Let me begin to outline the meaning of the 7 major chakra system. Let me also say that while I will share with you their meaning (in brief), the real understanding of these subtle energy centres is experiential. This experience of the 7 chakras is to be lived and not just understood intellectually. This means the you practice chakra healing, balance and alignment.

The 7 Chakra meaning is found in the healing, balance and alignment of what I refer to as Y-E-S. This is Your-Energy-System. It is a staged journey into the experience of union of the personal with the Universal. This alignment leads to a life of Purpose, Passion and Prosperity.

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What Are the 7 Chakra’s

If you were to Google the phrase, “What are the 7 Chakra’s?” you would be given the following results: –

The seven chakras are the centres in our bodies in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. www.mindbodygreen.com

Here is another description from the “What are the 7 Chakras’” search

Chakras are the circular vortexes of energy that are placed in seven different points on the spinal column, and all the seven chakras are connected to the various organs and glands within the body. These chakras are responsible for disturbing the life energy, which is also known as Qi or Prana. https://www.onetribeapparel.com

Each of these articles goes on to list each of the 7 chakras’ individually and tell you about what their primary function is.

Do any of the above descriptions inspire you? Do they answer your question as regards “meaning?” In the opinion of this writer neither description or the whole article would inspire the reader to explore the premier map of learning to live a life of Purpose, Passion, Prosperity and Presence.

Let me share with you my outline that I hope might encourage you to follow the 7 Chakra map for finding meaning and purpose in your life.

The 7 Chakra System

Defining a single chakra, or list of chakras, is like examining a single organ, or organ system of the physical body without having regard to the wholistic nature of the body/mind/spirit. Examining the body as a series of parts is the focus of Western medicine, which in fact, is not very scientific.

So let us briefly explore this wholistic map to meaning and purpose by dividing it into three levels. These three levels of the 7-chakra system are as follows: –

Does that not give you a greater sense of encouragement and hopefully and greater invitation to engagement? The above three levels are a map of your life as a unique human being living within this time and space dimension.

Finding Your Life Purpose

You find your unique life purpose through expressing your Y-E-S. This is Your – Energy – System. Life purpose is the full expression of your energy.

Most people live their lives in what the singer songwriter Mike Scott of the Waterboys calls The Madman in the Cave of the Skull. This is what the modern mystic Eckhart Tolle, writing in The Power of NOW – A Guide to Enlightenment calls “normal insanity.” It is the normal cultural insanity of glorifying the overthinking personal mind.

You will not find the meaning and purpose of your life through the overthinking personal mind. Thinking has to come from KNOWING and INSIGHT.

Finding your life purpose is facilitated through the healing, balance and alignment of the 7-chakra system. These, (healing, balance and alignment) are three different aspects of the process and I think many articles on the 7-chakra system confuse the three (more to come on this).

This is experiential alignment. You have to tune into your KNOWING and begin to trust your Y-E-S. This is paradoxically powerfully connected to your ability to say NO and mean it.

Stage I – Period of Integration

The 1st Stage of Chakra Healing, Balancing and Alignment begins with developing the personality and the ego. This is by way of the 1st three chakras of the 7-chakra system.

Let me briefly outline the key aspect of each of these three chakras in relation to the essential task of personal development in the 1st Half of Life.

The Root Chakra

This chakra centre or energy centre is related to your ability to feel physically, psychologically safe in the world of time and space. This relates to your ability to FEEL grounded in the present moment.

You have command (or at least to some degree) of the fight/flight/freeze reaction to stress.

The Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra relates to the way in which you relate to yourself and others. If your foundational experience (root chakra) in early life was traumatic or if you did not have your needs met (which is the case for most everyone) you will enter relationships armoured, mistrustful and needy.

This was my own experience in the early stages of the 1st half of life. I so very much identify with the opening lines of one of my favourite poems by one of my favourite poets.

That Sweet Moon Language

Admit something:
Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.”
Of course you do not do this out loud, otherwise
Someone would call the cops.

Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect.
Why not become the one who lives with a
Full moon in each eye that is always saying,
With that sweet moon language, what every other eye in
This world is dying to hear?

