Awakening the Chakras: The Seven Energy Centers in Your Daily Life

Awakening the Chakras: The Seven Energy Centers in Your Daily Life

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Overview

An in-depth guide to understanding and balancing the chakras

• Provides meditations, mantras, and other methods to work with each chakra

• Details each chakra’s positive and negative qualities, their gifts and challenges, and how they interact with each other

• Examines the psychological causes of blocked energy in the chakras

• Shares chakra wisdom and profound spiritual insights from Sri Harish Johari, Guruji Pilot Baba, Mataji Narmada Puri, Sri Aurobindo, and other spiritual leaders

By understanding the chakras, you can better understand the ways you interact with the world around you and the energetic roots of your inner being. Offering an in-depth guide to this powerful ancient yogic science, authors Victor Daniels, Kooch N. Daniels, and Pieter Weltevrede--all longtime students of the late tantric scholar, philosopher, and temple artist Sri Harish Johari--explain the essence of each of the 7 chakras and provide practical tools to work with these energetic “wheels of light.”

Revealing how each chakra is connected with specific patterns of thinking, feeling, sensing, and acting, the authors explore how the chakras offer a vertical map of consciousness beginning with the root chakra at the base of the spine and ascending to the crown chakra on top of the head. They provide dynamic meditations, mantras, and other methods to work with the chakras. You will learn how to enhance each chakra’s positive features and transform the difficult ones. You will discover the complementary ways they affect each other, the gifts and strengths each can bestow, and the psychological causes of potential imbalances within them. Coauthor Pieter Weltevrede provides visual portrayals of traditional images of the chakras and their deities, explaining the spiritual secrets embedded in each. Sharing profound insights from their studies with Harish Johari, the authors also include chakra wisdom from other gurus they have studied with such as Guruji Pilot Baba and Mataji Narmada Puri.

Offering practical wisdom for help in daily life and freedom from the tethers of your past, chakra work provides a powerful way to hear your inner self more deeply and a systematic path for activating higher levels of consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620555873
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 02/26/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 305,288
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Victor Daniels received his Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA and taught for more than 40 years at Sonoma State University. He is the coauthor with Kooch Daniels of Matrix Meditations and other books. Kooch N. Daniels has a master’s degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. The Daniels studied for more than two decades with spiritual teacher Harish Johari as well as with Sri Amritanandamayi. They live in Bodega, California. Pieter Weltevrede is a painter recognized as the artistic protegé of tantric scholar and artist Harish Johari, his teacher for more than 20 years. The author and illustrator of several books, including How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head, he lives in the Netherlands.

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Third or Manipura Chakra

The Power Chakra

The third or Manipura chakra is linked with the gravitational center of the body, having self-command, and being balanced within your chi or personal energy. It is also connected with willpower, drive, ambition, and the desire for achievement and enjoyment of good times and good company.

On one hand, this chakra’s qualities can contribute to developing the strength of your ideas, intentions, and personal sense of power. You mature in awareness and unlock your potential to move revitalizing and uplifting energy throughout the body. On the other hand, third chakra potentials can develop in egocentric directions that can involve treachery and/or controlling others to serve your own interests.

Most of us have the potential to move beyond self-consumed perspectives. Speaking to others in ways that help them feel better, refusing to support harmful agendas, and acting boldly for the good of the larger community or ecosystem are potent third chakra attributes. But there’s a catch. You have to have the willingness as well as the potential, and it takes more than a little spiritual discipline to be humble about your accomplishments, acknowledge that you received help and luck from known and unknown sources, and hold back from bragging about what you’ve done.

The third chakra is also about inspiration and initiative. It includes the determination, drive, and focused perseverance that is often needed to realize your goals. Using our strength, passion, and will, we can watch for the next chance to act in a constructive way that resonates with the higher purpose of our heart and soul.

