensify to a deep rose. The heart chakra has twelve petals.

We remember the prayer of Solomon: “Give me, O Lord, an understanding heart.” Right understanding, or right views, is described as knowledge of the Four Noble Truths; having views free from superstition or delusion; having penetrating insight into reality, or emptiness. Gautama said to his disciples: “What, now, Brothers, is Right Understanding?

“When … the disciple understands Evil and understands the Root of Evil; when he understands Good and understands the Root of Good; this is Right Understanding.

“What now … is Evil? Killing … is evil. Stealing is evil. Unlawful sexual intercourse is evil. Lying is evil. Slandering is evil. Using harsh language is evil. Vain talk is evil. Covetousness is evil. Cruelty is evil. Wrong views are evil.

“And what, Brothers, is the root of Evil? Greed is the root of Evil; Anger is the root of Evil; Delusion is the root of Evil.

“And what, Brothers, is the root of Good? Freedom from Greed … freedom from Anger … freedom from Delusion is the root of Good.”

When we think about the conditions of consciousness of greed and anger, we can objectively see them and determine whether they are in us or not.

But when it comes to delusion, we are self-deluded by our own desires, by our own pride and ego.

We are so much a part of the ego and its pride and its desires that we do not know we are in a state of delusion until increment by increment we catch a higher insight and we observe ourselves mounting an inner spiral staircase, if you will, to a point of enlightenment that, if we are observant, we recognize we did not have yesterday. And if we are wise, we will write down the experience and the insight and anchor into it and take another step.

Freedom from self-delusion is a great necessity on the Path. We need to pursue it with all intensity in our prayer and our thought and our daily consideration of the steps we take and what we do.

2 – Right Aspiration

Solar Plexus Chakra wallet cardThe second step of the Eightfold Path is right aspiration, right thought, or right resolve. This point corresponds to the six-petaled seat-of-the-soul chakra, which is the abiding place of the soul. This is the chakra of the seventh ray, the violet ray, which has many shades, from violet-pink to purple.

This is a right attitude that must be had by the soul if the soul is to return to the Christ Self and to the I AM Presence. 

The soul’s aspiration must be centered in Godin having right thought, right contemplation upon the law of God and the right resolve to accomplish her mission in life.

This resolution is the use of desire constructively—setting one’s desire, setting one’s sail and moving in that direction consistently, day after day after day.

3 – Right Speech

Throat Chakra wallet cardThe third step of the Eightfold Path is right speech, which relates to the throat chakra. The action of right speech is therefore the right qualification of this ray of power, which is the first ray, the ray of the will of God. The throat chakra has sixteen petals; its color is blue.

With right speech we therefore affirm right desire.

Right speech includes abstaining from lying, slandering, harsh or abusive language, vain talk or idle chatter. Right speech is speech that is kindly, open and truthful.

Gautama said to his disciples,

“What, Brothers, is Right Speech? A man, Brothers, has overcome lying and he abstains from telling falsehood. He speaks the truth, he is devoted to the truth, he adheres to the truth, he is worthy of confidence, is not a deceiver of men…. Thus he brings together those that are at variance; establishes those that are united;… he delights in concord; it is concord that he spreads by his words.

“He has given up harsh language…. He speaks words that are free from rudeness, soothing to the ear, loving, going to the heart, courteous, rejoicing many, elevating many.

“He has overcome vain talk…. He speaks at the right time, speaks in accordance with facts, speaks to the point. He speaks about the Dharma [the law and the teaching] and the Discipline of the Order; his speech is of real value and agrees with its object.

“He bears in mind the injunction which says: ‘In meeting one another, Brothers, there are two things that ought to be adhered to: either conversation about the Truth or holy silence.’

“This, Brothers, is Right Speech.”

4 – Right Action

base of the spine chakraThe fourth step is right action, or right conduct. This is the base-of-the-spine chakra. It is the white ray; the chakra has four petals.  The base-of-the-spine chakra is a physical chakra.

Action and right conduct are the physical outpicturing of all that we contain in our heart, in our mind, in our soul, in our desires, in our being.

It is the energy by which life is sustained and life is continued.

5 – Right Livelihood

Seat of the Soul Chakra wallet cardThe fifth step is right livelihood, and it pertains to the solar-plexus chakra, which has ten petals. It is the sixth ray of purple and gold, the ray of service and ministration.

Right livelihood is living honorably by a profession that does not harm any living thing and not choosing an occupation that is not conducive to spiritual progress. It is what we do in life, how we give of ourselves to one another, to society, to our nations.

Right livelihood must be based on right desire, and the solar plexus is the chakra of desire. Wrong desire breeds wrong livelihood.

6 – Right Effort

Third Eye Chakra wallet card Right effort, the sixth step, is established as right focus through the third-eye chakra, which has ninety-six petals. It is the fifth ray, the emerald ray.

By the All-Seeing Eye of God we focus. And as we focus on what our effort will be each day, the direction of our serving and our striving, we must have purity of desire in the inner eye. We must not lust after another, be jealous of another, want what someone else has.

Right effort is based upon a direct relationship with God. Right effort entails right exertion in self-training and self-control. Right effort is following what are called the “four right efforts.”

We must make an effort to “end existing evil.” We must make an effort to “prevent new evil.”

We must make an effort to “cause new virtue.” We must make an effort to “increase existing virtue.”

