Third Eye…OPEN!

 

Do you know what chakras are? In the simplest of definitions, they are apparently vortexes in your body through which your life force flows. I know, it may sound very odd if this is the first time you’re learning about all this, but trust me, it gets rather interesting.

I have lived a decent few years so far and I have observed people of various faiths doing various deeds in various relations to those various faiths. (You will now find the word ‘various’ really weird)

However, after much tossing and turning through the internet, I have perhaps found eastern philosophies to be the most intriguing. Whether it be Hinduism or Buddhism, there is a very distinct flavor that runs through these beliefs that separate them from the more western and middle eastern Abrahamic faiths.

Now, before anyone gets all fired up, I want to clarify that I’m not saying one system is better or worse than the other. I am merely making an observation about a topic that piqued my interests, that’s all. Now first, let us take a deep breath.

deep breath
I was going to create a semi professional digital picture, but this is easier. It’s a Friday and I’m relaxing, okay?

Let us begin.

I have always been a fan of Chinese martial arts movies. There is something so loveable about a well choreographed fight; the push and pull, the delicate movements, the beating-a-whole-group-of-bad-guys-by-undergoing-some-next-level-training-with-a-bearded-master. You know, the usual. Around 2013, I delved further into the philosophies of these arts. Along the way I rewatched some classics of course. Bruce Lee has and will always be an inspirational figure to us large bellied, fat, lazy bums.

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\m/ indeed buddy. Rock on.

But it is actually a cartoon show called Avatar: The Last Airbender, that really pushed me to knock on those doors I didn’t know existed. You see, the series’ setting, premise, philosophies, really the entire package was inspired by eastern beliefs. Even the fighting styles in the show replicated, beat for beat, actual martial arts, such as Xiaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi.

What am I getting at with this though? As I fell in love with the story and characters, I also fell in love with their inherent reality. Something about that mystical world kept calling me and on a whim, I dived into research.

Wow.

I came across quite a vast treasury of information. (It is the internet after all). Hold on tight folks, the trippy part begins here.

CHAKRAS

Chakras, as I mentioned before, are said to be vortexes, or wheels, through which your energy flows.

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Colour coded for your convenience.

There are the major seven ones, arranged from the base of your spine to the top of your head and they all play a part in your spiritual well-being.

1) Root Chakra 

This one resides in the base of the spine and you could say that it’s the most removed from the ‘other worldly’ aspects of existence.It deals with survival and basic needs of life, such as food, shelter and even financial security. It is basically the foundation upon which our lives are built, so an imbalanced root chakra leads to situations such as you feeling constantly afraid, or perhaps excessively greedy, depending on if the chakra is too shut off or more open than necessary. (Think of it like a pipe)

2) Sacral Chakra

Going up from the base of the spine to the lower abdomen, just below the tailbone, is the sacral chakra. Coloured in bright orange, the sacral chakra is said to deal with our emotions and our senses. In addition our creative energies are also linked to it, so it really is quite a powerhouse, especially for the modern world that is run by the sensual pleasures of life. An imbalanced sacral chakra can lead to being ruled by your emotions instead of the other way around, ranging from overindulgence in food and substances to less than appreciable sexual drive.

3) Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus chakra is located in, well, the solar plexus. If you don’t know what that is, it’s alright. I didn’t know either when I first heard the term. It is basically in the upper part of the belly, around the region where your diaphragm resides. Now if you don’t know what the DIAPHRAGM is, that’s a problem…

Anyways, the solar plexus chakra is all about power and assertion of ourselves in the world. Coloured bright yellow, this chakra is responsible for traits such as willpower, discipline and confidence, among others. Imbalances could lead to overconfidence, lack of purpose or direction in life and even being manipulative. Yikes.

4) Heart Chakra

In the middle of everything rests the evergreen heart chakra. This is perhaps as straightforward as it gets to describe and I’m sure most of you already know what I am going to say. The heart chakra is all about love: love for oneself as well as love for everything other than oneself. It deals with compassion and forgiveness, the ability to look beyond and forgive others. Signs of an imbalanced heart chakra range from trying to please everyone to being completely emotionally shut off from the world. You gotta spread the love!

5) Throat Chakra

Ah yes, we are finally in the final three!

Being well rested at, well, your throat, this turquoise throat chakra is all about self expression and communication, as well as being a heavy player in making you understand what your purpose is (as hippie as that sounds, but then again all of this is hippie as well, so). Needless to say, the person who is very socially awkward or too boisterous and oversteps boundaries with what they have to say could use some rebalancing of this chakra. Other problems include not being able to keep confidential information and feeling somewhat purposeless (I suppose it is due to the whole metaphorical issue of not finding your voice)

6) Third Eye/Brow Chakra

We’re finally stepping into trippy territory!

