"The Lower Chakras
& Synthesis of Body & Soul"
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"Body Memory and Soul-Interplay in Learning Life Lessons"  
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This piece is entitled, "Chakra Tree Anatomy in Chalice Garden" over "Trees of Light" from pi-ratio rays, over a background created from a garden-rendered "chalice tapestry" overlaying the original Chalice design (1986). Chakras were created from Multi-Vortexes arranged in sacred geometric proportions - and form each of those multi-color-dimensional energy centers (each of which are a form of chalice, all of which also form a chalice - "As above, So below", and so it just keeps on going!) - Christopher Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com, Oct-Nov 2012.

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          This essay comprises a complex and not easily separated set of topics, each of which deserve its concentrated focus -- so far, however, I have left the essay as originally written some years ago, often an interrelating of various elements.
          In many discussions about the body's energy centers, it seems there is a tendency to portray the upper chakras as if they are more important, even more beneficent, and the lower chakras almost as elements to avoid focus on altogether. This "protective" viewpoint has its merits up to a point. Yet it provides a dis-service in the long run to those who desire to eventually understand the purpose of the human plight on the material plane of existence, and the instrumental role of the chakras therein. I certainly don't claim to understand *ALL* about this, but I will do my best to convey the essentials of the title topics in the light of the various teachings I have studied.
          Once I have established what I consider a more balanced perspective of the relative importance of the roles of all the (seven primary) chakras, then I will attempt to organize their roles in a psychologically meaningful and useful way.
          To begin with, I will give a very brief description of the chakras. I am trusting that others' many detailed and effective treatises on the subject do a fine job of developing the existential depth on the basics and more. That leaves me to make the points that I want to focus on here. You might find it helpful (to gain context) to checkout the overview of "A Brief Cosmology Regarding the Body-Mind, Attitudes, and Chakras," either now or after reading the next section or two.

         . Essentially then, the chakras are the primary conduits and transformers of energy coming into the body from God/The Source/Higher Power. From here the energy is distributed to what we recognize as the major energy systems of the body, primarily the endocrine, nervous, and circulatory systems. Their are other lesser known systems that perform the distribution from the chakras to these aforementioned systems, one of which is the meridian system - what has been more commonly referred to as the system of acupuncture points.

    Useful references include Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith or Human Energy Systems by Jack Schwarz. Meanwhile, the energy centers' corollary attributes can be summarized crudely and briefly:

        1) strength, security, basic support;
          2) passion, reproduction, creativity;
          3) individuation & definition, information, raw empathy as in "gut feeling," power in management/ manipulation of these aspects;
          4) love, service, empathy with others as extension of oneself, psycho-emotional integration;
          5) authority, management, delegation of power, communications, 'power of Spoken Word';
          6) conceptual, contextual, & ethics/ values-based discrimination, insight, recognition of truth, reality, & related veils, psychic awareness;
          7) pure knowledge, consciousness, integrated "connectedness" relating all reality/ies, All Beings, all energy centers as ONE, etc.

    Each energy center, is thereby part of our non-physical anatomy, according to teachings of advanced yogi's down through the centuries.
Chakra Path To Guidance Chart 4c2 333px by Chris Pringer, ChaliceBridge.Com
Chart of Energy Centers or Chakras
originally "Chakra Path To Guidance Chart"



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"The Lower Chakras
and Synthesis of Body & Soul"

          The chakras, or energy centers are generally (traditionally) taught as seven in number, 3 "lower", and 4 "upper." The teachers of eastern spiritual perspectives have described the attributes and functions of chakras in various ways. Some of those ways seem to support a view that, as regards one's spiritual growth, there is little purpose in, and therefore little need for focus on, the lower chakras or their various aspects as related to one's psyche, body, and Life. If I didn't know better I might wonder if the lower chakras were primarily "negative" in character and the upper chakras primarily "positive." But it also strikes the same chords (in me) as the idea that the body is source of all evil.


          Coming from a gestalt and somewhat Buddhist paradigm, the author also acknowledges that any power (or individual chakra) can be fraught with attachments and/or be highly liberated. I appreciate the different aspects of any one chakra, including how a chakra relates/communicates with each other chakra (or doesn't, depending on the individual's current place in process). Therefore an individual can conceivably be somewhat advanced in some areas of a chakra's functionality and be relatively attached in other areas of function of that same chakra. More on this in the section, A Brief Cosmology Regarding the Body-Mind, Attitudes, and Chakras [ But come back here, or go there later.]

          This essay presents a view that honors the balanced and complementary roles of all the chakras as they work together. I will also relate these roles directly to the dynamic of memory storage in the body as related to personality issues and the process of human personal/spiritual growth.

          This is written from the highly gestalt view that honors each coping mechanism originated in childhood. It honors these and their related challenges as primary (albeit raw) resources for (ideally to be transformed into) talents, skills and gifts -- towards the realization of one's highest potential through the challenges of experience on one's Life Path. As resources to be discovered, emotionally cleared, & then employed as mental/emotional assets & guidance towards determining & accomplishing life goals.

