Create the Life You Imagine ~ May 2019
Opening the Upper Triangle
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
The next power center of the upper triangle is the sixth chakra. The sixth chakra is often called the “third eye” or the “ajna center” and it can be visualized as a cave in the center of your brain in the area of your forehead, right between your eyebrows. The color associated with the sixth chakra is deep indigo and it is connected to the element of light. It is the center of higher consciousness and its spiritual light sears through the darkness of ordinary life to help us see and perceive the truth of things. Opening this power center activates your intuition, your imagination and your ability to see, observe and perceive things using your inner wisdom and your spiritual vison and insight. This important power center also establishes balance and wholeness in your spiritual system. It balances the intuitive mind of your Soul with the logical brain of your third chakra, and it balances the masculine and the feminine parts of your being. The sixth chakra influences your eyes, pituitary gland, head and the base of your brain. Physical manifestations of imbalance in the sixth chakra are difficulties with vision, dizziness, headaches and particularly migraine headaches.
Your sixth chakra watches life from the perspective of your Soul and it might be understood as the inner observer or witness presence that watches over and guides your life if you take the time to connect with it. Most of us operate in our day-to-day life from the level of our third chakra human brain. Remember, the third chakra is connected to your lower triangle and activates the part of your brain that is connected to ordinary reality, your five physical senses and your everyday logic. Your Soul uses your intuition, your sixth sense, to connect you to your higher mind and to speak to you about your life and your choices with a powerful feeling of calm and clarity. Your intuition can provide you with an instant sense of knowing as you navigate life. It will direct you toward people and opportunities that support your Soul’s purpose, and it will give you caution and warning signs when you are moving in the wrong direction.
The sixth chakra is where we access our spiritual knowledge and the power of discernment, or the ability to make wise choices that reflect the truth of our Soul or Higher Self. It relies on our spiritual senses and uses symbols, signs, dreams and synchronicities to provide us with guidance as we move through life. When we see life from the vantage point of the sixth chakra we are seeing life with symbolic sight. Using our symbolic sight means that we look for the meaning and the metaphors of ordinary occurrences and we don’t dismiss the inner nudging to slow down and look deeper at the events and patterns of our lives. For instance, when you are running your physical life at a pace that burns you out or wears you down, you might find that your car battery is suddenly dead, or your electronic systems are all burning out or shutting down on you. These outer events may be nudges from your intuition to slow down before you cause harm to your physical body and can call you reestablish the balance you need for your health and well-being. Our sixth chakra reminds us that there are no coincidences in life and that what we experience in our outer life is always a reflection of something happening in our inner life. The more we connect with our sixth chakra the more quickly and clearly we will see these symbols and metaphors emerging from our intuition and guiding us toward greater consciousness as we activate our Soul wisdom to navigate our lives.
The sixth chakra is the balance point of our chakra system. First, it balances our inner life with our outer life and integrates our spiritual wisdom with our practical human knowledge and experience. It allows us to make choices from the level of our Soul and to activate and implement those choices using the focus of our third chakra logic and human will. As Einstein recognized in today’s quote, our western world has so overemphasized the power of the rational, the logical and the scientific, that we often mistrust, dismiss or fail to recognize at all the enormous power of our spiritual senses and our Soul wisdom. Too often we ignore our invisible spiritual senses because we can’t see, touch, measure or explain the source of this awareness. But if we are going to activate our upper triangle power as spiritual beings, we need to remember to operate from the crown down; meaning that we must learn to trust our sixth chakra mind or Soul wisdom to operate as our guide or navigator in life, and let our third chakra brain provide the focus, experience, know-how and drive to implement and act on the guidance we receive from that higher operating system.
The sixth chakra also brings into balance the masculine and feminine aspects of our being. Whether we are biologically male or female, we all have both masculine and feminine energy operating in our spiritual systems. Our masculine energy is tied to our left brain and to the right side of our body. It is active energy that pushes us into action—it is our “doing” energy. Our feminine energy is tied to our right brain and the left side of our body. It is receptive energy that provides space and time for the unfolding process of life—it is our “being” energy. Our personality types in our lower triangle tip our energy systems toward our masculine or feminine energies. Red and Yellow personalities are hardwired to operate in the active masculine energy and to focus on tasks, accomplishments and responsibilities, while Green and Orange personalities are hardwired to operate in the receptive feminine energy and to focus on being present in the moment and on cultivating relationships and connections. Regardless of our personality type, however, we have to pay attention to the balance between our masculine and feminine energies. Again, our western world conditioning pushes all of us toward the active energy of doing, producing, and proving, and many of us are uncomfortable with the stillness energy of just being, opening, allowing and receiving.
