Part 3. The Positive Conscious Energy of Spiritual Love
“Balancing your chakras with the positive conscious energy of spiritual love leads to authentic happiness and conscious recovery in your life.” Veeder South
The true meaning of love can be described as being consciously aware of what is happening around you in the present moment, in the absence of fear. When we are able to rise above our ego-based fears into the state of Higher Consciousness, we are in the presence of love. The conscious energy of love comes directly from our spiritual nature. In Buddhist culture, the state of Higher Consciousness is called “Enlightenment”, a state of being in which we no longer listen to our ego-protective mind when it tries to get us to worry about the uncertainty of our future or unhealthy resentments from our past. In the state of Higher Consciousness we remain focused on the present moment, the only place that life actually exists. When we enter the state of Higher Consciousness, we let go of unhealthy ego-based fears and bring the conscious energy of spiritual love to our self, to others, and to the world around us.
Five Characteristics of Spiritual Love
- Spiritual love transcends our ego-mind and comes from our “inner self”, our spirit.
- Spiritual love does not seek rewards. As such, it is often described as “unconditional” love. • Spiritual love never seeks to cause suffering. • Spiritual love always comes in the form of positive conscious energy. It contains no negativity.
- We have the power to tap into the abundance of spiritual love in the Universe any time we choose to do so.
The Unconscious Energy of Ego-Based Fear
All fear is based on pain, real or perceived, mental or physical. Our ego-mind remembers this pain from the past and attempts to protect us from having to experience that pain again in the future. Some fear is healthy and some is not. Feelings of anxiety, unease, tension, stress and worry are all unhealthy feelings held in our ego-mind caused by psychological fears. These fears are the result of building up too much conscious energy concerned with what “could happen” in the future based on painful experiences in our past. Feelings of guilt, regret, resentment, grievance, sadness and bitterness are the result of building up too much conscious energy concerned with hurtful experiences in our past that have not been released or forgiven. Our ego-mind attempts to keep these ego-based fears alive. This can keep us living psychologically in a state of “unconsciousness”, a state of living without being aware of what is actually happening around us in the “here and now”, the only place that life actually happens.
The conscious energy of unhealthy psychological fear should really be called “unconscious energy”. It seeks to take us in the direction of unconsciousness where bias, hatred, insecurity, negativity, anger, addiction, attachment, resentment and unhappiness reside. Unconsciousness is the state of diminished awareness of what is happening around us in the present moment. When we allow ourselves to become “unconscious”, we are easy prey to ego-based fears that rob us of our spiritual nature and keep us trapped in the state of being in the absence of love.
Enlightenment – The Buddhist Path of Awakening
Buddhist philosophy was first developed in Nepal around the 5th century, BC. It came out of the driving desire of the son of a king to understand human suffering. His name was Siddhartha Gautama. He became known as The Buddha, which literally means “he who is awake”. The awakening experience attained by Gautama, after meditating for forty straight days under a bodi tree, is referred to in Buddhist culture as his “enlightenment”. Enlightenment is sometimes described as attaining complete and perfect awareness of the true nature of the Universe. A Buddhist is said to reach enlightenment when he or she discovers the true meaning of love.
Nirvana is the traditional name for the state of being in eternal happiness wherein all suffering has been eliminated. We do not need to reach nirvana to reduce suffering in our everyday lives. According to Buddha, we can reduce our suffering by following his Eightfold Path to Enlightenment.
The Buddhist Eightfold Path to Enlightenment:
- Right View – Begin by understanding the nature of all things as imperfect, impermanent, and insubstantial and our self-inflicted suffering as rooted in clinging, hate, fear and ignorance.
- Right Aspiration – Making the commitment and having the dedication to free our self from attachments, hatefulness, fear and ignorance.
- Right Speech – Abstaining from lying, gossiping, and hurtful speech. Speech is often the most common way in which we harm our selves and others.
- Right Action – Abstaining from actions that hurt others. Traditionally, Buddhists speak of the five moral precepts, which are:
- Avoid harming others
- Avoid taking what is not yours
- Avoid harmful speech
- Avoid irresponsible sex
- Avoid drugs and alcohol
- Right Livelihood – Making one’s living in an honest and non-hurtful way.
