Chakras are wheel-like vortices of energy, rotating around the spinal column. Our physical eyes can not see them and we tend to be poorly prepared and educated in their observation.
How can we, people living on this planet, comprehend the subtle work of chakras operating beyond the limits of our habitual sensory perception? Even in those rare moments, when we are truly awake and receptive, and can feel their subtle effects, we may easily confuse them with other psychological sensations.
Chakras are real – it is possible to experience them. This article will attempt to clarify and demystify the concept of chakras and elucidate benefits of their activation within the context of transformative spiritual awakening.
The word chakra can be traced back to Upanishads, Puranas and Tantras, sacred Hindu and Buddhist texts. The literal translation from Sanscrit is “turning”, “circle” “wheel”,”disk”. The earliest mention from ancient Hindu texts, which is very likely related to chakras, can be found in Rig Veda`s description of “lightnings (powers) with golden wheels”.
“Within the waters runs the Moon, he with the beauteous wings in heaven. Ye lightinings with your golden wheels, men find not your abiding place. -Rig Veda.I. 105.1″
While chakras can`t be perceived physically, they are connected to the surface of the physical body in specific locations. These points are mostly located along the Ren and Du Meridians, as depicted in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
There are 7 main Chakras, all aligned with the center line of the body.
- Sahasrara, Crown Chakra, located on the top of the head
- Ajna, Third Eye Chakra, between the eyebrows
- Vishuddha, Throat Chakra, throat and neck area
- Anahata, Heart Chakra, heart area
- Manipura, Solar Plexus Chakra, navel area
- Swadhistana, Sacral Chakra, prostate (uterus) area
- Muladhara, Base Chakra, the coccyx bone
Spiritual knowledge of chakras is a part of universal esoteric tradition revealing deep secrets of multidimensional human anatomy to mystics seeking spiritual enlightenment. It is understood fully by prepared initiates commited to the rigorous demands and requirements of esoteric work, walking along the path towards true wisdom, salvation and liberation.
References to chakras may be not evident in mystical teachings. For example, Kabalistic sefirots of the Tree of Life describe symbolically emanations of God – spiritual principles and main components of Creation.
But there is another aspect of their symbology: as above so below, on an individual psychological level of interpretation, they may refer to chakras. Esoteric work starts in Malkuth, the root chakra and gets grounded in the procreative force of Yesod, the sexual chakra. Then energy ascends between the connected opposite pillars Mercy and Severity through all the higher chakras. The top of the Tree of Life is Kether – the crown chakra on top of the head. This process repeats itself many times on different levels and stages of internal transformation.
Another example can be found in the mystical Book of Revelation which had managed to become a part of the Bible. The seven stars, angels, candlesticks and churches all relate to the internal “opening of 7 seals” – activation of 7 chakras and spiritual progress. The church Ephesus corresponds to the first chakra, that`s where energy starts to rise with alchemical transmutation, “eating from the tree of life” (as opposed to the fall of Adam and Eve.)
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God. – Rev 2:7″
Esoteric work has a potential to progress through all 7 churches. The last one is the Church of the Laodiceans related to the 7th chakra and establishing close connection with the divine.
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. – Rev 3:21 and 3:22″
Symbols express the complexity and unity of esoteric matters and pass superior feelings, as well as protect sacred knowledge. Ancient mystics were commonly persecuted and mistreated in societies driven by materialistic selfish values, so esoteric knowledge had to be passed secretly in public.
Even in the last few centuries, knowledge of chakras was not always revealed openly. For example one can find a hidden allegory of 7 chakras in George Gurdjieffs story about seven divisions of the Society of Akhaldan in his book “Beelzebub`s Tales to his Grandson.”
Interestingly, some messages of crop circles also illustrate 7 chakras…
The future not only of our human race but entire organic life on Earth depends on humans clarity of understanding, affected greatly by the clarity and depth of human perception.
What can be perceived by our 5 senses is only a tiny fraction of reality. If we take it as the whole, this fragment of existence is mere “illusion”, “maya”.
An example can be our sense of vision capable of seeing only within a small frequency range of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, somewhere between 405 to 790 Thz. The rest of light emission doesn`t exist for the physical eye, yet it is real and we use it in a variety of applications: television and radio broadcasts, microwaves, night vision devices, x-ray scanners, etc.
The perception of chakras greatly superceeds the five physical senses and the capacities of modern technology. All psychic faculties such as ESP, clairvoyance, clairaudience, polyvision, intuition, telepathy, a capacity to astral project, etc. depend on the activation of chakras. This superior perception opens up a whole new set of intriguing possibilities.
