So what’s with all this talk about being in the head? What about being in the heart or other parts of your body?
As the previous posts touched on, when you get into the center of your head, you bring your awareness into the sixth chakra or “third eye.”
It’s fine to be in any of the other major energy centers, or chakras, from the first one at the base of your spine to the crown, or seventh, chakra on top of your head. Each one has its own abilities, and you access them most fully by focusing your awareness in that chakra.
However, for consciously getting in synch with your body – whether in meditation or just walking around in the world – the sixth chakra often works best. This energy center offers you certainty, clarity, and neutrality. It gives you “clear seeing.” When developed, this ability translates into clairvoyant perception – when you are in a light meditative trance – of the energy movie around you.
Let’s contrast the sixth chakra with the fourth chakra, near the heart, which holds your abilities and information related to affinity and caring. Gathering your awareness and energy into your heart chakra for most of your meditation is not the most helpful thing you can do, because when you use your intuitive tools from this space, everything you do is colored by caring and the desire for closeness. You won’t have as much perspective. You might love everything you pay attention to or be overcome by other intense feelings.
You might want to use your heart energy to heal others, to fix situations. But if you do that from your heart, you won’t be doing it from a neutral point of view. You won’t see things as clearly. And you won’t feel as certain about what you’re noticing. You’ll have an agenda.
The heart chakra is a fitting place to center your energy when you’re engaged in loving and affectionate activities. Also, chances are you already know how to be in this energy center. It’s more culturally acceptable to love than it is to see yourself, others, and situations without bias or competition. Being in your heart may feel more natural to you than being in the center of your head, where you’re simply looking and communicating.
So practice something you’re less familiar with, which offers a great deal of power to see truth.
Also, you don’t want to interfere with the important physical work of the heart by doing a lot of energy work from this chakra. Let your heart muscle pump blood; let your feelings of love and like and hatred and dislike flow in and out of your heart chakra. Feel close, feel distant; feel. But when you want to find a quiet space to simply be, perceive, get back in synch with your body, consciously and confidently release energy that isn't really you, and call back in the energy that is, bring your awareness to your sixth chakra as we’ve described.
The center of your head is such a relaxing place because of the neutrality, clarity, and certainty it offers.
To illustrate this further, think of your first chakra at the base of your spine. From the center of your head, just imagine it. (Notice how you want to go there energywise as soon as I mention it? That’s the habit of sending your energy wherever someone points you to.) This is where your survival information is stored. Here your fight-or-flight mechanisms are triggered: great, useful information if indeed your physical survival is threatened. If you’re having a physical emergency, you immediately leap into your first chakra at the clanging bells of adrenaline.
But normally, you don’t want to be engulfed in that stressful, save-my-life response. You don’t want to sit in the middle of pure survival data when instead you’re seeking a restful, calm, clear seat in your body. You’re looking to release stress, not experience it.
The other main chakras also are rich with abilities and information: the second chakra, where you experience emotions and sensuality, where you might experience a “gut feeling”; the third chakra, which controls will, identity, and running the physical body; the fourth, the heart chakra, which we’ve just discussed; the fifth, or throat, chakra, which contains your communication abilities; the seventh, or crown, chakra, where you might “know things off the top of your head.”
But as you can see from these quick descriptions, none of these offers the neutrality of the sixth chakra or center of your head. Here is where you imagine, visualize, or perceive what’s happening energetically, “see it in your mind’s eye.” And as yet another saying attests, we humans are wired so that “seeing is believing.”
If meditation is about getting into communication with your body and your energetic field, it’s good to listen from a point of neutrality – because the body has both positive and negative things to tell you. You’ll be able to hear all of it better, and respond better, not from your survival impulses, your emotions, your sense of will power, your heart, your communication center, or the top of your head – but from the unbiased seat in the middle of your head where you simply see.
Having a geographic area in my space where I can anchor myself, and feel more neutral and certain, helps me enormously in getting through the day, keeping me on a more even keel and reducing stress. This effect is augmented by taking time out with eyes closed for a few minutes or more daily to use this tool – sometimes even on the bus, at a site where I’m consulting, or anywhere else.
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