Step 1 Beginners Development
Meditation 1 Opening & Protection When Working On Your Own (play time 13m 20s)
Theory: Auras & Chakras.
A fundamental principle of spiritual and psychic development is ‘energy’. Life is all about energy. Everything is energy. All matter vibrates at different rates depending on what it is. Take, for example, water, slow down the vibratory rate of its molecules, through cooling, and it becomes ice. Speed it up, by heating, and it becomes steam.
In order to develop our skills it’s important to have a basic understanding of some of the theories of energy on an esoteric level. When we’re talking about energy in this way we are talking about the ‘vital life force’ that animates all living things. It has many different names from many different cultures: Ki, Prana, Chi, Mana.
Some will call it God, Love, Divine Source, the list is virtually endless. There are many theories about the way in which energy flows through us on a subtle level, disciplines such as shiatsu and acupuncture work on the premise that we have a system of energy channels much like our physical network of veins and arteries carrying blood.
This is a useful avenue to explore as you develop but for now two fundamental subjects to begin our energy journey with are aura and chakras.
In eastern and esoteric teachings it is said that we exist at many levels. These levels are like overlapping layers of ourselves, taking up the same space but each at a progressively higher vibratory rate. Our physical body has the slowest vibratory rate (imagine it as the ice), making us solid, present in the physical world and therefore visible to others.
Overlaying our physical body are the etheric, emotional or astral, mental and spiritual bodies. Because of their higher vibratory rates, these are not visible to most people, although some who are sensitive can pick them up through sensing, feeling or seeing the energy given off by them. These emanations are what is termed the aura and each energetic body has its own.
Auras could be linked to the electro-magnetic field that emanates from an atomic structure.
Our auras surround us three-dimensionally, extending above and below our physical body. The etheric aura is the simplest to see. It’s actually colourless, appearing more like a mist or a thickening of the air around the body, like an outline glow (imagine it like the water).
The emotional or astral aura is the next and is usually the one containing colour. Its colours change depending on our mood, activity, health and spiritual development.
The final two are the mental and spiritual/causal auras which extend far beyond our physical body and connect us with the higher levels of energy and spirit realms. (These higher levels are like the steam, gradually becoming more diffuse as it progresses).
It’s possible with practice and experience to learn to tune into a person’s aura and pick up information from it, either visually or simply by knowing or sensing. Information that we pick up could be colours, in the aura, its strength, any weak spots, imbalances or damaged areas.
The aura can be weakened or inhibited by poor diet, lack of fresh air, lack of exercise, lack of rest, illness, stress, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, negative thoughts or habits or by not protecting ourselves sufficiently from external negative influences.
When we meet other people or go into places or situations our auras are the first part of us that pick up on information in the form of energy. This is then filtered down to our conscious mind for interpretation and action. It’sm said that when we take an instant dislike to a person or place it’s because the energy of our auras are not compatible for some reason.
We are sure that most of you have met someone who you feel really drawn to, or conversely that you don’t like standing too close to for some inexplicable reason.
The exercises covered this week will demonstrate how we can affect others and be affected by those around us. It will demonstrate the importance of strengthening and protecting our energy field through a healthy lifestyle, positive thoughts and good visualization.
The Aura Layers
Within our auras, creating a central vertical column following the line of our spine, sit the chakras. These are wheels of energy that extend out, like funnels, usually to the front and back of us. The chakras take in energy from the universe then transform and redistribute it throughout our energy system.
Eastern philosophies teach that in order for us to be whole, healthy, creative, and to continue to develop spiritually our chakras must be working in harmony with each other, allowing a positive, steady flow of energy.
There are seven major chakras. Each contains all colour vibrations but is dominated by one. This colour relates to its primary role. When visualizing or sensing the colours, it’s important to use your intuition and ‘feel’ which colour works best for you.
Some people prefer to use violet at the brow and white at the crown but others like to use indigo and violet respectively. It’s entirely up to each individual and it may well differ from time to time as well as from person to person.
There are also many smaller chakras including those in the palms of our hands, used particularly when giving healing, and in our soles of our feet, useful to visualize when grounding our energies.
The chakras are always open but to varying degrees. They can sometimes be too open, or for others not open enough. In either case it can be indicative of an imbalance in certain parts of our lifestyle.
The ‘opening’ ‘protection’ and ‘closing & grounding’ exercises and visualizations that we do in this class involve working with the auras and chakras. So you can see that having an understanding of them is a key element in developing our skills.
Basic Chakra Information
Base Chakra – Red
Located at the perineum, this chakra opens downwards. It connects us to the physical world, keeps us grounded, and is said to be the seat of the collective unconscious.
If this chakra is too open we may be overly concerned with material things, possibly self – indulgent. If the chakra is too closed we may be run down physically, have a tendency to worry too much, or feel ‘away with the fairies’. If this is the case, grounding work is important to keep our feet on the ground.
Sacral Chakra – Orange
Located two fingers below the navel. It’s related to our primordial emotions, security, sexuality, empowerment and creativity. If this chakra is too open we may crave more meaningful relationship, not realizing that the most important one if with ourself.
We may need to be more embracing of the miracles of nature. If this chakra is too closed we may withdraw from attention or sensual signals from others, life may seem a bit boring and we may need to learn to express our feelings.
Solar Plexus – Yellow
Located at the diaphragm, this chakra is our power center, it connects us to the astral body and it helps us to perceive the vibrations of others. If this chakra is too open we may be too open to the energies of others and need to learn to protect ourselves.
The automatic reaction of folding our arms over this area if feeling uncomfortable helps prevent us from picking up negativity from others or our surroundings. If this chakra is too closed, we may be insensitive to others energy or to our surroundings. We may need to learn to extend our awareness and be more observant.
Heart Chakra – Green (sometimes pink)
Said to be the seat of unconditional love. This chakra is related to healing, empathy and sympathy. It connects us to the spiritual aspect of ourselves and others. If this chakra is too open it’s possibly as a result of constantly putting others before ourselves.
A closed down heart chakra is often in those who don’t like themselves or find it difficult to trust or love others. We may need to learn to be kinder to and forgive ourselves.
Throat Chakra – Blue
This chakra relates to expression, communication (including listening) and inspiration. It connects us with the mental auric body. An overly open throat chakra is common among public speakers or those who feel driven to communicate continually for whatever reason.
A closed down throat chakra is found if we’re unable to communicate our feelings with others, or if we do not listen to others, or notice signs around us.
Third Eye Chakra – Indigo or Violet
Located slightly above and between the eyes. This chakra relates to psychic perception and intuition and is said to connect us to all levels of creation. If this chakra is too open we may be too focused on intellect and reason, try to rationalize everything and influence the thoughts of others.
If this chakra is too closed we may only accept what we can actually see, be forgetful or lose our head in a crisis. In either case we may benefit from developing our intuitive and psychic side.
Crown Chakra – Violet or White.
Located on the crown of the head, this chakra opens upwards. It’s related to universal knowledge and connects us to the spiritual plane. The crown chakra becomes more open with spiritual advancement. It can’t be too open. The crown is always connecting us to Spirit, however, if it appears small or narrow, you may wish to actively pursue a more spiritual path.
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