Saturday, October 25, 2014

Seeing The Hand of God - Debi's Story


Seeing The Hand of God
by Debi Youngs



I have included the Prosperity Meditation in my daily sadhana for the last eight weeks. Looking back, I can see that my life has changed drastically since I began. My husband was offered a job in another state that will provide more money as well as potential for growth and greater job satisfaction. His new job has allowed me to quit my job, at least for now, and stay at home with my children, something I have prayed for and wanted for a long time.
We are in the process of finding a home, packing our things, and preparing to move. We've gotten rid of so much stuff, which feels so liberating. We've taken our children out of all extracurricular activities for the time being and perhaps permanently. It feels like we are letting go of the things that were distracting and holding us back and making room and time for things that are better, like spending more time together as a family.
The most noticeable change, however, since beginning the Prosperity Meditation has been my ability to see God's hand in my family’s lives. My faith is increasing daily, and I know He will provide for us as we follow His counsel. Moving our family is certainly a leap of faith because I have never lived outside of the small city where I grew up.

Along with increased faith, I have felt increased gratitude and have been able to see how the Lord has always guided my life and continues to do so. These are not the changes I was expecting when I began the Prosperity Meditation. What a blessing it is to be guided and directed daily by God, whose wisdom, knowledge, and love are without limits.


The Ten Bodies

THE TEN BODIES


While most people understand that humans have at least three bodies (physical, mental, and spiritual), the ancients understood that we actually have ten: one physical body, three mental bodies, and six energetic bodies. The scriptures corroborate this understanding:
And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and there shall be no darkness in you. Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will. (Doctrine and Covenants 88:67–68; italics added)
Below is a brief introduction to the Ten Bodies, plus the all-encompassing eleventh body, and their play in the soul’s journey. Each body has specific gifts that manifest when the body is strong; certain liabilities and deficiencies appear when the body is weak. A person’s total caliber is determined by the balance of the Ten Bodies. It is important to develop the capacity to know which body is out of balance and then use the appropriate technology to strengthen it. It is said that the root of all disease exists in one of the spiritual or energy bodies before it manifests openly. Therefore, balancing the Ten Bodies is a key to becoming healthier as well.[1]
  1. Soul Body: Your soul is the divine aspect of yourself—your higher self, as some would say. When this body is strong, you live by your heart. Inspiration flows freely from the heart, and you come from a place of humility and creativity. You are connected and comfortable in the flow of God’s love and use it to create beauty in your life. If this body is weak, a person may come from the head and not the heart. They may have trouble accessing their intuition. They may wonder about their life purpose or feel stuck.

    Key to balancing: Raise the Kundalini. Open the heart.[2]


  1. Negative Mind: The protective Negative Mind sees the negative in every situation. It is an important player in life on a polarity planet. The Negative Mind helps you determine whether there is danger or a need for discernment. The Negative Mind points out every potential obstacle and instills a longing to belong. In this longing’s highest expression, it can lead you to connect very deeply with your divinity. If it is underdeveloped, this longing can lead one to be overinfluenced by others and into self-destructive relationships.

    Key to balancing: Value your discipline. Develop conscious relationships of integrity. If overdeveloped, strengthen the Positive Mind.[3]


  1. Positive Mind: The expansive Positive Mind sees the positive in every situation. The Positive Mind is open to all possibilities, allows resources in, and allows you to use your power easily and humbly. It is your enthusiasm, optimism, and sense of humor. If this mind is weak, it will become overpowered by the Negative Mind, leading to depression, intolerance, anger, and fear of using power.

    Key to balancing: Strengthen the Navel Point. Increase your self-esteem. Use positive affirmations. If the Positive Mind is overdeveloped, a person may not see danger and may get blindsided often. If this is the case, strengthen the Negative Mind.[4]


  1. Neutral Mind: The Neutral Mind is the Meditative Mind. It is the heart of Christ consciousness. This mind evaluates all the input from your Negative Mind, Positive Mind, and all the other bodies, giving you guidance within nine seconds. This mind has a very intuitive vantage point and allows access to your soul and higher wisdom. If this body is weak, a person may have a hard time making decisions, may feel victimized by life, or may have a difficult time seeing beyond the polarities of life on Earth.