Hafiz of Shiraz

The first four lines are all about 1st and 2nd chakra imbalance. The 5th line is the beginning of the balance signified by the longing to connect. (Heart Chakra – 4th Chakra). Line six is a healthy 3rd chakra. Lines 7 is about vision (6th chakra). The last two lines are about communion (5th chakra)

So in this poem you have the journey and the meaning of the 7-chakra system.

Without a healthy, balanced and aligned sacral chakra we will engage in relationships of co-dependency rather than inter-dependency, vulnerability and intimacy. Our boundaries will be either too weak or too rigid.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

This is the chakra related to personal empowerment. This is where you get to experience the power of your personal will. This is the movement from the Will to Power to the Will to Love.

This is the energy centre where you can live a driven life because of imbalances in your lower chakras. Your sense of self worth (1st chakra) and dysfunctional relationships (2nd chakra) lead you to seek meaning in what you “do” and “achieve” rather than from “Being.”

Our Western Culture is very much a driven culture (3rd chakra imbalance). A major reason for this is due to what is called Toxic Capitalism which leaves us all abandoned and orphaned on the alter of material progress for the few.

As individuals, and as a culture as a whole, we are disconnected from Source. Without a felt connection to Source Energy there is no connection between your personal purpose (secondary) and Primary Purpose. This is where you and the Purpose of Life feel in alignment.

Without this connection to your Essential Self you will tend to be driven from the false self.

Many of us are walking the world as Hungry Ghosts. Whatever we get does not truly satisfy. This is because we are all addicted to the primary cause of suffering. This is our sense of personal felt separation from the One Life driven from attachment to our overthinking, never restful, personal mind.

Without a healthy balanced and aligned Root Chakra that gives you a sense of physical, emotional and psychological safety -without a healthy balanced and aligned Sacral Chakra we will look outside ourselves for fulfilment through others or through addictive “doing.” Our sense of self-worth will be grounded on a false self. We will seek value in what we do and acquire rather than in who we are and what we give to the world from an inner sense of Resourcefulness, creativity and Love.

The 7 Challenges of Personal Development

If this process of healing, balance and alignment is all that you do by way of personal development then you will be well ahead of most everyone else with regard to physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

The focus here at Yoga Journey of Life is on the healing, balance and alignment of these lower three chakras. When this happens, and it is a continuing process, rather than an end result, you have: –

  • Safe Personal Boundaries.
  • Are open to Intimacy.
  • Experience Real Personal Empowerment.

This is the task of the 1st Half of Life. This is the stage of creating ego boundaries. During the Mid Life period, if you are blessed (although it doesn’t feel like that at the time) you will experience a crisis of meaning.

You are then drawn to explore the realm of the transpersonal. This is a 2nd Half of Life journey. There is a bridge to open and cross. This is the bridge of the heart (4th chakra). This is what I refer to as the willingness to Follow Love’s Message rather than the never-ending dictates of the overthinking mind driven from a feeling of never being enough.

With an integrated ego boundary that you begin to surrender the heart opens. You then have access to the Higher Chakras. Then in the words of the German Christian mystic Miester Eckhart you KNOW that: –

When the Higher flows into the lower the lower is transformed by the Higher – Miester Eckhart.

Most people never get to experience what it is to live as an integrated human let alone then integrate that higher aspect of Being. At best they become human “doings” that then as a collective create a planet of Do-Do.

So to give you some idea of what this 1st Stage of Chakra meaning involves I list some of the challenges you face if you decide to engage in a serious and sincere journey of integration, revelation and union (Yoga). These 9 challenges include: –

1st Stage Chakra Meaning – 7 Key Challenges

  • Establish clear personal boundaries.
  • Commit to inner body awareness. (LINK)
  • Avoid Spiritual By-passing. (LINK)
  • Balance Doing with Being.
  • Explore Intimacy with self and others.
  • Feel you Feelings.
  • Stop being a Victim.

This is not a definitive list. Many, and even most all of these, are inter-connected. Progress in one area opens up progress in another. Be aware of the very real experience of two steps forward and one step back. Be aware that there will be times when you think you have integrated some aspect of yourself that needs healing only to find, some years later, it returns with a vengeance.

