ANATOMY OF THE SPIRIT
“Sharing my work with readers of this book is like taking you into my mind and laboratory. For yourself, take with you only what feels right to your heart and spirit, and leave the rest behind.”
“…(O)ur spirit is very much a part of our daily lives; it embodies our thoughts and emotions, and it records every one of them, from the most mundane to the visionary…(O)ur spirit… participates in every second of our lives. It is the conscious force that is life itself.”
“By working with my intuitions, I have identified the emotional and psychological causes of illness.
Unquestionably, a strong link exists between physical and emotional stresses and specific illnesses. This connection has been well-documented, for instance, with regard to heart disease and hypertension and the so-called Type A personality. My particular insights, however, have shown me
that emotional and spiritual stresses and dis-eases are the root causes of all physical illnesses.
“Moreover, certain emotional and spiritual crises correspond quite specifically to problems in specific parts of the body. For instance, people who come to me with heart disease have had life experiences that lead them to block out intimacy or love from their lives. People with low back pain have had persistent financial worries; people with cancer often have unresolved connections with the past, unfinished business and emotional issues; people with blood disorders often have deep-seated conflicts with their family of origin.
“The more I studied the human energy system, the more I realized that very little is created ‘randomly’ in our bodies or, for that matter, in our lives. The links between our emotional stresses and illnesses are best understood in the context of the anatomy of the human energy system – the anatomy of our own spirits – which is the nucleus of the material that I now teach throughout the United States and many other countries , and the focus of this book.
“Being medically intuitive has helped me learn not only about the energy cause of disease but about the challenges we face in healing ourselves. Of great significance to me was that ‘healing’ does not always mean that the physical body recovers from an illness. Healing can also mean that one’s spirit has released long-held fears and negative thoughts toward ones self or others. This kind of spiritual release and healing can occur even though one’s body may be dying physically.
“Learning the language of the human energy system is a means to self understanding, a way through your spiritual challenges. By studying energy anatomy, you will identify the patterns of your life and the deep interworkings of your mind, body, spirit. This self-knowledge can bring you pleasure and peace of mind and lead to emotional healing, along the way.”.
“…I had not considered the power of our spirits…I had never considered that we weave our spirits into everything we do and into everyone we meet. Nor had I thought that my life choices expressed my spirit or affected my health. I arrived at graduate school in a state of crisis, feeling powerless for the first time in my life. I completed a master’s degree in the study of mysticism and schizophrenia – the madness encountered on the way to spiritual sanity. Later, I could come to see that my very feeling of powerlessness led me to study power, for the lives of mystics are lessons in physical, emotional and spiritual bereavement and disempowerment, followed by rebirth into a new relationship to power.
“Mystics’ perceptions about reality and power are different from those of ordinary people. In the language of Christianity, mystics are ‘in the world but not of the world.’ In the language of Buddhism and Hinduism, they are detached from the illusions of the physical world; they can see symbolically, clearly, because they are awake….I often ponder the lives of the mystics, especially the theme of the individual’s relationship to power…I now believe that power is the foundation of health.
“Would that we could follow such simple instructions, because our spirits do contain our lives and our life choices. We do indeed weave our spirits into the events and relationships of our lives. Life is as simple as that.”
“What does it take to make a miracle happen? I believe that our cell tissues hold the vibrational patterns of our attitudes, belief systems, and presence or absences of an exquisite energy frequency of ‘grace’ that we can activate by calling back our spirits from negative attachments. As A Course In Miracles says, ‘Miracles are natural. Something is wrong when they don’t happen.’… You can be a vegetarian and run six miles a day, but if you are in an abusive relationship, or hate your job, or have daily fights with your parents [or in any deep way know you are deeply at odds with any dominant part of your daily life-CCM] you are losing energy – or power – in a pattern of behavior that can lead to illness or prevent your healing from an illness. On the other hand, if you are spiritually centered and call back your energy from negative beliefs, you can eat cat food and still stay healthy.
“Please understand that I am not advocating that you eat an unhealthy diet or avoid exercise – it’s just that these factors alone will not keep you healthy. Nor am I saying that a commitment to becoming spiritually conscious guarantees your health. It will, however, enhance your life and self-understanding and set the stage for maximizing healing be it spontaneous or gradual, spiritual or physical.”
“This way of interpreting the body’s energy is sometimes called ‘vibrational medicine…’…When you receive an intuitive impression (about someone upon first seeing or meeting) pay attention to whatever image comes up… Most people are looking for safe intuitions, not healthy ones, and safe insights, not healthy insights, because they usually want a safe passage into the unknown [or fear confronting the unknown?-CCM]. So you may be tempted to dismiss a disturbing image that you receive , or one that is not congruent with your own desires or those of the person you are reading…
“People must face that which they fear. Instead of acting on (our) intuitions, (we may) direct (our) hurt and anger ‘underground’ into (the) body, which manifests (then into illness, or can).
“Life is painful sometimes, and spiritually, we are meant to face the pains that life presents. In the Western world, however, we often misinterpret God’s plan for us and expect life to be comfortable and free of trouble. We measure God’s presence in our lives by our level of personal comfort; we believe God is here if our prayers are answered. But neither God nor Buddha or any other spiritual leader or tradition guarantees or encourages a pain-free life. Spiritual teachers encourage us to grow past and through painful experiences, each of which is a spiritual lesson. Developing intuitive ability will help us learn the lessons inherent in our experiences.”
“Depression is another symptom that all is not well. …Depression is generally considered a mental and emotional disorder. But prolonged depression often precedes development of a physical illness. In energy terms, depression is literally a release of energy – or life-force, if you will – without consciousness. If energy is like money, depression is like opening your wallet and announcing, ‘I don’t care who takes my money or how it is spent.’ Prolonged depression inevitably develops chronic exhaustion. If you don’t care who spends your money or how much, you end up broke. Just so, without energy you cannot support your health.”
“It sometimes takes a concerted effort to shift your mind to allow yourself to heal. …Accepting the idea that every part of your life – from your physical history to your relationships to every attitude, opinion, and belief you carry inside yourself – affects your biological makeup is only part of the healing process, however. You also have to get that acceptance to move from the mental level into the physical level, into your body, to feel the truth viscerally and cellularly and believe it wholly.
“The idea that biography becomes biology implies that we participate to some degree in the creation of illness. But – and this is a crucial point – we must not abuse this truth by blaming ourselves or any patients for becoming ill. People rarely choose consciously to create an illness. Rather, illnesses develop as a consequence of behavioral patterns and attitudes that we do not realize are biologically toxic until they have already become so. Only when illness forces to review our attitudes do we come close to comprehending that our day-to-day fearful attitudes or bitter attitudes, are in fact, biologically negative substances.
“Again, we all have negative feelings, but not all negativity produces disease. To create disease, negative emotions have to be dominant, and what accelerates the process is knowing the negative thought to be toxic but giving it permission to thrive in your consciousness anyway. For instance, you may know that you need to forgive someone, yet you decide that remaining angry gives you more power. Remaining obsessively angry makes you more likely to develop a disease because the energy consequence of a negative obsession is powerlessness. Energy is power, and transmitting energy into the past by dwelling on painful events drains power from your present-day body and can lead to illness.
“Power is essential for healing and for maintaining health. Attitudes that generate a feeling of powerlessness not only lead to low self-esteem, but also deplete the physical body of energy and weaken overall health.. “
“Because controlling others requires a tremendous investment of energy, and because she never actually felt in control, she was continually exhausted. This patient could certainly go to psychotherapy sessions. But unless she confronted the truth about herself, she would only be chronicling her complaints for an hour each week. No actual healing would take place. As M. Scott Peck has pointed out in People of the Lie and The Road Less Traveled, seeing and admitting the truth about ourselves, about our role in creating our own problems, and about how we relate to otheres is vital for healing.”
