Interesting way to approach this Valentine’s Day. http://www.divavillage.com/article.php?id=66910
Today, we start the process of releasing ourselves from our current eyesight to the sight of a shaman. By creating an alternative “optic nerve”, we connect the heart and the third-eye chakras to the visual cortex in the back of the brain.
For now, just focus on the 9:10-10:50 time portion of the below video:
This is not exactly the exercise we’ll be practicing, but its a general idea of the pathways of travel of our “new optic nerve”. Instead of using a large ring, the act of tapping is used, the order is different, and we perform this upon ourselves, but otherwise the concept is the same.
For details of this exercise, you should refer to the first post regarding the Second Awareness, a link there (p.34-35) provides details of this exercise. But a brief overview is below:
- Practice the Second Attention exercise in Prayer pose
- Tap using both hands from the heart chakra to the optic nerve (3-4 times)
- Tap using both hands from the third-eye chakra to the optic nerve (several times)
- Tap using both hands along the midline of your head (once)
You will receive your new sight anytime from immediately to years in the future. Don’t worry if it isn’t immediate, time is irrelevant. Remember this is a journey…
It is said that before a shaman can be of any help to anyone else, before being able to heal others, the shaman must first heal him/herself. For me, this is my main goal, healing self physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In actuality, it’s more than a goal – since there’s not finish line – it’s more of a journey. A journey where I am moving (forward?), growing, changing, and becoming who I really am.
Learning how to read your chakras is an important step in this journey. As discussed before, each chakra is a spiral of energy that spins in a funnel shape in front and in back of the body.
Follow the approach previously used to sense the luminous energy field. Start with the Second Attention exercise – remembering to breathe throughout – then proceed with each of the below steps:
- Starting at three inches below your navel (Sacral chakra – 2nd);
- Place your open palms closely over the area;
- Imagine feeling for the outer edge of the chakra funnel;
- Place your index finger inside the chakra and consider how it feels: cool, warm, tingly, soft or rough?
- Since this chakra is related to the flight-or-flight reflex, to determine any measurable changes, think about a fearful experience and repeat the above step.
- With a few of the other chakras, repeat steps 2-4, then include the following steps one-at-a-time;
- Root chakra (1st) – think about a time in which you felt safe – repeat step #3;
- Solar Plexus chakra (3rd) – think about a time when you were acknowledged for an achievement or ashamed for a mistake made – repeat step #3;
- Heart chakra (4th) – think about a time when you were in love or had a broken heart – repeat step #3;
- Throat chakra (5th) – think about a time when you experienced great peace or turmoil – repeat step #3.
Antonio Villoldo speaks of the above readings as quantitative, by determining the strength and weakness of any particular chakra. Whereas, one can use a qualitative approach to the reading. In these situation, the chakra can provide a particular message or story seen through the Second Awareness Exercise.
There are a number of exercises that will help us to connect our third-eye and heart chakras to our visual cortex. But before we begin, we have to relax that part of us that is logical, practical, and rational. We need to “be” on a purely sensual level – use only your senses. Experience life through your senses without thinking about it, just allow it to flow, flow through you without judgement or reason.
Exercise #1 – Perceptual
First, take your pulse – but don’t count it, just experience it. Use your imagination of how your blood flows, how it looks, where it’s going. Speak to it, ask questions.
Become aware of your breath, cover one nostril, then the other. Follow the breath to wherever it goes in your body. How does it feel? What does it sound like?
Now use your sense of smell. What do you smell like? Smell different smells and note how it affects you.
Touch. Yourself. Someone else. Then focus on your feet. Do things with the opposite hand – feel the awkwardness.
Now taste something. Your skin – note if it is salty, bitter, or sweet. Try the water from the faucet compared to different bottled water. Drink and eat very slowly, fully experience the activity.
Lastly, close your eyes and listen. Identify as many sounds as you can without looking. Identify tones and volume.
“To practice primary perception, shams have developed a kind of “common sense” that bridges all of the senses. They are able to taste fire, to touch the fragrance of a flower, and smell an image. They attain immediate perception before an experience i divided among the senses, an ability known as synesthesia (p.116). It’s like using each of your senses interchangeably.
Coming up – another exercise.
Chapter 5 – The Shaman’s Way of Seeing
Time to apply this knowledge about the Luminous Energy Field and the chakras.
Seeing Without Using The Eyes
“To perceive the Luminous Energy Field and the stories encoded within it, we need only to change the source of the signal and allow the visual cortex to do what nature designed it to do – to create images” (p.111). So how do we do this – easy to say but…?
The above video illustrates the normal approach to seeing.The eyes sense an image, and the optic nerve serves as the connector between the eye and your brain. The visual cortex in your brain records what your eye senses. Now to see without your eyes requires “disabling” the eyes and optic nerve. Instead, we replace the eye sensor with the “third-eye” and the heart chakra then connect them to the visual cortex.
