This Explains How the Chakras Really Work.
Opening and balancing the chakras, or energy centers, is a very misunderstood concept. The chakras are indeed able to open and to come into balance with one another and with one’s life purpose. However, the healing that takes place deep within us is the cause, and so to try to influence the chakra as an end in itself is a misperception of how the chakra system really works, and is actually a reverse understanding of the process. The analogy I use is that pushing the needle over to ‘Full’ on your car’s gas gauge wouldn’t affect the amount of gas in your tank, and in the same way, you can’t permanently force a chakra open or balance it within the entire system by applying energy. A chakra is a portal to and a reflection of the reality deep inside a person. Let’s examine each of the seven chakras from this perspective:
As our connection to living life here on mother earth, with our ‘tribe’, and with an enthusiasm for living life to its fullest is felt strongly (as opposed to wishing we were some other place), the first (root) chakra connects deeply to our home planet with all its power.
As the inner child begins to heal the old wounds and feels safe and cherished, and returns to the innocence of the magical child, the second chakra opens and returns to balance. In my practice I have found that this area of life, more than any other, contains the key to our deepest healing. And the best part is that with some expert healing guidance, we ourselves learn to provide this love and safety, so it is dependent on no one else!
As the power and personality center in the belly becomes purified and able to hold compassion within a framework of self-empowerment and truth, the third chakra opens and balances with the others. Please note; in my opinion there is no such thing as a human being ‘destroying the ego’; that is a myth. As the ego becomes purified, our personality becomes one of our most beautiful qualities, as was clearly demonstrated by Yeshua the Christ, Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha, and all the other holy enlightened ones in history.
As the heart chakra becomes free of acquired pain, and the flow of giving and receiving unconditioned love becomes reestablished, unencumbered and automatic, the fourth chakra will fully open to a beautiful and majestic balance ~ and life will begin to change dramatically! I personally find the energetic opening of the human heart to be one of the most profoundly moving and joyful things I have experienced in my practice.
At this point, the normally slow process of Kundalini or Life Force Energy release will begin to really accelerate, and the higher chakras will begin to activate themselves as this personal energy stored in the first chakra flows ‘upward’ unimpeded to them through the open portal of the heart chakra, and the Divine Prahnic Light flows ‘down’ through the crown chakra, third eye, throat, and into the heart chakra to meet it.
The throat chakra will finally begin to really open and rotate, and express destiny and life purpose. This is the true deep esoteric nature of the fifth chakra, and is much greater than simply ‘speaking your truth’ as is commonly taught, although that is also a part of it. Those familiar with the meanings of ‘dharma’ can apply the concept to this powerful chakra’s essence.
As the third eye in the sixth chakra opens, intuition becomes much more defined, and clairvoyance and visions, as well as prophetic and lucid dreams may begin. Divine guidance and inner sight can eventually be developed and refined to depths that most people would consider incredible, and hearing and understanding Higher Self instruction can become as easy as daydreaming and ‘talking to yourself’ once was. Clairsentience, clairaudience, and all such extrasensory perceptions may begin to develop, depending upon the proclivities of the individual. These can also be taught to an initiate by transmission (initiation) at this point.
As previously noted, the crown chakra will begin to open much more, allowing an expansion of the two-way stream of Divine Light, the Pranic energy which we were all designed to ‘breathe’ in through the top of our heads. This Healing White Light that replaced the lower energies found throughout the lower chakra system as the initial clearing work was being done quickens the Kundalini, or Serpent Fire energy, uncoiling from the first (sacral) chakra. The Divine White Light that is flowing in through the crown chakra intensifies as the root chakra, now deeply grounded into Mother earth, magnetically connects with it through an unrestricted chakra system, and the Kundalini energy and the White Light are now able to dynamically flow and interact together, and empower the individual in amazing ways. There are very few words in English for what I am trying to convey here, but this is the true way of “opening and balancing the chakras”. It happens as a result of this deep process of clearing and takes real devotion to your healing. Becoming an advanced healer yourself is one way to approach it. Having someone wave their hands over you slowly is not going to do it.
The chakras have special connections with each other. In my experience, the first and seventh chakras have the strongest and most energetically important connection, and I utilize this connection and the White Light almost exclusively to transmute the lower energies. The Eastern traditions are more identified with consciousness as ‘God’ and awakening the kundalini, or personal energy, to gain enlightenment or self-realization.
The teachings of Christ, the Sufis, and other Desert Wisdom traditions are more identified with the Divine White Light from the Most High as a manifestation of Divine Spirit, or ‘God’, and devotion to this concept and its practices to attain ‘enlightenment’. In my view, the truth is they are inseparable.
I am now practicing healing techniques that both bring up the kundalini energy and invoke the Divine White Light down through the crown chakra, meeting at the heart, the center of our being.
So, there is little need for practices designed to ‘open’ the chakras above the heart until you do the inner work needed to fully open and align the first four. See my articles on the higher chakras for the wonderful experiences that await you there!
In the West, there are various chakra meditations, guided visualizations, chants, crystals, aromas, music, and many other such things designed to help with this process, including many modalities of energy healing, usually involving waving hands over the client, that are designed for “opening and balancing the chakras”. How effective they are is probably questionable, although a regular deep meditation practice is extremely helpful if not essential. There are many, many ways to heal. There are, of course, many genuine esoteric practices which will allow one to reach deep states of healing and expanded awareness, especially Eastern and Native ones. Part of the true purpose of yoga is to allow the glands to function optimally and transform the energy received through the chakras to use for evolutionary purposes. If you are able and willing to find and then devote yourself to a monastery with an authentic realized Guru, these traditions are great, but this can be a lifetime endeavor. I believe that the time for a truly enlightening method of healing adaptable to the Western lifestyle is here. Learning advanced Spiritual Energy Healing is an accelerated way of opening the door to this way of living and helping others to heal.
So, in conclusion, opening and balancing the chakras is a result of healing and enlightenment – not an end in itself. It is the deep clearing of energies that do not serve your highest good; what I call Spiritual Energy Healing, that results in an open and balanced chakra system.
© Andrew M. Williams