Overview of Personal Development

I am hoping that this overview of personal development related to the lower three chakras gives you as sense of the power and meaning of the 7 chakra map. Personally speaking, I think this is more valuable than simply telling you that the chakra system is a subtle energy system that you cannot touch, see and for the most part, have no feel for.

I hope you can see that these lower chakras are really foundational in inviting the KNOWING of your Life Purpose that then invites you to KNOW a Higher Love from which you can truly live with Purpose, Passion, true Prosperity and as a living Presence of Love in form.

Does that not give you some hope for your destiny that you could Companion YOUR Greatness seeded inside you. You are invited and encouraged to tend this  unique seed of potential. The real work of this integration is related to the lower three chakras. My beloved Rumi says it this way:-

Your task is not the seek for Love but to remove all blocks to its realisation – Rumi.

These blocks are really YOUR energy blocks.

There is the body armour to be released (1st Chakra). There is the release of feared emotions (2nd chakra) held underground by the personal will (3rd chakra). Your task is to trust and let go so that you allow the Higher to flow into the lower. In this way your personality is lighted up from the inside and you can then declare as the poet Anna Akhmatova says:-

The Secret of Secrets is inside me again – Anna Anaktova

Part II

Period of Transition

So we now begin the Journey of Transition from the limitation of the personal self – the persona – to feeling our connection to the magnificent of the Light of Our Own Being (Hafiz). You begin the transition from the merely human to the extra-ordinary invitation of Human Being.

Period of Transition Menu

This transition is the healing, balance and alignment of the Heart Chakra – 4th Chakra (LINK). Let me first share a personal opinion. In the opinion of this writer the heart chakra is not primarily concerned about romantic love.

Romantic love is, to a large extent dualistic. It is a sacral chakra (2nd chakra energy) heavily related to sexual desire and union. It is both a kind of Heaven/Hell experience because it is always rooted in separateness (beyond the 1st pangs of union).

Romantic love is the invitation to healing the wounds of our inner orphan rooted in the losses of childhood. This is when we bring out into the open those unloved aspects of yourself to the other in the hope that they can begin to be integrated.

In the words of the Canadora, storyteller and Jungian Analyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes writer of The Women Who Run with Wolves, “Romantic love leading to marriage is the licence for all hell to break loose.” And it does.

This is the journey into intimacy beyond that drive for sexual union. This was in large part the reason for the failure of the Sexual Revolution of the 1960’s. We were given the freedom to bonk each other but no one really spoke of the terror of being seen for who we really are when we enter the through the door of intimacy. We might find that we have our fear that we are really unloved confirmed.

This challenge of intimacy and vulnerability is a real challenge. We don’t do it very well. Witness the increasing level of divorce in most Western countries and beyond. Two years into most relationships it is in the words of a dear friend, “Shit or get off the pot.”

Metaphorically speaking this means you have to begin the challenging process of intimacy through vulnerability which is the foundation of real commitment. Otherwise you will leave and find someone else you can screw around with and avoid the deeper and challenging work of claiming your unloved aspects. Reclaiming those orphaned aspects of yourself is called Shadow work.

Without engaging in the integrative process of Shadow work you can blame the other person for not being the right one who in the words of the line from the movie Jerry McQuire (1996) spoken to Renée Zellweger by Tom Cruise who says,” You complete me.” On a personal note I loved this movie.

Sorry but it doesn’t work that way. No one can complete you other than you merge into the KNOWING of your True Self. It is out of that experience that you can then begin to live the archetype of the Lover rather than the archetype of the Orphan. (More about archetypes as they are related to Yoga to come as from June 2019).

A Question of Love

There is a problem in our culture. We have this word “love” and it is expected to express the vastness of this experience of limitation and boundlessness in one four letter word. That’s really asking the impossible.

The Inuit have more than twenty words for different types of snow. Some types of snow are safe. Other are a risk to life and limb. So it is the case with the word “love” only it has the impossible task of trying to be all things to all people in this vast territory of human experience and longing.

When you have done some real work in integrating your personal sense of self – ego- you are likely to have reached the stage of life called Mid-Life. You are in your mid-thirties to late forties. You have had some degree of life experience.