“Power is at the root of the human experience. Our attitudes and belief patterns, whether positive or negative, are all extensions of how we define, use, or do not use power. Not one of us is free from power issues. We may be trying to cope with feelings if inadequacy or powerlessness, or we may be trying to maintain control over people or situations that we believe empower us, or we may be trying to maintain a sense of security (a synonym for power) in personal relationships. Many people who lose something that represents power to them – money, or a job, or a game – or who lose someone in whom their sense of self or power is vested – a spouse or lover, a parent or chid – develop a disease. Our relationship to power is at the core of our health.
“ Consider the first principle – that biography becomes biology – together with this second principle – that personal power is necessary for health. Power mediates between our internal and external worlds, and as it does so, it communicates in a language of myth an symbol. Consider, for example, the most common symbol of power – money. When a person internalizes money as a symbol of power, its acquisition and control become symbolic for that person’s health: when she acquires money, her biological system receives the signals that power is coming into her body. Her mind transmits the unconscious message: ‘I have money. Therefore I’m safe, I’m secure. I have power, and all is well.’ This positive message transmitted in the biological system generates health.
“ Of course, making lots of money doesn’t guarantee health, but poverty, powerlessness, and illness are undeniably linked. When you have trouble making money or you suddenly lose money, your biological system may weaken…
“Each of us has numerous power symbols, and each such symbol has a biological counterpart…Our lives are structured around power symbols: money, authority, title, beauty, security. The people who fill our lives and the choices we make each moment are expressions and symbols of our personal power. We often hesitate to challenge a person who we believe holds more power than we do, and we frequently agree to things because we believe we haven’t the power to refuse. In countless situations and relationships, the underlying dynamic at work is the negotiation of power; who has it, ad how we can maintain our share of it.
“Learning the symbolic language of energy means learning to evaluate the dynamics of power in yourself and others. Energy information is always truthful. Although a person may verbally agree to something in public, his energy will state how he really feels, and his real feelings will find their way into some symbolic statement. Our biological and spiritual systems always seek to express truth, and they will always find a way to do so.
“You need to become conscious of what gives you power. Healing from any illness is facilitated by identifying your power symbols and your symbolic and physical relationship to those symbols, and heeding any messages your body and intuitions are sending you about them.”
“Healing…is an active and internal process that includes investigating one’s attitudes, memories, and beliefs with the desire to release all negative patterns that prevent one’s full emotional and spiritual recovery. This internal review inevitably leads one to review one’s external circumstances in an effort to recreate one’s life in such a way that serves activation of will – the will to see and accept truths about one’s life and how one has used one’s energies; and the will to begin to use energy for the creation of love, self-esteem, and health.
“In a conventional medical treatment, the patient follows a program prescribed by the physician, so that the responsibility for healing lies with the doctor. By contrast, in holistic therapies the patient’s willingness to participate fully in his own healing is necessary for its success.”
“This (case study subject) is an example of someone with only passive power. This kind of dependent person feels she must acquire power from her external environment and from or through someone else. She thinks, consciously or unconsciously, ‘Alone, I am nothing.’ Such a person seeks to acquire power through money; social status; political, social, military, or religious authority; and relationships with influential people. She does not directly express her own needs but becomes skilled at tolerating or manipulating unsatisfactory situations.”
[I spent years in certain situations – work and relational – flirting with this syndrome. Changing my life in my 50s was an outgrowth of attempts to change this pattern. Jury’s out. CCM]
“Most people who attend my workshops come because they realize they need to change their lives. Some are afraid to leave their partner or their job, while others are trying to find away to live with a situation that is incompatible with their emotional needs. I can’t begin to calculate the number of times people have said, ‘I think I was better off before I realized how unhappy I was.’
“Once we make conscious our emotional needs, however, it’s impossible to forget them. Once we become aware of the source of any unhappiness, we cannot expunge that awareness. We have to make choices. The ability to choose is an active power – and the sensation of having active power is both thrilling and threatening, because it makes us want to change those parts of our lives that are no longer appropriate. ‘And changing those parts inspires us to challenge other aspects of our lives that are not satisfactory.
“Changing our lives is often difficult because of our existing loyalties. Usually we learn about loyalty within our family structure and as a connection toward our family. Loyalty to oneself, however, is an entirely different virtue, and adhering to it can cause tremendous upheaval in a family. Becoming loyal to herself can, for instance, cause a woman to recognize that she can no longer remain in her marriage. Upon sharing this information with her husband, she will be told, ‘Think of the children.’ Her case is an extremely common example of group loyalty conflicting with loyalty to oneself. While living in an unsatisfactory situation, we may try for a while to honor the demands of group loyalty, and we may avoid thinking about our personal emotional needs. At some point, however, our emotional body becomes sufficiently ‘empowered’ that the mind can no longer fool the heart. The unhappy wife will either end up in unceasing personal turmoil by remaining in the marriage, or she will pursue a divorce while filled with guilt that she has been disloyal to the group, her family. In truth, there are not many ways to successfully introduce your personal needs into a circumstance that was created before you realized what your personal needs were.
“Active power types are quite different from acquisitioners … They are ‘self-motivators’ – they believe self-care is a priority, and their energy circuits are attached to awareness, strength, and emotional stamina. A self motivator is able to do whatever is required to maintain the balance of body, mind, and soul.
“Support groups for people with illnesses often bring their members to new self-definition. By acknowledging their own needs and evaluating their lives accordingly, they admit that their present circumstances are neither acceptable to the person they are becoming nor conducive to their healing. They realize that they have to take steps to change. In the process of healing, they learn to detach themselves from objects of people who are drawing the strength right out of their bodies.
“The necessity of change makes healing a terrifying experience for many people These individuals know, consciously or unconsciously, that unplugging their energy circuits from a power target is the same as saying good-bye to it. They enter into an unsettling limbo where they want simultaneously to unplug from their power target and to hang on to it. Some people end up trying to live in the two worlds simultaneously, not entirely inhabiting the one that no longer suits them, yet never quite moving on to the next either. Thus it is that many people journey to the well of healing but find once they get there, that they cannot actually drink.’ “
”Healing requires taking action. It is not a passive event. We are meant to draw on our inner resources to find the material strength to leave behind our outmoded beliefs and behaviors, and to see ourselves in new healthy ways – to take up our beds and walk.”
“…(S)ymbolic sight (is) the ability to use your intuition to interpret the power symbols in your life.
“When a person seeks to see more, healing is inevitable...First and foremost, focus your attention on learning to interpret your life’s challenges symbolically. Find a meaning in them. Think and feel how they connect to your health. Bring attention every day to the challenges you face and how your mind and spirit respond to them. Observe what causes you to lose power, and where you feel the loss. Evaluate the spiritual and biological activity that occurs as a consequence.
“Second, think of yourself at all times as an energy being as well as a physical one. The energy part of yourself is the transmitter and recorder of all your thoughts and interactions. .. Develop the habit of evaluating the people, experiences, and information you allow into your life.
…(C)onsciously and regularly evaluate your interactions and their influence on your emotional and physical power. And remember that if you have a private agenda – that is, if you want to see thing sin a certain way [such as, I am good, I am right, I am a victim, etc.-CCM] you will interfere with your reception of energy information.
“Third, conduct energy self-evaluations on a daily basis…use the model of the human energy systems presented in Chapter 2…(in book, see pgs 69 and 79) Reflect on each power center for a minute or two in a quiet, objective way….Learn to sense the stress accumulating in your energy field, and take the steps to heal yourself at the energy level. Make self-evaluation a habit.
