Recently, I went up into the Adirondack mountains in beautiful, rural upstate New York for a festival in the woods. I have never been to such a beautiful collection of minds before, or since. Music echoed through the woods from instruments that had long since fallen into obscurity, or on instruments that didn’t exist anywhere else. You can YouTube “That 1 Guy Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and see for yourself, for example. There were vendors selling – or just showing off for free – crafts… pottery, incense, jewelry, drugs (it was a festival, what do you expect?), or services. For example, there were two guys who would let you sit in a chair while they would open your ears with their gongs, which were enormous and placed on either side of the chair, while you sat in between. Can I just say, the vibrations are real… they do something almost magical to your body.
While I was there, I met this girl, Erika. Erika is a Reiki practitioner and she worked her magic on me. Reiki is really cool – it’s like getting a massage without even being touched; she uses her energy that she focuses through her hands onto your body and after awhile, you can feel its warmth and you stand up feeling so utterly relaxed.
Erika also was studying the seven chakras and showed me how to open them and soothe them so that they are all in balance. I haven’t been able to actually achieve the balance yet, but I’m working on it. I’m close too, I think. I found some images on google that describe the chakras….
Crown Shakra is located at the top of the head; its function is understanding. Its inner state is bliss. Balancing this chakra is said to give vitality to the cerebrum and affects the development of psychic abilities.
Brow/Third Eye Chakra is located in the center of the forehead, between the eyebrows. Its function is seeing and intuiting. Its inner state is ‘I know’. Balancing this chakra helps psychic perception and balances the pineal gland.
Throat Chakra is located in the throat. Its function is communication and creativity. Its inner state is synthesis of ideas into symbols. Balancing this chakra is important for the speech and communication areas of the brain.
Heart Chakra is located in the center of the chest. Its function is love; its inner state is compassion. Balancing this chakra is important for the circulatory system, heart and thymus. It also affects spiritual love, compassion and universal oneness.
Solar Plexus Chakra is located in the area about the navel. Its function is willpower, its inner state is laughter, joy and anger. Balancing this chakra is associated with calming emotions and frustration, easing tension and helping to better utilize intuition.
Navel/Sacral Plexus Chakra is located in the lower abdomen and sexual organs. Its function is desire, pleasure, sexuality and procreation. Its inner state is tears. Balancing this chakra is associated with sexual vitality, physical power and fertility.
Lastly, Root/Base Chakra is located at the base of the spine. Its function is survival and grounding; its inner state is stillness and stability. Balancing this chakra is supposed to give energy to the physical body, controls fear and increases overall health and helps in grounding.
I think the time is coming swiftly when average people need to learn this stuff. Our generations, as we come into the world, are swiftly losing spirituality because they are fed up with the institutions of religion and all the rules that you must apply to life through them, sometimes going against inner nature or animal instinct. I’m not about to go on a rant about religion, because I think religion does not exist. As Benjamin Hoff stated in his book “The Tao of Pooh” (in which he explains the concepts of Taoism through the characters from The Hundred Acre Wood…. actually a very interesting read)…. true religion cannot exist without complete goodness and having every single person being of the exact same mind to understand a single religion all the same way. This is righteously impossible, as every single brain on this earth functions differently from all the others. Therefore, since religion is unable to be mentally processed by all in the same fashion and since true goodness probably does not exist – true religion is impossible.
HOWEVER, spirituality is something else. Spirituality is very real. A lot of our generation do not care to attempt spirituality, because religion has forsaken their line of reasoning. The problem is, a lot of people don’t know they’re primed for spirituality. Statements like, “There must be something” or claiming agnosticism because no organized religion makes sense… mean that an individual is primed for the possibility of being spiritual but no one has tried to pull the trigger yet.
Religion is a veil that covers what is truly important to us. By being spiritual, I don’t mean praying to anything. I don’t really believe in the power of prayer, myself. But by understanding yourself, you can become able to understand the world. It is not difficult to understand your place in nature, or your place in the balance of things. By understanding yourself, I think true enlightenment can be achieved… and then follows inner peace.
I don’t know about you, but an era of peace sounds pretty damn good to me.
Good luck, Generation X.