Chakra One - Vishuddhi Chakra

INTRODUCTION

The Vishuddhi Chakra represents that time in the evolution of humanity when the need for harmony and collective living became important.  It represents everything to do with the cohesive nature of the human race, and the ability of the human being to rise above petty differences and strive to experience the unity of the Spirit.

Characteristics

No. of  Petals: 16

Element: Ether

Symbol: Time wheel

Colour: Blue

Day:  Saturday

Physical Aspect: Thyroid Gland

Physical Plexus:  Cervical Plexus (thyroid)

Place on Hand: Index finger

Country:  America

Gem:  Sapphire

Planet: Saturn

Musical Instrument:

Qualities

  • Communication 

  • Collective consciousness

  • Detachment

  • Sense of fun & humour

  • Teamwork

  • Diplomacy

  • Tactfulness

  • Dignity

Physical Function

Neck, arms, mouth, tongue, teeth, nose face, speech, inner & outer part of ears, movement of the eyes.

This Sixteen petaled center is called the Vishuddhi and is place in the neck region of the spinal cord.  On the physical level it controls the functions of Thyroid glands. This center corresponds to cervical plexus, which regulates the functioning of ears, nose, throat, neck, teeth, tongue, hands, gestures, etc. This center is responsible for the communication, through these organs we communicate with others. They should therefore be taken care of properly.  For instance, we should protect ourselves from extremes of cold, avoid tobacco or other pollutants which could damage the throat.  We should take proper care of our teeth, and ensure that we respect everything we do with our communication with others.  Our hands, for example, can be a source of grace and beauty or coarseness if used improperly.  We should therefore take care to exhibit sweetness in all our actions.  Our Vishuddhi Chakra is particularly important for our vibratory awareness, as the nerves which register the vibrations in the hands pass through this center.

In the care of the voice box and speech, we should try and avoid using the voice in an improper way.  We should avoid lying or swearing or excessively talking as this could affect the right center.  Likewise, the right center benefits if we use the voice for praise rather than criticism, for dignity rather than course frivolity.  We should never be harsh or sarcastic or witty at another's expense, as this blocks this center.  We should simply aim to speak from the Heart.  Another way in which this center can suffer is in the indiscriminative use of mantras. This is especially true in regard to mantras sold as commercial commodities.  These are simply sensory dulling toys, which have no relationship with our spirit.

When Kundalini pierces this center, the person becomes extremely truthful, tactful and sweet in communications and does not indulge in futile arguments.  He becomes extremely diplomatic in handling situations without igniting the ego. 

QUALITY

One of the qualities that we need to develop for our Spiritual growth is that of staying detached from the problems we face every day while trying to survive in the modern world.

This does not mean that we stop accepting responsibility for our actions, or that we "give up" on life.  It simply gives us a means to maintain a sense of perspective when we are faced with overwhelming emotional situations.  We become a witness of the game, and can keep a distance from our involvement and thoughts, from our planning and conditioning, from our emotions.

After realisation our ability to be a witness matures and we see all of these things as existing outside ourselves.  These things, these events, are not of our Spirit, they are of the external world.  In this way we strip away the layers of identity to reveal our fundamental and indivisible essence, the Spirit.  

Shree Mataji says that "we see our own acting and the whole world becomes like a drama", in the same way the Shakespeare likened the whole world to a stage and us as actors on it.  The truth is that our problems are only really solved when we can 'see the forest for the trees'.  It is a fact that most people find that they cannot solve their own problems because they are too involved in them.  That is why they seek the help of their friends (who can give a detached view of the best course of action) or in extremes from counseling agencies who act as dispassionate witnesses, if you like. After our Realisation we develop this ability within ourselves, and no matter what tests we face we start to see our role in the drama and the possible solutions with that much more clarity.

Life is about human endeavour and challenges, about overcoming tribulations and being all the better for it.  Life is about striving for our Spiritual growth so that we become the Spirit through the process of purification; at which point we will be beyond artificial states - we will be Truth.  

Our Yoga, our Realisation, helps us to fight this battle with all of the weapons of love in the Subtle armoury, and give us the joy of the Spirit en route, so that we can experience the reality of our destination to spur us on.

Collectivity 

The Vishuddhi Chakra also embodies those qualities which govern our relationship with other members of the human race.  Our diplomacy in word and action is directly affected by the state of this center, as is our sense of respect, both for others and for ourselves.

If we do not respect others, then we will not be able to practice a relationship of brotherhood and diplomacy with them, and so it is a very important chakra for our growth into the collective Spiritual being.  Lack of respect for ourselves (which manifest as guilt) lodges itself deep in our left Vishuddhi if we let it, and this can be very harmful to our growth. 

We must learn not to cling to guilt, to hide ourselves in its cloak and thereby put off the day when we must face up to our weaknesses and do something about them.  The Spirit does not accumulate guilt, it is Pure.  After Realisation we learn to face up to and overcome our weaknesses, and thus conquer guilt once and for all.  The affirmation for the left Vishuddhi is "I am not guilty".

Our growth into a Collective being is very easy to chart through our deepening awareness of vibrations.  As we start to become one with the whole (as the microcosm awakens and becomes an integral part of the macrocosm) we begin to feel the direct evidence of the subtle system or our Chakras and on the Chakras of others.  This is what is the actualisation of Sahaja Yoga, this actual evidence of our enlightenment which we experience on our fingertips, and in our bodies.  It is a fact that, as we become a collectively conscious person, we can work on the spiritual systems of others simply by recording the state of their Chakras on our fingers and directing our vibrations to their areas of need as required.  It is rather like acquiring a new perception, a natural new sense... that of subtle vibrations. 