“Fourth, when you discover an energy leak, focus on only the essentials that can help you recover your energy. Always address the question, ‘Why am I losing power?’ In healing any imbalance, whether it is energetic or physical, you must always involve both your mind and your heart. Refer to each of the seven sacred truths.*..(o)ne or more will be involved in your stressful situation…[meaning, I think, see which one of these in involved, offended, affirmed or denied by the current painful or difficult situation causing you to be low, lose energy, feel not physically right, etc.-CCM]
SEVEN SACRED TRUTHS:
All is One
Honor One Another
Love is Divine Power
Surrender Personal Will to Divine Will
Seek Only the Truth
Live in the Present Moment
“So your fifth task is to learn what rather than who draws power from you…. Understand that the person who seems to be drawing your energy is actually only a reflection of some part of yourself…You will only be sent more and more teachers, each more intense than the previous one. Your task is to learn the lesson that the teacher has for you rather than to resent the teacher. When you erroneously conclude that a specific person is the cause of your feeling depleted, you are slipping into fear and blame. You need to refocus on your power center until you get an impression of what kind of power that person has in relation to you. Once you set your sights on the lesson rather than the teacher, you have achieved a significant benefit of symbolic sight: you see that truth being delivered to you through the challenge.
“Sixth, simplify your requirements for healing…. Once you identify which sacred truth applies to your situation, organize your internal healing process around learning from that truth. Combine your internal healing with any conventional medical treatment that is essential, and stick to your program. Reach out for any support that you require…Remember that the task is to move through your wounds, not to live in them. Don’t waste any time by thinking, acting, or praying like a victim. Feeling victimized only adds to your illness, and should it become a full-time state of mind, it would qualify as an illness in itself.
“When you erroneously conclude that a specific person is the cause of your feeling depleted, you are slipping into fear and blame. You need to refocus on your power center until you get an impression of what kind of power that person has in relation to you. Once you set our sights on the lesson rather than on the teacher, You have achieved a significant benefit of symbolic sight: you see that truth, being delivered to you, through the challenge.”
“Talking does not heal. Taking action does. While it is essential to work at maintaining a positive attitude, whatever your illness, healing requires dedication and commitment. Visualization will not work if you practice it only once a week; and no one’s body becomes fit from one trip to the gym. Healing one’s body or one’s life challenges – or developing symbolic sight – requires daily practice and attention. “
“Seventh, simplify your spirituality…heaven is not a complicated realm….seek to believe only what heaven has issued as essential…for example:
– all circumstances can be changed in a moment…
– all illnesses can be healed…
– The Divine is not limited by human space, time, or physical concerns…
– Be consistent; live what you believe…[Like, r e a l l y. CCM]
– Change is constant [and not to be feared or disapproved of. CCM] Every life goes through period of difficult change as well as peace. Learn to go with the flow of change rather than try to stop change from occurring. [The greatest gift is to help others, train children, comfort us all, as we learn this together. CCM]
– Never look to another person to make you happy. Happiness is an internal, personal attitude and responsibility.
– Life is essentially a learning experience. Every situation, challenge and relationship contains some message worth learning or teaching to others.
– Positive energy works more effectively than negative energy in each and every situation.
– Live in the present moment, and practice forgiveness of others.
[Someone, please, put this on my gravestone or read it at y funeral. This is not a joke. CCM]
“The seven truths of the Kabbalah, the seven Christian sacraments, and the Hindu chakras support our gradual transformation into spiritually conscious adults. The sacred texts tell us that our life’s purpose is to understand and develop the power of our spirit, power that is vital to our mental and physical well-being. Abusing this power depletes our spirit and siphons the life-force itself out of our physical beings.
“(E)very thought that crosses our minds, every belief we nurture, every memory to which we cling translates into a positive or negative command to our bodies and spirits. Once this truth becomes part of your conscious mind, you can never live an ordinary life again.
“(A) very brief summary of the spiritual life lessons represented by the seven chakras:
The first chakra: lessons relating to the material world
The second chakra: lessons related to sexuality, work, and physical desire.
The third chakra: lessons related to the ego personality, and self esteem;
The fourth chakra: lessons related to love, forgiveness and compassion.
The fifth chakra: lessons related to will and self expression.
The sixth chakra: lessons related to mind, intuition, insight and wisdom.
The seventh chakra: lessons related to spirituality.
“These seven spiritual life lessons direct us toward greater consciousness. If we ignore our responsibility and need to address consciously these seven life lessons, however, their energy can manifest itself in illness. Indeed, many Eastern spiritual traditions underscore the universal human experience of the connection between the spirit and the body, illness, and healing.”
“The early Christian church identified seven sacraments, or officially recognized rituals, that were to be conducted by the ordained leaders of the church. …
“Symbolically, each sacrament… represents a stage of empowerment that invites the Divine directly into a person’s spirit. The term ‘sacrament’ itself means a ritual invoking the power of the sacred into the soul of the individual…The sacraments provide symbolic tasks for growth into spiritual maturity and for healing… But they are also concrete in their depiction of what we must do at major stages of our lives to accept the personal responsibility that comes with spiritual maturity.
“Consider the sacrament of Baptism…Our challenge as spiritual adults is to accept the family into which we were born…honoring your family and yourself by forgiving family members for any pain they caused you during your childhood.
“The seven sacraments and their symbolic purposes:
representing gratitude for one’s life in the physical world
represents holy union with God and with the people in one’s life
an expression of grace that enhances one’s individuality and self esteem
making sacred a union with one’s self, symbolic of recognizing and honoring the essential need to love and care for oneself in order that one can fully love another
to cleanse one’s spirit of negative acts of will
to make sacred one’s path of service
to finish one’s unfinished business, not just before death, but as a daily part of one’s life, thus allowing a person to love in the present time
“Although Judaism maintains the most abstract face of God, the ten sefirot…or the Tree of Life of the Kabbalah… come as close to describing the personality of Yahweh as is permissible…describing the ten qualities of Divine nature…Since three of the ten qualities are partnered with another three, the ten qualities can actually be grouped into seven levels…”
The Ten Sefiro: The Tree of Life
Physical manifestation of God
Mother energy: understanding the intelligence of God
Wisdom; the contact point between the Divine mind and human thought.
The power of judgment
The love and mercy of God
Compassion, harmony and beauty
The majesty of God
The endurance of God
The procreative force of God
The mystical community of humanity
HOW THE CHAKRAHS, SACRAMENTS AND THE SEFIROT WORK TOGETHER
“…(S)even levels of power in our biological system…We are born with an inherent knowledge of these seven truths woven into our energy system. Violating these truths weakens both our spirit and our physical body while honoring them enhances the strength of our spirit and our physical body.
“(T)he chakrahs, the sacraments and the sefirot all speak of interacting with power and taking control of our own power in gradually more intense processes.
“At the first level, we learn to handle having a group identity and the power that comes from within the family; at later levels we individualize and manage power as adults. Gradually, we learn to manage our minds, our thoughts, and our spirits. Every choice we make, motivated by either faith or fear, directs our spirit. If a person’s spirit is impelled by fear, then fear returns to her energy field and to he body. If she directs her spirit in faith, however, then grace returns to her energy field, and her biological system thrives.
“All three traditions hold that releasing one’s spirit into the physical world through fear or negativity is a faithless act of choosing personal will over the will of the heavens. In Eastern spiritual terms, every action creates karma. Acts of awareness create good karma; acts of fear or negativity create bad karma, in which case one must ‘retrieve’ one’s spirit from the fear that motivated the negative action. In the Christian tradition the sacrament of Confession is the act of retrieving one’s spirit from negative places in order to enter heaven ‘complete.’ In the language of Judaism, a fear that holds such power over a human being is a ‘false god.’
“We are simultaneously matter and spirit. In order to understand ourselves and be healthy in
both body and spirit, we have to understand how matter and spirit interact, what draws the spirit of lifeforce out of our bodies , and how we can retrieve our spirits from the false gods of fear, anger, and attachments to the past. Every attachment we hold on to our of fear commands a circuit of our spirit to leave our energy field, and to use a biblical phrase, ‘breathe life onto earth’- earth that costs us health. What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body. The power that fuels our bodies, our minds and our hearts does not originate in our DNA. Rather, it has roots in Divinity itself. The truth is a s simple and as eternal as that.