    Key to balancing: Meditate. Tune into the larger, eternal perspective.


  1. Physical Body: This body is the temple where all the other bodies play their parts. It is the Kingdom of God on earth. It gives you the ability to sacrifice—to make sacred. It gives you the ability to balance all parts of your life and to progress. If this body is strong, it represents the teacher, who can explain abstractions to anyone in simple terms. If this body is weak, a person is likely to be angry, jealous, greedy, competitive, or ungrateful. Weakness may also cause one to fear being a teacher or to have trouble expressing themselves.

    Key to balancing: Exercise regularly. Teach.[5]


  1. Arcline: Your Arcline is a halo that circles the head from ear to ear across the hairline and brow. It is the foundation of your aura and your radiance. Women have a second arcline from nipple to nipple, across the heart. The Arcline is your power to project through prayer. This body is like the headlights that guide your soul’s journey. The Arcline gives you the ability to focus, to meditate, and to achieve your goals with integrity. The Arcline is associated with the pituitary gland and regulates the nervous system and glandular balance, thus protecting the Heart Center. The Arcline is not subject to this world but is governed by a higher realm. The Arcline is the balance point between two worlds. When it is strong, you have a powerful ability to manifest. It is also a protective power that helps you deal with the stresses of life without shutting down your heart. If this body is weak, a person may lack the ability to focus or manifest. They may not be able to use their intuition to protect themselves. They may be overprotective and easily influenced, and they may have glandular imbalances, which can lead to mood irregularity.

    Key to balancing: Awaken the pituitary gland or the Third Eye Point.[6]


  1. Auric Body: The Auric Body is the electromagnetic field around your body that can extend for up to nine feet. It is your protection, your shield, and the container into which you can develop your life force and self-esteem and realize your existence beyond your physical boundaries. The Aura can attract or repel negativity and illness. It is also the field where the past and the future are played out. This body holds past memories, which can create ties that hold a person back. When this body is weak, they may be paranoid, negative, and ill, and lack self trust. A healthy, strong Aura can prevent sickness.

    Key to balancing: Meditate. Wear white clothing made of natural fibers.[7]
  2. Pranic Body: Though prana, the life force, is infinite, your ability to access it is finite. Through your breath, your pranic body brings life force and energy into your system. Prana resurrects your consciousness. As you master prana, you begin to master life. With enough prana, you will feel fearless, alive, and one with creation. If this body is weak, a person is likely to be fearful and defensive. All disease starts with the Pranic Body. A person with a weak eighth body may have chronic fatigue symptoms and low-level anxiety, and may try to get energy from food or stimulants.

    Key to balancing: All pranayam.[8]


  1. Subtle Body: The Subtle Body helps you see beyond the immediate reality to the higher realms and the other worlds around us. When this body is strong, nothing seems like a mystery; the mysteries of God are more and more easily grasped. You feel calm and peaceful and are able to easily assess situations with clarity and insight that might seem unfathomable to others. A person with a weak Subtle Body is likely to be gullible or naive, have unintentionally crude behavior, and have a restless inability to go with the flow.

    Key to balancing: Complete any meditation or kriya for one thousand days.[9]


  1. Radiant Body: The Radiant Body gives you radiance. It is your inner royalty and nobility. It reunites you with the light, and where there is light, there can be no darkness. The Radiant Body makes you courageous in the face of any obstacle. Your magnetic presence commands the respect of all who know you. A strong Radiant Body neutralizes all negativity within a nine-foot space of your physical body and can promote harmony across a twenty-five-mile radius. If this body is weak, a person may be afraid of attention and recognition or afraid of conflict. They may feel ineffective in your ability to come through in situations.

