Trinity of Energy

Magnification of Light within the body



YELLOW    (Physical Level)

PURPLE      (Etheric Vibration)


Non reaction

Emotional balance

Able to give and to receive


Reactive to environment

Dependent upon others’ approval

Needy,  demanding,  unable to give

Unable to receive

Chakra Man






Positive qualities

Negative aspects


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The solar plexus chakra is a power centre which acts as a junction box, a kind of distribution centre for the whole subtle energy system.  The link between emotion and physical illness is well documented, for example we know that people who worry develop ulcers.  The solar plexus chakra links to the stomach, pancreas, gall bladder and the central nervous system and the connection to emotional response is immediately seen.

Those who have a degree of mastery over this energy centre are emotionally balanced and able to remain calm under challenging circumstances.  They are undemanding but not controlling, able to give but not needy.  They do not seek or require the approval of others for they have acquired an inner confidence which is not dependent upon external influence.  In spiritual terms the energy is vested in an inner knowing, a trust that all is well, that the universe will provide not what we want but what we need for growth.  There is therefore an acceptance in something greater than the self.


It is often said that it is not what happens to us that is important but how we respond; this is the challenge of the solar plexus energy.  When we respond to people, circumstances and events by becoming impatient, frustrated, angry or resentful, the effect is to stress the energy system of ourselves and others.  There is an interaction, a push and pull, which we feel in the stomach or the gut; this is the response of the solar plexus chakra, which is seeking to meet our demands by providing energy to fuel our emotional response.

The more demands we make, the more we create a short term response; when the immediate challenge has passed however we feel depleted, tired and anxious because we have in effect drained the tank.  When this occurs repeatedly, we fall back on our energy reserves and begin to drain the related systems.  This culminates in a condition of long term stress with inevitable illness affecting one or more of the body systems.  It is therefore important to understand the connection between our thought patterns and our behaviour which govern our actions.  A basic understanding of the interaction of the subtle energy system allows us to change our response.


It is better to conquer yourself

than to win a thousand battles.

Your worst enemy cannot harm you

as much as your own thoughts unguarded

but once mastered, no-one can help you as much.

Anger is like a charioteer, careering wildly.

He who curbs his anger, is the true charioteer.

Others merely hold the reins.

Live in joy, in love, even among those who hate.

Live in joy, in health, even among the afflicted.

Live in joy, in peace, even among the troubled.

Look within.  Be still.

Free from fear and attachment,

know the sweet joy of living in the way.


If we hold a negative belief we will respond with a negative action.

We allow the thought patterns to drive our emotional response.

Until we Change.

The need to control our environment or others is based in fear and self doubt; negative emotions are a learned response to past experience.  If we examine our motives honestly we see that our refusal is simply a holding on to what no longer serves our best interest.  In order to change we must first let go of the emotional patterns of fear, anger, jealousy or resentment.  To do this we must acknowledge the underlying cause of our behaviour, let go of the past and forgive.


We may attempt to control a weaker more vulnerable person e.g. an employee, a partner or a child: their response is always to move away.  When the employee seeks another job, the partner leaves us or the child leaves home, we are left powerless and bewildered.  We then either change or repeat the experience through the next available person.  Control patterns are simply a means of defending our position.  When we gain inner strength we no longer feel the need to exert control.


Allowing others to exert inappropriate control over our lives is based in a negative belief system;  we believe we are unable to break free from external controls and become a victim of circumstance.  While in extreme situations, an extreme negative environment will profoundly affect our ability to move away, a solution can always be found.  The wife who is physically abused may believe there is no way out because her belief system has been manipulated to accept this.  The disabled person may accept a dependent role, rather than seek the assistance which is available to support independence.


We have no control over the actions of others.

We always have the option to control our own actions.

To change we need to feel safe, to feel safe we need to know that the necessary reserves of energy are available; this equates with inner confidence.  The anxiety and panic felt at moments of challenge are simply a manifestation, a belief that we do not have sufficient reserves to meet the test.  If the solar plexus is the energy on which we depend, we need to know that it will sustain us.  Consider the analogy of the car and the petrol tank, few of us would set out on a journey knowing the fuel gauge was almost on Empty; we fill the tank prior to the journey and top it up at its end.  We should therefore learn to identify the causes of energy depletion, most of which are self imposed.