“Three truths are common to these spiritual traditions and to the principles of medical intuition:
1. Misdirecting the power of one’s spirit will generate consequences to one’s body and life.
2. Every human being will encounter a series of challenges that tests his allegiance to heaven. These tests will come in the form of the disintegration of one’s physical power base, the inevitable loss of wealth, family, health, or worldly power. The loss will activate a crisis of faith, forcing one to ask ‘ What is it, or who is it, that I have faith in?’ or ‘Into whose hands have I commended my spirit?’
“The trigger that causes people to seek deeper meaning and psychological and spiritual ‘ascension’ is usually a physical disorder that creates a personal or professional earthquake.
3. …(O)ne has to be willing to act to release the past, cleanse one’s spirit, and return to the present moment. ‘Believe as if it were now…’
(More about) THE SEVEN SACRED TRUTHS
“All Is One….the merging of the first (tribal) chakra, the sacrament of Baptism, and the sefirah of Shekinah….We are interconnected with all life and to one another. Each of us must learn to honor this truth. The tribal chakra resonates to our need to honor familiar bonds and to have a code of honor within ourselves. ..In Baptism…a family accepts its physical responsibility for the new life….and…accept(s) their responsibility to teach the child spiritual principles.
“For a spiritual adult, the sacrament of Baptism as a symbol carries two other commitments….to accept fully our family of origin as having been ‘divinely chosen’ for teaching us the lessons we need to learn in this lifetime. ..(and)
“We commit ourselves to accepting personal responsibility for living honorably as a member of the human tribe, for doing unto others as we would have them do unto us, and for respecting all life on this earth. (W)e are in essence baptizing ourselves and honoring our own lives.
“The sefirah of Shekhinah…creates and protects the mystical community of Israel. In a more symbolic and universal perspective, (it) creates and protects all tribes of the human race. ..In order to ascend in spiritual truth, it suggests, we must first honor our families and all human communities.”
“Honor One Another…The merging of the partnership chakra (Svadisthana), the sacrament of Communion, and the sefirah of Yesod….the power to act with integrity and honor within all our relationships …Integrity and honor are necessary for health. When we violate our honor or compromise it in any way, we contaminate our spirits and our physical bodies.
“The sacrament of Communion radiates …that each person ‘with whom we share a union’ is a part of our lies by Divine design. When we ‘break bread’ with someone, we are symbolically acknowledging that we all part of one spiritual family , that everyone we know is there by design, and that we all need each other to enrich our lives That some of these unions are painful is a necessity. Everyone in your life plays a role essential to your development. Your challenge is to become mature enough to recognize and live by this truth. It is unnatural, from a spiritual perspective , to view people as enemies, or to be an enemy yourself. Negative relationships generate negative energy , which blocks symbolic sight. We cannot see the Divine purpose in a union that we choose to interpret negatively. [Question being then, how to honorably handle a union loop of negative energy…to be handled and reinterpreted always, or sometimes?; negative energy uniformly to be accepted and attempts to more positively interpret it repeatedly tried?; trying and failing better than change, or may change be a reinterpretation of its energy? How to honorably achieve change in energies? CCM]
“The sefirah of Yesod embodies second chakra or communal energy…represents our energy need to form sacred unions with other human beings…We are spiritually driven to connect with the sacred within other people, to merge souls with a partner…Yesod naturally draws us to those with who a sacred union is possible. We violate our own spirits when we fail to honor our vows to others within a sacred union or when we dishonorably break these vows. Life does sometimes require us to reconsider our covenants, and divorces in marriage as well as in other unions do occur. The act of divorce in itself is not dishonorable; but we are meant to be conscious about the manner in which we conduct ourselves during the process of recanting a vow. “
“Honor Oneself: The merging of the Personal Power chakra (Manipura), the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the sefirot of Hod and Nezah…All four of the archetypal forces at this level direct us to develop self esteem and self respect. This chakra contains our ‘survival intuition’ We violate this energy when we disregard our gut instincts
“The symbolic meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation is the acceptance of responsibility for the quality of person we become…Part of the process of becoming conscious of ourselves is an ‘initiation’ experience…The spirit requires such an experience as a marker for emergence into adulthood…(W)hen …absent…continual need for the approval of others…inability to appreciate oneself…inability to develop a healthy sense of oneself…The ability to glean guidance from one’s own spirit rests on a strong sense of self and on respect for that self.
“When we lack self respect, our relationships with others are temporary and fragile states of intimacy. We continually fear abandonment because the terror of being alone drives our actions. To confirm oneself – to consciously develop and acknowledge a personal code of honor – is crucial to the creation of a healthy body. There is no health without honor.
“The symbolic meaning of the sefirah of Nezah is endurance – the power to maintain strength and stamina beyond the capacity of the physical body alone. This power awakens when we accept our life as it is. We lose this power when we focus on what is missing from life, or when we see life as empty and meaningless and need to learn to accept our personal responsibility for having created it. “
“Love Is Divine Power…The merging of the emotional power chakra (Anahata) the Sacrament of Marriage, and the sefirah of Tif’eret…is the central power point within the human energy system, the symbolic doorway into our internal world.
“(T)his chakrah communicates to us that knowledge that love is the only authentic power….We violate this energy when we act toward others in unloving ways. When we harbor negative emotions toward others or toward ourselves, or when we intentionally create pain for others, we poison our own physical and spiritual systems. By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. It disables a person’s emotional resources. The challenge inherent within this chakra is to refine our capacity to love others as well as ourselves and to develop the power of forgiveness.
“Symbolically, the sacrament of Marriage brings into our lies the need and responsibility to explore love…learning to love ourselves is a challenge to all of us; none of us is born loving ourselves. We have to work toward it.
“The sefirah of Tif’eret … pulsates in each of us the energies of compassion, harmony and beauty – the tranquil qualities of love.”
“Surrender Personal Will to Divine Will…The merging of the chakra of Willpower (Vishuddha) , the sacrament of Confession, and the sefirot of Hesed and Gevurah…(points to fact that) surrender is the greatest act we can perform to bring spiritual stability into our lives. Every one of us has some awareness that we were born for some specific purpose , that life contains a Divine plan. The fifth chakra is the center for that awareness and for our desire to make contact with the Divine plan.
“While we may or may not consciously desire to surrender our personal will to Divine authority, we are sure to encounter numerous opportunities to do so. An incentive to make that choice lies in the life stories – and life struggles – of people who experienced nothing but pain and failure until they said to God, ‘You take over.’ Extraordinary acts of synchronicity then filled their lives…
“Symbolically, the sacrament of Confession communicates to our systems the knowledge
that it is against our natural design to distort truth. Lying is a violation of both body and spirit because the human energy system identifies lies as poison…For that reason we inherently need to rid ourselves of all distortions we have created. Confession is symbolic of purging all that is not honorable within us….
“From the sefirah of Hesed …we receive the natural instinct and the spiritual directive to speak in ways that do not harm others. …Indeed we must not confess our wrongdoings to others if doing so will hurt them further.
“We are not designed to be critical of ourselves or others; we think ill of others only out of fear…
“The sefirah of Gevura, meaning ‘judgment’ and ‘power’ transmits into our energy systems the awareness that we should never intentionally judge another person or ourselves negatively.”
“Seek Only the Truth…The merging of the chakra of the mind (Ajna), the sacrament of Ordination, and the sefirot of Binah and Hokmah…continually directs us to evaluate the truth and integrity of our beliefs..We will all encounter circumstances that cause us to change our beliefs and thereby come closer to the truth…The energy from the sixth chakra is relentlessly pushing us to let go of perceptions that are untrue. When we act against this energy, consciously blocking deeper truths from entering our mental field, our perceptual system clouds over.
“No matter our life’s task…we can be come vessels for Divine energy…
“Striving to become supportive and nonjudgmental of the people with whom we live or work also creates a channel within us for Divine energy…
“To help us become this kind of vessel…(we should) invoke the assistance of Divine wisdom into our reasoning abilities , particularly at times when human logic seems to lead nowhere. Hokmah helps us learn to balance reason and judgment, to keep us aligned with truth, and to make decisions that create the best consequences for ourselves and those with whom we interact.
