Spring 2001

Inside this Newsletter

  • MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT
  • A TALE OF AWAKENING
  • POWER OF NOW REVIEW
  • WEIGHING OF THE HEART
  • PERFECT ENHANCEMENT
  • WORKSHOPS/JOKES
  • CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • EDITORIAL

KUNDALINI AND THE CHAKRAS

by Dale Michael Martin

In October of last year, one of my yoga students asked if I would give a talk about kundalini to her sex education class. For those of you who don’t know what kundalini is, it is the, literally, ""serpent-like energy" or spiritual energy that rises from the base of the spine. It can be raised consciously or by an "accident" in nature, if you believe in accidents.

I took several musical instruments that we have available here in the store, a crystal chakra bowl, a Tibetan brass bowl, and a new chakra chime to aid and consume the hour that I had to talk. As I stumbled through my speech, gathering some interested listeners while loosing many more others, I began to wonder if this was not a waste of time for the students and their teacher. Most women were listening out of polite courtesy while the men were off in the Bahamas skinny dipping with the Playmate of the Month (I know that look). I silently said a little prayer asking for some help to make this experience constructive for the people’s time that I was using up. Anything, just anything, that they could take out of this talk and apply it to their everyday lives. For isn’t that what a teacher does? In a few moments, a suprising thing happened within the class. As I was relating an experience that I had when I was of junior high age and how it related to a dysfunctional use of the kundalini energy, and how I perceived something different could have come out of the experience, I noticed the lost sheep in the room suddenly perk their ears up and become attentive. From there the talk began to evolve into the constructive and destructive behavioral traits of humans and how you can tell which chakra (spiritual center) is operating properly or not. As I spoke, the class gave me back a most unique awareness and gift, not only their undivided attention but a realization of how much I knew of the chakra system, and more importantly, how much I did not know. The inspiration followed me as I left the talk with a class now excited about an aspect of their makeup and wanting to know more. This is how this eight part series birthed itself and this is the first part on the serpent energy and how it flows through the chakras. I hope that it will be a learning experience for you. I know that it will be for me. Namaste’.

THE DIVINE PROCESS

As I have stated before, the Sanskrit word kundalini can be translated as "serpent-like energy". It is a high-vibrational, pure electrical current in its physical form, a spiritual energy or consciousness in its highest form. It lies dormant, to a certain degree, at the base of the spine until aroused. As I stated before, it can be consciously raised by the use of meditation, any number of physical or spiritual practices practices, sex, or by a simple creative endeavor. Any type of noble spiritual act, regardless of the outcome, can also raise the kundalini energy. In some natural accidents, the kundalini energy can also be raised, as in the case of Danion Brinkely who was hit by lightning. Occasionally, falls where the individual lands on the base of the spine or tailbone can also raise this energy. Also, the energy is naturally transformed or raised during the stage of puberty. Hence, the change in voice and bodily functions.

As the energy is lifted, again consciously or unconsciously, it begins to flow upward through the spiritual centers or chakras (there are seven main ones) of the body. The word chakra is Sanskrit for "wheels". These chakras are located along the spine attaching themselves to certain main glands in the body. They act much like a generator by raising the electrical output. As C. W. Ledbetter puts it, "the chakras are like knots in the pine" or to put it another way, the chakras are like seven train stations along a railroad line that ends up at your final destination. Sometimes, you get off the train to see where you are and to look around. Sometimes you stay at that station along the way home for an extended period of time or you get back on board and continue your destination. Sometimes as humans we get stuck in a certain station (chakra) or lesson, if you will, and have to find our way back on the train.

I’ve listed below the seven primary chakras of the body. Along with the name is the Sanskrit word for it, the location or corresponding gland, the color of this chakra, and the number of divisions or petals that this "wheel" has. Included in our study is the name of a church and a corresponding symbol that was given by Edgar Cayce during a series of psychic readings relating to the book of Revelation. He alluded that each church corresponded to a spiritual center or chakra of the body. He was insistent that his interpretation was just one of many possibilities.