          All are considered parts of the Soul's original plan for the growth of the personality in a given lifetime. More on this below in the section, "BODY MEMORY and the INTERPLAY of SOUL in the LEARNING LIFE LESSONS".

Affirmation for Inner Communication on Chakra Tapestry background by Chris Pringer, Chalicebridge.com
Affirmation for Inner Communication on Chakra Tapestry background" by Chris Pringer

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          I believe that many of the qualities commonly ascribed to the chakras can be unduly limiting. For instance, a quality often associated with the 1st Chakra is Fear, with the 2nd chakra is Sex, and with the 3rd chakra is Manipulation. All of a sudden we get that 'Unconditional Love' is the quality for the 4th, or Heart, chakra. (Hmmm, that reminds me of the idea that, if we just simply follow the Ten Commandments, then we'll just go right past goal, collect [$200 and Huh] our rewards in heaven - and do all this in ONE lifetime. And even if my life is only 2 weeks long and I was born in poor and in pain in Somalia and died the same way… well, uh, too bad. And that a Loving God designed that path, to boot. And… that's not my idea of divine foresight, let alone divine love. If, however, we were to throw in the full implications of 'the Golden Rule' as a requirement, I might go along with that idea, but then I still wonder how would each person be given the opportunity to understand each other person, without much more broad experience than one lifetime offers?) I acknowledge the basis for these chakra-role associations, and I would like to add balance and clarity -- at the risk of also adding a bit more complexity -- regarding the essential functional roles the chakra system plays.

          Even for "Fear" (at 1st/base Chakra)? Yes, but how is there fear without the opposite quality of FAITH? 'Rootedness'...Basic SUPPORT and NEEDS MET (or not) are base chakra related issues/challenges. The form or STRUCTURE of family rules provides LIMITS for children to feel themselves against and reflected off of. Without this, goals are not realistically perceived, set, and achieved. The Earth Mother HOSTS its children.

          "Having a foot (or footing) to STAND on" also relates to our BASIC SECURITY that life is there for us. One cannot transcend what one does not OWN -- or own-up TO -- God doesn't SHELTER us from our lessons - the gross physicality of things on our path - because God IS Faith in Life to be All That God Is. But we learn what true PROTECTION is through the lessons of the base chakra. In God we TRUST.

          I see the 1st chakra as the center that defines "Earth-Centered" spiritual paths as distinct from other spiritual paths. This includes the support that Mother Earth serves as and is the primary archetype for. Earth Centeredness honors the different forms which God manifests as or in -- as vehicles for experience. Experience being necessary for the process of learning and thereby for realization of the Divine. The term "Groundedness" would have no meaning without the ground, or base, chakra. Hence neither would any other chakra.

          Emotion that essential to get one to do anything all while living in a body, really begins at the 2nd chakra level, because it takes TWO to create an electric charge which is necessary to get current to move from pt.A to pt.B. POLARITY. This is the essential quality of the 2nd chakra. Yes, sexual nature comes from this chakra. But ANY interaction in the universe has to have a charge, via two or more participating elements. And the result is CREATION of a 3rd aspect, whether it was from two brain hemispheres, two hearts, two hands, two cells, or two people lighting up like Christmas trees with stars on top (e.g.: tantra). KEYWORDS: MAGNETISM, ATTRACTION, DESIRE (MOTIVATION), PLAY, CREATIVITY. (Related reference: "Emotion & Motivation on the Path and in Healing")

Form = Structure = MATRIX = LIFE = MOTHER

          The 3rd Chakra takes creation, DEFINES it and makes functional separations - MANIPULATES - in order to make sense and USEFULNESS of the different elements it has defined. Having food [for mind/body], I DIGEST/ANALYZE, DIFFERENTIATE, and ASSIMILATE mental, emotional, AND physical elements. Breaking down food into molecules, I refine sources of power for my cells.

          To the degree I define experience as words, I can compare, sort, and choose words and symbols, as elements of POWER in digesting and relating concepts. With these PROCESSES I perceive where I, others, and things begin and end: hence, BOUNDARIES. (ie:"Questions for Boundaries -- Effective Communications of position, intention, & message, Maintaining Clarity for appropriate Connection, Direction, & Protection.") [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.] Without them, without DISCRIMINATION, we may experience ENMESHMENT. Perceiving how others do all this with GUT FEELINGS (instinct or "radar"), we sense ROLES and other data about people and situations. Theosophy refers to this as "lower psychism" (as opposed to telepathy). With EMPATHY we meet the need to feel, sort, and ORGANIZE self's and others' feelings (according to their perceived appropriateness for a purpose) and have RELATIONS. This is not the same as the empathy of the heart chakra, and I will begin to clarify that next.

