The desire to posses stems from the feeling of isolation. When we feel isolated we tend to go out and try to get hold of something to fill that empty space inside of us. We have to realize that life has to be enjoyed, and this will by itself attract other people to you who will want to participate in your joy. The energy of the navel chakra is like fire, it burns wherever it can feed upon something.
Fascination is the fire that keeps us going to pursue the things we want, but it can also lead to obsession. It starts with excitement. Then fixation tries to close in on the object of desire. Satisfaction of desires is a temporal thing. Once a desire has been satisfied one craves for more. This leads to obsession. This fire consumes our energy, and in the process we eventually burn out. People with an over-active navel chakra have a lot of energy, but are likely to take risks and chances, and are often too impulsive.
They tend to fly up like sparks into the sky, and loose contact with the Earth, and with reality. They are impatient, and often turn into fanatics. Those people need to learn to be patient. Uncontrolled fire destroys, but with controlled fire we are able to craft the most beautiful things.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks people can have is that they think they posses their partner. We cannot posses another human being, we can only share our lives with someone else. It is the middle chakra in the line of seven. What is below and what is above intertwines in anahata. The upper and lower energies take on the form of two interlaced triangles. Anahata, the heart chakra, is the seat of the human ego. We point to the heart when we want to refer to ourselves.
The physical ego has will power, center, vitality, warmth, stability, radiance. A strong heart chakra shows talents of leadership and independence. Anahata shares with muladhara root chakra the image of the lingam. In muladhara the lingam stood for creation of the physical world.
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In anahata, the heart chakra, the lingam represents the subtle, or astral, world. The third lingam is in ajna brow chakra , where it stands for the causal, or mental world. The skin is the organ that has its seat in anahata. The skin is the threshold between the inner and outer world. What is outside the skin is all the rest, people, nature, the universe. The skin is also an instrument to express and receive affection and love, hugs and caressing, flowing out from the heart chakra.
As a function of limitation, the skin is related to muladhara the root chakra. The thymus is the gland that gives self-confidence. A properly working thymus paves the way to success by confidence and faith in the right action. This is a spontaneous, intuitive process as we find it in children. However around the age of twelve the thymus stops working almost entirely. It then works only on a very basic level to keep the body alive, but it connection with the brain ceases. Self-confidence is pushed to the background, self-maintenance now arises, expressed by the action of collecting things.
The thymus is closely connected with heart and blood. The thymus creates a sense of togetherness through love and community life. When the thymus stops functioning, the sense of togetherness disappears, and instead the sense of ego appears, the sense of being different than others. The child looses its sense of unity, and becomes an ego. The ego seeks pleasure in material things, but pleasure is not always what the ego expected and it never lasts long.
So the ego becomes dissatisfied, and when it finally realizes that there must be something more to life, it jumps into a church. After a while it gets dissatisfied with the church too, and the ego becomes completely frustrated. A person whose thymus continues to function properly becomes a spiritual person. He seeks happiness within himself. He has confidence in life because he looks behind the outer appearance of things.
He is open to the unknown. He focuses his mind to the real life issues, in contrast with the materialist who scatters his energy as he seeks diversion. The connection between the thymus and reproductive organs shows in the sexual development, which is latent until the child reaches the age of about twelve.
At that time the thymus stops working puberty arrives. Green is the middle color of the spectrum, and thus has balancing qualities. Green is essentially a healing color. It is the color of growth and renewal. Being in the presence of green plants all around us makes us feel good and healthy. Living in a highly industrialized society, we still like to go out for a walk in the woods, in a park or a back yard to relax.
We even take plants inside our house. Somehow their green color reassures us that we are still connected with nature and its healing energies. Green is the color not only of nature but also of the elemental forces in nature. It is the color of the nature spirits, specially of elves and fairies, who often dress in a green robe. With both vishuddha, the throat chakra, and anahata half of the petals of the chakra each petals represents a certain energy were already active at the beginning of mankind.
The remaining six of anahata we can activate by developing their corresponding properties in ourselves: Anahata, the heart chakra, gives us the ability to gain insight in the mentality and character of other beings. With it we are able to feel the warmth and cold emanating from other people. With the heart chakra we send out and receive love.
In the navel center we create relationships; with the heart center, a higher dimension, or meaning is added to these relationships. With love you express that you are willing to give, to share your feelings. The feeling of love can be so great that one is willing to give his life for the other person. However it can also go the opposite way. With an unbalanced heart chakra, the love one gives is merely an expression of a longing for egotistic possession and domination of another person. Giving love without expecting anything back is really something that is reserved for only a few persons.
