True love, or heart-centered love, combines the vibrational frequencies of truth and higher love, both of which vibrate faster than the human mind and senses can perceive. It comes from our spirit, while lower forms of love are human in nature (purely physical). Generally speaking, when considering the seven primary chakras, the Heart, Throat, Brow, and Crown chakras vibrate in the spiritual frequencies, and the Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus chakras vibrate within ranges perceptible to the human mind and physical senses. To experience and share true love, or spirit love, we must first be aware of our spirit, or true self, and then fully open our heart, intuition, inner vision, and pure wisdom to another. In short, we must become truly vulnerable with them at a spiritual level. So let’s take a closer look at our energy system, and our real needs, to better understand ourselves and prepare for prioritizing and loving from spirit.
Our Energy System
According to Ayurveda we are composed of three bodies containing five sheaths: physical body (food sheath); astral body (pranic, mental, and intellectual sheaths), and causal body (seed sheath). For the purposes of this post, energy body is synonymous with astral body. The astral body is connected to the physical body at several points called chakras. We are alive because of the life force, or prana, flowing through us. Prana circulates within the astral body through channels called nadis, enters the physical body through the chakras, and circulates within the physical body through pathways called meridians. Many forms of illness exist first in the astral body, and may exist there for years before reaching the physical body. A blockage or imbalance in the energy flow within the astral body may lead to physical, emotional, or mental illness. Chakras send energy outward from the core of the physical body to the astral body, and receive prana from the astral body which enters the core. Chakras can be open or closed, excessive or deficient, or can exist at various stages in between. The chakras must be in balance with each other, and there should be an even flow of energy through all of them. After entering through the chakras, prana circulates within the physical body through meridians. These meridians govern the functioning of the major organ systems of the body. For each organ system to remain healthy and balanced, prana must flow freely along the meridians. Ayurveda maintains that specific organ systems and nerve centers of the body are nourished through the chakra and nadi system by particular colors, which has now been pverified through the use of gem light instruments (the method of beaming light through gems at an imposed frequency). The seven primary chakras vibrationally correspond to the seven colors of the rainbow, the cosmic rays emanating from the seven planets of Vedic astrology, and the seven primary Vedic gems; the sevenfold vibrations of light and life.
Since the condition of our physical body often reflects the needs of our energy body, one of the best ways to understand its requirements is to identify the corresponding demands of our energy body, along with its patterns, beliefs, and emotions. Imbalances often occur there first, and if not resolved, may eventually enter the physical body. When we encounter physical problems, it is usually because our body is showing us the needs we have neglected within our true self (spirit). If we have physical issues, then we can trace them back to their origins in the energy body. When we develop greater self awareness, we can identify such imbalances and remedy them before they cross over, through the chakras, from the energy body to the physical body (encouraging prevention rather than treatment of physical dis-ease). When we learn to prioritize and love from spirit, we will naturally generate greater health and happiness higher love and the bypassing of lifetimes of lower vibrational distractions. And once we have tasted the blissful beatitudes of spirit love (heart-centered love), we will realize that anything less is just a physical pursuit of reproductive instincts, painted by the mind to look like what we want it to be. It is not real love, and it does not even involve the heart.
Loving from Spirit
So in order to love from spirit, we must first discover and connect with our own, and then share its vulnerability with the spirit of another. Most representations of love, or methods for finding it, do not even include the potential for it. Most incorporate the physical and mind-based elements of a human biological dance; reflecting the three lowest chakras (Root, Sacral, and Solar Plexus), which are associated with Survival (of the species through procreation), Emotions (survival-related and sexual), and Confidence (in pursuing lower level human needs satisfaction). And then the mind spins countless webs of illusion to make it look like what we want it to be. But without spirit, therecan be no real love. It is just a human illusion.
As shared in our article “Improving Our Relationships with Heart-Centered Sex,” all of us have connected to another with second chakra energy. We feel the high of being with the person and we can’t wait to take the relationship sexual. This is a purely human energy center that moves in a straight line, we meet, we have sex and we are now in a relationship. These relationships are intense and feel like the real deal until about six months to a year later when we begin to see things about the person we didn’t notice because we were literally high on endorphins. Second chakra energy is only about connecting (period). It is NOT about love. Often times in second chakra relationships we continue to move in a straight line even when we notice things aren’t working out. We met, had sex, have a relationship so now we must marry and have kids. Love hasn’t entered the picture at all. So when things begin to fall apart, we begin to attempt to change our partners and the battle begins. Many people call this love and settle for these types of relationships as love.
Real love is found two chakras up the chakra system in the Fourth Chakra the heart. The heart is a purely spiritual chakra. The energy of the heart moves in spirals. It’s full of twists and turns. The heart says, I want to get to know you, that takes time and in that time I’m going to see you and decide if I can accept you just as you are, if I can, I will move a bit closer to you and see what I sense from that point of view. The circle dance begins and our energies begin to evolve around one another. As we circle things shift and change and if we can stay connected through these challenges, we know that there is love between us. Now, when a couple who has taken the time to get to know one another slowly and allows the relationship to evolve to the point of love has sex, Whoa! Spinning, spiraling energy flows between them in a deeply connected circle dance of acceptance. Satisfying both partners on a soul level. There is no thought of marriage. That is for humans. It is only about seeing one another in the spiral of deep acceptance in the moment. And it may evolve to the next moment and the next but the heart doesn’t think about rules. It is freely enjoying what it is experiencing now. The feeling of real love is vulnerability. It is not sensuality. If it is real love, the sensuality, and everything else, will flow from the vulnerability. The spirit connection comes first, is the most powerful, and everything else cascades, in spiraling magnificence, from its rhapsodic radiance. It is not a physical or emotional experience. It is a spiritual experience of vibrating light, swirling color and energy, and awareness of truth. The physical and emotional elements spiral out of the spiritual. The spiritual comes first.
Start with the Heart
So anything lower than the heart on the chakra chain is not real love. We need to start with the heart, and work our way up from there. When we experience a soul connection, there will be something bigger, brighter, and more naturally fulfilling about it. But we will probably not recognize it unless we, ourselves, are aware of and accessing our own spirit. When we find such a love, it is worth moving mountains for, and such a transformational process will also take place naturally, if we let it (the proverbial moving of mountains).
So, how do we experience real love. Open your heart daily. The heart opens slowly. It doesn’t like a forced practice like full Urdva Donurasana (full wheel). It likes to lay over a noodle or rolled towel in the heart, knees bent, arms overhead and consciously breathing in and out of the heart space. It can often feel as if the heart is breaking open in this position. As Leonard Cohen sings, that’s how the light gets in. As we break open we connect to ourselves. Finding acceptance of every thing about the self. I recommend doing this for 10-15 minutes each day, and then taking the practice out into our world, deeply connecting to whoever we encounter in complete acceptance. This is a difficult practice as we are trained to judge everyone and everything we encounter. The more we practice, the more we get used to the way of an open heart. An open heart just loves and we will find ourselves attracting others with an open heart and soon we will be circle dancing in love and moving one of those relationships to a partnership place having the ultimate experience we humans can have; spirit-based love.
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