    Key to balancing: Commitment.[10]


  1. The Sound Current/Parallel Unisonness: The eleventh body represents the Sound Current (the Word), “the wellspring of Infinity from which all mantras originate.”[11] Yogi Bhajan said, “When the God in you and the human in you are in parallel unisonness, you are an 11. You have no duality. You have divine vision, and the truth flows from you. You don’t have to find anything outside of you. The jewels are all in you—you are rich inside, you have satisfaction and contentment.”[12] You are your own spiritual master. You can see all the choices in every option and always choose God. You see God in all and can direct all other Ten Bodies at will. If this body is weak, a person is likely to be selfish, misuse spiritual power, become negative, become a fanatic, and lack compassion.

    Key to balancing: Mantra, mantra, mantra.

A regular practice of Kundalini Yoga, with its balanced kriyas, is a great way to balance all Ten Bodies at once.
[1] Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher: KRI International Teacher Training Manual, Level 1 (Santa Cruz, NM: Kundalini Research Institute, 2007), 200.
[2] Ibid., 201.
[3] Ibid.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Ibid., 202.
[6] Ibid.
[7] Ibid.
[8] Ibid.
[9] Ibid., 203.
[10] Ibid.
[11] Ibid.
[12] Ibid.

Friday, October 24, 2014

CHAKRA BASICS and Quick Reference Guide

Though chakras are discussed separately here for ease and clarity, it is important to remember that the chakras are part of an interdependent system. All of the chakras influence the others in a beautiful dance of color and light and element.
Root Chakra
The first chakra is located at the base of the spine. It is represented by the color red and is associated with the earth and our most basic needs and instincts for survival. The Root Chakra is the home of automatic thoughts and behaviors. It represents elimination through the large intestines and anus.
The Root Chakra connects us to the earth and, when balanced, grounds us. We are secure, stable, and appropriately loyal. When this chakra is unbalanced, a person will be concerned with only physical survival. They will form unhealthy attachments and give in to unhealthy, instinctual habits and compulsions.[1] The Atonement of Jesus Christ, our most basic need for survival, our grounding influence, helps us eliminate unhealthy habits and root or plant new healthy habits, and our world is reshaped. When we’re grounded, we trust ourselves, others, and the world.
Sacral Chakra
The second chakra is associated with the color orange and the flexibility of water. It is the center of feeling, desire, and creation; it is our vision of the world. It is appropriately located about two fingers below the navel, the home of the procreative organs. Sacred procreative powers allow us to create children and give them birth into this world, which brings love and joy into our homes. The Sacral Chakra also helps us create and give birth in all aspects of life, whether it be a book, a garden, or a smile. All are creations.
A weak Sacral Chakra is characterized by little passion for life and opinions about it. An overactive second chakra is characterized by an obsession with the sexual and with fulfilling passions regardless of boundaries. A balanced Sacral Chakra allows us to find the balance in polarity and opposition.[2] Opposition existed even in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were commanded, first, to not eat the fruit of the Tree of Life and, second, to multiply and replenish the earth, in other words, to create children. Eve realized that to organize or create posterity and fulfill God’s commandment, she must transgress and step across or through a formal commandment. In doing so, her vision was opened. She found the balance, not to regress but to step forward, become like Father and Mother, and receive the ability to create with Adam.[3] When your second chakra is balanced, you will have a balance of passions, motivations, and opinions. This balance prepares the way for the compassion of the Heart Chakra.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The third chakra is represented by the color yellow and the element of fire. This chakra is located between the diaphragm and the navel. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the energy center of the body and provides the motivation we need to support action and follow through. It is associated with the stomach, liver, and kidneys. The stomach receives energy, and the liver metabolizes fat and protein into useable energy. The kidneys filter waste products and coordinate the body’s chemical balance. The third chakra is also associated with the adrenal glands, which produce fight-or-flight (action) hormones.