You might have married and raised a family or not. You might be working in a career or not. You might be by all standards of our materialistic focused culture be considered successful. You may even be content.

On the other hand you might, as Henry David Thoreau suggested, “Our living a life of quiet desperation.” You might, as was my own case, have become a Hungry Ghost on the slide into alcoholism and mental disintegration that would last for around 10 years.

The integration of the personality is were most people stop. This is because the personality is who they are completely identified with. The focus is, if there is a focus, is on self-improvement rather than on Self Realization.

Self-improvement is often driven from a sense of being unworthy or not of intrinsic value. This is a key aspect of Root Chakra imbalance. We become driven to achieve only to be driven to achieve more. This then might raise the existential question, “Is this all there is?2

The answer is, “Yes this is all there is if your focus is on your being only a persona – a mask.” However, if you sincerely want to go on the quest to discover your full potential then you are going to have to have the courage to move through the challenging Period of Transition.

This is often referred to as The Mid-Life Crisis. It is often shown as a parody of the guy who buys the sports car and goes off with a younger woman. He thinks he is longing to return to his youth but in reality, he is longing to experience what we in Ireland call the experience of, “The Forever Young.” This is not an experience related to time but the KNOWING of the Timeless.

Is the “Forever Young” experience real? The answer is “Yes, it is.” The modern mystic Eckhart Tolle wrote about this in his best-selling book The Power of NOW. An earlier mystic named Yeshua invited this experience when he suggested, “Seek Yeh first the Kingdom of Heaven and all shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6-33 Heaven is not a place that you go to but a realization that you are created to embody here on earth.

Process of Transformation

The Period of Transition opens with the experience of longing. Our Western culture is not very good at offering guidance through this period of transition. We tend to laugh about it.

It is the job of religion and spiritual direction to guide you through this period. Only this isn’t done very well because the guides tend to be believers who have had no direct experience of the Forever Young Experience beyond the period of transition.

You can only authentically guide someone through this period of transition if you have been graced to KNOW and BE that which is beyond such a period. This guidance is always an experience of Grace. It transforms you. The Higher flows into the lower and the lower is transformed by the Higher (Meister Eckhart). This is the way in which the process of self-actualization works. It is not a process of belief. You can believe in the possibility but that will get you nowhere other than to stay within the identity of the persona – the mask.

This is a challenging invitation because it really requires that you begin to honour the truth of who you are created to be. If you have not integrated to some degree the longing of the Orphan in you then you will feel threatened by the call of longing to return to Innocence which is the KNOWING of your True Self.

In the words of the poet Derek Walcot you have to “Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, the photographs, the desperate notes, peel your own image from the mirror. Sit. Feast on your life.” (From Love After Love).

The Challenge of Awakening the Heart

So the challenges of Heart Awakening are in fact not for those who are faint of heart. They are not really for those who are focused on transcending the ego but who do so by way of Spiritual Bypassing. Otherwise you may invite energies that become really difficult to handle because they threaten the limited idea of the personal self. Then like Icarus you will, metaphorically speaking, fly to close to the Sun and as a consequence fall to Earth.

Some of the very real challenges of this Period of Transition include: –

  • Learning that Sweet Moon Language.
  • Surrender of the Personal Will.
  • Entry into Not Knowing.

These are related. Progress in one area complements or pushes for progress in another.

Learning that Sweet Moon Language

The language of the heart is a different kind of language. It is not the head orientated language of literalism, philosophy, theology or logic. It is not the language that the mystic Osho calls, “logic chopping.” This tends to be the language of the personality and arises from the experience of duality. For many people it is a language of none belonging. It is the language of the Orphan.

The language of the heart, which is that Sweet Moon Language (Hafiz) is a language of paradox, metaphor and myth. This is the language that is central to this website Yoga Journey for Life. We share this Sweet Moon Language by way of: –

  • Mystical Poetry.
  • Mythological Storytelling.
  • Heartsong

This focus takes you on the longest and shortest journey (paradox). This is the journey from the head (overthinking mind) to the heart (bridge to the transcendent).

