One of the best, and certainly the most ubiquitous, methods of closing off heart chakra energies is by shaming. Shaming occurs every time someone with a connection to you makes you feel less than the beautiful, bright, powerful, intelligent, compassionate, loving being that you really are. Shaming is a pernicious and powerful energy suppressor. Finger wagging disapproval constricts heart energy flow and diminishes our sense of divinity, primarily because it impacts how we see ourselves. My principle as above in consciousness, so below in matter, applies here. If we see ourselves in the powerful light of shame, which is the light of diminishment and rejection, we manifest this limitation. More than that, we reject and eject our divinity. The profound spiritual truth of the matter is we cannot be God, we cannot embrace our divinity, we cannot let flow the energies of the heart chakra if we do not feel we are worthy. The process of shaming instills in us feelings of unworthiness that prevent us from accepting the divinity within.

Shaming occurs in a number of ways, both overt and covert. Parents shame us, and we shame our children, when we call into question their abilities. “Why aren’t you doing your homework, are you stupid, lazy, retarded?” Teachers shame us in a covert and hard to identify fashion when they rate us and rank us in relation to our peers. No child wants to be compared unfavorably against another and all such comparisons (i.e. grading, awards for the “winners”, trophies, etc.) succeed in shaming the majority while elevating the minority to positions of reward and power. Of course, the shaming continues in our adult lives as we are constantly remind how, in the grander scheme of things, we really amount to nothing. After all we are nothing more than descended apes, too stupid to do what we are told (i.e. avoid eating from “the tree”) and too weak to avoid temptation.

Overcoming Shame

As adults we like to believe that we are stronger than children and that emotional attacks on our sense of divinity, on the energies of the heart chakra, do not impact us. In fact, that is not the case. We may ignore the damage and desensitize ourselves to the pain, but damage occurs nonetheless. That is, it is certainly possible to train your body to absorb punches and ignore pain (as prize fighters do), but ignorance is never bliss and damage is done with each blow to the body. What’s more, regardless of whether or not you are aware, the damage is cumulative. The longer you live within and tolerate violent shaming, the smaller your heart shrinks and the farther away you retreat from your divinity. Therefore the absolute first thing we must do to begin the process of healing is to stop the process of shaming, both as it is directed at you and as you direct it at others. I won’t kid you here, this can be very difficult.

 

As hard as it might be, stopping the shaming is necessary. Take small steps where necessary, work on your own personal life first, and change the wider social fabric when you can, but do get to work at it. Believe me when I say that as long as our societies are built on shame, as long as we are victims of shaming, as long as collectively we accept the constant badgering message that we are “less than,” God consciousness

Actually taking action to end the shame is the best medicine. Taking action to stop empowers us and heals our body in several ways. Taking action enlivens our throat chakra (because we must speak the Truth of this), enlivens our solar chakra (because we must take power to accomplish this), and gives us a practical sense of our own power and divinity (a sense which has likely been trampled into non-existence.)

Other actions to heal damaged heart energies are possible and I’ll cover aspects of the healing process later. For now, consider the advice above. Look around you at all the ways you are made to feel “less then” the God that you are and take action to defend, protect, and halt the shaming energies. Getting yourself out from the oppressive emotional fist of The System is the only way to proceed towards awakening, activation, and ascension.

Unblocking the Throat Chakra

In a previous article I talked about the right way to see and deal with anger, and the wrong way to see and deal with anger. In that article we learned that anger is not a bad thing, it is just a thing. Use anger correctly and it is a functional and healthy part of the physical unit. Use anger incorrectly and you get discomfort, distress, disuncture, and disease.

Stepping back from the partially functioning heart chakra, this time I want to talk about throat chakra blockages, and unblocking the throat chakra. As I say in Dossier of the Ascension: A Practical Guide to Chakra Activation and Kundalini Awakening, the throat chakra is all about expression. Anything about your physical body that has to do with expressing your Self  is throat chakra related. Thus, the throat chakra is related to your fingers (e.g., playing piano, which is expressive), your voice (talking and singing), your hands (sculpting), and every other aspect of your body that supports expression of one sort or another.

Your throat chakra is a very important chakra. Personal expression, Self expression, is a very important function of the physical body. Expression is the physical universe is one of the reasons we enter in to the Physical Unit (PU) in the first place. When your Resident Monadic Consciousness enters the body, it expects to be able to use the body to express itself. The energies of the throat chakra go to supporting the ability of the PU to express itself. When these energies are distorted or blocked in some fashion, the Self expression is blocked. When Self expression is blocked, illness, dis-ease, and disjuncture can set in. Throat chakra blockage and distortion are destructive to our emotional, psychological, and spiritual well being.

Unfortunately, on this planet, our throat chakras are all blocked up to one degree or another.

