The Chakras: Gateways Into Universal Consciousness

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Jung described the chakras as Gateways of Consciousness. In other words, they are channels through which one’s Higher Self (Soul) can connect with the Divine Source (Universal Consciousness).

What are Chakras?

Chakras are vibrating vortices of cosmic energy. Chakra literally means Wheel of Light (Sanskrit). We have seven major chakras, which are located along a vertical axis in the Ethereal/ Astral body, which aligns with the spine in the physical body. This chakra system is commonly known in Tantra as the Inner Flute or Sushumna (Sanskrit). And Taoist called it the Hollow Bamboo.

In Neo Tantrism, we believe that all living beings originate from one Divine Source of Energy. All of life is created from this Primary Source. This process of creation happens through dualism, known as Yin and Yang in Taoism or Ida and Pingala in Sanskrit. This dualism can be observed throughout nature: for example, in the positive and receptive poles of electromagnetic fields.

The Life Force energy, which runs through the Inner Flute, is known as Prana (Sanskrit) or Chi (Chinese). This energy is vitality – the breath of life itself! – the presence of which distinguishes a living being from a corpse.

The primordial sexual energy is known as Kundalini (Sanskrit) or Ching (Chinese). This is a dense form of the Life Force, which resides in the Root chakra but can be channelled through the Inner Flute.

Life Force travels through subtle energy channels known as Nadi(s) (Sanskrit) or Meridian(s) (Chinese). These channels flow through the Sushumna and to the rest of the ethereal body.

The Ethereal body is the counter-part to the physical body. It is the container for the Life Force energy, hence through this double, the physical body is vitalized. Willing, thinking and feeling originate in this subtle body and are then conveyed to the physical brain. Furthermore, the structure of the ethereal body mirrors the structure of the nervous, endocrine and other systems of the physical body.

Because of this, bodywork can release Body Armouring – tension held in the physical body caused by blocked emotions. Likewise, Chakra Balancing can restore physical health by improve the flow of energy through the charkas.

The Chakras:

A useful metaphor to illustrate the chakras is sunlight shining through a quartz prism. The light is refracted into the different colours of the rainbow. Each colour has a different electromagnetic frequency. In turn, the sunlight is symbolic of Life force, which splits into the unique frequencies of the different chakras. For example, the root chakra harbours the densest frequency and the crown, the subtlest. They are both aspects of the One Life Force, but at different frequencies.

Root/ Muladhara
(Root Support of Life)
Location: Perineum: Between the genitals & anus
Colour: Red
Element: Earth
Associated Glands: Testes, Prostate & Ovaries,
Associated Body
Parts: Genitals: (Yoni & Lingam), Anus (Rosetta), Kidney, Bladder
Essential Oils: Cedar, Myrrh
Crystals: Garnet, Ruby, Smoky Quartz
Mantra: Lam (pro. “Lum”)
Characteristics:
The Root Chakra (also known as Base and Sex Chakra) is our connection with the physical world, associated with our sense of stability, security and survival. The Muladhara is also related to grounding, a connection with Nature and Wisdom of the Earth.
Kundalini energy resides in the Muladhara and is visualized as a serpent, which lies asleep with her body coiled three and a half times, waiting to be awakened. The Hindu Goddess Dakini is considered the female doorkeeper of the energies of the Muladhara. She is the mistress of the skin, a suggestion that in High Sex arousal the entire dermal surface becomes one pulsating body of energy.

Sacral/ Swadisthana
(Abode of the Self)
Location: Sacrum / Lower Abdomen
Colour: Orange
Element: Water
Associated Glands: Pancreas & sometimes the Testes & Ovaries)
Associated Body
Parts: Liver, Gall Bladder, Uterus & Ovaries (female)
Crystals: Moonstone, Tourmaline
Essential Oils: Ylang Ylang
Mantra: Vam (pro. “Wum”) is the mantra of the water vibration.
Characteristics:
The Sacral centre is concerned with sexuality, fertility, pleasure and desire. It controls the ocean of fluids within the body, e.g. vaginal secretions, menstrual blood, semen, perspiration, blood and lymph. Also the Swadisthana is related with fluidity of emotions, ability to watch the ever-changing sea of emotions, flowing through and embracing all of them. In the physical body, the second chakra is connected with the womb, thus an energetic link with the Earth Mother and our emotional relationship with birth and death.

