Back to the basics, yay! When you begin energy work, you learn some basic abilities like grounding or centering. These are simple skills, and they might seem trivial, but there is a reason why you should learn them. You see, when you do not ground yourself, and do not center yourself, the energy that flows through your body tends to flow in a chaotic way, and it gathers in upper chakras and spine energy channel. And this fact can lead to serious problems that might destroy your life.
There’s something that I call the “New Age Syndrome” – as you can figure this out already, it’s a syndrome popular among New Age practitioners. When people dig into New Age, the begun meditation practice, they go to workshops, participate in psychic healing sessions, practice different forms of energy work and so on. And with time, they’re beginning to feel great – so peaceful and spiritual. And, of course, they’re becoming much more sensitive to psychic energies around them.
This leads to a Syndrom Of Spiritual Addiction – New Age practitioners need more and more spiritual work in order to operate normally. But do not be mislead. It doesn’t mean that they have a need to grow spiritually – it’s not a grow; it’s an addiction. And it’s not different than drug or alcohol addictions. It’s because the practitioner doesn’t seek enlightenment, but he seeks more physical and mental experiences that will satisfy his addicted hunger.
Finally, this leads to really serious problems – the fact that the person becomes self-centered and aggressive towards people who aren’t “developing”. Such a person could become a spiritual racist, segregating people – “spiritual people”, “evil people”. Further on, such person can break contact with friends and family, because “they’re not spiritual enough”. In the end, this leads to serious mental conditions that require very complex and long healing and treatment.
Be honest with yourself and see if you’re falling into this dangerous New Age trap.
People ask me “so what can you sense or see right now” – and I answer them: “nothing”. It’s because I’m open to energies and messages only when I need to. You see – spiritual and psychic development is a path to a better life. You shouldn’t fall into a trap of enjoying the physical or mental states themselves for few seconds. They’re not the point of your practice. And finally, the fact that you’re constantly open to spiritual energies and messages doesn’t mean that you’re growing – it just means that you’ve energized your spine energy channel and upper chakras, and this is a seriously dangerous stuff. Often, it’s called a Kundalini Syndrome, but don’t be mislead – Kundalini Syndrome is a much worse condition.
The reason why people fall into the New Age Syndrome trap is that they energize their spine channel, and upper chakras. Some people perceive it as the main goal of spiritual growth, but it’s just a tool, not the goal. The upper chakras will become energized with time, after many years of practice. And this will happen automatically, when you will be ready. Do not try to energize these chakras on your own – you can send energy there for healing or development purposes, but the rule is clear – do not leave the energy in the chakras.
There are many ways to avoid falling into New Age trap – regular grounding and centering practices are the basics. You should also have friends that will keep you well grounded. But the primary thing that I want to teach you now is related to energy work. You need to learn how to send the energy into your lower Tan T’ien.
The lower Tan T’ien is located an inch or two below your belly button, in your navel, few inches deep inside your body. It’s a place where all life energy is stored and transferred, being sent to areas of your body when it’s needed at the time. Whenever you finish any energy work practice or spiritual practice, it’s a good idea to spend few minutes sending the energy back to the lower Tan T’ien area. This way, the energy won’t energize upper chakras and the spine channel, and it will keep you a bit safer on your path of spiritual growth.
First, you need to locate your Tan T’ien.
Now that you know where your Tan T’ien is located, you can send the energy there. After any form of energy work, energy healing or spiritual practice, perform the following exercise.
As you can see, it’s a very simple technique, but it can save you a lot of troubles on your path of spiritual development. Practice it daily, and after every spiritual practice or energy work. Don’t worry if your spiritual teachers say that it’s not necessary – from what I’ve seen in all these years, people who do not direct energies into the Tan T’ien area, become mentally ill. Of course, sometimes such Tan T’ien exercise is replaced by proper centering and grounding, especially by grounding, but you know how it is – it won’t hurt to have one more safety rule in place.
And when you will keep these rules in mind, then New Age practices will become a lot safer, and more effective for you. Then, they will have a great value.
But what if you have fallen into New Age Syndrome already? Well, realizing this fact is already a great step towards healing yourself. The entire process of healing is a bit more complex, and I will describe it another time. For now, let’s just say that you need to stop participating in all spiritual workshops, and drop your spiritual practices for some time. Then, you need to start practicing grounding and centering, and of course, the Tan T’ien exercise. You should also focus on some normal hobby – like gardening or reading :). After few months, you should see a difference. Then, when you’re free of your addiction, you can begin spiritual practice once more – but this time, with much safer approach.
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Did any teacher taught you about the danger of energizing upper chakras not by working with them, but by leaving the energy there? What other safety rules regarding spiritual development would you like to share with readers?