on January, 22, in Stockholm
On the Satsang with Giten on January, 22, in Stockholm, Giten lectured about The Three Layers of Ego: The World, Relationships and No-Self, which started many interesting questions and discussions in the group about desires and attachment in relationships and about being a spiritual seeker in the world.
Giten also introduced the first level of consciounsess and chakra, Survival, which relates to the physical body. It also relates to developing a basic trust in life and in the abundance of life.
Giten lectured about 6 topics in connection with the first level of consciousness:
1. The Relationship to the body and to material wealth
2. Develping a basic trust in life: the polarity between trust in life and mistrust to life
3. Relationship to money: the difference between a poverty attitude and abundance consciousness
4. Healing comes from the inner source of silence: the inner healing system of the body
5. The relationship between mother and child: the first relationship in life, which can create a trust in life or a mistrust to life depending on if the relationship with the mother is loving and nurtruing or not.
6. Meditation: Learning to listen to the body with awareness
“Giten is a Master in explaining things, and he has a capacity to stay in himself, while discussing different topics with the group.”
“I have missed something like this in my life. The concept of a basic trust in life and a mistrust to life was very helpful concepts.”
The Three Layers of Ego:
The World, Relationships and No-self
Desires and Attachments
– One of the fundamental principles of Buddha is that life is impermanent. The world is a dream, a maya and an illusion.
– The definition of truth is that which never changes, the untruth is that which changes
– Life is a flux, it is not stable, not permanent. Life is in continuous change.
– Life is continuously changing, and we try to resist change, which creates pain and misery
– Pain and misery come out of desire and attachment. We try to cling to the world, to relationships, which are continuously changing. We cling to our home, to our family, to our wife, to our husband, to the parents, to our children, to things, while everything is in a flux, in change.
– If we understand the impermanent nature of life, if we accept change, we can be in our home, we can be with our wife or husband, we can be with our children – and be aware that nothing belongs to you. We can remain alert to not fall into attachments. We can remain alert that if things change, we can accept change.
There are three levels of the ego, which includes our desires and attachments: 1. The World 2. Relationships and 3. No-self.
1. The World
The world includes your attachment to your body, your desires and attachments to power, greed, prestige, money and fame in the world.
The word also includes your desires and attachments to your work, your house, your car and your bank balance.
Relationships includes your desires and attachments in your relationships. It includes your desires and attachments with your family, friends, your husband or wife, your children and your enemies.
Even if we relate with a man or a woman, the other remains a stranger. We relate on the periphery, but we remain alone. Relationships allows us to feel that we are not alone. Aloneness is our true nature.
No-self is the greatest message of Buddha. No-self is the deepest layer. These layers are joined together. When we become aware about the desires and attachments of the first two layers, the third layer, no-self, happens automatically.
The “I”, the ego, is a combination of our desires and attachments to the the world, to relationships and to meditation. When we let go of the desires and attachments, you disappear. You become a no-self, a silence, an emptiness.
– Swami Dhyan Giten
THE SEVEN LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS
THE SEVEN STEPS THAT AN INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCE
IN HIS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS TOWARDS SPIRITUAL MATURITY
An excerpt from Giten’s book “Presence – Working from Within: The Psychology of Being (available in paperback at the international book store Lulu: www.lulu.com/spotlight/Giten
What are the seven levels of consciousness? What life areas include the seven levels of consciousness? The seven levels of consciousness describe the seven steps that an individual goes through in his personal and spiritual development process towards spiritual maturity. The seven levels of consciousness describe the whole rainbow of our consciousness. It describes all possibilities of our being. The seven levels of consciousness are also called The chakra system and is a map of human consciousness.
The development process of the seven levels of consciousness is a process from fear to love, from darkness to light and from separation to wholeness.
The seven levels of consciousness are about the esoteric psychology of man, the psychology of consciousness. It is about the psychology of enlightenment, the science of inner transformation.
The chakra system is the seven jewels of human consciousness. It describes the seven life areas and dimensions of the human consciousness, which can help us discover a new clarity and a deeper dimension in relation to many areas of life, for example love, joy, feelings, relationships, awareness, communication, the inner man and woman, intuition, play, creativity, healing, meditation, silence, truth, wisdom and wholeness.
The chakra system seeks to develop and integrate the physical, emotional, psychological, mental, social and spiritual aspects of our being into one coherent whole.
The development process of the chakra system includes the process from the personality, the psychological “I”, to the inner being, the authentic self, the development process of concrete and abstract thinking, the development process from seeing only one’s own needs to developing empathy, the capacity to understand the needs of another person, and the process of understanding the relation between level of awareness and working with people. The chakra system relates both to the development process of the individual, to countries and to the whole world.
Light on the chakras
What is a chakra? How do the three lower and the three higher chakras relate to each other? The word “chakra” means “spinning wheel” in the ancient language Sanskrit. There are seven chakras, seven energy wheels in the body that moves clockwise. These charkas receive energy from the universal energy field, which is everywhere around us. The equivalent to the chakra system in the physical body is the endocrine glands, which regulates the hormones in the body.
Ckakras are the energy centers that take in universal energy, which we need to be alive.
Each chakra or awareness level is an energy center, which describes different life areas and psychological development issues in life. Each chakra also relates to a certain area in the body.
Each chakra plays a vital role both when it comes to physiological functions and to the development of our consciousness. The chakras relates to biological and physiological functions, to colors and light and to the development of our level of awareness.
The chakra system describes the three general development stages that an individual goes through in his psychological development: the animal, the man and the divine. The first three chakras belong to the animal and are about the themes survival, sex, power and money. The heart is a bridge between the animal and the divine. Love is the bridge between the animal and the divine.