7 – Right Mindfulness

Crown Chakra wallet cardThe seventh step is right mindfulness. It is the attribute of the thousand-petaled lotus of the crown chakra. This is the second-ray chakra, and its color is yellow.

Right mindfulness is always moving to establish oneself in the Mind of God that was in Christ Jesus that was in Gautama Buddha and all those who have attained that oneness.

It is having an active, watchful mind, an alert mind that tends to details and masters them. Right mindfulness is the captain of one’s ship. The crown must be opened, because when one has illumination and then full enlightenment, one can direct the courses of all of the seven rays.

8 – Right Concentration

secret chamber of the heartThe eighth step is right concentration, or right absorption. This relates to the secret chamber of the heart, an antechamber of the heart chakra. This eight-petaled chakra is the place of the threefold flame.

The secret chamber of the heart is the place where you meet the Master, the Guru, the Lord Buddha.

Right concentration is upon God and upon the Highest Self and upon the point of Light. It is earnest contemplation on the deep mysteries of Life.

It is mental tranquility and the absence of distraction. Right absorption is the absorption of the mind and of the soul in God and in the Teacher. Without right concentration and absorption, we do not attain the full bonding of our souls to the Christ.

In Buddhist teachings, this eighth step involves meditation and proper breathing, as well as the techniques of Hinduism’s raja yoga (known as “the royal road to reintegration”).

It is a means of finding integration in all of the chakras and in the I AM Presence through direct personal experience of God within by the science of the spoken Word.

Paths of East and West

The teaching on the Eightfold Path is commonly ascribed to Gautama Buddha. In truth, it is the teaching of all of the Gurus who preceded him in the lineage of Sanat Kumara and all who followed him.

It is also the teaching of Jesus Christ. Each one of these steps we can also find in Christian teaching.

The paths that have been evolved in East and West are for the selfsame purpose of placing the hand of the soul in the hand of the Christ Self.

For only thus can the Way be illumined by right knowledge, right aspiration, right speech, right behavior, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right absorption.


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Maha Chohan – Great Lord

15 Jan

MAha Chohan

Representative of the Holy Spirit

The Maha Chohan is the representative of the Holy Spirit. The one who holds this office in hierarchy represents the Holy Spirit of the Father-Mother God, of Alpha and Omega, to the evolutions of this planet and to the elemental kingdom. The retreat of the Maha Chohan, the Temple of Comfort, is located on the etheric plane with a focus in the physical at the island of Sri Lanka, where the flame of the Holy Spirit and the flame of Comfort are anchored. His twin flame is Pallas Athena, Goddess of Truth.

Maha Chohan means “Great Lord,” and the Maha Chohan is the Great Lord of the seven chohans, the director of the seven chohans of the rays. Among the qualifications for this office in hierarchy is the attainment of adeptship on each of the seven rays, which merge into the pure white light of the Holy Spirit. With the seven chohans, he initiates our souls in preparation to receive the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit, spoken of in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

The Maha Chohan and the Flame of the Holy Spirit

Initiation: The chakras and the All Power in Heaven and in Earth Gifts of the Holy Spirit: The Nine Gifts Multiplied by Free Will and the Threefold Flame Retreat: Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Vibration: White, Pink, Rose, Ruby, White-Fire Core of All Rays Music: The radiation of the Maha Chohan is drawn through the musical composition Homing, by Arthur Salmon. Gemstone: Diamond, Yellow Diamond, Topaz, Ruby, Rose Quartz, Pink Beryl, Pearl Quality: Comfort Enlightenment. Breath of Life Day: Liberator of the Sacred Fire of the Seven Rays/All Days

Awaken the Light Within and Change Yourself and Your World

The Maha Chohan will minister to you at every crossroad in life, if you will but pause for a moment when making decisions, think of the Holy Spirit and simply say the mantra, “Come, Holy Spirit, enlighten me.”

~Teachings of the Ascended Masters~

 

The Science of the Spoken Word: Rhythm, Tone, Speed, Visualization, Songs and Mantras

27 Nov

Throat Chakra

The Science of the Spoken Word predominantly uses the throat chakra.  This chakra is one of the focal points of the emotional body. Its counterpoint is the solar plexus. Through the Science of the Spoken Word, students learn to master the water element, energy in motion, by releasing a steady, controlled stream of energy for specific creative purposes.

Control comes in a number of ways:

Rhythm

The bodies of decrees are usually written like poems, with a particular inner meter or rhythm that varies per decree. Decreers closely follow this rhythm, which becomes an ascended master imprint in the stream of energy released via the throat chakra.

Tone and Speed

Decrees may be given like spoken prayers, i.e. with emphasis on each word. This is usually how they are learned by the beginner, and how a decree is started in a decree session. At this initial level, heart contact is made and the image evoked by the decree is tuned into.

From this spoken stage, the decree begins to speed up as more repetitions are given. Soon, the decree begins to sound like a chant. As the speed increases, the tone tends to climb up the musical scale. At top speed, words are hardly discernible, but the rhythmic pulse is clearly overlaid over the chant. Sometimes, delicate overtones are heard. When decreers closely follow the decree leaders, a well-given decree becomes a thing of remarkable beauty.

