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The Seventh Chakra
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The Seventh Chakra

this is a beautiful recurring theme/leitmotif i noticed in atla. really a pattern of a few notes. it’s never been released or titled but i think the seventh chakra is apt

it shows up in book 2 chapter 19 the guru, when aang is facing his cosmic self and trying to unlock his final chakra, which he interrupts when he has a vision of katara in danger, and then again when he tries again in the crystal catacombs of ba sing se in the climax of the next episode and whole season, book 2 episode 10 the crossroads of destiny. i also noticed it in book 3 episode 6 the avatar and the firelord, first when roku is confronting sozin, then later when roku and then roku and sozin are fighting the volcano that would end in roku’s death.

i’m keeping my ears open for it in the rest of the series and korra, but i’m pretty sure these are the only uses

it’s a totally epic and emotional theme, and i find it interesting where they chose to bring it back for roku’s backstory. the seventh chakra is the one that deals with pure cosmic energy and achieving enlightenment, and is blocked by earthly attachment. i feel like this theme signifies that attachment and being unable to let go of it– it’s obvious with aang and katara, but its use with roku also reveals his attachment to sozin, ta min, and worldly possessions like the village he dies trying to save. there’s a lot of emotion and turmoil wrapped up in it

anonymous asked:

Hi, so I don't follow you or anything, but a lot of ppl I talk to online link me to a lot of your posts, I believe Book 3 got a satisfying ending, Kataang was solid & looked mutual, I don't believe in this book 4 b/c it never looked like Book 4 was going to happen Bryke said it was going to be 3 books and Kataang was the plan always. I have a couple questions: 1. How do you think Book 3 is messed up? 2. What's up with this book 4 and Aaron Ehasz stuff? 3. Why Zutara over Kataang/Maiko? (1/2)

(2/2) same guy who doesn’t follow you lol Now I’m not here to hate or anything I just want to know why so many ppl think this way and believe this, so many ppl I’ve talked to online being up Aaron Ehasz and Book 4, and how Zutara was originally the plan, and how Bryke messed up Book 3 and Zuko’s character I see this a lot and it confuses me, that’s not how I saw the show so why do you guys see it this way, a lot of ppl link me to your stuff so I thought it was best if I just asked you directly.

Well, first of all Bryke are notorious flip-floppers. I have read so many of their interviews and it is hard to take what they say seriously, because they are so inconsistent. I don’t know how anyone takes them seriously after the whole hetero-lens comment. That was honestly funny to me. Even M. Night Shyamalan said that Bryke did not know who Katara was going to end up with when they decided to make the live-action movie. I don’t think he would make that up. Why would he? 

The reason that Book 4 is believed by so many people is because there is a LOT of evidence for it, the info is consistent with the show’s concepts and philosophy, and because Book 3 did not feel complete. There were many, many unanswered questions by the end. Like Lu Ten, Zuko’s mom (that was infamous), etc. To answer your questions:

1. How is Book 3 messed up? Oh boy. There are so many ways. I did not like the characterization much in Book 3; it was very inconsistent. Aang became so immature and annoying in Book 3 and he got almost no character development. Instead of 12, he acted like he was 5-years-old. Katara became too cutesy. The Katara from The Headband is not the same character from The Southern Raiders, I’m sorry. Those are 2 different characters.

Zuko was a train wreck after the stupid plot twist in The Crossroads of Destiny. I don’t know why they thought they should turn such a complex and empathetic character into an angsty Anakin Skywalker ripoff immediately after his spiritual awakening, but they did. I could not believe how stupid it was when Iroh told him that good and evil would always be at war inside of him. That is the complete opposite of what his character was about before. There was also the ridiculous plot hole of Aang’s final chakra never being resolved. Even my 10-year-old sister thought it was stupid how Aang mastered his Avatar State by hitting a pointy rock. Then there’s the shipping, which I will get to.

2. What’s up with this book 4 and Aaron Ehasz stuff? This is a collection of information from various different individuals who either claim to have worked on the show, or spoken to people who have. Including people who have spoken to Ehasz, or who have attended his class at UCB where he talked about his ideas for Avatar that he couldn’t explore. I have made a post about all of the info that summarizes the main ideas. Now, I don’t see what anyone has to gain by making all of this stuff up. This info comes from many different people on different forums who claim the exact same thing.

