from Chapter 5
THE FIFTH CHAKRA
Portal to the Infinite
A Journey to the Expression of Spirit
THE FIFTH CHAKRA IS THE ENERGY CENTER of expression, specifically the expression of the truth of your spirit as you journey through this life. It is both literally and figuratively the singing of the song of your soul, as the energy of this chakra spins out from the throat area.
From the shamanic perspective, it is the very powerful chakra generating and containing the very powerful element of ether, the fifth element, which transcends the other elements leading to manifestation. This is the place within the universe of the human being where matter meets spirit. This is the chakra where we weave our dreams and shapeshift, and distinguish between dreams and fantasies and nightmares. With the support of the energy from this chakra, we can create a wonderful life, for ourselves and all the beings on this planet. It is truly the portal to the infinite.
Since the ego state embodied in this chakra is the self from age twenty-five to age forty, the developmental crisis seeking to resolve itself is generativity vs. stagnation. The life force is thrusting its way into adulthood to actualize our dreams, some of which we have been nurturing since childhood, some of which may arise spontaneously, day by day, and everything in between. The spiritual, shamanic questions for this chakra ask about how you are proceeding with realizing your dreams. Are you pursuing someone else’s dreams, your parent’s or the culture’s, because you haven’t successfully resolved earlier developmental crises? Do you choose to have a protracted adolescence and romanticize about what life should be at the expense of productive action?
Or, do you dare to dream the sacred dreams you nurture in your heart and use the energies of all five elements to actualize your love? When you can start to answer this question with a yes, you have become the shaman and the shapeshifter.
Work in this chakra may include dreaming to heal your other chakras. This is especially true if your energy is stuck actualizing someone else’s dreams, mourning the tragedy of our perpetual human drama at the expense of your dreams, or still feeling too unloved in the young places inside yourself so that it is not yet possible to have consistent empathy and compassion for yourself or others. The desire for effective expression in the world, which is the energetic function of this chakra, may create a desire to go back and heal unfinished business in the previous chakras.
You can start to use this chapter by observing your life in the present, and how your energy is dancing to create your current reality. Are you happy with it and fulfilled on every level of your being? Does your current dream contribute to making the world a better place? If not, you can change the dream.
Finding your dream
The first step to changing the dream, involves finding your dream. Your dream will be related to your identity and your mission, so at this point it may be wise to review chapter 3. Since you are older in this chakra, your dream may be your mission plus your capacity to hold duality and create intimacy. These are fourth chakra qualities and since air is the element of the fourth chakra, when you breathe life and love into your mission it becomes your dream.
Journey to your sacred place. As always, experience it through your senses. Take in the safety, the nurturing and love. Feel yourself held in your sacred healing place.
Invite all the elements in your healing place to cleanse you and dance with you. Take time to really sensually experience earth, water, fire, and air. Then feel the fifth element, the ether, moving around you and through you, the energetically tangible presence of the process of all possibility.
Connect to your spiritual protection and guidance. Feel connected to spirit, in your heart and with your whole being. Then ask your dream to bring you to it. Invite it to call you. Perhaps you will hear the song or voice of your dream. It may be a deep hum, like the sacred sound of “om.” Maybe you’ll hear someone or something calling your name.
Notice if you journey into your body, or to some place or element in your sacred place. You may journey beyond your sacred place. Perhaps there is some person you have to see, or some place in the world you need to go on your journey. Go wherever the voice of your dream calls you. A house, garden, town, city, mountain, country, the universe . . . anywhere and everywhere. It doesn’t matter where you go in this journey, as long as your dream calls you there.
Feel your dream present itself to you. Your dream may present itself as an image, vision, being, symbol, song, or dance. Your dream may speak to you about its presence in your life, what it brings to you, and what it requires of you. Feel yourself received by your dream. You may need to allow the meaning of your experience to unfold over time. Your dream may become your beloved. And spirit will support you in your relationship to it.
It is important that we learned about relationship and intimacy in chapter 4, as successful resolution of the developmental crisis in this chakra involves being able to have a responsible relationship with our dreams. Certainly we should be gratified on every level by our dream, though it is also important to ask what the dream requires of you on an ongoing basis. This may be holding certain intentions, emotions, meditations, connections, and actions in both non-ordinary and ordinary reality. As in all dynamic healthy relationships, what you and your dream require of each other may change over time. How does your dream ask you to prove your devotion, to help actualize in this reality?