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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)

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