I’m sure you’ve seen at least a few depictions of beings having a third eye in the middle of and a little bit above their eyes. In many discussions about chakras, I have seen this particular one being the most discussed topic among those who follow eastern beliefs.

The third eye shines with a strong purple (or it should be shining with a strong purple but you know us…) and it deals with various traits or feats that one would consider as ‘supernatural.’ For example, high intuition and psychic abilities, being able to predict the future, seeing past the ‘illusion of the physical world’, these are all attributed to the third eye. In addition, creativity is also one of the lesser considered characteristics. (Honestly, creativity would be a pretty low priority when reading minds is involved) Imbalances in the brow chakra can lead to lack of clarity as one of your whole ways of looking at things is blocked. In contrast, an overactive one could lead to being completely lost in vivid fantasies but in severely unhealthy manners.

7) Crown Chakra

Finally we have reached the top of the skyscraper.

The crown chakra is located just around the top of the head. It boasts a magnificent indigo hue and in direct contrast to the root chakra, which ties us to the physical and very carnal realms of existence, the crown is all about connecting to the universe, being able to experience realms of existence far beyond the limiting physical world. (Do I sound crazy? I told you things were going to get weird around this point.)

Imbalances of the crown chakra could lead to complete closed mindedness on one end of the spectrum and complete obsession with all that is spiritual and divine at the other end. This whole chakra system is basically something that needs the correct amounts of push and pull from each other to be in proper healthy and active states.

CONCLUSION

Well that was a doozy, wasn’t it? I honestly barely scratched the surface of the complex philosophies and years of dedication involved in order to ‘truly’ understand what these are. Entire books can be written about each and every chakra, and here’s the kicker:

I’ve heard people say there are more than 7! Some have said there are nine and others have claimed there are eight. What is the truth? Well, I don’t know. I’m just a regular non spiritual human being who could do well with losing a few pounds.

Here is a website that looks at chakras in more depth. It doesn’t use any difficult language and the articles are always a fun read. If you’re procrastinating on doing your homework at 4 in the morning, this might just be a nice site to take refuge in:

http://www.chakras.info/

Also, you probably didn’t ask for it, but here’s a picture of me standing in front of a tube light pretending my third eye has opened to make way for magical realities:

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Third eye…OPEN!

Hope you have a very colourful day!

9 + 9 + 9 + 9 = 9

You are hopefully confused right now.

Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in between, pens and paper out because it’s time for a math lesson! Booooo yes, yes I know you’re all groaning right now and I may have lost a few followers already. Honestly, who writes about MATH? Just trust me on this, if you stay with me for a few more seconds, you’re gonna be unpleasantly surprised.

First thing’s first, let’s clear up that title.

9+9 = 18 (Check with your calculator.)

Now if you take 1 and 8 from the number 18, and add them together, what do you get? Why yes, that is 9 you’re looking at!

But what happens if you add 9 thrice?

9+9+9 = 27

And the addition of 2 and 7 is…

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Just to be sure.

Hmm, that is odd. Are we seeing a pattern here?

9×4 = 36 | 3+6 = 9
9×5 = 45 | 4+5 = 9

What is going on here? Let us add 9 to itself, say 17.5 times.

9×17.5 = 157.5 | 1+5+7+5 = 18 | 1+8 = 9

What in the world? What narcissism magic is this?

Back in 2015 I was experimenting with numbers (as one does) and I found these reduced numbers really fascinating. The rule is simple: simply keep adding the digits of the results til a single digit number is achieved.

What else did I find?

Ooh boy, just wait. Things became very trippy.

Take my lecture, not my money

I reside in Dhaka, a city not well known for being, how shall I put it, secure. The tale I am about to narrate is seven years old from the time of this writing.

In 2010, I had saved enough money to finally buy myself a decent 10,000 taka ($120) phone. I loved it! Finally, I had the ability to put on earphones and not listen to the constant yelling of the world around me. Of course, a sixteen year old displaying his phone and traveling home after dark sounds like rather easy prey for muggers. If it sounds bad enough to be true, it probably is.

I was stopped and approached by two men.

Muggers Man 1 and Man 2
A semi-professional digital recreation of them

MAN 1 claimed that he and his friend were running a gang in the area and that they required money to buy alcohol for a boozefest party they had later that night. I was a sixteen year old who had saved up for months by walking long distances and skipping cafeteria food (which I would have done anyways to be honest). After getting that newly acquired phone though, my wallet was breathtakingly empty.

MAN 1 was a patient fellow. He assured me that it was okay for me to be broke, but that I was rich in other ways: My heart My phone.

So there I was, face to face with two adults who could probably serve me as mashed potatoes in their party. What was the most logical course of action I could take? I could not overpower them, I could not run from them, and I’m sure they were not interested in my economics notes (can you blame them though?) What was I to do? In the midst of panic, I constructed the most absolutely perfect idea.