Surrender of the Personal Will

I have heard so many relatively ungrounded spiritual seekers enthusiastically declare, “One has to get rid of the ego.” This is non-sense. If you want to see someone without clear ego boundaries go visit a hospital for the mentally insane.

You don’t get rid of the ergo. As the Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung declared: –

The 1st Half of Life is to develop and ego. The 2nd Half of Life is to surrender the ego. Carl Gustav Jung.

Surrender is not the same as, “get rid of.” One, (get rid of) arises from aversion. The other (surrender) arises from longing. However, you cannot surrender what you do not have. Thus you have fluffy spiritual seekers living an etheric, dis-embodied life self-obsessed with transcending the world through getting rid of the ego.

This focus on surrender is not something you do.

It is not directed from a personal will to power but from the personal will to Love. It is a journey into learning the art of allowing which is also an aspect of the Art of Loving. Your focus is on being an expression of Love in Action. This tends to be contrary to everything you have been taught as a way to find meaning and purpose for your life.

Entry into the Unknown

I call this entry into the unknown the Second Awakening of Faith. Most people of faith are, in my personal experience, believers. They believe in some form of religious scrip or follow a script of non-belief. This is the two sides of the same coin. Neither are KNOWERS.

A KNOWER is someone who has had a direct personal experience of the transcendent (the non-personal). It is true to say that this is really “Beyond belief.” However, this journey that is the 2nd Stage of Faith is threefold: –

  • Non-Knowing.

Most of what passes for religious instruction is by way of intellectual knowledge. It is intellectually assented to and very often taken literally. This is the case with any form of fundamentalism. This is rooted in the need for certainty and in the need for boundaries There is a certain safety felt, in that, surely all those believers can’t be wrong. This is especially the case of believers within your group. This leads to rigidity and dogmatism.

Unknowing – 2nd Stage of Faith

The real meaning of faith is that you do not know. This means you have to leave behind certainty. This cannot be done if you do not have clear ego boundaries and are over dependant on others for your religious and spiritual direction. You will remain tied to the group or cultural identity. You will not risk being seen “Not to Know” as a member of your faith.

This state of unknowing is the stage where you begin to enter your inner sanctuary of the heart. You begin to develop a real relationship with the paradoxical power of silence. If you honestly are willing to admit that you do not know then the voice in your head begins to fight you. You will become a house divided against itself. This is one of the real challenges of being willing not to know.

You begin to expand into the NO-THING-NESS that is forever full. In the mythological story of The Four Treasures of Ireland (LINK) this emptiness that is forever full is represented by the 4th treasure which is The Cauldron of Plenty.

Out of this silence you practice the instruction from the Psalms: –

Be Still and KNOW that I AM God – Psalm 46:10

This KNOWING the Divine is not the 1st Stage of Faith whereby your focus is on knowledge ‘ABOUT’ God. This is what the believer will tend to settle for and be encouraged to settle for. In this way you follow what is called the Exoteric Path. This is the path of the many.

Then, if you are blessed, (although it does not feel like a blessing in the beginning) you will take the Road Less Travelled By. This is the Esoteric Path – the path of the few. This is the path beyond belief. The words ‘beyond belief’ are to be taken literally.

This is the path of the mystics of all religious traditions and none that Exoteric followers tend either kill or marginalise.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference

To become a KNOWER is an experience of Grace. It cannot be given to those who are absolutely certain they know. To move from the 1st Stage of Faith (believer) to the 2nd Stage of Faith (KNOWER) is the real meaning of the experience of conversion. Conversion in the real sense is the conversion from knowledge about t the direct KNOWING through the Grace of Revelation.

Part III – Period of Transformation

You have undertaken the task of integrating the personality that will in fact be ongoing. You have the courage to be willing “Not to Know” but to be known through. You have done the work of removing the blocks to the Love that KNOWS you by heart and has loved you all your life (Love After Love).

Period of Transformation Menu

Now the Higher is more able to flow into the lower and the lower (the personality) will be transformed by the Higher (Presence).

So now we come to the Higher three chakras. These are: –

  • The Throat Chakra.
  • The Brow Chakra
  • The Crown Chakra

This is were too many spiritual seekers try to start the journey.

