Don’t believe anyone who says they’re enlightened.

Don’t believe anyone who says they’re enlightened.

When I was younger, the one thing I yearned for more than anything was to be able to channel my thoughts so that I could experience what Sankara called ‘non duality’ of mind. To gain knowledge in this field I lived as a sanyasin for extended periods in India, lived with the Cofis (a Native American Indian tribe) in the Amazon, took lessons from a Taoist community in China and sat at the feet of some of the world’s greatest spiritual teachers.

On the way I occasionally managed to slide into non duality mode – sometimes for fairly long periods. Then something would happen that made mincemeat of my mind and I was reminded of how easy it was to lose sight of the path.

A beloved teacher once said to me ‘Even a Buddha or Christ would have a great challenge to stay in a permanent state of enlightenment. It is something few human beings achieve.’

Having studied the world of chakras for over thirty years, I now fully understand what my teacher meant, because to stay permanently at the lofty height of enlightenment means that all five lower chakras have to vibrate in synchronised harmony and stay that way 24/7.   Four out of five isn’t enough and look what awaits us to successfully juggle in the lower world of chakras:

In the first chakra (Muladhara/root) which represents the world of Me and I, we are constantly tested to prove how much we like, love, trust and respect ourselves.

In the second chakra (Swadisthana/spleen), we have the world of relationships to keep afloat in loving harmony and are tested on how well we resolve family/partner/friend issues.

In the third chakra (Manipura/solar plexus) we are tested on whether we finish what we start (without falling apart!) and whether we live in equal balance with our spiritual and physical bodies.

In the fourth chakra, (Anahata, heart), we are tested on whether we show every day loving kindness and compassion to all and sundry.

In the fifth chakra, (Vishudda/throat) –it becomes obvious how well we have done in the four lower chakras because this is heard in our voice.  Our test here is to keep our voice harmoniously pitched even when speaking our truth (i.e when constructively criticizing another or sharing angry feelings). We are also expected to refrain from using harmful, hostile words or show any reflection of intolerance or reproach in our eyes.

Assuming, we have managed to juggle these five chakras successfully over a fair period of time, the purified, harmonised energy travels upwards into the sixth chakra (Ajna/third eye). This activates and opens the seventh chakra (Samashara/crown).

You might have thought that once you’d arrived at this ‘halleluyah moment’ it would be easy to keep the chakra wheels turning –  but – NO – the third eye can shut down in a flash at the first sign of arrogance or conceit..

I know we have all experienced glorious days and weeks when we are master jugglers. Then someone insults us, lies, steals from us or treats us unfairly and chakras down the line wobble out of harmony.  It’s frustrating enough that we have to start over but what makes it worse is that the monster that lives inside us (known to the world as EGO), loves nothing more than when we slip from grace because as busy as we are trying to bring our chakra lessons into balance, Ego’s as busy trying to upset the apple cart.  Ego could be described as the bouncer who stands outside each chakra, doing its best not to let us in because if we did reach enlightenment and stay there, Ego would be out of a job.  Every time we sink back into insecurity, become fearful, dislike ourselves or fall apart, ego takes its opportunity to torment us with our weaknesses.  It’s like a pesky leech and the only way to get its clingy suckers off us is to consciously challenge it to stay away every day.Juggler

Every morning I visualise myself drowning ego in a bucket of vinegar and throwing its carcass to the wind.  I then call on ‘higher minds’ assistance to steer me through the day by using an affirmationjuggle like this one: ‘Today I successfully juggle my lower five chakras through any challenges that might await. I approach everything with love, humour and grace and express this through my voice and in my body language.  Thank you higher mind for staying around to prod me if it looks like I’m steering off course’.

Before I go to bed I take my notepad and jot down how well (or not!) I did in each of the five lower chakras and how I intend to better my performance in any chakras that showed weakness the following day.

Some days you’ll find will prove real ‘halleluyah’ days…others will have you jumping up and down on ego’s fat butt!  However, the longer you keep up the above practise, the more glory days you’ll have so give those chakras a spin now to get them started and…

Happy Juggling.

Jaylen Grace is the author of Omtopia (The seven steps to enlightenment)   jaylengrace.com    @jaylengrace

 

 

Deep meditation to open the heart

If you wish to feel connected to the whole, here is a meditation to help you transform feelings of suffering to a conscious understanding that it is up to us whether or not we wither or thrive heart-wise.   I know how much pain you’ve felt – how misunderstood and lonely you have felt. Take heart, for when you truly love yourself, nothing can kill your spirit. You will become stronger, not only because forgiveness 3730761will become a natural part of you, it will heal you in the process.       Make yourself comfortable.  Do this meditation with me now:

Imagine that you are deep in a forest, your back resting against the trunk of a big, old tree.  A tree that has been there for hundreds of years, watching families come and go, watching babies being born, watching people fight, make love, grow old and die.

Feel yourself as being part of that tree, observing life as it observes it. No attachment to anything. It stays strong through the storms, knowing they will pass and loves all who sit under it equally. It accepts the person who takes its

 

 

fruit. It accepts the person who comes to chop down its trunk, because its roots are strong beneath the earth, and not even a fire can stop its growth, or a hurricane shatter its resolve to see its branches heave with fruit again some day. Imagine that the tree you’re sitting under, looks over a lotus pond, and in the middle of the pond, sits one proud purple lotus flower which has found its way through the mud. You can smell the fragrance of the lotus flower, drifting on the breeze as the branches of the tree fans its perfume in your direction. Take a deep breath. Allow this fragrance into your heart and as you watch, become aware that the purple lotus flower is shimmering with gold. Gold shimmers all around it like a silk spider’s web. See it caught in the sunlight as it starts to rotate like a wheel.

 The more you allow your heart to open, the bigger the rotating wheel becomes, drawing you into the divine where there is freedom from the obstacles in life. The tree and lotus flower, working together, draw you deeper into this vortex of spinning purple and gold energy, filling you with their wisdom and grateful acceptance of life. 

You start to feel gratitude flooding your heart for whatever you have in your life, and as gratitude floods it, you are swept inside a vortex of spinning purple and gold which begins to vibrate around you. Breathing into this energy, your energy field expands and your beautiful, shiny aura, fills the forest. You can see yourself, a capsule of golden light, sitting in the middle of a forest, where everything’s a part of the divine and nothing is judged. 

Breathing out, expand your energy field. Breathing in, breathe in the wisdom of the universe. Breathing out, let go of your conditioned beliefs, the pain, sadness and frustration you feel. Breathing in, breathe more light into your being. Feel your heart expanding. Feel pulsating purple light, penetrating each of your chakras. Visualise your purple lotus flower opening petal by petal and when all the petals are open, breathe this purple consciousness into your heart.  Feel the feeling of love for yourself wash over you.  Let go of everything else.  None of it is real and will pass. Love yourself and you will thrive and never wither.

 

 Jaylen Grace is the author of Omzak, Porridge and Omtopia.  She has been a Reiki master and spiritual life coach for over thirty years   www.jaylengrace.com  @jaylengrace