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Seventh Energy Center

9 Aug

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Location:  crown

Color:  yellow, gold

Sanskrit Name:  Sahasrara (“thousandfold”)

Petals:  972

Positive Expression:  illumination, wisdom, self-knowledge and Self-knowledge, understanding, humility, cosmic consciousness, open-mindedness

Unbalanced Expression:  intellectual and spiritual pride, vanity, intellectualism, ego-centeredness, narrow-mindedness, ignorance

Part Of Body:  pineal (or pituitary), cerebral cortex, nervous system

Musical Instrument:  strings

Gemstone:  yellow diamond, yellow sapphire, topaz

Spiritual Tradition:  Buddhism

Through knowledge of the inner Self, we attain

wisdom (wise-dominion), enlightenment and oneness with all life.

Life Lesson:  Create Unity out of Diversity

I am a part of all that I have met

-Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The seventh energy center, the crown chakra, is where we receive and experience wisdom and enlightenment.  The opening of this center in the full radiance of its golden-yellow light has been depicted as the halo of saints.  It has also been portrayed as the vibrant corona around the Buddhas and the dome-shaped or flame-like protuberance on the top of their heads.  The wisdom of the saints and the Buddhas is not knowledge of the things of the world.  It is knowledge of the realty that lies beyond the physical world–the inner reality that enlivens the outer form.  The wisdom of the crown chakra tell us that more important than our intellectual prowess is our knowledge of this inner reality.

When Gautama Buddha was asked, “Who are you?” he answered, “I am awake.”  To be enlightened means that we are awake to our inner potential.  When we are awake, we understand the limitations of our lesser self and the limitless resources of our greater Self.  Through our crown chakra, we can connect with a higher source of knowledge–our own higher mind, one with the mind of God.  We can tap into our own creative genius.  For a genius, as Napoleon Hill observed, is simply one “who has discovered how to increase the intensity of thought to the point where he can freely communicate with sources of knowledge not available through the ordinary rate of thought.”

The wisdom of the crown, inextricably linked with compassion, impels us to share what we have received with those who need it most.   After Gautama Buddha meditated under the Bo tree and attained enlightenment, he entered nirvana for forty-nine days.  Then before he could impart to others the wisdom he had gleaned, the Temptress Mara, tried to convince Gautama to return to nirvana.  There is no use sharing his experience, said Mara, because no one would understand it.  But Gautama did not turn back.  he simply responded, “Some will understand.”  In one way or another, we are all called to share the enlightenment we have received along life’s path.  The wisdom we glean from our higher intelligence, from the universities of the world or even from the school of hard knocks is a gift.  Out of compassion for others we are compelled to share that gift–whether we us it to guide the children in our family or neighborhood, develop a computer program that will help others lean new skills, blog or heal the sick.

I Strive To Reach Beyond The Limitations Of The Human Intellect

One of the secrets of the crown chakra is that this leap in consciousness does not require a doctorate.  Having a well-developed human intellect does not necessarily qualify us to access the divine intelligence.  In fact, Lao Tzu said, Without going anyway, you can know the whole world.  Without even opening your window, you can know the ways of Heaven.  you see:  the further away you go, the less you know.”

The purpose of learning

is to grasp the divine.

-Abraham Abulafia

By educating ourselves, we can prepare ourselves to receive the impulses of our higher mind and the mind of God in our chosen profession.  But the intellect is not the mind of God.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more, than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.”  Tapping into our own higher intelligence can give us answers we can’t find anywhere else.  When you wake up in the middle of the night looking for the answer to a problem, don’t forget that you have unlimited access to all the knowledge and creativity that you need–if you are prepared to receive it.

I Take Time To Slow Down, Still My Mind And Spend Time In Solitude

One way we can balance our crown chakra and prepare to receive the impulses of the divine intelligence is to slow down and still the outer mind.  Are you able to quiet your mind?  Are you easily distracted?  Do you occupy your mind with trivialities or fantasies?  To paraphrase the Taoist sage Chuang Tzu, “If you cannot keep your mind still, that is called galloping even while sitting.”  Does your mind gallop even while you’re sitting?  It’s not an uncommon problem. “It is not possible to observe any discipline without guarding the quivering mind,” says poet-monk Shantideva.  “If the sluggish mind is fixed on something else, he says, then all our spiritual practices, even if we engage in them for a long time are useless.”  Again, that’s because where our attention goes, there goes our energy.

Our minds and bodies are interconnected.  So in order to still the mind, we need to care for our body.  It’s easier to concentrate and focus when we get enough sleep and exercise and when we take in foods and substances that strengthen us rather than those that weigh us down (like too much oil), or make us jittery (like too much salt or coffee).