          One can "EMPATH" another's condition, whether the intention is selfless or from an unconscious need to "prove" --to self or others -- that one cares, or for some other reason. What one does with the felt condition is what determines which chakra is leading the action. Healing practitioners would be totally ineffective without the capable and appropriate use of the skills born through the solar plexus chakra. Interestingly, if you ask just about any practitioner worth his/her salt about how they learned to "feel" energy, "move" it, and still keep free of "taking on" the energy of the client, you'll hear about valuable lessons in the refinement of empathy and personal boundaries -- from psychic to sensual.

          The HEART CHAKRA (what I consider the "bridging" chakra or chalice-Chakra, between the lower and upper chakras): The above qualities, when under the guidance of the Heart Chakra, become aspects of COMPASSION. Even the Heart Chakra, without the mastery of the lower chakras, can be handicapped and limited. Is the heart's love always/only UN-conditional? Perhaps when there is no experience of its being broken, when there is complete naïvete, and/or when there is much experience in life, understanding, and forgiveness. Even with a "good" heart that CARES, one can be duped by those who are experienced with the upper and lower chakras' negative characteristics but lack the guidance and intention of evolved chakra's. Unwarranted generosity, e.g.: from taking responsibility for other's feelings -- via co-dependent relations -- is blind empathy. Whence the saying, "throwing pearls to swine."

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"ChaliceOS-711 w/Golden ChaliCellRings -A4aB2[RA1] onBlk", sig'd © Chris Pringer 2011,12

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ChaliceSphere PiRayed Matrix Gold in Blue: Golden "Atomic Pi ratio Chalice Spheres" with Double-Star and PiRays over Blue Light Vortex. Symbols of spiritual balance are prevalent in fairly symmetric style in bright, deep, & subtle blendings of colors. By Christopher Pringer of ChaliceBridge.Com © 2012. 14" wide version available at my gallery at Fine Art America

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"3D Chalice VortexTapistry(3), ChaliCells, DoubleStar A1 on Black", sig'd © Chris Pringer May'12; On the Multi-3D Chalice theme... slightly misted background but with "ChaliCells" - symbolizing the Chalice dynamic at the cellular level, as well as at the molecular, the systemic, and all other bodily levels. Whereas other pieces are more relevant to the mental and/or the emotional, the etheric, etc. Integration is essentially about the gestalt interrelatedness, or interrelatingness, ... but I digress (?) This piece by Chris Pringer, May 2012.

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"PreDawn Chalice Still All One" OnLtSeaGr - After the Parting 'Though united with the Eternal Caducus, and before Heaven & Earth formed from the Light out of the still pristine darkness... vortex bridging God & Goddess, yin and yang. Created from symbols of spiritual balance, particularly the Chalice, rendered in deep and subtle blendings of colors, symmetric pi-ratio proportions of Sacred Geometry. © Chris Pringer, May'12 See full size version at my gallery at Fine Art America

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"ChaliceVortex Cell &Tapestry5d DoubleStar APiSphere, Orb&Cellestry, Flower Of Life 5d, Intertwined Hearts", sig'd © Chris Pringer 2009,12; The orbs and connecting caduceus hint at the polarity of energies, "Hi & Low" (but actually in every continuum)

          Here is where we learn the critical difference between sympathetic resonance and compassion, and about honoring someone's chosen path of learning. For more about that see "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner - and Detouring 'Burn-out'" (Published July'88). [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.] The Heart Chakra mediates, interconnects, and integrates the upper three chakras with the lower three, insuring that Spirit finds a practical place and relevance in the plane of time, space, and experience.

          Feeling CONNECTEDNESS with all life is certainly a heart chakra trait. Via the Immune System, primarily the Thymus gland, the heart chakra knows, and wants to experience, everything as ONE integrated family. It co-opts bacteria and viruses, as well as enzymes and elements, in its role of INTEGRATING the roles of all the organs and systems toward achieving perfect BALANCE. While few people may ever experience the kind of perfection that the heart chakra works toward, we do experience what science calls homeostasis. The heart chakra doesn't perceive the healing experience (even if it may involve the use of "germs" and/or 'dis-ease'-ease to cleanse and re-organize the system) as contrary to the process of growth, integration, and learning to achieve one's highest potential.

          The lower chakras are the ones most popularly associated with what we often refer to as the "shadow" or dark elements of life. Actually, the dark side would not exist if aberrations or lack of development of the upper chakras didn't support it as well. In any case, a lot can be said for acceptance of the "shadow" side, emotional pain, fooling oneself, spiritual egoism, judgment, etc. and especially how these kinds of things relate, communicate, organize, settle, hide, move and change, and eventually INTEGRATE, with-in/out-of the body-mind. I don't mean to refer to passive acceptance, but to the acknowledgement of one's own "stuff," in order to work constructively with it, using it as the fuel for the fire of transformation. Life is dynamic - a hologram of holograms that are inherently and eternally changing and yet maintaining essential connectedness via "God's" Love and Light and Will.