Visualization

Though primarily working through the emotional body (throat chakra) and the heart chakra (pouring out of devotion to the masters in decrees), decrees are not complete without visualization. Decrees have built-in images that are intended to keep the student’s concentration focused on the task at hand. For instance, in the Michael decree above, the key images are a sword of blue flame, a blue banner, blue lightning, legions of blue-ray angels, and a blue armor.

Songs

Within the tool kit of the Science of the Spoken Word, songs represent the devotional aspect. Songs open the way for deep soul connections with the ascended hosts and with one’s higher self. They nurture the development of the heart.

Songs in The Summit Lighthouse range from gentle and meditative to strong, powerful and motivational. They make use of the music and rhythms from east and west.

Mantras

Like songs, mantras represent the devotional aspect of the Science of the Spoken Word.  Mrs. Prophet explained:

So when we sing these mantras, we’re not just singing songs; they are the means of giving devotion to God.
What I would like to point out is that the teaching of Hinduism is that the mantra is God and God is the mantra. When you recite a mantra you are putting sound into cups of light that are words. And these words, when you understand them and receive them, establish the vibration of God in your temple. This body is either a hollowed-out cage in which you are a prisoner or it is that great temple of light that you sweep clean, that you dedicate to God, where God may enter daily.[1]

[1] Elizabeth Clare Prophet, “How You Can Contact God,” October 4, 1992.

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Fourth Energy Center

3 Aug

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Location:  center of chest

Color:  pink, rose

Sanskrit Name:  Anahata (“unbeaten” or “unbroken”)

Petals:  12

Positive Expression:  love, compassion, beauty, selflessness, sensitivity, appreciation, comfort, creativity, charity, generosity

Unbalanced Expression:  hatred, dislike, selfishness, self-pity, human sympathy, negligence

Part of Body:  heart, thymus, circulatory system

Musical Instrument:  harp

Gemstone:  ruby, diamond, garnet, rose quartz, pink beryl

Spiritual Tradition:  Christianity

The heart fires of loving-kindness and charity

impel us to wise and compassionate action

Life Lesson:  Become Love In Action

The important thing is not to think much

but to love much, and so do that which best stirs you to love

-Teresa of Avila

The heart center is the most important energy center in the body.  It is the hub of life, physically and spiritually.  Just as oxygenated blood from our lungs is pumped by the heart to the rest of the body, so the energy we receive from God passes through our heart chakra before it moves on to nourish the other chakras and systems of our body.  As energy passes through your heart chakra, it takes on its imprint–the unique vibration and quality of your heart.  “As (a man) thinketh in his heart, so he is,” says Proverbs.  If the motive of our heart is pure and we are intent upon giving love, kindness and compassion to others, then the energy flowing through our heart chakra will go forth to bless and energize.

If, on the other hand, the energy that emits from our heart chakra is impure–it is tainted with selfishness, hatred or dislike–all of our chakras can suffer.  That’s why it’s so important to begin our meditations and spiritual practices by clearing and balancing the heart.  A lot of people today talk about centering in the heart, speaking from the heart, acting from the heart.  But there are some misconceptions about what that looks like.

My strength is as the strength

of ten because my heart is pure.

-Galahad in “Sir Galahad”

Real love is not sentimental or passive.  It is strong and it is soft.  And, as the mystics tell us, it is eminently practical.  The Sufi poet Rumi, for instance, wrote, “Someone asks, How does love have hands and feet?  Love is the sprouting bed for hands and feet!”  Mother Teresa would have agreed with this whole-heartedly, for out of her love was born an all-consuming service to others.  Love, for her, was an essential part of the drama of everyday life.  “We do no great things,” she explained.  “We do only small things with great love.”

I CULTIVATE COMPASSION

What is true compassion?  In order to answer that question, we have to make a distinction between compassion and sympathy.  We tend to use those words interchangeably, but in order to understand the subtleties involved in developing the heart chakra, it helps to make this distinction:  Compassion comes from the level of our Higher Self and gives to another what he or she really needs in that moment.  Sympathy comes from the level of the lower self and stands in the way of what the soul really needs.

Sympathy allows us to feel sorry for ourselves, to indulge our weaknesses, to slide into a “woe is me” slump.  Sympathy validates that sense of victimization rather than helping us see our challenges as opportunities.  In the aura, sympathy shows up as a syrupy dripping of energy from the heart and as spirals of energy moving downward, which eventually drag down the emotions and soul awareness as well.

Compassion, on the other hand, dips into the pure fires of the heart to uplift others so they can realize their full potential.  Compassion supports the process of soul refinement.  Compassion doesn’t leave someone who is hurting where it finds him.

I LOOK AT CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES AS OPPORTUNITIES TO KEEP MY HEART OPEN

There are two universal truths that we sometimes forget.

     Number one:  Not everyone thinks, feels and acts like we do.

     Number two:  It’s okay that everyone doesn’t think, feel and act like we do.

We don’t have to be on a crusade to change anyone.  One of the most important things we can teach children at an early age is to enjoy people’s differences.   Give people room to be who they are.  We are going to meet all kinds of people in the world who may not fit our mold.  But more often than not, they have something to teach us.   No matter who comes your way, try to keep your heart open and uncover what God wants you to learn from them, because there are no mistakes.  Life brings us into contact with the people and situations we need.

I follow the religion of Love:  Whatever way love’s

camel takes.  That is my religion, my faith.

