Chakra and The Acceleration of Healing
by Eileen McKusick
Many of us are familiar with the seven chakras, the major energy centers
of the body that run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
These centers are represented by the seven colors in the visible light
spectrum and seven notes of the diatonic scale, beginning with the color
red and the note C and ending with the color purple and the note B. Fewer
of us are aware that there are actually more chakras as well: two more
above our head (8 and 9), one below our feet (10), one in the palm of each
hand (11 and 12), and the 13th chakra, which is about arm's length from
the body, slightly below the level of the heart.
(There are more chakras - the
14t5h chakra is the gateway to the next dimension, but that is another
The Heart chakra is
represented by the color green; however, in some contexts it is referred
to as having two colors - green and rose, or pink. Until I learned about
the 13th chakra, this always confused me. How could pink be in there? How
could a chakra have two colors? The answer is that the 13th chakra is
outside the body, but the energy of it is experienced in the heart.
The energy of the 13th chakra
is that of Unconditional Love. Unlike the seven major centers of the body,
this one cannot become blocked. What can become blocked however, is our
awareness of it. This center is like a beacon of love and light that is
eternally shining on us, delivering to us bliss and well being at every
moment of our existence. It is our interconnectedness to All That Is, to
The 13th chakra has been
symbolized in the image of a Rose. Throughout history, myth and
religion, this symbol appears to represent the energy of Love, or God, or
the Light (which are essentially all one and the same). If the Rose spoke,
it would say one thing: "You are Loved."
The truth contained in the
awareness of this energy center is what everyone is looking for: it is
simply, happiness. Buddha's famous last words were (allegedly),
"There is no Way to Peace and Happiness - Peace and Happiness is the
Way." These are profound words, and yet they are not the words we are
taught to live by. Somehow we have swallowed the belief that happiness
lies outside ourselves, that it is something to be pursued, purchased,
found in a mall, a restaurant, a relationship, or a pill.
And so we go from store to
store, from person to person, or perhaps therapist to therapist, seeking
the elusive Bliss that calls to us. We get lost in addictions that whisper
lies to us about happiness. From Heroin to Sugar to Online Catalog
Shopping, we answer that whisper and fall headlong into the temptation of
the short-lived high, only to find ourselves on the desolate beach of the
inevitable crash soon after. Lost at the mall.
Our awareness of this Source
of Unconditional Love is blocked on a personal, as well as cultural level.
This has occurred for a number of reasons, the primary one being the
Creation Myth that is known by nearly everyone in our culture whether they
choose to subscribe to it or not. Put simply, we are the children of a
couple that blew it (it was her fault) and we have been cast out of the
Garden, separated from God, to suffer forever in the world of Duality.
This story has, on a subtle
level, defined the reality of our culture. Its basic message is that we
are all guilty sinners living under a judgmental God. This belief instills
in us a powerful message that we are not worthy of Bliss, Happiness, Joy,
and Ecstasy. We are worthy of pursuing it, yes - in that shiny SUV, in
that Beautiful House, in that Fit Body and all the other images that
Madison Avenue holds up to us as Desirable. We are worthy of pursuing it
in Food, Alcohol, Shopping, Sex and Busy-ness. But of finding it? Of truly
finding it and choosing it and owning it? Of really living it?
Well, living it, that's scary
stuff. Because somewhere in this belief system there is this lurking
thought that if we let ourselves feel too good, something terrible is
going to happen. Therein lies the whole lie: this is where Unconditional
Love becomes conditional love - "I can be happy if all of the
conditions are right - when I am fit, rich and have the perfect
mate," or whatever your personal conditions are. The thought that it
is too scary to have all of these things that we think will make us happy
because we might lose them all and then become unhappy keeps us in a cycle
of perpetual unhappiness - it keeps us Stuck.
The truth is, that while this
is a world of suffering, it is merely an illusion and love is behind all
of it. All of the seeming "tragedies" that "happen" to
us are lessons laid with love before us so that we may know Love, and are
all essentially Maya, the mask of God. In truth, we have never really left
the Garden - we are still connected. The 13th chakra is, was, and will
always be there.
(There is an interesting
sideline here about the Goddess Tradition and the Number 13 and how it was
stamped out by the Church of Rome and what all that means, but that, too,
is another story.)
Many people bog down in the
healing process when it comes to truly and fully opening to this energy.
Most people are so accustomed to feeling bad that feeling good is outside
their comfort zone. We are programmed, especially through Television, to
focus on the negative. Whatever one focuses on expands, and so we have
expansive depression in our culture, and it is accepted as normal. In
fact, we subscribe to the curious notion that depression is a result of
being victim to hormones and body chemistry beyond our control, that it is
a condition to be fixed with a pill.
