There are seven spiritual energy centers along the spine known as Chakras. Activating these is the key to opening awareness, entering higher states of consciousness. It’s also the source of energy for enhancing our health and wellness. Learn how to use them to enrich your life.
Spiritual Energy Centers = Chakra
You’ll find many spiritual practices use these centers (either directly or indirectly). And, most start with the first chakra located at the bottom of the spine and then work upwards. This includes most forms of natural healing but also includes Tai Chi and the Enneagram Personality Profile. And, the reason for this is simple. Everything works better when it has a foundation. Our spiritual energy centers work in concert spiraling upwards.
Even if you’re not engaging in advanced spiritual practices you can still benefit greatly from understanding and learning to activate them. This knowledge helps us to manage our overall health and wellness. First of all, we need to realize our consciousness is spiritual energy. We cannot confine consciousness to the brain. It’s something much more mysterious, mystical and spiritual in nature. Thus, the term spiritual energy centers make perfect sense. This perspective isn’t new. It’s the basis of many ancient forms of healing and consciousness exploration.
So, working our way from the bottom up…
1st Chakra “Muladhara”
First, “I am,” the “base” chakra is Muladhara. It’s located in the perineum, the lowest point in our body. We associate it with the color red. This one is all about the self-preservation instinct, survival, and stability. This center nurtures our most basic needs and desires, first and foremost the desire to live.
“I am” as a starting point which correlates well as the first step with many spiritual practices. For example, many meditative practices start with grounding and centering. It’s also the first step in the study of many intellectual approaches like The Enneagram. This s also known as the root chakra. This is because it roots the body and the soul to the Earth. We are part of nature and ultimately, we draw our energy from the Earth. It’s our connection to our physical vitality and endurance. For this reason, it’s key to our overall health and wellness.
2nd Chakra “Svadhisthana”
Second, “I feel,” most associate it with the color orange. It’s located beneath the navel. This is the center of your larger than life passions such as dreams, ambitions, and fantasies. This energy portal is the emotional and sexual center of the soul, a fountain of universal energy. It’s your strong link to the world, which bonds you to your loved ones.
Many people confuse this bond with the heart. However, this is different. So, think of it more like the protective “love instinct” bees have for their queen bee. But, this is also why this is one of the spiritual energy centers which is key to the practice of Shamanic Journey. Our imagination and dreams derive their power here.
3rd Chakra “Manipura”
Third, “I do,” Manipura is the chakra solar plexus chakra. Its color is yellow. This one is located just above the navel. It’s the center of personal strength, learning, and comprehension. It is the center of our social instinct and social interaction.
Of all the spiritual energy centers, this one is where we find our sense of self, and awareness of others. It helps us recognize set healthy personal boundaries and self-esteem. “I do” is the source of our willpower. The ability to bring change into our lives and to the world is born within this center.
4th Chakra “Anahata”
Fourth, “I love,” This is the heart chakra, Anahata. Green is the color most people associate with this center. You find it in the middle of the chest just above the physical heart. It is the center of all emotions. As such, it also channels anger, hate, vulnerability, anxiety, and dependency. On the other hand, it also channels unconditional love, compassion, friendliness, and healthy self-love.
If all the spiritual energy centers below it are open and functioning properly, then this center can connect everything together mind, heart, soul, and body. For that reason, the heart chakra is the center of deep connection for other people, animals, and the environment.
5th Chakra “Visuddha”
Fifth, “I Speak,” Visuddha, is found at the base of the throat. We also associate it with The Adam’s apple. Blue is the color we pair with this energy center. The throat chakra is the gate to a truthful existence and the communication center of the body. It is the center that handles all messages internal and external.
Some believe even the thoughts of the mind go through this center. Through the throat we voice (think) our opinions, beliefs, and truths, express the self and try to make sense of this world. Speech can inspire others and add to the flow of mutual influence. It is also the voice that can make vehicles like Mantras and Sutras powerful.
6th Chakra “Ajna”
Sixth, “I See,” Ajna, is the “third eye.” This energy center is found in the center of the forehead. The color indigo is its trademark. This center is responsible for what we refer to as “the sixth sense.” As such, it connects our intuition, mystical and logical mind centers altogether. It is the center through which perception is thought to manifest. Hence, we need to be mindful to cleans this center regularly. It’s what protects us against subliminal social and cultural programming.
There are methods for opening the third-eye of perception. However, these not for the beginner. Be careful, because once open it can not be closed.
7th Chakra “Sahasrara”
Seventh, “I understand,” is Sahasrara, the crown chakra. It’s not actually part of our physical body. This center is found just above the head. And, is thought to be the center of pure consciousness, wisdom, sacredness, and wholeness. Through this portal, we are connecting our Soul to the Universe. So, it’s the gateway enabling the expression of higher states of consciousness.
People associate the color white with the crown chakra. Because of this, it’s not surprising to see a “halo” of white light in pictures of great spiritual teachers. Of the spiritual energy centers, this is the one is which connects us to the Universe. Consequently, this connection makes a number of miraculous things possible. It opens us up to energy which makes many types of healing modalities powerful. And, it’s the gateway to higher states of consciousness. But, in order for these things to happen, all the other spiritual energy centers must be opening and functioning.
The Connection with Spiritual Exploration and Spiritual Technologies
Above all, everyone is different. So, everyone has their own way of awakening and activating the healing energies of the body. Medicines do this by aligning with the healing properties already in the body. Many of the healing arts of the East use medicine along with directing energy through the Chakras or their connecting points throughout the body which are called Meridians. This is because they all either directly or indirectly work to establish proper alignment of the life force energy that travels through the Meridians and Chakras.
We recommend everyone learn as many of the ancient spiritual technologies as possible. These are processes for expanding awareness and investigating higher states of consciousness. Healing is among these processes. Learning the healing arts is useful for your own health and it is also part of the spiritual path which gives us the opportunity to help others. It’s a very common occurrence to see someone shift the focus of their spiritual path after being introduced to the healing arts.
What are Spiritual Technologies?
In essence, spiritual technologies are methods of developing your potential. In short, these mental tools focus on expanding awareness and consciousness. And, these processes stand up to the test of science – repeatable and measurable. Anyone can use them. It’s like baking a cake. If you follow the directions, you get something delicious. We call the practice of these processes Spiritual Exploration.
Of course, there are several ways to list these processes. It’s important to note some of these tools could easily be in more than one category:
- Logical reasoning is one of the first tools we study. This includes the companion tools, spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Above all, these are essential tools for any spiritual explorer. They are able to sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- Another important basic toolset is the “inner work” methods like The Enneagram Personality Profile. These help us to understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instincts. They also provide a doorway to understanding the virtues and gifts of the spirit.
- Progressions of seated meditation are the heart of the practice. This includes a range from Basic Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and the Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Next, progressions of moving meditation. For instance, several methods of energy collection, like Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Awareness and consciousness expansion pathways such as Lucid Dreaming and the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation.
- And last but not least, several healing modalities, such as Reiki, and Shiatsu.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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