Part 2. The Energy of Authentic Happiness in Your Consciousness
“Balancing conscious energy in body, mind and spirit leads to greater health, happiness and meaning in your life.” Eastern Wisdom
Eastern medicine teaches that there are seven major centers of conscious energy within each of us, referred to as chakras that represent where much of our conscious energy comes from. The word “chakra” is a classical Indian Sanskrit word meaning “spinning wheel” or “vortex”. According to Eastern medicine, chakras exist as “spinning wheels” of conscious energy in the human body centered at specific points along the spinal column. There are said to be seven major chakras aligned in an ascending order from the base of the spine to the top of the head (see Figure 2.1). All of your senses, all of your perceptions, all of your states of awareness can be divided into these seven centers of conscious energy.
The Seven Chakras
1–Ground Chakra – Conscious Energy Center of SURVIVAL & SECURITY: Located in the base if the spine, the ground chakra represents being down-to-earth. It is related to our survival instincts and our connection with our bodies. It represents security, tradition and basic human potential.
2–Sacral Chakra – Conscious Energy Center of SEXUALITY & PLEASURE: Located just beneath the navel, the sacral chakra is related to basic sexual and reproductive capacity as well as basic creativity. This chakra connects to others through desire, feelings, sensations and movement. It represents fluidity and grace, depth of feelings, sexuality and the ability to accept change.
3–Solar Plexus Chakra – Conscious Energy Center of ENERGY & PERSONAL POWER: Located in the solar plexus, the “guts” chakra is the seat of our emotions. It represents personal power, will, effectiveness, stamina, spontaneity and energy. It is the source of our ability to remain centered and balanced when threatened.
4–Heart Chakra – Conscious Energy Center of LOVE & COMPASSION: Located in the heart, this is the chakra of compassion, love, charity and is the door to spiritual development. A vital and open heart is the essence of relationships, love, marriage and parenthood. It also represents our ability to recover from life’s losses.
5–Voice Chakra – Conscious Energy Center of COMMUNICATION & TRUTH: Located in the throat, the voice chakra is tied to creativity, communication and growth. It represents our ability to speak openly and truthfully; listen intently and consciously; and interact with others without fear of what they may think. It is our center of being who we were meant to be and doing what we were meant to do in our life.
6–Mind Chakra – Conscious Energy Center of KNOWLEDGE AND INTUITION: Located near the brain, the mind chakra (also called the third eye chakra) represents our ability to process and evaluate information. It is related to the act of seeing things clearly, both physically and intuitively. It is the center of our ability to think, learn, understand, write, discover, explore, imagine and see the “big picture”.
7–Crown Chakra – Conscious Energy Center of CONSCIOUSNESS & SPIRITUALITY: Located above the head, like a halo or crown, this chakra connects us with the oneness of the universe. It represents our ability to transcend our ego-mind into higher consciousness, sometimes called “enlightenment”. It brings life purpose and meaning. It is our ability to apply spiritual values to whatever we encounter in our everyday life.
Chakra Balance Diagram
Eastern medicine teaches that health, happiness and meaning in life improves as the conscious energy in each of our chakras becomes more balanced. Out-of-balance chakras can cause disharmony in how the body functions, leading to unhappiness and even physical pain. When conscious energy in each of our seven chakras is brought more into balance, feelings of “authentic happiness” naturally follow.
Participants in The Path of Advanced Awareness to Conscious Recovery course complete a Chakra Self- Assessment to discover their individual levels of conscious energy in each of their seven chakras. Using their results, participants construct their own Chakra Balance Diagram that graphically shows which of their chakras are in balance, overdeveloped or underdeveloped. In this diagram, chakras are represented as concentric circles linked together. Overdeveloped chakras indicate centers of too much conscious energy and are depicted with three circles filled. Underdeveloped chakras indicate centers that contain too little conscious energy and are depicted with only the center circle filled. Balanced chakras contain just about the right amount of conscious energy and are indicated on the diagram with their center two circles filled. Participants learn several practical ideas on what they could do to either increase or decrease the amount of conscious energy in any of their seven chakras to improve balance. An example of a Chakra Balance Diagram is shown in Figure 2.2.
The Chakra Balance Diagram example of Figure 2.2 indicates the person is balanced in three of their chakras: Crown, Mind and Solar Plexus. This is a good start to developing balance in all seven of their chakras. They are “overdeveloped” in their Voice and Sacral chakras, indicating an excess of conscious energy in these two areas of consciousness. Their overdeveloped Voice chakra may indicate a tendency to overwhelm people by dominating conversations. They could be spending too much of their conscious energy seeking pleasure while ignoring responsibility (overdeveloped Sacral chakra/underdeveloped Ground chakra). Their overdeveloped Voice chakra could be holding this person back from developing close relationships, one of the major components of “authentic happiness” in life. The “underdeveloped” Heart and Ground chakras indicate not much conscious energy in these areas of consciousness. An underdeveloped Heart chakra might indicate a reluctance to develop emotional intimacy, a critical element in loving and lasting relationships. And finally, their underdeveloped Ground chakra could indicate a lack of concern for basic responsibilities such as a stable home, a healthy diet, financial security, or saying no to high-risk activities such as taking drugs or abusing alcohol. An underdeveloped Ground chakra seems to be common in people who have developed addictions in their life.
