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THE SEVEN CHAKRA SYSTEM
(TANTRA CHAKRA YOGA)

Each center (chakra) represents an area of human activity
The goal is to bring each center into loving and healthy harmony with yourself and the world


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The goal of the HELM website is to help us become whole, integrated, balanced, mature, and complete human beings who understand and master the human experience. It also includes a spiritual component that helps us realize our greater identity as the eternal, immortal, totality of existence.

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expressing lovevirtuewisdom through The Seven Center Holistic Health System

Let your purified heart center take control, follow the good heart, and make the other six centers be subservient to it.

Using the Seven Center System, we can understand and master all areas of human experience:

The Seven Center System is derived from a logical integration of the seven chakra system with modern biological and psychological research.


THE PATTERN OF HUMAN LIFE: THE SEVEN CHAKRAS OF THE HUMAN FORM

"You can't change the fundamental pattern and process of human life - but you can understand it and thereby accept and manage it in a responsible, wise, and mature manner."

The pattern and process of human life is represented by the seven center system.

The seven center system serves as a comprehensive system of Holistic Life Management.

The chakra system serves us as a symbolic representation of the seven main arenas of human life. The seven main areas of each person's union with Life.

Holistic human activity is an attempt to fulfill and satisfy the expressions of the seven centers so that we experience successful and balanced interaction with every area of human life - holistic health.

Each "chakra" (center of life activity) performs various life functions which, when combined successfully, produce the workings of a healthy and holistic human being.


UNDERSTANDING THE HUMAN FORM

By understanding and using the holistic seven chakra system we gain more control of our mind and our life.


It is essential to befriend the seven chakras

It is absolutely essential to befriend the seven chakras. It is the entirely correct attitude to have towards them. Befriending them will make this journey of understanding, purifying, healing, and further energetic work all the more easy. Please take time each day to sit for a few minutes, start with the heart chakra, and befriend each of the seven chakras.


THE SEVEN NATURAL DRIVES OF EACH CHAKRA

Holistic health concerns the healthy and appropriate pacifying and satisfying of each of the major seven drives (areas of activity) of the human form.

  1. CHAKRA ONE: Base/root chakra. The drive for physical health, security, and comfort.
  2. CHAKRA TWO: Sacral chakra. The drive for a satisfying, pleasurable sex life and reproduction.
  3. CHAKRA THREE: Solar plexus chakra. The drive for vitality, power, and activity.
  4. CHAKRA FOUR: Heart chakra. The drive to love and be loved.
  5. CHAKRA FIVE: Throat chakra. The drive to communicate and be creatively expressive.
  6. CHAKRA SIX: Brow chakra. The drive to use the intellect and imagination in a constructive and life-affirming way.
  7. CHAKRA SEVEN: Crown chakra. The drive to transcend the body/mind/individual and to realize the Eternal and Absolute areas of existance that are outside of The Creation.

Throughout the growth and development stages of the individual's lifetime, each center (chakra) becomes naturally active (awakened).

If we do not understand the functioning of the seven centers, then we will not understand our life.

If we do not understand the seven centers then we may become confused, irrationally fearful, and feel deep underlying and seemingly inexplicable discontent as these different areas of our life awaken and new drives need to be pacified.

When we don't understand things then we have the tendency to repress that area of life, and this leads to discontent, depression, and dis-ease - we feel uncomfortable and unskilled about exploring and pacifying that area of our life.

For example, the awakening of the crown chakra is accompanied by the drive to explore and pacify the question "Who am I?" and eventually leads to realization of the mystery of Existence. If we don't understand the appearance of this drive (center seven) in our life, then we may feel very uncomfortable about the sudden persistent need to pacify this drive.

By using HELM, you will understand the human experience and be able to offer many skillful services to others - including Holistic Life Management.


THE SEVEN SELFISH ATTACHMENTS TO THE SEVEN CHAKRAS AND THE CONSEQUENCES
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The individual is a trustee and a channel of the experiences of variety and diversity (within each and all chakras) that we experience within The Creation. We experience that which happens within our lives but we do not possess that which we experience. Everything is created by and belongs to The Eternal Totality of Existence - the deepest, highest, and most Real, One Eternal Self, Creator and Experiencer of The Creation.