Below the heart, man is an animal. Through the heart, man discovers the human within himself. Above the heart, man discovers the divine within himself.
The seven levels of consciousness are:
1. Survival – Grounding, Coordination and Physical Survival
2. Sensations – Feelings, Sexuality and Satisfaction
3. Power– Vitality, Strength and Self-sufficiency
4.The heart – Unconditional Love and Acceptance
5. Communication – Learning to Be Creative
6. Vision– Learning to Know Our Self
7. Unity-Opening to Universal Consciousness
The first three levels relate to the personality, the psychological I, and the outer world. The heart is the fourth level, which is a bridge between the three lower levels and the three higher levels. The heart is a bridge between the three lower and the three higher chakras. The heart is the river between the outer and the inner self, between the personality, the psychological self, and the inner being, the authentic self.
The three lower chakras belong to the physical world. The heart is the golden bridge between the physical and spiritual world. The three higher chakras belong to the spiritual world.
The first chakra represents our relationship to the body, to the earth, and the seventh chakra represents our relationship to consciousness, to the sky.The power chakra relates to the inner man, to the surface and periphery of our consciousness. The power chakra relates to the outer world.
The heart is the door to the inner woman, to the meditative quality within ourselves, to the inner source of healing and wholeness, to the inner capacity to surrender to life. The heart is the door to the inner world.
The three higher chakras relates to our inner being, the authentic self, and to the inner world.
This division in higher and lower chakras is only schematic. It does not mean to valuate chakras in better or worse. The key to understanding chakras is to learn to live in all chakras. Chakras are also connected with each other in pairs. The first chakra Survival and the seventh chakra Unity are, for example, connected with each other like body and soul, earth and heaven. It means that the higher we spread our wings in spirituality, the more we also need to find the natural roots in the body. It was an insight for me when I was working out with weight lifting in the gym one day, and suddenly had an insight that I was actually developing my spirituality by working on my first chakra through physical training. This insight gave me a both concrete and profound understanding of the relationship between the first and seventh chakra. It was an insight that there is really no division between body and soul, between matter and spirituality – it is one whole.
I have preferred the three higher chakras before, but now I also begin to appreciate the three lower chakras and to live in all seven chakras.
A chakra can also be overactive, under active or balanced. In the description below of each chakra, it will be described what it means for each chakra to be overactive, under active or balanced.
The seven levels of consciousness are about learning to accept and appreciate all steps and levels of our psychological and spiritual development process towards spiritual maturity. It helps us to see that both positive and negative experiences are teachers in life to help us to become spiritually mature. It is about learning to love the imperfect and incomplete within ourselves.
The psychological and spiritual development process of the chakra system can be described as a building with seven floors. Understanding the development process through the chakra system is a process of seeing the world from a within-and- out perspective, rather than from an outside-and-in perspective. We create our own reality through our ideas, attitudes and concepts – and these concepts can lie on different levels of consciousness. This can be compared with a building. For example, you have a building in Stockholm, where you live in the cellar. In this cellar, you have two or three small windows, and your perspective of Stockholm is through people’s feet when they pass by the windows. But if you instead take the elevator up to the seventh floor, you are still in Stockholm, but now you have a greater view of Stockholm. You have more potential and more possibilities. But here something interesting happens in the psychological development process: in the outer world opposite energies attract each other for example positive and negative, man and woman and good and bad. But that is not true in the inner world: in the inner world similar energies attract each other and opposite energies repel each other.
The classic Indian book Bhagwadgita is about the struggle between light and darkness, between our lower and higher nature. The chakra system also includes the struggle between light and darkness, between good and evil, between awareness and unawareness and between separation and wholeness. The chakra system represents the choice between learning to listen to our intuition, to our inner source of love, truth and wisdom, or to listen to the endless desires of the ego.
1. Survival – Grounding, Coordination and Physical Survival
The first chakra or level of awareness is called Survival and relates to the physical body. It is also called Root chakra. Survival is placed at the bottom of the spine.Survival represents our relationship to the physical body. It relates to physical grounding, coordination and survival. It relates to instincts, to physiological functions and basic biological functions for example thirst, hunger, sleep and work. It also relates to emotional needs such as safety, security and our will to live.Survival is the first chakra, where we become conscious about ourselves.
The first level of awareness is about learning to take responsibility for oneself and to develop a basic trust in life that life supports us and takes care of us. It also relates to our relation to money, work and home. The first level of awareness relates to our capacity to generate money and understanding that Existence is abundance and not just a struggle for survival. Survival relates to taking responsibility for ourselves. When we are not grounded in the first chakra, it creates a doubt that life supports us and takes care of us.
When we are born, the Survival chakra is first activated. It develops from birth to about 3-4 years of age.
The first chakra is the center that gives the soul roots in the physical body. It is the base for our human existence in the physical world. If this chakra is blocked, it results in an individual that feels rootless both in his physical body and in his spiritual existence.
Through the first months of the relationship of love, care and union between mother and child, the physical and spiritual existence of the child is developed in a sublime way. In the love between mother and child, the physical world is joined together with the highest form of spiritual love. It is a melting together and a symbiosis between mother and child. That is why the first months are so important for the child, since this period gives the newborn child the essential base for his continued physical and spiritual development.
If this first period between mother and child is shortened or is completely omitted, it can become difficult for the child to accept that he had to leave the spiritual plane to enter a body. It can create restlessness in the child, but it is also possible to heal this lack later in life.
When a mother lovingly takes care of her child, the light from their root chakras are melting together and their energies are joined together, so that the tie to the physical body that the child needs is strengthened and makes the separation from the spiritual plane easier for the child.
The lecture was followed by 25 minutes of silent Satsang with Giten, which created a deep joy and silence, where the silence became a song in the group, a song of silence.