1. Root Chakra or Muladhara - 4 petals - located at coccyx - red in color - glands are the reproductive organs - church is Ephesus - symbol is the White Horse - earth element

2. Spleen Chakra or Svadhighthana - 6 petals - located below navel at the Cells of Leydeg - orange - lymphatic system - church is Smyrna - symbol is Black Horse - water element

3. Solar Plexus or Manipura - 10 petals - yellow - Adrenal Glands - church is Pergamos - symbol is Red Horse - fire element

4. Heart Chakra or Anahata - 12 petals - located near the heart at the Thymus Gland - green - church is Thyatira - symbol is Pale Horse - air element

5. Throat Chakra or Vishuddha - 16 petals - located near the throat - gland is the Thyroid - blue - church is Sardis - symbol is Souls of Perfect Slain - ether element

6. Brow Chakra or Ajna - 96 petals - located at the third eye or mid forehead - gland is pineal - indigo - church is Philadelphia - symbol is earthquake - mind or mental element

7. Crown chakra or Sahasrara - 1000 petals - located at top of head - Pituitary Gland - violet - church is Laodicea - symbol is silence - element is at-one-ment - enlightenment

Some of you may notice there is some discrepancy pertaining to the 1st and 2nd chakras as well as the 6th and 7th. We will address some of these as the series continues. Next issue - The Root Chakra

MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT

BY CRAIG BATSON

I’m no religious scholar, but it does appear to me that both Palestinians and Israelis or Muslim (Dome of the Rock) and Jews (Holy Temple Site) are quarreling over a piece of real estate in Jerusalem that they both claim as theirs to hold in high esteem to their respective God. But, irrespective of what they call their god, or how they go about it (devotion, prayers, etc.) aren’t they both paying homage to the same God. Each one (race religion, or culture) claims "their" god provides each with "special" status. But I would suggest the only god they are paying homage to is one they’ve created in their own mind. Hasn’t it been man’s history to assume that one’s own religion or group’s special status was inherently more profound or right. And if we examine this phenomena, doesn’t that make them the same? If they continue pointing out their supposed differences, they’ve only shifted the perception upside down and have simply not looked how each is perceiving the same of the other, hence their alikeness, or oneness. So, why does man (individuals, groups, religions, etc.) so vehemently decree "I’m right, you’re wrong?" If one needs to yell or demand (let alone throw stones and shoot one another) to make a point, one should consider it suspect. Truth doesn’t demand, it just is. A quote from Shakespeare may help illustrate: "the lady doth protest too much me thinks." In other words, if we have to prove our righteousness so vigorously, maybe somewhere within we know we may not be right. I would suggest that we want to prove ourselves right due to an ancient guilt, a guilt that says we separated from God. A guilt that we end up projecting onto one another, as in "it’s your fault." A Course in Miracles helps us realize though, "nothing really happened, we only think it did." In other words, we made it up, a dream from which we will awaken. After all, if their toil and strife ("gnashing of teeth") is not working, I would suggest there must be a better way.

Though each uses a book (Koran, Torah) that claims there are differences among men (e.g., "a chosen people", ) which is used as vindication for their views, I wonder if the authors or editors of those books may not have had that ancient and seemingly inherent perspective when they produced those words and ideas. Possibly, those words or ideas were at one time (and still) reflections on the truth, but were skewed either consciously or unconsciously to reflect those ancient yet modern viewpoints of the ego. I would suspect that what has been attributed to Voltaire as having said, "God made man in his image, then we returned the favor," may be at the root of the problem.

As for the real estate, I bet if the dirt were analyzed where the Holy Temple Site or Dome of the Rock sets, we would find that it’s no different that dirt miles away. It’s the same, we’re the same. No place or people is special in and of itself, only the specialness we "think" it has. In the Old Testament, or Torah, it claims that God made man in his own image. Have you seen God? Then I would suspect that the image of us that God created can’t be seen (with the eyes) either. I would suggest that God created us in His likeness as spirit. But there aren’t any differences there. And that may be a bit scary, because then we wouldn’t have anyone to project onto. We’d have to take responsibility for our thoughts of who is responsible for the "sin, guilt, and fear" of the world. Maybe we should be looking not only at the middle east differently, but everything differently. Quite possible, we change our perception, after all, the old way of seeing hasn’t worked. We’ve run it into the ground. Or should I say, real estate?

How can you who are so holy suffer? All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left but a blessing. I have saved all your kindnesses and every loving thought you ever had. I have purified them of the errors that hid their light, and kept them for you in their own perfect radiance. They are beyond destruction and beyond guilt. They came from the Holy Spirit within you, and we know what God creates is eternal. You can indeed depart in peace because I have loved you as I loved myself. You go with my blessing and for my blessing. Hold it and share it, that it may be ours. I place the peace of God in your heart and in your hands, to hold and share. The heart is pure to hold it, and the hands are strong to give it. We cannot lose. My judgment is as strong as the wisdom of God, in Whose Heart and Hands we have our being. His quiet children are His blessed Sons. The Thoughts of God are with you.

