The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
The Manipura Chakra or better known as the Solar Plexus Chakra is third of the seven primary Chakras in Hindu Tantric thought. It is translated as “the place of the pearl,” with mani meaning pearl or jewel, and pura meaning place or city. I want us to first examine the concept of the pearl, in Christian lore and finally in the Gnostic scriptures.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 and upon finding a single pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
So as we see in the Bible, the merchant has sold everything for this particular pearl. This story is a metaphor for accessing the soul. The merchant has sold all that he has, meaning that nothing else matters to him on earth, the only thing that matters is acquiring this pearl, and this is what we are called down here to do. Raise kundalini, realize ourselves as Gods, and raising ourselves to our Godhead. Not to raise up our illusion or our prison. This information is hard to follow because most are not ready to give up what they own(who they are), for the discovery of their soul, which is not the person they have been raised to know. So the concept of selling everything one owns to acquire a pearl is completely ridiculous to the average person. The reason why this sounds completely ridiculous is that we have forgotten our purpose down here on earth.
“If thou goest down into Egypt,
And thence thou bring’st the one Pearl –
“[The Pearl] that lies in the Sea,
Hard by the loud-breathing Serpent –
“[Then] shalt Thou put on thy Robe
And thy Mantle that goeth upon it,
“And with thy Brother, Our Second,
Shalt thou be Heir in our Kingdom.”
The Hymn of the Pearl
Nag Hammadi Library
In Gnostic Texts, we have The Hymn of the Pearl where it describes the story of a “King’s Son” who is sent to Egypt to retrieve a pearl from a serpent. Understanding that this is written in allegory means that this is a story to explain a higher concept. The “King’s Son” is your consciousness being sent to Egypt (Earth), to acknowledge itself through raising the kundalini. The Pearl “lies in the Sea” by the “sleeping, fire-breathing serpent,” this is all allegory to explain the Kundalini energy resting in your Sacral Waters. By snatching the pearl(your soul) you awaken the Kundalini energy and this begins the process of Gnosis.
So we have raised our energy from the roots (Muladhara chakra) earth, up through the baptismal waters(Svadhisthana chakra) of the Sacral, to be purified by the fires(Manipura chakra) of the Solar Plexus. The element associated with the Manipura Chakra is Fire. Fire is associated with the will, an overactive Manipura chakra would look like aggressive, controlling, and manipulative behaviors. A dormant Manipura Chakra would look like low self-esteem or passiveness. Once we have raised our energy to the Manipura Chakra we have separated ourselves from our unconscious behaviors, and even if we haven’t all the way figured it out, at least we know we are in the process of figuring it out. We can no longer accept the unconscious behavior as okay, yet we do not and try to fix what is wrong with us either. Like the merchant, we sell everything we have for the acquisition of this pearl.
And [thereon] I snatched up the Pearl,
And turned to the House of my Father.
Their filthy and unclean garments
I stripped off and left in their country.
The Hymn of the Pearl
Nag Hammadi Library
Once you fully grasp this concept, you take off everything and leave it where it is at. No need to reconcile anything, you are aligned with your purpose.
The Manipura Chakra is the source of our divine energy, it is the abundance and also the dwelling of our Soul Power. So really dealing with this concept will cause an abstraction in your understanding of yourself. Where you rather deal with the idea of yourself than the actual events of your life. Separating your personal life from the realization of your soul. Simply because you are not your soul alone. Your soul seeks expression through you, rather than you trying to put your expression on the soul.
Activating the Solar Plexus Chakra is activating the fire within you, the fire needed to get you out of your unconscious loop, the fire needed to awaken your will. Fire is the heat of life. When a person is dead, one of the first ways to find out is based on the temperature of the body. Once that fire leaves, you are no longer living. Fire energy as an unconscious impulse shows up as passions, wishes, and illusions. People spend their whole lives trying to untangle the results of failed passions, empty wishes, and false illusions. Trying to make the journey about physical attainment as a benchmark for success. Chakra work is not based on how much money you make, what degrees you have, your status in society, or any other external measure. Chakra Work wakes up the God inside of you, the soul, and it is much different from the person you thought you knew. Realizing that the soul is not you, is a very difficult concept to grasp. This means that you are no longer living through the Ego, and this is a difficult thing to accept.
