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Book Review – Chakra Healing Therapy: Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds by Glen Park

Book Review

Chakra Healing Therapy

Awaken Spiritual Energies

and Heal Emotional Wounds

by Glen Park

312 Pages

 

 

… In this journey through the chakras, we have seen unfolding the theory that we live in

a conscious intelligent universe. Ultimately, at our highest and deepest level, the converse

is also true; a conscious intelligent universe lives in us. We are in essence an expression

of the pure divine energy of the universe…1.

Chakra Healing Therapy: Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds by Glen Park is written from the perspective of serving a broad audience of readers ranging from those who work primarily with the Chakra system for spiritual purposes, those using this system as a vital component of energetic anatomy and healing practices and those who like to incorporate both as spiritual and scientific overlay to their work. With this being said, the book is filled with color palates and graphics that provide a very visual approach to a part of our anatomy that is ephemeral and largely unseen.

The Introduction: Setting the Stage does precisely that. The etymology of the word “chakra”, the history of use and energetic structure and more are provided at the onset to provide the reader with all that is needed to engage in the meat and bones of the book with a good foundation of knowledge and expectation. Additionally, the roles of the Nadis, Auras and the connective energetic anatomy, all of which support and work in collaboration with one another are given ample review to assist the reader in understanding the complexity of the Chakra system. This information weaves through the various chakras and their chapters with references to Kundalini-Shakti, the Tree of Life and other and varied disciplines.

Chakra Healing Therapy: Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds is separated into Act One-The Lower Chakras:The Earth Realm, Act Two-The Heart Chakra:Gateway to the Spiritual Realm, Act Three-The Upper Chakras:Higher Expressions of the Lower Chakras and, Finale-The Crown Chakra:Gateway to the Divine Realm. This thought-filled layout provides another layer of information about the chakras and their energies in the way of groupings and semantics selected.

Each chakra’s chapter begins with a listing of the Sanskrit name, English translation, Dominant stage (human life) and Central themes. These set the tone for the more in depth information to follow. The information for each is then broken down into subsections: (the) Physical Level, Psychic Level, Spiritual Level, Cultural Considerations, and a case study relevant to the use of Chakra Healing Therapy.

I especially enjoyed Act TwoThe Heart Chakra:Gateway to the Spiritual Realm. To give you an idea of the breadth of information covered…

Publisher’s Excerpt. Amazon.com © All rights reserved…..

The Heart Chakra is the game changer. Placed at the center of the body and the center of the chakra system, it plays a pivotal role in the unfolding of each life because it is the gateway into the Spiritual Realm and the deeper spiritual levels of all the chakras.

If the Heart Chakra is not flowing well we experience the world mainly from the egocentric and wounded perspectives of the lower chakras, the small self. But when the Heart Chakra is flowing well it offers another perspective on ourselves and on the world, where we can begin the process of healing the wounds and traumas of our past and discover a deeper, truer, more spiritual part of ourselves.

Psychological Level: In the first chakra the motivation is to survive, in the second to explore
the world seeking pleasure and avoiding pain, and in the third to develop a sense of identity through one’s values and choices. Put very simply, the three lower chakras represent the development of the separate individual, based on the needs of security, pleasure, and self-identity. In Heart Chakra consciousness these needs drop away and there is the desire to

simply be, living in the present moment, with awareness and a sense of connection to all of life.

The Heart Chakra consciousness of loving acceptance needs to be balanced with the discrimination of the Solar Plexus Chakra and the Eye Chakra. It would be difficult for anyone to be operating from pure Heart Chakra consciousness all the time. But daily life requires that we make choices and choices depend on judgments. Heart Chakra consciousness influences the values we have developed in the Solar Plexus Chakra, bringing a loving global perspective to them. Ideally the two chakras need to work together. For example, when a kind and loving parent is cross with a child, they may express anger but underneath that, they still accept the beauty and vulnerability of this young human being whom they love deeply, and this will affect the way they communicate their displeasure.

Psychic Level: At the psychic level of the Heart Chakra there is an ability to identify and merge with another person. Boundaries between people dissolve. Healing energy is born here and healing is the clearest example of working at a psychic level with the Heart Chakra. This can be through listening and talking, hands-on work, auric work or absent healing. Healing can take many forms. If a caretaker of a sick or disabled person, in addition to all the practical tasks carried out, feels genuine loving compassion towards their charge, they can be transmitting healing energy. Many nurses, teachers, social workers, therapists and others are operating from a compassionate flowing Heart Chakra which can have very powerful healing effects.

Spiritual Level: At the spiritual level of the Heart Chakra we enter more consciously into the Spiritual Realm of life, which brings more depth and awareness to our experience. The Base Chakra is the entry point into Earth Realm of life which initiates the physical and psychological development of a separate self. The Heart Chakra can be seen as a higher expression of the Base Chakra, the gateway into the Spiritual Realm, initiating our development as spiritual beings.


Quick Heart Chakra Reconnection: This is an exercise which you can use whenever you are feeling the need to reconnect with your Heart Chakra consciousness. Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Notice your breath flowing in and out of your chest area nourishing your Heart Chakra, and stay aware of this for the next five breaths. Think of a person, an animal, a place, or anything that you appreciate and feel loving towards and send your love energy out to them from your Heart Chakra, for the next five breaths. Now imagine that loving energy turning around and coming back to you, nourishing your Heart Chakra. As you breathe out send your love energy out and as you breathe in allow that love energy to fill your Heart Chakra and your whole being.

Exercises for your personal practice and recommendations for assessing the potency of your chakra systems are provided at each chakra level as well. This is a very nice touch and engages the reader in a way that is both academic and personal. A quote that begins the final chapter, Journey’s End sums up the intention of this book beautifully…

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.2.

– T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” –

Would I Recommend:

Chakra Healing Therapy: Awaken Spiritual Energies and Heal Emotional Wounds by Glen Park is one of those books that you wish you had come across before you’ve bought several books to get the full picture of the chakras that is gifted in this single read. The Bibliography is robust and clearly demonstrates the level of research and study that went into the creation of this book. I have spent many years in study of esoteric anatomy and this book pulls much of that information together in an understandable and useable way. If you are seeking something more than a cursory read on the Chakras and related systems, this is the book for you.

About Author Glen Park:

Glen Park has taught workshops in the Alexander Technique and Chakra Therapy for more than 30 years in Europe, the United States, Australia, and Japan. She has also presented at conferences for Alexander Technique International and the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. The author of The Art of Changing, she lives in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, UK.

Footnotes:

  1. p. 269
  2. p. 269

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path.  

Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice.  A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers.

Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of Oak and Willow since Samhain of 2001.

As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work.

Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally.  She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented.  She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience.

Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings.  She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.

Robin’s Books

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 1 It’s Written in the Stars-Astrology

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 2 Poetry of the Spheres-Qabalah

The Inner Chamber, Vol. 3 Awakening the Paths-Qabalah

The Light of SELF: Consciousness, Spiritual Practice and Learning to Breathe

Magickal Verse: A Collection of Poetry and Prose

A Year of Gaia: The Eternal Cord

The Elemental Year: Aligning the Elements of SELF

Temple of the Sun and Moon: Luminous Devotions

Sleeping with the Goddess: Nights of Devotion

A Weekly Reflection: Musings for the Year

The Magickal Pen: A Collection of Esoteric Writings

The Enchanted Gate: Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

For more info: http://www.robinfennelly.com/books.html

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