MLK and the Navel Chakra

“I am concerned about justice.  I am concerned about brotherhood.  I am concerned about truth.  And when one is concerned about these, once can never advocate violence.  For through violence you may murder a murderer but you cannot murder murder.  Through violence you may murder a liar but you cannot establish truth.  Through violence you may murder a hater but you cannot murder hate.  Darkness cannot put out darkness.  Only light can do that… And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love.  For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go… [Because] I have seen too much hate…to want to hate myself…. Hate is too great a burden to bear…. I have decided to love.”  — REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Yes!  That’s what I’ve been trying to say for years, only it comes out more like, “Can’t we all just get along?” when I say it.

In Kundalini Yoga, one thing I have been focusing a lot on lately is our power center, the third chakra (energy center), also known as the navel center.  When it is balanced,our navel chakra draws upon the Earthy, grounded, feminine energy of the  lower chakras and combines it with the cosmic, celestial, masculine energy of the upper chakras.  When our power center is out of balance, we are prone to power struggles with others, trying to dominate or avoid domination.  We may also suffer from lack of will power, or from greed, anger, or a sense of powerlessness.  When we balance this chakra, and draw upon the vast energies I described above, we feel a subtle sense of unity with everything.  There is no “Other” to fear or control or guard oneself against.   We can relax and be.  When people around us try to suck us into their turmoil, we observe them as having a hard time, but we don’t react to their button-pushing.  We can be more tolerant, compassionate.

So there it is, I’m changing the world, one belly button at a time.

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