At the present level of humanity, most people are unable to let the beloved one totally free in what he does. Even when the beloved wants to go on another path of life, it is so difficult for most people to still love him without any expectancy. Love is total connection with everything in creation.
It is feeling one with what is loved. When this feeling is lost, one slides back to the chakra below manipura, or navel chakra in order to control his environment, and people, in an effort to make sure his survival in terms of the meaning of life. Domination and control are rampant in the world at the moment. The element Air is connected with anahata. Love, just as Air, likes to flow and reach every little corner on the planet. Air is the mediator between the Sky and the Earth.
Thus the heart connects our physical existence with a power that comes from the universe. Just as the Air channels the light from the Sun towards the earth, so the heart receives love and passes it on to our physical existence. Trust is an expression of the heart chakra. When you love somebody you trust him. When trust is lacking, one starts to worry.
Worry that can grow into paranoia. Like the element Air, it starts moving, restless seeking over the Earth, whirling, developing into a tornado. Then we are constantly looking for information and reasons to sustain our suspicion, even dragging other people into our paranoia. We get lost in the realm of Air and loose our connection with the Earth, with reality.
Lack of trust and suspicion are the result of fear that our territory is under attack. Territory not only in the literal sense but also in the psychological sense. It can turn into a vicious circle by which we always anticipate the negative. We have to realize that worry, suspicion and lack of trust are unreal if they are unfounded. Often we have to shift our point of view in order to understand where the other person is coming from.
Trust implies the acceptance of movement. We cannot dominate other people, especially our partner, in order to satisfy our insecurity. Trust is like the wind, you have to let is blow freely, and trust that it will bring you fresh air. Let the wind remove the unnecessary defenses of your territory, make more space in your life and learn to fly like a bird in the sky. Not always easy in our society, but who wants to spend the rest of his life in a bird cage? Thus vishuddha means completely pure, clear in all directions. With the throat comes the ability to utter sounds.
From this primordial sound emanated the sixteen pure vowels which reside in vishuddha. From here on the impure sounds, the consonants, originated and took seat in the chakra below vishuddha. Sahasra, the crown chakra above vishuddha , contains all the sounds together. The reason why vowels are considered pure is that when spoken the vocal cords are strained but the voice channel remains open, which is not the case with consonants. The throat chakra governs the area of the throat, vocal chords, and the entire voice channel. It does not surprise us that many opera and other singers, both male and female, whose vishuddha has become well developed, are well proportioned, voluminous, robust men and women.
The body is strongly influenced by the activity of vishuddha, and thus muladhara, the root chakra, has a strong link with vishuddha. The physical manifestation of sound happens in vishuddha, with the cooperation of the throat, nose and mouth, determining what kind of sound is being produced.
Let us have a look at the human body. The throat divides the trunk from the head. The throat not only divides but also forms a transition. Vishuddha forms the transition point from the four lower chakras to the two higher chakras.
In this sense it is related to Saturn which, in traditional astrology, is the end of the known world the seven visible planets and the beginning of the unknown world beyond Saturn. However vishuddha is more; it is the collection of everything below. In vishuddha a process of synthesis takes place, before the energy can move upwards into the head. At the same time it is a purification station that clears the wine from the drab.
Only purity can ascend to the higher centers of the head. All this happens when energy moves upwards through the body. When energy from the crown chakra moves downwards in the body, Vishuddha acts as a transformer for the higher energies, making them suitable to function in the more dense levels of existence below the throat chakra. There is a strong connection between the larynx and the reproductive organs.
In very ancient times the larynx was a part of the reproductive organs. This might sound weird, but we have to imagine that this was in a time when the human body did not have the form, nor the physical state as it has now. In a later phase of human development, the body changed in such a way that only the lower part of the body developed the reproductive organs as we know them now. The area of the larynx was originally open, but gradually closed itself. The reproductive organs would express themselves creatively by producing new life; the larynx would express itself creatively by producing sounds.
It is said that in the future there will be a time in which people will manifest the creative word. They will be able to create with words, or with sound. By that time the reproductive organs will degenerate. The larynx has another important meaning. The esoteric teachings say that animals which have a horizontal larynx are under a group spirit. Man, when his original body changed into an upright position, obtained a vertical larynx, which allows the sense of ego to enter.
This ego distinguishes man from the animals, for now he is able to utter his thoughts in a comprehensive way. When we look at the chakra system, we can say that the first four chakras are animal related. Animals have survival instincts muladhara or root chakra , they reproduce svadhisthana or sex chakra , they create relationships manipura or navel chakra and they display affection and love for their like anahata or heart chakra , but they are not capable of intelligent speech vishuddha. The relationship between vishuddha and sexuality also shows at the beginning of puberty when the gonads cause the development of the Adams apple expansion of the larynx , and a change in the vocal cords by which the voice becomes "heavier".
