Awakening the Centres The Tibetan suggests the following requirements: 1. Character building This may seem to be a dull and unexciting requirement. However, all spiritual movement takes place within the framework of ordinary life. This first requirement reminds us that awakening the chakras brings additional responsibilities and personal challenges. Only the rounded out personality will persevere and seriously undertake the work of shifting the focus of being to anew centre. 2. Right motive The formerly closed nature of esoteric traditions was designed in part to ensure that right motive was fostered within the student-teacher relationship. The developing of right motive acts as a stabilizing force against the inflation of ego which happens all too easily. 3. Service This is an active extension of right motive. Awakening the chakras brings an increased sense of connectivity to the whole, which finds its natural expression through service to others. 4. Meditation This is a key inner discipline which develops sensitivities, awakens aspirations and centres the life on a spiritual note. A specialised programme of chakra meditation can only take place when meditation itself has been mastered and integrated. 5. A technical study of the science of the centres The first four requirements prepare the individual in life and character to begin the next phase of personal work by absorbing the intellectual knowledge which is relevant to becoming conscious of the chakras. 6. Breathing exercises The subtle energies are highly sensitive and responsive to the directed breath. Every tradition offers its own exercises in breath control. Pranayama is a complete science itself. These techniques are best learned from an experienced spiritual teacher. 7. Learning the technique of the will This seventh requirement serves to anchor the spiritual intent generated by the first. The unfolding blueprint brings many difficult challenges which can only be surmounted by the determined. 8. The development of the power to employ time This requirement once again places the onus on the student and serves to remind us that increased responsibilities require a reorganised life in which no opportunities are lost. 9. The arousing of the Kundalini fire It would be wrong to introduce the chakras individually without at the same time introducing the chakras as a unity .It is a mistake to approach the seven chakras as If they were separate. The chakras are each connected one to another via the Sushumna, the subtle current within the spine. The base chakra and the crown chakra may be regarded as the two poles of magnetic force. When the intervening chakras have been sufficiently awakened and purified, the way is clear for the forces of matter and spirit to unite. The rising energies follow a curved serpentine pathway. The awakening of Kundalini, the flowering of all seven lotuses, brings mystical or cosmic consciousness. The question now arises: How can this awakening and co-ordination be brought about? -The Tibetan