-Ibn Arabi

God arranges things so we can learn about anger, irritability, patience and compassion.  When we have an instant dislike for someone, we’ve probably bumped into our karma.  And the faster we face that karma and resolve it with love, the faster we’re going to be liberated from it.  Whisper a prayer to God to help you stay openhearted and to show exactly what you are supposed to learn from the situation.  Call to your Higher Self and to the Higher Self of the other person to direct your relationship.  Then simply be kind and let the rest unfold.

I ACKNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATED THE SPIRITUAL BEAUTY IN MYSELF AND OTHERS

Many of us weren’t brought up learning how to coach.  Our role models were managers, not mentors.  It’s part of our collective challenge in this new millennium, in this age of Aquarius, to nourish and express our caring feminine side–the side of ourselves that has to do with building relationships, coaching, team work.  A good starting point is to simply go out of the way to appreciate others.  Everyday, go up to someone and thank her for her contributions–whether it’s good work she did or just the fact that she is so cheerful and sunny.  The more we reinforce the positive in others, the more likely they are to repeat that positive behavior.  And the more  we reinforce their negatives, the more likely they are to believe that that is all they are capable of and therefore repeat that same behavior.  In addition, the more we learn to love and appreciate ourselves, the more love we will magnetize into our world.

The spiritual activity of our heart has definite effects on our health and vitality.  Researchers at the Institute of HeartMath, for instance, have shown that emotions like anger and frustration put a strain on the heart and other organs.  Emotions like love, compassion and appreciation have the opposite effect:  they create harmony in the body that leads to enhanced immunity and improved hormonal balance.

Only from the Heart

can you reach the sky.

-Rumi

I SET HEALTHY BOUNDARIES

Just as one of the initiation of the heart is to keep it open, another is to draw healthy boundaries.  Yes, you are allowed to say no!  If we cannot set limits when necessary, it is actually unhealthy–not only for us but for others.  When you say yes to everything, you know how easy it is to become overextended and exhausted, irritable and uncreative.   If we don’t take enough time or space to recharge and nurture ourselves, we are that much less effective in fulfilling our mission.  To truly help others, we need to pay attention to ourselves first.  Setting healthy boundaries also means that we can stand up for our principles in the face of peer pressure or societal pressure.  It means we can say no to those things that will no propel us toward our ultimate goals in life.

There does come a time when we have to draw the line for the protection of our own energy and chakras.  When people are angry, we do have the option of explaining to them softly, but firmly that we will be happy to talk with them later, when they are feeling better, but we will have to conclude the conversation if they continue to talk in this manner.  We can’t always change someone else, but we can take responsibility to guard our own energy by drawing healthy boundaries.

I RECOGNIZE THE POWER OF SOFTNESS

Both Eastern and Western adepts tell us that the greatest power in the universe is softness.  Lao Tzu used the analogy of water:  “There is nothing softer and weaker than water and yet there is nothing better for attacking hard and strong things…The weak overcome the strong  and the soft overcomes the hard…The softest, most pliable things in the world run roughshod over the firmest thing in the world.”When water is running through your fingers it doesn’t feel “strong” and yet water can wear down rock and find pathways in, through and around gigantic obstacles.  The power of softness can do the same.

Softness is a receptive mode where unnatural, forceful human action and reaction give way to the natural movement of the heart.  Softness is nurturing, giving attitude that does not take offense.  Softness is the opposite of brittleness, rigidity or resistance.  Brittle things can break, but softness is flexible and can bend.  As a wise commentator once said, “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.  That’s the whole principal behind the martial arts, such as T’ai Chi Ch’uan.  They are based on cultivating inner energies and developing softness that will triumph over the use of external, muscular force.  The body appears to be soft and gentle externally but has a great concentration of internal power.

Through the heart,

all mankind are one.

-Djwal Kul

The Heart Affirmation

Experiences in this life and past lives can create a burden on the heart.  Sometimes these experiences cause us to close our heart.  We become guarded because we have been hurt and we don’t want to be hurt again.  Sometimes our heart is burdened because we have been selfish or angry or hard-hearted.  When we use the energy of the heart in unloving ways, that energy remains with us as part of our consciousness until we transmute it by love.  The following heart affirmation has helped many people attune with their loving heart.  It creates a spiritual climate around the heart that helps us become more open, more sensitive and more compassionate to ourselves and to the plight of so many who need our love and prayers.  This affirmation invokes the alchemy of the violet flame to clear the painful records of past experiences.  It helps clear our subconscious, which accepts the wrong judgement of peers or authority figures who have put us down or intimidated us.  The violet flame can resolve these patterns of consciousness and free us to be our real self.  As you recite the heart affirmation, visualize the violet flame within your heart chakra as pulsating violet light that softens and warms your heart.  See it melt away layers and layers of encrustation around the heart.  As the violet flame saturates your heart chakra, feel it transforming anger into compassion, bitterness into sweetness, anxiety into peace.  See the twelve petals of your heart center unfold as your heart radiates its native energy of divine love.

Heart

Violet fire, thou love divine,

Blaze within this heart of mine!

Thou art mercy forever true,

Keep me always in tune with you (3x)

Meditation On The Light Of The Heart

The more we focus on the heart and the qualities of heart in our life and in our spiritual practices, the more powerful and sensitive our heart will become.  The beautiful prayer ” I AM the Light of the Heart by Saint Germain celebrates the divine spark within our heats and can help us become more heart-centered.

