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How To Open The 7 Chakras As Described In A Children’s Show

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  • The first chakra is the Earth chakra, located at the base of the spine. It deals with survival, and is blocked by fear.
  • Next is the Water chakra. This chakra deals with pleasure and is blocked by guilt.
  • Third is the Fire chakra, located in the stomach. This chakra deals with willpower, and is blocked by shame.
  • The fourth chakra is located in the Heart. It deals with love and is blocked by grief.
  • The fifth in the chain is the Sound chakra, located in the throat. It deals with the truth, and is blocked by lies, the ones we tell ourselves.
  • The sixth pool of energy is the Light chakra, located in the center of the forehead. It deals with insight, and is blocked by illusion.
  • The final chakra is Thought chakra and is located at the crown of the head. It deals with pure cosmic energy and is blocked by earthly attachment.
The fourth chakra is located in the heart. It deals with love, and is blocked by grief. Lay all your grief out in front of you. You have indeed felt a great loss. But love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us.The Air Nomads love for you has not left this world. It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love. Let the pain flow away.
—  Guru Pathik

ianwaffles  asked:

You found the finale of avatar disappointing, I was wondering if you'd elaborate further? I really enjoy the finale and while I still notice its flaws I find that I was ultimately satisfied with the conclusions for the characters and the scene at Irohs Tea shop I think was a perfect final scene for the gaang, (though I still find the kataang at the end disingenuous) Love this blog! its great to see Avatar dissected so thoroughly even after all these years!

Let me clarify that I was not at all disappointed at the time of my first viewing, being overwhelmed by the spectacle and all of the emotions around the series coming to an end. I still really enjoy the finale; however, Aαng’s character arc doesn’t stand up as well to rewatching as the others’ do.

Aαng had four major lessons to learn in order to become the Avatar:

1.     You can’t run away from your problems. Aαng has trouble with running away in episodes like “The Storm” and “The Desert”, the byproduct of being an airbender. He had to grow and develop, for example in “Siege of the North” and “Day of Black Sun”, to stand his ground and be there for his friends when he is needed. But in the finale, when his friends are pointing out that he has to kill the Firelord, he throws a tantrum and storms off. Later, when he is actually battling Ozai, he ends up hiding inside a ball of Earth just like he was when he was frozen in a ball of ice after running away from home. It’s baffling that this parallel was intentional, considering the lack of character growth it suggests.

2.     In order to master the bending disciplines, you must master their mindsets. Aαng constantly repeats and preaches about the wisdom of the monks, and tries to keep their culture intact. However, we see over and over again in the show that Aαng is not just an airbender; in order to be the Avatar, he has to value all the Four Nations as one. But in the finale, just look at how he takes the advice of Avatars past! Rather than listen respectfully before making his decision, he discards one piece of advice after another, not trying to find what is best for the world, but only looking for something that will validate him and his particular beliefs until Yangchen chides him for it. He even says of his elemental opposite, “I knew I shouldn’t have asked Kyoshi!”, and concludes, “Maybe an airbender will know where I’m coming from!” This is not indicative of an Avatar who treats the wisdom of all four nations with equal weight.

3.     In order to control the Avatar State, you must clear your chakras. The entirety of Book 2 built up to the moment when Aαng had to let Katara go in order to master the Avatar State. But as we move toward the Book 3 finale, we see Aang more and more attached to Katara—not just loving her, but possessive, jealous, and entitled. Then in “Sozin’s Comet: Avatar Aαng,” Aαng’s chakra gets cleared by a convenient rock with no spiritual input, leaving his control of the Avatar State in the hands of luck, rather than self-discipline.

4.     You must work hard in order to achieve your goals. Aαng was an airbending prodigy growing up; like Azula, he never had to work hard to achieve mastery over his element. So throughout the show, one of his challenges was having to accept that there were things he wasn’t a natural at, such as earthbending. Sometimes, as with firebending, he would have to come back to an element and discard his preconceived notions about it in order to succeed.

But in the finale, Aαng doesn’t have to work hard to master energybending. He doesn’t have to work at all! He swims to the lion turtle in a semiconscious state; he has the ability to energybend handed over effortlessly; he masters the discipline in an instant, with no training, and is successful the very first time he tries it.  This flies in the face of episodes like “The Deserter”, “The Guru”, and “Bitter Work”, all of which stress that patience and perseverance are more rewarding than instant power-ups and superior bending skills.


