Recent article on Powered by Intuition website about mapping the human energy field inspired me to write few words about chakras and auras. Today, I would like to make those of you, who are clairvoyant, wonder – how real are the things which you can perceive? Or should I say, how real are the things that we can perceive? I’m clairvoyant, too. Heck, I even wrote a book about clairvoyance. But I also understand the problems related to our psychic perception.
Some of you may say “what’s the problem, I can see aura, so it’s real” – but is it? What I’ve learned in the past few years is that yes, we can see things. And we can tell stuff about things we see. And this stuff can be very real. But in just few seconds, another person can come, see things differently, and say similar things based on his or hers perception. And these words will have a meaning, too. The difference might be simple – while we can see chakras, the other person might see an energetic entity talking about the person, no chakras included. So, who is right?
Let’s say this – chakras and auras are the product of New Age. New Age, as movement of believers in books of New Age authors, to be more specific. To better understand this, we have to go back in time and learn the origins of both concepts. The concept of aura was created among people of two cultures: the ancient Egypt and ancient India. In both traditions, the concept was clear: aura was a field of energy around person’s head. Preferable, around holy person’s head. The Egyptian concept was utilized by Greek culture, from which it passed to Christian tradition. Thus, you can see icons and pictures of Christian saints with aura around their heads.
The Hindu concept of aura never truly expanded to any other tradition – except maybe Buddhism, in which “halos” were still placed behind the person’s head. But something else expanded from India to the world: the concept of chakras. In reality, Hindu chakras were archetypes of deities within human personality – in similar fashion, chakras were described by Carl Gustav Jung. Still, they were never considered to be energy centers – merely archetypes, pieces of personality that were slowly activated and embraced as the Kundalini energy moved throughout the primary energy channel in the spine. And it’s all related to Tantric traditions.
And there was no energy included. There is, however, a concept of energy centers within human body, yes. It’s the concept that originate from Taoist ideology. According to this concept, there are three primary energy centers within human body – one below the navel, the other one near the heart, and the last one in the head. But these centers are not related to personality or spiritual growth. The overall Taoist concept is a bit different.
Even more – no other culture in the world, nor any magical tradition, ever developed a concept of auras or chakras. Seriously, none – don’t you think it’s strange? If chakras are real and auras are real and they can be perceived through clairvoyance, why is it that no other culture was able to perceive these mysterious energies? And yet, people consider chakras to be most important element of spiritual development – why so?
It’s because at the end of XIX century, and beginning of the XX century, there was an organization called the Theosophical Society. This organization, among few other individuals, promoted the Hindu and Buddhist concepts of the spirituality. In addition, they mixed these concepts with Christian tradition – and thus, the Theosophy was created. Later on, the aspects of Hindu deities were removed from the knowledge of chakras; the colors were assigned to each of the seven chakras (original concept does not have colors assigned to these “energy centers”); and the concept of aura – a mixed concept of Christian and Hindu tradition, came to be.
It was Theosophical movement and growing Hindu evangelism by gurus and “masters” that lead to the development of modern New Age ideas. If you can do some research, you can truly find out that most of the spiritual stuff that most people practice today didn’t exist before year 1850. To be honest – and the sources confirms it – what most spiritual workers work with today is based on Theosophy, and is a modern concept, created in XX century. Most of this stuff – practices, beliefs, auras and chakras as we know them today, weren’t “real” before year 1850.
But what is real? As I’m about to explain, our brain and our mind plays an important role in clairvoyant perception – it’s something I explained in my book about clairvoyance. What you about to learn explains why chakras and auras are real, and aren’t – at the same time.
Nancy du Tertre wrote a great book, “Psychic Intuition“, in which she describes our human perception of reality. Truly, I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in psychic perception, clairvoyance and subtle senses. Basically, it’s not really what you see – but what you think you see. Our perception is based upon things we learn and experience. Throughout your life, you read books, watch movies, attend lectures – to say it simple, you learn. And based on what you learn, you perceive. This phenomena results in many things:
In case of psychic perception, it gets even more interesting. Let’s say you just start to learn clairvoyance. But you read dozens of books about chakras, already. In the end, when you’ll be able to see things clairvoyantly, it’s quite possible that you will see the chakras. It’s because your subtle senses do pick up information – you can either “see” or “feel” or just “know” there’s something out there. But your mind wants to make sense of it – thus, it will pick up something that makes sense, and all these books about chakras that you’ve read in the past, do make sense. Thus, you will see the chakras. And you will be right! You will be very accurate once you learn how to interpret what you see.
But at the same time, let’s take someone who doesn’t believe in chakras, and someone who haven’t read about chakras – but someone who is clairvoyant, still, but works with different things, who follows a different tradition. This person will be able to see or feel something, as well. But he or she won’t be able to see chakras – his or hers perception will be based on different knowledge and experiences, but the person’s “intuitive reading” might still be very correct and accurate.
It’s not just theory – it’s proven through experience. I’ve seen it multiple times – different people who can see different things, can describe the person with great accuracy – just like modern psychics can by looking at chakras.
Some people may say – all right, so let’s find a child that is clairvoyant and ask it to describe what can it see. Surely, the child will be able to see the reality, and not something that he or she learned from books.
It’s an interesting idea – still, according to my belief (based on reincarnation), if the child doesn’t have knowledge of “things”, the old patterns from previous incarnations might kick in. But, it’s still an interesting idea :).
The very same thing applies to aura. Not everyone is capable of perceiving this “thing” that fills thousands of New Age books. But all sensitive people are able to sense something, and interpret it. In the end – if we take experiences, knowledge and traditions together – we realize that chakras and auras aren’t real. Our perception is real. But our perception is based on our knowledge and experience, and it varies from person to person.
In the end, all of this makes me wonder why so many people are interested in chakras? I know a lot of people who fall into a trap of “oh my God, my seventh chakra isn’t active, what do I do, WHAT DO I DO?!“. At the same time, I know a lot of people who don’t care about chakras, considering it to be a kind of New Age fluff. And yet, they manage to work with spiritual energies, and they even manage to walk the path of spiritual growth. I can see chakras if I want to, but I don’t really care about them in my own practice.
What I want to say is that chakras and auras aren’t “real” – they are merely our interpretation of the things that are “there”, within us, but we all perceive them differently. And in reality, we do not know the true nature of these things that we perceive as chakras and auras.
Don’t fall into a trap of “chakras and chakras only!” Especially if you decide to walk a different tradition. Know this – Asatru does not believe in chakras; Reiki has nothing to do with chakras; Pagans and Wiccans have nothing to do with chakras; European magick has nothing to do with chakras. Actually, there are two ideologies that do care about chakras and two only – Tantra in its many forms, and New Age. Everything else is just a matter of perception.
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Can you perceive chakras? Do you know people who cannot see chakras? And what does your tradition say about chakras and auras?