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The Rude Chakra

I would imagine that readers of this blog might be asking “Why?” Not just, “why are you writing this”, but also “why do you think you have the authority to undertake this work?”

Bear with me while I explain:

Among the methods for spiritual development are practices that focus on the activation of “energy centers” in an ascending sequence from the hips to the crown of the head.

My orientation to the seven chakras, an Indian categorization, occurred simultaneously with reading of Cozolino’s The Neuroscience of Human Relationships. I was stunned by the close parallels between the personality traits manifested at each stage of chakra activation and the development of the seven neurological centers involved with socialization. Clearly, the investigators of chakra had captured something fundamental about human personality.

So what, then, to make of the parapsychology of the chakra system? The capacity for healing obtained through activation of the heart chakra? The gifts of divine knowledge and wisdom? Why would the investigators have corrupted their careful study of human psychology with unfounded assertions such as these? My sense was that it would be unlikely – that in fact the assertions are based in fact.

The principal hazard in exploration of the chakras is the sequential order of the activation. The theory is that the root chakra, located at the base of the spine, is the conduit for spiritual energy (prana) that arises and activates subsequent energy centers. Of course, that energy is tied to fundamental life processes, including, at the root level, our sexuality.

In adults, once control of that energy is established, a common tendency is to engage in sexual self-gratification. Some people never tire of that game. Worse, kundalini energy, once turned on, becomes an extremely powerful tool in the hands of manipulators interested in controlling our will.

Having gotten past that stage, I am now mortified when the response to an offer of heart or mind energy is sexual energy. It’s usually driven by simple greed: the simplest way to ensure access to knowledge and power is to grab on to the source at the root level. In the process, energies that are designed to support our basic life processes are raised up and set loose in the more delicate structures of personal discipline and social imagination. Generally, a mess results.

It is, indeed, rude, in the sense of both “crude” and “insensitive”.

It was with some interest, then, that I reacted to being told by a reader of auras that I have a gap of four inches in the flow of prana up my spine, located just above the root chakra. I was told at the same time that “[I] keep on losing parts of myself” in the course of the sequence of my lives. I therefore assumed that the gap was a prophylactic step taken before entering this life, as a means of keeping people from getting into my heart energy through sex.

There’s some truth to this, but recent events counter that interpretation. When I finally decided that I needed to stop investing energy in people that were unable to reciprocate in kind, I went through a period of several weeks in which I felt at times that the top of my head was going to come off. All the energy I had been laying about was seeking an outlet through the crown chakra.

At the suggestion of a friend, one night I began experimenting with alternative channels for the flow. In a few minutes, I found myself directing it down through my spine, bridging the gap. In the following days, the transformation in my personal energy was unexpected. In yoga classes, problems with alignment of my spine began to evaporate. And in interacting with peers and family members, I have become more direct, to the point, well, of being “rude”.

In terms of the activation of the chakras, though, I need to emphasize the reversal of sequence. I am reorganizing my root chakra with energy originating from the heart, rising through the crown, and now being directed downwards.

And this brings to mind the Native American theory of energy centers. In that theory, there are twenty total stages of development. The first ten are similar to the Indian chakras, rising along the spine and blooming from the body through the crown. The pattern of personal development is also similar. One the tenth stage is activated, the subsequent stages repeat the sequence, with the subject of the work being the community served by the practitioner.

So, to the original question: the reason I am doing this is because it is the only thing that works for me at this time. A consequence of that program, I am beginning to realize, will be the injection of discipline into the pool of prana drawn upon by Human Nature.

6 thoughts on “The Rude Chakra

  1. This fascinates me, Brian. As a full-blooded Native American Indian, I’ve always understood my spiritual connection to nature and universal energy. But as a contemporary woman with a bizarre curiosity toward human behavior, I’ve not spent much time learning about the tenets you write about here.

    When you talk about the the connection between chakra and Neuroscience, my heart leapt! I love to see science merging with spirituality because of the way they complement one another. Most people don’t agree, most scientists don’t believe it, and most spiritual healers refuse to see it, in my humble opinion. I’m not speaking in hard facts, just what I’ve witnessed.

    I like what you wrote about sexuality, too. The way sexual energy is the response to heart energy is kind of strange. I think people act on desires through physical needs and rarely is there a spiritual connection. I will link to you another poem where I talk about this. “unquenchable desire, hearts never possessed,” was how I alluded to this notion.


    I find this post and your blog as a whole a thoughtful apologetic.

    • Re: obscure tenets (or something like that): I’ve spent so long thinking about these matters from so many perspectives (science, philosophy, spirituality, religion, sociology, politics, economics, etc.) that I’ve forgotten how much I’ve wandered away from common understanding. Bridging the gap is difficult. I’m flattered that you’re putting up with the obscurity. (Although you’re gracious enough to see it as subtlety, perhaps?.

      Native American, hmm? I’ve got a couple of stories to share there. I sympathize with the perspective of one of your 20th century elders, watching European culture bumble around: “The white man is going to have to learn the hard way.” Boy and how. My hope is that eventually your people take all the casino earnings and buy your land back.

      I agree with your perception on the divisions between intellectual frameworks – I arrived where I am from particle physics, having the integrity to admit that my spiritual experiences required a wholesale re-examination of fundamental tenets. You’ll see that laid out under the “New Physics” item on the menu bar.

      I do recognize that your blog tends to attract lonely intellectual males. I can see why – a lot of provocative content there (including the post you’ve linked here). Your voice here is intellectually composed, rather than passionate and raw, implying a rich trajectory through life to be revealed. I understand from some of your posts that it involved travail that I haven’t faced in this life, so I won’t pry.

      As for sex and spirituality: there’s always a spiritual connection – it’s just that until we gain tantric maturity (there’s another tradition for you: Shamballah Buddhism) it’s a kind of raw mashing together that sometimes leaves people missing parts when the fire goes out. Sadly, having become a disciplined personality, it’s not easy to disorganize me enough to stimulate orgasm. Rainforests and hurricanes and tides and migrations and fields of flowers and…and…and…Kablooey!

      But I do feel disadvantaged by your familiarity with my first name. You should give me something to call you.

    • I sometimes wish that my blog attracted people at all! How did I end up with you as my only interlocutor?

      This woman whose testimony holds that “Your mind is a continent of all that is good”!?!?!?!?! I mean, WTF? What kind of person says something like that?

      Only someone that loves unconditionally – who throws herself out onto the sacred winds of hope and surrenders herself timorously to the expectation of grace.

    • I’m curious why you think the men on my blog are “lonely intellectual males.” I mean, I get the reference to “intellectual males” which I wholeheartedly agree with. But why do they strike you as lonely?

    • Why do you write your blog? What are you hoping for?

      I’m not being condescending here. I think that you’re creating the reality that you wish to manifest, and attracting exactly the readers that you wish to have.

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