Part 3 – Chakra Management for Integrity

I want to generally pursue the idea that human maturing throughout the years of life connects with the development of our Chakras with the understanding that timing may be different for certain individuals, such as those called to energy healing or shamanic work.

Generally speaking, the Root Chakra (developing from babyhood through toddlerhood) is about coordinating and exploring the physical body, and the Sacral Chakra (developing from toddlerhood to age six or seven) is about emotional development and exploration including creativity. The Solar Plexus as the formatory apparatus shapes our personality with the ideas we develop about the world and our self within it (developing from about age eight to pre-teen). The Solar Plexus contains our beliefs about empowerment, ambition, and capacity for achievement. With the onset of puberty and individuality, teens explore intimacy with close friendships, and add to this mix confusion of their feelings of sensuality and sexuality.

It is at this stage wherein the diverse emotions arise from the Sacral through the Solar Plexus to the Heart chakra, which begins to awaken at sexual maturity at an age wherein caring for children may become a biological imperative. Within the onset and confusion of  puberty, an individual’s energies may surge upward to the Heart Chakra or fall back again into the Sacral Chakra. At puberty a young person’s may exhibit emotional swings as they sort out their thoughts, beliefs and feelings about coming adulthood.

Said by the yogis to be kundalini or sex energy nestled at the base of the spine, I believe that the normal process is for this energy to manifest along the life path. People get into difficulty when the social norms are not in harmony with the natural state of maturing. For example the Puritan’s idea of sex which has been saturated in the American soul often leaves women energetically operating from the waist up, denying her innate sensuality and fullness of life experience. Conversely the same denial of sexuality as appropriate and good can send rebellious persons into licentious sexual behavior, so that instead of a mutual wish between partners for the creation of another human being, the result is all kinds of deviancy. So much depends on the home life where values are picked up for healthy self-expression or unhealthy self-expression. The creation of a work of visual art, music, or dance, for example, is as creative as the choice to make a new life, and is driven by an individual’s sensuous wish for self-expression.

The Heart Chakra awakens naturally when one’s children are born and these tiny little dependent beings demand all of their parents’ resources for healthy formation of their selfhood. Having their needs met with love and acceptance goes much further to nurture self-respect and self-care than blatant neglect, anger, or rejection. Self-expression comes through the Throat Chakra manifests passion or compassion, love or hatred, kindness or anger – and all of these are valuable parts of the life experience for what they have to teach us about our selves. The Heart Chakra is the connecting link between the body and the spirit, and it is from here that the struggle of the higher self to overcome the lower self makes itself felt in the upper chakras, where psychic gifts manifesting through the Brow or Third Eye chakra make themselves felt. This is the sight, sound, clairvoyancy of the higher centers. When the Crown awakens fully in the adult, it corresponds to the time of life when one seeks to prepare one’s self for the holiness of one’s dying, and an intimacy with the Source of life.

Part 2 – Chakra Management for Integrity

If yesterday’s idea holds true, then we should be able to clear our chakras to heal these areas of inner division. For those who don’t know what the chakras are, they are centers or vortexes in the subtle energy field of the body, coinciding also with density of nerve nodes. Most ancient cultures had teachings of the chakras – they have been as prevalent in the Yoga of the Orient as in the Peruvian/Incan teachings of indigenous South America. In the Christian tradition they are hidden within the seven seals of the Book of Revelations. They show up in the Sephirot of the Kabbalah and in the nine worlds of Yggdrasil. So what do they look like?

The most common model is the Yogic, so I will go with that one for now. The Chakra energy flows up and down the spine from the Root Chakra at the tail bone, to the Sacral Chakra about four inches below the belly button, the Solar Plexus located just below the Xiphoid process at the joining of the rib cage, the Heart Chakra, the Throat chakra, the Third Eye chakra and the Crown over the head. The Root and Crown chakras point downward and upward respectively, linking our body to the Earth on a vertical axis and to the three worlds of shamanism, the under world, the middle world and the upper world. The other chakras drink from the atmosphere around us on a horizontal basis, connecting us to waking consciousness and the affairs of daily life in the middle world.

Each chakra holds its own conscious awareness, which is like the awareness of conscious awakening. And more on this I will say  tomorrow.

Part 1 – Chakra Management for Integrity

The concept of Integrity means united  – Whole. Looking around in Great Nature, no thing is separate from another. All beings partake of air, water, and food. At the deepest level, molecules are always breaking apart and recombining. So what does this mean in terms of living a life of integrity, honor, value?

When I go deep within myself, I see patterns from as far back as childhood that interfere with such things as being able to keep my word, caring for others, and even caring for self in a deep and meaningful way. Some of these patterns resulted from ways my child self learned to cope with tough survival situations. Most of us have similar patterns; I am not judging them, but to live beyond the “survival” level into the “thrival” level I have needed to clear these patterns so that they no longer command my behavior.

Within us most of us are not united. As I went through my process of inner healing, I found groups of wounded inner children who had dissociated from a state of “unity within” due to trauma and pain they felt. As I did the work of emotional healing, the adult in me was more able to parent these children into wholeness. I wanted to explore the idea of energy and emotional healing through the chakras, because there is an idea that our psychological states mature in alignment with the chakras. So my idea was that the inner children trapped for example in an idea belonging to the sacral chakra could be helped through work on that chakra.