Western Psychology Meets Eastern Philosophy
Our personality temperaments represent how we prefer to access and utilize conscious energy within each of our seven chakras to think with, make decisions with, act with, and to exchange conscious energy with others and the world around us. Considering the personality temperaments of Carl Jung as how we prefer to acquire and spend our reserves of conscious energy, and our chakras as the seven centers of where that conscious energy is stored within us, we can make a connection between each of the Eastern chakras and the Western personality temperaments as follows:
- The Sensor temperament particularly values “duty and responsibility”. It connects well with the Ground chakra, the conscious energy center of “survival and security”.
- The Intuitor temperament particularly values “freedom and action”. It connects well with both the Sacral chakra and the Solar Plexus chakra. The Intuitor temperament seems to be split between an “upper” Intuitor temperament that connects with the Solar Plexus chakra, the center of “energy and personal power”, and a “lower” Intuitor temperament that connects with the Sacral chakra, the center of “pleasure and sexuality”.
- The Feeler temperament particularly values “relationships and harmony”. It connects well with both of the relationship chakras: the Heart and the Voice. Like the Intuitor temperament, the Feeler temperament can be split between an “upper” Feeler temperament that connects with the Voice chakra, the center of “communication and honesty”, and a “lower” Feeler temperament that connects with the Heart chakra, the center of “love and compassion”.
- The Thinker temperament particularly values “independence and intellectual competence”. It connects well with the Mind chakra, the conscious energy center of “knowledge and intuition”.
The Spiritual Temperament of Higher Consciousness
Notice that in our West meets East connections of the previous section, there is no personality temperament in Jung’s model that connects with the Crown chakra, the conscious energy center of “consciousness and spirituality”. To complete the picture, a new “spiritual temperament” of Higher Consciousness can be created that represents our ability to rise above our four ego-based personality preferences into a higher state of consciousness that connects with our Crown chakra. Conscious energy within our Crown chakra comes directly from our spiritual nature. This is the highest form of conscious energy, often called unconditional love.
We can represent our new “spiritual temperament” of Higher Consciousness as a fifth Personal Awareness Card containing a list of spiritual values that we would like to live by as shown in Figure 2.3.
When we choose to rise above our ego-based personality preferences into the state of being in Higher Consciousness, we enter the realm of our spiritual nature. It is our spiritual nature that overcomes prejudice, manipulation, bias, ignorance, hatred, deception, resentment and fear that comes from the differences between people. It is our spiritual nature that allows us to live in conscious harmony with whatever is happening around us, no matter what the situation may be. It is our spiritual nature that chooses unconditional love over ego-based fear when we find our self in a difficult situation. When we come from spirit in our actions and our interactions, we bring the positive conscious energy of love into the world.
Participants in The Path of Advanced Awareness to Conscious Recovery course receive a blank spiritual temperament card of Higher Consciousness that they write their own personal spiritual values onto. They are asked to carry this card around with them and whenever they encounter a difficult situation in their life, to pull this card out and use it to help rise above their ego into the state of Higher Consciousness. This ability is a key to developing meaning in life, one of the three major components of authentic happiness.
With the addition of our new spiritual temperament of Higher Consciousness, the correlation between West and East is complete. The personality temperaments of Carl Jung and the “spiritual temperament” of Higher Consciousness are connected to the seven chakras as in the Enhanced Chakra Balance Diagram Example of Figure 2.4.
Achieving Authentic Happiness in Your Life
The Enhanced Chakra Balance Diagram example on the previous page reveals how to bring greater conscious energy balance into each of our seven chakras by either stretching or relaxing the personality temperaments that are connected with any out-of-balance chakras. In this example, balancing overdeveloped Voice and Sacral chakras could be accomplished by relaxing the “upper” Feeler temperament and the “lower” Intuitor temperament to reduce the flow of conscious energy coming into these two chakra centers of consciousness. The underdeveloped Heart and Ground chakras could become more balanced by stretching the “lower” Feeler temperament as well as the Sensor temperament to increase the flow of conscious energy into these two chakra centers of consciousness. As a person consciously decides to work on balancing each of their seven chakras by stretching or relaxing connecting personality temperaments, they are well on their way to achieving “authentic happiness” in their life. It is not necessary to reach perfect balance in your chakras (Figure 2.5) in order to achieve authentic happiness in your life. It is only necessary to be consciously working on it.
By Veeder South, Ph.D.