The nice and soft voice of the child disappears and makes way for a stronger and more harsh voice. Vishuddha has the element of Ether. In Ether the four elements are united as one.
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At the same time Ether brings forth the four elements. Ether has an expanding quality. It likes to expand and fill the entire universe. It transcends boundaries and knows no directions. Likewise, the throat chakra helps us to expands our awareness. In front of the larynx and the trachea, is the thyroid gland.
The thyroid produces thyroxine and triiodohyronine. They act throughout the body to maintain activity of all metabolic pathways in the cells at a steady rate. Energy-producing and energy-using processes are increased and fuel storage is reduces by hydroxine. The thyroid secretion also directly influences the digestion. Lack or absence of thyroxine causes insufficient digestion of food, resulting in corpulence, slowness and lethargy, idiocy and so on.
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When there is too much secretion, digestion is too fast, and the body does not get enough energy intake because the energy has been consumed too fast. When the thyroid gland works normally, it gives us pleasure and we enjoy life. When it does not work properly, it takes away our pleasure, and life is not enjoyable anymore.
The thyroid gland requires much of the dietary iodine intake, and cannot function adequately if this element is lacking.
The thyroid has a strong influence on the gonads, and influences sex appetite, menstruation and pregnancy. Blue has a cooling, calming effect.
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It is connected with intuition and gaining knowledge from other planes. Blue is the color of the sky, and through the sky we enter into the heavenly realms. Eight of the sixteen petals of vishuddha have already been developed in the distant past of man. These eight petals gave man a dreamlike and dull consciousness. Maybe this is why concentration on vishuddha promotes sleep. The remaining eight petals can still be developed by conscious effort. The eight qualities corresponding with these petals are: The mouth takes in food, the nose and mouth take in air.
Mouth and nose belong to vishuddha, and refer to the capacity of taking in what the world offers us. When somebody is overwhelmed by too much information, he is up to his neck in it. Speaking is an expression of oneself that happens through the throat chakra. Often, people with great talents do not make it in society because they are not able to express themselves verbally. At the other hand people with only little talents make it in society because they are good talkers. Survival at the level of svadhisthana is reflected in the amount of success one has in society, be it in his immediate environment or in the world at large.
In anahata we experienced personal love, unselfish love and we even can have a taste of universal love. With vishuddha, or throat chakra, we are able to expand our consciousness, drifting on the Ether, "to go where nobody has gone before". With vishuddha we learn about the vastness of Space, which contains everything in existence, everything in potentiality. Space exists both inside and outside of us. In ajna we find the third of the three lingams.
The lingam in muladhara, or root chakra, gives entrance to the physical world. The lingam in anahata, or heart chakra, gives entrance to the subtle or astral world. The lingam in ajna gives entrance to the causal or mental world. In man karma works on the level of his causal body, which is connected to ajna. In the causal body all information is stored about our past and past lives. Things in the present and future that will happen to us, are based on this information. For example, the place, time and circumstances of birth will be determined by what has happened in previous lives.
Past and future create a tension that causes the present to come into existence. Traditionally, ajna has two petals. Now this is very strange, because when we look at the numbers of petals of the chakras, it would seem logical that ajna would have more: The petals at sahasrara is a symbolic number, as there are innumerable petals in this chakra. Why does ajna only get two petals in a series of increasing numbers? In most books you will find that the two petals stand for duality that comes into existence at the level of ajna, when creation came forth from sahasrara.
Ajna is the center where duality came into being. However this does not explain why ajna should not have more petals. An explanation for this apparent anomaly I heard from Yoga Muni, a western yogi in Belgium, who talks from his own experiences. He said that, when he was meditating on ajna, he perceived that ajna has indeed more petals, but they are revolving so fast that most people are not able to distinguish them, or see them as separate petals. It has to do with frequencies. Let us take the example of a movie. A roll of film has a speed of 25 images a second.
A hay wagon has wheels with a certain number of spokes. When the wagon is in motion, the spokes revolve with a certain frequency. When we film the wagon in motion, we will see the spokes of the wagon blurred of disappearing, and sometimes they appear with a different number of spokes, because the frequency of the information on film is different from the actual frequency of the revolving spokes. A similar thing happens with the petals of ajna. The petals of ajna revolve with a particular frequency. However, the frequency of perception of most yogis is not the same, and thus their perception is distorted.
They will only see two petals, but they are actually a resonant image. When one is able to tune his frequency of perception with the frequency of ajna, one will see all the petals. The hypthalamus is the main coordinating center between the endocrine system and the nervous system. It also releases growth hormone. The hypothalamus controls sleep and waking, body temperature and appetite. It regulates our mood, alertness, sensitivity to pain, eating, drinking, sexual activity.
