When there is undue fixation on a particular level, there is something basic that has not been fulfilled.
When the sacredness of our connection with the Earth is denied, it is replaced by materialism. Monetary empires become the means to security - having a bigger house, better car, or higher salary. This attachment perpetuates itself, since it defiles the planet, and takes us further away from our source. Like junk food, materialisms does not satisfy the first chakra, but creates a greater hunger. Similarly, if we don’t take care of our body, we eventually get sick and become preoccupied with our health. Over emphasis on the first chakra comes from a lack of energetic grounding and reverence for Nature. Western materialism can be seen as a cultural compensation for the loss of the Goddess as Mother Nature.
In chakra two, the sacredness of sexuality is denied publicly, while sexuality is used in most advertising, and annual sales of products to make us “sexier” rank in the billions. We are promised fulfillment through sexual attractiveness alone - not through the act of sex itself, or through ongoing relationship. The shadow side of denied sexuality is rape, child molestation, sexual harassment, pornography, sexual addiction, and public fascination with political sex scandals. Our attachment at this level reflects a lack of fulfillment. In the third chakra, issues of power and energy impact everyone’s lives. Power is put in the hands of the few, and victimization and powerlessness become the cry of many. Power is seen as existing outside the self, and can be increased by having more money, being sexually attractive, or playing by the rules until someone higher up makes you a rule maker. Power tends to be modeled in terms of power-over, rather than power-with. In most situations, conformity is rewarded and individuation is discouraged. our greatest public investment is the military, a system designed for one purpose only: to exert power and control when necessary through violence and intimidation.
In child development, [chakra three] is marked by the beginnings of impulse control, as the child learns to curtail his or her instinctual urges in favor of more socially acceptable behavior. This master also awakens the potential for individual autonomy, and the simultaneous need to determine one’s own reality, which takes place, albeit clumsily, during the willful stage of the “terrible twos.”
In a culture, this stage is marked by a civilization hat is less deeply bound to the cycles of Nature, but has expanded, through progressively more complex technology, beyond the limitations that Nature imposes. Anyone who has lived the life of a farmer knows how it binds one to the cycles and whims of Nature. My conjecture is that increased technological capability allowed the possibility of divergence form Nature which, in turn, awakened the potential for free will. Unfortunately, some individuals or tribes would have come to this realization before others, allowing them to use their new found will to control and dominate others who were weaker or who had not yet awakened their own will.
Over the next several millennia, rising masculine forces pushed against the dominant numinosity of the Mother Goddess and spawned an aggressive period of civilization that has continued into the present day. The force it must have taken to supplant the fundament religious symbols that existed since the beginning of conscious time must have been considerable indeed. What could possibly equal the miraculous life-giving powers of the Goddess?
Death is the only power equal in strength to the ability to create Life. Thus the fear of death became a prime motivator of culture and behavior. The miracle of birth, which could only emerge from the feminine, became instead the willed creation of the masculine God. Thus the future emerged from the head, not the body, from fear rather than trust. The masculine archetype, in order to gain ascendance, was forced to prove an equivalent power through constant demonstrations of domination, war and heroic activity.
The most important thing to understand about this chakra - and its corresponding age - is that, for better or worse, ti is generally achieved through an initial rejection of the values associated with the previous two levels - earth and water. Indeed, fire cant burn if there is too much of either element. This denial of our underlying foundation is not a healthy way to grow. it reflects an immature, initial attempt to reroute the collective consciousness into a new direction from the passive, habitual tendencies of the lower chakras.
To the emerging patriarchal system, this meant a rejection and outright domination of the primary values of the previous Neolithic culture - which were the values of the first two chakras - the sacredness of the Earth, sexuality, emotion, women, community, and cooperation - essentially flipping all of these values into their opposites. Thus the peaceful Earth Goddesses were replaced by thunderous Sky Gods, the miracle of birth was supplanted by the fear of death, the sacredness of sexuality repressed, and cooperative partnership was replaced by hierarchical control. With this change, the basic order of life - as it had been known since the dawn of human consciousness, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of years - was broken.
Certainly, as consciousness evolves, the structure of our paradigms will change with it. The information we send out through the global network can be information that inspires global change or information that incites violence and aggression. This information must be based on both fact and vision, feeling and understanding, embodying the balance, characteristic of chakra four. our new mythology needs to be a paradigm of wholeness, one that embraces and integrates each of the levels we have encountered.
To “come of age in the heart” is to fall in love with the world once again. it is to operate from love rather than guilt, devotion rather than duty, to interact with the world from the heart rather than the solar plexus. In order to awaken to the age of the heart, the entire thrust of our emerging era needs to be one of balancing polarities and integrating diversity.
Mind and body, individual and collective, freedom and responsibility, light and shadow, progress and conservation, work and pleasure are all struggling for acknowledgment as equal qualities in a paradigm of wholeness. As long as we value one more than the other, we will be a culture out of balance.
The emerging age is characterized by the Dynamic Feminine, the final piece in the quaternary of static and dynamic feminine and masculine. The Dynamic Feminine is symbolized by a spiral, which moves from the center of the Static Masculine cross, pushing outward without limits, reintegrating the divided opposites of left form right and upper from lower, back toward the unifying circle. The Dynamic Feminine is characterized by creativity, chaos and passion. By allowing spirit to move us into ecstasy, rather than using our heads to define spirit, it brings us ecstatic, rather than dogmatic religion. It connects rather than divides. As it spirals out into a circle, it connects inner with outer, individual with collective, up, down, left, right, mind and body, all into an inseparable dynamically moving whole.
It must be emphasized that in personal or collective systems, moving from one chakra to another does not require that we negate previous levels, but that we instead incorporate them. By reclaiming our bodies as individual temples, the Earth as a manifestation of living divinity, and the feminine as an equally important divine archetype, without negating the divine masculine, we are beginning to address the imbalances that have been imposed by the heavenly Father God over the last 3,000 to 5,000 years. By addressing social imbalances between races and genders, between work and leisure, between sacred and secular, between progress and conservation, individual and collective, we are approaching the balanced characteristics of the fourth chakra. Balance does not require a denial of anything, but an integration of everything, even light and shadow.
Our new evolutionary order must encompass and combine the planes and stages of all levels of consciousness. We can embrace Gaia as a mythological concept offering us a new identity as global participants. The word Gaian, can now provide a new identity - which includes all living beings - not only different races and genders, but different species, plants and animals can all share this global identity.
The massive quantity of information generated by our observation of the natural world can steer us toward a more harmonious relationship with Gaia, using our growing technology in harmony and balance with the natural environment. To reclaim the body and its realm of feelings is important to physical health and personal empowerment, as is the reclamation of will that has been disowned by authoritarian cultural values. But the application of that will toward a new stage of love, compassion, and balance, rather than heroism and domination, is necessary to bring us to the dawning stage of the Heart Chakra, and the peace and healing we hope for in the future. Global communication, information networks, integration of spiritual values into everyday life, and the visioning of a sustainable future are upper chakra attributes that need to be brought “down” to the central point of the heart, in order to bring these changes about.
This is an exciting time of tumultuous changes and limitless possibilities. Because the future is uncertain, searching, visiting and communicating are essential. For int he evolutionary drama, we are now simultaneously part of the audience, cast and authors of the drama itself. We are the co-creators of the evolutionary future.
- Anodea Judith, "Wheels Of Life"