Fall 2002

THE THIRD EYE CHAKRA

by Dale Michael Martin

The ninety-six petaled Ajna Chakra (or wisdom chakra) is located between the eyes just below the center of the brain. This is the sixth chakra or brow chakra or more commonly called the third eye chakra. The pineal gland is attached to this energy vortex. Symbolically, this chakra is represented by the church of Philadelphia and is again represented by the earthquake in the Book of the Revelation as interpreted by Edgar Cayce’s source. The element is that of the mental. The musical note is A. The sacrament is that of Ordination, or service to others.

The sacred truth corresponding to the 6th chakra is Seek Only the Truth. We must continually seek the difference between truth and illusion. Since the 6th chakra focuses on the mental aspect of our being, our lives are spent acquiring resolution of all our experiences. The perceptions of our thoughts, logic, memory, understanding, are all transformed to higher ideals and to wisdom. Our life experiences are, in fact, meant to bring us wisdom, that advanced state of knowledge and information. As we become transformed by our earthly experiences, the powers of prophecy open up to our awareness. We begin to carry the three-edged sword symbolically depicted by Shiva. We loose our sense of time and realize that the past,present, and the future are really now. We become aware of our own shield of light for protection as we begin to experience other multi-dimensional perceptions and realities. We realize that God is very near and guidance is at hand. We loose our sense of right and left, as we begin to collect our energy into a single focused unit. Our artistic perceptions, those of depth and color, distance and dimensional space, become not an isolated inspiration field, but a omnipresent well from which to draw from at all times. We realize thought is form in motion and creates our physical world around us.

BEHAVIORS OF THE 6TH CHAKRA

The sixth chakra bring to us as primary strengths the development of intellectual abilities and skills, evaluation of conscious and unconscious insights (discernment, if you will), inspiration guidance and creativity, emotional wisdom, and a selfless and humanitarian concern for our fellow man. The sixth chakra is the chakra of meditation. It is the chakra of spiritual disciplines; those of fasting, prayer, chanting, yoga, tai chi, vegetarianism, and the like. It is the vortex where we development detachment. Detachment does not mean ceasing to care. It simply means quieting one’s fears, perceiving the illusion, so that we may go forward with illumined sight. This brings a sense of clarity and inner posture that the external world has no power over. This brings Wisdom, one of the Divine powers of the third eye. People who operate out of a healthy third eye are your Elders, your Shamans, your Christs.

We all at different times throughout our day bring energy out of our sixth chakra. Those who have not disciplined or humbled themselves before the altar of Wisdom find an unwillingness to look within and deal with one’s fears, one’s shadow side and its attributes. They become afraid of truth when their reason is clouded. They are afraid of sound, realistic judgment. They avoid external opinions other than their own because an alternate view may prove correct. They are without wit or humor, living in a black and white world devoid and avoiding emotions and any spiritual aspect of life. They possess what Ambika Wauters, the author of The Book of Chakras, calls a dry intellect, thinking without energy. They seldom have a holistic assessment of a situation. Their life can be joyless.

Physical complications due to a blockage of energy to the third eye can be many. Since the pineal gland is the seat of transmission of the kundalini energy, those who do not have an ample flow of this energy to the brain could suffer from chronic migraine headaches. Many years ago Edgar Cayce said that this gland kept activate through meditation, will keep the body rejuvenated. Science knows now that this gland is responsible for emitting melatonin, a powerful antiaging chemical, into the bloodstream. This gland is light sensitive and requires a certain amount of it to function properly. Consequently, complications may include loss of eyesight which is symbolical of loss of spiritual sight. Depression, degenerative nerve damage, schizophrenia, confusion, and irrationality can be symptomatic of a blockage of the energy of the third eye. Extended sleeping and feeling of lethargy are also associated with a sluggish sixth chakra energy. Anger at God or the world for causing negative experiences in a person’s life is also an indication that the person has not developed enough through this energy vortex to take responsibility or they just do not understand the role that their decisions have with creating the physical world around them.

SIXTH CHAKRA MEDITATION

Sit comfortably with the spine as straight as possible. Surround you body with a white light of protection. Begin by taking several deep breaths feeling the expansion of the lungs as they massage the internal organs paying particular attention to any feeling of warmth in the body. This is your kundalini energy rising. In this meditation, we want to spend an extra effort to stay focused with the breathing. We want to listen to the music that our breath makes. Begin to run your awareness up and down the spine keeping the breathe deep as you go. Now focus your awareness to the area midway between your eyes and in the center of your brain. Stay aware of this area. See if you can feel any pulsations in this area. If you can, you have gently stimulated the pineal gland. Feel and imagine the color of indigo blue warming and vibrating this area. Allow your consciousness and pulsations to expand beyond the brain and the skull. Allow yourself expansiveness. Chant the sound UUUUUMMM (pronounced ooommmmm) , in the key of A, and see if you can feel the energy becoming stimulated here or near here. After you find this area (it may take a while), envision a ninety-six petal wheel lying flat in the center of your head. Radiate an indigo color throughout this wheel (chakra). Next spin this wheel clockwise for a minute then counter-clockwise for another. Pay attention to any bursts of energy or feelings of calmness or uneasiness. We are attempting to balance this chakra by perceiving any negative feeling attached to our spinning of the chakra. When you have the third eye chakra harmonized spend the next 15 to 20 minutes in silence with your awareness in this chakra.

