– Swami Dhyan Giten
– Vitality, Strength, Self-respect
The third chakra or level of awareness is called Power. It is placed in the area around the solar plexus. Power relates to psychological issues like power, strength, self-respect and self-sufficiency.
The third level of awareness is about developing a trust in our ego in order to be able to direct and control our life.
The power chakra is the center of the ego. It is about control, power and dominance over other people. A person who is on the level of awareness of power wants to change other people, but he does not want to change himself.
The power chakra is usually activated around 7-10 years of age. Children begin to become occupied with competition, achievement and to show their accomplishments around this age.
The power chakra also means to develop concrete logical and rational thinking, which primarily focus on one’s own needs, winning and self-sufficiency.
The power chakra relates to the outer world. It relates to the inner man, to the surface and periphery of our consciousness.
Ordinary relationships are often power relationships, which means a fight and struggle between my needs and the needs of the partner. Often the two partners in a power relationship has the same strength in order to learn to develop their power through struggle and fighting.
Strength and aloneness are also two sides of the same coin, two aspects of the same phenomenon, and fear of expressing our strength is often a fear of aloneness, of being abandoned, and of not being loved and accepted.
Acting aggressively has its roots in fear, judgments and insecurity. Violence and aggressiveness is about control and dominance over another person. To judge and to love is two sides of the same coin. Judgments about another person are really about ourselves. When we stop judging others and ourselves, our hearts opens. The heart is a healer that transforms fear to love, judgments to acceptance and separation to wholeness. The heart heals.
The society is created out of the ego, and the need of the ego to create a hierarchy of power, status, respect, position, norms, roles and conformity. Many people in the West lives in the power chakra, and is occupied with competing with others to prove that they are somebody important, and finding their place in the hierarchy.
During the 20th Century, the psychological development level of humanity has been on the awareness level of the power chakra. The focus of humanity has been on power, dominance, position, status, money and control over energy resources. We are technologically advanced and the technology governs the development of the society, but this technology is at the same time destroying the earth. Energy resources are also distinguishing issues in the power balance between countries.
Working with people is basically a question of presence, awareness and energy. Chakras also relate to working with people and the third level of awareness relates to working individually with people.
On the third level of awareness, a person begins to ask himself the question: “Who am I?” He comes to a point in his psychological development when his drama, defenses and self-sufficiency no longer works, and he begins to search for something more. But what? He may not know what he is really searching, but there is a feeling of dissatisfaction, a lack of meaning, and an inner need to be in contact with himself, with other people and with life, in a more true, meaningful and real way. This is what Indian mystics have called“The dark night of the soul”. It is when the endless desires of the ego and the rewards of the outer world are no longer satisfying. The outer world seems dark and empty, and when he turns within himself to the inner world, it is also dark and empty. This is the point in a person’s development when he realizes that real power is love and compassion.
Power and strength is like a sharp sword. It can be used either for destructive or creative purposes. It takes awareness to learn to use the strength in a loving and creative way.
An over active power chakra leads to:
A dominant and demanding attitude, a judgmental attitude, controlling, perfectionism, criticism, rigidity, stubbornness and a workaholic mentality.
An under active power chakra leads to:
Depression, a low self-confidence and self trust, indifference, apathy and hopelessness, confusion, an inability to take decisions, bad judgment, a need for outer recognition and appreciation, a feeling of isolation, a mentality of putting blame on other people, a victim mentality and a fear of failure.
A balanced power chakra leads to:
A respect for oneself and other people, competence, spontaneity, creativity, openness and expression, a trust in one’s own strength without need to show it unless needed, intelligence, self-confidence, flexibility and ability to make clear decisions.
The challenge for the 21st century is The Silent Revolution of the Heart. It is not a revolution within an organization or a land in the traditional sense with violence, madness and blood shed. It is a revolution in human consciousness.
In society today there exists a deep split between the inner and outer world, between intellect and intuition, between male and female qualities, between rest and activity and between outer knowledge and inner wisdom. There is a rapid technological development in the society, but we seem to forget the most important factor: our self.
Humanity as a whole is in-between power and the heart in its psychological and spiritual development process towards spiritual maturity. The next step for humanity as a whole is to realize that real power is love and compassion.
The power chakra is the centre of the ego, the separated sense of “I”. The power chakra is about control, power and dominance over other people. A person who is on the development level of the power chakra wants to change other people, but he does not want to change himself.
Ordinary relationships are often power relationships, which is a fight and struggle between the partners needs and mine. Often the partner in a power relationship has the same strength to develop the power chakra.
The society is created out of the ego, and the need of the ego to create a hierarchy with power, status, respect, position, norms, roles and conformity. Many people in the West live in the power chakra, and are occupied with competing with others, to prove that they are somebody important, and finding their place in the hierarchy.
During the 20th Century has the psychological development level of humanity been on the awareness level of the power chakra? The focus of humanity has been on power, dominance, position, money and control over energy resources. We are technologically developed and this technology governs the development of the society, but this technology is at the same time destroying the earth. Energy resources are also a distinguishing theme in the power balance between countries.
Acting aggressively has its roots in fear, judgments and insecurity. Violence and aggressiveness is about control and dominance over another person. To judge and to be loving is two sides of the same coin. Judgments about another person are really about yourself. When we stop judging others and ourselves, our hearts opens. The heart is a healer that transforms fear to love, judgments to acceptance and separation to wholeness. The heart heals.
The 21st century means an inner awakening. It means a time to grow up. Many people talk about spirituality meditation and inner development but it does not seem to change their lives. Our spiritual development depends on our commitment to our own development. We can use our free will to take on the challenge of life to grow or we can choose not to grow. This is the freedom that life gives us and it our own responsibility, but it seems that it is few people that accept life’s challenge to grow.
The 21st century represents a choice between the separation of ego and the vision of the heart. The silent revolution of the heart is a shift in human consciousness from the short-sighted perspective of the ego of “me” and “mine” to the focus of the heart on love and the needs of the other. It is a shift in consciousness from the short-sighted separation of the ego to the vision of the heart.
When we follow the way of the ego, the path of endless desires, it leads to struggle, conflict, exhaustion and separation from the Whole. The way of the heart is about learning to listen to our heart, to our inner source of love, joy, truth and wisdom. It is to be in a deep harmony with Existence.
When our heart is closed it creates an isolated and lonely feeling together with the attitude: “Nobody loves me”, “nobody cares about me” and “life is a struggle”, which makes us not see the love that is all around us.
A silent revolution of the heart happens when we start to care about another person, and it is a joy to put the needs of the other person before our own needs. It is on the awareness level of the heart that we begin to develop the sensitivity and awareness that makes us care about another person. The heart operates from the premises: I am responsible and only love works.
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