The hypothalamus controls the front part of the pituitary gland by secreting hormones that flow into the pituitary gland through tiny connecting blood vessels. Indigo is the result of mixing the three primary colors red, yellow and blue. Let us have a look at the three lingams. The first one, in muladhara or root chakra, is called the swayambhu lingam which is red a primary color. The second one in anahata, or heart chakra, is called the bana lingam, which is green a secondary color, made from yellow and blue. The third one is in ajna, and is called itara lingam, which has an indigo color the tertiary color, made from yellow, blue and red.
Indigo helps with making a connection with the higher self. It promotes intuition, and it is the color of wisdom. It is connected with the development of intuitive thinking and with deductive reasoning in order to expand the known towards the unknown. It opens the door of the subjective self to the objective no-self.
Concentration on ajna, situated between the eyebrows, can produce out-of-the-body and other spiritual experiences. This center is a gateway to other realms. Ajna rules over the eyes. Through the eyes one can penetrate the soul of a person. Do we not say "look at my eyes", or "let me look into your eyes" when we want to discover the truth.
With the eyes one can convey a message without words. Clear, sharp and evident. The eyes can seduce but also manipulate. It is all soul language, it all works on the level of the soul. Ajna gives us the ability of visualization and the formation of mental images and concepts. Here is the center with which we build our view of the world, and of reality. If we create a world view based on fantasy, then we are not connected with reality and we will experience difficulty in life. We might find that life is unjust, unfair.
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Most people then blame the outer world. Blaming does not help, and thus it is better to look what is wrong with our ideas and have another look at what reality is about. An unbalanced ajna chakra might lead to distorted opinions about life, and compulsive, obsessive behavior. Ajna is also the center where creativity is, and a person with an unbalanced ajna chakra might develop into a mad inventor, a criminal, or a crazy Dr.
The realization of sahasrara is the goal of every yogi. It is the primary root of liberation. Once sasharara has ben realized, rebirth in the world of illusions is no longer necessary. Sahasrara links us to the divine Sea of Light, the Kingdom of Light, out of which everything has emanated.
The sahasara lotus traditionally has petals. This number is symbolic and means unlimited. Sahasrara is like an invisible Sun, in rest, existing above all the realms of creation, in unity. Ajna and sahasrara have a close connection on the physical level. The pituitary gland is attached to the upper edge of the inner portion of the brain. It is the size of a small pea, and sits protected in a bony depression, the Turkish saddle, at the base of the skull. It produces melatonin a chemical that produces sleep which is affected by light.
The pituitary gland is also involved in sexual functions but it is not yet quite clear how this functions. The production and release of hormones from the anterior pituitary gland are affected by the hormones of the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland work close together. The posterior pituitary bears no secreting cells, but stores two hormones which are produced by the hypothalamus, and which are passed down the nerve fibers in the pituitary stalk. These hormones are oxytocin, which acts on a smooth muscles, and vasopressin, which is an antidiuretic hormone.
Vasopressin acts as a water preserver in the body. According to esoteric teachings, the pituitary gland is a remnant of an earlier phase of evolution, but not in the sense that it is pining away. The fact that is not active anymore, means that man does not know how to use it anymore. With anahata, or heart chakra, we saw that the thymus atrophies after childhood.
The same thing happens with the pituitary gland. As long as this gland is still working, the child is very connected with his inner world. When the gland begins to atrophy, the child becomes more self-conscious. At this point man looses his ability to enter the inner worlds. At a later age he will be able to gain access again, but this time by using his will.
Violet is at the end of the color spectrum and stands for the transition to the invisible realms. In relation to sahasrara it creates a connection with the divine essence in man, and with the divine itself. It is the gateway to the entire cosmos.
Violet has always been connected to priesthood. In this sense it is the color of Divine Love, goodness, purity an dedication. It is the magical color that sublimates everything to Spiritual Gold. The crown chakra connect us with the Divine, with the Kindom of Light, with Christ. From the crown of the head a golden energy cord goes towards the divine source. We are all continuously connected with the Divine.
Nobody is left alone. The golden cord nourishes us with divine food, inspiration and spirituality in the highest sense. People with an unbalanced crown do not see the meaning of life, nor do they believe in the existence of the Divine. For them, life is just a coincidence, some molecules that came together and developed life on this planet.
A purely biological event. Others who are blocked may adhere to a dominating church. With the new age, sahasrara is turning into motion. Society and churches do not provide the answers to the spiritual questions that live deep inside man. People are looking more and more to what life is about and who they are. They are starting to see their place again in the vast cosmos, and are discovering what their destiny is.
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