          I see everything as related and/or metaphorical, not just metaphysical and/or "spiritual" (a word which is so broadly defined and bandied about that it has about as much worth in communications as the word, "normal". I see the body (as well as everything else) as REAL because it has PURPOSE -- so long as it is used as a vehicle for learning on the Earth plane. My essay, "A Working Gestalt Perspective", elaborates on this concept. [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.]

The body illustrates the dynamic relationship of the shadow elements with one's highest potential.



          A term coming of age is Body-Memory and relates to how, when, where, and why experience on any and every level of awareness is stored in the body, accessed and expressed - consciously and/or unconsciously. How this correlates functionally to one's anatomy, emotionality, mental routines, psycho-spiritual awareness, path, purpose, and integration, is not only fascinating, but actually describes an individual in a very practical way. The first two paragraphs outline some basic formative dynamics. The paragraphs following them elaborate on the specific processes and considerations involved.

          To the degree that one is not able to process an experience, one will put that processing "on hold." We say that the related memory - the psycho-emotional information that the body-mind puts/stores on hold - is "repressed." And the body-mind will create an "armor" of tension in the musculature in the area of the body that one associates with that event. The message(s), issue(s), or belief(s) related to that event, as well as whatever emotions that one perceives (consciously or unconsciously) as related to it, are all based on ones subjective experience. And it is important to note that one's subjective experience is often heavily weighted with emotional material, especially in the formative years, and most especially so for suppressed events. Also that repressed memories *may* have something -- or absolutely nothing -- to do with an objective reality (as in one that is rationally explainable), let alone any "accurate" perception of the actual related experience. It is generally believed, by those who work with these dynamics, that the body does not store *all* memory, but only that which is perceived by the self as necessary for later completion of experience.

          From a spiritual perspective, we could say that the Higher Self let the personality off the hook for the time being, by postponing the process until the personality/ego is sufficiently developed to satisfactorily complete and learn from the experience. As for the processes that we complete, we can remember them, or the lessons derived from them, solely via the mental body. Thoughts only become attached to the personality -- as beliefs -- for the sake of providing a psychological structure to learn in and/or from. And structure is important in a personality's learning process. Emotional charge (i.e.: as related to an issue) is the binding agent for attaching a thought. Otherwise the thought (i.e.: a perception and related data) is left to flow more or less freely through the mental body, or can be re-organized as desired.

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"ChakraTreeMan &Mercaba Ovr [3DChPiSphs&SmFOL,TOL,ChOS711-A4~] Chalice for Remembering" Sig'd © Chris Pringer May'14

        The body is shaped in terms of how the musculature has been held and moved in response to ones subjective experience. Hence the relationship of the body's posture and movement to one's sense of connectedness, coping strategies, skills, challenges, and gifts, the mind, the body, and the emotions, and the path of one's self knowledge, self healing, and transformation ("The Body Pattern Assessment/Reading and Understanding the Pattern Triad". ). [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.] Although the body vibrates at a lower frequency than does the mind, it communicates the Soul's energy all the same. And it is always telling us, point-blank, what we don't otherwise perceive.
          Few people in "modern society" survived childhood feeling safe to truly feel life from within their bodies. Result: we learn a mentally and emotionally armored, semi-defensive relationship with our bodies and our environment, yet strive to feel "the connection" with others. It is through this dualistic predicament that we have/are the divine opportunity to reveal depth and meaning to all aspects of our lives and to all life, to re-enter-connect.

          I believe that Souls are basically learning to focus - by Choice - on what is according to the Highest Will in any given moment. And we learn through awareness of ALL that IS (lots of choices when one is in acceptance of All that one is no matter how yucky and purposeless some of it may appear). Learning to listen to this "Body-Mind" not only accesses lost personal resources. It is a spiritual path of reclaiming one's original essence and soul-infused presence. That can only be done with form, in a body, complete with a full set of chakras to be present with. Until one really gets that thoroughly --understands (as only a fully realized Master can), the body -- and the lower AND upper chakras -- will continue to be part of the learning. Related: ("Context for Choice") [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.]

Chart of Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces, © Chris Pringer, Chalicebridge.com Apr'11
"Pattern Triad & Body-Mind-Spirit Triangle Interfaces" sig'd © Chris Pringer Apr'11; Note: Keywords referring to, or related to, the same phenomenon: somatic memory, tissue memory, muscle memory, somatic experience, somatic healing, somatic therapy.

