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The Seven Levels of Consciousness

Aura levelsFrom time immemorial, cultures all around the world have told us of an inner energy system flowing through our body. Energy, not visible to our eyes is said to travel through our physical body in invisible channels. They tell us these channels converge at seven major points through our body called chakra. They are placed in a line from the bottom of our spine to the top of our head as in this diagram. They create a sort of ladder moving up through levels of consciousness. We start here at the base chakra, learning all we need to know about it and its special characteristics, then ascend to each new level until we reach the top. This tells us that spirituality and being spiritual is not about being at the top, but rather that the whole journey is a journey of spirit. Nobody is more important than any other, for all are on the journey, no matter what the level. There is actually nothing but spirit.

In Hindu mythology we hear of Indra’s net. It is a net with a shiny pearl at each knot. The net is infinite in size and every pearl reflects, and is reflected in every other pearl. It is a symbol that tells us all life is connected. This matches very well with the scientific discoveries of quantum mechanics in this century. Both these ideas tell us that we live in a world where every part reflects and contains every other part of the universe. William Blake talked of seeing a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower. This tells us that the patterns of creation are repeated over and over again in every thing that is.  The seven levels of consciousness we find in the chakras are similarly reflected all through creation. Tonight I wish to talk about some of those reflections or correspondences.

We will do it by looking at each level in turn and seeing how the patterns of the chakra are reflected in states of being, colours, the evolution of our brain, child development and human history. We will see the patterns of each correspond from the first chakra to the seventh.

The base chakra is found right at the base of the spine and is represented by the first colour of the rainbow, the colour  red, the colour of blood. These colours can be seen in the aura by those with clairvoyant vision. This chakra is associated with basic survival  and our physical body and its needs. In our brain it relates to the inner core, the reptilian brainstem which controls basic life support systems such as breathing, hunger and thirst. When we are fighting for our lives we come from our first chakra. It is the point when we first become aware of ourselves.

In the life of a child, it is from birth to around the age of two when they struggle to come to terms with the world they have suddenly and dramatically found themselves in. They are coming to terms with having a physical body. They are struggling to learn how to use their body, to make their limbs move where they want. The baby is totally dependent on others for basic survival and has not yet learned what is their body, what is their mother and what is the rest of the world; they are all merged. The baby lives only in the present moment. It has not yet any awareness of past or future. 

In history the first chakra relates to our early cave dwelling ancestors going back some 10,000 years and before. They lived in a world of basic survival, with death lurking at every minute. They had just begun to have an awareness of themselves beyond that of the other animals in their environment. They were merged in their world without a sense of the past or the future just as the baby is merged and is not yet aware. This is the time before the exile from the garden of Eden; the supposed paradise, but actually a place full of wild bears and sabre tooth tigers. 

The second chakra is based around the genital area and controls our sexuality and emotions. The colour moves up the rainbow and is orange. In the brain we find the limbic system. This grows over and encloses the reptilian brainstem of the first chakra. Our basic emotions, fear, anger, joy are controlled from within the limbic system. Our gut reactions come from here. The corresponding level in the child is from the age of two to four. It is beyond a basic groping to survive. They are now aware that they are separate from their surroundings and only starting to take control of themselves.

The ego, which has not existed before now, begins to form. Their world still focuses entirely around their own personal needs and they are led by emotions. They are making the first links to create images of what the world is like. Language begins and words take on meanings. They learn to assert themselves with the word ‘No’. The child feels like words have a magical power to control reality. The child is very dependent and their parents, particularly the mother, loom large in their lives.

In our human history we find the rise of family kin groups living together. Language began and for the first time we could formulate concepts and share wisdom about life forming the equivalent of the child’s ego. The concept of reality for people living at that time, or still living at that stage of cultural development is magical. Magic spells, the use of language are seen to be able to control external realities. Sacrificial rituals with magical chants to ensure a full harvest are first seen in this stage of history. Their concept of a God or more usually a Goddess, is very much like a parent looming large over them.

The third chakra is coloured yellow and is centered in the solar plexus around the stomach area. Power, courage and control are important. In the brain we find the limbic system of the second chakra enveloped by the neo-cortex. This is the beginning of higher level mental capabilities. We can have ideas and thoughts. We can imagine things that are not present at the time. We are now talking of the six year. The child now sees themselves very separately and builds a strong sense of themselves.

They want things done their way and their whole world revolves around them. Also, however, for the first time, the child becomes aware of other people and starts to glimpse the world from someone else’s point of view. A child can only now comprehend that somebody sitting at a table opposite them will see objects on a table differently. They begin to see themselves in relation to others. They take on a role within their society. Taking on roles also means obeying rules. Their language skills have improved to be able to tell stories and write them down.