If I use my spiritual intuition to reflect on the patterns of my life, I know that my Yellow personality, like the Red personality, pushes me into fast speed and active "doing" energy that can often overpower my feminine energy system. Over the last twenty some years I have worked to actively cultivate my spiritual life and to use my sixth chakra to find that balance between doing and being, acting and allowing, movement and stillness. When I get caught in my Yellow personality pattern, I know that I get overactive and I tend not to pay enough attention to my physical body and energy balance. If I look for symbols of that imbalance I can be aware that I have had injuries to my left Achilles tendon and recently to my ribs and lung on the left side of my body. If I use my sixth chakra wisdom, I know that the left side of my body represents my feminine energy and that my overactive masculine energy can create imbalances that show up negatively on the left side of my body. For me, these injuries are signs to pay more attention to my feminine energy system. My feminine wisdom reminds me to slow down, to trust the unfolding process of life, to relinquish my tendency to be overly responsible, to give myself permission to rest, to play and to create more gentle conditions for myself, and to surrender some of my independence and allow myself to receive care and nurturing from others. These may be familiar patterns for other Red or Yellow personality types.
Orange or Green personalities are hardwired to operate in the receptive "being" energy. They are more focused on relationships and emotional connections than Reds and Yellows. Their energy is often dedicated to supporting and accommodating the needs of others in their relationships and to searching for peace, balance, meaning and harmony in life. These personality types may find that when they overdo their feminine energy, they may get overpowered by the people they are in relationship with or have trouble making decisions for themselves or prioritizing their needs. They may also have difficulty initiating action, taking forward steps and following through to activate their deeper life desires, dreams and intuitions. These may be signs to call upon their masculine energy to put their deeper wisdom into action. Our active masculine energy helps us to set clear boundaries, to stand up for ourselves when conditions are unfair or harmful to our well-being or the well-being of others, to make clear choices that support our needs and desires, and to give ourselves permission to move forward with actions that support the dreams and aspirations that emerge from our feminine wisdom. The gift of the sixth chakra is that it draws us into patterns of wholeness. Our sixth chakra awareness allows us to find the balance between our masculine and feminine energies and to recognize the patterns and choices that may tip us out of balance.
Jewish author Etty Hillsum, who died in Auschwitz in 1943, wrote that “To live fully, inwardly and outwardly, not to ignore external reality for the sake of the inner life, or the reverse – that’s quite a task.” It takes intention and practice to listen for this inner voice of the sixth chakra and to connect to this powerful way of seeing and operating in the world. The strength of the sixth chakra is that it is a boundless storehouse of spiritual knowledge and wisdom and an eternal source of guidance using our intuition and imagination. The vulnerability of our sixth chakra is our tendency to escape to the inner world of dreams and imagination without activating this power to transform our life. Remember that your intuition is the voice of your Soul and it will always provide you with guidance and support to live your life in alignment with your highest purpose and to stand in your integrity and truth, but we must have the courage to act on that guidance.
Checking in with your sixth chakra when you are making big decisions or just looking for support in navigating daily life activates your spiritual awareness and must become part of your spiritual practice if you are to live your life anchored in your upper triangle. Our lower triangles convince us that we are all alone and never enough, and they push us to act out our old life patterns without consciousness or awareness. When we shift our awareness to our upper triangles, we will remember that we are Divine beings that are never alone, and that our spiritual unfolding and expanding consciousness is the real purpose of life. Our sixth chakra intuition will encourage us to find time each day to be still, to pay attention to life using our inner senses, to exchange life-limiting patterns for life-giving patterns, and to trust our Soul to guide us to grow and evolve toward our greatest good and our highest spiritual possibilities.
Wishing you the blessings and light of the Soul, as you create the life you imagine.
p.s. Thanks again for your patience in the delay of this post as I had a second surgery last week to repair my front ribs. Thanks also for all the kind wishes and healing prayers that people have sent my way.
Your sixth chakra is the source of immense spiritual awareness and wisdom, and is activated through meditation, centering or contemplative prayer, reading and studying spiritual texts, artistic and imaginative work, sitting in silence, or walking mindfully in nature. Really anything we do with intention, awareness and mindfulness has the power to increase our connection to our sixth chakra.
During the coming week take some time each day to center yourself first in your heart center by closing your eyes and doing a few minutes of mindful breathing. Then draw your breath and your awareness into that sixth chakra center behind your forehead between your brows and continue breathing into this center until your mind feels still and quiet. Now pose a question that you need guidance on and quietly wait and breathe while listening for any information that may drop in from your sixth chakra. If you receive any information, images or symbols, write it all down and journal about it to see if you can make sense of the messages. This practice will open up your intuition and you may find that you get signs, symbols or other subtle information later in the day or week that responds to your question or intention. Remember that when we ask our Soul for help and guidance, it always comes in one form or another. The trick is to make some space each day to be still enough and open enough to make the connection to our sixth chakra and to receive and activate the powerful wisdom that comes from this spiritual intuition center.
If we want to open our sixth chakra guidance system, we need to ask our questions and then stay still enough to listen for the answers. To inspire you this week, click below to find Kate's Speak Lord I'm Listening to remind you to listen to the wisdom of your Soul, by going to the Products Page on my website and just scroll down to the Transcendence CD and click the track. Both of Kate's CD's are available for purchase on that page.