There are seven energy centers along the spine known as Chakras. Activating these is the key to opening awareness and entering higher consciousness states. It’s also a source of energy for enhancing our health and wellness. Learn how to use them to enrich your life.
Seven Vital Keys To Spiritual Health
Our spiritual, mental, and physical health are all intertwined. If you affect one of these, you also affect the others. Some believe we overlook the spiritual aspect, which is the cause of many mental and physical health issues. Many ancient cultures understood the connection between these three.
One way to affect all three is through the energy conduit that is our spinal column. The spine holds seven essential energy connections. The Indian culture calls these chakras. Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means ‘wheel or circle.’ It also has an Indo-European base meaning “to turn.” These are junction points that send energy throughout the body.
Our spiritual wellbeing affects our physical and mental health. Our spiritual mindset is the product of our thinking. If we change our thinking, it affects our attitude. Both are energy, and it’s a dynamic energy that can facilitate healing of mind, body, and soul.
Chakra Energy Centers
We can measure the electric current of our bodies. This energy runs through the principal conductor of the spine. Along the spine, there are seven main junction points or centers. These are crucial physical energy junctions.
You’ll find many spiritual practices use these centers, either directly or indirectly. Most spiritual practices start with grounding. When you are grounded, you are ready to begin. Grounding takes place when our energy is in alignment.
Therefore, it is practical to start with the center closest to the Earth and work our way up the spine. You’ll find this theory in almost every form of natural healing. But it is also the practice with other technologies such as Tai Chi and the Enneagram Personality Profile. And the reason for this is simple. Everything works better when it has a foundation. These chakra energy centers respond to the needs of the body sending where needed.
Even if you’re not engaging in advanced spiritual practices, you can still benefit. You can learn to activate them. This knowledge helps us to manage our overall health and wellness. First, we need to realize our consciousness is spiritual energy.
Consciousness is not confined to the space between our ears. Our consciousness is something much more mystical and spiritual. 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”
The first energy center is Muladhara, “I am,” or the “base.” This center is 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” is a starting point that 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 studying philosophical approaches like The Enneagram. Muladhara is the root of the tree. It is one of the main chakra energy centers, and 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 physical and spiritual health and wellness.
Eastern health practitioners find many of our health problems are because of misalignment with this center. Kundalini Yoga is a practice that helps to restore this alignment. It focuses on promoting the flow of energy up the spine. It begins with aligning and releasing the energy from this junction.
2nd Chakra “Svadhisthana”
Second, “I feel,” most associate it with the color orange. This center is just below the navel. This center houses your passions, dreams, ambitions, and fantasies. This energy portal is the soul’s emotional and sexual center, a fountain of universal energy. It’s your 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 keys to the Shamanic Journey practice. Our imagination and dreams derive their power here.
3rd Chakra “Manipura”
Third, “I do,” Manipura is the solar plexus. This chakra is the tender spot just below the rib cage’s junction. If we strike you in this center from the front, it will deflate your lungs. Its color is yellow. It is our 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 and set healthy personal boundaries and self-esteem. “I do” is the source of our willpower. The ability to bring change into our lives and the world is born within this center.
4th Chakra “Anahata”
Fourth, “I love,” This is the heart center. They associate Anahata with the color Green. You find it in the middle of the chest, just above the physical heart, which channels all our emotions. It channels anger, hate, vulnerability, anxiety, and dependency. It also channels unconditional love, compassion, friendliness, and healthy self-love. So, this center has a tremendous impact on our spiritual health.
If the 5th and 6th centers are open and functioning, this center can connect everything: mind, heart, soul, and body. The heart center is the home of our empathy and connection for other people, animals, and the environment.
5th Chakra “Visuddha”
Fifth, “I Speak,” Visuddha, we find this center at the base of the throat. We also associate it with “The Adam’s apple.” Blue is the color we associate with this spiritual energy center. This center is the gate to a truthful existence and the body’s communication center. It is the center that handles all messages, both internal and external.
What we think and say is important. When we have thought, it plants a seed. So, we want to make sure our thoughts are not harmful to ourselves or others. When we speak, these vibrations go out into the universe. They bounce back in the form of Karmic returns.
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.” We find this energy center 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 manifests. Hence, we need to be mindful to clean 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 activated, it can not be closed.
7th Chakra “Sahasrara”
Seventh, “I understand,” is Sahasrara, the crown. It’s not part of our physical body. We find this chakra just above the head. Many believe this 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 that connects us to the Universe.
This connection makes several miraculous things possible. It opens us up to energy, making many types of healing modalities powerful. And, it’s the gateway to higher states of consciousness. But, all the other chakra energy centers must open and function properly for these things to happen.
The Connection with Spiritual Technologies
Everyone is different. Everyone has their own way of awakening and activating the body’s healing energies. Medicines do this by aligning with the healing properties already in the body. Many of the healing arts of the East combine Western and Eastern medicine. They find that this holistic approach works well together.
Spiritual technologies are tools for developing and exploring consciousness. They are processes that can alter, change, or expand our awareness. Some of these methods open doorways to higher states of consciousness.
These processes come from eons of research by cultures around the world. We use the term spiritual exploration to describe these powerful methods.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning process. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. Several of these methods produce measurable changes in our physiology. These physiological markers differ from normal waking, sleeping, and dreaming states.