Sadly, Aαng’s  role in the finale didn’t do justice to all of the struggling and maturing that he had experienced beforehand; neither did it reinforce preexisting messages that the show had taught us. The Kαtααng endgame was just the last in a long line of “achievements” that Aαng, by the show’s own standards, was not entitled to, but gained anyway because he was the hero and had to come out on top.

isthereanyusernameleftdamnit  asked:

Could you analyse Zuko's dream during his metamorphosis?

Sure. Zuko’s dreams were a symptom of his spontaneous kundalini awakening. It is a cleansing process that opens the chakras and clears out your subconscious, connecting you back to your true spiritual essence. Zuko’s nightmares were a manifestation of his suppressed fears.

Zuko: I know my own destiny, Uncle!
Iroh: Is it your own destiny, or is it a destiny someone else has tried to force on you?
Zuko: Stop it, Uncle! I have to do this!
Iroh: I’m begging you, Prince Zuko! It’s time for you to look inward and begin asking yourself the big questions. Who are you, and what do you want?

The first segment shows Zuko in the role that he has believed is his destiny for so many years. He is a leader on the throne, like his father and grandfather. He has no scar, and this is what he imagines his life would have been if he had never been exiled. He exudes power, but he has a distant stare on his face.

The scene is a parallel of the scenes with Azulon and Ozai. Two people who Zuko was terrified of and who tried to harm him. Although he always wanted to go home and become a prince again, deep down he has a fear of becoming cold and ruthless like his father and grandfather.

Blue dragon: It’s getting late. Are you planning to retire soon, my lord?
Zuko: I’m not tired.
Blue dragon: Relax, Fire Lord Zuko. Just let go. Give in to it. Shut your eyes for a while.
Red dragon: No, Fire Lord Zuko! Do not listen to the blue dragon. You should get out of here right now. Go! Before it’s too late!
Blue dragon: Sleep now, Fire Lord Zuko.

Zuko is experiencing a spiritual awakening. An expansion of consciousness. Remembering your true self as a spiritual being living a human experience. This changes your entire outlook on life and you can never go back to seeing things the same way as before. Azula’s dragon is telling him to go back to sleep. Don’t become spiritually awake.

The positioning of the Dragons is also important. They are a direct reference to the kundalini. It is often depicted as a snake that is coiled around a pillar, representing the the spine. Or two snakes, who are a symbol of duality. Once the Crown Chakra is opened, your consciousness moves from duality into Oneness. You see everyone and everything as interconnected. All manifestations of the Divine. This selfless realization increases your sense of empathy and you are able to overcome the attachments of the ego.

Ursa: Remember this, Zuko. No matter how things may seem to change, never forget who you are.

Zuko then sees his mother, and an image of himself reflected in her eyes. His subconscious fear is that he is responsible for his mother’s disappearance and also that he has not honored her last request to him. He is afraid that he has forgotten who he is and let his mother down in pursuit of his destiny.

After this he gets swallowed by the floor. He is terrified of losing himself. The real Zuko will become engulfed by the role of Firelord and he will be become a different person. He will become like his father; his abuser.

Zuko: I used to think this scar marked me. The mark of the banished prince, cursed to chase the Avatar forever. But lately, I’ve realized I’m free to determine my own destiny, even if I’ll never be free of my mark.

Zuko sees himself as Aang in the mirror. After he has saved his life and tried to befriend him, he has long been suppressing his fears that the Avatar is not really the enemy that the Fire Nation has made him believe. With his awakening moving him out of duality consciousness into unity consciousness, he is now seeing that he and Aang are One. He has been hunting someone who is no different than him. This frightens him. When he wakes up, he immediately touches his scar. It was always the mark that made him feel like he had no choice in his destiny. Because of the hallucinations, he isn’t sure if it’s even there anymore. He hopes that it’s not there anymore. It is a sign that he is questioning whether he still has to continue with the destiny that was forced on him. He is letting go of his attachment. After this episode, he is experiencing the bliss of Oneness after finally opening the Crown Chakra.

