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Lesson 73 -
More on Chakras (Audio)
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Chakras: Academic Theory versus Actual Practice
Chakras and the Spinal Nerve
Date: Thu Jan 8, 2004 0:46pm
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Q: As a Healer I have always understood that the Chakras should be in
balance and that Yoga is one way to help bring about a balance in these
energy centres. I have, however, recently found a supposition that only the
Base, Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras should be open and that the Heart,
Throat, Brow and Crown chakras should be closed. This seems rather strange
to me and I would appreciate some feedback on this matter.
A: If you go to lesson #47,
"Pranayama Q&A -- Chakras?" you will find a review of the approach taken in
these lessons in relation to chakras. It is not a direct supervision of
chakras, but allowing them to come into function naturally as pure bliss
consciousness and ecstatic experiences come up in practices, particularly in
meditation and spinal breathing.
Having said that, all of the practices act either directly or globally on
the chakras, but not with attention on the inner mechanics of them. Because
of the approach being practices-oriented rather than chakra
supervision-oriented, there has not been much consideration on which chakra
should open and which should not. The one exception is the crown, which can
lead to problems if opened prematurely, as discussed in the recent lesson on
kundalini symptoms and remedies. There are many unpleasant stories out there
on this. Gopi Krishna's book, "Kundalini - Evolutionary Energy in Man," many
years ago is one example. It is a good book on how to get enlightened the
hard way. So, the crown is one that we don't want to open too soon.
The supposition you mention about opening the bottom chakras and not the top
ones does not seem to be consistent with a balancing of feminine and
masculine energies in the body, and not conducive to enlightenment if that
is the goal. It certainly leaves out both meditation and spinal breathing,
which both have global effects on all the chakras, and the sushumna (spinal
nerve) in particular going between the root and the third eye. It also
leaves out sambhavi at the third eye, and a boatload of further measures we
will be covering here working in the upper body and head. The supposition
implies stimulating only the bottom half of the sushumna and chakras, and
relying on the energy finding its way upward by itself, with no provision
for a downward flow to marry the upward flow. This seems to be a Shakti-only
approach. It would certainly avoid the problems at the crown mentioned
above. But it avoids, or at least greatly delays, the activation of the
entire sushumna. It seems a one-sided approach. Then again it must be
working for someone, or why would it be written down? Unless, or course, it
is just a theory. Experience is the final arbiter of all theories.
We may be talking about two different things here. These lessons are about
facilitating the enlightenment process in the human being, and there are
many proactive methods being presented for use in every corner of the body,
mind and heart. "Chakra balancing" and different approaches to that may be
concerned mainly with restoring health, not going great guns into an
enlightenment transformation, which is a much more ambitious course to take.
Either way, it seems that balancing feminine and masculine energies would be
essential, not to mention bringing up pure bliss consciousness everywhere
from within with meditation, which is a prerequisite for both good health
The goal in these lessons is to avoid theoretical approaches to yoga as much
as possible. The approach is experience-based, and therefore, hopefully,
practical. In that sense, what you see here is what you get. That is the
scientific approach, or, at least, as close to scientific as we can get when
dealing with the subjective side of ourselves.
In healing, you are no doubt dealing with experience as well, which may be
why you wondered about the supposition about opening lower chakras only. It
seems to not make much sense to either one of us.
Click here for descriptions
of the seven main chakras in relation to the AYP system.
The guru is in you.
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