Chakras Pt2 The Dynamic System
November 27, 2008 by Ray Baskerville
If you haven’t yet read part one of this article on the chakras my suggestion is to go and read it first before you continue here.
In this section we are going to focus on the dynamic concept of the chakras which I have been terming western/ new-age in pt1. To clarify again, almost all references that you will come across to opening, balancing, healing, energizing, clearing or meditating on, the chakras, are referring to to the dynamic concept and not the yogic/ Tantric concept outlined in part one. As I said in part one these two concepts are quite different and incompatible as components of a single system. As I also said in part one and I want to emphasize again, most writings and descriptions of the chakras indiscriminately blend components from each of these two different concepts of the chakras. Most of the information is simply a repetition of the same misunderstandings and confusions between the yogic and dynamic concepts.
The point I am really wanting to convey now is that perception and interpretation of the dynamic chakra centers is from a state of relativity. So if we look at two reputable and contemporary exponents of chakra systems, like Barbara Ann Brennan, and Carolyn Myss, for example, we find both similarities and
significant differences. This doesn’t mean that one is right and the other is wrong, it is simply an example of the relativity of human experience. Both of these women’s work and systemologies have validity and credibility. They have both interpreted the dynamic energy system of the chakras from the unique perspective of their individuated consciousness.
Let’s continue by listing the seven main chakras of the dynamic system as they are widely agreed upon. From top to bottom located near the major nerve plexuses of the body.
Chakra centre seven – Crown
Chakra centre six – 3rd eye – brow
Chakra centre five - throat
Chakra centre of four - heart
Chakra centre three - solar plexus
Chakra centre two - navel
Chakra centre one - perineum
But what do the chakras do? And how ? Barbara Ann Brennan’s view is that the "chakras function as intake organs for energy from the universal energy field……. The energy taken in and metabolized through each chakra is sent to the parts of the body located in the median nerve plexus area closest to each." While Caroline Myss says "every thought and experience you’ve ever had in your life gets filtered through these chakra databases. Each event is recorded into yourselves in other words your biography becomes your biology. When chakra energy is blocked or misdirected emotional and physical illness can arise."
My own experience is that the dynamic chakra system act both as energy portals from the subtle bodies into the physical body, and into the stored contents of the subconscious mind. Some see them as a vibrational scale, from the lowest vibrational frequencies at the base chakra, to the highest vibrational frequencies at the Crown chakra and beyond. It is not my experience though that the spiritual process follows an ascending clearing of the chakras from base to crown.
The karmic energies held in the subconscious are tangled and interwoven in many patterns between the different centers. A process of clearing may for example begin in the second chakra weave through the heart, the throat, before descending to the third chakra. This is because karmic energy can be woven from multiple dimensions of experience from many lives, and hold different levels of vibrational frequency.
From my own experience of many years doing healing work, the heart chakra is almost always impacted, and a central key in the process of healing. When the chakras are healthy they open and close according to the energy coming in. However for many, if not most of us, this automatic defence of closing to unhealthy energies does not function well, sometimes at all.
The ‘blockages’ or restrictions in the healthy function of the chakras mean that we are open to whatever energies we are in contact with. These restrictions can be caused by trauma of one kind or another, often in other lives, and also the strategies we have developed to ‘manage’ them. For example substance abuse of whatever kind, or more subtly our emotional and mental defenses are held as rigidity in the function of the chakras. These patterns of holding compound upon themselves until through whatever means we bring conscious awareness and healing process to them.
Barbara Ann Brennan is unique in attributing different qualities to the front and rear energy vortices of chakras two through six. In her model of the dynamic chakras a front funnel of chakras two to five are feeling centers. The rear funnel of centers two to five are will centers. And both front and rear of chakra six along with the crown chakra are mental centers. I highly recommend Her books, ‘ Hands of Light: A Guide to Healing Through the Human Energy Field‘, and ‘ Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing‘.
Here then is my own subjective view of the 7 major Dynamic Chakras.
The first or base chakra, situated at the perineum between the sex and anus, is associated with the first layer of the energy field or aura. They relate to automatic and autonomic functioning as well as physical functioning and physical sensation. It directly relates to the will to live, to be ‘here’ in the body, on the earth, and issues of physical survival.
The second or sacral chakra is situated below the area of the
belly-button and relates to the second layer of the aura. They are associated with the feelings, emotions, sensuality and sexuality. This is the center of personal power, self image and money. It is easy to see then how sexuality – power – self image and money gets so confusingly entwined.
The third, solar plexus chakra, is located unsurprisingly around the region of the solar plexus in the opening of the lower ribs, and is related to the third layer of the aura. They are associated with will, and the lower mental or linear thinking mind. It holds the mental dimension of self image and self esteem. This Chakra is deeply connected with the nervous system, as such it is the primary place of holding fear in the body.
The heart chakra positioned in the centre of the chest, at or above the level of
the breastbone, is linked to the fourth layer of the aura. They are related to all aspects of love and compassion and the emergence of higher will. This chakra is quite literally at the center of our being, it holds the essence of our humanity and the meeting of spirit and form.
The throat chakra is found above the hollow of the throat, relates to the fifth layer of the aura, and they are associated with, communication, and Divine will, and the expression of the truth. It’s here that we undergo the surrender of personal will. For the vast majority of people this chakra holds much restriction, from among other things from all the times we have not spoken what is true for us and ‘held our tongue’.
The sixth, brow chakra positioned in the centre of the forehead slightly above eye level,relates to the sixth layer of the aura. They are associated with light, the intuitive dimension of mind and psychic perception. Here is our capacity to visualize and conceptualize, it is the seat of the higher mind, imagination and creativity.
The crown chakra at the top of the head, relates to the seventh layer of the aura, they are associated with connection to the divine and direct knowing. It is the place of spiritual integration with the personality.
I hope at this point is it’s clear that the associations with the different chakras above are by no means definitive. You will note that I have not attributed colors, crystals or organs/glands and the like. Instead I invite you to explore and to discover for yourself. You may find that over time your perception changes. Just as every person on the planet is unique, so too is in every crystal. So again I invite you to explore with an open mind, to use your own sense and feeling where a particular crystal might resonate in you – should you be so inclined. Remember that life itself is a dynamic process, constantly in movement and our dynamic chakras are constantly moving with it.