Meditation takes many forms, put simply it is any focus of attention which quiets the mind and allows us to go beyond the material world; the effect is to replenish inner reserves of energy.  For some this will mean attuning to nature, for others the focus may be prayer or devotional chanting;  some prefer a visual focus while others require silence.  While stillness is common to most meditational practice, activity may also be used as a focus.  Buddhist monks, for example, include strenuous physical work as part of their devotional practice.  Initially seen as a separate and distinct technique, with practice meditation can become integrated into daily life.  If the origin of the life source is divine it follows that a focus of attention beyond the physical senses will be helpful.  The Emerald Alignment Meditation may be used to good effect, particularly by beginners. 


A major stumbling block on the spiritual path is the acknowledgement of the hierarchy of saints, gurus and masters, who have demonstrated exceptional attainment and stand ready to take us by the hand and lead us home.  We hold in high esteem those in the world who have aspired to high positions or to celebrity status and yet experience difficulty in respecting those who have gone beyond our spiritual understanding.  Just as all learning is gained from one who has greater experience and understanding, so spiritual growth is accelerated by the presence of one who has gained not only knowledge but wisdom.  A refusal to acknowledge them reflects our true position in the spiritual order.  In the East there is a tradition that enlightenment can only be gained by devotion to a spiritual master, while in the West this is often viewed as a control mechanism.  The Eastern path is an inner mystical search, while in the West the path is one of external experience.  These are two sides of the same coin, however the acceptance of a teacher demonstrates humility and the student gains through the direct transmission of  light accrued in the teacher’s aura.


Alchemy is the mystical understanding of the transmutation of matter to spirit through the action of light; its meaning is ‘to dissolve and reconstitute’.  In effect, this is the process of enlightenment.  Spiritual attainment is measured by the light within the electromagnetic field or aura, observed as colour radiating around the physical body.  The hum of this energetic force field can be heard through clairaudience and also measured on an oscilloscope.  The emanation creates a magnetic attraction; this is the principle behind the guru/chela, master/student relationship, the stronger field having an enlightening effect on those in its proximity.

Authentic spiritual teachers have no interest in acquiring wealth, power or status; do not respond to flattery and may be recognized by their lack of interest in worldly pursuits.  The Dalai Llama has offered the following advice: “Rely on the teachings to evaluate a guru: Do not have blind faith, but also no blind criticism.”  Where there is ego involvement on the part of the guru/master, cults emerge through a pattern of control, while ego involvement on the part of the chela/student will result in resistance to the challenge the teaching represents, with eventual withdrawal.


Gurus, Saints and Masters

SAINTS are the inspirational individuals considered worthy of special recognition due to their exemplary life, teaching or selflessness.  Sainthood is often conferred where there has been a demonstration of revelation, intercession or miracles.  In all cases the subject is deemed to have an especially close relationship with the divine and is often defined as being the focal point of spiritual force fields.  For believers, the pilgrimage site of Lourdes in France is an example of divine revelation and healing intercession through Mary the mother of Jesus, who appeared eighteen times in 1858 to Bernadette Subirous, a young, illiterate peasant girl.  Less well known is the miracle of the incorrupt body of Bernadette who died in 1879.  This can be seen in the convent chapel of St Gildard, Nevers, where she spent her life as a nun. 

The term GURU refers to one who is considered to have great knowledge and wisdom within a certain area, a defining principle is the capacity to enlighten others.  The role therefore confers great responsibility and spiritual authority.  In the Eastern tradition, those devotees or followers with an affinity to the teaching are drawn to the guru and benefit by the light, which emanates from his or her auric field, through a process of energetic transmission.

SPIRITUAL MASTERS may be physical or reside in etheric retreats.  These are the individuals who have realised the state of oneness with the Supreme - the highest transcendental consciousness.  An example of a 20th century spiritual Master is Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) who shared the spiritual traditions of India through his teaching in the West, establishing a global network which has inspired millions.  The title Paramahansa bestowed upon him by his guru means ‘Supreme Swan’, a title given to those who have established constant communion with God.  Yogananda means ‘bliss’.   Yogananda taught his students the need for direct experience of truth, as opposed to blind belief.  He said: “The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience.  Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God.  To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.” Paramahansa taught that the entire universe may be likened to a cosmic cinema, with each of us merely actors in the divine play, changing roles from life to life through reincarnation.  Identification with the current role rather than the director of the film (God) being the cause of deep suffering.


Slow down

Do not criticize others

Throw away the list

Stop blaming

Count to ten!

Practice patience

Avoid angry outbursts

Seek good company

Eat sensibly

Listen to music

Cultivate calmness

Exercise moderately

Enjoy nature

Spend time alone

Sleep well



















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