The solar plexus gives us our sense of self. A balanced third chakra helps us realize and visualize our personal missions and then formulate and coordinate energy into conscious action to complete our mission. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is unbalanced, a person is insecure and look to outside sources for self-worth. They lack the energy to act on ideas and good intentions.[4]
Heart Chakra
The fourth chakra is symbolized by the color green and rose pink. The Heart Chakra is located in the center of the chest, over the heart and lungs, and is associated with the immune system. Accordingly, the Heart Chakra represents love, and the chakra’s element is air. Like air, love spreads and awakens compassion. The Heart Chakra is the center of the chakras and brings the upper and lower chakras into balance. This chakra integrates the spiritual with the physical.[5]
Yogi Bhajan said the Heart Chakra is the immune system of self. When the fourth chakra is in balance, it discerns “if something is foreign and needs to be examined, and when something is a part of you, and it can be let in.”[6] Balance of the Heart Chakra allows us to see ourselves and others as children of God. We are conscious of our feelings and can direct them to the higher good. When the Heart Chakra is imbalanced, a person shuts feelings and others out, or may have too much sympathy. They may use people to fill their expectations and become dependent. A balanced Heart Chakra leads us to righteous judgment, appropriate mercy, and forgiveness, which is why it is sometimes called the Christ chakra.
Throat Chakra
The fifth chakra is represented by the color blue and the elements of sound and ether. Ether is the void of the the universe that allows matter to exist. The Throat Chakra is associated with the mouth, thyroid, and hypothalamus. The thyroid is located in the throat area and regulates metabolism and autoimmunity. The hypothalamus is located in the center of the brain and is responsible for many autonomic functions (e.g., regulating breathing and body temperature) and essentially creating homeostasis in the body.[7]
The Throat Chakra represents the power to speak and create. It is the power of placing something at the beginning of creation. This idea is evident in many verses of scripture. In the New Testament, John says, “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1). In the Book of Mormon, the prophet Alma refers to planting  the word, like a seed, in your heart in order to create a fruitful tree (Alma 32–33). Nephi says that by the Holy Ghost men can “speak with the tongue of angels” (2 Nephi 32:2).
When the Throat Chakra is balanced, we are able to convey ourselves to the world, speaking honestly and exemplifying the truth. We are decisive and creative. When the Throat Chakra is out of balance, a person may choose not to make decisions, they may be afraid to speak, or they may talk excessively.[8]
Third Eye Chakra
The sixth chakra is symbolized by the color indigo and is associated with intuition, integrity, and integration. It is not associated with an element, but rather, with inner light, and having one’s eye single to God: “Therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light” (Luke 11:34). The Third Eye Chakra is located between the eyebrows, right in front of the pituitary gland. As such, this chakra corresponds with the pituitary gland, which controls all the endocrine systems of the body as well as the limbic system of the brain. The pituitary gland commands the secretion of hormones that transmit messages, memories, and emotions to the body; thus, the pituitary connects the mind and body.[9]  
The Third Eye Chakra, when properly vibrated, has an active relationship with the pineal gland, which is associated with the seventh chakra and is associated with cosmic sound and the voice of the Holy Spirit. The sixth chakra is called the Third Eye because it is associated with seeing and perceiving beyond the two physical eyes. When the pineal and pituitary glands work together, they essentially form a Urim and Thummim within the body. Urim and Thummim is a Hebrew term that means “Lights and Perfections.” It is “an instrument prepared of God to assist man in obtaining revelation from the Lord and in translating languages.” [10]


