Into the Chakra

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					           Short Chakra Video
• Introducing the Chakra’s (Judith)

• Muladhara Chakra
 Base or Root Chakra Muladhara (pronounced as Moola Dar Uh)

• The Muladhara Chakra is
  located at the base of the

• The word Muladhara in
  Sanskrit means Foundation.

• It is this Chakra that anchors
  us to our grounding
  connection to and root
  support from the Universal
  Source of All That Is, to our
  center within, to our
    Spiritual / Consciouness Growth
•   Spiritual growth through the chakra’s is a process of incorporating even-larger
    areas of the ground into the self.

•   Chakra’s are not created by ego or self.

•   Living energy system within the physical body connecting physical the spiritual

•   As we connect to the physical body we connect to each other and to the infinite
    web of life toward the adoption and returning to pure consciousness.

•   Alas, like climbing a ladder… Thus the Chakra’s are rungs connected together by
    the spiritual ground.
                 Climbing the Ladder
• As one ascends each chakra this activates a series of fundamental
  resonances that sets patterns for each stage of life.

• Higher chakra’s grant access to greater quantities of information and

• While lower levels never disappear, optimal spiritual growth requires that
  lower chakra’s enfold into higher.

• While all humans seek unity, life offers no guarantee that each stage will
  march in unison or will be free to open naturally.
 Ladder Derailment / Block / Cracking
• When chakra’s open out of phase, are
  blocked, or are closed, psychotic ASC’s may
  arise or be imprinted to arise later in life.

• 3 Types

     • Fixation   (arrest of growth)
     • Repression (abuses)
     • Intrusion  (ego rupture by SP)
         First Chakra Developments

• Jason add tomorrow!
     Moving From Level to Level: Ego Death

• Moving from level
  to level requires
  the developing
  self/ego to
  previous chakra

• Feels like psychic
  death… “because
  it is”
First Chakra: Spiritual, Psychological
Development and Impingement

• Life in the Womb

  – Fetus resonates with outside environment
  – Mom / Dad

• Birth Trauma

  – Imprinting (laying down pathways)
  – Psychosis predisposition
  – Repression
         Mother / Father Infant Bond
•   Unitary consciouness inside womb

•   Upon exit from birth canal infant
    seeks for loving secure object to begin
    the task of making sense of things

•   Searches intuitively for these things in
    mother / father / primary caregiver

     –   Face patterns
     –   Smell
     –   Tastes
     –   Voices

•   After all the sense of security and
    presence of the ground usually made
    the womb a place of “oneness”.
Spirit to Spirit Resonance or Failure
•   For better or worse, without
    a closed boundary enclosing
    consciouness these early
    resonances set the stage for
    trusting the world and an
    existence beyond the
    undifferentiated matrix.

•   Hence, as the infant emerges
    into the world he or she must
    negotiate the “I/not-I” split
    and the vacant emptiness in
    the absence of primary

•   This is also in the face of the
    ego’s early identification with
    the body as “I”.
    Margaret Mahler’s Theory of Ego Development

•   These early repetitions of cleaving
    spirit into matter, and matter into ego,
    is what Margaret Mahler called the
    separation individuation process.

                                               Solowoniuk, 2007
Towards An Object-Related Developmental
Understanding of Madness and Addiction:
Building an Ego

• Self-Object: mental representations of others that we experience as part
  of ourselves; there are three types.

    – Mirroring self-object: is a object that responds to and confirms the child’s
      innate sense of vigor, greatness, and perfection.

        • For example: it is the gleam in the mother/father’s eye that is tune with the
          infant/child’s achievements.

                                         Solowoniuk, 2007                                 13
                                                                                                  Mirroring Self-Object
           •              Therefore if the
                          parents/caregiver/or other
                          mirror these feelings to the
                          infant he or she develops a
                          healthy sense of self with an
                          appropriate sense of
                          assertiveness and ambition.

           •              Failure of the self-object to
                          optimally gratify the infant
                          hungry needs results in an
                          individual who needs constant
                          admiration, confirmation, and
                          recognition from others due to a
                          sense of psychic emptiness,
                          which remains in the
                          background of their
                          consciousness.   Solowoniuk, 2007                                                                    14
                         Idealizing Self-Object
•   Idealizing self-objects are objects
    with whom a child can merge as an
    image of calmness, infallibility, and
    healthy empowerment.

•   If the infant/child is presented with
    a strong , self-object who allows
    idealization, they gain the ability to
    self soothe and seek solace in
    themselves in times of stress.

•   In contrast, if infants and latter
    children who do not have
    idealizing self-objects available are
    forever attempting to achieve a
    union with an idealized object or
    escape into fantasy to ward off a
    feeling of non-being (birthing
    ground for sex addiction).               Solowoniuk, 2007                                                          15
• Occurs in later childhood

• Incorporating good role models who model
  sense of group membership, agreed-upon
  reality, affiliation with society.

• Lacking twinship, a child may feel like a
  perpetual outsider.
       Stage I: Normal Autism                                 (birth to 4 weeks)

•   During the first month of life, the
    infant is encapsulated in a psychic
    orbit that serves as a stimulus
    barrier protecting the child from
    excessive outside intrusions.

•   It is considered normal because of
    its an adaptive function, allows the
    child to purposefully use the mother
    as an auxiliary ego.

•   If however, the environment is
    grossly pathological the early
    development of ego does not begin
    and fusion or less than optimal
    differentiation between mother,
    world, and child may result.

                                           Solowoniuk, 2007                        17
           Normal Symbiosis – Attachment
• By the second month of life, the infant becomes aware of the
  mother/father/caregiver (MFC) as an external object.