Solar Plexus/ Manipura
(To shine like a Jewel)
Location: Just above the Navel
Colour: Yellow
Element: Fire
Associated Glands:Adrenals & Pancreas
Associated Body
Parts: Stomach, Liver, Gall Bladder, Spleen
Essential Oils: Bergamont, Geranium
Crystals: Amber, Tiger’s eye
Mantra: Ram (pro. “Rum”) the powerful resonance of the magic fire of “Amon-Ra”, which became the Christian closing invocation “Amen”.
Characteristics:
The Manipura is associated with Solar Fire. On a physical level, this is associated with all metabolic processes of the body, in particular the action of the liver and pancreas. On a subtle level, the Solar Plexus is the centre of “Gut” emotions such as Enthusiasm, Courage and Passion.
The Solar Plexus is also known as the seat of Will power; hence individuals with vitalized Solar Plexus are following their Soul calling. The Solar Plexus is also described as the melting pot of spiritual and earthly matters, in harmony an individual can embrace this Union of Opposites.

Heart/ Anahata
(Unstruck Sound)
– This refers to psychic sound heard directly by the consciousness as oppose to normal sound created by energy waves striking against the ear drums.
Location: Centre of Chest
Colour: Green (sometimes Pink)
Element: Air
Associated Glands: Thymus
Associated Body
Parts: Heart, Lungs
Essential Oils: Rose, Jasmine, Marigold
Crystals: Emerald, Jade, Rose Quartz
Mantra: Yam (pro. “yum”) meaning mother as in the Tibetan asana: Yab-Yum translated as “Father-Mother face”.
Characteristics:
The Heart chakra is the centre of the chakra system, a rainbow bridge that connects the three physical and emotional centres to the three mental and spiritual centres. The fourth chakra is associated with love, compassion, empathy and lovemaking. Love making changes significantly when the heart chakra is awakened. Sex from the lower chakras is need based; e.g. the need to release pent up energy, need for pleasure and need for feeling power. In sex at the fourth chakra both partners dissolve into Love itself, discovering I am Love and Love is Divinity.
Note: There is a special connection between the Anahata and Muladhara; the nipples process sensitive tactile receptors, which are connect to the receptors of the genitals. In women, this connection is often known as the Sacred Triangle between the two breasts and the yoni.

Throat/ Vishudda
(With Purity)
– This is the purification centre.
Location: Throat
Colour: Light Blue, Cyan
Element: Ether (Akasha). Ether includes the entire energy spectrum from outer space cosmic rays, through to all the frequencies of the electro-magnetic spectrum.
Associated Glands: Thyroid
Associated Body
Parts: Throat, Vocal cords, Jaw, Neck
Essential Oils: Sage, Lavender
Crystals: Turquoise
Mantra: Ham (pro. “hum”) which is associated with the Seed (semen)
Characteristics:
The Vishudda is connected with communication and self-expression including speaking and hearing abilities. This is why at the point of full-body climax, Dakini’s have been known to speak in tongues (involuntary mantric utterances) and experience psychic deafness. On a spiritual level this chakra is concerned with speaking one’s truth and the Soul’s true expression.

Third Eye/ Ajna
(Command from Above)
– This is the centre that gives instructions.
Location: Centre of the Forehead, between the Eyebrows
Colour: Indigo
Element: Different Interpretations: Manas (Mind) or Light & Dark (All Elements)
Associated Glands: Pituitary (& sometimes Pineal)
Associated Body
Parts: Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Cerebellum
Essential Oils: Jasmine, Sandalwood, and Patchouli
Crystals: Indigo Sapphire, Opal
Mantra: Om – the sacred sound considered the sound of the universe vibrating. This mantra can be used to attune oneself with the energy vibrations of the cosmos.
Characteristics:
The Ajna is located at the centre of the eyebrows. It is the point of confluence where 3 major nadis: Ida, Pingala and Sushumna merge into one stream of consciousness and flow up to the Crown. The Third Eye is also known as the Divine Eye, it is associated with the Sixth Sense: Intuition, Inner Vision and Wisdom.
The Ajna is often illustrated with two petals or wings symbolizing flight to other dimensions. There is a perfect harmony between right petal Ha (Sun) and left petal Tha (Moon), symbolizing the union between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Thus as the ajna awakens the right and left-brain function harmonizes, and the sixth sense is unveiled. Intuition gives us expanded sensory awareness e.g. seeing or feeling other dimensions. The Third Eye is perceived as the bridge between Lower mind (ego self) and Higher mind (Higher Self).

Crown/ Sahasrara
(One Thousand-petals)
– Representing the full – flowering of the ethereal body into enlightenment.
Location: Top & Centre of Head
Colour: Violet dissolving into White
Element: Pure Spirit (All Elements)
Associated Glands: Pineal (sometimes Pituitary)
Associated Body
Parts: Brain, particularly thalamus, corpus callosum and Skull
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Lavender
Mantra: Om (or silence)
Crystals: Amethyst, Crystal, Topaz
Characteristics:
The Crown chakra is concerned with understanding, bliss and enlightenment. It is our link with the Divine Source. The Sahasrara is conceived as a thousand -petal lotus flower with its roots being the inner flute reaching down to the sex.

