Duality: The Chakra Model
All natural systems tend to seek a balance point: yin balances yang, water seeks it own level. The chakras, being sensitive energy systems, vigorously and continually seek balance. In opposition to this, the resistances of ego and the locked down defensive nature of our karmic patterns tend to push the chakra systems to their polar extremes. Although one can keep a chakra system locked in one extreme through sheer force of will or subconscious fixation, the usual natural flow is to endeavor on some level, consciously or subconsciously, to balance an extreme fixation with its opposite. This can result in either coming into a harmonious balance, or in great dramatic swings, depending on how consciously we facilitate the balancing and the nature of our Intention in doing so.
By way of analogy, let’s illustrate this principle through the nutritional paradigm of macrobiotics. A healthy diet will be realized by choosing foods from the balanced midpoint of yin and yang.
However, if we are ingesting food or substances from the extremes, there is a tendency for our bodies to seek balance through the ingestion of the opposite extreme. For example, if you’re sitting at a bar and eating salted nuts and goldfish, eventually you will desire a high carbohydrate beer or a sweet cocktail. Sugary, yin carbohydrates and alcohol will tend to counteract the yang salt.
The more extreme the pendulum swings, the more qi that is required and consumed to accomplish the illusion of balance through these dramatic shifts. Not only is vitality consumed, but physical and psychic instability results. The thrashing between severe opposites creates drama and perhaps the venting of psychic “pressure”, but can never lead to harmonious balance as long as the radical swings are in play. A diet of salt, alcohol and sugar will never be conducive to health. Insistence on extreme karmic fixations and their attendant chakric imbalances can never result in Awakening.
A chakric weakness or imbalance can be sometimes be temporarily balanced to some degree by compensation through another chakra. For instance, persons who have deep insecurities and anxieties (first chakra) can compensate for this imbalance through aggressive behavior, anger, violence, and the desire to control others (third chakra). A person with low or repressed sexual energy (second chakra) may develop the spiritual energies of the head chakras to compensate. In the long term, attempting balance through this sort of compensation leaves the chakric energy column out of alignment. Some sections are more highly energized and others are starving for balanced qi. Ultimately this is counterproductive, leaving the overall energy system in an unstable state. © 2013 Keith E Hall & Inner-Tranquility.com All rights reserved.
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