“Human reasoning can never answer the mysteries of our lives. It can never explain the complexity of why things happen as they do. We can achieve a sense of peace about life only by releasing our need to know why things happen in terms of human reasoning…”
“Live In the Present Moment…The merging of the chakra of the Spirit (Sahasrara), the sacrament of Extreme Unction, and the sefirah of Keter…It is unnatural to our Divine design to allow our thoughts to live too long in the past; such an imbalance creates time warps that interfere with our ability …to receive spiritual guidance every day …
“We thrive – we heal – in ecstatic moments, when our spirits become stronger than our bodies and our bodies can respond to the commands of our spirits.
“Symbolically this sacrament recognizes our need to call back our spirit , to finish our unfinished business, at various points in life….The power and symbolism of this sacrament is therefore not limited merely to the end of life. Biologically and spiritually we need to bring all things to closure, and we can call on this sacramental energy to help us do so. After any painful and traumatic experience, we always receive internal guidance that can help us move on with our lives. When we choose to keep the past more alive than the present, we interfere with the flow of the life force.”
“We are born knowing these seven sacred truths….We are taught variations of these truths through our tribes’ religious practices…The truths contained in the scriptural teachings of the different religious traditions are meant to unite us, not separate us. Literal interpretation creates separation, whereas symbolic interpretation – seeing that all of them address the identical design of our spiritual natures – brings us together.
“Within, we are all the same, and the spiritual challenges we face are all the same…Merging Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Jewish spiritual traditions into one system with common sacred truths constitutes a powerful system of guidance that can enhance our minds and bodies and show us how to manage our spirits within the world.
CHAKRA ORGANS MENTAL/EMOTIONAL PHYSICAL
1 physical body support Physical family/group safety, security chronic lower
base of spine Ability to provide life’s necessities sciatica
legs, bones Ability to stand up for self varicose veins
feet Feeling at home Rectal tumors, cancers
rectum Social and familial law + order depression
immune system Immune-related disorders (B27)
2 sexual organs blame and guilt Chronic lower
large intestine money + sex back pain
lower vertebrae power + control Sciatica
pelvis creativity Ob/gyn probs
appendix ethics/honor in relationships pelvic/low back pain
bladder Sexual potency
hip area Urinary problems
3 abdomen trust Arthritis
stomach fear/intimidation Gastric, duodenal cancers
upper intestines self-esteem, self confidence – respect colon/intestinal
liver, gallbladder care of oneself, others Pancreatis, diabetes
kidney, pancreas responsibility for making decisions indigestion, chronic/acute
adrenal glands sensitivity to criticism Anorexia or bulimia
CHAKRA ORGANS MENTAL/EMOTIONAL PHYSICAL
spleen personal honor Hepatitis
middle spine Adrenal dysfunction
4 heart and circulatory love and hatred Congestive heart failure
lungs resentment and bitterness myocardial infarction (heart attack)
Shoulders and arms grief and anger Mitral valve prolapse
ribs/breasts self-centeredness Cardiomegaly
diaphragm loneliness and commitment asthma/allergy
thymus gland forgiveness and compassion lung cancer
Hope and trust Bronchial pneumonia
Upper back, shoulders
5 throat choice and strength of will raspy throat
thyroid personal expression Chronic sore throat
trachea following one’s dream Mouth ulcers
neck vertebrae using personal power to create gum difficulties
mouth addiction Temporomandibular joint problems
esophagus judgment and criticism scoliosis
parathyroid faith and knowledge Laryngitis
hypothalamus capacity to make decisions swollen glands
6 brain self-evaluation Brain tumor/hemorrhage/stroke
nervous system truth Neurological disturbances
eyes, ears intellectual abilities Blindness and
CHAKRA ORGANS MENTAL/EMOTIONAL PHYSICAL
nose feelings of inadequacy Full spinal difficulties
pineal gland openness to ideas of others learning disabilities
pituitary glands ability to learn from experience seizures
7 muscular system ability to trust life Energetic disorders
skeletal system values, ethics, courage Mystical depression
skin humanitarianism Chronic exhaustion that is not linked to a physical disorder
Selflessness Extreme sensitivities to light, sound, and other environmental factors
Ability to see the larger pattern
Faith and inspiration
Spirituality and devotion
“…Our life crises tell us that we need to break free of beliefs that no longer serve our personal development. These points at which we must choose to change or to stagnate are out greatest challenges. Every new crossroads means we enter into a new cycle of change – whether it be adopting a new health regiment or a new spiritual practice. And change inevitably means letting go of familiar people and paces and moving on to another stage of life.
“Many of the people I encounter in my workshops are stuck between two worlds: the old world that they need to release and the new world that they are afraid to enter. We are attracted to becoming more ‘conscious,’ but at the same time we find it frightening because it means we must take personal responsibility for ourselves – and for our health, career, attitudes, and thoughts. Once we accept personal responsibility for even one area of our lives, we can never again use ‘tribal reasoning’ to excuse our behavior.”
“According to tribal reasoning, it is acceptable to excuse one’s prejudices by saying, ‘Everyone in my family thinks this way.’…This dodge is the crudest form of the sacred truth All Is One. And it is commonly used to evade responsibility for all manner of immoral acts, from tax evasion to adultery to keeping the extra change form a sales clerk. Spiritually conscious adults, however, can no longer utilize tribal reasoning. Tax evasion becomes a deliberate act of theft; adultery becomes the conscious breaking of a marriage vow; and keeping exra change becomes equal to stealing from the store.”
“A sense of honor contributes a very powerful force and positive energy into our spiritual and biological systems, the immune system, and our bones and legs. Without honor, it is very difficult, even impossible, for an individual to stand up for himself with pride and dignity, because he lacks a frame of reference for his behavior and choices and thus cannot trust himself or others.”
“You have to be able to give your word and keep it – whether it is to another person or to yourself. You have to be able to trust yourself to complete something and to honor your commitments. When you don’t trust yourself, everyone and everything around you feels temporary and fragile because that is how you feel within yourself.”
FIRST CHAKRA: Tribal Power
“The tribe usually believes that there is a ‘humanly logical’ reason for why things happen as they do. Such beliefs cause terrible grief. Some people futilely spend years trying to discover ‘the reason’ they had to endure certain painful events; when they cannot find a satisfactory reason, they end up living in a fog – unable to move forward yet unable to release the past.”
“If we can view our tribal circumstances as ‘arranged’ to promote spiritual advancement, not physical comfort, we can consider painful events as being essential to our personal development rather than as punishments for our actions.
“When tribal justice obstructs advancement, we need to free ourselves from its authority over our individual power of choice. This challenge is one of the most difficult associated with the first chakra because it often requires a physical separation from our family or from a group of people to which we have become bonded.”
“The ultimate first chakra lesson is that the only real justice is divinely ordered.”
“(T)he Judas experience is an archetype. It conveyed the meaning that human reasoning and justice always fail us at some point and that we do not have the power to reorder events in our lives and remake all things according to how we would want them. The lesson of a Judas experience is that putting faith in human justice is an error and that we must shift our faith from human to Divine authority. It is to trust that our life is governed ‘with Divine justice,’ even though we cannot see it. We must strive not to become bitter or cling to victimhood when we are betrayed or cannot attain what we want…We need to trust that we have not been victimized at all and that this painful experience is challenging us to evaluate where we have placed our faith.”
