Psychosomatic is a reality. What you tell yourself has a HUGE role in what manifests in your body.
You tell yourself things in different ways. One of the biggest ways you tell yourself things is by thinking. There’s an incessant monologue happening in you right this very moment. If you take your eyes off of this page for just a moment, you can notice the monologue. Try it.
Did you see the thought cross your mind? That thought is doing it’s small part in whatever’s manifesting in your body, your surroundings and your life. One of the major concerns is your lack of awareness of what you may be thinking at any given moment. Here’s where mindfulness comes into play.
Another HUGE influence in psychosomatic outcomes, etc., is the role that your sub-conscious mind plays. All the thoughts, experiential input, biofeedback – everything is stored and causes an effect in your body/mind condition and much of that lends to how your daily reality unfolds, too.
Now, coming around to the so-called chakra manipulations or awakenings. Consider the Chinese energy arts of acupuncture, acupressure, Qi Gong and others. Arts like these have been found, empirically, to have real effect on the body vehicle. In too many ways to recount in this article.
Consider again, the very real connection between visualization and the response of the physiology. Or the connection between breath and nervous system response. Again, there are just too many case studies to cite. Consider now, that if you are focusing your intention, driving your breath, practicing any of a variety of energy arts, that there will be some kind of manifestation in your body and life.
For instance. In the Indian Life Science called Ayurveda, the human being is looked at in terms of 5 sheaths of being. The physical sheath, the energetic, the mental and so on. Through yoga and pranayama (breath practices), various therapies, diet and so forth, the entire system is coaxed into balance.
The body is understood to contain a vital force that gives it life. Sometimes this force is depleted and chronic disease is a result. Sometimes this force may be invigorated. In Tantrik circles, this force is known as Kundalini.
There are many ways to apply pressure to 𝗞𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶 to encourage Her to move upward through the body, along the axes of the nerve meridians. There are also several major plexuses, what you are referring to as chakras. Take the lowest plexus as an example, the hypogastric nerve plexus located around the perineum responsible for excretory and sexual function. Certain 𝑎𝑠𝑎𝑛𝑎𝑠, for instance, those which apply pressure at the perineum (the location of 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗱𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗸𝗿𝗮), when done properly, prevent 𝑎𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑎, the outgoing breath or descending astral energy, from downward movement and help it to rise . According to yogic and ayurvedic science, in order to prevent disease, you must avoid aggravating the 𝑎𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑎. Overdoing the practices can result in constipation, or worse.
So the question, can it be dangerous when we open our chakras, is actually a question that speaks volumes. It firstly says that one has no idea what they are dealing with at the moment and can benefit from some good academic research before experimenting.
Further, the biggest issue here is, while not knowing what you are doing precisely, what you are attempting to create, how you are engaging your energetic body, or what a proper response at the hypogastric plexus or the other junctions of nerves might look like – without the learning, the guidance, the experience of awareness of your own mind and perhaps the mindset required to be in control of your thoughts, yes, any operation you define as opening your chakras, is kind of begging for trouble.
The good news is that half-hearted attempts via YouTube chakra meditations are probably harmless. The better news is that the body and mind are rather resilient and it takes a bit of work and consistency to create good as well as bad effect. The bad news is, the imagination and lack of real knowledge makes it all too easy to deceive yourself into creating negative outcomes.
It’s kind of like hearing in passing that Carl Jung devoted a good portion of his career to a concept called Shadow Work, and you, having not read any of his work on the subject, but being familiar with the name value of the man, lend power to the concept only, via your imagination of what working with a shadow might look like. Then you get on Facebook and find someone posting pictures of demons and memes twisting the concept to support their own neuroses followed up by 367 likes and 700 comments that you breeze through – all of this is now acting on your imagination, attaching itself to your subconscious and a week later you’re having nightmares and waking up in cold sweats. If this continues, you yourself might have a nervous breakdown. And for what?
So yeah, there’s a bit of danger here. But it really doesn’t have to be so. Just do your due diligence. Don’t treat it like a fad. Study up and get good guidance. Chakras are not just some New Age spiritual woo woo, though far too many people talk about it in just those terms. The energetic body, just like the physical and the mental, can be empowered and enabled, or depleted and destroyed. All is determined by your approach.
…is a Saiva Tantrika, Gyana Yogi and founder of Uma Maheshwara Yoga & Ayurveda. David has an MA in Semiotics, lives in Japan with his family and works as a coach in L & D, devoting his time to developing science-based tools and programs that help people reach the fullest potential of the human condition.