In history, we have reached the time when writing was discovered, some 4-5,000 years ago. With this and other inventions such as domesticating animals and the plough, we were able to live together in much larger communities. Groups of people more clearly separated themselves from people different from themselves. This led to the beginning of warfare using lethal weapons. This quickly led to the rise of the great empires such as the Egyptians, Assyrians, Greeks and Romans. Power and control were all important. The courage of the warrior held the empires together.

People now took on special roles such as emperor, priest, soldier and farmer. Rather than a magical view of the world, stories evolved to explain the world. All the great empires had mythical stories to provide explanations of the world and provide a set of morals for life. People’s roles, defined the rules. Defending a fellow tribal member was rewarded as was attacking the stranger. 

Mythic religions are typically ones with a collection of gods who control the lives of mortal with the father god prominent. Rather than controlling the world by magic, they control the world by appeasing a god or gods who would control their circumstances. If a people did well it was because they pleased the god, misfortune meant they had not. Jesus lived in this time. He was clearly ahead of his time, but the church following him soon turned itself back into a mythological religion with strict hierarchies.

The next chakra is the heart chakra. Its associated colour is green. Within the brain we find it relates to the complex neo-cortex. This part of the brain controls logical thinking processes where we can solve problems without having the objects of our problem present. We can think about things that aren’t present. We can think about ‘what if this, or that happened’. In terms of human development at this stage goes through to cover adolescence, where the child begins to create their own identity, rather than the role that has been assigned to them. The child is no longer prepared to do as they are told and often rebels. They begin to form an individual identity for themselves. It is the beginning of adulthood.

In history we have arrived at the time of the enlightenment around the 1600’s. The focus had shifted from mighty empires to nation states; monarchies gave way to democracies. The people rebelled as in the French revolution as any teenager rebels against its parents. People had been increasingly unhappy with the church’s iron hand rule. We saw the rise of the protestant church and scientific investigation, which needed no Father God, certainly not a God who operated through a hierarchy that had enslaved them for a thousand years.

This was the beginning of rational thought. Science grew stronger and stronger. Proof by measurable data became important. ‘God’ as God was known earlier was rightfully thrown out as being irrelevant to a new age, but it left a gap that remains with us to this day. Life became more materialistic and emphasis shifted back to the individual rather than the community. Eventually we grew tired of science and many new religions surfaced to fill the gap. One of which was Spiritualism. These new forms of spirituality have the potential to lift us to a higher level of consciousness provided they do not regress or lose the positive things science and religion have to offer. 

The fifth chakra is based at the throat and the colour is blue. There are no known identifiable brain structures to match the chakra beyond the heart chakra, but here may be portions of the brain which are now dormant that will be activated as we grow in spirit. The adolescent has now reached the beginnings of real adulthood. They are now fully responsible for themselves and begin to form stable relationships with the opposite sex and the people around them. They learn a sense of fairness and justice. In history we are now at the change over between the fourth and fifth. The fifth chakra is the New Age we hear so much about. It is a time when people are able to take responsibility for themselves. We will also learn to balance out the male and female energies. Equality and fairness are necessary in a fifth chakra society. It must have resolved issues of sexism, racism etc. The focus moves from nation to planet. Communication is important to the fifth chakra and we see huge increases in communication technology emerging at present.

The sixth chakra sits between the brows at the ‘third eye’. Its colour is indigo and it relates to a stage of growth in life few of us ever reach. The focus moves from the planet to the cosmos. The sixth chakra person relates in full harmony with the whole universe in a way that has not happened before. They relate to others in a new way. In the fifth chakra relationships were stable but still had fluctuations of emotions, now relationships have moved on to a greater harmony. Again there is no known matching brain structure. The society of the sixth chakra will enter the New Age beyond the New Age. It is so distant from life as we know it, we really cannot judge what it will be like.

The seventh chakra is found at the crown of the head and the colour is violet. This is the top of the tree, and is the culmination of all previous levels. In this chakra dualities of male – female, peace – conflict etc are maintained in harmony. Light and dark exist together in harmony. There are only a few very saintly beings who have experienced life at this level.
 The enlightenment talked of by the Buddha or the Kingdom of Heaven talked of by Christ are both clearly even beyond beyond the seventh chakra, beyond all realities of time and space, and beyond all duality, so, what happens after the seventh. Some talk of other chakra, silver and gold, or perhaps we continue to a higher octave of the first chakra and go through the whole process again or perhaps we enter enlightenment and the end of our journey of spirit.

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