ChBullet        Ron Kurtz, Daniel Siegel, John Briere, and by Mary Morgan On Memory
Excerpts from "Neuroscience and Psychotherapy" by Marilyn Morgan, SRN, B.A., MNZAP
Marilyn Morgan is a master teacher and Certified Hakomi Trainer who has a special interest in the new and exciting developments in interpersonal neurobiology. In this article she introduces a number of currently relevant advances in neuroscience (2006)
         "Many people who have had traumatic childhoods have problems with memory. They sometimes can’t consciously remember most of childhood, yet unwanted feelings and images from childhood experiences may intrude. It is not uncommon to forget a lot of details in daily life as an adult; appointments, where one has put car keys, phone numbers and so on.
         "Ron Kurtz, founder of Hakomi, (Kurtz, 1990), described the child as `the mapmaker’. Neuroscience emphasizes that the connections formed within the brain are experiencedependent. A person is born with approximately 100 billion neurons. If these nerve cells were placed end-to-end they would stretch two million miles. There are many nerve connections already in place at birth, the being brain was hard-wired to seek connection with caregivers, and basic bodily functions proceed. However, the major growth of neurons and the wiring of neuronal circuits are yet to take place depending on experiences to come. Eventually each nerve cell is likely to have 10,000 connections.
         "Daniel Siegel, MD, describes the brain as an anticipatory machine. The infant’s, and child’s, interactions with her world are imprinted in her brain circuitry. She is `wired up’ for a particular world. Her brain is coded with all kinds of memory, and most of the early memory will be unconscious. However, this memory will deeply affect later emotions, behaviour patterns, beliefs, and abilities to process information. In Hakomi we call this core material, and the shaping of character styles. Other models describe ‘deep cognitive structures’, ‘schemata’, ‘unfinished business’, or sometimes ‘the inner child’. [1999]
         "When the parent to whom the child goes for comfort and mirroring is also a source of fear this creates massive neural disorganization. Trauma and abuse in the young child has a serious impact on brain structure and function. Those parts of the brain undergoing critical growth at the time of the trauma will be particularly affected. This child is likely to have a smaller brain overall, fewer fibres in the corpus callosum connecting the left and right hemispheres, a smaller hippocampus, and poor development of prefrontal lobe areas. (Teicher, 2002)" ["Notes & Refs on Neuroplasticity / Cellular Re-Organization at the "Body-Mind Integration" essays page] [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.]

         "Implicit memory ...is generally unconscious, and there is not the sense of ‘remembering’. Things feel as if they are happening now, in the present. Implicit memory requires no attention to be encoded. There are different kinds of implicit memory: Procedural memory is the patterns of behaviour and habits we learn. It is mediated by the cerebellum and striatum.
         Emotional memory is related to the significance of events, and whether they feel good or bad. This is mediated by the right hemisphere, the amygdala and basal ganglia. There is sensorimotor memory, consisting of body sensations, posture and body responses. Perceptual memory is implicit, as are our mental schema and core beliefs.
         "John Briere, a traumatologist, describes deep cognitive structures that are narrative in nature, but held in a nonconscious way because when these are activated they trigger associated emotional responses that are distressing to the person.(Briere, 2001) These deep cognitive structures may be triggered by events that bear some similarity to the original memories. Implicit memories do not feel like `memories’ as they have a here and now quality to them, and `blend’ with current reality. Distressing emotional or traumatic memories are not consolidated, or resolved, and are therefore not integrated into a coherent narrative. Memory ‘stacks’
         "The emotional brain circuitry stores memory in a simple way, almost like ‘stacks’ of similar circuits. When a current event has a particular flavour then the whole ‘stack’, going back to early events is activated. The feelings and behaviours are generated, often very quickly and powerfully. Because emotional memory is always in the ‘now’, the old perceptions, feelings and behaviours become blended with the current situation." [For the sake of context with the rest of this material, I would like to qualify that first sentence, if I may, to say "in a simple way with regard to organizing for similar circuits..." -Chris Pringer]




          The body is Psycho-emotionally organized primarily by type of BELIEF and minimally, at best, by type of EMOTION (in regard to different organs, areas, or body parts). Any kind of emotional material can be found (associated with) virtually any place in the body. Grief is not found only in the chest, nor anger only in the liver, nor or fear only in the kidney. Internal organs may be the seat or primary storage areas of various emotions --certainly according to Five Element Theory, the basis for acupuncture and related long-proven modalities. But the external systems (e.g.: sensory and connective tissues) are actually not so specialized in what the mind may deem fit to associate with them. BELIEFS, which are thoughts charged with emotion, are about BEING, DOING, and HAVING. And it is these aspects that are more archetypically associated with various AREAS (i.e.: individual body parts or whole sections) of the body. In a given culture there may be more grief associated with PERCEIVING loss of support (left lumbar area) than with PERCEIVING someone not wanting to hear you (right upper shoulder/neck).

          The interior environment of a person -- or how one perceives (/thinks), feels, and viscerally responds (e.g.: with skin, muscle tone, heart rate, etc) to experience -- REFLECTS one's exterior environment (what goes on around him/her). There is a lot of commonality to the way in which all humans internally respond to most of the basic kinds of experience. This includes the effect on conscious and unconscious memories, as well as the response of one's cells. Hence there is much similarity in the way all human bodies organize postural and movement patterns relative to experience.