QUESTIONS FOR SELF-EXAMINATION:
1. WHAT BELIEF PATTERNS DID YOU INHERIT FROM YOUR FAMILY?
2. WHICH OF THOSE BELIEF PATTERNS THAT STILL HAVE AUTHORITY IN YOUR THINKING CAN YOU ACKNOWLEDGE ARE TO NO LONGER VALID?
3. WHAT SUPERSTITIONS DO YOU HAVE? WHICH HAVE MORE AUTHORITY OVER YOU THAN YOUR OWN REASONING ABILITY?
4. DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL CODE OF HONOR? WHAT IS IT?
5. HAVE YOU EVER COMPROMISED YOUR SENSE OF HONOR? IF SO, HAVE YOU TAKEN STEPS TO HEAL IT?
6. DO YOU HAVE ANY UNFINISHED BUSINESS WITH YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS? IF SO, LIST THE REASONS THAT PREVENT YOU FROM HEALING YOUR FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.
7. LIST ALL THE BLESSINGS THAT YOU FEEL CAME FROM YOUR FAMILY.
8. IF YOUR ARE NOW RAISING A FAMILY OF YOUR OWN, LIST THE QUALITIES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR CHILDREN TO LEARN FROM YOU.
9. WHAT TRIBAL TRADITIONS AND RITUALS DO YOU CONTINUE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY?
10. DESCRIBE THE TRIBAL CHARACTERISTICS WITHIN YOURSELF THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO STRENGTHEN AND DEVELOP.
THE SECOND CHAKRA: The Power of Relationships
“The second chakra is the partnership chakra…With the second chakra energy shifts from obeying tribal authority to discovering other relationships that satisfy personal, physical needs. Still a lower chakra energy that pushes us toward relating to external forces, the second chakra is a powerful force.
“Location: Lower abdomen to navel area.
“Energy connection to the physical body: Sexual organs, large intestine, lower vertebrae, pelvis, hip area, appendix, bladder.
“Energy connection to the emotional/mental body: This chakra resonates to our need for relationships with other people and our need to control to some extent the dynamics of our physical environment. All the attachments by which we maintain control over our external lives, such as authority, other people, or money, are linked through this chakra to our energy field and physical body. The illnesses that originate in this energy center are activated by the fear of losing control. Prostate or ovarian cancer, chronic pain in the lower back and hips, and arthritis are a few of the more common health problems.
“Problems at menopause, such as hot flashes and depression, are second chakra energy dysfunctions.
“As we continually assess our personal strength in regard to the external world and its physically seductive forces – such as sex, money, addictive substances, or other people – the second chakra energy of a healthy physical ego keeps us able to interact with that world without having to negotiate or ‘sell’ ourselves; it is the energy of self-sufficiency, a survival instinct for being in the world.
“Primary fears: Fears of loss of control, or being controlled by another, through the dominating power of events or conditions such as addiction, rape, betrayal, impotence, financial loss, abandonment by our primary partner or professional colleagues. Also, fear of the loss of the power of the physical body.
“Primary strengths: The ability and stamina to survive financially and physically on one’s own and to defend and protect oneself; the ‘fight or flight’ instinct; the ability to take risks; the resilience to recover from loss whether of family members, partners, property, occupation, or finances; the power to rebel and reestablish a life; and personal and professional decision-making ability and talent.”
“Sacred truth: ‘Honor One Another.’ This truth applies to our interactions with each other and with all forms of life. From a spiritual perspective every relationship we develop, from the most casual to the most intimate, serves the purpose of helping us to become more conscious. Some relationships are necessarily painful because learning about ourselves and facing our own limitations are not things we tend to do with enthusiasm. We often need to be spiritually ‘set up’ for such encounters.
“Relationships are essentially spiritual messengers…”
“(N)o union is without spiritual value; each helps us grow as individuals. We can more easily see the symbolic value of our relationships when we release our compulsion to judge what and who has value and instead focus on honoring the person and the task with which we are involved.
“The second chakra’s energy has an inherent duality…yin/yang, anima/animus, male/female, sun/moon. Understanding the significance of these opposites is the key to working with second chakra issues….
“(W)e ‘attract’ to ourselves relationships that help us come to know ourselves. Well-known expressions such as ‘Like attracts like’ and ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’ acknowledge that an energy working ‘behind the scenes’ seems to organize when and where we meet people – and always at the right time. The spiritual challenge of the second chakra is to learn to interact consciously with others: to form unions with people who support our development and to release relationships that handicap our growth.
“We generate patterns of energy that attract people who are opposite us in some way, who have something to teach. Nothing is random; prior to every relationship we have ever formed, we opened the door with energy that we were generating. This fact is what makes learning about second chakra dualism so delicious; the more conscious we become, the more consciously we can utilize the energy o f the second chakra.”
“The energy of the second chakra helps us evolve beyond the collective energy of the tribe. Choice is born out of opposites, and the duality of the second chakra is forever challenging us to make choices in a world of opposing sides, of positive and negative energy patterns. Every choice we make contributes a subtle current of our energy to our universe, which is responsive to the influence of human consciousness.
“Managing the power of choice, with all its creative and spiritual implications, is the essence of the human experience. All spiritual teachings are directed toward inspiring us to recognize that the power to make choices is the dynamic that converts our spirits into matter our words into flesh. Choice is the process of creation itself…
“Make your choices wisely, because each choice you make is a creative act of spiritual power for which you are held responsible. Further, any choice made from faith has the full power of heaven behind it – which is why ‘faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain.’ and any choice made from fear is a violation of the energy of faith.
“A primal lesson of the second chakra is the paradoxical nature of choice: what seems right can turn out wrong; what appears good can end up bad….
“Paradoxically, while the energy of the second chakra inclines us to try to control our lives…the task before us is to master our inner responses to the external world, our thoughts and emotions.
“We all struggle in a seemingly never-ending cycle of disappointment in which we attempt to control our lives. We search endlessly for the one grand choice that will put everything in our lives into permanent order…
“(S)eeking this one right choice constantly, we give form to our fear of the changing rhythm that is life itself. In looking for this single external person or thing that will forever bring us peace, stability, love, and health, we dismiss the more authentic power that lies ‘behind our eyes and not in gront of them.’ The truth contained within the paradoxical nature of dualism is this: It is not what we choose that matters, our power to influence an outcome lies in our reasons for making a certain choice.
“The challenge of the second chakra is to learn what motivates us to make the choices we do. In learning about our motivations, we learn about the content of our spirits. Are you filled with fear, or are you filled with faith? Every choice we make contains the energy of either faith or fear, and the outcome of every decision reflects to some extent that faith or fear. This dynamic of choice guarantees that we cannot run away from ourselves or our decisions.”
“Second chakra energy is very volatile because it seeks to create…
“The shadow side of second chakra issues consists of our most prevalent fears: rape, betrayal, financial loss and poverty, abandonment, isolation, impotence, and the inability to care for ourselves. …(T)hese fears qualify as ‘false gods.’
“In order to learn about our motivations – to discover our personal ‘false gods’ – we need relationships… Once the relationship is formed, we may ask, often unconsciously, “…where do I end and where does the other person begin?…am I compromising myself, in exchange for safety, or money, or status?…me or you, mine or yours, good or bad, rich or poor. Symbolically, these conflicts represent most people’s relationship to God: my power or Yours – are you really with me on this earth, or must I try to control everything myself? And even if a Divine power is maneuvering behind the scenes, how do I know what choices to make? This primary conflict of faith is present in every one of our relationships…
“Relationships generate conflict, conflict generates choice, choice generates movement, and movement generates more conflict. We break free of this cycle by making choices that transcend…the perceived divisions between ourselves and others, and between ourselves and God. So long as we focus on trying to control another person and forget that that person is a mirror reflecting back on us our own qualities, we keep conflict alive within ourselves.
“Second chakra energy gives us our basic survival instincts and intuitions, as well as our desire to create music, art, poetry and architecture, and the curiosity to investigate nature in science and medicine. Our creative energy draws us into an internal dialogue with the polarities of the self, our conflicting inclinations, and it compels us to form external relationships to resolve these polarities.