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The fourth chakra is located in the heart. It deals with love, and is blocked by grief. Lay all your grief out in front of you. You have indeed felt a great loss. But love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us.The Air Nomads love for you has not left this world. It is still inside of your heart, and is reborn in the form of new love. Let the pain flow away.

anonymous asked:

i know the book 3 finale is a total mess when it comes to resolving the issue of aang and the avatar state but something has been really bothering me. in book 2, we know aang initially refuses to let go of his attachment to katara. however in the fight under ba sing se against azula and zuko, we can assume his "i'm sorry katara" is because letting his attachment go means knowingly endangering her by (momentarily) leaving her to deal with the firebenders on her own but he knows he has to do this+

+for the greater good. we then see him entering the avatar state deliberately (without being in a state of incredible emotional upset) until azula shoots him down, suggesting that he has in fact successfully unblocked the chakra, at least the spiritually. but why then in EIP does he say he would be in the avatar state if his chakra wasn’t blocked? if he has let go of his attachment to katara, he should have mastery over the AS, meaning he wouldn’t just go into it from being upset?

also, if he really had let go of his attachment to her he would not behave so possessively and entitled in EIP. so the fact that he says “if i hadn’t blocked my chakra i’d be in the AS right now” as well as his possessive behaviour towards katara would have me believe that after ba sing se he has regressed in the spirituality needed to unblock his chakra. and seeing as there is nothing after EIP where his feelings for her are addressed we have no reason to believe he unblocked the thought chakrain which case a rock to the back is useless. the only way that rock thing makes any sense is if aang did in fact successfully unblock the thought chakra but azula’s lightning blocked the flow of his chi at the point of his injury, 

in which case perhaps the impact of the rock shifted whatever was causing the block. but if this were true and aang unblocked all his chakras, why would there even be a possibility of him accidentally entering the AS when he was upset in EIP? am i making sense?

Don’t worry, you are making perfect sense. It is the Avatar finale that is making everyone’s head spin.

You are correct: Aang did successfully “let Katara go” when he was willing to sacrifice her temporary wellbeing in order to unlock the final chakra and ascend into the Avatar State at the end of Book 2. It’s the only time we see him successfully go into the Avatar State under his own power.

I believe that the chakra has a physical and spiritual component to it (otherwise, why would the Guru change Aang’s diet when he’s trying to master the chakras?). As such, Azula’s shooting him with lighting could be a physical blockage only. But in “The Awakening”, we receive evidence that the wound is not just physical; it is spiritual in nature, too. That’s why, when Katara tries to heal him, Aang experiences flashbacks about what happened.

Throughout the rest of that episode, Aang is angry, bitter, and lost. He goes off on his own, a regression back to his running away modus operandi when things became too difficult for him in earlier books. He shuts out Katara, and it is only when he has a vision of Avatar Roku and Yue combined that he regains his determination and emotional balance. Spiritual intervention wouldn’t be needed if Azula didn’t damage Aang metaphysically, as well as bodily.  

Wounds that are a combination of physical and spiritual trauma are consistent with A:TLA’s mythology. Consider Appa in “Appa’s Lost Days”; Appa’s wounds were more than just physical, as well:

Guru: Oh, dear. You’ve been through so much recently. Hurt and betrayed, so twisted up inside. You’re still full of love.  But fear has moved in where trust should be.

This is very similar to Katara’s diagnosis of Aang:

Katara: I can feel a lot of energy twisted up around there.

Aang tasting defeat, Ba Sing Se falling, Aang having to hide his identity, Aang feeling like he let everyone down … all of that negativity resulted from Azula’s attack, and the fact that after Aang says, “I need my honor back,” the episode immediately cuts to the scarred side of Zuko’s face, is a pointed message to the audience. Not only are Aang and Zuko on similar spiritual journeys; they have also been spiritually wounded as the result of a grievous injury.