Their focus is often on opening the Brow Chakra – the Third Eye Centre. However, because they have not done the work of integration of the lower chakras like Icarus, they will get to close to the Sun (enlightenment) and fall to Earth. In the words of the Waterboys song they got To Close to Heaven (LINK)

For the Highest Good

Let me be clear about one thing. This is that these Higher Energies are not for your personal aggrandisement. They are given to you, flow into you, for the highest good of all. Having said that, you will be someone very unusual if you are not tempted to do so.

I know that is what I did. It is really so tempting to claim this Love power for yourself. It is so powerful to be IN Love. When is say “too be IN Love” I am not talking about being in love in a romantic sense? I mean being IN Love as an experience of who you are. You experience yourself and non-separate from Love as the Creative Force of the Universe. The Master Yeshua described it this way, “I and the Father are One.” – xx

So what do these Higher Energetic Chakras feel like: –

The Throat Chakra

The throat chakra is the chakra of communion. Without the integration of the lower chakra’s communion is mere communication. You can see the power of a deeply unbalance root chakra in the power of the speeches of Adolf Hitler.

This individual bypassed the heart chakra, had a deeply disturbed sacral chakra and used the full power of the 3rd chakra to compensate. He was able to tune into the unbalanced root chakra of the German people and we know the result. We see the same thing happening in the U.S.A. with the unbalanced Donald Trump.

The Higher Energy of the Throat Chakra can only be communicated when the personal will and the heart, are at least to some degree, willingly surrendered to the Will to Love. This is as distinct from serving the personal will to Power. You begin to feel your life purpose (Secondary) to be in alignment with Love’s Purpose (Primary).

There is real delight (off the Light) in this. Your energy begins to heighten. You are becoming more integrated in word and deed. You become an expression of Love in Action. You are doing less and more open to being done through. Your words and actions are in communion with Presence. You are becoming and experience of Flow.

You begin to commune with the Divine. Metaphorically speaking, you become one who shares the Gospel but you don’t do so in words. You share the Gospel of Union by radiating the Presence of Union (Yoga).

The Brow Chakra

This is where you are becoming one of those, who we call in Ireland, “The Shining One’s” or “The Beautiful People.” Beauty here is not equated with glamor. Beauty is a Way of Seeing. It is Seeing with a Full Moon in Each Eye that allows you to speak (5th Chakra) that Sweet Moon Language of the heart (4th Chakra).

This is not seeing in the normal way in which you understand this word. This is seeing as a way of Being. The normal way in which you view the world is through the experience of duality. You see everything in opposites. This view of thigs and objects as separate creates the sense of the separate self-called the ego. This is a necessary stage of the journey into Higher Love. Metaphorically speaking this is the eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

When your energy flows from the Higher you begin to see in a transformational way. This is the Way of Unity. It is, to quote from a title of a book written by Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, “The Way that Mystics See.” (From The Naked NOW).

This is non-dual thinking and Seeing. None of this description can really give you a true sense of the glory of living this world view. It is only from this Stage of Chakra healing, balance and alignment that the 2nd commandment, “Love thy Neighbour as thy Self” Matthew 22-39- begins to make any kind of sense.

This is because at this level of Seeing you can recognize your neighbour as both separate and, more importantly, non-separate from yourself. In the movie Avatar (2009) you have the Beautiful People the Na’vi. Their greeting to each other is, “I see you.”

This is the Seeing of the Avatar, the Prophet, the Sage, the Mystic and the Seer. It is more than intuition. It is from this energy that you experience the wisdom of Solomon. It is more that you, as the personality, have taken a back seat.

The normal experience of you as the experiencer has gone. There is only really the Seeing. This also allows you to See (KNOW) what needs to be done in the present moment. This is not so much “Thinking about,” as it is living as an expression of Universal Intelligence. You are being thought through.

Here we begin to come to the limits of the ability of language to share what is being invited here. All we can do is really be a finger pointing at the moon. Only those who have been graced the experience of Seeing as the mystics see have any real claim to be a guide for finding true meaning and purpose in life.