 

The blockage, repression, and corruption starts in childhood with a developmental challenge. As children as our bodies develop our chakras slowly activate. Our brain develops (crown chakra), our eyes and ears open (third eye), and we slowly come to see and understand the world and the the thing is, what we see and understand about the world is not very pretty. Parental violence and hypocrisy, suffering and inequality, sexual and physical abuse, and a host of other obvious “evils” plague us as childhood awareness dawns. And that is where the problem starts because once crown and third eye begin to function, the throat chakra comes slowly online as well and as that happen we want to talk about and express our feelings about what we see.

As children we want to talk about it, we want to challenge it, we want to ask why, and maybe (as our solar chakra develops) we want to do something about it…

And so, we do.

We ask, “why is little Suzie’s daddy touching her in that way” or “why does mommy hit and scream at me so much” or “why do the teachers make me feel bad” or why are children dying of hunger in world of plenty.

We connect, we see, we talk.

And what do we get?

We get nothing but shut down!

The response ranges everywhere from subtle manipulation of perspective (“oh dear it is not what you think it is’) or an overt silencing “don’t talk about that” or “it’s not our business,” to outright physical and emotional punishment and abuse. I know when I challenged my mother’s hypocrisies as a child, I was verbally abused and beaten with straps and wooden sticks and so I learned very quickly to shut up about things. And it doesn’t just stop there. As a child growing up, my throat chakra was shut down in many ways, to the point where speaking the truth became virtually impossible. I won’t lie to you, it took many years to overcome the fear and anxiety and yet even now we (i.e. our family) struggle to speak the truth.

It is not as easy as the lotus eaters would have you believe.

It is a struggle no matter how you look at it.

I suppose at this point two questions emerge.

Question one, why do we, as a society, do this. Why do we suppress our throat chakra so violently.

Question two, what can we do about it?

Well, if you want the answer to question one you will find it in my Book of Life: Ascension and the Divine World Order and Dossier of the Ascension: A Practical Guide to Chakra Activation and Kundalini Awakening (both available for free to students of the Lightning Path). As for what to do about it, that is easy. Make the effort and change the score. My Dossier of the Ascension has some practical chakra exercises you can do to get started, but beyond that it comes to down to practical application in your daily life.

It is as simple as this.

GET OVER your fears and anxiety and learn to speak the truth about all things in your life, and on this world, no matter what.

Is somebody hurting you, express that to them.

If somebody is hurting somebody else, talk about it with the people involved.

Sexual abuse in your family? Don’t pretend it is not there (third eye repression), don’t talk about the weather instead (throat chakra corruption), talk about the dirty reality of it. It is the only way to heal and move forward and it is what you came here to do. You don’t have to be mean and viscous, in fact you shouldn’t be because mean and hurtful expression is just as bad as no expression at all, but you do have to be open and expressive. It is the only way to activate that throat chakra of yours.

And if you have trouble expressing…

If expression results in physical abuse, emotional violence, manipulation, or shut down…

Then you are in an oppressive and (potentially) dangerous situation and you need to get help, and get help fast. The world is changing in ways much deeper than you have yet to realize and I’ll tell you this, the silence of the lambs is no longer a survivable option. So stand up and speak out. It’s time.

 

Until next time I am Michael Sharp

 

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Spiritual Anger Management: I recently had an email conversation with long time student of the LP.  For a long time this fellow has had an issue with anger and rage. It is a problem for him. It comes up, and when it does he feels ugly. Then, pushes it down and represses it. The problem, I suppose, is that the anger hasn’t gone away. It just sits there, buried inside, and boils up every once in a while making him feel disjuncture, and creating disconnection.

Of course, he is not the only person to have anger issues. On this planet a lot of people (even a lot of spiritually minded people) have anger issues, even rage issues. I remember years ago watching a mother on our block express bitter and violent rage at her only son. Despite the pretty quartz crystals in her Tibetan singing bowls, and despite the beautiful stone angels in her front porch, she was obviously a very angry person, as are a lot of people. Of course, a lot of people will deny, or pretend; but behind the closed doors of the modern world family, anger, bitterness, disconnection, and even rage figure prominently into the energetic mix.

And why is that?

It comes down to The System basically, but it revolves around confusion and misconception. As spiritual minded people, or just people in general, we have no idea what anger is all about. We know it is an emotion, and we know it can be powerful; but beyond that, we often don’t want to have anything to do with it. If you are a spiritual person and you are angry, you are supposed to forgive and forget, let go, and not be angry. If you are a scientific person, you are supposed to be rationale and logical. Nobody likes to see an angry person (unless their anger is directed at the “opposing team”) and so in the Pleasantville of our daily lives, we cover over our anger, pretend it is not there. you are pissed off and angry, the message is always the same. The priests and the prophets (and sometimes the psychologists) wag their fingers and tell you that if you want to be a spiritual person, if you want to be evolved, if you want to “fit in,” if you don’t want to look weak, feminine, and out of control, you need to keep that anger bottled up and suppressed. And so we do, pretending we’re not pissed off and putting on a show just for our friends and neighbors to see.

This is a problem, of course, and the problem with this is simple. Suppressing your anger is neither spiritual, nor scientific, nor rationale; besides, it doesn’t ever work. Repression and sublimation of your anger is no way to deal with anger. Just ask all the victims of stroke and heart attack, all the physically abused women, or the emotionally abused men, of this world. If you are mad at something, then no matter how hard you try and repress it, the anger will eventually come out. Either you will internalize it and it will come out as a  assault on your own bodily system (e.g. your angry energy will toxify your body and make you more prone to disease and illness, like cancer), or you will externalize it and find some outside [often innocent] target at which to be mad at. Neither approach is wise or healthy spiritual anger management.

So what do you do with anger? Well, in order to understand how to deal properly with anger you first have to understand the purpose of anger, what it was designed for, and how to use it properly, and that is easy. Anger was designed by Consciousness to help protect the physical unit. Anger is a protection mechanism. Anger is triggered in the physical unit when the physical unit is being hurt. The hurt can be physical, emotional, psychological, or even spiritual — it doesn’t matter. If the physical unit is being hurt, anger begins to arise.  Why? Because anger gives the body the energy and the motivation to stop the hurt and prevent damage.

Do a little thought experiment with me now.

Imagine you are sitting in a chair and I am standing in front of you. Suddenly I step forward and stomp on your toe not once, not twice, but repeatedly. How do you react? If your body, mind, and emotions are healthy and responding correctly, after the initial surprise that a spiritual teacher like me would start trying to break your toes, your body would naturally get mad. Hormones would pump into your bloodstream, energy from your solar chakra would coalesce into a ball, your crown chakra would light up getting you ready for action, and you’d jump up and angrily shove me off. That is what you would do; that is what you should do.  Anger is there to help the body protect itself from damage. When your body is being damaged, whether physically, emotionally, or psychologically,  your body gets angry.

As you can see, anger is not a bad emotion. Anger is a useful one, an evolutionary one. If somebody is violating the boundaries of the the body, the body naturally reacts to that, and there is nothing you can do to stop that from happening. Anger is biological, genetic, activated automatically, and 100% functional for the physical unit if you deal it with it properly. And dealing with it properly means simply and always, stopping the hurt. In the case of me smashing your toes this involves taking the ball of energy created by the body’s emotion of anger and using that to shove me back so I don’t break your toes. Do that and the assault stops, the anger dissipates, and life goes on. In the case of emotional assaults, anger should be used to stop the emotional assaults.

Simple.  But, the problem is, it doesn’t work like this for most people. For most people anger is something bad, something evil, something primitive, something that has caused them pain in the past, and something to be repressed. There’s something wrong with angry people, says the psychologist. It is primitive and ape like, says the scientist. It is un-godlike and un-worthy, says the priests and the prophets. Forgive and forget, say the priest. If you want to be a good person, accept all that is and put up with the shit and abuse. That’s the message we get. But that message is bullshit and listening to those people speak their bullshit isn’t going to make you a spiritual person, it is going to make you a damaged one. If you do nothing, if you suppress your anger, you are going to be damaged as a direct result of the assaults, and damaged by the internalization or externalization of the energies which you can’t simply wish away.

So what are you going to do? Well, if you want my advice, quit listening to the priests, gurus, and prophets who tell you to turn the other cheek, look the other way, forgive, forget, and move on. We tried it and now we know, turning the other cheek doesn’t work. Things haven’t gotten better as a result because anger simply doesn’t work that way. Anger is not a negative and destructive emotion, that is just propaganda. Anger is a positive and life affirming emotion(!) because when we get angry we are essentially driven to say, quit damaging me, quit violating me, quit hurting me.

Having said all this, this isn’t to say that you should become all hate filled and violent. That’s not the answer either. If you get angry and hurt others, you’re just going to generate more anger and hurt. If you are angry at something or someone, express that anger in a positive, effective, and life affirming way so it doesn’t build up and cause damage. And when I say positive and life affirming, I mean positive and life affirming. Do only what you need to do to stop the boundary violation. If somebody is stepping on your toes, push them off, but don’t beat them down. If they don’t stop, don’t let the anger build up until it explodes, and don’t lash out in reciprocal violence; remove yourself from their sphere of influence. There is a right way to express anger, a way that is in alignment with your compassionate, conscious, and aware higher self, and a wrong way. If you express anger the wrong way you move towards disjuncture and disconnection, and you become part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Finally, remember this; if being a spiritual person is your goal, the most important thing you can do is protect the vehicle that your spirit expresses in. You can’t be spiritual with a damaged body, damaged emotional responses, or damaged cognition. So use anger to help you with that. Treat your body right and expect others to treat it right as well. When they don’t, when the cauldron of anger starts to churn and roll causing toil and your trouble, aim it at the person causing the violation and use that energy to either stop the violation, or get yourself out of dodge. Anything else and you are acting like a chump for the System.

I am Michael Sharp

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