G O D
Pictured above: a sixteen year old lunatic

Yes. My plan of action consisted of looking at these two criminals straight in the eyes and lecturing them about life, morality and how God would disapprove of their actions. Truth be told, I was completely on autopilot after the first few seconds and I just spewed out whatever came to my head. I concluded my brilliant speech by telling them that they still had time to repent and to go home and pray.

It worked.

…hah?

You are probably thinking many variations of ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ and honestly, so did I. I still do! How did that plan work at all? It had more than fifty seven ways to fall flat on its face and have me robbed, or worse, expelled killed. At the age of 23, I’m really not much of a hardcore follower of any faith, but hey.

God works in mysterious ways.

PS: MAN 2 didn’t say anything at all for the whole duration.

Muggers MAN 2
All around me are familiar faces…worn out places…worn out faceeeees

LYRICS: Leaving Me

It started the day I told you hi
A stranger on the street, you passed me by
I was caught in a whirlwind, paralyzed
Now I sit here waiting, alone tonight
Now I sit here waiting, alone tonight

So mock me, you’ve got me
Throw everything you want at me
You want me but you break me
Tear a hole in my heart please
Sing your song, you don’t belong
Spew all your nonsense but I’ll be strong
The door’s wide open and now you’re gone

Leaving me

LYRICS: Let Me In

Your sleepless nights, those lonely eyes
Let your darkest days say goodbye
And your tears they fall, please don’t cry
I’ll be waiting here, waiting here, until the day I day

Won’t you let me in, let me
Into your heart, I’ll never walk away
Just stay with me, stay with me
And this won’t fall apart
Hold me tight on this night
And let your sorrow burn away
A bit more time, your hand in mine
I know that this is just right

Let’s take a step at a time, along these broken lines
I’ll heal your wounds, don’t cry tonight
I’ll wipe your tears and make you smile
I’ll be here for you by your side until the day I die

Just try to let me in, let me
Into your heart, I’ll never walk away
I’ll stay with you til the end
And this won’t fall apart
Hold me tight every night
And let your pain burn away
A bit more time, your hand in mine
You know that this is just right

And now your darkest days are gone
You’ve been alone for so long
You’ve been waiting for some sign
Just let your heart beat with mine

Now you’ve let me in, let me
Into your heart, I’ll never walk away
I’ll stay with you, stay with me
And this won’t fall apart

You’ve let me in, let me
Into your heart, I’ll never walk away
I’ll stay with you, stay with me
And this won’t fall apart
Hold me tight all the time
Don’t let that smile fade away
A kiss goodnight, your life and mine
I know that this is just right

You know that this is just right
We know that this is just right
You’ve let me into your life
You’ve let me in, it’s alright

LYRICS: Lights

 

I see your empty house
Uninviting, echoes so loud
Mechanics have replaced your heart

If you use your mind
If you close your heart

At least you’ll be safe
Lights lost, but breathing
You’d be dead inside but
Maybe that’s how you survive

So we’ll carry on
Eyes closed, you’re sleeping
Pieces of your dreams will hold you
You know you’ll survive, won’t you?

Awaken to the lights that shine
All around you, I see you smile
The gears are turning in your heart

Take my hand into all the colours
Your soul, your art

And now you are safe
Lights on, you’re breathing
Do you feel your heart beat in you
You’ve learnt to be alive
So we’ll carry on
We will keep on dreaming
They will push us into the light
And we will survive

There is heart in me
There is life in me
There is strength in me
There is love in me

There is heart in you
There is life in you
There is strength in you
There is love in you

There is heart in us
There is life in us
There is strength in us
There is love in us

We set us free
We set us free
We set us free
We set us free

 

LYRICS: The Chosen Zeroes

We are not fighters, we are not the chosen ones
We are just doing, what needs to be done
We are not heroes but, legends are made this way
We’ll strike a thousand times, for a thousand days

Get up, come on, put your suits on
Get up, come on, raise your weapons
Get up, come on, stand beside us
Walk beside us, fight beside us

Get up, come on, give me your hand
Get up, come on, here we now stand
Get up, come on, we’re no heroes
We’re the chosen, the chosen zeroes

We dare to dream and, we dare to cut you down
We dare to scream and, let the wolf go out
We’ll read through the lies, see through disguises
You’re a puzzle not worth a dime
Come pick a fight, we dare you to try
You’ll be back and blue by the time we’re-

Get up, come on, put your suits on
Get up, come on, raise your weapons
Get up, come on, stand beside us
Walk beside us, fight beside us

Get up, come on, give me your hand
Get up, come on, here we now stand
Get up, come on, we’re no heroes
We’re the chosen, the chosen zeroes