Honestly, it makes a lot of sense for physical injuries to result in spiritual wounds as well; we see it all the time in real life. And Aang does seem to have completely nixed the earlier selfless attachment to Katara he briefly felt at the Crossroads of Destiny. This in and of itself is fine; Rome wasn’t built in a day, and all that. But the problem is that, since the wound is physical and spiritual in nature, merely hitting Aang’s back with a rock would—as you said—do nothing. Compounding that, there is no sign in Book 3 that Aang has let go of his attachment to Katara again, especially since during the last conversation he has with her alone, he demonstrates self-centeredness, possessiveness, and a lack of regard for Katara’s feelings. Aang would have had to undergo a spiritual journey at the end of A:TLA that we never got to see in order for his controlling the Avatar State in the finale to match with the build-up of the story.

The Chakra Plot Hole & Irrefutable Proof That Kataang Was NOT Always Going to Be Endgame Canon

So, I’ve talked a lot about the shipping in Avatar and how it negatively impacted the story. I’ve described from a simply narrative standpoint why Kataang was a failure. And I’ve discussed why Zutara would have done the narrative and the characters FAR more justice.

Now I’m going to discuss a different aspect about the infamous chakra plot hole that deserves its own post. One of the most aggravating things about the Book 3 finale for me was the way it absolutely butchered the metaphysical component of the Avatar State and the chakras. As well as the meaning of the Crown Chakra. I’ve seen Kataang fans come up with different theories or explanations for why Aang mastering the Avatar State was not a plot hole or Deus Ex Machina, but I vehemently disagree with their interpretations, for reasons I’ll explain. Let’s start with this scene.

This scene is very important. The reason that all of that energy is twisted up in Aang’s back, is because he was midway through activating his kundalini. While in the Crystal Catacombs, Aang was meditating, and trying to let Katara go. Although he didn’t quite understand it at the moment, his selfless desire to put his own feelings aside to master the Avatar State in order to protect Katara, was exactly what allowed him to temporarily enter the Avatar State. That is exactly what the Guru meant when he said to be detached. Putting your selfish needs aside for the sake of others. That’s why the episode was called The Awakening. It was both referring to Aang awakening from his coma, and to Zuko’s spiritual awakening, which I will mention later.

The kundalini is an energetic coil located at the base of the spine, said to be shaped like twisted serpents. While meditating, the spiritual energy rises through each Chakra, and eventually reaches the Crown Chakra. Once the Crown Chakra is activated, it connects your consciousness to the spiritual realms. Essentially, you connect to the Divine, and see reality in an entirely different manner. You see that all sentient life is connected to the same Source, and we are all One. This helps you transcend the bounds of the ego, and become capable of extreme acts of altruism and selflessness.

The energy in the kundalini is NOT physical. It is not something that can just be sent through you by physical force. It only happens when your consciousness reaches a certain state, through meditation or some other significant event in your life. Mike and Bryan will never, ever, EVER be able to come up with an explanation that isn’t complete bullshit for this scene and how it happened. Because there is none.

In fact, Zuko’s entire illness during The Earth King, was a result of this very process; just one more of Aang and Zuko’s many parallels. His selfless decision to let Appa go put him into a position he didn’t expect. It triggered certain aspects of his consciousness that he had repressed, and spontaneously awakened his kundalini. He simply was not ready for all that energy. Premature kundalini awakening is said to cause physical illness, and altered states of consciousness. Zuko’s fever and bizarre nightmares and psychedelic experience are entirely consistent with kundalini energy associated with rising consciousness. 

Even the dragons in Zuko’s dream symbolized the kundalini serpents. At the end of this process, however…

Once the kundalini is able to open the Crown Chakra, your consciousness is expanded, and you are never able to experience life the same way again. You experience a state of bliss called Samadhi, and you recognize your true spiritual nature, as well as everyone else’s in relation to you. You will never be the same person again. It’s a brand new, permanent way of experiencing reality.

After this process, you experience heightened compassion and empathy. Previously repressed emotions all come to the surface and you experience your emotions and those of others much more intensely than ever before.

The reason that Aang received a vision of Katara was because he activated his 6th chakra, the Third Eye Chakra. The Third Eye Chakra is located in the pineal gland at the center of the forehead and is said to be the gateway to telepathy, clairvoiyance, and other psychic phenomena.

