Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom
Excerpts about Energies
Energies of the Chakras
The energies of the chakras are the basic raw energies of emotional states. When a chakra is active or “open,” we directly experience the basic subtle energies that go into the makeup of the various emotions, instead of the emotions themselves. That is why we experience emotional freedom when the heart opens: the energy frees us, for the moment, from the conflicting emotions that usually fill our hearts. The basic energy of the heart chakra is experienced as love, joy and bliss.
Energies of the Instincts
Part of this work is to understand the instincts, to be free from unconscious biological necessity. Depth psychology formulates and recognizes two instincts: the survival instinct and the sexual instinct. We add to these two a third one: the social instinct. All three instincts involve the physical survival of the human organism. They are organized by the nervous system and the lowest three energetic centers, the first three chakras. The survival or preservation instinct is organized by the first chakra at the perineum. The sexual instinct is organized by the second chakra at the base of the spine. The social instinct is organized by the third chakra at the solar plexus. They all function for physical survival but employ different energies and different modes of experience and functioning.
Essence is Fundamentally Different to Energy
Essence is something fundamentally different, more substantial and deeper than energy, whether it is electromagnetic, chemical, chi, prana, kundalini, shakti, libido, orgone or whatever. However all these energies must be experienced and freed for a person to move into the realm of being, our essential and true nature.
Raw Energies for Emotional States
The chakras work with the energy that is the raw material for emotional states… Prana is the energy connected with breathing and hence with vitality… Kundalini is the main energy that fuels the chakra system. It is connected with sexual energy, but it is sexual energy only when operating in the lower chakras. In the heart chakra it is experienced as love; in the head chakras it is experienced as light. Shakti is the same energy but in a different form, that of power. It is experienced as having more of an electrical quality than kundalini.
Source of All Energies
The dynamism of True Nature is the source of all energies, all forces, all power that we experience and feel and see in the universe. This creative dynamism not only accounts for our movements and actions and thinking, but generates the wind and the weather, the movement of the planets and the creations of the galaxies, the stars, the volcanoes, the hurricanes, everything. Some of them we might feel are beautiful, wonderful things as long as they don’t threaten us, and some of it can be devastating. But even hurricanes seem miniscule when you compare them with star nurseries where billions of stars are being created. I am giving you a sense of the amazing sea of energy and dynamism that we’re sitting on. It’s not just idle energy; it throbs and creates and destroys in a complete, orgasmic kind of climaxing. The Quintessence is constantly climaxing—it’s the ultimate Tantric adept. Each instant creation and destruction discharges the old and creates the new with complete abandon and release going all the way back to the absolute stillness of nothingness.