“Creative energy breaks us out of habitual patterns of behavior, thoughts and relationships. Habit is a hell to which people cling in an attempt to stop the flow of change. But creative energy defies the repetition of habit. These two forces, repetition and creativity, are at odds with each other within the human psyche and impel us to invest and reshape the chaos of our world with personal meaning.”
[A terrific expression of the reason why I feel strongly about making art. CCM]
“A strong personal code of ethics radiates a perceptible quality of energy..records the promises we make to ourselves, such as … decisions to repattern certain behaviors in our lives…
“The ethics and morals of the second chakra provide us with a language through which
we can communicate what we accept and don’t accept in human relationships. Ethics hold enormous bonding power: we seek out the company of those who hold the same sense of right and wrong as we do; when people deviate from their ethical or moral character, we often disqualify them as intimate companions…
“The need for fair play and law and order…is felt in our biology…These laws signal our physiology that we are physically safe and trust our environment. Instability, by contrast, keeps our adrenaline flowing full strength and our ‘fight or flight’ mechanism on continual alert. They physical body cannot endure prolonged stress without producing negative biological response. Ulcers and migraines are two of the more common indicators that the chaos in a person’s life has become unbearable.”
“Within personal relationships it is normal to create a set of rules that both parties agree to follow: no extramarital affairs, no gambling, no major purchases without mutual agreement, and so on. Setting rules in order to control another person’s emotional, mental, psychological, or spiritual growth, however, is energetically destructive. In general, if a couple cannot expand their original rules and boundaries to accommodate personal growth, the relationship disintegrates.”
“While creativity, sexuality, morality, and money are all forms of second chakra energy or power, the desire for personal power also needs to be discussed. Power is the manifestation of the life force. We require power in order to live, to thrive, to function. Illness, for example, is the natural companion of powerless people. Everything in our lives is, in fact, involved in our relationship to this energy called power.
“At the level of the first chakra, we feel a sensation of power when we are with a group of people to whom we are bonded in some way…The enthusiasm of sports fans or of participants in political rallies…exemplifies this type of power. The quality of power in the second chakra, however, expresses this energy in physical forms, like materialism, authority, control, ownership, sexual magnetism, sensuality, eroticism, and addiction. Every physically seductive form that power can take is energetically connected to the second chakra….Each of us as an individual needs to explore our relationship to physical power. We need to learn how and when we are controlled by external power, and, if so, the type of power to which we are most vulnerable…
“For all of us the challenge is not to become ‘power celibate’ but to achieve sufficient internal strength to interact comfortably with physical power without negotiating away our spirits. This is what it means to be ‘in the world but not of it.’ We are fascinated by people who are immune to the seductions of the physical world; they become our social and spiritual heroes.”
“ During workshops, when I ask participants to describe their relationship to power, the atmosphere in the room usually changes dramatically. The tension only makes me want to pursue this question more. Most people shift position in their chairs in order to cover up their second chakras. They cross their legs, for example, or they lean over their second chakras, placing their elbows in their thighs and holding up their heads with their hands. They look at me in a way that says, ‘My what an intriguing question, but don’t come any closer.’
“When they offer responses, the first chorus invariably includes descriptions of power as the ability to maintain control over one’s environment, or as a vehicle for getting things done. The second chorus describes power as the internal strength to control oneself. The most striking feature of all the combined responses is that the majority define power as having an object, whether that object is something in the external world or the self. Although internal power is certainly recognized as the ideal, in practice it is less popular than external power, first because external power is so much more practical, and second because internal power in some ways requires giving up our relationship to the physical world.
“At this point in our evolution, both as a culture and as individuals, we can recognize that external or physical power is necessary for health. Health is a direct consequence of the spiritual and therapeutic principles we absorb into our everyday life.
QUESTIONS FOR SELF EXAMINATION:
1. HOW DO YOU DEFINE CREATIVITY? DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A CREATIVE PERSON? DO YOU FOLLOW THROUGH ON OUR CREATIVE IDEAS?
2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU DIRECT YOUR CREATIVE ENERGIES INTO NEGATIVE PATHS OF EXPRESSION? DO YOU EXAGGERATE OR EMBELLISH ‘FACTS’ TO SUPPORT OUR POINT OF VIEW?
3. ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR SEXUALITY? IF NOT, ARE YOU ABLE TO WORK TOWARD HEALING YOUR SEXUAL IMBALANCES? DO YOU USE PEOPLE FOR SEXUAL PLEASURE, OR HAVE YOU FELT USED? ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH TO HONOR YOUR SEXUAL BOUNDARIES?
4. DO YOU KEEP YOUR WORD? WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL CODE OF HONOR? OF ETHICS? DO YOU NEGOTIATE OUR ETHICS DEPENDING UPON YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES?
5.DO YOU HAVE AN IMPRESSION OF GOD AS A FORCE THAT EXERTS JUSTICE IN YOUR LIFE?
6. ARE YOU A CONTROLLING PERSON? DO YOU ENGAGE IN POWER PLAYS IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS? ARE YOU ABLE TO SEE YOURSELF CLEARLY IN CIRCUMSTANCES RELATED TO POWER AND MONEY?
7. DOES MONEY HAVE AUTHORITY OVER YOU? DO YOU MAKE COMPROMISES THAT VIOLATE YOUR INNER SELF FOR THE SAKE OF FINANCIAL SECURITY?
8. HOW OFTEN DO SURVIVAL FEARS DICTATE YOUR CHOICES?
9. ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH TO MASTER YOUR FEARS CONCERNING FINANCES AND PHYSICAL SURVIVAL, OR DO THEY CONTROL YOU AND YOUR ATTITUDES?
10. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR YOURSELF THAT YOU HAVE YET TO PURSUE? WHAT STANDS IN THE WAY OF YOUR ACTING UPON THOSE GOALS?
“Third chakra energy…becomes dominant vibration in our development during puberty. It assists us further in the process of individuation, of forming a ‘self,’ ego, and personality separate from our inherited identity.
“Where the first chakra resonates to group or tribal power, and where the second chakra resonates to the flow of power between the self and others, and third chakra relates to our personal power in relation to the external world.
“Location: the solar plexus
“Energy connection to the physical body: The illnesses that originate here are activated by issues related to self-responsibility, self-esteem, fear of rejection, and an oversensitivity to criticism.
“Symbolic/perceptual connection: First chakra is always located …within a group mind. Second chakra…focuses on relationships and their effects on us. Third chakra…is partly internalized, as our focus shifts from how we related to people around us to how we relate to and understand ourselves.
“Sefirot/Sacrament connection: The sefirah of Nezah represents the divine quality of endurance, and the sefirah of Hod symbolizes the majesty (or integrity) of the Divine…qualities we need to stand up as individuals….(S)ymbolically illustrated as the legs of the body…considered the source of prophecy and the center of symbolic sight…(W)ith the sacrament of Confirmation,…represents the emergence of the ‘conscious self’…
“Primary fears: Fears of rejection, criticism, looking foolish, and failing to meet one’s responsibilities; all fear related to physical appearance, such as fear of obesity, baldness, or aging; fears that others will discoer our secrets.
“Primary strengths: Self-esteem, self-respect, and self-discipline; ambition, the ability to generate action, and the ability to handle a crisis; the courage to take risks; generosity; ethics, and strength of character.
“Sacred truth: Honor Oneself…The energies that come together in this chakra have but one spiritual goals: to help us mature in our self understanding – the relationship we have with ourselves, and how we stand on our won and take care of ourselves…self-respect…”
“No one is born with healthy self-esteem. We must earn this quality in the process of living, as we face our challenges one at a time.”