- Right Effort – Taking control of your mind and the contents thereof by practicing and developing positive mental habits. When negative thoughts and impulses arise, they should be abandoned. Positive thoughts and impulses, on the other hand, should be nurtured and acted upon.
- Right Mindfulness – Mindfulness refers to a kind of meditation involving an acceptance of thoughts and perceptions without attachment. This mindfulness becomes a way of developing a fuller, richer awareness of life, and a deterrent to our tendency to sleepwalk our way through it. One of the most important moral precepts in Buddhism is the avoidance of awareness-diminishing or altering substances, i.e. alcohol or drugs. This is because anything that makes you less than fully aware sends you in the direction of unconsciousness. But there are other things besides drugs and alcohol that diminish consciousness. Some people try to avoid life by disappearing into food or sexuality. Others disappear into work, mindless routine, clinging relationships, or self-created rituals. Others drown themselves in television, video games and other mindless entertainment. We can also drown awareness in material things such as fast cars, big houses, expensive vacations, extravagant clothes, and so on. Even shopping can become a way of avoiding life.
- Right Concentration – Meditating in such a way as to empty our natures of attachments, fears, avoidances, and ignorance, so that we may accept the imperfection, impermanence, and insubstantiality of life.
Attachment and Non-Attachment: Eastern interpretation considers attachment as an attraction towards a situation, object or individual with expectation. If one becomes attached, one becomes a slave to the rewards perceived to be available from the situation. On the other hand, non-attachment is considered as the systematic practice of not automatically spending one’s conscious energy on whatever exciting or enticing thoughts, feelings, perceptions or desires come along. Non-attachment is said to lead to “authentic happiness” through abandoning all attachments to the results of activities undertaken and rewards involved. It is not about stoically surrendering objects of the world, nor is it about not caring. It is simply about the surrendering of ego-based desires that create unhealthy conditioning of the mind.
Detachment is not about giving up passion, desire, or love for life. It is a state of “enlightenment” in which egocentric desires and fascinations with animate or inanimate objects ends and the understanding of the true meaning of love begins.
Your Path to Enlightenment: Enlightenment is rising above compulsive thought. In the state of enlightenment, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but when the task is complete you are able to turn off your mind and enter the state of “no mind”. In this state, there are no ego-driven fears or attachments to be concerned with. Past pain is instantly dissolved with no power to interfere with whatever is going on in the present moment. Fears associated with the ego-mind’s projections into the future dissolve into non-existence. In the state of enlightenment, the present moment is where consciousness is focused and that’s all there is. There is no stress. No worry. No fear. There is just ”being”.
You don’t need to become a Buddhist to travel the path to enlightenment. Becoming someone who is calmer, more conscious, who is working on giving up ego-driven fears and attachments, and who is in the process of awakening to your own spiritual nature is what it’s really all about.
The Polarity of Conscious Energy
Energy has no polarity in the Universe. That is, it is neither positive nor negative. However, conscious energy within us can be considered to have polarity. The conscious energy of spiritual love, for example, has no negativity associated with it and therefore can be considered as purely positive conscious energy. Positive conscious energy comes from love. Healthy fear, the conscious energy of fear that keeps us from real danger can be considered as neutral conscious energy. This is the healthy side of fear.
On the other hand, egobased fear that seeks to keep us in a state of unconsciousness, can be considered as negative conscious energy. Negative conscious energy exists in the absence of love. This is the unhealthy side of fear. The negative conscious energy of unhealthy psychological fear pollutes our consciousness and greatly inhibits our ability to become authentically happy in life. This requires us to clarify the Eastern teachings on balancing conscious energy in our chakras. That is, there is a significant additional requirement: “In order to achieve authentic happiness in our life, we need to balance conscious energy in each of our seven chakras with the positive conscious energy of spiritual love”.
Sources of Negative Conscious Energy
Negative conscious energy can build up in our chakras as a result of living unconsciously, in the absence of love. This is especially true of living with addiction. Here are a few sources of negative conscious energy that can build up in our chakras:
Crown Chakra – There is no negative conscious energy within our Crown Chakra. It only contains the positive conscious energy of spiritual love.
