Central Channel

Qualities of the Central Channel

The central channel corresponds to our principle of ascent and our quality of seeking for the truth. When we no longer seek material well being and wish to find a more innate sense of contentment and purpose, it is through the qualities of the central channel that we can find what we are searching for.

Where the left channel culminates with the superego, or our conditionings, and the right channel culminates with our ego, the central channel leads ultimately to the Sahasrara chakra. Thus when our Kundalini moves along our central channel, we are brought to a state of thoughtless awareness which is experienced when the Sahasrara chakra is opened. Therefore the key to achieving a true state of meditation, bliss and enlightened awareness is to become a more centered personality, which swings neither to emotional, mental or physical extremes. This can be achieved by clearing our central channel and raising the Kundalini repeatedly to strengthen and nourish it.

When our central channel is clear, our views naturally reflect an innate morality and our actions become automatically nourishing to our being, as they are balanced. This balance is the key to ascent. Without going to the extremes of left-sided or right-sided moods and activities, our energy and attention naturally gravitates towards that which is elevating and conducive to our spiritual evolution.

In life

How to balance the Central Channel

By manifesting the qualities of our Central Channel in our daily life, this channel can grow stronger, deepening our meditations and making us less susceptible to imbalances. When we neglect this channel we can find ourselves often out of balance and it can be difficult to achieve a state of mental silence.

Tips for improving the Central Channel:

- When faced with a dilemma or a difficult decision, try to find a balanced approach which isn’t based on any extreme opinions or long-standing habits. In a dispute, finding the middle ground is usually the key to maintaining a balanced state.

- Try to focus on your own actions rather than the actions of others. Introspection is the key to staying in the centre.

- Be satisfied with your physical body! Being generally healthy is important, but don’t waste your attention and energy on it otherwise.

- Do not differentiate between religions or condemn the roots of their teachings. Rather, try to seek out the truth in each and remain detached from different interpretations.

Cleansing techniques
Foot Soak

Foot Soak

Simple and inexpensive, soaking your feet in saltwater is the daily habit you didn’t know you needed. Imagine standing with your feet in the ocean, letting it soothe your stresses away and calm your mind. Luckily, foot-soaking can also be done in the comfort of your own home!

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Hand on Chakra

Hand on Chakra

We can heal ourselves with the energy that flows through our hands, once our Kundalini is awakened. Placing our hand on a Chakra is an easy and effective way of invigorating it and strengthening its qualities in us.

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Shri Mataji's words

Shri Mataji's words
Shri Mataji on The Central Channel
Ancient Knowledge

The Collective Unconscious

The notion of a collective unconscious was first conceived in the western world in 1916 by Carl Jung, a swiss psychologist. According to Jung, there is an innate personality which is common to every human being, quite apart from the aspects of an individual which are built as a reaction to their environment. He describes a process of individuation, whereby an individual’s personality develops out of an undifferentiated unconscious and the experiences of a person’s life become part of a well-functioning whole. In other words, an individual’s personality and actions become unconsciously guided by an all-pervading force which is innate and accessible to everyone.

The central channel is instrumental in tapping into this collective unconscious. Through the raising of the kundalini up the central channel until it passes through our seventh chakra on the top of our head, the Sahasrara, we are brought into a state of true meditation, without thought. Here, although one is completely aware (as opposed to in any kind of trance) there is silence within. In this state, one goes beyond the conscious mind and becomes connected to the collective unconscious.

The process called ‘individuation’ is in fact what an individual experiences through Self Realisation, when the kundalini is awakened. In this way, meditation allows the individual to grow into a personality which is truly part and parcel of one great whole.