“From a spiritual perspective, any and all physical assets and limitations are illusory, mere ‘life props.’ Yet a person’s acceptance of or resistance to them is critical to entering spiritual adulthood. From a spiritual perspective, in fact, the entire physical world is nothing more than our classroom, but the challenge to each of us in this classroom is: Given your particular body, environment, and beliefs, will you make choices that enhance your spirit or those that drain your power into the physical illusion around you? “
“We ‘reorder’ our lives when we choose spirit over the illusions of physical circumstances. With each choice we make, we either become more involved in the illusory physical world, or we invest energy into the power of spirit. Each of the seven chakras represents a different version, or manifestation, of this one essential lesson. Each time we choose to enhance our internal power we limit the authority of the physical world over our lives, bodies, health, minds, and spirits. From an energy viewpoint, every choice that enhances our spirits strengthens our energy field; and the stronger our energy field, the fewer our connections to negative people and experiences.”
“The stronger our spirits become, the less authority linear time can exercise in our lives. To some extent time is an illusion of the physical world, tied in to the physical energy of the first three chakras. For physical tasks, we need this physical energy; for example, when we need to take an inspiration from thought to form, we run it through linear steps. But in terms of our belief in our ability fo hela, our concept of time should be reexamined.
“The illusion that healing takes a ‘long time’ holds considerable authority in our culture. Believing it makes it true…Our culture believes that healing painful childhood memories requires years of psychotherapy, but that need not be the case…
“(T)he group mind currently believes that certain cancers take six months to kill us, that people with AIDS can live for six to eight years, that grieving one’s mate’s death requires at least one year, and that grieving a child’s death may never end. If we believe these assessments, we give the tribal mind power over our lives instead of exercising our personal power. If your spirit is strong enough to withdraw from the authority of a group belief, it is potentially strong enough to change your life…”
“(I)ntuition is neither the ability to engage prophesy nor a means of avoiding financial loss or painful relationships. It is actually the ability to use energy data to make decisions in the immediate moment. Energy data are the emotional, psychological, and spiritual components of a given situation. They are the ‘here and now’ ingredients of life, not nonphysical information from some ‘future’ place.
“…(I)nformation that is accessible to intuition makes its presence known by making us feel uncomfortable, depressed, and anxious – or at the other extreme, drifty and detached, as if we were suddenly cut off from all of our own feelings. In dreams of an intuitive nature, we receive symbols of change or chaos. Such dreams often occur more intensely during emotional crises.
“ Energy or intuitive sensations signal that we have reached a crossroads in our lives and that we have an opportunity to influence the next stage of our lives, at least to some degree, through the choice we make now.
“The intuition and the independence of the third chakra together give us the capacity to take risks, to follow through on our gut hunches.”
“Intuition, like all meditative disciplines, can be enormously effective if, and only if, one has the courage and personal power to follow through on the guidance it provides. Guidance requires action, but it does not guarantee safety. While we measure our own success in terms of our personal comfort and security, the universe measures our success by how much we have learned. So long as we use comfort and security as our criteria of success, we will fear our own intuitive guidance because by its very nature it directs us into new cycles of learning that are sometimes uncomfortable.”
“An empowered sense of self can … develop in stages, over the course of our lives, in a series of mini-initiations. Everytime we advance in self-esteem, even in a small measure, we have to change something about our external dynamics. For the most part we abhor change, but an initiation represents the necessity to change. We may end a relationship because we have become sufficiently empowered that we need a stronger partner. Or we may quit a job because we need to break out of our safe and familiar patterns and test-fly our own creativity. Too much change that happens too rapidly can be overwhelming, so we try to manage our own empowerment by taking on only one challenge at a time. As we do, one by one, the changes we undergo form a pattern in our journey toward personal power.”
“Revolution, involution, narcissism, and evolution are the four stages through which we progress to attain self-esteem and spiritual maturity. A spiritual adult inconspicuously involves his or her inner spiritual qualities in everyday decisions. One’s ‘spiritual’ thoughts and activities are inseparable from other aspects of life: all becomes one.
“A person may spend years in each phase or only months, but regardless of how long each phase lasts, she will inevitably grapple with its particular challenges to her character, ethic`s, morality and self-respect.
“We have to work to discover ourselves, to understand why we keep secrets, or have addictions, or blame others for our own errors. We must work to understand why we find it difficult to receive or give a compliment, or whether we carry shame within us. We need to learn the parameters of our character, how much of ourselves we will compromise…where we will draw the line, or if we will draw the line…”
“‘Involution’ (is) the exploration of our interior self. …Every new encounter or pursuit we have asks sour inner self, ‘What else do I believe? What else do I think? I want to know myself better. This is a request for information.’…In this phase, involution, we assess our external world and how well it is serving our needs. Often, this self-examination leads us to want to focus on our relationship with God and our life’s purpose, but first we need to develop an level of internal stamina that gives us the strength to handle the consequences of self examining thought….Self knowledge promotes choice and action, and many people feel unready for either.”
“The involution stage is followed by a narcissistic birthing of a new image of the self.
“This last stage of developing self esteem is an internal one. People who can maintain their principles, their dignity and their faith without compromising any energy from their spirit are internally evolved: people such as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela (have/had spirits which) took control of their physical environments, and the environments changed to accommodate the power of their spirits….
“All three of these people, incidentally, were thought to be narcissistic during some stage of their development…”
“There is nothing simple about developing self-understanding, independence, and self-respect…The third chakra is filled with the energy of our personal ambitions, our sense of responsibility, and our respect for our strengths and weaknesses, as well as our fears and secrets that we are not yet ready to face.”
“We are all on a pilgrimage of sorts…to release our past. It is necessary, however, to travel spiritually and to shed the fears that block us from recognizing the beauty in our lives , and to come to a place of healing and self-acceptance.
The late poet Dorothy Parker once remarked, ‘ I hate writing. I love having written.’ The same could be said about developing personal power: it feels like heaven once we’ve arrived, but the journey getting there is long and arduous. Life relentlessly brings us to realize the importance of the words of Polonius: ‘To thine own self be true.’ For without personal power, life is a frightening, painful experience.
“Working with intuition does not allow us to bypass the challenge of facing our fears. …(it is) simply the natural consequence of having self-esteem.
“We are biologically aligned to learn this lesson: our bodies thrive when our spirits thrive. The Third Chakra embodies the truth Honor Oneself…As we gain the strength and stamina that come with living with self-esteem, our intuitive abilities emerge naturally.
QUESTIONS FOR SELF-EXAMINATION:
1. Do you like yourself? If not…why?… Are you actively working to change things you don’t lke about yourself?
2. Are you honest? Do you sometimes misrepresent the truth? If so, why?
3. Are you critical of others? Do you need to blame others as a way of protecting yourself?
4. Are you able to admit it when you’re wrong? Are you open to feedback from others about yourself?
5. Do you need the approval of others? If so, why?
6. Do you consider yourself strong or weak? Are you afraid of taking care of yourself?
7. Have you ever allowed to be in a relationship with a person you didn’t really love, But it seemed better than being alone?
8. Do you respect yourself? Can you decide to make changes in your lifestyle and then stick to your commitment?
9. Are you afraid of responsibility? Or do you feel responsible for everything and everyone?
10. Are you continually wishing your life were different? If so, are you doing anything to change it, or have you resigned yourself to your situation?
THE FOURTH CHAKRA: EMOTIONAL POWER
“The middle chakra, it mediates between the body and spirit, and determines their health and strength. Fourth chakra energy is emotional in nature…This chakra embodies the spiritual lesson that teaches us how to act out of love and compassion and how to recognize that the most powerful energy we have is love.
Location: center of the chest
Energy connection to the physical body: Heart and circulatory system, ribs, breasts, thymus gland, lungs, shoulders, arms, hands, diaphragm.
Energy connection to the emotional/mental body:
This chakra resonates to our emotional perceptions, which determine our quality of our liveds far more than our mental perceptions.
Symbolic/perceptual connection: ‘Let go and let God.’ with (fourth chakra) energy we accept our personal emotional challenges as extensions of a Divine plan, which has as its intent our conscious evolution. By releasing our emotional pain, by letting go of our need to know why things have happened to us as they have, we reach a state of tranquility. In order to achieve that inner peace, however, we have to embrace the healing energy of forgiveness and release our lesser need for human, self-determined justice. “