  1. CHAKRA ONE: Base/root chakra: Attachment to material possessions and the physical body.
    Greed, miserliness, hoarding, preventing others from meeting their daily needs, putting others into neediness, debt, poverty, destitution, starvation, and slavery. Fear of death and clinging to bodily life and all its experiences. Spiritual ignorance concerning the reality of the soul and its reincarnation. Sorrow and grief at the death of the physical bodies of others.


  2. CHAKRA TWO: Sacral chakra: Attachment to sensual pleasures and sex.
    Lust, gluttony, sexual and sensual greeds and perversions, victimising and abusing others as your source of selfish entertainment. growing and exploiting cash crops for the unsatiable desire for sensual experiences (eg: coffee, tea, tobacco, cocoa, drugs) which prevents others from growing necessary crops to meet their survival needs, thus enslaving them to these industries creating exploitation, poverty, and suffering. Creating, sustaining, and expanding the sex and drugs industries and creating more unnecessary suffering for others.


  3. CHAKRA THREE: Solar plexus chakra: Attachment to vitality, power, and activities.
    Attachment to and abuse of power, bullying, violence, aggression, dominance, despotism, tyranny, "might is right", exploitation, control of others by fear.


  4. CHAKRA FOUR: Heart chakra: Possessive egotistical attachment and selfish clining to the objects of our love, and hatred for those that seperate us from these attachments.
    Allow those that you love the freedom to find their independence so that they may grow and blossom in full health. Love wisely, without attachment. have compassion for those experiencing weakness and ignorance, but respect the sacred space of your home. help should be given at arms length, skillfully, and professionally, so that you are not harmed by the violence of ignorance.

    Hatred, wrath, anger, cold heartedness, psychopathy (no empathy or compassion towards others), cruelty, sadism, delight in wickedness, harming others.


  5. CHAKRA FIVE: Throat chakra: Attachment and egotistical possessiveness to our communications.
    Using communication to create and protect the life of the selfish ego (avidyasmita) instead of using communication to help others.

    Dishonesty, lieing, deceit, deception, cruel, hard, harmful communications.


  6. CHAKRA SIX: Brow chakra: Attachment to the activities of the mind
    Egotistical possesiveness concerning ideas. The failure to realise that the mind, thought, and imagination are universal experiences and we only act as a channel (conduit) for the grounding of ideas into the human level of existence.


  7. CHAKRA SEVEN: Crown chakra: Attachment to the expressions and experiences of individualism and the individual soul
    Due to failure to realise our deepest identity as the one eternal immortal totality of existence, the individual soul believes that individualism is the highest expression of reality. this is generally accompanied by attachment to the current physical body, fear of death, and denial of the existence of the real self as the universal, eternal, immortal totality of existence. even if the individual has developed insight and identification with the individual spiritual soul (jiva), they have yet to realise their deepest identity as the one eternal totality of all, thus the individual is stuck with attachment to the level of the individual soul, which is still an experience of individualism.

    realizing the real self is an experience of transcending identification with all the expressions and experiences of individualilty that occur within the creation, and realising identification with the one real eternal permanent immortal self - the totality of existence, the source and ultimate deepest experiencer of all that is within the creation, and realization and direct experience of the permanent absolute unified levels of the real self that exist outside of the creation. The creation and all that is within it including the experiences of individuality, multiplicity, and holistic activities of the soul, is a mere twinkle of variety, diversity, and multiplicity that occasionally manifests with the self. It is an eternally re-occuring and repeatable experience that can be experienced by the one eternal, total, real self.