Another way to bring balance to our crown chakra is to make time for meditation and communion with God.  Take time to study your favorite scriptures or inspirational works.  Take time to receive the revelations that God wants to give you personally.  Spend time alone.  Sometimes we fill up our day with so many activities that we forget to listen for the inner voice of wisdom.  When you look over your schedule for the week, pencil in some priority time for yourself before your hours get filled up.

Sometimes when we get depressed or out of sorts, its because we aren’t spending enough time away from the madding crowd.  When the soul is not allowed to follow her nature inclination towards union with God, the yearning for that union becomes a loneliness that even the greatest human relationship cannot fill.

I Embrace The Unity Underlying The Diversity

At the level of the crown chakra, the thousand-petaled lotus, we are initiated in the highest wisdom and highest understanding–the knowledge that there are not two, but one. There are not two–you and I.  There are not two–you and God.  There is only one:  There is only God.  There is only Spirit.  There is only Self, with a capital S.  The rest is illusion.  This is the mystery that that the mystics and adepts have unlocked.  We can know intellectually, but until we understand it will all of our heart and soul and mind, we are still living in a sense of duality–two, not one.  As long as we operate from a perspective of duality, we have not yet integrated  with the highest energies of the crown chakra.

Instead of being so bound

up with everyone, be everyone.

-Rumi

When we understand that there are not two but just one, then God will share all of himself with us–because we have shared all of ourselves with God.  One of the oldest renditions of this mystic theme can be found in the Upanishads, the ancient Hindu scripture.   In a conversation between the young man Nachiketas and Death, Death slowly unveils the secret of immortality.  He says:  “Some have never heard of Self, some have heard but cannot find him…Logic brings no man to the Self…That boundless Power, source of every power, manifesting itself as life, entering every heart, living there among the elements, that is Self…Tell the mind that there is but One.” Death goes on to explain that Nachiketas he should not look for this “Self” outside of himself.  This indwelling Spirit, says Death, is “that Person no bigger than a thumb, burning like a flame without smoke, maker of past and future.”  This inmost Self, he reveals, is God–who “lives in the heart.”

When we begin to identify less with the outer man, the ego, and more with that Person in the heart–the one who burns “like flame without smoke”–then, and only then, are we on our way to the full flowering of our crown chakra.  As the energies of our crown chakra become more accelerated and balanced, we are able to sustain an abiding sense of oneness with Spirit while we walk the earth.  And we are able to recognize that Spirit within everyone.

When the energies of the crown are unbalanced, we aren’t able to sustain an awareness of the indwelling Spirit that is our essence. or, at the other extreme, we may let our spiritual experiences “go to our head” as we convince ourselves that we are better than others.  The initiation of the crown demands that we let go of our pride our ego, our aloofness and find a way to make our spirituality practical and all-embracing.  The rite of passage that we face at the level of the crown chakra also demands that we appreciate others and learn from everyone.

(The Yogi) see himself in the heart

of all beings and he sees all beings in his heart.

—The Bhagavad Gita

As we move forward into the future, we can learn much from a giant of the past–Akbar the Great, the sixteenth-century Mogul emperor.  Akbar was a great military genius and a wise ruler, the greatest ruler of his time.  But above all, his burning desire was to reconcile the diversity of religious creeds that he saw before him–Christian, Muslin, Hindu, Zoroastrian and Jewish.  He was the first monarch in the medieval age to recognize that truth existed in all religions.  How many people of the world even today, acknowledge that?  Akbar saw the seed of truth in all religions.  As a result, he actually created his own monotheistic, Unitarian religion, called Divine Faith.  His goal was to bring about unity amid diversity.  As you study the mystical paths of the world’s religions, you can see that these paths are much more alike than they are different.  That’s the way it is with so many things in life.  and we can enjoy the diversity–and even benefit from it–while seeking the underlying unity.

Affirmations For Activating The Crown Chakra

Through our crown chakra, we receive the creative thoughts of God and our Higher Self.  The following affirmations can help clear the physical and spiritual faculties of the mind.  They can help you strengthen your intuitive faculties and develop a keener perception of spiritual dimensions.  As you give these affirmations, see the violet flame clearing your mind of all mental blocks, negative images and limiting concepts about yourself or others.  See your mind becoming filled with the brilliant golden light of the crown chakra.

Crown Chakra Meditation

O flame of light bright and gold,

O flame most wondrous to behold,

I AM in every brain cell shinning,

I AM light’s wisdom all divining.

Ceaseless, flowing fount

of illumination flaming,

I AM, I AM, I AM illumination

——————–

I AM light, thou Christ in me,

Set my mind forever free,

Violet fire, forever shine

Deep within this mind of mine.