  As you recite “I AM the Light of the Heart,” visualize radiant light descending from God into your heart chakra, where it will be released according to the words of your prayer.  Then focus your attention on your heart chakra, in the center of your chest.  Sometimes it’s easier to focus your attention if you place the thumb and first two fingers of your hand in the center of your chest. Now picture the brilliance of the sun at noonday and transfer that picture to the center of your chest.  Se thousands of sunbeams going forth from your your heart to penetrate and dissolve any darkness despair or depression within yourself, within loved one and then within the people of the world.  Project your love (which is really God’s love) out into the world.  See that love going forth as intense fiery-pink laser beams that break down all barriers to the success of your relationships, your family, your spiritual growth, your career, your neighborhood and your nation.

I AM the Light of the Heart

I AM the light of the heart

Shinning in the darkness of being

And changing all into the golden

treasury of the mind of Christ.

I AM projecting my love

Out into the world

To erase all errors

And to break down all barriers.

I AM the power of infinite love,

Amplifying itself

Until it is victorious,

World without end!

Your Seven Energy Centers by Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Third Energy Center

31 Jul

LOCATION:  at the navel

COLOR:  purple and gold with ruby flecks

SANSKRIT NAME:  Manipura (“city of jewels” or “filled with jewels”)

PETALS;  10

POSITIVE EXPRESSION:  peace, brotherhood, selfless service, right desire, balance, harmlessness

UNBALANCED EXPRESSION:  anger, agitation, fanaticism, aggression, egoism, overindulgence, fear, anxiety, passivity

PART OF THE BODY:  digestive system, liver, pancreas

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT: organ

GEMSTONE:  topaz, alexandrite, diamond with pearl

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By mastering emotion and desire, we cultivate

inner peace, brotherhood and selfless service

Life Lesson:  Walk the Middle Way of Balance

The impulse “I want” and the impulse “I’ll have”–lose them!

That is where most people get stuck

–The Sutta-Nipata

The next step in our voyage of self-discovery is to rise from the seat-of-the-soul chakra to the level of the solar-plexus.  Here the soul learns to cultivate inner peace and brotherhood.  She does this by mastering her emotions and desires while dealing with the tests and trials of her karma.  The solar-plexus , from which this chakra takes its name, is the large network of nerves located behind the stomach.  Most of us have felt butterflies in our belly or a wallop of energy from someone who was upset with us, as if we were being punched in the stomach.  We were processing those emotions through the energy center at the solar-plexus.

Feeling like anger, agitation or fear as well as spiritual feelings of peace or devotion are filtered through this center.  Our solar-plexus and throat centers are closely linked, for we often express our feelings through our speech.  So powerful are our emotions that the solar-plexus chakra can multiply–for blessings or bane—what is taking place through our other chakras.

I Engage The Power Of My Emotions As An Instrument Of Peace

When Jesus said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water,” he was talking about those who would become instruments of peace as they mastered the powerful currents flowing through the solar-plexus chakra.

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Mastering the emotions does not mean that we have no emotion.  Emotion (e-motion) is simply energy in motion.  We can use our energy in motion to reflect and amplify the feelings of our soul or we can use it to subject the soul. We can use our energy in motion to emanate peace or to amplify agitation–to inspire or to provoke.

By staying calm when everything around us is in chaos, by tapping into the powerful reservoir of peace than can be garnered in the solar-plexus, we can summon a tremendous sea of energy to stabilize a situation, whether it is in our home or in a crowd.

The hero is the man

who is immovably centered

–Ralph Waldo Emerson

The test of the emotions comes in big and little ways, tempting us to indulge the emotions or lose control of them.  God wants us to master our lessons in energy flow, and he needs to make sure we’ve got it right.  For God will not give us more energy than we can hold in the chalice of our chakras and put to good use.  Why do we want a reserve of energy?  So that when the necessity arises we can send out to others, through our chakra and our aura, the healing light of joy, freedom, peace, love, power, vision and wisdom.

So when you are confronted with the trials of life that seem to be trying to unseat you, it’s because you’re doing something right, not something wrong.  When we’re committed to a course of spiritual growth, we can expect that we’ll be tested.  That’s what that quizzical verse we learned in Sunday school was all about:  “Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire.”

Self-conquest is indeed, far greater

then the conquest of all other folk.

–The Dhammapada

Tibetan Buddhism teaches that anger is one of the “poisons” that are deadly to our spiritual growth.  Through anger we can very quickly lose any ground we have gained.   Like a baby who cries until he is literally exhausted, tirades of anger or other forms of emotional abuse can exhaust our energy supply–and cause turmoil within the energy centers of others.  Anger, is a symptom of a deeper malaise, telling us to dig below the surface.  Often what is hovering underneath is fear or insecurity or grief, and anger is the way, however unhealthy, that we chose to cope.  Anger does not change a situation; it usually makes it worse.  If we are serious about overcoming our unbalanced emotions, we first have to find out what is at the root of them.

I Strive To Walk The Middle Way

Gautama Buddha articulated the initiation of the solar-plexus chakra when he taught that we can make the best spiritual progress by walking “the Middle Way.”  In his first sermon after his enlightenment, given at Sarnath, India, Gautama explained that we can only attain enlightenment by avoiding the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification–by walking the Middle Way.  One hallmark of the Middle Way is tolerance.  Its nemesis is fanaticism or extremism, either to the right or to the left. Tolerance means that we accept others as they are because we haven’t walked in their moccasins and we don’t know the burden they may be carrying.  On the other hand, avoiding extremes doesn’t mean we are wishy-washy. Our point of balance, our fulcrum, is strong because it is centered in a solid sense of identity and purpose.