SPIRIT ANIMALS

by Jessica Palmer

The problem when discussing power animals is one of semantics. Many people speak in terms of totem. As a concept totem originated in the northwest coastal region. Totem refers to a clan, a family or tribal animals. Although the nomadic tribes of the plains revered family, they did not commemorate the family line in the animal for. Animal associations were individual, and such affinities could not be passed on to the next generation.

The term power animals, as the English speaker uses it, is another misnomer. In ANIMALS OF THE SOUL (Sacred Animals of the Oglala Sioux), Joseph Epes Brown defines power animals as the spiritual essence of an animal. The confusion is understandable since in Lakota, as in French or Spanish, one does not have a red ball, but a ‘ball red’. The translation that has come to us is quite literal when, in truth, power is the noun and animal is the modifier. A more accurate way of saying “power animal” would be the “power of an animal”. To clarify:
1) Master guardian/spirit: a spirit animal that guards all animals of that species.
2) Power animal: power of a given animal or species. 3) Guardian spirit: the individual animals that appear during a vision quest.
Thus, what we commonly call a power animal is in fact a guardian spirit--something like a guardian angel in animal for. The better term might be animal mentor.

In most tribes, an individual had a multiplicity of animal guardians. Social groups or societies replaced the family or clan affiliations of the Pacific coast. Therefore, a young man might be a member of the Kit Fox Society (one of the warrior groups of the Lakota) and have been initiated into Bear medicine while he had another animal for whom he or she was named.

Animal mentors are teachers and protectors. they impart special powers and confer its “medicine” on the recipient. Bear, buffalo, badger or otter are examples. Each had specific healing capabilities. Bear medicine gave the knowledge of roots and herbs. Buffalo medicine dealt exclusively with injuries. Badger and otter were “women’s medicine”. Badger like bear also relied on roots and herbs. Women of the woodland Dakota were proscribed from Bear medicine-the prohibition so strong that they were forbidden to touch bear hide.

Medicine, however, does not only refer to things medicinal or the act of healing. The nearest equivalent in English is the word “power’. For instance, the person who claimed coyote as an animal mentor was Heyoka, one who teaches by backwards action.

The number of animals attributed to an individual differed by tribe and tradition. For the Lakota, the person would have at least two. One animal to describe the physical (usually represented by the little name) and the spiritual self (big or great name). The little name might be used in conversation. The spirit name was known only to the holy man who interpreted the vision following the hanblancheya (quest). It was never spoken aloud. In this respect, animal mentors embody some aspect of the individual’s self.

Other traditions refer to directional animals, referring to the cardinal (north, south, east, and west) or cadent (NE, NW, SW, SE) points of the compass. some add to the directional list, above and below, although one might argue that this is just another way of distinguishing one’s spirit (above) from the material (below).

The meaning of an animal’s power also varies. The deer of Lakota tradition was woman’s medicine; it’s primary power was the art of seduction. Elk was the male equivalent. In the Pacific coastal region and some areas of the southwest, deer took on many of the attributes of the plains buffalo, so it represented wisdom, good hunting and plenty. Interestingly enough, buffaloes’ range did not extend into these territories. Indeed, where one animal appears to supplant another can usually be explained by its absence.

Consider the power of medicine of rave. It often appears identical to that of crow. The reason is simple. The range of the two animals do not overlap. the raven inhabits heavily forested mountainous regions while the crow prefers more open land.

Sometime the difference in interpretations of an animal’s power are cultural. The Lakota spider, Iktomi, was male, a trickster, known for its artifice and cunning while anywhere spinning and weaving were prized, spider was considered female, beneficent and usually associated with the creation story.

So how does one find one’s animal mentor? Primarily through vision quest, with a ritual purification followed by an ordeal. This is not to say visions could not come in other forms, the result of a dream or the sun dance.

So how does one find one’s animal mentor? The truth is a person does not find it as much as he or she is found by it.

Jessica Dawn Parker has had 25 books published. She first began her professional career working as a freelance writer for UPI and AP. She is a fully trained and qualified Spiritualist Healer. Her recent book, Animal Wisdom, will be the subject of her workshop on Saturday, October 26th at White Dove. See her add and the calendar of events for further information.

GROWING GOOD CORN

James Bender, in his book, How to Talk Well, relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.

“Why sir, “ said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.

So it is with our live. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.

Pendulums: Tools of Divination

We are pleased to announce a workshop on the use of pendulums. Ray Dobnick will present a two hour workshop at the store on Saturday, October 5th, from 1 PM until around 3 PM. The cost of the workshop is $20. In this workshop you will learn how to chose the “right pendulum for yourself” as well as tips on how to “program” your pendulum and then how to use it as a tool for divination.Ray is a frequent visitor at the store and loves to share his knowledge of pendulums as well as display his numerous pendulums in his own private collection. Don’t miss this workshop and Ray’s love and passion for this ancient divination art. Call the store to register or let us know that you are coming.