ATTITUDES TO AVOID IN THE SEVEN CHAKRAS
  • CHAKRA ONE: Base/root chakra:
    • Refrain from greed, miserliness, and unnecessary hoarding
    • Refrain from physically damaging and unhealthy behaviors
    • Refrain from clinging to bodily life
    • Refrain from selfish attachment to the material world
  • CHAKRA TWO: Sacral chakra:
    • Refrain from selfish lust for sexual and sensual pleasure
    • Refrain from sexual misconduct
    • Refrain from addiction to sensual pleasure
    • Refrain from nurturing disappointment
    • Refrain from selfish attachment to sex and sensual pleasure
  • CHAKRA THREE: Solar plexus chakra:
    • Refrain from dominating and tyrannizing others
    • Refrain from abuse of power
    • Refrain from envy and jealousy towards others
    • Refrain from damaging, unhealthy, and antisocial behavior
    • Refrain from sloth
    • Refrain from nurturing anger and frustration
    • Refrain from hyper-activity
    • Refrain from egotistical and selfish abuse of power
    • Refrain from selfish attachment to life's activities
  • CHAKRA FOUR: Heart chakra:
    • Refrain from hatred
    • Refrain from nurturing grief and sorrow
    • Refrain from harmful behavior
    • Refrain from selfish attachment to the people and things that you love
  • CHAKRA FIVE: Throat chakra:
    • Refrain from unnecessary harmful and negative communications
    • Refrain from unpleasant and harmful creativity
    • Refrain from selfish attachment to communication and creativity
  • CHAKRA SIX: Brow chakra:
    • Refrain from cooperation with negative and unpleasant thought-forms
    • Refrain from over-intellectualizing life
    • Refrain from selfish attachment to the intellect and thought-forms
  • CHAKRA SEVEN: Crown chakra:

the seven CENTERS ARE THE Central teachings OF all religions and HOLISTIC Life Management Systems

For example:

  • Yoga
  • Taoism
  • Tai Chi
  • Buddhism
  • Western Alchemical Tradition
  • modern psychology
  • Gurdjieff
  • Rudolph Steiner
  • Sufism
  • Osho
  • The Christian Sacraments
  • The Kabbalah
  • The Seven Rays
  • The Celtic Cros
  • The Gnostic Tradition
  • The True Teachings of Christ

The Microcosmic and Macrocosmic expression and experiences of the seven chakras
  • Microcosmic means expression and experience at the level of the individual (ref: this document)
  • Macrocosmic means expression and experience at; the level of the species, the level of a planet, the level of all species and all planets, the level of the Entire Creation, and the level of the One, Eternal, Permanent aspects of the Self
CHAKRA INDIVIDUAL SPECIES PLANET CREATION THE REAL SELF
ONE/BASE Physical body/physical matter All the physical bodies of all individuals within the species All the individuals in each species and also the planetary being (gaia) The expression and experiences of physical matter The dimension of physical matter within the Creation as an expression of the Self's creative imagination
TWO sensuality and sexuality/fluid the relationship to sensualtiy, sexuality, and fluidity within all individuals within the species The expressions and experiences of fluids within the planet The expression and experiences of fluids within the Creation The dimension of sensuality, sexuality, reproduction, and fluidity within the Creation as an expression of the Self's creative imagination
THREE Power and vitality the relationship to power and vitality within all individuals within the species The expressions and experiences of force, power, fire, reactions within the planet The expression and experiences of reaction, fire, and force The dimension of power, vitality, reaction, fire, and force within the Creation as an expression of the Self's creative imagination
FOUR Virtue, Love, Wisdom, Soul, Healing the relationship to Virtue, Love, Wisdom, Soul, the quantum field (chi, prana, prakriti, shakti), Healing within all individuals within the species The expressions and experiences of the quantum field (chi, prana, prakriti, shakti), Gases, Virtue, Love, Wisdom, Soul, Healing within the planet The expression and experiences of the quantum field (chi, prana, prakriti, shakti), Gases, Virtue, Love, Wisdom, Soul, Healing The dimension of the quantum field (chi, prana, prakriti, shakti), Gases, Virtue, Love, Wisdom, Soul, Healing within the Creation as an expression of the Self's creative imagination
FIVE All forms of communication: input and output The relationship to communication within all individuals within the species The expressions and experiences of communication within the planet The expressions and experiences of communication The dimension of expressions and experiences of communication as an expression of the Self's creative imagination
SIX The Thinking Mind: intellect and imagination The relationship to the thinking mind within all individuals within the species The expressions and experiences of the thinking mind within the planet The expressions and experiences of the thinking mind within the entire Creation The dimension of expressions and experiences of the thinking mind as an expression of the Self's creative imagination
SEVEN The One Unified Permanent Self. The true identity of all life, universes, and everything (including areas of The Self that are outside of the Creation) The relationship to The One Unified Permanent Self within all individuals within the species The expressions and experiences of The One Unified Permanent Self within the planet The expressions and experiences of The One Unified Permanent Self within the entire Creation The One Unified Permanent Self. The true identity of all life, universes, and everything (including areas of The Self that are outside of the Creation)

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT V'S STAGNATION AND RETARDATION

The contemporary western medical and psychological model focuses mainly on the development of the body and the intellect, but the functions of a human being are more than just these two aspects. Human beings have seven major areas of functioning which are represented by the seven chakra system. Growth and development, or stagnation and retardation, can occur in one or more of the chakras. This is something that the contemporary western medical model often overlooks.