I Seek To Align My Desires With My Goals In Life

We can’t have inner peace if we don’t master our desires.  This doesn’t mean we have no desire.  Mastering desire means we tether our desires to the true desire of our soul and God’s desire for us.  When we are able to do that, the momentum of energy in our solar-plexus will propel us towards the fulfillment of our soul’s divine potential.  Our desires, like our emotions, aren’t automatically “bad.”  Gautama taught that the reason we suffer is that we crave.  We suffer when our desires are self-centered or selfish, when they reinforce the human ego and don’t take into account the needs of others.  There is a Buddhist saying about this grasping, possessive part of human nature:  “all the harm with which this world is rife, all the fear and suffering that there is:  clinging to the ‘I’ has caused it!  What am I to do with this great demon?”

The motive behind our desire is what counts.  For instance, if we desire to be educated or to become a doctor or lawyer so we share the talents God has given us and improve life for others, this is right desire.  If this pursuit is based solely on the desire to amass wealth or to control or impress others, that would be self-centered, inordinate desire.  In other words, there is always the option to fulfill our desires on a higher plane, the plane of service to life.  The spiritual meaning of the word desire is Deity siring–God and the presence of God within you giving birth to the highest and noblest aspirations of your soul.  Whenever you desire, you are creating (or giving birth to) something.  If the energies of your solar-plexus are balanced and at peace, the creations born of your desire can be beautiful, powerful and effective.

When you don’t get confused, our nature is naturally stable;

when your nature is stable, energy naturally returns.

-Lu Yen

Just because we feel the urge to have or to do something doesn’t mean it’s right for us.  We have to distinguish at the soul level whether what we are responding to is God’s desire for us or a desire that stems from an unhealthy pattern of the past.  Another key to evaluating desire is perspective.  Sometimes pulling away from a situation will give you a reality check.

I Set Aside My Own Desire When Necessary To Support And Serve Others

In a moment of self-reflection, Chief Luther Standing Bear once said, “As A child I understood how to give.  I have forgotten this grace since I have become civilized.”  The greatest gift you can give is the gift of yourself.  God endows us with talents and special qualities so that we can share them with others.  We’re like God’s messenger.  We’re God’s hands and feet on earth, delivering love or comfort, joy or illumination to those he cannot touch physically.  “Freely ye have received, freely give,” taught Jesus.  And the more we give, the more we open up the energy flow.  The more we prime the pump, the more that energy flows back to us.  That’s a principal of abundance, and it works.

We can choose to say, “Here I am God. You have created me.  Use me.  Use every aspect of my mind and heart and soul and all of my chakras to manifest your light and your love to everyone I meet!  Or we can become possessive.  We can claim the energy that comes to us from our universal Source as our own and stop the flow.  When we stop the flow that energy gets backed up. This creates a downward energy spiral that draws us down into the lesser self rather than a positive energy spiral that sweeps us up into higher vibrations of spiritual awareness.

Affirmations for Balance and Inner Peace

Peace, be still! Peace, be still! Peace, be still!

I AM the hand of god in action,

Gaining victory every day;

My pure soul’s great satisfaction

Is to walk the Middle Way (3x)

                              The Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord,

          Make me an instrument of they peace.

          Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

           Where there is injury, pardon;

           Where there is doubt, faith;

           Where there is despair, hope;

            Where there is darkness, light; and

            Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

              Grant that I may not so much

              Seek to be consoled as to console,

              To be understood as to understand,

               To be loved as to love.

               For it is in giving that we receive,

                It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and

               It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Second Energy Center

29 Jul

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SEAT OF THE SOUL

Location:  midway between the navel and the base of the spine

Color:  violet

Sanskrit Name:  Svadhishthana (sweetness’ or abode of the self”)

Petals:  6

Positive Expression:  freedom, mercy, forgiveness, justice, transcendence, alchemy, transmutation, diplomacy, intuition, prophecy, revelation

Unbalanced Expression:  lack of forgiveness, justice or mercy; intolerance, lack of tact, disregard for others, cruelty

Parts of Body:  organs and systems of elimination and reproduction

Musical Instrument:  woodwinds

Gemstone:  amethyst, diamond, aquamarine

Spiritual Tradition:  Taoism

By reclaiming our soul’s original pattern,

we are free to realize our full creative potential.

Life Lesson:  To Thine Own Self Be True

Man’s main task in

life is to give birth to himself.

-Erich Fromm

Through the second energy center, the seat-of-the-soul chakra, we experience freedom–the freedom to become all that we are meant to be.  The ancients saw a seat of the soul as a real power point.  In martial arts, it is our point of equilibrium and the central focus of ch’i, the inner energy essential to the maintenance of life.

This chakra is also the point where we make contact with out soul and receive her impressions and guidance.  Our soul is wise and can give us much inner direction.  We all have soul powers.  When you have a gut feeling about someone, you are receiving an instantaneous soul impression.  Sometimes your soul will give you a warning, “It’s not safe to go here or to do this right now…”It’s part of your internal guidance system.”

