Shaman 101-C The primary goal of the following exercises is to introduce you to, and enabl

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Shaman 101-C The primary goal of the following exercises is to introduce you to, and enable you to work with, the chakras that make up your spirit body. While most people have heard of chakras, and many have had some experience in dealing with them, relatively few know how to use them to advantage. This is not only useful in esoteric realms, it is helpful in daily life. A brief explanation of the chakras is in order for those who need some "brushing up." Beginning at the point where the feet touch the earth, and ending above the physical head, there are a number of energy vortices, generally known as chakras, spaced along a vertical line from the feet up through the spinal column and out past the top of the head. If you can see them, the surface of these chakras have the appearance of half-dollar sized discs or wheels, each rotating at an individual speed. They have color and vibrational and planetary correspondances, as well, although we will only touch on that in this series. And, for shamanic purposes, they are also tunnels through which you can travel inward into adventure. Although there are MANY chakras, there are seven chakras that are worked with in these exercises. If you are interested in the Eastern names and relationships of these (and other) chakras, there are plenty of books available on them. For the time being, let's simply call them by numbers for ease of identification. Chakra 1, for our purposes, lies at the base of the spine, the sacrum. The color of this chakra is red, which corresponds to vibrant life. Survival is the key of this chakra, and it is here you access ancestral memories from this and other lives. Incidents that frighten you/threaten your survival (including financial reverses) can cause this tunnel to open to the point where you lose valuable energy. Without the grounding provided by this chakra, you can begin to feel "spaced out", and become anxious and fearful. Maintaining this chakra in a balanced and controlled state is necessary to maintain good physical health. Additionally, this is the seat of Kundalini, the power that can be raised through all the chakras to open blockages and promote healing. (There are a number of books on this subject, too, if you choose to pursue it.) Chakra 2 is located just below the naval, above the womb in a woman. This chakra (variously seen as pink or orange) controls raw emotion, sexual energy and attraction and fertility functions. Blockages here often have their roots in sexual traumas experienced in childhood or another lifetime. (This need not be sexual abuse, but simply frightening or unsettling situations that were never fully resolved.) People of both sexes with chronic abdominal problems often need to balance and unblock this tunnel. Chakra 3 is in the solar plexus, above the naval. Generally seen as yellow, this is a center of will and action. From this chakra, access can be gained to leadership skills, assertiveness and the ability to withstand extreme physical exertion. This chakra also acts as an overall balancing system for the body's energy level. This is the seat of Ki. or Chi, or Miwi, that many people know of, and few learn to control. The greatest single cause of blockage in this area is a lack of self-esteem rooted deep in the childhood or another lifetime. Learning to control and take charge of this tunnel will enable you to deal with oppresive people and situations without being threatened, and to exert yourself physically (such as racing or swimming) when necessary without undue depletion. Chakra 4 is the heart chakra. This is probably the most talked about, and the most improperly exercised, chakra in the modern New Age movement. The heart chakra controls emotion, affinity for the environment, and affectionate and intimate relationships. The chakra itself is usually green, although pink stones are associated with balancing this area. Most often, this chakra is closed because of unresolved grief. At an adult level, this can happen for short periods after arguments or breakups, but when anger and hurt are unresolved from childhood or past incarnations, this chakra can become so blocked that the normal harmonic/loving feelings a person has are unable to escape. We know these people as cold, cynical, and hard to please. Blockages in this area MUST be resolved in order to use the three higher chakras, which are higher vibrations of the first three. In most people, however, this is the stopping point of chakra work, if indeed they get this far. (I've often wondered if the large numbers of heart attacks in people in high-pressure situations is a result of too much Will (chakra 3) and not enough Love (chakra 4)...) (It should be noted that there are a few people in whom the opposite problem exists: they are TOO open in this area. This allows legions of manipulative people to attack their self-esteem and hurt them, and they appear helpless to stop the cycle. Control is the answer - not just to open or close, but, with practice, to be able to control HOW open or closed this chakra/tunnel is, and thereby control the damage. At the same time, additional work with the third chakra (will) enables these individuals to raise their self confidence and the manipulators will be forced to move on if they want an easy target!) Chakra 5, at the base of the throat, is light blue to lavender in color. This chakra is one of the most abused in the system, and one of most necessary for health. This chakra governs communication, artistic expression, and the abilities of clairaudience/channelling. Chronic ear or throat problems probably point to a blockage here (literally swallowing your words can cause trouble). Much of this stems from childhood memories of being ignored or ridiculed for attempts to communicate with adults. Also, creative expression in all forms, if stifled, will cause a blockage here. People with unpleasant voices frequently have a blockage here, which, with work, can be overcome. If you think of the chakras as being on an ascending spiral, chakra 5 is the "higher" counterpart of chakra 3. Chakra 3's keynote is will as applied to physical form; chakra 5 is will applied to creativity on a spiritual level. Chakra 6, located at the top of the bridge of the nose, between the eye brows, is indigo. It represents the "third eye" or "second sight", and is the basis of visioning work of all kinds. When open and functioning properly, it gives you s ike x-ray vision - the ability to see what people are trying to hide from you (especially useful in business deals!). Beside the ability to see the spirit bodies of others, and to see the spirits of all beings in their true form, this will enable you to "far see" into another time/dimension or into this world at a distance. (It is here that you may be able to "replay" past lives like movies, and be watching them, as well as experiencing them). Blockage here might include repressed imagination. Frequent headaches or sinus aches after extended periods of "people watching" might indicate a need to control this tunnel, to prevent overload. Chakra 6 is the higher counterpart of Chakra 2. Fertility in the physical sense transmuted to fertility in the spiritual realm - taking the creativity of Chakra 5, and manifesting it, through the imagination, into spiritual vision. Chakra 7 is the top of the head, and is in many ways a very important area for shamanic work. This is the tunnel that your spirit animal uses to come and go, and the one most shamans use for travelling. (Some schools of thought use the 3rd chakra as a "doorway" instead.). It is through this opening that knowledge from other worlds comes to us (intuitively?), and that our light and knowledge take wing. Frequent headaches in this area could indicate something trying to get in (or out) that is blocked. Most blockages in this area come from simply not recognizing the spiritual nature of this area. Most of us simply don't take the time to notice what happens "up there." Colors ascribed to this chakra included Violet, silver, gold and w , depending on the person involved. Chakra 7 is the higher counterpart of chakra 1. This is chakra 1's survival on a physical level transmuted to survival in all the spiritual realms, including those which you yourself have created for this purpose. It is not necessary to have an encyclopedic knowledge of chakras or energy systems within the physical and spiritual bodies in order to do these exercises. What IS necessary is the "seed" knowledge of what each chakra is, and an acceptance of your ability to influence this system by your concentrated effort. The colors, planetary correspondances and other facts about your chakras are contained with the system, just waiting for you to introduce yourself. Rather than worry about studying or memorizing such information, relax! Here is the "important stuff" in a diagram that's easy to remember: HEART (4) (Pink) / \ (Blue) (5) Throat / = \ Solar Plexis (3) (Yellow) (Indigo) (6) Brow / = \ Navel (2) (Orange) (Violet)(7) Crown / = \ Sacral (1) (Red) In the next set of exercises, you will journey to a specific chakra, and with the help of your power animal, you will correct any problems you find there. Balance and Blessings -=Satinka Istari 12/89

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