-(PAGE 83) -A COURSE IN MIRACLES

A TALE OF AWAKENING

The great sandstone amphitheater grew silent from a whispering of a hundred voices as everyone’s attention was drawn to the stage. Large stone slabs, smoothen only on the seating surface, precisely arched to allow the audience a center of attention to the stage below them. A white haired elder in flowing robes, his face red with emotion and concern, walked to the podium. A small group of twelve elder supporters watched from behind him as he addressed the group. "You all have your instruction, you children of the Law of One. We must rebuild for the future generations, for our future incarnations, lest we forget totally and begin where we were eons ago. Your migration must be done quietly, not to alarm others. Those in power have been warned. Now we must go about our business. Our seers and prophets foresee the next spiritual awakening some 12,000 years in the future. We will meet again, then, when our leaders call us forth for a day of global prayers and meditations for peace. That will be your sign to awaken again, to begin anew our work for a global people free from war, where every man, woman, and child is equal again, where there is no poverty or hunger. Until then, go in peace."

Ukiah finished his notes as he sat in the large sandstone auditorium along with the rest of his nervous colleagues. Seated along with him were medical doctors, astronomers, engineers, physicists, environmentalists, chemists, and the top minds pertaining to the use of the gravitational energies and laws of the earth. This highly secretive synod was composed of some of the most well-known citizens and experts in their respective fields and held an entirely different perspective than their Atlantean government when it came to the disturbances that were taking place in the earth. This group held that the earthquakes which were becoming more frequent and severe in the last few months were an indication of a misuse of science and power and an alternative plan had to be implemented for the generations that followed. One such plan was to "hide" knowledge and history in various monuments yet to be built on safe areas throughout the earth. Some of his colleagues were to go to the newly forming continent west of Atlantis and some still farther down into the fragment islands that were once the continent of Lemuria.

Ukiah walked out of the auditorium making his way through a series of hallways that led to the outside. It was late in the afternoon. The sun pierced through a fine layer of clouds making the day seem surreal. The heavens captured the violets and blues along with reds and oranges that painted themselves into the cloud sheet. The air was warm giving off the scent of tropical flowers and scents. What would make most people awed by the beauty did nothing more than to deepen Ukiah’s broken heart.

Nearby, the ocean waves breathed upon the shore creating a peaceful rhythm that conforted Ukiah, momentarily helping him forget the problems of the world. He liked to walk and sit along the beach listening to the friendly cries of the gulls while feeling the wind flow through his shoulder-length thick black hair. The sun warmed his lean brown-skinned frame disciplined over the years with a strict diet and physical exercise. His features were typical of the Atlantean race but now their technology had made many of the inhabitants lazy and obese. What was once a beautiful race had become cold, crass, and uncaring not only of themselves but of others. Laws were being passed that aided only those in financial power without regard to society at large. Wars and skirmishes were breaking out amongst small nations and even within the land. Powerful weapons were being used that, according to scientists, were creating great disturbances within the earth. What was once a great civilization now was on the verge of breaking up. In fact, many of the people were seeing visions or having dreams of the inevitable destruction of the continent. Too much of the astrological information pertaining to the future was ominously forecasting a time of peril as were some of the sages living in the land.

Ukiah stopped to sit along a large boulder near the ocean. Looking out into the mesmerizing sea, he pondered his assignment given to him by the elders. Many new nations were breaking off from the governing Atlanteans adopting new principles that lived using the laws of the earth for good while reestablishing their connection with the spirit. Some of these probably would not last, some hopefully would. Tomorrow he would leave for one of the many hopeful nations, a land just due east of Atlantis. A new civilization was just waking up to their spiritual potential, a nation called Egypt. Great stone monuments, much like the amphitheater but much larger, were in the planning stages. Stone was chosen because of its resiliency to the elements and was not easily destroyed by invading armies. These monuments were to carry mathematical values as well as the history of mankind hidden within their angles and measurements. Astronomical and astrological data would be built into the construction so that generations to come would be able to decipher the information as well as calculate the time line of the civilizations that built the monuments. The challenge was to not make the knowledge too easy to decipher less it disagree with some dogmatic thinking in the times to come which would lead to attempts to destroy or mar the objects and yet not too difficult that free thinkers or scholars could not ascertain the information. Ukiah’s expertise was in construction. He would work with Egyptian priests to build a great pyramid of stone that would rise above the land and be seen for many miles. There would also be many columned temples built along the Nile River that would be used to record the history of the peoples throughout the epochs. The temples and complexes were designed to be built on either side of the river to symbolize the spiritual centers of the body. Some of the temples were to be built in "lower Egypt" while others were to be built in "upper Egypt." This symbolized the lower and the higher aspect of man while the Nile River was representative of the spine with the flow of the river going from bottom to top much the same as the kundalini energy flows from the base of the spine to the top of the head.