More often than not, these impressions and intuitions are accurate.  The more our soul is in touch with her true self, spiritual nature, the more sensitive and accurate these readings will be.  The more our soul is attached to the human ego, the unreal self, the less clear these readings will be.  The initiations of the seat-of-the-soul chakra deal with expressing our soul’s true voice and her creative impulses.  At the level of the seat of the soul, we also deal with archetypes, patterns and personality.

I Invest My Energy In Ways That Are Congruent With My Soul’s Original Inheritance And Pattern

The soul retains an ancient memory, even if it’s dim, of her divine origin, her divine pattern and the part she is to play in God’s scheme.  Although our soul is meant to be a clear reflecting pool for that original patter, sometimes the waters get muddied.  On her journey through the ages, our soul has at times taken on patterns that are not in alignment with her divine pattern.

Too many of us have had the experience of trying to work out our life’s mission while someone else, well-meaning or not, has tried to impose on us their version of our life plan.  Your opportunity at the level of the soul chakra is to recapture the original matrix of your soul-identity–to be true to yourself.  Your challenge is to free your soul to recognize and then fully claim your spiritual inheritance and pattern.  As seventeenth-century Kabbalist Moses Zacuto wrote, “Search and discover the root of your soul, so that you can fulfill it and restore it to its source, its essence.  The more you fulfill yourself, the closer you approach your authentic self.”

Self-knowledge–knowledge of our real self and our real path in life–is the starting point of our personal power and our soul liberation.  The soul that is truly free is the soul that can express her native reality.

The main condition for progress

is honesty with oneself.

-Helena Roerich

I Regularly And Honestly Appraise How Much Of My Identity Is Invested In My Human Ego Or In My Real Self

When we are on a spiritual path, we discover that the greatest challenges come not from without but from within.  As the cartoon character Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy–and they is us!”

The road to self mastery is a continual process of self-examination.  We must have the courage to explore how much of our identity is invested in our true, divine nature and how much is invested in our lower nature, our human ego.  The long and short of it is that the human ego is the imposter of our real self. In the gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says that the pain of facing the truth will be troubling, but it is a necessary first step in overcoming and self-mastery.  The initiation of the soul chakra gives us the opportunity to free ourselves from those aspects of our personality that are not part of our true identity–our “mask,” as Mark Prophet often called it.

To protect herself and alleviate her pain, the wounded soul develops certain behaviors, defense mechanisms, that can adversely affect subsequent relationships in her life, inhibit the development of her true self, and create a blockage in the body’s energy system.  Many times the healing process requires serious attention to the issues of our psychology (literally, the study of the psyche, or soul) and we can gain strides by working with a trained therapist who understands the spiritual path.

I Am Able To Tap Into And Freely Express My Creative Impulses

Moment by moment we create.  Whatever we answer to the question “What have I done with my energy today?” it is our day’s creation.  Our thoughts, words, actions, and feelings are our creations. We are on a spiritual path we realize the importance of these creations and we take accountability for the impact our thoughts, words and deed have on others.

Again, we have just so much energy allotted to us each day.  Where do we invest it?  What do we create with it?  Health practitioners have shown that ailments in the area of the seat of the soul–corresponding to the organs of reproduction and elimination–are sometimes related to an unresolved issue with creativity.   When we feel “stuck” and cannot express our innate creativity, then our emotions and body reflect this tension.

Our intellect is a wonderful vessel for our Higher Self to work through, but the reasoning, educated mind alone will not create that important connection to our soul.  In fact, it can short circuit it.  The intellect cannot take the place of our soul.  That is why education of the heart and soul is just as important as the education of our mind.

I can find nothing with which to compare the

great beauty of a soul and its great capacity.

-Teresa of Avila

I Free Myself From Old Patterns By Forgiving Myself And Others

An essential part of the process of freeing ourselves from old patterns is encapsulated in a single word: forgiveness. If we do not forgive the wrongs and injustices practiced against us, we allow ourselves to be tied, through the law of karma, to the one who has wronged us.  The old vendettas that individuals, families and even nations held against one another go on for centuries for this very reason.  Their warring never ends because their hatred forms a strong rope between themselves and their enemies–a rope that grows thicker and thicker the more they hate.  When those involved reincarnate, they carry the same entrenched energy patterns with them, and the vendettas live on and on.

Resentment is a vicious circle. It drains us of our energy because part of us is always focused on that unresolved situation.  As Emerson put it, when this is the case, “we are not free to use today, or to promise tomorrow, because we are already mortgaged to yesterday.”  When we forgive, we free up 100 percent of our energy for constructive endeavor.  Gautama Buddha once said, “You can look the whole world over and never find anyone more deserving of love than yourself.”

Affirmation for forgiveness:

Visualization:

In those moments just before you fall asleep, close your eyes and let the events of the day pass before you like a movie.  Call to mind the people who need your love and forgiveness.  Ask God to forgive them and to forgive you.  Then see violet light, which is the native light of the soul chakra, passing through these scenes.  See this violet light turn into intense flames of violet.  Watch these flames neutralize the negative impact of the day’s events.  As you give the following affirmations, focus your attention on your heart.  Send love and forgiveness to all those who you have wronged and all who have wronged you, releasing the situation into God’s hands. You can repeat this affirmation as many times as you feel the need to.

Forgiveness

I AM forgiveness acting here,

Casting out all doubt and fear,

Setting men forever free

With wings of cosmic victory.

