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The Chakras



Chakra Breathing Sequence

Vocal Healing is a method of opening the seven chakras with deep breathing techniques and toning. Chakra is the Sanskrit word for moving wheel - the chakras are like spinning energy centres along the spinal column through which our "life-force" manifests. These centres can be damaged or blocked through stress or inner conflict depending on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual activity in your life.

Vocal Healing is a simple method which can be integrated into the well-being of our daily lives through breath and vowel sounds. This is not a specialized activity for the enlightened few, it is a very accessible method for anyone wanting to expand the amount of energy that is available to them. In tuning in to subtle energies through your voice, you will discover a deep sense of well-being and relaxation as you become more familiar with the effects of opening up your chakras.  (Repeat each breathing exercise 4 times and each sound 3 times.)



These illustrations of the chakras are as seen from the inner sight through the spiritual eye; also known as the third eye. They are examples of the chakras in their perfect state. Through Yogic practices the devotee clears the chakras; also known as the gates; and experiences the awakening of the Shakti Kundalini energies. The Guru assists the devotee in progressing along this path to complete enlightenment and oneness with God.



Sink your energy down through your feet like spiral roots, deep down into the earth until you can imagine the molten fiery core burning as a primal energy source. 

Breathe in a stream of fire, up through your roots, into your feet, up your legs into your root chakra. As you breathe in through a small opening in your mouth for 8, pull in your root chakra muscles, hold the breath for 4 while holding the muscles tight, then breathe out through the mouth for 8, releasing the muscles. 




Put your hands over your abdomen, either in a cup shape or making a circle with your hands, imagine pulling in a stream of life-force (chi or prana) as you breathe in, forming into an expansive golden ball of light in your centre, hold the breath feeling the light get stronger, then breathe out and feel the light spread to every cell in your body. In through the nose for 8, hold for 4, out through your mouth for 16. 




Imagine you are breathing in a stream of beautiful clear energy, fresh and new, hold and tense your stomach muscles while gathering in all the sticky emotional patterns (like a fisherman throwing out a net), then breathe out all the stagnation and tension from the bottom of your lungs on the out-breath. In through the mouth for 4 (sucking in), hold for 2 and tense, out forcefully through the mouth for 6. 




Extend your arms out wide each side of you in a gesture of complete trust, breathe in unconditional love into your heart bringing your hands in over your chest. 

Hold this position feeling the nourishment and healing, then open up your arms again on the out-breath, releasing old pain, hurt and fear, releasing out through the fingertips. In through the nose for 8, hold for 4, out through the mouth for 8. 



Bring your focus to the deepest center of you heart and visualize the white fire core of the three fold flame. This is the altar of your heart where the action of alchemy unfolds as forgiveness, love, and expanding light. Visualize white light expanding in the white fire core and feeding the pink, yellow, and blue flames for expansion. 





Imagine opening your throat up like a gateway to an infinite blue sky, feeling the air come into your body through this gateway with no resistance. As you hold the breath, feeling the "cage" of any inhibition or self-doubt fall away from you, leaving free to spread your wings and fly on the out breath. In through the mouth for 4, hold for 4, out through the mouth for the count of 4. 



Visualise the area in the centre of your forehead as source of light and knowledge. Imagine a powerful stream of bright light as you breathe in, hold and feel it get stronger, filling you completely as you empty your mind.

On the out-breath allow yourself to travel into the patterns and images that emerge from inside your third eye. In through the nose for 8, hold for 4, out through the mouth for the count of 8. 



Visualise a source of beautiful, blissful light above your head, breathe in a stream of love, light and awareness through your crown chakra, breathing in this light and luminosity through your whole body until you feel you are surrounded and held in a bubble of light. Breathe in softly through your mouth for 4, hold the breath for 2 and feel yourself begin to glow and then breathe this light energy back to the light source through your mouth for 4. 



Enter into deep meditation in the Inner Silence.
Listen to the Sounds of Aum / Om  Universal Cosmic Music.
Completely surrender and give all of your devotion to God.


"Tantra (Shakta or Shaktism) describes eight primary inner chakras.

The highest chakra above the Sahasrara is often referred to as the Soulstar.

Chakras above the head bring one into a higher frequency.

They range from 4 fingers to one foot above the crown chakra.

There are five unique expressions of God consciousness.

These five unique expressions are experienced by the soul, in the form of the full kundalini awakening.

The experience of enlightenment is when the soul completely awakens to "true inner awareness". This can only occur after all of the energies of the chakras have been purified. It is then, that the raising of the kundalini (the serpent power) may take place. The kundalini is Shakti or Shakthi energy of the feminine principle and has a negative electrical charge. The magnetic pull of the Shakti towards the Shiva or Siva in the Crown Chakra is what draws the kundalini upwards. The Shiva energy is of the male principle having a positive electrical charge. So, understanding that negative and positive polarities are attracted magnetically explains the action of the Shakti kundalini energy rising to unite with the Shiva consciousness of the Lingum. The Shakti energy is the Yoni which is the vessel for the Lingum or Shiva energy. This is the geometric pattern within all of life; Alpha and Omega.

To begin with, the kundalini is very small, where it lies dormant at the base of the spine; coiled three and a half times. The kundalini stays dormant life after life; until the soul begins to develop an intense desire to love God.

Love is the magnet that draws the Divine energy together. The energy is prana and it intensifies in the four lower bodies which are: the spiritual awareness, the mental clarity and intuition, the emotional and desire body, and the vitality of life force in the physical body.