Just then, a rumble from deep within the earth broke his train of thoughts. He must be careful now. If the quake was far out into the ocean, it could send a large wall of waves crashing into the beach washing away buildings and life. Too, it could just be one of the many frequent minor ones that had begun to happen with a little more intensity. Ukiah quickly moved to higher ground. Studying the sea for several minutes for any dangerous signals from the waves and gulls, he resigned that this was just a minor rumbling. By this time, the sun was beginning to set in the west. Its orange orb seemed giant as it made its way down to kiss the water. With tears streaming down his face he took one last look at the land he loved, the nation he once revered with all its idealism now lost. Tommorrow was another day and another path beckoned to him.

THE POWER OF NOW

-A BOOK REVIEW BY PATTI DOLL

Have you ever had moments, days, or even months when you feel like your life is on automatic? The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, is a guide to help break this pattern and assist in the attempt to become a fully alive human being. The book can help build your receptivity and awareness to the blessings of the moment. Recently I was fixing breakfast with my son while "practicing" the power of now. I looked out the kitchen window and there were two bluebirds in the tree. Bluebirds are rare in this area of town, and I would surely have missed these beautiful birds had I not chosen to be in the present moment. Eckhart Tolle states, "If it is the quality of your consciousness at this moment that determines the future, then what is it that determines the quality of your consciousness? Your degree of presence."

The Power of Now is written in a question and answer format. Most of the questions and answers are taken from seminars, meditation classes, and private counseling sessions with Eckhart Tolle. Following various passages, the author uses a pause symbol to suggest that the reader take time to digest and/or meditate on the preceding text. This book is not an "easy read". I plan to read it more than once. There were several ideas and concepts in the book I could not quite grasp. I believe revisiting these passages another time will help bring them into focus.

Worry and fear are addressed by asking the reader to take stock of "what ‘problem’ you have right now, not next year, tomorrow or five minutes from now. What is wrong with this moment? You can never cope with the future - nor do you have to. The answer, the strength, the right action or the resources will be there when you need it, not before or after."

There is no affiliation to any particular religion in The Power of Now, but it also is not contradictory to many of the great spiritual teachers; teachers who remind us that all we have is the present moment. Tolle states that "The more you are focused on time-past and future-the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. Why is it the most precious thing? Firstly, because it is the only thing. It’s all there is. The eternal present is the space within which your whole life unfolds, the one factor that remains constant. Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be. Secondly, the Now is the only point that can take you beyond the limited confines of the mind. It is your only point of access into the timeless and formless realm of being."

I highly recommend The Power of Now. It is an influential book with the potential to be life changing.

Patti Doll is a housewife, avid tennis player, and disciplined yoga student as well as a mother and wife who resides in Wichita. The Power of Now can be purchased at White Dove as well as other major book distributors.

THE WEIGHING OF THE HEART - A DIFFERENT INTERPRETATION

Much has been written about the burial rites and ceremonies of the Egyptian pharaohs at death. Many hieroglyphics contain visual images of the pharaoh and his entourage journeying on a royal boat across the river. On the other side his heart is weighed. Egyptologists interpret these to pertain to the pharaoh upon his demise. As a former Egyptian I would like to comment on the obvious errors in the present day interpretation.

First of all, the most irrational error presents itself to even an uneducated person. If the pharaoh was a god incarnate, as was what Egyptologists have interpreted, why was it necessary to weigh his heart after death. Heaven in the afterlife was his rightful claim. So, the weighing of his heart was an absurd ritual. Regardless of his earthly behavior (judged good or bad), his rightful place was in heaven with the other gods.