No matter how much one`s physical eyes are trained to see distant objects, a naked eye can not see events across the globe, but the psychic faculty of clairvoyance can. Chakras operate beyond the physical – they are senses of subtle energetical bodies, superior than physical matter.
Thus, with a sense of developed intuition it may be possible to “feel the truth” about important matters. A faculty of polyvision allows mystics to see things in superior worlds before they manifest in the physical realm. During out-of-body experiences, mystics may travel in a blink of an eye to remote locations and search for self-knowledge and esoteric wisdom.
All this may sound a bit strange, to say the least, for those who have not experienced it. It is much easier to be a sceptic than to experience and know the supernatural.
What many don`t realize, is that most of us already know some of the effects of chakras. For example when we speak about “warmheartedness”, obviously we don`t mean the elevated temperature of our physical heart. What we mean is the activated heart chakra spreading warmth of compassion, kindness and love.
Chakras play a vital role in our functioning as human beings, corresponding to glands of the endocrine system and internal organs. When the chakras are active and balanced, they help to maintain health and vitality.
Development of chakras establishes a clarity of perception, a sense of well being, a capacity to effectively communicate and connect to the world. It requires diligent preparation to develop these superior capacities and use them intelligently and responsibly, with love and wisdom.
How to prove the Existence of Chakras
We all tend to see things as we are, and as the majority of the population is not seriously interested in spirituality, or not interested in it at all, consequently there is not much interest in proper research on the subject of chakras.
It is easy to feel superiority over what we refer to as “past generations” and think of them as blind worshippers of established religions, believing that the Earth was flat and the stars had been placed in sky just to provide some illumination at night, etc. Science took over from religion in modern times – many of us got used to relying on science for its answers. But despite its remarkable acheivements, modern science in general is poorly prepared to study and understand the supernatural.
Even if much effort and money were to be invested in chakras research for the needs of the general population, it would inevitably stumble upon obstacles trying to find adequate methods of collecting and examining data.
The effects of chakras are an internal experience and a non-phyisical phenomena. It is impossible to validate their existence if they are studied only as something external from us, and only with physical means.
Commonly people get raised, educated and conditioned to become sceptics when it comes to the supernatural. If a person is truly open minded and keeps questioning, that may help them to learn and discover something new. But sceptics might be questioning for the sake of questioning, in their attempt to overcome their deep fears and feel safe and superior within the limits of their “proven” sceptical beliefs.
The spiritual is not widely known. If one lacks direct experience of the spiritual, it may be convenient for people to get locked within their own sceptical beliefs, hypnotized by widely believed dogmas and self-righteousness.
Mystics can go beyond one`s conditioned mind. They can reach the depth of multidimensional reality and know the truth from direct experience.
Mystics can go where materialistic science cannot.
It is possible to discover a depth of reality both amazing and magical beyond our five physical senses. The internal science of esoterics is a systematic objective study providing one with sufficient evidence, if one progresses far enough with the esoteric work.
To know that chakras exist, one has to know their effects from direct experience.
There are a number of factors influencing the functioning of chakras, such as daily activities, speed and depth of breathing, amount and quality of rest, diet, etc., but the crucial factor influencing their condition is our psychological state of being.
Usually a typical person swings psychologically between compulsive feelings of seeking gratification and escaping the bitterness of life, which is related to an imbalanced and underdeveloped work of the 3 lowest chakras.
This is the life which most people live: fighting for survival, making money, drunk by sexual lust, obsessed by attachment to food, striving for self-esteem by controlling others, creating a fake reality with one`s I, Me, Mine being the center… But nothing physical really lasts. All material victories and failures are gone in time, sooner or later.
Superior senses don`t work properly because of human`s involuntary identification with the input of the 5 physical senses, combined with subconscious influences of our mind, desires, drives, emotions, etc.
As long as we are not aware of what is seen, heard, touched, smelled and tasted, realizing ourselves in the moment, chakras remain predominantly dormant.
Being aware is not easy. The subconscious rapidly kicks one out of enjoying the wonderful flavors of being in the moment. One tends to live their lives bombarded by currents of subconscious thoughts, worries, emotions, whether it is liked or not.
In esoteric terminology subconscious elements are called “egos” because they are selfish elements and their huge multitude comprises ones person`s ego. The individual way of perception and thinking tends to be governed by these self-centered subconscious low energies, known as hatred, laziness, envy, pride, fear, greed, anger, etc.
In esotericism the human perception of the world and everyday way of being is often referred to as “sleep”. One of the first steps of any authentic spiritual tradition is to “wake up” in order to “see”. How much can be understood of life in psychological sleep? How much can be seen daydreaming? Here is an insightful instructional story from Sufi tradition:
“Once a man caught a little bird.
