The Seven Sacred Truths

~Seek only the Truth~

The Sixth Chakra


Internal Power

Level Six

The Power of the Mind


 The sixth chakra involves our mental and reasoning abilities, and our psychological skill at evaluating our beliefs and attitudes.  The Mind Chakra resonates to the energies of our psyches, our conscious and unconscious psychological forces.  Within Eastern spiritual literature, the sixth chakra is the ~third eye~, the spiritual centre in which the interaction of mind and psyche can lead to intuitive sight and wisdom.  This is the chakra of wisdom.

The challenge of the sixth chakras are opening the mind, developing an impersonal mind, retrieving one`s power from artificial and ~false~ truths, learning to act on internal direction; and discriminating between thoughts motivated by strength and those by fear and illusion.


Sacred Truth of the Sixth Chakra

The sacred truth of the sixth chakra is ~Seek only the Truth~.  it compels us to search continually for the difference between truth and illusion, the two forces present in every moment.  Separating truth from illusion is more a task of the mind than of the brain.  The brain commands the behaviour of our physical body, but the mind commands the behaviour of our energy body, which is our relationship to thought and perception.  The brain is the physical instrument through which thought is transferred into action, but perception, and all that is associated with perception, such as becoming conscious, is a characteristic of the mind.  In becoming conscious one is able to ~detach~ from subjective perceptions and see the truth or symbolic meaning in a situation.  Detachment does not mean ceasing to care.  It means stilling one`s fear-driven voices.  One who has attained an inner posture of detachment has a sense of self so complete that external influences have no authority within his or her consciousness.  Such clarity of mind and self is the essence of wisdom, one of the Divine powers of the sixth chakra.

 

Location

Centre of the Forehead

 

Energy connection of the emotional/mental body

The sixth chakra links us to our mental body, our intelligence and psychological characteristics.  Our psychological traits are a combination of what we know and what we believe to be true, a unique combination of the facts, fears, personal experiences, and memories that are active continually within our mental body.

 

Symbolic/perceptual connection

The sixth chakra activates the lessons that lead us to wisdom.  We achieve wisdom both through life experiences and by acquiring the discriminating perceptual ability of detachment.  Symbolic sight is partly learned "detachment", a state of mind beyond the influences of the "personal mind" or "Beginners mind" that can lead to the power and insight of the "impersonal" or open mind.

 

Primary strengths

Intellectual abilities and skills, evaluation of conscious and unconscious insights, receiving inspiration, generating great acts of creativity and intuitive reasoning - emotional intelligence.

 

Primary Fears

An unwillingness to look within and excavate one`s fears, fear of truth when one`s reason is clouded, fear of sound, realistic judgment, fear of relying on external counsel, of discipline, fear of one`s shadow side and its attributes.

 

Applying Detachment

How does one apply detachment, in practical terms, to oneís life? Becoming detached and conscious means getting certain perceptions from our minds into our bodies. It means merging with perceptions that are truth and living them so that their power becomes one and the same as our own energy.

Take, for instance, the truth "change is constant". Mentally we can absorb that teaching with little difficulty. Yet when change occurs in our lives, when we notice we are ageing, when people we love die, or when relationships shift from being intimate and loving to distant - this truth terrifies us. We often needs years to recover from some changes because we had hoped that it - whatever ~it~ was - would remain the same. We knew all along that it would change, but we canít help hoping that the energy of change will pass by this one part of our lives.

Even when "Change is constant" feels like an enemy that has swept away a happy part of our lives, our lonely times will come to an end and a new part of life will begin. The promise of ~Change is constant~ is that new beginnings always follow closures.

Consciousness is the ability to release the old and embrace the new with the awareness that all things end at the appropriate time and that all things begin at the appropriate time. This truth is difficult to learn to live with because human beings seek stability - the absence of change. Therefore becoming conscious means living fully in the present moment, knowing that no situation or person will be exactly the same tomorrow. As change does occur, we work to interpret it as a natural part of life and strive to ~flow with it~, as the Tao Chi counsels, and not against it. Trying to make things remain the same is useless as well as impossible. Our task is to contribute the best of our energy to every situation with the understanding that we influence, but do not control, what we will experience tomorrow.

