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Do you ever notice a discrepancy between what someone is telling you and how you are feeling internally? If so, there may be something this person isn’t really telling you. Just today, I was having small talk with one of my coworkers and while she was all smiles and “positivity”, inside I was feeling intense tugs at my solar plexus. I don’t know about you, but my stomach never lies. So I began to tune in and really look beneath the surface. And while she was busy rattling away about God-knows what, I could see the stress and tension oozing out of her pores, like a volcano ready to burst.
Over the years, I’ve learned to become deeply attuned to my subtle feelings and carefully observe people around me. My mentor explained to me that if we are to really perceive things on a deeper level, we need to first learn to silence the mind. A great exercise for quietening down thoughts is entering into 3 or 4 points of attention, which opens up your field of vision and allows you to perceive the etheric energies, which surround all people and places.
Simply focus on a point, preferably above eye level while simultaneously using your peripheral vision to see as far back, as your blind spots, on both sides of the head. You can do this while talking to other people to notice the subtleties in their energy and their behavior. You will begin to hear and feel things in new ways. People create their realities through the language that they use and when you shut off your own internal dialogue, you can really begin to understand the deeper meaning of what someone is trying to tell you. Also, you will as though through a spontaneous intuition recognize the subtleties of energies and feelings that people are trying to project or conceal.
As your perceptions begin to open up, you may start to sense things about people that you never did before. It is as though you have been awoken from a long sleep and now you have to process the world around you in a whole new way. When you silence the mind, you break down the ego personality and by doing so, your perceptions will open up, allowing your higher self to govern the course of your life. That way, you’ll always have a sense about what is really going on around you and inside others.
There is a saying “There is no Tantra without mantra”. Sound has a powerful impact on us, more than we may know and is an important component to tantric practices. While we know that words have the power to influence us in many ways, mantras exert a special influence on our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies.
Here’s how mantras work…
Each of the major chakras in the human body matches a certain number of letters in the Sanskrit alphabet, which makes up the language of Hinduism and the Vedas. The letters from this ancient alphabet are associated to some deity or energy in sound form. Tantra in its traditional form includes the worship of many deities (gods and goddesses) and many magical practices seen in pagan rituals. These deities or energies, when tuned into, vibrate deep within us, stimulating specific energy centers in our bodies, which have various functions. When combined into words or phrases they are what are known as mantras.
You might have heard a few yourselves, while dodging donation requests and flowers, from outlandish looking individuals covered in loincloths or colorful robes, dancing and gleefully chanting “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna”.
Yet, there are infinite numbers of mantras out there. The most powerful of these energies is the primordial sound ‘Om’. You hear Buddhist monks and Hindus worldwide chanting this sound. It’s believed to be the God-force energy and allows us to reach the highest state of spiritual enlightenment. Personally, I feel that to really appreciate the impact of the sound Om requires a certain refinement of energy, which only really comes with dedication and practice.
The secret to getting the most out of mantras is the correct pronunciation. I chant silently, because I find that energy escapes when do it out loud. Chanting inside my mind during the day allows me to concentrate more on the sensations that these sounds produce on the chakras of my body. While a lot of mantras can be kind of difficult to pronounce, I recommend listening to a few while laying still and observing one’s thoughts. As you continue to listen to them and begin repeating the words inside your mind, their power begins to grow in intensity. It starts to change you.
I invite you to try out some basic mantras that stimulate the 7 major chakras. Repeat each sound many times inside your mind, while focusing on its matching chakra. You can visualize the color associated with it as well, if that helps.
There are certain mantras that I swear by. The gayatri mantra is considered “the mother of all mantras” in Hinduism. I find this mantra to dominate all others in that it has immense power in opening us up to our infinite intelligence and awaken self-realization. Not only does it heal us on a physical, mental and spiritual level, it purifies the subtle karmas and acts as a divine protective shield. So if you’re looking for a spiritual awakening and gaining wisdom, this is really THE mantra to learn. It may be kind of complex for beginners, but well worth learning.
You can check to this video of the gayatri mantra and learn the words as you go along. It didn’t take me long as I’ve always been very auditory and proficient with languages.
But, lets not overload you with Sanskrit just yet, because before you get to the Gayatri mantra, there are a couple of simple mantras, if you’re just starting out. If you’re not sure how to pronounce them, you may be able to find them on youtube.
That’s it for now. I know this post was a little different from my usual posts, but hey I’m a writer who has many different personalities…Actually, believe it or not, the style in which i write greatly depends on the mantra I’ve been reciting that day.
In a video on CNN, titled “Is Sex Addiction Real?“, a self-proclaimed sex addict claims that he has had between 30 and 35 affairs in his first 20 years of marriage and sometimes had between 3 to 5 orgasms per day.