The location of the Manipura Chakra is in the diaphragm and is accessed with the breath. The Solar Plexus is an actual part of the body that controls the subconscious mind. We discussed the concept of the Solar Plexus in the realm of subconscious programming earlier this year.
“No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.”
— Carl Jung
In our quest for spiritual enlightenment, we come across the Chakras, and we wish to deeply understand them on a symbolic level. In understanding the symbolic nature of the Chakras, we uncover the subconscious codes that bring about self-realization. The Chakras are spinning wheels of energy located in our subtle body, they represent symbolism and gateways to a deeper understanding of our consciousness.
The Muladhara Chakra or Root Chakra can be seen as an anchor or a deep root, now to some that may be seen as something to hold you back, but on the contrary, our roots allow us to grow and expand. The root chakra controls the lower body and its functioning, starting with the feet. The feet are always connected to the ground, even when they are not its only temporary. Scientists call this phenomenon gravity. This connection to earth is the gateway to understanding our conscious worlds as it relates to our instinct and desires. Since our instincts and desires are unconscious, the conscious world is there to reflect the things we need to work on. Muladhara is a compound word, with Mula meaning root, and Adhara meaning foundation. So when contemplating the foundation of a house, you recognize its importance for the overall structure and integrity of the building, even though it gets little credit. That is a way of looking at the Root Chakra. It represents the womb, the lowest part of the spinal column, the foundation for all life.
The Muladhara Chakra is the house of Shakti Kundalini Energy. Shakti is a sleeping snake at the base of your spine, if you want to work with the chakra’s and achieve your own self-realization, you must be ready to deal with the truth of your past lives. The unhappiness or happiness of life lies within the root chakra. Understand why they say ‘ignorance is bliss’ and ‘the truth hurts’. When Shakti is asleep at the base of the spine she is seen as a peaceful snake, but when it awakens it can be seen as menacing and poisonous. The Root Chakra is a closed door, and you can choose to keep it closed if you’re not ready to see the truth. The darkness has to be brought to light so it can be purified and restored. Working with the Root Chakra is purifying deep subconscious beliefs and clearing all past obstacles. It is all about establishing clarity, so can move forward with true enlightenment. Life is not completely about what you do, a lot of times its what you don’t do that is important. In not clearing your subtle body of past life karma, you are doing yourself a disservice spiritually. In this life we want to remove any tension and blockages, also we want to awaken any dormant energies in our Root Chakra. We awaken these dormant energies and let them rise to the surface.
One of the symbols of the Root Chakra is Ganesha the elephant. The elephant is the most powerful land animal and is forever connected to the earth. Ganesha represents the beginning of all blessings, power, and obstacle removal. When we talk about the Root Chakra, we are also talking about roots of your existence as it relates to your experience now. The cause of your being, the seed, the reason for self-realization.
“Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:20
Working with the Muladhara Chakra means we have to understand and transmute the deep hurts and disappointments and bring them to the surface for healing. Understanding that these things are transitions and time for learning. Realizing that problems will always be there and it is not a nuisance and misfortune, but a time to teach and learn. Understanding that not clearing past life karma of the unconscious variety we repeat our instincts and desires over and over again. Clarity allows us to see weakness and energy to build our strength. Insecurity and inferiority complexes could never help us, they only rob us of our energy.
Working with the Chakras is the beginning of working with our psychic functions, awakening them. The mind, intellect, consciousness, and ego. These are the four petals of the lotus of the Root Chakra named Mula Kamala. The mind is our memories and thoughts. The intellect is our understanding of a particular subject. Our consciousness is the knowing part of our being, the things we know of ourselves. The ego is the I, the person, you. These four petals are the four markers that make us human beings. The roots travel back many lifetimes and they all converge to be the flower which is you. The Lotus Flower grows in muddy water with deep roots, but the blossom is clear above water. The water is the illusion of everything you can’t be, the flower is the human. Somehow we will rise above it, like the lotus.
Understanding psychic energy is understanding the subtle body. In some circles, it is called the true body or light body. It is the spiritual energy that controls the physical body. That is your mind, intelligence, consciousness, and ego. Understanding the different parts of your psyche and waking up the dormant energies at the base of your spine will bring about the solutions and answers for your salvation and clarity. The Root Chakra is a reminder that we are always connected to the source. It is the beginning of our spiritual enlightenment. Feelings of lack and inequality will soon be corrected when properly working with the Root Chakra.