THIRD CHAKRA POSSIBILITIES


OPPORTUNITIES

Capable
Knowledgeable
Shares power
Considerate of others’ boundaries
Dynamic
Helpful, service to others
Respectful and democratic
Appropriately assertive
Attitude of equality
Empowering
Centered

OBSTACLES

Dominating
Arrogant
Power hungry
Fuzzy self-other boundaries
Restless
Uncaring, out for oneself
Authoritarian
Inappropriately aggressive
Egotistical
Demeaning
Out of balance
Excessive pride


The Pathway of Spirit: Imagery in the Third Chakra

The Triangle, the Lotus Leaves, and the Seed Sounds

Everything in plate 3 surrounds the red downward pointing triangle, a symbol for the element fire, the third chakra’s element. Fire is linked to the solar plexus and the stomach, which is the “furnace” that burns the food we need to survive. Here we find the Sun. Since the Sun is said to be related to intellect, in this chakra we experience our intellectual abilities to organize and manage. The nature of fire is one of purification and also destruction. What goes into the fire may get purified. But when the fire gets out of control, it will destroy or be destroyed.

After the point and the circle, the triangle is the simplest form. Since the red triangle faces downward, it indicates that movement in this chakra is downward toward the first two chakras. From here those chakras are organized and utilized.

The three raised lines off of the triangle represent three forces that are called gunas: tamas, or inactivity and laziness; rajas, or energy and activity; and sattvas, or illumination. These lines can also refer to our mental tools--ego, mind, and intellect--or India’s three main deities--Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer and the Lord of Yogis.

The ten lotus leaves represent ten more inner phenomena that we have to learn to handle. They can all contribute to keeping the illusion of our own created world alive. Harish Johari identifies them as spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness, and sadness. One can think of these as side effects of getting too entangled in the power games of this chakra.

The seed sound of the element fire is RANG. The RA-sound originates in the navel and the NG-sound brings the energy to the brain. It will increase the digestive fire and may help you to live a long life.

A Longevity Visualization

Visualize the ten lotus leaves starting next to the top going clockwise.

As you visualize, utter the seed sound of each lotus leaf: DANG, DHANG, RLANG, TANG, THANG, DANG, DHANG, NANG, PANG, PHANG. Then visualize the downward pointing triangle and end with the seed sound of the element fire, RANG.

The Ram, Bradda Rudra (right), and Lakini Shakti Devi (left) will be discussed later in turn.

Practical Tools for Third Chakra Work

Concentration


Purpose:
Focusing on the present moment and calming the mind

Using a mudra can make it easier to focus your mind and be in the present moment.There are many different mudras or “seals” made with the fingers and the hand exercises to symbolically express various inner states of mind.

The mudra described here is one in which statues of goddesses and meditators are often shown, with palms facing upward toward the sky and the thumb of each hand touching the index finger to form a small circle. The three remaining fingers held close together point forward or upward--your choice. It is called the Chin Mudra or mudra of wisdom. It can also be done with your palms and fingers facing downward toward the earth instead of upward, which makes it easy to practice in a public place without anyone noticing.


To begin, notice and relax your breath and place your hands in a comfortable position on your legs with palms facing up toward the sky.

Next allow the top point of your thumb and index finger on each upward facing hand to come together to form a small circle.

Let your mind sit quietly with your hands resting in this position for calming benefit or do your mantra, your prayers, or affirmations. When your hands, the instruments of the mind, are in this position energy moves upward to link with the wisdom of your higher Self.

To help keep your attention in your immediate present, if you like you can make your mudra into a “moving mudra.” As you inhale, let your thumbs and fingers separate by about an eighth of an inch. As you exhale, let them touch. Continue in this way.

Table of Contents

Preface

How This Book Evolved And Grateful Acknowledgments to Those Who Helped It Along

Introduction

1 An Inward Eye
2 Solving Your Personal Mysteries
3 The Polarity Principle
4 First or Muladhara Chakra
The Root Chakra
5 Second or Svadhisthana Chakra
The Passion Chakra
6 Third or Manipura Chakra
The Power Chakra
7 Fourth or Anahata Chakra
The Heart Chakra
8 Fifth or Vishuddha Chakra
The Throat Chakra
9 Sixth or Ajna Chakra
The Third Eye
10 Seventh or Sahasrara Chakra
The Crown Chakra or Thousand-Petaled Lotus
11 Removing Obstacles to Cosmic Consciousness
Untying the Three Granthis or Knots
12 What Next?

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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