When the right and left brain hemispheres merge, the mid-brain goes through a sudden awakening. This leads to an experience known as Mahamudra, the ultimate orgasm with the universe, taking us beyond duality into oneness. In Lovemaking, awakening this chakra induces feelings of being one with our lover on all levels, and oneness with the whole universe, as we move from personal love into universal love.

Neo-Tantric Approach to Working With the Chakras
In Neo – Tantrism, Breath is the Key! We use Breath work (pranayama) and Intention (Will) to arouse and channel Kundalini energy through the Inner Flute. As we awaken the dormant Kundalini, it is said to pierce the gates of the charkas one by one until it ascends to the crown (Sahasrara). Once each chakra is awakened, we become a conduit for the descent of Divine energy, moving from the crown to sex and back to the earth.

Note for Left-Brain thinkers: if using breath to channel energy seems a bit far-out just think; when you breathe deeply, you increase the amount of oxygen received by each cell, which in turn increases the sensitivity of the whole body to its fullest potential.

Straw Breath
Firstly, it is essential to learn Straw Breath: Inhaling and exhaling fully and deeply through the mouth. On the inhale, visualise drawing positive light energy, Prana into your Inner Flute and on the exhale releasing any tension or stress held in the body.

Note: Mouth Positions: inhaling as if sucking with pursed lips, through a large straw and exhaling, as if sighing, releasing a “Ha” sound. Note: Focus on the sensation of your lips, not breathing into the belly.

Three Keys to awaken and channel Kundalini energy in Sky Dancing Tantra through the Inner Flute:

Breath Work (Pranayama)
Sound: Cathartic Release or Chanting Mantras
Movement: Pelvic Rocking, PC Pumps and Hand Gestures

Sex to Heart Breath
This is a very important breath work in Tantra. It is a dynamic breath work which encourages the Kundalini energy, which usually resides in the Root chakra, to be expanded up the Inner flute to the heart chakra.

Place one hand over the root chakra (sex) area and one on the heart chakra.

Begin by carrying out the Straw breath.

Then place your consciousness at your sex. Note: Use your dominant senses to help you do this e.g. tune into the warmth behind your hand or visualise a red light expanding to fill your whole pelvic region.

As you inhale visualize that you are breathing in through the sex (or genitals) and drawing sexual energy up to through your inner flute to your heart chakra.

Pause at the end of the in-breath, focusing your awareness on your heart chakra.

Then as you exhale, visualizing the energy expanding in your heart chakra then draining back to the sex.

This breath work is enhanced with PC Pumps and Pelvic Rocking:

PC Pumps
The PC muscles stretch from your pubic bone to the sacrum, surrounding your genitals and anus.

Begin by locating your PC muscles. As you inhale, contract your PC muscles, visualizing pumping the sexual energy up through your Inner Flute to your heart chakra.

Then exhale, relaxing the PC muscles again, visualizing the energy expanding in your heart chakra, then draining back to the sex.

Note: Firstly practise PC pumps without genital stimulation (cold) then in the heat of the moment during genital massage. Practising PC pumps regularly helps to tone and gain control of your sex (PC) muscles.

Pelvic Rocking

Pelvic rocking is beneficial to loosen any stiffness in the muscular attachments between the sacrum and the hipbones. It is a powerful way to spread the Kundalini energy through the body.

Keeping your spine and neck straight isolate the movement in your hips, rocking forward and back. Then coordinate the rocking with your breath. As you inhale rock the pelvis backwards. Then as you exhale rock the pelvis forwards.

Chakra Wave Breath

Note: At the Tantric Temple I always guide new clients through the Sex to Heart breath first. Then when they can feel the energy moving between their sex and heart, I assist them to channel the energy up the Inner flute to each chakra in turn.

Place both hands at the sex. Begin by carrying out Straw Breath.

As you inhale visualize drawing up the energy from the sex to the second chakra (sacral), which is located in the lower abdomen. Keep one hand on the sex, while the other hand strokes between the sex and the sacral to help with visualizing the energy movement.

As you exhale visualize the energy expanding in the sacral and draining back to the sex.

Then repeat the breath between the sex and the solar plexus. Continue this exercise with each chakra in turn up to the crown chakra.

This breath is enhanced using PC Pumps and Pelvic Rocking (see above).

Note: if you feel too high at any point, relax into the energy and focus on exhaling slowly and deeply. Ride on the energy and trust it’s flow.

During a Chakra Wave Session at the Tantric Temple, I further enhance the experience using the Essential oils, Colours, Mantras and Crystals associate with each of the charkas in turn.

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