God who gives my daily bread,

With violet fire fill my head

Till thy radiance heavenlike

Makes my mind a mind of light (3X)

Your Seven Energy Centers by Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Fifth Energy Center

5 Aug

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THROAT

Location:  throat

Color:  blue

Sanskrit Name:  Vishuddha (“pure” or “purify”)

Petals:  16

Positive Expression:   power, will, faith, protection, direction, courage, obedience

Unbalanced Expression:  control, condemnation, idle chatter, gossip, human willfulness, impotence, cowardice, doubt

Part of Body:  thyroid, lungs, respiratory system

Musical Instrument:  brass

Gemstone:  diamond, sapphire, star sapphire, lapis lazuli

Spiritual Tradition:  Judaism

By mastering will and power, we release the elevated energies of the heart

through the spoken word for personal and world transformation.

Life Lesson:  Summon Inner Power to Create Constructive Change

Better than a thousand useless

words is one single word that gives peace.

-The Dhammapada

The throat chakra is our power center.  At this level, we have ability to coalesce through the spoken word what is in our minds and on our hearts.  The sages of East and West tell us that the spoken word holds the key to creating change.  Genesis, for instance, recounts that the process of creation began when “God said, ‘Let there be light.’ ”  Through the throat chakra, we can become co-creators with God.  The sages of East and West also say mastery of the throat chakra is central to our spiritual growth.  That mastery involves not only what we say but how we say it–and what we choose not to say.

I PRACTICE RIGHT SPEECH

Every single time we open our mouths, we are making a choice:  to help or to harm.  Jesus explained that our words are of ultimate import when he said,  “By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (judged).”  That’s because our words come from our power center  and therefore have incredible impact.  When we think back to the moments in our life that were the most traumatic and the most meaningful, they often involved what someone said to us or about us.

Right speech is a major precept of Buddhism.  It is one of the keystones of Gautama Buddha’s Eightfold Path that leads to liberation.  In essence, right speech means that we guard the flow of energy through our throat chakra and realize the impact it has on others.  It means we look at our ability to speak as a gift that God has given to us to convey compassion, kindness and teaching.  Gautama taught that the one who espouses right speech does not bring division through gossip but uses his speech to create harmony and unity.  “What he has heard here he does not repeat there, so as to cause dissension,” the Buddha said.  Instead, such a one “delights in concord” and “brings together those that are at variance.”  He or she ‘has given up harsh language…He speaks words that are free from rudeness, soothing to the ear, loving, going to the heart, courteous,…elevating many.”

Theosophist C. W, Leadbeater says that at energetic levels our words, even in casual speech, are much more potent than we realize. “Many people think that in daily life it is not necessary to take the trouble to speak clearly,” he writes.  “It matters much more than they think, because we are all the time building our own surroundings, and these react upon us.”

Power is not revealed by striking

hard or often, but striking true.

-Balzac

Right speech is supportive speech, kind speech, respectful speech.  Someone who understood this very well was America’s first President.  In the nineteenth century, a school notebook of George Washington’s was discovered at Mount Vernon, Washington’s home.   It seems that in 1745, the fourteen-year-old George had written in this notebook more than one hundred times “Rules of Civility in Conversation Amongst Men,”  which he had copied from a word that dated back to 1664 or earlier.  These “rules of civility” are a delightful guideline for right speech.  Here are a few of them:

Be no flatterer, neither play with anyone that delights not to be played with.

Let your discourse with men of business be short and comprehensive.

Decide no man’s misfortunes, through there seem to be some cause.

Think before you speak.

I RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF SILENCE

One of the subtlest forms of imbalance in the throat chakra is idle chatter.  “Those who have virtue have something to say, but those who have something to say do not necessarily have virtue,” observed Confucius.  Gautama taught that the person who has mastered right speech “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 Truth or holy silence.”  Idle chatter or argumentation is an obstacle to our self-mastery because it drains our energy.  It fritters away the vitality of our power center.  If we speak only when we need to speak, we preserve our vitality.  The Tao Te Ching bluntly describes the “strong silent type” who has mastered that prescription:  “Those who know do not talk.  Those who talk do not know…Keep your mouth shut guard the senses, and life is ever full.  Open our mouth, always be busy, and life is beyond hope.”

I have often regretted

my speech never my silence.

-Anonymous

How powerful and authentic our words can be when they have first been steeped in the silence of our spirit.

I STAND UP FOR AND SPEAK THE TRUTH

Gautama Buddha taught that a person  who embraces right speech “speaks the truth, he is devoted to truth, he adheres to the truth, he is worthy of confidence.”  Speaking the truth involves speaking the facts without distortion.  It means not exaggeration and not jumping to conclusions.  It means overcoming passivity to stand up for what we know is right, regardless of what others think.  “You do not need to justify asking questions,” historian Jacob Neusner once said.  “But if you think you have found answers, you do not have the right to remain silent.”