 Enlightenment is the experience of the kundalini stirring and it rises up the main subtle channel; the Sushumna; through the Chakras upwards; expanding in size as it continues.  

There is a sensation of feeling it moving through the Chakras. The soul consciousness is able to inwardly see the serpent; its shape and colours on it's body as it rises up the spine.  The repeated pattern on the serpent's body is diamond shapes that continue along it's back and sides; with distinct pattern of colours within the diamonds with a brillance. The underside contains all of the colours which reflect together like "a coat of many colors" which also shines. The skin is moist, incredibly smooth and silky. The eyes are partially open when the kundalini reaches the heart; and only fully open when the expansion takes place above the Crown Chakra.  

The kundalini will rest at the heart center; and then with an intense expansion it will rise out of the Crown; the Sahasrara Chakra; and expand further above as five serpents which open their eyes and mouths. Each serpent has individual consciousness and yet are all are one in consciousness. They are the protectors of the Christ within the enlightened soul, and act in accordance with God's Will. The soul is free from all karmas and may leave the body or decide to return to the body to serve God's Will in incarnation. That is why an enlightened soul who has returned from the full raising of the kundalini experience and continues to maintain the physical body is considered to be the Divine in incarnation. That is because the experience of the full raising of the kundalini brings the soul to complete oneness with God; the Divine One."    

~Gurudevi, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda




Philosophy of The Lotus and Yantra


The Philosophy of Tantric Art


The lotus, in tantric art, is a symbol of the expanding consciousness of the individual soul.  Spiritual progress uplifts the devotee of God to the radiant heights of cosmic consciousness through the process of inner awakening. The lotus is not affected by the water in which it grows, because of its smooth and oily surface. The lotus plant grows in the mud and gradually blossoms out to the surface of water which nourishes it. The lotus represents the true inner Divine Self. The devotee reaches the enlightened state of awareness of oneness with God through the process of overcoming the not-self; also called the ego. The soul is pure, uncorrupted and untarnished by illusion and ignorance; just as the lotus is unaffected by the darkness of the mud and murky water it grows in.

The lotus blossom is one of the main archetypal symbols used in yantras. The lotus may be depicted centered on the axis with its petals unfolding towards the circumference, or with its petals turning outward. The image of the lotus illustrates the unfolding of power of the Divine essence within the soul. The symbol of the lotus is associated with the spiritual progression of the soul which is a life-expanding quality. The lotus represents the soul as a flower in the process of spiritual realization.

The lotus is associated with the cycle of creation in ancient cosmology.  The lotus is often depicted as springing from Vishnu's navel, supporting and giving birth to Brahma, the Creator.  Once Brahma creates the universe, Vishnu comes to the world in one of his ten forms or incarnations, to preserve order and ensure justice. This is one of the cycles of creation. At the completion of a cycle, Shiva dances and the universe returns to the One Creator. All is destroyed and liberated through the energy of Shiva.


In this cycle of the One Creator, Brahma falls asleep, and the lotus closes and goes back into Vishnu's navel. Vishnu then sleeps on the serpent's coils. The process eventually begins all over again. The lotus represents the unfolding of a new age called Yuga in Sanskrit.

In the yantra the lotus represents the awakening of the inner self. The lotus has always been a symbol of the citadel of the heart which is the throne or altar for souls devoted to God. The crystic light of God is in the heart center which is called the anahata chakra in Sanskrit. This crystic light is the Christ light of God. The devotee of God uplifts the consciousness of the pure soul within and focuses on the heart center to expand the light there. The heart center is where the three fold flame expands outward from the crystic light rising in three plumes; pink, yellow and blue. Through the spiritual development of the soul the light within the heart expands to a greater size and intensity. This is seen as a beautiful spiral of multi-colored light becoming larger as the soul reaches greater heights of spiritual awareness and radient enlightenment.

There are spiritual centers within us whose essential nature and luminosity can be experienced during meditation and at all times in the state of enlightenment. The main seven spiritual centers; which are called chakras in Sanskrit;  are seen inwardly along the spine as lotuses. They open up as the individual soul awakens to its true inner real Self and full potential as a Son or Daughter of God. The awakening of the soul to experience blissful union with God is the purpose of yogic meditation.

The yantra is made up of different elements expressed in geometric patterns, colours and symbols. The yogic practice of devotional ritual and meditation on the yantra is to combine all of these elements to assist the soul in the inner spiritual journey of oneness with God, as follows:

The outermost square sanctuary has a landing before each of its four gates. This is a two dimensional representation of a low flight of steps leading up from the ground to the raised floor of the sanctuary. This sanctuary is the seat of the Divinity. The yantra is the model on which a Hindu temple is built.

When the spiritual seeker enters the square enclosure, and starts moving towards the center, the symbol of the flowering lotus represents the awakening of their inner soul consciousness to experience its full potential. As the journey progresses, the devotee encounters various aspects of manifestation that are within the inner nature of the soul. These aspects are symbolized by the male and female principles as the triangles. These are bounded within a circle. This symbolizes that all reality is confined within these concepts. The journey towards the center encompasses both distance and the course of time. This space time continuum is represented by the straight line.

Finally the devotee reaches the center, which is the reservoir of all knowledge and the final goal of the journey. Spiritual awareness is generated within the soul during penetration to the central essence of the yantra. The spiritual seeker then realizes that this point of the yantra is a representation of the center of their own heart, the innermost realm of their own inner Divine Self. Self realization for the devotee of the inner connection to the Divine One is the ultimate aim of the yantra.


By  ~Gurudevi, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda



 The Enchanted Lotus Flower