LEARNING TO MASTER OUR SEVEN CHAKRAS

Having become aware of the existence of the seven chakras of the human experience and the area of life that each one represents we now need to learn how to master their experiences.

  • we need to learn to center ourselves in the spiritual heart center which is the actual location within the subtle energy body of the soul.
  • we need to learn how to be in control of chakras 1,2,3,5, and 6 - the worldly chakras.
  • we need to learn how to form a private, independent, and enquiring relationship with the seventh chakra; Transcendent and Spiritual consideration and experiences.

CHAKRA HEALTH AND HEALING

We may also need to heal our life. The process of looking at our experiences of and attitudes to each of the seven centers and replacing negative attitudes with more positive one. We will need to understand and heal past traumatic and negative experiences; for example - the family, romantic partners, teachers, and other important relationships.

Healing the seven centers is a process of challenging and sorting out our inherited and conditioned attitudes to the aspects of life that each center represents.


THE CHAKRAS AND OUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM
Chakra Yoga - Chakras and the human endocrine system
The Subtle Energy Body (Human Aura)

The human aura is the psycho-emotional, bioenergetic field surrounding a person that represents the sum total of the attitudes of the soul towards the seven centers (chakras) and life.

The soul, being of a spiritual nature, is NOT IN THE PHYSICAL BODY, but resides outside of the physical body within a layer called "The Subtle Energy Body (the Aura) within the heart chakra, and experiences the physical body through the nervous system, brain, and output to the soul via the subtle energy body.

Aura is a traditional term for the protective psychic and spiritual energy fields that surround and penetrate the physical body. Historically, artists depict halos around the heads of individuals to denote their spirituality. Biblically, writers refer to the raiment or countenance of light in an attempt to describe the field of spiritual energy around angels, men, and women. It is from this invisible atmosphere that we receive our first impression of people. We use common-sense terms such as blue mood , red with anger, green with envy, full of energy, or radiant beauty. Such terms are similar to how individuals with spiritual sight describe the aura. From this intuitive nature, we form impressions and experience emotions and feelings regarding them and ourselves. Quantum physics describes the universe as energy. Psychology, Eastern therapy, and complementary medicine have terms for life as energy. Yoga psychology views the aura as an energy field surrounding the body, interacting through spiritual and psychological levels via structures called chakras.

So we may conclude that the aura is an energy field that surrounds the physical body. It encircles each of us as the sun's rays encircle the sun or the halo that surrounds the moon. The appearance of the aura, whether attractive or repulsive, depends on one's physical health, mental attitudes, and spiritual development. The human aura is a dynamic matrix that includes the physical, emotional, and mental-spiritual aspects of self. The aura is the self as energy. All the contributing factors in our daily life register in our aura as colors, lines, dots, emanations, and vibrations. Every one of us is different, and our hidden selves are expressed through the aura. Those individuals who live on a strictly physical, mental, and material level have an entirely different emanation than those individuals who are intellectual and spiritual.


the nadis within the subtle energy body
Chakra Yoga Holistic Health: The 72,000 Nadis within The Subtle Energy Body

The sanskrit word nadi means "flow" or "current". The ancient texts say that there are 72,000 nadis in the subtle energy body. Like the chakras, the nadis are part of the subtle energy body, and correspond to the nerves - but the nadis are not the nerves (as is often mistaken).

Nadis are the subtle channels through which the pranic (chi, ki, quantum) energy flows.

Out of the 72,000 nadis within the subtle energy body, only the three major ones are used by the practitioner: Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna.

