The first of the spiritual chakra, numbered eight, sits above the 7th chakra about two feet. It is the energy center of divine love, of spiritual compassion and spiritual selflessness. It also is the chakra that holds your karmic residue — those energy patterns that you have held on to for more than one lifetime. When the eighth center begins to open up and expand, a new spiritual awareness begins to take shape. The individual begins to sense himself or herself as part of a larger community of people.
This chakra is the gateway to other ideas, concepts and and abilities. This center enables the individual to achieve out of body projection, spiritual perception, and spiritual wisdom. I use the word spiritual here because these abilities and ideas are larger than the self and the earth. They go beyond the mundane and are concerned with healing of the planet and the self in regards to the Universe and ALL-THAT-IS.
This center is the gateway to your Self as it expands past the planet. Thus, this chakra is the last energy center that holds anything human within it. It, therefore, becomes the temple of human cleansing and the releasing of patterns that are lifetimes old and worn out. These patterns are the last of what holds you to the reincarnation system and your humanness and keeps you from uniting with higher powers, beings, and ideas.
When this center opens up, you not only begin to take on an awareness to this larger community of energies, but you begin to shed those patterns that have kept you rooted to the planet. This shedding is a natural process, as once this center is awakened, the individual is ready to let go of his/her humanity and grasp onto something larger, much more wonderful, and infinitely divine.
Once this chakra opens, you become aware of yourself as part of the universe and not just a part of your small corner of the world. You start to become aware of information on new levels of awareness and intuition. You have to let go of those old outworn human ideas about yourself and the planet, this is the first shock, and how you handle this depends on who you are and how well you take to change.
Also, at the same time that you have to deal with all this new information about yourself and the universe, you have to deal with new psychic abilities.
The eighth chakra does have a color associated to it and it is what you consider to be ultraviolet light. Unfortunately you are unable to see what ultraviolet light looks like (at least not with your conventional vision). However, to give you a way to perceive ultraviolet light in a mundane sense, you could imagine a very deep violet light being interpenetrated with spiraling bands of green in it.
All chakras possess a certain number of vortices. The eighth chakra can have anywhere from 6000 to 10,000 spokes. The actual number will depend on how open that chakra is. The more open the chakra, the faster the chakra spins and the greater number of vortices that will be visible.
The odd numbered twin for the 8th chakra is the 7th. It is in the 7th chakra that the programs to be used by the 8th reside. The 7th center traditionally is the chakra that connects you to your higher self and to divinity. In a sense this is true as the 7th center contains the guide to what you need to do to connect with these higher energies and to evolve yourself.
Now, it isn’t actually until the 8th chakra begins to open up and become active that the individual can avail himself/herself of these programs and of the ability to ascend. Until then, the programs remain dormant and the individual will sense a kind of connection to the divine through the 7th Chakra, but the reality of it will seem vague at best. This vague quality to divinity is the reason why, when a person finally does open up the 8th center, a true sense of divinity sets in. The reality of what was once a vague notion now becomes a full-blown reality — often just as real as the physical one. Confusion often follows, because the individual’s reality is now much larger. What was fake is now real, and the physical world will seem a bit smaller.
It’s tough to spot a problem with the 8th chakra, if that chakra is remaining closed due to some fear, as the individual will otherwise seem healthy, from a physical standpoint. No matter how hard this person tries, he or she is unable to accomplish his or her spiritual goal. If a real fear exists here, the 8th chakra will remain closed, and it may be necessary to go in and pull that fear out, so that the chakra can open up and the ascending individual can expand.
Now, when the 8th chakra opens up, so too does some spiritual abilities. How many of these abilities and to what degree will vary from individual to individual. Clairvoyance, out of body travel, advanced dream-recall capabilities, healing gifts, telepathy, even empathy are all abilities that this center is responsible for activating. Naturally, the programming for this stuff sits in the 7th center. So, if there is a problem with any one of these abilities but not the others, then you may have to look at the 7th chakra for the cause.
However, keep in mind that when a person’s 8th center begins to open, they may only see a glimmer of these abilities. They may not become full blown until the 9th, 10th, 11th, and even the 12th chakras are open. In other words, when the individual’s 8th chakra awakens, they will only experience these abilities but not have any great control over them, and their surfacing may be sporadic at best. For example, when the 8th chakra opens a person may start to have out of body travels and be able to even command them. However, advanced out of body travel skills like traveling out of the solar system, travel backward or forward in time past 200 years will not show themselves until the 12th chakra begins to open.
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