          Hence, the body does not organize it's information based on type of emotional content, as much as it does based on role and function, and on the "issues" or the values associated with role and function. For example, for the throat chakra area, management would be a role, authority a value, approval one of the associated issues, and control a coping mechanism. (These are only some general examples for this area, not specific, not all necessary to each throat condition, and not to be taken - in and of themselves - as indicators of future dysfunction.) A Chakra has different aspects associated with its different sides, e.g.: front, back, left, right, upper, and lower. How one chakra relates to another chakra in a given situation also determines certain characteristics in the Body-Mind (usually more complex and requiring much more experience to perceive them than the kinds of correlations referred to above).

          This makes it relatively easy to associate ATTITUDES and "Attitudinal Healing" approaches with bodily conditions. Affirmations, prayers, and other positive thinking methods can be specifically directed once the "issue" and correlated "attitude" is identified. Three different but relatively consistent ways of correlating attitudes with body areas are treated by Louise L Hay, Barry Green, and Stanley Keleman. Their valuable work can be found in the books, YOU CAN HEAL YOUR BODY, THE HOLISTIC BODY THERAPY TEXTBOOK, and EMOTIONAL ANATOMY, respectively.

          The correlations I use in my work and writing are very much based on these -- or an integration of them -- but vary in certain respects, probably due to differences in interpreting the chakra energies and/or the functioning of the various muscles. Whether or not chakra's actually exist, the characteristics assigned to them -- and their corresponding body areas -- tend to be the most accurate (that I've found) in consistently relating to how the body organizes value material and related emotional content.

          Which determines which, the Body-Mind's response to experience or the chakra's qualities? That's not quite as difficult a question to answer as the Chicken and Egg conundrum, but I think that a complete answer can be complex, without a good handle on metaphysics, cause and effect dynamics, and other aspects of Cosmic Law. In this essay I'll limit my brief answer more to the Earth level dynamics.

          The Soul determines the learning plan or Path, the chakra's respond to thought and belief, experience is attracted by Soul's prior determination as well as by earth level mental learning and related beliefs, and the Body-Mind responds to the experience with psycho-emotional processing and corresponding Chakra disposition and Body-Memory. The chakras record the effects on the endocrine and nervous systems, these having essential governance over the body systems. To what extent the psycho-emotional processing of any experience is "complete", generally determines the nature and extent of the musculature's patterning that leads to limited/modified responsiveness to subsequent experience. And I believe that is a primary aspect in what Body-Memory is and does.
         This (at the psycho-emotional level) is covered in some depth (as far as physical and emotional levels) in my essay, "Body-Mind Integration and the Personal Growth Process". [For best context, keep reading here, go to these ref-links later.] Other sections there, "Muscle Q & A" - a Kind of overview of the core topics, and the "Insight Please" discussion, relate it further to the higher aspects. And is "grounded" with "The science behind the body-mind relationships" (in the reference section). Other essays have been added there with the goal of clarifying these topics as more easily understandable for *common sense* preventative maintenance application, as well as further completing the context and clarifying the dynamics and processes involved.
         Aside from the more subtle energetic levels, the "Core Body-Mind Integration Concepts in Context Chart" is now (10/10/11) at the Organization Chart page. It compacts the key points into a relatively small visual space, and provides a summary of them and their implications relative to body-mind preventative maintenance, pain management, other aspects.

ToruSphere Synthesis Bright Beginning Soulin1 [FAA-Frmd]© by Chris Pringer, Chalicebridge.com 2013
"Torusphere Synthesis Bright Beginning Soulin I"

   Extending from original artwork & poetry by the artist, "Synthesis: [as noted below] In this image, Torus Spheres, 6 around 1 plus 2 for the horizontal cross, '3D'ed in Rose Light treated in blues, greens, & gold over "Synthesis", rendered with "AChaliSynthesis" overlaid in Lightness ("Atomic-Chalice-Synthesis" 2001, see Blog, "Technical Bio" for this and the other early works mentioned here). Theme name, "Chalice5A(o) wTorus-Synthesis(Symd) In Atomic-Chalice-Synthesis." By Christopher Pringer of ChaliceBridge.Com, June 2013

ToruSphere Synthesis InterDimensioning Soulin [FAA-Frmd]© by Chris Pringer, Chalicebridge.com 2013
"ToruSphere Synthesis InterDimensioning Soulin IV"

   Extending from original artwork & poetry by the artist, "Synthesis: [as noted below] In this image, Torus Spheres, 6 around 1 plus 2 for the horizontal cross, cell chakras violet deepening torquoise and teal, expanding with another 6 and 2 Gold-engaged in WhiteLight-Blue 1 plus 12, over "Synthesis", now inter-dimensioning SyntheSphere, rendered with "AChaliSynthesis" overlaid in Lightness, all set in post-aqua indigo-blue. Theme name, "Synthesis(Symd)TorusSet (3+2+1x2+12) byChalice5A wAtomic-Chalice-Synthesis Darker." By Christopher Pringer of ChaliceBridge.Com, June 2013