Chakra Yoga Holistic Health: The Three Major Nadis of The Subtle Energy Body

Sushumna is the central channel with Ida and Pingala forming a spiral pattern around the chakras.

NADI CORRESPONDING NERVOUS SYSTEM BIOLOGICAL FUNCTION
Ida Parasympathetic Passivity, relaxation and rest
Pingala Sympathetic Activity, alertness, and movement
Sushumna
central channel
Central Nervous System Balance

The current flowing at any particular time may be gauged by noting the flow of breath in the nostrils.

When the left nostril has a greater flow of air, then ida nadi is predominant; mental energy is dominant, the mind is introverted, and mental work may be undertaken.

When the flow is greater in the right nostril then pingala is predominant; there is more vital energy for physical work, digestion of food, the mind is extroverted, and the body generates more heat.

If the flow is equal, then sushumna is predominant and the system is in a balanced harmony (sattvic mode).

Alternate nostril breathing can bring the nadis into a balanced flow.

Chakra Yoga Spiritual Holistic: Checking the flow of breath in each nostril
Alternate nostrils are closed, generally by using the right hand's thumb, ring finger, and little finger. The thumb is used for closing the right nostril and the ring and little fingers are used to close the left nostril. The mouth is closed, and is not used for breathing.

The cycle of alternate nostril breathing is:

  • The right nostril is closed with the thumb. Air is exhaled through the left nostril, and inhaled back through the same nostril.
  • The left nostril is closed with the ring finger. Air is exhaled through the right nostril, and inhaled back through the same nostril.

This is repeated at a normal breathing rate. It is advisable to have an inhale:exhale ratio of 1:2. Changing nostril after exhaling is considered wrong.

One of the aims of hatha yoga is to purify and balance ida and pingala nadis then sushumna can flow, placing the practitioner in the sattvic mode of purity, harmony, balance, virtue, wisdom, peace, love, and Self Realization.

Meditation becomes easier and more fruitful when the nadis are balanced.


THE KABBALAH

Above is a diagram of the Hebrew "Tree of Life", The Kabbalah, and also you will notice The Seven Chakras, and The Symbol of The Cross. These three symbolic systems are all mapped onto one diagram and this one diagram can be used as our 'Generic Template of Human Life.'

Kabbalah
Sefirah
Sefirah
Attributes.
Christian
Sacrament

Chakra Name
and
Number.

Stage
of
Individual
Development
Approximate
Age when
the Stage
occurs.
Shekhinah.
Creation
Baptism

1. Mooladhara.

Birth and Infancy.
1 - 2
Yesod.
Foundation.
Communion

2. Swadhisthana.

Child and Juvenile
2 - 11
Hod and Nezah.
Majesty
and
Endurance
Confirmation

3. Manipura.

Adolescent.
11 - 18
Tif'eret.
Beauty
Marriage

4. Anahata

Young Adult.
18 - 28
Gevurah
and
Hesed
Judgement
and
Mercy
Confession
(out with the old)

5. Visuddha

Early
Responsible
Adulthood.
28 - 35
Binah
and
Hokhmah
Understanding
and
Wisdom
Ordination

6. Ajna

Developed
Responsible
Adulthood.
35 - 55
Keter
Spiritual
Realisation
and
Ultimate
Peace
Extreme Unction

7. Sahasrara

Mature Years.
55 - 75

With this diagram we can understand human life and The Stages of Individual Development that we find in modern psychology. The Seven Chakras are also the central teaching of The Seven Rays as taught by Alice Bailey.

The core teachings of All Spiritual and Psychological Systems are also represented on this diagram.


The Chakras and The Christian Sacraments

It is no coincidence that the words "chakra" and "sacra" are almost identical because they are referring to the same thing - the chakras!

Sacrament
and
Chakra Number.
Stage of Individual Development
Approximate
Age when
the Stage occurs.

1. BAPTISM

Birth and Infancy.
0 - 2

2.COMMUNION

Childhood
2 - 11

3. CONFIRMATION

Adolescence.
11 - 18

4. MARRIAGE

Young Adult.
18 - 28

5. CONFESSION

Early Responsible Adulthood.
28 - 35

6. ORDINATION

Developed Responsible Adulthood.
35 - 55
7. EXTREME UNCTION
Mature Years.
55 - 75



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