Mind Chakra – Judgment, arrogance, closed mind, ignorance, unconsciousness, bias, prejudice, selfishness, irrationality, …
Voice Chakra – Envy, lying, gossiping, overly critical, vindictiveness, defensiveness, bossiness, evasive, harshness, overbearing, dictating, …
Heart Chakra – Wrath, anger, spite, hate, clinging, co-dependency, resentment, cruelty, heartless, hurtfulness, compassionless, …
Solar Plexus Chakra – Greed, pride, dishonesty, cheating, selfishness, violence, abusiveness, stealing, aggressiveness, unfairness, revenge, …
Sacral Chakra – Lust, uncaring, false, guilt, shame, jealousy, vanity, irresponsible, manipulation, seduction, unreasonable risk, …
Ground Chakra – Gluttony, controlling, irresponsible, overly pessimistic, sloth, disorganization, fear, obsessive compulsions, hoarding, … Participants in The Path of Advanced Awareness to Conscious Recovery course are encouraged to identify negative conscious energy sources within any of their chakras that may be causing them unhappiness in their life. This is the first step in developing a plan to dilute these unhealthy negative conscious energy sources with the positive conscious energy of spiritual love.
The Positive Conscious Energy of Spiritual Love
Negative conscious energy in any chakra can be diluted with the positive conscious energy of spiritual love. We do this by rising above our ego to live more and more in the state of Higher Consciousness. As we implement spiritual values in our life, we gradually dilute the negative conscious energy of fear within each of our chakras, eventually to negligible levels. It is like adding pure water to a bucket of muddy water. Eventually, the muddiness of fear dissipates and the clarity of positive conscious energy evolves. Here are some examples of spiritual values of Higher Consciousness that have the power to dilute the negative conscious energy of fear:
Crown Chakra – Our Crown Chakra is our internal source of positive conscious energy. As our Mind Chakra opens to the state of being in Higher Consciousness, the positive conscious energy of spiritual love flows naturally downward into each of our lower chakras.
Mind Chakra – Open to spirituality, aware, conscious, present, non-judgmental, understanding, thoughtful, unbiased, wise, …
Voice Chakra – Truthful, trustworthy, kind, inclusive, good listener, honest, interested, sincere, assertive, clear, confident, attentive, …
Heart Chakra – Compassionate, loving, harmonious, peaceful, forgiving, caring, selfless, intimate, considerate, …
Solar Plexus Chakra – Fair, ethical, moral, lawful, patient, able, accountable, helpful, prepared, centered, balanced, confident, …
Sacral Chakra – Honest, guiltless, real, true, fun loving, selfless, feeling, caring, considerate, kind, giving, humorous, …
Ground Chakra – Healthy, responsible, organized, grounded, stable, reliable, thorough, secure, helpful, …
Participants in The Path of Advanced Awareness to Conscious Recovery course complete a Chakra Positive Conscious Energy Self-Assessment. This self-assessment indicates the percentage of positive conscious energy in each of their chakras as shown in Figure 4.1. It reveals which chakras are the most in need of additional positive conscious energy. They learn where to focus their efforts on implementing spiritual values of Higher Consciousness in their life to dilute negative conscious energy in any of their chakras with the positive conscious energy of spiritual love.
The Spiritual Journey
Consciously working on diluting negative conscious energy with the positive conscious energy of spiritual love is a lifetime process of moving our consciousness from fear to love. This is our spiritual journey. It is a spiritual awakening that leads us to understand the true meaning of love. We realize that life’s journey is a series of energy processes involving both positive and negative energy. We discover that we have a great deal of choice in how we deal with these energy processes. When we learn to consciously rise above our ego into the state of Higher Consciousness, we see all energy processes as positive energy processes. We recognize negative conscious energy for what it really is, namely, conscious energy born in the absence of
love. We realize that fear can always be diluted with love. As we awaken more and more to our spiritual nature, we have the ability to bring the positive conscious energy of spiritual love more and more into our life. This is the energy of authentic happiness. This is The Path of Advanced Awareness to Conscious Recovery.
By Veeder South, Ph.D.