Monday, August 29, 2011
the crack of light in a void of darkness
the mystery we embrace in the Seventh Chakra
It is the tremendous experience of becoming conscious, which nature has laid upon mankind, and which unites the most diverse cultures in a common task. C.G. Jung
Whistle Breath opens the Crown Chakra. Purse your lips and make a whistle sound as you inhale -- exhale through the nose. Continue at least three minutes.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The element is Thought.
The purpose is Understanding. The issues we'll be looking at during the next forty days are:
Consciousness, Awareness, The Witness, Transcendence, Immanence, Belief Systems, Higher Power, Divinity, Union, and Vision, Meaning, Unity.
The color is Violet.
The demon is Attachment.
In this seventh power center, an easy way to confront our own fear of death and to go beyond that fear to experience the undying existence of our own soul is to practice the technique of held and expelled breath:
Sit in a comfortable position with your hands held palms up in front of you, as though someone were going to pour blessings into your open hands.
Inhale deeply, and hold the breath with your eyes one-tenth open.
Slowly exhale all the air from your lungs.
Once the air is gone, mentally chant "Sat Nam" four times.
Inhale again, slowly exhale, and holding the breath our, chant the mantra five times. Gradually work your way up to reciting slowly the mantra eight times on each exhale.
Continue for at least three minutes.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Even Oprah is talking about Sixth Chakra! Her latest magazine has a big article on "Intuition" and one's "sixth sense." It's a worthwhile read!
For us, today is the last day of Sixth Chakra, the world of colors and symbols, dreams and fantasy, archetypes and images. The possibilities expand through imagination, which stimulates creativity. Our new vista gives us increased understanding, as we not only perceive the patterns around us, but also perceive our own place and purpose in them.
Tomorrow we move into the Seventh Chakra, and open to the Mystery of Heaven. Visit the site tomorrow for our forty day meditation and more information on unfolding the thousand-petaled lotus.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
There was a man years ago whom I was just getting to know -- on the telephone -- we hadn’t met yet, but had been encouraged by a mutual acquaintance to have a go at it. He was single. I was single. Why not?
One day, the unnamed man sent me on a sort of treasure hunt, a game, he said, to get to know him better. He told me to follow the instructions he would give me, and at the end of it, I would know something important about him.
Here were the instructions: Get in your car, drive to Whole Foods (or some such place), find the tea section, then find the selection of Celestial Seasoning Tea, look for the one called, Tension Tamer, then take the box off the shelf and look at the picture.
Wow, this was great. Wasn’t this guy playful and fun!
Off I went, happily on my hunt, to find the tea that would tell me things.
Here is a description of the picture on the tea box: In the foreground is a princess sitting on what looks like a pile of rocks -- she seems serene, content in her sitting/waiting posture (one might call it meditative). In the back ground, very teeny, you can see a knight in shining armor leaving a beautiful castle glowing in the clouds behind him. Near him, at his point along the way, is a scaly dragon, breathing fire. The knight has his sword drawn in preparation for battle with the beast -- which in turn allows the knight to rescue and free the princess.
How could I have not recognized a pattern that has played over and over in my life! I knew this story. I’d lived it, far too many times. Falling for what I believe is the hero, the man in the arena!
I held that picture out in front of me like it was the place at the end of the rainbow. But it wasn’t.
In time, I've learned that the princess needs to get up off that rock on her own, and quit waiting to be rescued. She needs to incorporate the qualities of the knight -- honor, courage, valor, risk -- in herself. Turns out, there was more to learn about myself than about him -- and he wasn't playful or fun either.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
We receive messages directly from our unconscious every night -- messages that can help us to understand our life -- guidance not filtered through the ego. These messages come in the form of dreams. Some people don't think that they dream, but we all do every night, on a pretty regular schedule throughout the night, beginning with the shortest dreams from deep within the unconscious, to the longer dreams occurring just before waking. Learning to interpret our dreams, learning our own symbolic language, is a gift and task of the Sixth Chakra.
The whole creation is essentially subjective, and the dream is the theater where the dreamer is at once scene, actor, prompter, stage, manager, author, audience, and critic. C.G. Jung