Some people have an interpretation that detachment feels too cold and impersonal yet that is not accurate perception of detachment. Its true meaning is the realisation that no one person or group of people can determine your lifeís path. Thus, when change comes into your life, it is because a larger dynamic is moving you along. It may look like a group of people conspired to have you removed from a job (for example) - but that is the illusion. If you choose to believe that illusion, it will hold you captive, maybe even for a lifetime. But if it hadnít been the right moment for you to move on, the "conspiracy" would not have been successful. That is the higher truth of this life change, and the symbolic sight that accompanies detachment allows you to see it.

Obviously, none of us wakes up one morning and announces, "I think Iíll become conscious today." We are drawn into a desire to stretch the parameters of our minds through the mysteries we encounter. All of us experience, and will continue to experience, relationships and events that cause us to re-examine our understanding of reality. The very design of our minds compels us to wonder why things are as they are, if only within our personal confusion. By letting go of our self-perception we can let go of the idea that our power in the physical world is limited. By following our internal voice we can open ourselves to evaluating our internal reality. What is life about? What am I meant to do? What is important to learn?

This is how we become conscious - a mystery arises, we take action, and another mystery follows. The progression from personal to detached mind, however, can be very easy, once we have affirmed our intent to take that step.

 

Consciousness and Its Connection to Healing

An enormous amount of information has become available on the role of the mind in health. Our attitudes play a tremendous role in creating or destroying the health of our bodies. Depression, for example, not only affects our ability to heal but directly diminishes our immune system. Anger, bitterness, rage, and resentment handicap the healing process or stop it completely. There is great power in having a will to heal, and without that internal power a disease usually has its way with the physical body. With all these realisations, the power of consciousness is being given an official place within the medical model of health and experience.

Many people credit an illness as their motivation for turning their attention inward and taking a lose look at their attitudes and lifestyle. Inevitably they describe essentially the same process of recovery - the journey from the personal to the impersonal mind.

Initially upon learning of a diagnosis, they are full of fear. Yet once they have stopped to think most concede that they had already had a feeling that something was wrong yet dismissed the feeling because of fear. This is significant because our intuitive guidance alerts us to a loss of power in our bodies. Once the fear had died down however, most people turn inward and review the contents of their minds and their emotional data. This is how to begin the process of becoming mentally and emotionally congruent, or conscious of the distance between what we think and what we feel. Healing requires unity of mind and heart, and generally it is the mind that needs to be adjusted to our feelings, which too often we have not honoured in the daily choices we have made.

One aspect of becoming conscious is to live in the present moment and appreciate each day. To find something of value each day of our lives. Not to dwell on yesterday but to appreciate all the good things that have happened and to release the painful experiences. When we are able to detach from our past we can create a new life that has meaning and purpose.

 

Developing the Impersonal Mind

and Symbolic Sight

How can we work with our own minds to refine our mental perceptual system and become skilled at penetrating illusion? As with all worth goals, some form of discipline is required to make any substantial progress.

Developing the impersonal mind is a lifetime task, partly because it is such a substantial challenge and partly because it takes us into the depths of our illusions and fears. We have to reconstruct ourselves from the inside out, a process that always beings about numerous changes in our lives. As with all matters of the spirit, once we start along the path, there is no turning back. As we start to allow the Divine to awaken part of our spirit that contains the essence of what we are capable of contributing to others as well as to ourselves.

The woman who became known as Peace Pilgrim embodies this spiritual process of allowing the Divine to open a doorway.  Peace Pilgrim, which is the only name this woman used for the last twenty five years of her life, lived a humble and deeply spiritual life during which she prayed to be shown a path of service. At fifty two she listened to her inner guidance, which directed her to walk across the country continually on behalf of peace. And so, owning only "the shirt on her back" she began to walk, and she "walked until given a place to rest and ate only what she was offered". Her life became a statement of the power of trusting God completely to provide for oneís needs. During her 25 year pilgrimage Peace Pilgrim touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, who were awed by her remarkable rapport with Divine intervention. Throughout her life she had gone through cycles of learning about conflict. She had to experience external conflict first then internal conflict. When she had finally surrendered her life to God, she was blessed with the gift of learning without conflict. She became a source of endless wisdom, fluent in symbolic sight and living in completely harmony and trust with the Divine. Her instructions to others were, in keeping with the nature of truth, ever so simple.."I donít eat junk food, and I donít think junk thoughts." Translation: Honour the body, honour the mind, honour the spirit.