Many philosophies extol that the schools of initiation in Egypt were highly secretive. This idea is in error amongst my metaphysical friends. The schools were available to anyone who passed the standard entrance requirements or who "knocked three times" for admittance, much like our schools today. Temples, both for initiation ceremonies and record keeping, were common along the Nile. Consequently, there were no secrets among the Egyptians as to which were the temples of initiation and/or instructions. What was secretive were the tests that each initiate was put through upon completion of his studies. It was one thing to have the information but another to put it in practice. Consequently, after the book work was satisfactorily completed, came the true test of the initiate candidate. This is when the heart was "weighed." It was an integrity test, per se, to see if one really deserved to wear the robes of an initiate priest. In our schools nowadays, once a field of study has been completed, the student gets their diploma and the right to practice in their field of knowledge. In Egypt, tests of spiritual resolve were administered after the course of study and were individually designed to test the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. This was the true "secretive" aspect of the initiation temples. In our university settings, there are no tests of integrity or "right heartedness". Consequently, many practicing professionals may or may not have your best interest at "heart."

The Egyptians believed that every soul was sacred or a pharaoh, royalty, if you will. Thus the hieroglyphics interpreted as the pharaoh should be reinterpreted to include every soul, man or woman, who lived and lives on the earth. The boat journeying across the river is our journey that we all take in a lifetime. The river symbolized the emotional realm of the earth plane. The entourage symbolized the many faceted talents, abilities, and personalities that we develop and take with us throughout the course of our lifetime. For many of us who went through the temple instruction, it could signify a primary course of study or many different avenues of interest as well as "faces". As we went through the schools, many of us took for granted that the weighing of the heart referred to our karmic actions. Much to our surprise, our tests became our realization that it symbolized our ultimate final test to become an initiated priest or priestess.

We are still being initiated in our day to day experiences and the weighing of the heart continues. With each earthly challenge, whether we are aware of it or not, each situation calls for us to choose the highest spiritual ideal. Strength and courage to all of you, my friends.

REIKI:PERFECT ENHANCEMENT

BY RONNI JOHNSTON

As we start the year 2001, many of us are looking for ways to enhance our lives. We may start taking yoga classes for a healthier body, attend a few continuing ed seminars for a brighter mind, change our diet, or take up meditation. The choices are vast. The desired result of these changes is always the same...to enjoy our lives more, to be better, more whole people. Reiki can assist you in accomplishing these goals.

Reiki, a method of learning more about our natural ability to work with Universal Life Energy, enhances everything it touches. So, you can use Reiki, alone or in addition to many practices, to help you ensure greater results. Its also incredibly easy to bring Reiki along with you in these many changes. For example, if you had taken a Reiki class, all you would have to do is begin the flow of Reiki (using intention) at the start of a yoga or aerobics class. Hold a clear intention that you want to use this energy for yourself and not for the others in class (unless they too are willing) and that’s all there is to it. Maybe you’ll have a bit more stamina in class...maybe you’ll just experience less negative side effects like sore muscles. No matter how Reiki energy manifests in your life, it will expand upon the results you’re taking away from the class. Reiki is also a great memory enhancer..do a bit of self-Reiki during or after a challenging college course and you’ll be surprised how much easier it is to learn!

The bottom line is no matter what you’re trying to accomplish, Reiki will make it easier and more effective. But don’t take my word for it! Find a Reiki practitioner near you and set up a consultation. Examine your goals with them and find out how Reiki can help you become all you can possibly be!

Ronni Johnston , Reiki Master, is Director of the Reiki Empowerment Group. Specializing in the independent Traditional Usui Method, the Group supports the practice of Reiki in its purest form. Wichita’s original Reiki support organization, the Group has served this community for over 8 years. The REG can help you find a qualified Reiki professional in your area, provide free consultation and introductory information and offers a full range of Reiki and personal development education and services. Merchandise and a Lending Library are available as well. Free sessions by appointment on Tuesday evenings. Contact Ronni at the Reiki Empowerment Center, 1821 West 13th Street for more info. 316-265-9899 or at REIKIMASTR@aol.com

The following article was included in our last newsletter. We reprint it here for those of you who missed it--it’s that good. Plus we needed a filler and it fit just perfectly.

YOUR AWAKENING

-ANONYMOUS FROM THE INTERNET

A time comes in your life when you finally get it...when in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. And like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back tears and through a mantle of wet lashes you begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening.

You realize that it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety, and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming and you are not Cinderella and that in the real world there aren’t always fairytale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of "happily ever after" must begin with you and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance. You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate, or approve of who or what you are...and that’s OK. (They are entitled to their own views and opinions.)

And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval. You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn’t do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it’s not always about you. So you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance. You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness. You realize that much of the way you view yourself, and the world around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. And you begin to sift through all the crap you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look and what you should weigh, what you should wear and where you should shop and what you should drive, how and where you should live.