For now, lets turn our attention away from psychological labels and delve deeper into our energetic system. The Chakras, which can be translated as “spinning wheel” are located in different parts of the body from the root chakra, off of the tailbone, to the crown chakra at the top of the head and with several chakras in between.
Our sexual feelings are primarily governed by our Sacral Chakra, also known as the second or sex chakra. According to author Keith Sherwood, women will often try to repress their sexual energy out of fear of attracting unwanted sexual attention, blocking the energy from flowing upwards. Men often disrupt the flow of sexual energy by using sex like a drug, causing the energy to be lost, instead of drawing the energy up towards the crown.
In my view, people who claim to be “sex addicts”, are constantly allowing their sexual energy to go to waste by drawing energy from the other chakras. The result is they have purely genital orgasms, which leave them feeling depleted and in a state of insatiable desire, regardless of whether it is a craving for cigarettes, alcohol, food, heroine or sex. The excessive act of inhaling, injecting, ingesting or ejaculating, while it satisfies temporarily, it depletes a person energetically.
Fortunately, all is not lost for “sex addicts”. A very simple solution would to practice drawing sexual energy up to the crown at the point of orgasm, by placing your tongue to the roof of your mouth at the soft palate (to prevent a rapid surge of energy to the crown), while imagining drawing the energy from your sex center, with your breath, towards the top of your head.
This is a great exercise for all, because it helps balance out the chakras and transmute sexual energy. A person will experience more overall vitality and a greater capacity to feel love.
For those who are interested in reading a fantastic book on the chakras, I highly recommend Keith Sherwood’s Chakra Therapy: For Personal Growth & Healing.
It’s a very practical and straightforward book to read for people who want to learn about chakra cleansing, auras and kundalini. He also shares simple step-by-step instructions on how to clear the chakras and other meditations, as a form of healing of energetic blockages and emotional wounds.
I’ve read a lot of books on chakras and I find Keith Sherwood’s Chakra Therapy single-handedly one of the simplest and in depth books about chakras that I’ve ever come across.
This book was actually an inspiration for me to begin to explore subtle energy when I had no prior knowledge of it.
Growing up an unusually sensitive child, I was particularly affected by energies transmitted from other people through their thoughts and emotions.
My family environment was considerably tumultuous, judgmental and unloving and I would find myself retreating into my own world, for comfort.
Soon I found little comfort there after spending years absorbing negativity from those around me. I transformed into a fragmented, confused and overall unhappy person.
Fortunately, I had one thing going for me and that was that I was absolutely determined to change the nature of my circumstances by changing how I felt. I began to read books, attend seminars, therapy and even take medication.But nothing really seemed to help me find balance and harmony in my life, until I learned about the energetic system of the body called Chakras.
What Are Chakras?
Before we talk about the chakras, take a minute to just think about the magnificence of your body and its functions. Take the complexity of your digestive system. Food is received via the mouth, where it then enters the stomach is digested and finally eliminated.
This same principle also applies to our energetic body. There is a system of energetic absorption and elimination that have similar functions to those that we are aware of on a physical level. There are 7 major energy centers in the body called the Chakras, meaning “wheel” or “spinning wheel” in Sanskrit.
The 7 Chakras and their function…
Root Chakra is the first chakra, located off the base of the spine, specifically at the perineum (between the genitals and anus). It is symbolized by the color red and it governs survival, primal instincts and self-preservation. When this chakra is out of balance, we sometimes experience fearful emotions and trust-related issues.
Second Or Sacral Chakra is located just below the navel. It is associated with the color orange and is the root of our sexual, emotional and creative nature. When the sacral chakra is out of balance, we may feel overly emotional, anxious and overactive or inactive sexual drive.
Solar Plexus Chakra is the largest of the energy centers. Located between the sternum and the navel, it is yellow in color and is responsible for our feelings of power and our will. It is the force that drives us to act. Feeling like a bit of a control freak? Your solar plexus may need some cleansing.
Heart Chakra is located in the middle of the chest and associated with the color of forest green. Our ability to give and receive love, as well as show compassion is dominated by this area.
Throat Chakra, is located at the centre of the throat. It is bright blue in color and is the seat of our ability to openly communicate, assert ourselves and express our emotions.
Third Eye Chakra, located in the centre of the forehead is indigo in color and is the base of our intuition, perceptiveness, psychic abilities and openness to spirituality.
Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head. Some sources say that it is purple in color, while others claim that it is white, like virgin snow. The crown chakra is the ultimate seat of our wisdom and our direct connection to God or creator. This chakra generally doesn’t need cleansing as it tends to open up when the lower chakras are cleared.
In my next couple of posts, I’m going to go into more detail about the chakras and share with you some chakra cleansing exercises that have proven to be extremely effective in clearing up emotional baggage.