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Duality: The Chakra Model

Friday, December 5th, 2014

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.

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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 Chakra column, tantric qigong, t'ai chi, kundalinithrough 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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Karma Burning – The lower chakras

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Karma Burning in the Lower Chakras

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In looking at the concept of Karma Burning for emotional freedom, as well as mental and spiritual Enlightenment, it is helpful to know where chakric energies are processed. Since emotions are in the mid-plane between the physical and mental / spiritual bodies, let’s take a look at which chakras they live in.

Karma Burning: Muladhara and Fear

muladhara first chakra yantraThe emotion resident at the first (root) chakra is fear or anxiety. Fear is a natural reaction to a potentially threatening event – real or imagined. Hardwired into the brain stem, fear reactions usually occur with little processing from higher brain centers and the reactions can be purely automatic. Karmic patterns of responses to fear can affect your physical body, emotional responses, mental habits, and your personality in its entirety. Self Mastery requires that you mediate your physical, emotional, and mental reactions using attention and intention.

Karma Burning: Swadhistana, Pain and Sadness

swadisthana second chakra yantraThe second chakra mediates sadness of varying depths and emotional trauma in general, especially that of the repressed variety. Repression is a ploy by the mind to prevent a negative experience from being present in our consciousness. However, by forcing this energy into our depths, it becomes frozen, locked in place, and unchangeable until such time as we work to bring it back to consciousness. Just because we are not conscious of these karmic events that we have hidden from ourselves does not mean that they are not shaping our perceptions, reactions, and behaviors. Quite the opposite, they can be the master force behind our personality and our experience of reality.  Bringing to consciousness and processing our pain and sadness results in greater emotional freedom, empowering us to live more pleasurable and joyful lives.

Karma Burning: Manipura – Anger / judgment / hatred / violence

manipura third chakra yantraThe vitality of the 3rd chakra can express itself in many ways internally and externally and anger is often one of these. Expressed outwardly, anger is an attempt to control your physical and psychic space, to defend yourself. Inwardly it tends to take the initial form of self-criticism / guilt, and can rapidly be suppressed, driving this energy down into the cellular level and altering one’s immune response (cellular defenses) and other somatic processes. Whether directed inwardly or outwardly, anger leads to hatred, which leads to physical or emotional violence. As part of the “anthropomorphizing” of the animalistic fight or flight response, anger can be seen as the “cover-up” reaction to the threat of pain or fear. © 2012 Keith E. Hall and Inner-Tranquility.com All rights reserved.  See also The 3rd Chakra and the Spiritual Purpose of Power 

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Emotions and the Chakras Part 2: Swadhistana, the 2nd Chakra

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Swadhistana: sex, pain, and pleasure

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that encloses your understanding.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the
physician within you heals your sick self.
… Therefore trust the physician, and drink
his remedy in silence and tranquility.
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Swadhistana, the second chakra, may be the favorite of neo-Tantriks, hedonists, and those reveling in emotional drama. Swadhistana governs the emotional realm, more specifically; one’s unconscious and unresolved emotional karma which can be entangled with one’s sexual energy and life force.

The duality of the second chakra balances pleasure seeking with pain avoidance. By pain, I mean emotional pain e.g., unresolved trauma, sadness, and loss.  Now, everyone will feel at least a hint of sadness from time to time, sadness being an authentic core human emotion. What makes a huge difference is how conscious we are about the roots of our suffering.

Pleasure, of course, is often thought of as the “antidote” to pain.  This is not as cut and dried as it might seem. Pure pleasure and pure pain i.e., agony and ecstasy, are rarely experienced in an absolute form by any given individual in the human world. There is often a spectrum or melding of these polarities. This is where the emotional experience of bitter-sweetness derives from.  One can be experiencing a pleasurable feeling and yet also have it tinged with sadness and poignancy.

Pleasure and sex are often vigorously condemned by puritanical cultures and fundamentalist religions across the world. However, there are certainly theories and philosophies that claim that pleasure can set you free, or is your birthright. This is not a very popular paradigm for fundamentalists, dictators, and authoritarians in general. Guilt and fear just make people so much easier to control.

Sadness / loss / loneliness

Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone. – Paul Tillich

Sadness / loss / loneliness combined with a bit of the “glue” of fear will tend to result in some degree of depression. Depression is a process of suppression, a locking down of one’s life force. When your chi is vital, lively, and dynamic, as it is when doing qigong or having a blissful meditation session, it is impossible to experience depression.  It is interesting to note that many of the antidepressants e.g., Fluoxetine, developed by big Pharma tend to suppress the vital energy (jing ching) of a person, while attempting to medicate away the listlessness of depression. The price one pays for pharmaceutical management of depression may often be impotence or the loss of sexual interest. Perhaps psychiatry should return to body-centered psychotherapy instead of 5 minute appointments to prescribe palliatives.  Conversely, activating one’s sexual energy in a way that results in a satisfying full-body orgasm may alleviate depressive states. Does better sex = better mental health? I think I’d try that prescription first.

In truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. – Kahlil Gibran

Primal scream therapies and neo-tantric Kundalini practices that push a lot of energy into the Swadhistana chakra tend to hyper-stimulate the emotional issues resident there. Depending on the ratio between transmutation and irritation of the karmic energy, re-grooving of the karmic patterns and potential detriment may occur. Some of the energy may be blown off, in a cathartic frenzy, but the excessive amounts of vital energy pumped into the karmic pattern can simultaneously strengthen the “software” managing the suppression of unconscious emotional pain, thus reinforcing our sense of victim-hood.

Transmutation Breath and Cobra Breath, being that they draw energy from the first (Muladhara) and second chakra, are good ways to transmute emotional pain. Cobra Breath in particular can be quite an outstanding technique for re-writing the software of pain and sending the refined energy to Ajna, creating Witness Consciousness© 2011 Keith E. Hall & Inner-Tranquility.com  All rights reserved.

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Kundalini & Enlightenment

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The Spiritual Journey: Kundalini, Creation, & Enlightenment
Rev. Keith Hall

More and more people are beginning to inquire into Kundalini practices such as Kundalini Yoga as paths to Spiritual Evolution and Enlightenment. As the pace of technological innovation and life in general seems to be increasing exponentially, there is a desire among those seeking to balance their worldly and spiritual lives for increasingly efficient tools to achieve that all too elusive balance. Studying and practicing the Kundalini arts holds such a promise.

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What is Kundalini?

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Kundalini & the Chakras

Physicists recognize that the universe is constructed of energy bundles known as “quanta”. We laypersons can think of these in one sense as particles with an electrical charge. Particles can either be positive, negative, or neutral. All energy or material phenomena observed by our senses are based on the interplay of these particles. In the esoteric traditions the positively charged energies are known as Shiva (solar, male, heavenly Chi or Qi); the negatively charged energies are called Shakti (lunar, female, earthly Chi or Qi); and the neutral is Kundalini. In the Hindu cosmology, all the myriad forms in the universe are created through the union and interplay of the god Shiva and the goddess Shakti. With the balance achieved in their unity, Kundalini is freed.

In the human realm Kundalini can be thought of as the primal energy of the body. We all have some degree of Kundalini activation or we wouldn’t be alive. However, the degrees of activation and the consciousness of this energy can vary widely. Kundalini practitioners are seeking to consciously connect with and amplify their basic life force for the purposes of improving physical health, strengthening the body, and achieving enlightenment through transcending Karma or self-limiting patterns.


What is Karma and Enlightenment?

In Physics it is well known that for every action there is an equal reaction. This is the basic precept of Karma: what goes around, comes around. Our actions, thoughts, and emotions create effects within and around us. Sometimes these effects are dramatic, sometimes subtle. They can be manifested immediately, or sometimes take many years to make their appearance known. Lets look at an example of this on one level. You become angry with someone. The energy of this anger may at first affect your thoughts and emotions, then rapidly it creates physiologic effects. Your body produces adrenaline, your heart rate and blood pressure increase, your stomach begins to churn. If you “stuff” these feelings the energy is driven deeply into your core, creating emotional and physical illness. If you seek to vent this emotion indiscriminately, other people around you begin to take effect from this energy which creates reactions within them. In a chain reaction this “karmic event” can be spread Far and wide from its source, affecting many people’s, thoughts, emotions, physiologic response, perceptions, and actions.

We are all Creators
In considering a larger cosmological view of this process, consider that all functions with a connection to the physical body (including thoughts and emotions) have an electrochemical aspect. Associated with these electrochemical processes are electromagnetic waves (such as radio frequencies, etc.) These waves produced by our bodies’ travel without limit, at the speed of light through the entire universe. Modern physics acknowledges that in actuality our very material bodies are composed of structured energy. We are dense focused energy interacting with and exchanging energy with this cosmic energy “soup” we call the universe. Each thought, each emotion, each bout of indigestion creates it own particular frequency of electromagnetism which will travel the entire universe for all eternity! It is not too difficult, from this perspective, to recognize the link between the individual and the universal. In our own way, great or small, for good or ill, we are Creators.

Enlightenment is sometimes regarded as the goal of the spiritual path. In actuality, it is a process, an evolution towards increasing awareness of our awesome responsibility for our actions, thoughts, and emotions. This is in contrast to the prevalent social consensual reality, where we attempt to externalize and project responsibility on to others. We do others and ourselves a disservice by adopting this view in that we perceive that the external world controls our lives. While it may, at first, feel comfortable to blame others for our circumstances, we are de facto abdicating our empowerment, our very control over our own lives. Conversely, by bringing our unconscious mental, emotional and behavioral patterns into the light of full awareness and responsibility, we reclaim our power as co-creators of our world. Once we own the tremendous power of self-responsibility, we can begin to create what we want rather than what we fear. In Tantra it is often said that if we want to invite ecstasy into our lives, we must be willing to abandon the security and comfort of our pain, fear, and anger. © 1998 Keith E. Hall. All rights reserved.

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