I AM calling in full power

For forgiveness every hour;

To all life in every place

I flood forth forgiving grace.

Your Seven energy Centers by Elizabeth Clare Prophet

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.

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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.

The Science of Energy Flow

24 Jul

All of life is energy.  The mystics even defined God as light, as energy and as the flow of light and energy.  The first letter of John in the New Testament proclaimed that “God is light.”  “In each atom,” said Shabestari, “lies the blazing light of a thousand suns.”  And in the Tao Te Ching, the Chinese sage Lao Tzu teaches, “Something mysteriously formed, born before heaven and earth…Ever present and in motion…I do not know its name.  Call it Tao.  For lack of a better word, I call it great.  Being great, it flows.  It flows far away.  Having gone far, it returns.”  For Lao Tzu, the definition of the Universal Spirit was flow, movement.  Life coursing through our veins, our minds, our heart is energy, is movement, is God.  Lao Tzu also tells us that there is a natural order to the universe and to our own lives, and when we work against that natural order we create inharmony and unhappiness.

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The choice is ours.  At every moment the crystal clear stream of life descends to us from our Source in its natural rhythm.  This energy is distributed first to our heart center and then to our other chakras.  It is the life-force that beats our heart, give us the impetus to grow and evolve, and energizes the organs and systems of our body.

But we always have free will.  We can express this energy in a positive way or we can upset the natural flow by acting out of sync with our spiritual nature.  We can, for instance, use energy of our heart center to be naturally kind, loving and charitable, or we can use it to be selfish and stingy.  We can express the power of our throat center through communication that is caring or critical.

These choices have consequences.  When we use energy to think, feel or act in ways that are positive, we attract to ourselves more of that positive energy, as if we were priming the pump.  When we mold that energy in ways that are not true to our inner nature, we create mental and emotional toxins that block energy flow.  Just as physical toxins and substances like cholesterol plaque can build up in our arteries and veins, choking off the vital supply of blood, so mental and emotional toxins that collect energetically in and around our chakra inhibit the free flow of energy within us.

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Because each chakra externalizes the energy it receives through a different gland and area of the body, these blockages affect our health, causing us to become fatigued, depressed or even ill.   Or maybe we just can’t seem to get where we want to go in life.  Overstimulating a chakra (by placing continual stress on it), under-stimulating it (by ignoring it and letting it become weak), or depleting its natural vitality (by unwisely expending its energy) can all create blockages in our body’s energetic system.

Since our energy centers are interconnected what happens in one chakra affects our entire energy system.  If any one center is blocked, it can throw the rest of the system off kilter.  Not only that, but the condition of our chakras impact those we interact with.  That’s because the energy of our chakras colors helps create the electromagnetic force-field, or aura, that surrounds each of us.  This energy field interpenetrates and influences the energy field of those around us–for better or for worse.  You know how it feels to around someone who is kind, cheerful and loving in comparison to someone who is depressed or grouchy.  Either way, it can be contagious.

It’s not just the quality of the vibration we send out through our chakras but the quantity that can make a difference in our vitality and resilience. How much energy can we actually hold on to?  Those who perpetually get angry have a lot of energy coursing through them, but they can’t hold on to it and they don’t have a lot of mastery.

It’s a simple equation:   the more energy we can actually hold on to and master, the more personal power we will have at our disposal.  And the more power we have, the more energy we can use to create positive change in our lives and in the lives of those around us.  In fact, those who hold an extraordinary energy in their chakras are able to change their corner of the world and much more than their corner of the world.

Another way to think about the chakras is that each one offers us another way to express our personal spirituality.  When you engage the fires of your heart chakra to help someone in need, you have an entirely different experience than when you tap into your creative genius through your crown chakra to teach someone.  But they are both ways to get in touch with your spiritual essence and share it.

The direct experience of our spiritual essence is the common thread that unites the mystics of the world’s religions.   No matter what direction they approach it from, the mystics all seek a direct connection with the divine, whether they call it Christ or Buddha, Tao or Brahman, Allah or Ein Sof or the Great Spirit.

The science of the body’s energy centers gives us a practical way of understanding how we tap into the power of the divine–how, as the mystics say, we can become an instrument God can use to reach out into the world.  That is the real meaning of empowerment–the power to use the pure energy flowing through us to do good on earth.

At each chakra, we have the opportunity to master another dimension of energy and thereby gain another level of awareness, insight and personal power.  These rites of passage are stages of personal growth that engage our soul and shape the course of our life.  For at each level of awareness, there is a dividing of the real from the unreal, the light from the darkness.

In some traditions, this is known as initiation–the testing of the soul to see how much light she can garner to offset her self-created darkness.  These rites of passage are archetypal. Every one of use will face them–no matter who we are, no matter what path we have chosen. Each energy center is an archetypal matrix, and therefore each one correlates to different attributes, including a different color, part of the body, positive quality, spiritual tradition, musical instrument, and so forth.  There is no magic formula to vitalize your energy centers.  The beauty of life is that each of us is spectacularly unique.   Like alchemists of the spirit, it is up to use to take the tools in hand and experiment within the laboratory of self.  Fortunately for us, personal growth is a creative process and a sacred adventure.

The Seven Energy Centers By Elizabeth Clare Prophet

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Bija Mantra Chants for the seven energy centers

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.

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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