Spiritual exploration is not about faith or belief in a religion. They are processes that anyone can use. All you do is follow a process. We like to think of it just like baking a cake. When you want to bake a delicious cake, you follow a recipe. If you use the right ingredients and follow the directions, you get something delicious. The processes of spiritual exploration are formulas or ingredients for exploring consciousness.
There are many ways to list these methods. We divide these tools into four major categories:
- Analytical Tools
- Awareness Expansion Tools
- Modalities for Healing
The study of spiritual things seems like an odd place to find analytical tools, but these analytical processes are vital to our spiritual quest. Their use enhances our ability to use common sense and logic.
These tools help us think more clearly and make better decisions, which helps us avoid many of our path’s everyday obstacles. This group’s primary tools are Logical Reasoning, Comparative Analysis, and The Enneagram of Personality.
The study of logic is the first tool we use in our group practice, but these methods help anyone seeking the truth. We encourage our participants to create a reminder on their smartphone to review these tools every month. It’s essential to keep them fresh in our minds, and that’s when they become useful in spotting ploys and deception.
We use a set of three related tools. The first tool is Logical reasoning, which summarizes the essential use of logic in language. It shows how people misuse logic to sell us ideas and beliefs. Next is spotting logical fallacies. This module provides practical examples of the most common logical fallacies. The last module, the logical axioms, ties everything together by contrasting how science and mythology differ in their approaches to presenting the truth.
Comparative Analysis is a systematic approach to comparative religious study based on the scientific model. It is a method of comparing ideas and beliefs from different worldviews, and it is another tool we recommend for the new spiritual explorer.
This process introduces the challenge of comparing their beliefs to other worldviews. We incorporate the use of emotional checks with this process to maintain our emotional equilibrium. Keeping your emotional balance helps us think more clearly.
Above all, the use of logical reasoning and comparative analysis will sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction. So, these aren’t just for research. You’ll find a use for these tools every day. Besides their use in religion, politics, they are also helpful with TV and Radio newscasts.
The Enneagram of Personality
The Enneagram of Personality is a cognitive science tool that helps us understand the mechanisms of Ego, personality, and instinct. The best authors and researchers write in easily understandable language so the layperson can understand it, while it is deep enough for any clinician. It makes the Enneagram a powerful system available to almost everyone.
You will find modern psychology and the Enneagram share many of the same concepts and authors. Borrowing and then building on the work of others is a common practice. For instance, Jungian psychology parallels the structure of the Enneagram. It has nine processes of consciousness.
The core of the Enneagram Personality Profile is a series of questionnaires. If you provide honest answers, you will get an accurate personality profile. The scientific method of testing verifies the accuracy of this tool. The system goes beyond identification into deeper thought processes and beliefs. It integrates spiritual and psychological understanding. It will help you understand the source of your personal power.
When you say spiritual practice, many people think of meditation. Seated and moving forms of meditation are the centerpiece of spiritual exploration. Both seated and moving meditation bring many health and wellness benefits.
Seated meditation is the heart of the spiritual practice for many people. Meditation is an essential tool for exploring consciousness. Seated meditation includes everything from a primary two-step method, Mindfulness Meditation and Japa or Transcendental Meditation (TM). This modality also has advanced practices like the Siddhis of Patanjali.
Moving meditation is an action with a heightened level of awareness. To perform an activity while simultaneously holding a meditative state involves a high level of mind-body coordination and skill. This modality improves mind and body connection. In turn, this has a positive effect on our health and wellness. This progression includes energy collection modalities like Qigong and Tai Chi. It also includes Forest Bathing and grounding techniques, like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.
Awareness Expansion Tools
This category has a diverse mix of tools dealing with awareness and perception. This group includes the Shamanic Journey or Guided Meditation, lucid dreaming, third-eye awakening exercises, and techniques to improve memory.
Another essential tool is the spiritual journal or book of shadows; it’s your personal life coach. This modality also includes exercises like automatic writing and exploring memories. You could list these tools among some groups. However, we like to list them separately because of their importance to awareness.
The Shamanic Journey is probably man’s first technology for exploring consciousness. This traditional method is at the core of many indigenous cultures, and it serves as evidence of the historical importance of the inner quest.
There are many variations on this theme, but essentially the same formula. Rhythm is a key element that regulates heart rate and breathing. Then the mind projects an inner world providing the lucid journey.
A Shaman is a person who guides people through this journey in the spirit world. However, you can take this inward journey by yourself. This tool for changing awareness uses a range of seated and moving forms.
The Shamanic Journey has been renamed or rebranded in Western cultures. They do this to make it more marketable. You will see it marketed as “guided meditation” or “creative visualization.”
Modalities for Healing
The last group is healing practices. This group includes a diverse set of tools such as Pe Jet, which comes from Indonesia, and Reiki and Shiatsu come from Japan. We teach Vedic medicine, along with other traditional healing forms. Self-care is a vital part of this group. Because to help others, we must be in optimal health. Our overall health and wellness affect every aspect of life.
Using any healing method is a natural outlet for our positive energy. Many people come to the healing arts as a secondary interest. They find it an enjoyable way of giving back and helping others.
Most of the ancient process for expanding awareness involves chakras. So, exploring consciousness not only fulfills our innate desire for the inner quest, but it also heals. Our physical and spiritual health work together.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia