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FAQs about Chakras and Kundalini
Perhaps you have already studied subtle energy fields, the aura, prana, chakras, or kundalini. Whether or not you are already familiar with these topics, you might be surprised at what you can learn here. Let us begin with the basics and answer a few questions you may have.
Q: What is subtle energy?
A: Just as physics tells us the universe is made of subtle constituents invisible to the human eye, similarly, your body is made of subtle energy. Let us try an experiment right now. Clench both your fists and place them next to each other, as shown in Figure 1a. Then vigorously rub your left fingers against your right fingers in a washboard motion, back and forth (not up and down), for 45 seconds. Then unclench your fists and face your palms toward each other a few inches apart. You might feel an invisible ball of energy between your palms. This sensation of vibrant activity is subtle energy.
By entering a hospital, a dilapidated house, a prison, bar, mental institution, or a crowded bus, you can sense bad vibrations. By hiking in the woods, boating on a lake, hearing inspiring music, or reading uplifting poetry or scriptures, you can feel elated. These are all indications of subtle energy.
In this book you will learn to energize your body, enhance your energy field, heal energy blockages, and prevent energy drain.
Q: What is the aura?
A: The subtle energy field in and around your body is the “aura” (meaning “breath of air” in Greek). Just as the Earth has a magnetic field, your body has an auric field. Your aura consists of several bodies, such as your mental body, emotional body, and subtler bodies that constitute your higher self. Your subtle bodies are invisible to human eyes, but visible to your inner eye or clairvoyant (“clear-seeing” in French) sensory perception.
If you stare at a person standing in front of a white wall, you might see energy vibrations or colors around the person’s head. By looking into a mirror at night in the dark, you may see a subtle glow around your own head. These experiences are indications that auras exist.
In this book, you will learn about your subtle bodies and auric field.
Q: What is a mental body?
A: Your thoughts and emotions have physical counterparts in your subtle body. These thoughts consist of subtle substance not yet measured by science, but visible to clairvoyant sense perception. Thought-forms are habitual thought patterns taking concrete shape in and around your body. You might wear some old encrusted thoughts like armor. Others might seem like a jail cell. These old thought-forms and habits can be healed. You will learn how in this book.
Q: What does the word chakra mean?
A: In the ancient Sanskrit language, in which the scriptures of India were originally written, the word chakra translates as “wheel.” This word is pronounced phonetically as “chukr”: chu, as in the English word “chunk,” and cr, as in the English word “crumb,” but the “r” is rolled. Because chakras are centers of vital energy in your subtle body, they are not observable by your gross senses. However, they can be experienced through subtle sense perception.
Seven main chakras are described in the ancient tantras (tantric or agamic scriptures of India). Each chakra in your spinal column is believed to influence or even govern bodily functions near its region of the spine. Because autopsies do not reveal chakras, most people think they are a fancy of fertile imagination. Yet their existence is well documented in traditions of the Far East.
In this book, you will discover and explore these chakras.
Q: What is kundalini shakti?
A: Kundalini shakti is a spiritual cosmic energy hidden in the human body. The term derives from Sanskrit roots, kundala (curled up) and shakti (energy). Shakti is also known as the goddess, the mother of this universe. Kundalini is a vast reservoir of untapped, potential energy. When fully awakened, this spiritual energy is said to bring self-realization and enlightenment. However, in most people, it lies dormant at the base of the spine near the tailbone, lodged in the subtle body.
Kundalini is often called “serpent power,” “serpent fire,” or “mystic coil,” because it resembles a sleeping snake coiled in a spiral shape. Many yoga practitioners attempt to awaken this serpent, uncoil it, and nudge it to rise up toward the brain.
In this book, you will learn about kundalini and how to rouse it.
Q: What is prana?
A: Prana is universal energy that breathes life into matter. It is formless, ubiquitous, potent energy that sustains both living individuals and also the cosmic order—the power within everything, animate and inanimate. Individual prana is the vital life-principle in all animate life. Cosmic prana is a universal energy that unifies the living and non-living in a coordinated whole.
The word prana comes from the Sanskrit, pra (forth) and an (to breathe, move, live). Therefore prana is the life force in your breath. It is the key to life—electromagnetic fuel that energizes every tissue and cell. Without prana, your body could not function.
Gopi Krishna in The Dawn of a New Science describes prana as “a living electricity, acting intelligently and purposefully, that controls the activity of every molecule of living matter. It carries the life principle from one place to the other.”
In this book you will discover how prana functions in your body.
Q: What is yoga?
A: The Sanskrit word yoga comes from the root yuj (to yoke). The purpose of yoga, therefore, is to unite the individual soul with universal Spirit. Each path of yoga takes a different approach to attain this goal. Because the most visible, popular path today is Hatha Yoga, which uses physical postures called asanas, most people think yoga is nothing more than physical exercises performed on a floor mat in a gym. However, yoga is not an exercise routine. It is a profound science for experiencing union with the divine. In this book, you will learn how yoga can enhance your life, and you will learn some yogic practices to gently awaken kundalini.
Q: What’s the purpose of raising kundalini energy?
A: When kundalini shakti travels up the spine to the brain, the goal of yoga is achieved as shakti (female principle or inner goddess) merges with shakta (male principle, the inner god Shiva) in divine union. This results in a state of higher awareness callednirvikalpa samadhi, the superconscious state of spiritual enlightenment. Here the individual is fully unified with universal Spirit, and all sense of separateness dissolves.
You will learn more about what that means in this book.
Q: What is Kundalini Yoga?
A: Kundalini Yoga, Laya Yoga, and Kriya Yoga are systems of yoga that seek to awaken the slumbering kundalini. Practitioners engage in various methods to rouse the sleeping energy until it moves up the spine, pierces the chakras, moves through the brain, and finally reaches the crown chakra or thousand-petaled lotus above the skull.
Kundalini Yoga is an aggressive path of rigorous asanas (physical postures), intense pranayama (breathing exercises), bandhas (muscular locks), mudras (gestures), meditation using mantras (sacred Sanskrit sounds) and imagery, and strict dietary and behavioral control. Kundalini Yoga masters generally agree that celibacy is essential to this path.
If you are serious about deep involvement with Kundalini Yoga, then study with an enlightened spiritual master who can guide you personally through the sometimes-bizarre experiences that occur when the force of kundalini is unleashed in the body.
In this book you will learn basic, gentle meditations, physical practices, and breathing techniques to begin your exploration of kundalini energy without the benefit of a teacher. However, you can study a spiritual practice called Divine Revelation or even embark on a serious study of yoga or take a yoga retreat.
Q: What’s the purpose of reading about this stuff?
A: You might think chakras have no bearing on your everyday life. After all, what can they do for you? Learning about the subtle body, chakras, and kundalini can transform your life. You can heal mental, physical, and emotional problems for yourself and others.
You can develop intuition, ESP, and subtle sensory perception. You can attain greater sensitivity, manifest extraordinary powers, fulfill your desires, and unfold greater awareness. You can even reach the ultimate goal of self-realization and spiritual enlightenment in cosmic consciousness or even higher levels of consciousness.
Reprinted, with permission of the publisher, from The Power of Chakras: Unlock Your 7 Energy Centers for Healing, Happiness and Transformation © 2014 Dr. Susan G. Shumsky Published by New Page Books a division of Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. 800-227-3371. All rights reserved.
About the author
Dr. Shumsky is a highly respected spiritual teacher, award-winning author, and founder of Divine Revelation®—a unique field-proven technology for contacting the divine presence, hearing and testing the inner voice, and receiving clear divine guidance. For 22 years, her mentor was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, guru of the Beatles and of Deepak Chopra. She served on Maharishi’s personal staff for 7 years.
A sought-after media guest and highly acclaimed professional speaker, Dr. Shumsky has done over 600 speaking engagements and over 650 media appearances since her first book was published, including Woman’s World, GQ, Cosmopolitan, Los Angeles Times, nationally syndicated TV and radio on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX news, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and William Shatner’s Weird or What? She is featured in the movie 3 Magic Words.
To know more about Dr. Shumsky, visit www.divinerevelation.org.