Everything else, to a degree, is the blind leading the blind. Better to be honest and say that in truth you do not KNOW what it is to be graced to KNOW the longing that every other eye in the world is longing to hear (Hafiz)

The Crown Chakra

This is the culmination of what it is to be self-actualized as a human being on this planet of duality within time and space. In various traditions this is called Enlightenment. In the Christian tradition it is called Salvation.

Salvation is not to be confused with the experience of, “Being Saved.” This, more often than not, arises from a longing to belong to the group (1st chakra) rather than as a consequence of a direct revelation of At-One-Ment (7th chakra).

Having been brought up in Northern Ireland I have met more than enough people who have ardently declared that they have, “been saved.” I only ever did meet one man who I felt actually had been graced this revelatory experience. He picked me up while hitch hiking home from Belfast to Armagh.

We had such a heart felt conversation (communion) that he took me all the way home even though he wasn’t going to Armagh.

When I look back on that conversation, I recognize how much he longed to share what he really did KNOW but that others could not comprehend. Like myself, the number of those who have ears to hear are all two few. This longing to speak that Sweet Moon Language can leave you feeling lonely.

I hope this does not sound arrogant although it can sound that way. I share this invitation from a direct experience of Grace. I am not enlightened but I have lived there for a time. This is also to say that I have lived outside of Time. This is the KNOWING of Eternal Life.

To use an Irish mythological term it is that I have lived in the Land of Tir Na Nog. This is the Land of the Forever Young. There is not much I can say about this experience of Union/Yoga because words cannot ever say what it is truly like.

Mystics and mystic poets are in my view the only people who can point you toward the magical and transformational blessing of finally coming home to the place that you can never leave and in reality, have never left.

The Road Home (by Rumi, Trans. by Coleman Barks)

An ant hurries along a threshing floor with its wheat grain,
moving between huge stacks
of wheat, not knowing the abundance all around.  It thinks its
one grain is all there is to
love.  So we choose a tiny seed to be devoted to.  This body,
one path or one teacher.  Look
wider and farther.  The essence of every human being can see,
and what that essence-eye takes
in, the being becomes.  Saturn.  Solomon!  The ocean pours
through a jar, and you might say it
swims inside the fish!  This mystery gives peace to your
longing and makes the road home home.

Your coming home is, metaphorically speaking the realization of Heaven on Earth. It is the return to the Garden of Eden. Only this time it is different. You have processed the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that is ego development. Now you eat of the fruit of the other tree which is the Tree of Life.

Do not take this garden metaphor literally. You are created to KNOW that you are the Garden.

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Full 7 Chakra Meaning Map

So there you have an outline of a map for finding meaning and purpose for your one wild and precious life. This map will allow you to meet again the one who KNOWS you by heart and has LOVED you all your life (Love After Love).

It only takes a glimpse. This will be enough.

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing
by Kabir – English version by Robert Bly

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing:
all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees,
and it never winds down.

Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon;
ages go by, and it goes on.

Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire,
and the secret one slowly growing a body.
Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life.

This glimpse will, as it has done for me, perfume your life. I am writing from this place of KNOWING. This is not simply more information.

I am not asking you to believe what I write here. You can of course start with the belief in the possibility but do not become what the mystic Eckhart Tolle calls, “A clinger to signposts.” This means you become a believer and never take the journey.

I share this information by way of an invitation to transformation. However, you have to journey beyond belief into the unknown (2nd Stage of Faith) so that you can be Graced the KNOWING of your True Self. (7th Chakra realization)

Then Purpose, Passion and true Prosperity will be yours to give away from the Emptiness that is Forever Full. This will be your delight because you will Love to live as a clear emanation of the Light. You will become an expression of Radiance. This is your birth right.

Now you have at least, even if only in a purely intellectual sense, a map of the journey into claiming this birth right. Then, once again as the poet William Wordsworth declared in Intimations of Immortality you will again come dancing into this world trailing clouds of glory.

You will live as one of the Shining Ones, one of the Beautiful People. You will KNOW who you are and why you are. You will laugh at the idea that began the quest, “Is this all there is?” May you, in the words of W. B. Yeats KNOW the reality of Companioning YOUR Greatness so that you declare, “I am blessed and can bless.” (Vacillation IV)

Let it be so for you. Let it be so for all.

Tony Cuckson
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