In fact, the entire notion
that we need to be fixed is incorrect thinking. What we need to do is
remove the blocks that stand between our essential nature and
Unconditional Love. The first step in removing these blocks is identifying
them. Any place where we experience "stuckness" is a place where
we hold a false thought or belief about ourselves, a notion that limits us
and disconnects us from our Authentic Selves.
Much unhappiness comes from
the fact that we are culturally programmed to be that way, because it is
no great secret that this inherent dissatisfaction with life is what
drives the ever-important Economy. The lie that happiness lies in the
accumulation of stuff (especially expensive new stuff) and status keeps
our consumer culture functioning. The hard truth is that we are all slaves
to a system that seeks to rob us of our joy, our time with loved ones and
our freedom, while all the while feeding us propaganda that we are free
and rewarding us with shiny possessions for our sacrifices.
A good starting point in
identifying the sources of your unhappiness is to recognize that many of
your own issues are holographic to the culture at large. You are part of
something bigger than yourself, and were most likely educated within a
school system that stamped the authenticity right out of you in order to
make you easily manageable and able to fit nicely as another cog in the
machine of commerce. (Today's children who do not fit nicely are labeled
ADHD or something like that and drugged so that they do fit).
This belief system frowns on
the concept of "following your bliss" as irresponsible, selfish
and foolish, so you have learned well to put aside the things that make
you happy to the point where you may not even be sure what makes you
happy. The price that you pay for this surrendering to the System is
depression, addiction, rage, or apathy. Ultimately it becomes disease.
The process of healing the
planet is one of healing ourselves - of taking the time and the energy and
the self-worth to re-establish our connection to the energy of the 13th
chakra and discover the things that bring us joy. It has been noted that
time seems to be speeding up - the rapid exchange of information has
allowed the evolutionary process of all sorts of human systems to
accelerate at an astounding speed.
Technology is not the only
factor that benefits from this process - the individual healing process is
also speeding up. Issues that previously may have taken years to get
through are now being healed within a matter of months, even weeks. It is
as if time has speeded up - or more appropriately, our beliefs have
expanded to include a simple truth: we can heal ourselves, and so the
process is not altered by false beliefs any longer.
When your belief is geared to
physical healing only, healing time will naturally be on a slower
vibration (or physical vibration), thereby taking a longer time to heal
oneself. As we begin to heal on the emotional and spiritual levels, our
vibration and awareness expands and healing time becomes almost
When we come to a place of
spiritual healing, we see that all illness arises from places where we are
not letting love in. Health or wellness then becomes a choice, becomes our
own responsibility. This is where the awareness of the 13th chakra is such
a profound tool for healing - in many cases the simple reconnection of our
energies to this source of bliss can eliminate all kinds of mental,
emotional and physical distress.
As people become healed
(unblocked) and in touch with the energy of Unconditional Love, they
become liberated to do the job they came here to do. Freed from shoulds,
from guilt, from depression, they are rising up to take their place among
those who are working to restore balance, to create sustainability, to
improve education, and to heal each other and the planet. They are
reconnecting with their bliss, claiming their power, and answering their
callings, and doing so at an increasingly rapid rate. It is in this way
that lightworkers are also riding the powerful wave of change that is
sweeping the planet.
A good and simple way to begin
to connect to this energy is through the use of color therapy. Pink is a
color that many of us, especially men, tend to shun, or at the very least
pay little attention to. Using it deliberately, therefore, has a powerful
effect on our psyches. You can buy pink flowers, burn pink candles, wear
pink underwear. You can visualize the color pink emanating from a location
arm's length from the body just below the heart while meditating. It so
happens that pink is a very "in" color this year, so it is very
easy to find.
Along with visualizing the
color, associate it with the emotion of "unbridled bliss;" try
to awaken that concept in your heart and your mind. A good metaphor for
this is the image of a cup that is brimming, gently spilling over the top.
Truly feeling this emotion doesn't come easily to most of us, but with
practice it becomes much more so.
It is important to note here
that this isn't about being blissed out all the time. Life happens: pets
die, neighbors do unneighborly things, the government does questionable
things, and so we will feel and have every right to feel sad, or angry, or
confused or any other emotion that people tend to label as unspiritual.
The difference is that we are not afraid of these emotions - the
undercurrent is one of trust that all things that rise up fall away and
that ups and downs are part of life and that the ultimate ground of all of
this perceived reality is Love. The energy of the 13th chakra acts as a
rudder that keeps us on course and on keel regardless of what winds are
Eileen McKusick is a
Breakthrough Facilitator from Northeast CT who specializes in helping
people identify, define and release stubborn blocks. She can be reached at
860-928-3672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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