      The above two images are part of a series -of four, so far- representing the soul process of incarnating in a material form, learning as processing through the phases of chakra development, then ascending back to the Soul, and/or encompassing the Soul in a bodily form. Image #3 ("Soulin III," not shown here), indicates there is still a fair amount of emotional body processing, but the heart chakra has been developed somewhat, as well as the throat chakra. Whereas in #4 ("Soulin IV" above), the heart is fairly fully developed and the throat is beginning to come strongly "on line," the emotional body not nearly so prominent. See Blog, "Technical Bio" at Fine Art America for this and the other early works mentioned here), all set in post-aqua indigo-blue.

   These images are scaled down samples of the kind of framed preview for artwork at my gallery at Artist Websites of Fine Art America. There, you can choose artwork to look at in large view, in your choice of frames, matting, paper, and/or other mountings or greeting cards that are available, and the site will display it in that setting.

    At ChaliceBridge.Com, various chalice art images can be viewed in smaller sizes at the Chalice Art & Holiday Card Slideshow Presentations, with bio, related philosophy, and more at the Chalice Integration Index Page.



A Brief Cosmology
Regarding the Body-MInd, Attitudes, and Chakras:

          The BONES (the skeleton, posture and movement, alignment and mis-alignment) are moved or held by MUSCLES, muscles are moved or held by ATTITUDES and their related mental-emotional reaction patterns. These are governed overall by BELIEFS, which are THOUGHTS invested with EMOTION(S). Beliefs are the result of personal experience -- physically manifested and/or imagined and/or as taught. The intensity of the experience, imagination, and/or teaching determines the power of the belief, and therefore the degree of momentum invested in any related POSTURAL and/or MOVEMENT PATTERN manifested in the body. These invested patterns are primary to what is sometimes referred to as "BODY-MEMORY".
         Mind-Body Implications: a) feelings and (unconscious) stored emotion-data (all of which comprising 'the emotional-body') determine the setting and changing of the state of muscle tension, which determine the "automatic"/ habitual holding and/or movement patterns in the muscles and fascia. AND SO: If your muscles are working (tense) when they are not actually working (doing something you want them to do), then it is the emotional body that is directing the holding of that extra tension. All this is because... b) Thoughts move the feelings, that is, they create/govern the feelings, both of which (thoughts and feelings) have the power to create beliefs..." (Ref: "A Cosmology of the Body-Mind-Spirit Self" at the "Body-Mind Integration Essays" page. [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.]

         The CHAKRAS record the psycho-emotional dynamics, since the Chakras are an essential vehicle for the communications between Higher Self and the Personality. They exert a primary force in the initial manifestation or attraction of experience for the sake of learning, and are accessed by the Higher Self in conveying higher frequency energies to the body-mind. The chakra's serve mostly to download and convert the Soul's Energies (like an electrical transformer on a telephone poll), to thus receive the assignments from the Higher Self, and pass them on in order to influence the personality (mental and emotional bodies). These influences set up magnetic attractions to experience(s) for the assigned work. As the chakras record the processes with those assignments, the resulting effect on the energy body may also serve to attract experience. As the individual becomes more conscious, s/he may access the chakras for greater awareness and a certain degree of management of the more subtle energies. In so doing s/he may thereby effect the body-mind systems, as well as the energy body's magnetism and attraction of experience thereby.
         [This is a complex matter, the stuff of yogi's; beyond this I can talk *about* it, but not *from* it. At that point I can try, if/when/as needed, to make more clear those things I have learned -mentally- from other's teachings, including saying what I know apart from what I suspect and why. Both facts and theories are essential, but it's essential to keep them organized for what they are. "Clarifying that in one's own mind is a 6th chakra capacity; defining that boundary is a required 3rd Chakra qualification; elucidating that is a 5th Chakra challenge; Creativity in designing this is a 2nd Chakra characteristic; your Patience for the process is a 4th Chakra gift! smile]

          Given the above material, one item at a time, it would still be too easy to make gross over-generalizations about what correlations exist between various chakras, issues, and specific bodily conditions. There are many factors in such assessments that I have not even begun to cover in this essay. Many of those factors would be found in other of my essays, including some of those referenced above, as well as "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility -- Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & 'Easy Answers,' (Not)",   "Attainment and Achievement, or Alignment of Beliefs, Desires, and Needs",   and "A Concept of Healing". For now I believe it is important to establish the need for healthcare practitioners to be more open about the existence of such correlations.

          I believe that the implications of such existing correlations need not be perceived as threatening to the professions. So long as they are handled appropriately with respect to clients' belief systems, and the degree to which each client has accepted responsibility for their subjective experience, as well as psycho-spiritual well-being. Maybe I should again qualify that statement with the benefit of the practitioner, perceiving the client from a highly gestalt perspective such that: We honor each coping mechanism and their related challenges -- as primary (albeit raw) resources for (ideally to be transformed into) talents, skills, and gifts -- towards the realization of one's highest potential. And all are considered parts of the Soul's original plan for the growth of the personality in a given lifetime.

