Karma Burning Chakra Issues Fourth Chakra
Karma Burning: Interpersonal Relations
The issue of the fourth chakra, Anahata, is interpersonal relations. When this chakra is in balance and supported by healthy consciousness springing from the clarity of the first three chakras, we get an open, powerful heart energy. Once this occurs, relations will tend to have the qualities of unconditional love, gratitude, and compassion.
We can all agree that this is an ideal worth working towards. Culturally though, we are not quite there yet. The quality of the fourth chakra’s expression can be, and is, heavily influenced by the lower three.
Relations that have the third chakra as their foundation will be colored by personal power, seeking either control / submission, or cooperation. If the first two chakras are not clear and balanced, relations will take on aspects of anxiety, vulnerability, self-centered pleasure seeking / pain avoidance.
It may be that love is a relatively recent human development. Early hominids were concerned with survival and dominance, and their approach to this was fairly self-centered. Living in survival mode without tools and language, these hominids were probably closer to animals than what we would identify as human.
Homo erectus (circa 1,800,000 BCE – 300,000 AD) was probably the first hominid to live in a hunter-gatherer society, develop a proto-language, shape more sophisticated stone tools, routinely use fire, and invent the concept of human cooperation. Homo Erectus developed a much larger brain than his predecessors, which aided in the aforementioned inventions. This larger brain and cranium presented new difficulties with childbirth, resulting in the need to birth earlier, and the infants birthed were, in a sense, “premature”. They needed to be smaller just to pass through the birth canal. The resulting infants required much longer to mature to semi-self sufficiency, needing extended nurturing and protection in their longer state of helplessness. Somewhere between Homo Erectus and Homo Sapiens, this developed into love and altruism.
Homo Erectus was probably the first hominid to live in small band-societies, the simplest form of human society. A band generally consists of an extended family or clan having no more than 30 to 50 individuals. A group such as this would have enhanced abilities to defend themselves and hunt in a coordinated group. The earliest evidence of hearths is also associated with Homo erectus. Evidence seems to indicate that these hearths were used for cooking, warmth, defense against predators, and are likely to have been places of social interaction, making Homo Erectus socially more like modern humans than their predecessors.
We can see the general curve of human evolution described by the self-centered survival consciousness of early hominids (chakras 1-2), to Homo Erectus’ ability to cooperate and organize themselves into small societies (Chakra 3), to the full-blown and complex forms of social cooperation, interaction, and altruism of Homo Sapiens (Chakras 3-4).
We are on our way, in time, to evolve into a heart-based and compassionate culture. This is not to say that there are no atavistic throwbacks to our early hominid ancestors. Take a look at corporate greed and national politics to see just two examples. As we continue to evolve, Homo Superior or Homo Spiritualis will have the needs of the first three chakras met in a balanced and reasonable way, and will act from the foundation of the heart. (c) 2012 Keith E. Hall and www.Inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.
Tantric Qigong Karma Burning: Chakra Issues, Part 2, Chakras 1 & 2, Third Chakra, 4th Chakra, 5th Chakra, 6th chakra,
Karma Burning Karma Burning in the Lower Chakras 1 2 3 4 5
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