For awhile, I’ve talked here about the three major stages of the awakening shift. What Adyashanti described as Self absorbing the head, heart and gut. What is broadly called Self realization, God realization, and Unity.
I’ve also talked about the 3 “am-ego’s”, the 3 layers of an “ego” self that are released as these awakenings occur. (although GC can take place further along) The mental concept of being separate, the emotions that drive it, and the core identity that separates us from the world.
More recently, I’ve been observing this relationship with the chakras and how there’s another further stage, what I’ve started to call Embodiment. Where the Self moves down to the base and out onto the surface of experience, right there to the senses. We can literally touch Brahman.
It turns out that there is a further value of individuality, associated with descent of Self to the root. The point value.
We can understand this better if we understand the bigger picture. In essence, the infinity of being is collapsing to a point at every point. We could say we’re one of those infinite points. Infinity in a point, our soul, in a sea of sparkling lights of life.
Our soul can be accessed in the heart but it is the root chakra energy that identifies with that point as individual.
The Sanskrit term Ahamkara is usually translated as ego, but I believe this is what it refers to. The point value, the first principle of individual. Ego arises as a result of that. Or we may just call the whole process ego.
It’s not the point value that’s individual but the identification with it that makes it so.
Thus we have a 4th value. The infinite in a point, identified as individual. As that is further engaged, we have identification with that individuality as separate (the core identity), emotions to drive that, and the mental concept of being “other” and unique (what I call ego). We lose them in reverse.
The other Chakras
Now, you might note that a head, heart, gut, & root model misses 2 of the chakras, the throat and sex. These also need to be opened to the divine flow and in some people’s paths may be distinct shifts as well. We’ll all probably notice the first time your body has a conversation, talking to someone without any input from you. But it seems the other 4 are the common places of self-identification. At least in the current time and culture. We’ll see how well this holds up over time.
Of course, Self doesn’t actually descend. It was here all along. What actually “descends” is the opening and allowing to what preexists. This also awakens us to our full cosmic nature, even right on the level of the body.