• During these early months (2 – 5) the infant internalizes the
  MFC and uses it as a beacon of orientation, engendering a
  basic sense of:

     1.   Security
     2.   Safety, and;
     3.   Basic Trust in existence (right to be here).

                                   Solowoniuk, 2007               18
     Splitting the Good and the Bad
• During these times, a crude differentiation between object
  and self, good and bad, and pleasure and pain begins to

• Because the baby begins to experience the imperfection of its
  parents . Thus, order for the baby to deal with its developing
  psyche differentiation, he/she begins to

   – **Split the good and the bad, and projects the bad (frustration / energy)
     outside of the symbiotic partnership. Eventually this splitting will have to be

                                     Solowoniuk, 2007                                  19
    Failure to Attach to External Other

• Failure of this defensive functioning here, may lead to a ego or
  “I” that is

   – Affectionless

   – Withdrawn from interest in the world, self/other (engendering a basic
     mistrust) personality, or ; failure may lend its self to the…

   – Creation of a False-Self

                                 Solowoniuk, 2007                            20
                      False Self / True-Self
• In the event that the infant/child’s ego or I is threatened, defensive
  compensatory structures (false-self) are established to prevent further

• Such an individual develops an as if personality bolstered by a pomposity
  that hides their “true self” from further fragmentation.

• Instead of grounding the self in the body, energy is moved upward into the
  higher chakra’s where the body begins to be split from mind (feelings
  sealed off)

•    This defensive process prevents baby from further nourishing their true
    self because each success is attributed to the way they “acted” rather than
    “who they are”.
                                   Solowoniuk, 2007                           21
     Returning to Mahler/Stage II: Separation

• Differentiation and Hatching (5 to 10 months)

    – As strong as the child’s yearnings for attachment are, the infant gradually
      begins to experience even more powerful urges to move away from his/her
      MFC’s. - Hatching

    – Such a phase marks the beginning of the child’s emergence as a separate
      individual free from the symbiotic attachment to his/her MFC’s.

    – Failure to negotiate this developmental process results in an adult who
      becomes disorganized and suffers dissolution of the self when faced with
      object loss.

                                   Solowoniuk, 2007                                 22
           Failure of Differentiation
• When severe, the individual is unable to discern inner experiences from
  outer experiences, leading to confusion regarding what is me and what is
  not me (Schizophrenia).

• In extremer cases, internal stimuli become confused with external reality,
  which may be the breeding ground for hallucinations and delusions.

• These individuals may have an infinity for hallucinogen type drugs or
  similar behaviors.

                                 Solowoniuk, 2007                            23
• From approximately 10 – to 15 months, the child’s focus shifts from the
  MFC’s to autonomous functioning.

• He/she begin to stand, walk, climb, jump, etc… He or she truly believes
  they are the center of the universe (primary narcissism).

• However, if the child is not given boundaries, or if boundaries are too rigid
  or diffuse, or the child’s process of development is impaired by
  unavailable, intrusive, or uncaring self-objects…

                                  Solowoniuk, 2007                            24
    Grandiose Self: Narcissistic Personality Disorder?
•   A grandiose self may then take shape;
    especially when these qualities are not
    assimilated into the ego or they or not
    challenged throughout maturation!!!

•   Such a self is often found in individuals
    with addictions, and because such a
    self can be recalled , it will used be
    used as a defense against loss of self-
    esteem and or loss of control.

•   This defensiveness comes out usually
    at the beginning of the treatment
    process or is revealed when a
    significant other tells their partner …

             “Go to treatment or where done.”

           Solowoniuk, 2007
 Developmental Impasses, Borderline
 States, Relationship Addictions
 Ultimately, we must first be
  autonomous and independent
  before we can fully engage each

 However, if we do not know our
  boundaries, we can lose
  ourselves in our relationships and
  confuse that which is ours with
  that which is not ours.

    Hence, “can I be close to another
     without losing myself and can I
     really tolerate being alone”?
                                    Solowoniuk, 2007   26
Enter Addiction and Mental Illness
• This is an important theme in the treatment of
  addiction and mental illness because many
  persons for whom addiction/mental illness is
  reoccurring problem feel at their core that:

   A) They don’t know who they are;
   B) Their history displays a rash of failed relationships or
      none all;
   C) They present as unworthy, unlovable, and;
   D) They either have rigid boundaries or none not at all

                           Solowoniuk, 2007                      27
 Enter Addiction and Mental Illness

 Ultimately, a persons’ use of
  a drug or a behaviour
  (mental illness) is a way to
  combat their feelings of
  worthlessness while also
  burying a sense of
  emptiness that
  intermittently permeates
  their consciousness.

 And yet through extended
  use these phenomena only
  become more hauntingly
  real; leading to further
  escape via a false-self

                                  Solowoniuk, 2007                                 28
            Enter Addiction (contd)
• Thus, addiction or mental illness can represent
  or take the form of
     • Yearning for praise and approval or a merger with an idealized other in
       order to self-sooth; or it can…

     • Take the form sexual acting out with persons, figures, or symbols so as to
       feel wanted, real, alive, or powerful; or it can be …

     • An escape through drugs into a fantasy world to keep the void and
       meaningless at bay, which is actually spiritual energy that has not been
       assimilated into a self, but seen as foreign, further alienating the body
       from its ground.

                                   Solowoniuk, 2007                                 29
   Muladhara Chakra and the Spiritual
        Ground: Summing Up

• Your are consciousness / whole right now

• Ego accepts its infallibility

• Learn to ground and surrender false self

• Live an Embodied Consciousness
Muladhara Chakra: Two Final Quotes

"The first ego organization comes from the experience of threats of annihilation which do
not lead to annihilation and from which, repeatedly, there is recovery."

                                                             DW. Winnicott.

“When love is my only defence, I am invincible”...
                                                             Lao Tzu

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