[Rev'd 10-96, 2-98, 6-98, 5-99, 7-01, 4'11]

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"Rainbow ChaliCell Isphere Matrix II" 2Mlt5R3 © Chris Pringer 2012

    Behind those 3D Chalices, behind and making up some of the vortexes... the layers in this image include matrixes of "ChaliCells" representing the basic workhorses of our bodies, the cells being far far more energy efficient than anything man has ever created, literally with nuclear power reactions going on every milli-second, but beautifully channelled to say the least.

    The blue represents the throat chakra, correlating with the thyroid gland, the regulator of metabolism and catabolism, the energy & communications manager, if you will. Pi-spheres highlighted and brighter blue & green tints contrasting the black background relative to it's larger brother, "Rainbow Chalice Cell iSpheres". Symbols of spiritual balance are prevalent in fairly symmetric mandala style in bright, deep, & subtle blendings of colors, arranged per sacred geometric proportions, pi ratio, etc.
    By Christopher Pringer of ChaliceBridge.Com © September 2012. This is the 'little brother' image to "Rainbow Chalice Cell iSphere Matrix" Full Size at Fine Art America


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            Presenting early to more recent artwork (by yours truly, with the *Chalice* as eclectic symbol for the energetic infrastructure of our Being, bridging ALL that one is - a "vehicle" for the balancing & integrating of Humanity, individually & communally: thence ChaliceBridge.Com and its theme, "Chalice Bridging Arts & Sciences." There are both hand-made & artistically rendered computer-generated works, and a little bio on how it began & developed.
          My artwork is, overall, an eclectic/symbolic blend of multiple layers of brights and subtles, chalice-theme components based and arranged in sacred geometry, rounded with a balance of textures and grounding touch. This page elaborates on many aspects of sacred geometry and the chalice, including the mystical symbolism of the chalice: this precedes anything any religion has, or may yet, to do with it, and represents (here, if not universally) the human embodiment of Spirit.
          That includes broader themes, beginning with the origins of Man and ancient archytpes, and section by section, cover symbology, geometry and communication, the related but deeper (more original) archetypic symbology & meanings, various body-mind-spirit correlations, and many would-be paradoxes & mysteries. Including how & why the "sacred geometry" relates the pi-ratio to the proportion & function that is relevant to the DNA of all Life, how that relates to ones cells, to whole health.
          The page explores how all that symbolically relates to (led to?) the Legend of the "Holy Grail." For instance, in the "Pragmatic Balancing" section, we look at the legend as symbolizing the psycho-social evolution of Man, beginning with a recounting of the early history of "The Church," the orthodoxy vs the Gnostics, relating the essence of that to the world's key religions - by nature of that which unites all religions. And to emotional intelligence ("EQ") that might, on the intra- and inter- personal levels, "bridge" humanity and transcend extremes, via interconnectedness and understanding.
Multi-3D-Chalice3(w2A&CntrHBI-v2)' © Chris Pringer 2013&16, ChaliceBridge.Com

"Multi 3D Chalice 3 (w2A&CntrHBI-v2)" © Chris Pringer 2013&16.
Born out of the 3D geometric visual "seen" in 1985. The vision/ visual was complete with corrolations to deep (more original) symbology - which initiated the correlations to the legendary meanings of the Holy Grail (those having been edited by "the Church" since then). The above is as close to that as anything I've put in art form so far. We could call this "The Chalice as a symbolically verticle bridge on the symbolically horizontal plane of matter" (which symbolism and many more is elaborated at the page.)


Note on the 'Abundance Set' of web pages at this site:

        If some folks were to see how I live and hear of my having written an essay on abundance, they would be sure that I was either a comedian, a hypocrite, or a blathering idiot. My response to that would be, "well, that's understandable laughing, given the usual definitions..." for abundance or success - primarily based on how one "understands" karma, belief patterns, and life decisions about what might be called ones priorities.

        In any case, I am happy to say that I am rich in many ways that are not associated with how the image of 'success' has been promoted in the media. And essentially that: further understanding of the definitions, values, and concepts regarding such terms as 'magnetism,' 'achievement,' 'attainment,' and 'true abundance' would be a valuable thing in this 'all about winning' era, and I hope to provide at least some clarification in the essays, "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs", "Whole Being Integration In Manifesting Abundance...", and "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work: A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and ...", referred to as "The Goal Chart", and which includes "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11).

        The term 'karma' may also deserve some attention, and that is covered more extensively in the essay, Evolution Trends..." in the section "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace", and in essay, "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility -- Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & 'Easy Answers' (Not!)", as well as in essay, "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial," Pertains to Physical and other levels - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion.


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