Most discussions on the chakra system include chakras 1-7, but in Kundalini yogic philosophy the aura is considered part of this system, as the eighth chakra. What is an aura? It is an electromagnetic field, surrounding the body of a person, animal or object. The aura combines the effects of all other chakras. It acts as a filter, filtering out negative influences –thus protection; and it establishes your sense of domain, your being –thus projection.
Notes on the eighth chakra: “When the [aura] is strong, and the other chakras are aligned and functioning well, your presence alone seems to work and direct many of the forces in the universe to effortlessly fulfill your desires and needs (The Aquarian Teacher).” When strong, your aura can fill a room!
Physically, it is associated with the skin. Since it acts as a protection or filter, working on the eighth chakra protects against illness. Strengthening the aura taps into our natural healing powers for ourselves and others. It connects us spiritually with the Infinite.
Yoga for the eighth chakra: Strengthening the Aura (found here). This quick kriya works on expanding the aura. It is good for digestion, and really works the arms and upper body. The times of each of the 3 exercises can be gradually built up. This kriya contains a fun and challenging exercise called “triangle push-ups,” as pictured here, but don’t worry they are easier than they look. Remember to keep your head down, looking out past your feet so you don’t strain your neck.
Meditation for the eighth chakra: Healing Meditation (found here). The mantra is “Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung.” In class we sang to Snatam Kaur’s beautiful version of this mantra (listen to it here). This song is found on her album “Grace,” an amazingly beautiful collection of songs and mantras.
While chanting this mantra you can think of someone in your life that could use some healing (this can be yourself) and visualize them in white light, while sending them the healing energy of this mantra.
“Ra” means sun energy; “Ma” is moon’s energy; and “Da” is earth. “Sa” is the energy of the cosmos, or the Infinite. And the last part, “Say So Hung,” connects you to the energy of the Infinite -“I am Thou.” End by sending this prayer to the person you would like to give healing to.
Well, we have come to the end of our journey through the chakras. I have really enjoyed teaching and deepening my own experience of them. Thank you!
Is anybody trying out any of the kriyas or meditations? Did anyone discover, as I did, a particular chakra that could use a little tuning up?
Resources: Art and Yoga: Kundalini Awakening in Everyday Life, by Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa; The Aquarian Teacher: Level One Instructor Textbook, Yogi Bhajan, PhD; Meditation as Medicine, by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD, and Cameron Stauth