September 10, 2015, Prescott- The day found me back at work with a disabled boy, and my mother turned 87, a fabulous age, in my book. She went line dancing, which does my heart good.
Mom has always taught us to show compassion, to put others first. So it has gone, and it has been to my benefit also- because of the Shakras. Indian medicine tells us there are seven shakras, or regions of energy concentration, in and around the human body. The first, in the genitalia, deal with personal survival. The second, in the lower viscera, focus on sexuality and creativity. The abdominal region focuses on personal power and discipline.
Most of us fond ourselves going back and forth from these “lower” areas of focus, even while priding ourselves on “higher” pursuits. A couple of years ago, I set out on a spiritually-focused journey, only to fall apart at the seams, midway through, and had to regroup and move forward, once again.
In 2014, whilst in Europe, I found myself more and more focused in the area of the fourth shakra- that of transpersonal love. You guessed it: The fourth shakra is in the region of the heart and lungs. This is said to feel like the most satisfying, because it is here that service is the main focus.
There are three higher shakras, however, and I was reminded of them, whilst reading a couple of other chapters of “Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior”, which recounts Dan Millman’s experiences in Hawaii and Japan. A Native Hawaiian healer reviews the shakras with him, calling them floors in “The Tower of Life”, a term first used by Sallie Nichols, in the book “Jung and Tarot”.
The fifth shakra, centered in the neck, is focused on pure inspiration and spirituality. I’ve been in that state a few times. Perhaps you have, too. The sixth, focused in the cerebrum, is called “Pure Light”, communion with the Spirit. It is no surprise to me, that my messages from the Spirit Realm have come either in dreams, or in waking visions, when I am not concerned with the business at hand.
The seventh shakra is not even in the body. It is in one’s aura, directly above the head, and features Pure Spirit, with no ego left. This, to me, is the meaning of the Zen teaching that nothingness is the highest state which one may attain. Being one with the Universe is its manifestation.
As I said earlier, most of us go back and forth, between the first four or five shakras. I’ve been blessed to have experienced #6, and I know many others who have, as well. To be in one of the higher states, most of the time, is fulfillment. To handle the lower urges, and get back to spiritual progress, is the norm for me, more and more often. That said, I think I can wait a while for Shakra #7. There are too many people about whom I care deeply.