But how? By using a pathway created outside of the brain. Sounds intriguing – I know. More soon.
Chapter 4 – The Chakras
The Anatomy of the Chakras
Chakras, as mentioned in a earlier post, are clockwise spinning orbs of energy – located 3-4 inches outside of the body. Each vibrates at a specific frequency equating to a pure colors of the rainbow. This indicates clarity and optional whole-body/spirit vibration with the Universe. “According to legend when you acquire the rainbow body you can make the journey beyond death to the Spirit world. You are able to assist others in their healing and you can dies consciously since you already know the way back home” (p.73).
There are 7 main chakras, the eighth chakra is your connection to the God in us. And when it is clear, it appears like a golden disk – like that seen in paintings of Christ, this light appears like a halo. The ninth chakra is our place in God, the infinite – the part of us that extends out into the cosmos…forever and ever.
Causay is the nutrient that our chakras need for energy – like food and water for our bodies. Our chakras must be clear to benefit from Causay. The chakras are divided into those which are primarily energized by either the “earth” or the “sky”. Earth-based religiouns focus on the female – emotion, sensuality, fundamental. Sky-based (or sun-based) religions focus on the male – reason, technology, logic.
Below is a brief detail on each chakra:
The First Chakra – Base/Root Chakra
Body Aspect: Physical foundation, elimination of wastes; rectum, legs, feet; testosterone and estrogen
Instinct: Survival, procreation
Psychological Aspects: Feeding, shelter, safety, ability to provide for ourself
Glands: Ovaries and testes
Seeds: Kundalini, abundance
Negative Expression: Hoarding, predatory behavior, mindless violence, chronic fatigue, birth trauma
Location: base of spine, between anus and genitals
The Second Chakra – Sacral Chakra
Body Aspects: Digestion, intestines, kidneys, urinary tract, sexual potency, adrenaline, lower back pain, menstrual pain, loss of appetite
Psychological Aspects: Power, money, sex, control, fear, fighting, passion, self-esteem, sexual or emotional abuse, inherited parental issues, incest
Seeds: Creativity, compassion, family
Negative Expression: Fear, fighting
Location: Four-fingers below belly button
Action: activates the adrenals, stress glands, fight flight reaction. This chakra can use any type of energy as food.
The Third Chakra – Solar Plexus
Body Aspects: Stomach, abdomen, liver, pancreas, storing and releasing energy, spleen
Psychological Aspects: Courage, power, expression in the world
Seeds: Autonomy, individuation, selfless service, fulfillment of dreams, longevity
Negative Expressions: Gastrointestinal disorder, anorexia, sorrow, pride, ego inflation, neurotic symptoms, low energy, victim mentality, temper tantrums, shame
Location: At the Solar Plexus
Action: The Power center
The Fourth Chakra – Heart Chakra
Body Aspects: Circulatory system, lungs, breasts, heart, asthma, immune deficiency
Psychological Aspects: Love, hope, surrender to another, compassion, intimacy
Seeds: Selfless love, forgiveness
Negative Expressions: Ego aggrandizement, resentment, selfishness, grief, loneliness, abondoment, betrayal
Location: At the center of the chest – near the heart
Action: Unconditional love
The Fifth Chakra – Throat Chakra
Body Aspects: Throat, mouth, neck, esophagus
Instinct: Psychic expression
Psychological Aspects: Manifesting dreams, creativity, communication, faith
Gland: Thyroid, parathyroid
Seeds: Personal power, faith, will
Negative Expressions: Betrayal, addictions, psychosis, sleep disorders, lies, fear of speaking out, gossiping, toxicity
Location: At the hollow of the throat
Action: Gives voice to the feelings of the heart
The Sixth Chakra – Third-Eye Chakra
Element: Pure light
Body Aspects: Brain, eyes, nervous system
Psychological Aspects: Reason & logic, intelligence, empathy, depression, stress-related disorders, denial
Seeds: Enlightenment, self-realization
Negative Expressions: Delusion, neuroses, inadequacy, seizures
Location: At the middle of the forehead
Action: Express the divine within ourselves and see the divine within others
The Seventh Chakra – Crown Chakra
Element: Pure Energy
Body Aspects: Skin, brain, hormonal balance
Instinct: Universal ethics
Psychological Aspects: Selflessness, integrity, wisdom
Seeds: Transcendence, illumination
Negative Expressions: Psychoses, regression, cynicism
Location: Top of the head
Action: Time mastery & event influencer
The Eighth Chakra
Body Aspects: Architect of the Body
Psychological Aspects: None
Negative Expressions: Templates of disease
Location: A few inches above the head
Action: Access to ancestral memory
The Ninth Chakra
Color: Translucent white light
Body Aspects: None
Psychological Aspects: None
Negative Expressions: None
Location: At the heart of the Universe – outside of space/time.
Action: Creation – where the self never born or never dies
Next, I will look at how shamans use chakras in their work.