Confucius once said that by being honest, we raise up an entire nation.  “Promote the honest, placing them over the crooked,”  he said, “and you can cause the crooked to straighten out…If leaders are trustworthy, people will not dare to be dishonest…It is said that if good people work for a country for a hundred years, it is possible to overcome violence and eliminate killing.   This saying is indeed true.”

I EXERCISE THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD FOR TRANSFORMATION

Just as there is a time to speak and a time to remain silent, there is a time to meditate and a time to take the fruit of our meditation and send it forth in the science of the spoken word.  The creative power of sound is at the heart of the world’s spiritual traditions East and West, whether as the Jewish Shema and Amidah, the Christian Our Father, the Muslim Shahadah, the Hindi Gayatri or the Buddhist Om Mani Padme Hum.  Hindu yogis have used mantras for protection and wisdom, to enhance their concentration and meditation, and to help them achieve enlightenment and oneness with God.  In Jewish mystical tradition, Kabbalist taught that by calling and meditating on the names of God, we could tap into an infinite source of power to restore peace and harmony to this world.  In Catholic tradition, the rosary and other prayers are repeated to invoke divine intercession.

Both scientist and sages tell us that the spoken word can literally create change and transformation.  For instance, Dr. Herbert Benson, president and founder of the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, found that those who repeated Sanskrit mantras for as little as ten minutes a day experienced physiological changes–reduced heart rate, lower stress levels and slower metabolism.  Subsequent studies showed that repeating mantras can benefit the immune system, relieve insomnia, reduce visits to the doctor and even increase self-esteem.

In Terms of our chakra initiations, prayer and affirmations can also provide a boost to our personal growth because they can help us undo the false mental programming that may be lodged in our subconscious.  Our subconscious is like a recording machine.  It records every impression we have absorbed throughout our life and our past lives–the good and the bad.  And, to our detriment, that includes the negatives we have heard and believed about ourselves.

Every time you think something negative about yourself, every time someone criticizes or intimidates you, your subconscious records the event.  Sometimes we don’t realize how much we’ve been influenced by another’s thoughts or words, especially a parent, sibling or authority figure.  These negatives are booby traps that can undermine our success.  All too often we limit ourselves–our jobs, our income, our educational level, our goals in life–by what we believe about ourselves.

The subconscious not only records negative impressions but, like a tape player on automatic replay, it plays back recordings of the past.  That’s why positive affirmations have been found to be so helpful.  When used properly, they can help us align our subconscious as we affirm the innate beauty and positive potential of our soul,

Handle them carefully, for words

have more power than atom bombs.

-Pearl Strachan Hurd

Stephen Covey in his best-selling Seven Habits of Highly effective People says that affirmations and visualizations can be extremely helpful.  Affirmations, especially those using “I AM,” are a potent form of spoken prayer,  I AM affirmations use the name of God “I AM” to access spiritual power.  “I AM’ comes from “I AM THAT I AM,”  the name of God revealed to Moses when he said, “This is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”  The Jerusalem Bible translated this passage as “This is my name for all times; by this name I shall be invoked for all generations to come.”

What does “I AM THAT I AM” mean?  It means simply but profoundly “as above, so below.”  God is affirming, “I am here below that which I AM above.”  When you say, ” I AM THAT I AM,” you are affirming that God is where you are.  In effect, you are saying:  ” As God is in heaven, so God is on earth within me.   Right where I stand God is.  I am that “I AM.”  In an I AM affirmation, you are summoning the inner power of your throat chakras and God’s power within you to bring about constructive change.  You can create your own short, powerful I AM affirmations, tailored to your own needs, such as “I AM forgiveness acting here.”  “I AM the light of the heart,” or I AM the power of peace.”  I AM affirmations are generally given with determination and power.

Every time we say “I AM______,” we are really saying, “God in me is_______.”  And whatever we affirm following the words “I AM” will become a reality in our world–whether we say ” I am sick,” “I am tired,:  I am having a great day’ or I am healthy.”  This is because the state of our body is influenced by what we think and by what we say.  The light of God flowing through us will obey our direction.  Simply put, spoken words command energy.  The creation of our powerful throat chakra are self-fulfilling prophecies.

When you come to the place where you realize that the tremendous energy of God is flowing through you every moment, you begin to have a sense of reverence and awe.  You say to yourself, “Here is God’s energy.  What will I do with it today?  Will I use God’s energy to reinforce the negative side of life?  Or will I use it to affirm something beautiful, something real, something that matters to my spiritual progress and that benefits others?’

Affirmations for the

Throat Chakra

Lo, I AM come to do thy will, O God! (3x)

I AM life of God-direction,

Blaze they light of truth in me.

Focus here all God’s perfection,

From all discord set me free.

Make and keep me anchored ever

In the justice of they plan–

I AM the presence of perfection

Living the life of God in man. (3x)