When the Third Eye Chakra is balanced, our bodies and minds function as one for the good of all. We see beyond the physical and act with eternal perspective, as Eve did in the Garden of Eden. We reason with the heart and the mind, and we have the ability to integrate all truth into one great whole. When the sixth chakra is imbalanced, a person may experience inner turbulence. Signs that the sixth chakra is imbalanced include memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and the inability to recognize patterns of knowledge and wisdom. [11]
Crown Chakra
The seventh chakra is represented by the color purple and is associated with transcendence. It is sometimes called the Tenth Gate. Its vibration is cosmic sound or the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head, directly over the pineal gland.[12] The pineal gland is the master gland; if you can influence this gland, you can influence the entire body and its DNA. Some healers believe the Crown Chakra is the seat of the “intelligences”[13] of which we were made. The pineal gland is like the sun, which keeps the entire solar system alive. Though the seventh chakra is associated with sound, this chakra is also very connected with light and the Third Eye because of the pineal gland. This gland regulates the hormone melatonin, which controls the wake/sleep cycle and the circadian rhythm, based on the amount of light present. In other words, the pineal gland is a light receptor.[14]
When the Crown Chakra is balanced, we accept our nobility as children of God. We easily let go of our incorrect perceptions and accept God’s perceptions. We surrender our physical limitations and abilities to the glory of God. We humbly bow before God and become His servants. We overcome the temptation of power, and we literally receive the Light. When this chakra is unbalanced, a person may be allured by the temptation of power and glory. They may feel intellectual and elite, or they may seek for power and affluence for the wrong reasons.[15]   
Aura
Yogi Bhajan taught that the Aura is the eighth chakra. The eighth chakra is represented by radiant white light. It is our radiance. This chakra symbolizes being one with the Universe/God. The Aura is the convergence and balance of all the chakral energies. This chakra is not associated with any element, only with the sense of being. It is “I AM.” When balanced, the Aura is symmetrical and filters the negative and accentuates the sweetness of life. When this chakra is out of balance, a person is vulnerable to pathogens and mental and physical weakness.[16]  



Quick Reference Guide


Chakra
Sanskrit Name
Color
Location
Physical Areas
Governed
Balance
Imbalance
1: Root Chakra
Muladhara
Red
Base of the spine
Anus, colon, rectum
Grounded,
secure
Threatened,
addicted
2: Sacral Chakra
Svadhisthana
Orange
Lower abdomen to the navel
Sex organs,
hips, lower back
Creative,
flexible
Hypersexual,
apathetic
3: Solar Plexus Chakra
Manipura
Yellow
Between the navel and diaphragm
Adrenals, liver, stomach,
kidneys
Confident,
motivated
Powerless, frustrated
4: Heart Chakra
Anahata
Green/ Pink
Center of the chest
Heart, lungs,
thymus
Compassionate,
awake
Dependent,
isolated
5: Throat Chakra
Visuddhu
Blue
Throat area
Thyroid, hypothalamus
Truthful,
decisive
Self-conscious,
slanderous
6: Third Eye Chakra
Anja
Indigo
Between the eyebrows
Brain, eyes,
pituitary gland
Intuitive,
integrated mind/body
Unfocused,
self-doubting
7: Crown Chakra
Sahasrara
Violet
Top of the head
Pineal gland
Humble,
seeking the best
Power hungry,
skeptical
8: Aura Chakra
White
Surrounds the body
Biomagnetic field
Spiritual gifts,
fully present
Vulnerable
to mental and physical disease

[1] Yogi Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher: KRI International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 Yoga Manual (Santa Cruz, NM: Kundalini Research Institute, 2007), 188.
[2] Ibid., 189–190.
[3] Dallin H. Oaks, “The Great Plan of Happiness,” Ensign, November 1993, 73.
[4] Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 191.
[5] Ibid., 192.
[6] Ibid., 193.
[7] Ibid.
[8] Ibid.
[9] Ibid., 194
[10] See Bible Dictionary, s.v. “Urim and Thummim,” accessed March 18, 2014, http://lds.org/scriptures/bd/urim-and-thummim.
[11] Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 194.
[12] Ibid.
[13] Doctrine and Covenants 93:29. See also Abraham 3:22.
[14] Bhajan, The Aquarian Teacher, 194.
[15] Ibid.
[16] Ibid., 195.