The following provide a starting point for developing the impersonal mind and achieving symbolic sight, the ability to see through illusion and grasp the energy power behind the scenes.

Develop a practice of introspection, and work to become conscious of what you believe and why.

Keep an open mind, and learn to become aware when your mind is "shutting down".

Recognise defensiveness as an attempt to keep new insights from entering your mental field.

Interpret all situations and relationships as having a symbolic importance, even if you cannot immediately understand what it is.

Become open to receiving guidance and insight through your dreams.

Work toward releasing any thoughts that promote self pity or anger, or that blame another person for anything that has happened to you.

Practise detachment. Make decisions based upon the wisest assessment you can in the immediate moment, rather than working to create a specific outcome.

Refrain from all judgements - not just those rendered against people and situations, but those that concern the size of importance of tasks. Rather, remind yourself continually of the higher truth that you cannot possibly see all the facts or details of any situation, nor visualise the long term consequences of your actions.

Learn to recognise when you are being influenced by a fear pattern. Immediately detach from that fear by observing its influence on your mind and emotions, then make choices that weaken the influences of those fears.

Detach from all values that support the belief system that success in life means achieving certain goals. Instead, view a successful life as a process of achieving self control and the capacity to work through the challenges life brings you. Visualise success as an energy force rather than a physical one.

Act on your inner guidance, and give up your need for "proof" that your inner guidance is authentic. The more you ask for proof, the less likely you are to receive any.

Keep all your attention in the present moment - refrain from living in the past or worrying about the future. Learn to trust what you cannot see far more than what you can see.

 

Becoming Conscious

There is nothing easy about becoming conscious. Life is much easier before one knows about the deeper meaning of choice, the power of choice that accompanies taking responsibility. Abdicating responsibility to an outside source can seem, at least for the moment, so much easier. Once you know better, however, you canít get away with kidding yourself for long.

We are forever looking for the easy mediation, the easy exercise, that will lift us out of the fog, but consciousness doesnít work that way. Ironically, there is a simple way out, only itís not easy: Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.

So many people struggling to find their way are in that necessary but confusing state of waiting. A part of each of them is eager to allow the Divine will to direct their lives, yet they remain tormented by the fear that they will lose all comfort on the physical plane should they actually surrender to it. So they are held in a waiting position until they are strong enough to release that fear and embrace the deeper truth that ~All will be Well~ - not ~well~ by our definition, perhaps, but certainly by Godís. When we readily embrace the energy of wisdom the spiritual forces present in our energy fields are just waiting for an opportunity to penetrate our consciousness.

The journey toward becoming conscious is often more attractive in theory that it is in practice. Pursuing consciousness theoretically through books and conversations allows us to fantasize about getting to the promised land without actually having to make any changes in our lives. Even the thought that a promised land exists can temporarily make a person feel great. To some extent, "workshop addicts" are doing just hat - getting high on conversation, but returning to their homes and lives exactly as they left them.

Eventually, however our minds become overloaded with information, and the day comes when we can no longer straddle to levels of perception simultaneously. Try as we will, we cannot forever ~visit~ truth and then return to illusion. At some point the process of change itself moves us forward.

Becoming conscious means changing the rules by which we live and the beliefs we maintain. Our memories and attitudes are literally rules that determine the quality of life as well as the strength of our bonds with others. A shift in awareness includes a period of isolation and loneliness as one gets accustomed to the new level of truth. And then always, new companions are found. No one is left alone for long.

Our expansion into the realm of consciousness always uses the energies of our desire to find our own paths - a path of service that allows us to contribute the highest potential of our minds, bodies and spirits.

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The writings on the chakra pages have been taken from ~Anatomy of the Spirit Ė The Seven Stages of Power and Healing~ by Caroline Myss, PH.D. ( published by Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-609-80014-0 ) and are reproduced with kind permission. There are far more details in that book and I would urge readers (if you find these pages helpful) to purchase the book by visiting Carolineís web site ( click the link on her name) where there is also much more information to be gained {smile}