Eastern traditions teach that the physical body contains 7 main energy centers called Chakras. Each of these centers holds our universal spiritual life lesson we need to transcend as we evolve into higher consciousness. This means that as we face a life lesson or challenge and we accept and learn this lesson, we heal, transmute and move towards understanding and connecting with Spirit or Universal Consciousness.
The above chart represents the 7 main chakras and the relationship with their respective endocrine gland, body organ/system, mental and emotional experiences. This is not a complete list but a summary of the major factors that can help us balance and heal our chakras and some of the challenges that may come up as well depending on the life lesson being experienced at the moment.
The following are profound insights from Sri Aurobindo on the Chakra System and prana, the vital force giving life to our physical experience. I hope it amplifies your understanding in the importance of the Chakra System and feel empowered to work through your life lessons. Enjoy!
Maria Laura Rainer
Holistic Body Talk, Miami
This mental or psychical body, which the soul keeps even after death, has also a subtle pranic force in it corresponding to its own subtle nature and substance, – for wherever there is life of any kind, there must be the pranic energy and a substance in which it can work, – and this force is directed through a system of numerous channels, called nādī, – the subtle nervous organization of the psychic body, – which are gathered up into seven centers called technically lotuses or circles and which rise in an ascending scale to the summit where there is the thousand-petalled lotus from which all the mental and vital energy flows. Each of these lotuses is the centre and the storing-house of its own particular system of psychological powers, energies and operations, – each system corresponding to a plane of our psychological existence, – and these flow out and return in the stream of the pranic energies as they course through the Nadis.
This arrangement of the psychic body is reproduced in the physical with the spinal column as a rod and the ganglionic centres as the Chakras which rise up from the bottom of the column, where the lowest is attached, to the brain and find their summit in the brahmarandhra at the top of the skull. These Chakras or lotuses, however, are in physical man closed or only partly open, with the consequence that only such powers and only so much of them are active in him as are sufficient for his ordinary physical life, and so much mind and soul only is at play as will accord with its need. This is the real reason, looked at from the mechanical point of view, why the embodied soul seems so dependent on the bodily and nervous life, –though the dependence is neither so complete nor so real as it seems.
The whole energy of the soul is not at play in the physical body and life, the secret powers of mind are not awake in it, the bodily and nervous energies predominate. But all the while the supreme energy is there, asleep; it is said to be coiled up and slumbering like a snake, – therefore it is called the kuņdalinī śakti, – in the lowest of the Chakras, in the mūlādhāra. When by Pranayama the division between the upper and lower Prana currents in the body is dissolved, this Kundalini is struck and awakened, it uncoils itself and begins to rise upward like a fiery serpent breaking open each lotus as it ascends until the Shakti meets the Purusha in the brahmarandhra in a deep Samadhi of union.
[Sri Aurobindo, Synthesis of Yoga, Chapter 28, Raja Yoga]
The navel-centre (nābhi-padma) is the main seat of the centralised vital consciousness (dynamic centre) which ranges from the heart level (emotional) to the centre below the navel (lower vital, sensational desire centre). These three make the domain of the vital being. It is therefore clear that it was your inner vital being which had this experience, and its intensity and vehemence was probably due to the whole vital (or most of it) being awake and sharing in it this time. The experience itself was psychic in its origin, but was given a strong emotional-vital form in its expression. I may add, for completeness, that the centre of the psychic is behind the heart and it is through the purified emotions that the psychic most easily finds an outlet. All from the heart above is connected with the mental-vital and above it is the mind with its three centres. One in the throat (the outward-going or externalising mind), one between the eyes or rather in the middle of the forehead (the centre of vision and will) and one above, communicating with the brain, which is called the thousand-petalled lotus, and where are centralised the highest thought and intelligence, communicating with the greater mind planes (illumined mind, intuition, overmind) above.
[Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, Experiences of the Inner and the Cosmic Consciousness]
Part II- Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton -The biggest impediment to manifesting the successes we dream are the limitations in our subconscious mind!
Bruce Lipton says in his book: "While almost all organisms have to actually experience the stimuli of life first hand, the human brain's ability to learn perceptions is so advanced that we can actually acquire perceptions indirectly from teachers. Once we accept the perceptions of others as "truths", their perceptions become hardwired into our own brains, becoming "our truths".
He continues explaining that the learned behaviors and beliefs acquired from other people may not support the goal or desires of our conscious mind. He points out that the biggest impediment to manifesting the successes we dream are the limitations programmed into our subconscious mind! These limitations not only influence our behavior, they can also play a major role in determining our physiology and health. The mind plays a powerful role in controlling biological systems that keep us alive.
The conflict arises with the fact that we all learn from our environment since we were conceived and those perceptions determine our personality and our future. So it can be positive if you had parents who taught you positive thinking, conflict resolution and social skills but how about the opposite? The same applies to your peers, your teachers, your environment and how they influenced you to perceive what you have learned as positive or negative.
I invite you to take one minute and ask yourself...who influenced you in your life? Are you consciously choosing who influences your life today? Are you consciously present and aware of the beliefs that limit your life? What about those which spark your full potential?
By becoming aware of the patterns and beliefs that build a roadblock in our life and dreams, we create the potential to shape our future. It will be your awareness, your becoming conscious that will allow you the potential to erase old negative beliefs and behaviors and program new positive beliefs that will support the vision and health you have always dreamed of and that you deserve today and every day for the rest of your life.
How can you shape your life and health?
If you need guidance and support in resolving a pressing issue whether an ailment, disease or mental block, receiving a session is fundamental in assisting your Self to unlock the core of the disharmony manifesting in your body mind. As explained above and based on Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief, it is imperative that we allow ourselves to see beyond our limitations, to explore other possibilities so we can be in power of our health and our lives. By interacting with another individual, receiving guidance and trusting the process, you are co creating a new reality and clearing yourself from old programming that does not support your life.
Among the modalities I practice, I'd like to introduce two of them that I find to be pillars of transformation:
Maria Laura Rainer, BA, LMT, CBP
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