-“I won`t be useful for you in a cage”, she told him “let me go, and I will give you three valuable pieces of advice.”
The little bird promised to give the first advice inside the hand, the second one – when she will fly up on the branch of the tree, and the third one, on the top of the hill.
The man agreed and asked her what is her first advice.
-“If you have lost something, even if you valued it not less than your life, don`t regret it.”
The man let the little bird go, and after she flew up to the top of the branch, she told him her second advice.
-“Never believe that what contradicts common sense and has no evidence.”
Then she flew up on the top of the hill and yelled from there:
-“O POOR YOU! I`VE JUST SWALLOWED TWO HUGE DIAMONDS! IF YOU WOULD HAVE KILLED ME, THEY WOULD BE YOURS.”
A man grabbed his head in desperation.
After he came back to his senses he asked her:
-“Give me at least your third advice.”
-“You are so foolish!”, -said the little bird. “You ask me the third advice, not even thinking about the first one and the second one. I`ve just told you not to regret about what is lost and not to believe nonsense, and you`ve simply done the opposite. You believed in the nonsense, and regretted what you`ve lost! Think about it, how can two huge diamonds be placed inside of me, so little.
You are foolish, that`s why you need to remain within limits predestined for ordinary people.”
Human intelligence is hugely affected by one`s inner development and current state of being. Even if a person starts to try acting spiritually (symbolized in that story by preferring to learn from a wise bird rather than to lock it in a cage), the subconscious easily kicks in and one is blinded by its own selfish agenda.
Fortunately, there are spiritual techniques which support awareness of the present moment and expand it to a higher level of perception. One of the very effective practices is chanting mantras.
Activation of Chakras with Mantras
Mantras are repetitions of vowels, words or phrases. They may temporarily activate chakras. Mantras allow conscious creation with the magical powers of sound…
Sounds get substance in lungs and take shape by the position of the lips, toung and teeth, causing subtle vibrations in one`s physical body and affecting energies. Usually those sensations and vibrations are not noticed and rapidly replaced by others.
However, if those vibrations are amplified by prolonged pronounciation over a period of time, chakras related to those areas become charged by energy and become active. For example, the vowel “O” resonates the most with the heart chakra. The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum has a powerful effect over different chakras, connecting mystics with their inner spiritual core.
“Everything has its particular aura, its auric radiation, and this principle is also accomplished in the action of Words. -Dr. Arnoldo Krum-Heller, (“Huiracocha”) Logos, Mantram, Magic.”
How long should one pronounce mantras? Even a few minutes of mantra practice may have an effect, but more effective results are acquired with longer practices, as long as they are done properly, by maintaining steady focus and relaxation.Spiritual practitioners affect their human bodies with mantras on a deep level. Our physical bodies are about 65 percent water, changing its quality according to the type of energy charge.
An interesting recent illustration of that process have been discovered by Masaro Emotu. He demonstrated with his photos that words pronounced with a positive vibration, classical music, mantras, etc., affect the molecular structure of water and create intricate beautiful crystals. Also in contrast, he has shown disharmonious chaotic formations caused by negative words, aggressive music, etc.
When mystics pronounce mantras with the right attitude – harmony and beauty crystallizes within them.
“The word produces objective geometric figures. These geometric figures crystallize materially when they are endowed with cosmic matter. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… All things were made by him..!” [John 1:1]” – Samael Aun Weor, Geometry of the Word.”
All inner psychic vibrations relate to corresponding vibrations from the external world due to the affinity of vibrations and each of them in its complete form may be divided into 7 components. As our predominant senses are often vision and hearing, 7 notes of musical octave and the 7 primary colors of the rainbow tend to be used by mystics to amplify the corresponding vibrations of the 7 chakras.
For example, the vowel I (pronounced as “E” in the word eagle) relates to the note TI. If one chants the mantra of Eternal Feminine Principle IS IS activating the faculty of clairvoyance, it may have a greater power, if pronounced with a higher pitched note TI corresponding to the Ajna chakra.
Another aspect of this external-internal relationship is that spiritual harmony crystallized by mantras is not limited by the constraints of the physical body of a mantra practitioner. It spreads to others, sharing light with the world, according to the mystic`s powers and a person`s level of receptivity.
Sharp concentration and profound relaxation magnify the effects of mantras, neutralizing egos.
Awareness of the “here and now” is a step towards awareness of “everywhere and always.”
However as the effect of mantras on chakras is temporary, advanced spiritual progress is needed to activate them permanently.
The Role of Chakras in Spiritual Development
Chakras are connected with cosmic energies. Habitually most of us are driven psychologically by cosmic vibrations of a low kind emitted by the Moon. Unless esoteric work have been done in the past, our subtle energetical bodies are lunar and consist primarily of egos, all having a sense of “I”, all fighting for dominance.
Egos block the spiritual experiences of chakras, preventing one from experiencing divine “powers of golden wheels”, inhibiting one from living a spiritual life.
Egos need to be disintegrated for one`s particles of consciousness trapped within them to get liberated – for awareness to dominate over low self-centered states. On a bit larger scale, freedom from selfishness is a way to peace, love and wisdom on our planet.
Besides elimination of egos, the creative force of Alchemy is required to replace lunar bodies with solar ones and to activate the chakras permanently.
With Alchemy, the serpentine sexual force Kundalini may awaken in the Muladhara Chakra and gradually ascend through Sushumna, the energy channel inside the spinal cord. As one progresses on the Path to Enlightenment, internal fire ignites the “7 candles”. The 7 chakras get activated permanently, enriched by the excess of transmuted energy.
Alchemy, known as White Tantra and the Bridal Chamber, was one of the greatest esoteric secrets ever…
It has been hidden for centuries in codes, parables, legends and symbols due to its vital importance for spiritual development and its sexual nature. For example a well known symbol of Caduceus symbolizes energy risen in the spinal column, the snakes coiled around it are the energy channels Ida and Pingala.
Finally in the middle of the 20th century, the Avatar of the Age of Aquarius spiritual teacher Samael Aun Weor removed the seals of symbolism. He explained Alchemy openly in his numerous writings and public talks as a sacred sexual practice between a married couple in love devoted to inner purification and helping others spiritually.
Samael Aun Weor wrote many books with profound explanations of Alchemy, such as his late work “Mystery of the Golden Blossom”.
He was a great herald of pure spiritual love, enlightening the hearts of spiritual practitioners with his inspiring poetic and profound language.
“God as Father is Wisdom.
God as Mother is Love.
God as Father resides in the Eye of Wisdom.
The Eye of Wisdom is situated between the eyebrows.
God as Love is found in the Heart-Temple.
Wisdom and Love are the two Main Columns of the Great White Lodge.
To love, what a beautiful thing it is to love.
Only the great Souls can, and know how to love. Love is infinite tenderness… Love is the life that palpitates in every atom, as in every Sun.
(excerpted from Samael Aun Weor`s Perfect Matrimony)”
Alchemy transmutes the energy from mutually complementing male-female united currents.
The secret wisdom of esotericism is that gradually the “lead” of raw energies may transform into the “gold ” of the Spirit in all 7 dimensions. Once the physical body is filled with transmuted energy, its excess of goes higher restoring and creating Solar Vital, Astral, Mental, and Causal bodies and then even further, creating advanced vehicles for parts of one`s individual Divine Being to be incarnated internally. (Lunar bodies can be replaced with Solar bodies, then with superior Golden bodies on the stage of spiritual work known as The Second Mountain, and ultimately with bodies of Light on the Third Mountain to merge consciously with the Absolute.)
The universe is governed by cosmic laws and conscious beings. Everything is created by the combined energy of 2 opposite forces: positive and negative, assertive and receptive.
Human beings have the potential for 3 different types of births. The first one is eternal birth. The Monad, a tiny spark of light is born by the father who is in heaven. The second birth is a temporary one from a physical mother. The third birth is a spiritual birth where the unity of harmonized masculine and feminine transmuted energies create bodies in higher dimensions. Its ultimate purpose is to return back to God, completely awakened, being a conscious part of the Absolute.
This spiritual birth was mentioned by Jesus when he told Nicodemus to be born again.
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”
-excerpted from The Gospel of John
Rotating chakras by themselves do not make one progress spiritually. Their activation is not the main goal in Esotericism. Psychic faculties of consciousness may be compared with beautiful flowers on the side of the road: they may help to advance forward, but they may also distract. Activation of chakras has the most benefis if it is a part of the process of awakening, helping people and the world.
Spiritual development is much more superior way of being over excitement, worries, confusion and impermanence of a so-called normal life.
There are many levels of superiority of the spiritual over the material. If one advances to the heights of spirituality, their superior perception integrates naturally in their way of life. Similarly, qualities of divine love and cosmic wisdom are natural consequences of spiritual awakening.
There is a lot to pass for a tiny spark of one`s consciousness to ascend from low points of Creation to the most purest Light with no shadow – the Ancient of Days, the Absolute, God.
Copyright – EsotericteachingsDotOrg, published on February 11, 2012