Aang needed to “let Katara go” because she was his remaining earthly attachment. Not because he cared about her, but because his attachment was selfish. In Buddhism, attachments are things you want for yourself that interfere with loving others properly. He has an expectation for Katara to reward him with her affections when he saves the world, even though she is uninterested in him romantically. He needed to let go of the expectation for a reward to access his spirituality.

The Crown Chakra has absolutely nothing to do with giving up love or bonds. Quite the opposite, really. It was Aang’s misunderstanding of the message that caused the problem. But since Bryke dropped this plot altogether, it was never clarified. Notice how the Crown Chakra also allows one to reconnect with their past lives. That is the very reason that it was the key to mastering the Avatar State. For Aang to open this chakra fair and square, he would have had to give up his desire for the girl he likes to reward him later with her affections. He needs to pursue the highest good with no expectation for a reward. There was one other attachment that Aang had.

Aang was very committed to his philosophy of respecting all life. He felt so strongly about it that he even condemned Katara for the justifiable rage and hate she had for Yon Rha.

But as Yangchen tells him, he needs to be able to set aside his personal feelings in order to do what is best for the world. It was his attachment to the idea of himself as pure and untainted that was his other stumbling block. He would have needed to come to the realization that his own feelings about killing don’t matter and let that go.

Ironically, it would have been that very selfless choice to willingly sacrifice his own morals temporarily that would have allowed him to spare Ozai’s life. If he opened his chakra through letting go of his attachments and connected his consciousness to the cosmic energy, he’d master the Avatar State and be able to energybend.

At that point the meaning of being the “bridge between the human world and spirit world” would be literal and figurative. He can travel there astrally, and also be the bridge between the human world and the spiritual values of selfless love from the spiritual realm. Like Yangchen said, the Avatar can never disconnect from the world. That is his purpose. To be the bridge and bring balance to the world by serving its people selflessly.

There is no way to reconcile any of this with the canon ending. Quite simply, it makes absolutely no sense and it defies all logic and common sense that it was planned that way from the start. Aang never opened his final chakra. Period.

Elements of Mind/Body/Spirit.
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Water is Thought,

Water purifies the Earth.

Earth is Body,

Earth resides within Air.

Air is Spirit,

Air stokes the Fire .

Fire is Soul,

Fire give the Heat to help You grow. 

Water cools the Heat to allow growth. 

Water is Energy. 

Water becomes Body

Body becomes Thought.

You are Infinity,

You create The Light.

-Crazyfeather

Avatar Course Collaboration // Earth Chakra

We are excited to share the first piece in a series of collaborations between incredible artists and Brown University students taking a course on Avatar.  This piece on the Earth Chakra was done by 1javier . If you are or know an artist interested in collaborating with us, send us an email at whitelotusfellowship@gmail.com and we look forward to working with you!

“Earth Chakra – Deals with Survival; Blocked by fear

As we all know, her parents considered her a weak little girl due to her blindness and they were afraid of her getting hurt. But when Toph ran away and got lost, she cried and was a scared little girl, the badger moles found her and she learned Earth bending. This moment, when she was kidnapped by the idiots her parents hired and placed in a metal coffin thing, was when she discovered metal bending, the epitome of her shedding away the scared little girl that her parents saw and fully becoming the awesome-ness that is Toph, the Greatest Earthbender in the world!” - Isa Javier

anonymous asked:

Book 4 of ATLA was going to be the aftermath of everything that happened in the previous 3 books so the story in the first 3 books would've remained the same even if Book 4 did happen, Book 4 was just going to be something beyond the war, I still find it really hard to believe those Ehasz Book 4 ideas, if they were true maybe something's in Book 3 or 2 would've been different so it would show that yeah there's going to be another book after the 3rd one, what are your thoughts?

Well, of course I believe Book 3 would have been different. I think the basic story would have been the same, but the way it was written would probably have been a LOT different. Book 4 was cancelled very early into Book 3′s production and they even scrapped an episode devoted to Kuzon and Aang to make a Kataang episode. I’m sure that wasn’t the only thing about Book 3 that was changed. Aang’s final chakra, the Avatar State stuff, the handling of Aang’s romantic feelings to Katara, the final battle with Ozai, Zuko’s personality. I’m sure all of those things would have been handled much differently if Book 3 was not the final one. And if you ask me the ending of Book 2 also would have been different.