ccharles wrote:This explains my motivation: (I PMed someone on this forum about this, and this is what I messaged them): "It may sound silly, but I recently was worried as to whether or not my "chakras" were opened or if I had accidentally closed them by focusing on a pressure I had in my forehead (I know this is not discussed much in Theravada buddhism). Because I was afraid I accidentally closed them, I tried to visualize and feel white light radiating and rising from the different chakra locations (and relaxing those areas) from the bottom up (not during meditation just in regular waking life). I'm now afraid that I may have opened certain chakras too much or that they're not balanced, so I'm wondering what to do next, if I should not worry about it or if I should search for someone who deals with chakras. I'm worried about my "energy bodies" for lack of a better word you could say...I've never formally learned about chakras btw, only scattered information I've seen online... All I know about chakras is the general locations they're normally said to be located, aside from that I know nothing at all about them: how to open them, get them flowing, balancing them, etc..." Also at one point when I was attempting to visualize white light radiating at a certain area and relaxing the area, I had a negative intrusive thought worrying if that negativity could somehow manifest itself in that chakra area and then affect my awareness and my life negatively. I tried to make my self feel safe by countering the thought with white light radiating from the area, however I kept worrying and having the intrusive thought, making it hard to maintain the visualization of white light, and so I felt like maybe I never completely "erased" this "negative energy" (if even "negative energy" was actually created, i was just worried about the possibility of having created it because of the negative intrusive thoughts/ visualizations, which is why I did this Pure O OCD like behaviour). It's got me worried, and I could say it's somewhat in the realm of Pure O (OCD) thoughts, but I do not know whether or not the negative intrusive thoughts I had could manifest because of this, in a way similar to what is described in the "Law of Attraction" teachings (Even though I don't really believe these teachings too much, sometimes I have Pure-O (OCD) worries that my negative thoughts could be attracting those things to manifest, so I'll try to counter them with a thought of the opposite positive situation, thinking that maybe this will help it to manifest and keep me safe. Countering the thoughts however is tiresome and I realize I only do it out of the fear that if I just leave the negative thoughts and feeling of fear alone, something bad could happen.) I'm just asking for advice.
Ok, i think i could help you to activate it, but first of all i would like you to understand sometink very important:
All volitional formations
All this is IMPERMANENT, subject to change, brings suffering, and anatta, out of any control. So dont be conditioned by it's changes, arisings and disapearings, it's not yours, and will brings you suffer.
Of corse you can work with it, like chakras or sport or knowledge, but it must be just for fun, without any attachement.
Some chakras are more difficult to percive then others, more subtils. Generaly most visibles are chakra of your front, and heart, more difficults are neck, estomach, genitails, and the one between your sex and anus.
So if you want to feel them, and develope, i consil you to just putt your concetration in this zone, and just try to feel it, it will become warm and turning on watch sense (from left to right). So take the most simple, and be concentrate on it (without any light or mantras or other things, pure concentration), until it will be here.
To activate others, personaly i does like this, i take the most stable and strengh chakra and, with my concentration, i mouve it on my body, very vey slowly, from one chakra to an another. It like you take a fire from one place at putt it in an another. So doing that, you will be able to activate all chakras. One after another stabilyse it, util you will be able to activate it without any effort, just with thinking about it.
Sometimes, some chakras would be very strong, and this fire will brings some physical pain, and perharps you will understand that you dont able to stop this chakra, it still activate, and brings phisical pain.
So to disactiva it, it' very simple.
Take your hand, put it on the chakra, and just turn your hand in other sense (from right to left). Immediatly it will be desactivated.
You must to know that it's your mind, and not chakras that shaping you, so if you will work with heart chakra and thinking that you will develop your love and compassion, yes you will do, but not because of chakra, but ecause you KNOW that you will develop it.
Do not be attached to somethink totaly impermanent and suffering, to somethink that have no any utility, to somethink what will brings you more suffering, and no deliver from suffering, because, as i see, your motivation is suffering.
Use your wisdom.
And i repeat:
All volitional formations
Are impermanent and suffering.
I wish you get free from impermanence