Create the Life You Imagine ~ May 2019
Opening the Upper Triangle
“A person is not a thing or a process, but an opening through which the absolute can manifest.”
The final power center of the upper triangle is the seventh chakra. The seventh chakra is often called the “crown chakra” and can be pictured as sitting right on the crown of your head. In Sanskrit it is called Sahasrara, or thousand petaled lotus. The color associated with the seventh chakra is violet or white, and it is often visualized as a thousand petaled lotus flower opening at the crown of the head to allow spiritual awakening in an individual and the experience of transcendence or liberation from human suffering or limitation. Located in the cranium at the top of the head, this is the most subtle of the power centers of our spiritual energy system and opening this center allows us to connect with the true essence of our being as pure energy, cosmic awareness or formless presence. Physically, the seventh chakra is connected to the pineal gland, the central nervous system and the cerebral cortex. Just as our physical pineal gland responds to outer light, our seventh chakra responds to inner light. Imbalances in the seventh chakra can be experienced in nervous system disorders, poor coordination, or chronic headaches. Psychological imbalances in the seventh chakra might include feelings of isolation or alienation, depression, malaise, or a “why bother” sense of meaninglessness about life that can show up as despair, exhaustion, a desire to sleep all the time, toxic cynicism or suicidal thinking.
The seventh chakra creates the opening for the peak experiences that many of us describe as spiritual experiences. Although the seventh chakra is connected to the invisible and subtle world of energy, more and more people are opening to seventh chakra experiences. Recent surveys show that more than 60% of Americans report having had some sort of spontaneous peak experience where they felt a deep sense of love and a profound sense of presence, connection and oneness with the universe. These experiences are like breakthrough moments that provide us with an expanded sense of identity or awareness and where our notion of ourselves as the “separate self” dissolves into a sense of oneness or universal consciousness. There is a numinous quality to these moments that can only be known by direct experience and that cannot be fully conveyed to others through the limitations of our everyday consciousness and language, but most will describe some sense of penetrating or glistening light that wakes up our sense of connection with the Mystery of the Universe. In these moments, most people experience a deeper, broader, higher, or truer sense of reality that allows them to temporarily transcend their ordinary way of seeing the world. These moments often have the power to create permanent shifts in how we define ourselves and how we experience a sense of meaning and purpose in life.
Great examples of these peak experiences are found in the accounts of people that have had near death experiences. The universal nature of these accounts helps us to see the power we access when we step outside our ordinary consciousness and into the transcendent consciousness of the seventh chakra. One of the most compelling of these accounts comes to us from acclaimed neuroscientist Dr. Eben Alexander. As reported in Newsweek Magazine in 2012, Dr. Alexander spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in our country before contracting a rare and typically deadly form of bacterial meningitis that rendered him comatose and destroyed anything that would be recognizable as brain function while he was hospitalized and completely monitored for the duration of his coma using our best neuroscience tools. His account is documented in the gripping book, Proof of Heaven. In short, he described that despite his extensive training as a scientist and his confirmed pre-coma skepticism of religion and spirituality, against all the odds, he emerged from his coma forever changed and fervently committed to sharing what he experienced while his brain was clinically off-line.
In his book, Dr. Alexander describes the mystical experiences he had during his coma and how he came to the undeniable awareness that who we are is certainly bigger than our bodies and our brains, that we are all connected to a universal force that is both personal and transcendent, and that love is the ground of all things. He also depicts his meeting with a celestial presence that shared with him three truths we all need to know: 1) You are loved and cherished dearly and forever; 2) You have nothing to fear; and 3) There is nothing you can do wrong.These are seventh chakra spiritual truths that transcend our ordinary consciousness and that belie the thinking of our small self. Living inside these truths has the power to heal all of our feelings of separation or isolation and to transform the suffering of our ordinary consciousness.
As we have been exploring our spiritual energy system you will recall that our first three chakras are attached to the lower triangle and if we anchor our consciousness inside the lower triangle we will likely experience life from the perspective of the small self and its sense of separation and isolation from others. Because we view life through this small self lens, we get caught in endless cycles of frustration, disappointment, pain and suffering, and generally experience life as a challenging survival course. The only way to escape the suffering that defines the experience of the small self locked inside the prison of the lower triangle, is to use our heart center as that escape hatch to enter into our upper triangle. The heart center allows a transformation of our consciousness as we make that connection with our Soul Self and prepares us for the transcendence experience of the seventh chakra. When we connect our heart center to our head center, the fourth chakra to the seventh chakra, we anchor our energy in our upper triangle and activate the powers of our higher operating system, forever changing the way we experience life.