Within us resides a subtle system of 3 channels (nerves or nadis) and 7 centers of energy (plexuses) which look after our physical, intellectual and emotional being. The system is dormant, but can be activated by awakening our inner energy, located at the base of the spine, called as Kundalini.
Our Inner Energy is the power of pure desire, a soothing energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine above the first Energy Center. When awakened, it rises through the central channel, piercing the six Energy Centers and is released through the fontanelle – often feeling like a cool breeze, is what is known as self realization. Experiencing Self Realization is what it is to “feel the energy within.”
As this energy reaches the higher centers we spontaneously move into a relaxed but dynamic state of enlightened awareness – a state of meditation. Each of the seven centers has several qualities. These qualities are intact within us, and even if they don’t manifest, they are still present in their dormant state. When the Kundalini is awakened, these qualities start manifesting spontaneously and express themselves in our life.
Thus, through regular meditation, we become automatically very dynamic, creative, confident and at the same time very humble, loving and compassionate. It is a process which starts to develop by itself when the Kundalini rises and starts to nourish energy centers.
Tapping into and raising your Inner Energy is the key to improving your life in every possible way across every level. Even if you don’t achieve Self Realization immediately, you will still feel calmer, more relaxed and less stressed.
The first center is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the energy, and its main aspect is the innocence. Innocence is the quality by which we experience pure, childlike joy, without the limitations of prejudice or conditionings. Innocence gives us dignity, balance, and a tremendous sense of direction and purpose in life. It is nothing but simplicity, purity and joy.
It is the inner wisdom that is ever present in the little children, and gets sometimes clouded by our modern lifestyles. But it is a quality which exists eternally within us and cannot be destroyed, waiting to be manifest as pure joy when the inner energy rises.
The second center is the center of creativity, pure attention and pure knowledge. It is the one which connects us to the inner source of inspiration, and enables us to experience the beauty around us. Also this is the center of pure, steady attention and power of concentration.
On the physical level it looks after our liver, kidneys, and the lower abdomen. When we think too much, this center gets drained of energy and diseases like diabetes or blood cancer can occur when this center goes completely out of balance.
The third center is the one that gives us the sense of generosity, complete satisfaction and contentment. On the left side, the main quality of this center is peace – clearing this center can relieve stress and tensions. On the right side, it looks after our liver which is the organ of our attention and power of concentration.
When enlightened by the awakening of energy, this center gives us our ascent, righteousness and inner sense of morality, and complete balance at all levels in our life.
Area 2&3. The Void
Surrounding the second and the third center is the Void (not a plexus or center) which stands for the principle of mastery within us. In many traditions, this area is the “ocean of illusions” that needs to be crossed with the help of a guide. When the inner energy is awakened and passes through the Void, this principle of mastery is established within us.
By practicing Sahaja Meditation you become your own master, your own guide since you can feel on your fingertips all your subtle problems and have the power to cure them using your own inner energy.
Moreover, establishing this center helps us get rid of all our habits, laziness, gross attachments, and everything that enslaves us in a way or another: we become our own master.
Following false teachers, who are more interested in power tricks or your purse can damage very much the Void area. But after Self Realization, everything can be cured through the purifying power of the inner energy in meditation.
4. The Heart or Anahat
The fourth center is the center of the heart, is the place where resides our true Self, which is eternally pure and unaffected by anything, like a shining diamond hidden within us which witnesses all our actions.
After Self Realization, our attention becomes for the first time connected to our Self and we gradually become aware of it. Our misidentifications with our ego or conditionings drop and we start becoming identified with our Self, which is our true nature.
On the physical level, this center looks after our heart and lungs – if it is affected it can cause asthma or various heart conditions.
It is from our heart that the compassion and love manifests, and also the heart is the one that gives us the sense of responsibility and pure behavior towards others. The heart center manifests in the center (at the level of the sternum bone) as complete security and confidence.
All our worries, doubts and fears are destroyed when the heart center is fully enlightened by the inner energy.
The fifth center is the center of diplomacy, of pure relationships with others, and of playful detachment. It removes all our guilts and remorses when it is opened by the energy awakening and gives us a kind and compassionate voice. The tendencies to dominate others or to feel dominated by others, the feelings of superiority or inferiority and all jealousies are removed when this center is nourished by the inner energy.
Also, Vishuddhi center gives us the connection with the whole, enabling us to feel our oneness and the fact that we are all part and parcel of the whole.
The sixth center gives us forgiveness and compassion. Forgiveness is the power to let go of anger, hatred and resentment and to discover, in humility, the nobility and generosity.
It is the one that dissolves all our ego, conditionings, habits, false ideas of racialism, and all our misidentifications. It is the narrow gate which opens the way for our consciousness to ascend to its final destination, which is the seventh center.
Roving eyes, watching impure things, or self-centeredness damage this center. Watching the sky, earth or nature can help cleanse it.
The seventh center integrates all the centers with their respective qualities. It is the last milestone of the evolution of human awareness.
Nowadays, we are at a level which corresponds to this center, and our consciousness is able to easily enter into this new realm of perception, which is beyond our limited mind and concepts, and which becomes absolute at the level of the Sahastrara. This center gives us the direct, absolute perception of Reality on our central nervous system. This is precisely what is achieved by Self Realization, through the spontaneous awakening of the inner energy given by Sahaja Meditation.
A word about the three channels of energy. The left channel (blue) corresponds to our past, emotions, desires, affectivity. Its termination is the superego, which is the storehouse of all our memories, habits and conditionings.
The right channel (yellow) corresponds to our actions and planning, to our physical and mental activity. Its termination is the ego, which gives us the idea of I-ness, the sense that we are separate from the world.
The central channel is the channel of ascent, it is the power which sustains our evolution and guides us, consciously or unconsciously, towards the higher awareness of the Sahastrara (seventh center).
The workings of Self Realization and subtle aspects of the centers and channels are too extensive to be explained here. They are part of a knowledge which is not only to be studied at the mental level, but to be experienced directly.
This new level of consciousness can be achieved after Self Realization, through the regular practice of Sahaja Meditation techniques that are taught, always free of charge, in over 90 countries around the world. For US go to our US Contacts List to find the closest center to you.