This brotherhood of humanity is the goal that seekers have been searching for over many lifetimes and it is starting its manifestation at this point in time, not just through myth and conception but through direct evidence.

Causes of Catch/ Obstruction

  • Smoking

  • Alcohol

  • Swearing, harsh talking

  • Sinus problems

  • Too much talking

  • Lack of collectivity

  • Lack of witnessing

  • Lack of self respect

  • Charming personality

  • Enables the five senses

  • Controls the Hamsa Chakra

  • Experience of Oneness

  • Detachment

Diseases Caused

  • Flu

  • Loss of voice

  • Throat problems

  • Depression

  • Cervical cancer

  • Problems with the five senses

Left Vishuddhi

Qualities:  Self esteem comes from inner security & respect for others, Pure relationship as brother & sister, Dignity in our social relations; also shows awareness of our selves as the Spirit

Place and hand:  Left index finger

Causes of Catch: Guilt, immorality, sarcasm

Right Vishuddhi

Qualities:  Sweetness in speech & action brings joy to others & ourselves, Respect for others, Principal of integration with the Whole, Diplomacy, Sense of solidarity, Power of enlightened speech, Charming personality

Place and hand:  Right index finger

Causes of Catch: Swearing, harsh talking, Too much talking, smoking, alcohol, Lack of self-respect

Center Vishuddhi

Qualities:  Collectivity- We become collectively conscious, able to feel the state of others chakras on our hands,

Witness state - we are the Spirit, a detached witness that lets us observe life as a drama, Experience of Oneness

Place and hand:  Both index finger

Causes of Catch: Lack of collectivity, Lack of witnessing/detachment

Condition of the VISHUDDHI

A weakened Vishuddhi center can show up in excessive colds, or in a sore throat or nose or cough.  Problems of the teeth or the ears are also symptoms of imbalance of this center.  In the case of guilt, we can experience sore or tense shoulders or neck areas. 

Clearing the Center Vishuddhi Chakra

Using the Elements:

  • The candle treatment around the Vishuddhi area is very effective

Affirmation:       

"Mother, please make me part & parcel of the whole"

General Advice:

  • Always use adequate protection for the throat against the cold with a scarf or similar item

  • It is very important to wash your hands before eating.

  • Salt is very good for the Vishuddhi Chakra.  Gargle with salt or put it on the tonsils with your finger. Do not neglect a sore throat, gargle morning and evening.

  • Chew raw liquorice (commercial licorice is a fairly adequate substitute)

  • Brush teeth twice a day, and pay attention to their condition.

  • Message your sinuses, neck & shoulders with olive oil (or any oil containing vitamins), especially when you feel pain.

  • Massage your head with the fingers, so that the scalp moves.  once a week massage your head with coconut or almond oil before sleeping and then wash off the next morning.

  • Drops of oil in the ears or throat, or drops of ghee in the nose are very effective remedies.

Clearing the Left  Vishuddhi Chakra

Using the Elements:

  • The candle treatment around the Vishuddhi area

 

Affirmation:       

"Mother, I am note guilty at all"

General Advice:

  • Give vibrations to the Vishuddhi Chakra

  • Sahaja Yoga neck message (i.e. using vibrations)

  • Do not speak sarcastically or cynically, and do not allow yourself to remain in a bad mood.

  • Develop the quality of purity in brother-sister relationships

  • Do not excessively speak about yourself, but direct your conversation to other matters.

  • Avoid shrugging the shoulders.

Clearing the Right Vishuddhi Chakra

Using the Elements:

  • Foot soak in cool salted water at meditation

  • The candle treatment around the Vishuddhi area

 

Affirmation:       

"Mother, You are the sweet countenance of my words and deeds"

General Advice:

  • Give vibrations to the right Vishuddhi Chakra

  • Do not speak harshly or unkindly to others, always speak sweetly.

  • Avoid to much talking.

  • Avoid arguments, when you argue with a person you simply such in his negativity.

Chakra Five- Hamsa Chakra

Hamsa Chakra

The Hamsa Chakra is a part of the Vishuddhi Chakra, and is located at the point between the eyes and the bridge of the nose.  This center is related to our sense of discrimination and discretion, and it also relates to the relationship between men and woman.  The universal relationship between man and woman is that of brother and sister.  When this relationship is transformed into that of a marriage, the institution should be accorded all due reverence as a true example of Dharma inaction.  

Each partner should hold the other in utmost respect and esteem, and there should be no confusion of identity - a man should be a man and woman a woman.  Nor should the purpose of marriage be forgotten either;  to spread love throughout society, encourage respect for the importance of the family unit and provide a vehicle for the evolution of the race through life and birth.

Qualities of Hamsa Chakra

Discrimination:  Is a function of the Hamsa chakra, A "sub-chakra" that is part of the Vishuddhi and helps us know what is good or bad for the Spirit

Symbol:  A Swan

Clearing the Hamsa Chakra

Using the Elements:

  • Foot soak in cool salted water at meditation

  • The candle treatment around the Hamsa area at the bridge on the nose.

 

Affirmation:       

"Mother, Mother,  by your grace, please give me the power of discrimination"

 

General Advice:

  • A couple of drops of melted ghee or oil in the nose or down the back of the throat.

  • Give vibrations to the right Vishuddhi Chakra

  • Do not speak harshly or unkindly to others, always speak sweetly.

  • Avoid to much talking.

  • Avoid arguments, when you argue with a person you simply such in his negativity.

Remember - Before we start every session:

  • We should remove our shoes and bow to Mother Earth in obeisance and gratitude to Her.

  • We do so by placing our forehead and hands on the ground – palms facing upwards toward the sky. Our hands should be on either side of our head.

Please Note: 

The clearing affirmations mentioned in the Video are to be found in the notes above.

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