Chakra Power

Some teaching promotes the idea that Chakras are energy centres of the body that connect the physical with the spiritual. They are allegedly linked to the energy channels of the spine. The seven major chakras are said to be related to hormonal glands of the body.
The Sanskrit word ‘chakra’ means wheel or disk, referring to the visual appearance of the chakras seen by clairvoyants.

The seven main chakras and their influence are believed to be:
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Crown chakra; Sahasrara:
location: top of the head;
representation: 1000 lotus petals;
colour: purple or white;
gemstone: diamond, quartz or amethyst;
element: thought;
gland(s): pituitary;
area of influence: consciousness.

Third eye chakra; Ajna:
location: between eyebrows, slightly up;
representation: two lotus petals;
colour: indigo;
gemstone: sapphire, lapis lazuli;
element: light;
gland(s): pineal;
area of influence: (psychic) vision.

Troat chakra; Vishuddha:
location: throat;
representation: sixteen lotus petals;
colour: blue;
gemstone: turquois, aquamarine;
element: ether;
gland(s): thyroid;
area of influence: sound, communication.

Heart chakra; Anahata:
location: in the middle of the chest at heart level;
representation: 12 lotus petals;
colour: green with pink;
gemstone: malachite, green jade, rose quartz;
element: air;
gland(s): thymus;
area of influence: love, balance.

Solar plexus chakra; Manipura:
location: solar plexus;
representation: 10 lotus petals;
colour: yellow;
gemstone: citrine, amber;
element: fire;
gland(s): adrenal, pancreas;
area of influence: will, transformation.

Sacral chakra; Svadhisthana:
location: top of pubic bone;
representation: 6 lotus petals;
colour: orange;
gemstone: carnelian;
element: water;
gland(s): ovaries, testicles;
area of influence: creativity.

Root chakra; Mulhadra:
location: between anus and genitals;
representation: 4 lotus petals;
colour: red;
gemstone: hematite, ruby, garnet;
element: earth;
gland(s): adrenal;
area of influence: survival, manifestation.

The goal of some spiritual practices is to open and energize all chakras to allow a full integration of the physical and spiritual body. One way to achieve this is supposed to meditate on the individual chakras and visualize them as opened flower blossoms glowing with their respective colors. The use of the corresponding gemstones are said to enhace this process.
The depicted image is showing graphic representations of the chakras painted in vibrant colors on silk in form of a beautiful flowing wall hanger by Silk & Art.

General advice for all spiritual practices is to set-up a sacred space or temple where you can display the objects that represent the desired goals for you. In this space you are believed to be safe and undisturbed during meditation.

The Guru and the Puzzle of Life

Imagine – the whole life is a gigantic puzzle, where we have all the pieces, but no clue how to put them together. There is no template or picture with the puzzle. And to make things even worse, most parts are so similar that is easily possible to match them in a wrong way.
Just sit back and think of it.
So we grow up and trust others more than our own intuition, and we put pieces together in a way we get told – from parents, teachers, friends, employers, the media, religion, social conventions, and so on. The list of our advisers is endless.
And once we put the pieces together we tend to believe this is the one and only way that they will fit, and that this is the right way.

We do not dare taking things apart, because we still have no clue how the finished puzzle will look like.
Now- sometimes we encounter a guru, or a teacher, who succeeded in solving a part of the puzzle for himself, and who is enthusiastic and willing to share the picture of this part with us.
If we trust this teacher, we can allow ourselves to undo a few small bits of our puzzle, and to put them together in a new way that will open up a greater vision towards the whole.
Each one of us has a different puzzle to solve – no two puzzles are exactly the same. However, they have large areas in common.
Remember – the guru cannot solve the puzzle for you, he can only hold up small picture details like bits of a collage, or actually he can only describe these details of the puzzle with his own words.

And it comes even harder: the puzzle of our life is not two dimensional – it is multi-dimensional.
And there are way too many bits to put together in a lifetime …

So – go ahead and look for your guru – a man with a vision greater than your’s; a man whose language you understand; a man who inspires you to keep working on your puzzle.

“If the student is ready – the guru will appear.”

See you in class …

PS:
Be aware – gurus come in all forms and disguises.

love the fool

“I must learn to love the fool in me the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs, and cries.” ~ Theodore Isaac Rubin