I used to be afraid of “CHAKRAS”, I was always taught they were an evil concept, part of a new age religion that was demonic, I know right!
Well, guess what I found while looking at the chakras, their meanings and doing ‘chakra work’? I found that its not evil or demonic, in fact I found that the whole concept can be seen in other places like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and even in some religious writings like The Seven Powers of wrath from The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and The Seven Inner Mansions of St. Theresa of Avila, but the religion I know, created an outside evil, outside demons that have to be exercised, making the darkness/shadow an external enemy. In my personal journey through dissociation and detachment this external focus made things worse because I was looking for outside deliverance. One day I started to notice patterns and cycles that followed being triggered and detaching/depersonalizing. When I started seeing these things, I had a choice to stay stuck or do the hard ass work to change. It’s still not easy to choose to grow, but how can you follow the ‘primordial spiral upward’ if your stuck in the same cycle over and over again?
Following Maslow’s thought, you have to satisfy the unmet needs in order to move up, but you first have to recognize both your needs and what’s holding you back. Looking for an outward foe keeps us from seeing whats within. Its not a sin nature that has to be purged or pure to keep the demons away, its light and dark within. Its the past neglect, the abuse, and the trauma that haven’t been felt and dealt with, its the lies that we’ve believed about who we are and who we’re supposed to be, the fear, shame, and guilt that we hold inside.
Here’s an example of each one.
St Theresa of Avila “I began to think of the soul as if it were a castle made of a single diamond” “7 mansions with many rooms God dwells in the innermost mansion.” “All harm comes to us from failing to realize that God is near” “The soul can journey within these mansion to unite itself to God, so as to plant itself, like a tree, in the ‘living waters of life”
“The journey is the souls essential mission“
In The Gospel of Mary Magadlene, she talks about 7 levels that must be overcome 19) The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven [powers] of wrath.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs start with the basic needs to survive, and when needs from any level are not met, they hold us back. Recognizing where you are stuck and working through it will lead to self-actualization.
Development of the skills and concepts related to each chakra occurs progressively throughout life, in developmental stages just like the hierarchy of needs. Working through blockages in the chakra system is the same as working through the 7 inner mansions and the 7 levels of wrath.
Chakra One: The right to be here and have what we need
Chakra Two: The right to feel
Chakra Three: The right to act, restricted by abusive authority
Chakra Four: The right to love and be loved
Chakra Five: The right to speak and hear truth
Chakra Six: The right to see
Chakra Seven: The right to know
So, the journey continues, I can’t wait, won’t you join me?