3. Why Zutara over Kataang/Maiko? Well, the shipping is just another aspect of Book 3 that I found to be complete garbage. I have done many, many metas at this point on how Zutara was set up. They were supposed to be Twin Flame soul mates, which use the Sun and Moon as symbols. And the entire plot line of letting Katara go was to pave the way for Zutara. It was not a coincidence that they had such a romantic scene in the cave together while Aang was trying to let go. The fact that Katara was Aang’s earthly attachment implied that she did not love him romantically. That is why Kataang left the show on a plot hole. And the first 2 episodes of Book 2 and the last 2 episodes of Book 2 were about the difference between love and attachment. That was the main theme of the show. And it was just…dropped.

Kataang is forced and I did a meta comparing Kataang to both of Sokka’s romances to explain why I thought it was awful and badly executed. Aang becomes incredibly pushy with Katara and he acts like a brat. The way their romance was handled was incredibly childish and I thought it was unappealing and sexist. Katara was treated like Aang’s reward at the end. It was also boring and cheesy. One of the most dull ships I’ve ever seen. No chemistry whatsoever. Zutara would have contributed FAR more to the story and character development for everyone. Kataang just felt like it was obligated to happen to appease the 6-year-olds.

Mai is a horrible match for Zuko and Maiko is abusive. He doesn’t even have the same personality when they have their creepy romantic moments. He acts like he was brainwashed by the Dai Li. Even before I knew about Book 4, Maiko was by far the most awful ship I had ever seen. I did a meta on Zuko’s first interaction with Mai vs. his first interaction with Jin. Maiko look horrific in comparison and that was not an accident. Maiko was not supposed to be endgame. Ehasz did not want that. I should really do a meta comparing Maiko to Sokka’s romances like I did with Kataang.

Stop Saying Star Wars is Buddhist or Taoist

I watched @attackfish‘s conversation on good/evil dualism in the Star Wars franchise and was amused that her interlocutor was denying such dualism existed in the series. As Fish and I discussed afterward, it is sometimes hard for people who live in a dominant thought system like the Christian duality to recognize that a) they actually subscribe to a very specific and non-universal worldview, and b) this view colors how they view everything else, because that’s what a worldview does.

Fish has a good breakdown in the linked thread on why the Jewish concept of yetzer hara does not map to the Dark Side of the Force as portrayed in the franchise. She also referenced poorly understood Buddhist and Taoist concepts, and as she pointed out, ideas from Buddhism and Taoism used in Star Wars are heavily distorted by a strict moral dualism that is alien to these traditions.

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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.
What are you most afraid of? Let your fears become clear to you. You are concerned about your survival, but you must surrender those fears. Let your fears flow down the creek.

Next is the Water chakra. This chakra deals with pleasure and is blocked by guilt.
Look at all the guilt that burdens you so. What do you blame yourself for? Now accept the reality that these things happened. But do not let them cloud and poison your energy. If you are to be a positive influence on the world, you need to forgive yourself.

Third is the Fire chakra, located in the stomach. This chakra deals with willpower, and is blocked by shame.
What are you ashamed of? What are your biggest disappointments in yourself? You will never find balance if you deny this part of your life.

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. Love is a form of energy, and it swirls all around us. A love of your lost ones has not left this world, it is still inside of your heart; and it is reborn in a form of new love. Let it flow through you.

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.
You can not lie about your own nature. You must accept yourself as you are.

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 greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things you think are separate and different are actually one and the same. We are all one people, but we live as if divided. We are all connected, and everything is connected. Even the separation of the four elements is an illusion. If you open your mind, you will see that all the elements are one; four parts of the same whole. Even metal is just a part of earth that has been purified and refined.

The final chakra is the Thought chakra. It is located at the crown of the head. It deals with pure cosmic energy and is blocked by earthly attachment.
Once you open this chakra, you will be able to go in the state of mind where you will have complete control and awareness of all of your actions. Meditate on what attaches you to this world… Now, let all of those attachments go. Let them flow down the river; forgotten. You must learn to let go, otherwise you won’t be able to let the pure cosmic energy flow into you from the Universe.

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[¹/₆] Quotes | “Carter was right. Something’s holding me back. Maybe it’s Central City, or you, or what I thought my life would be. But I’m never going to become who i really am unless I let go
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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.

What is your AVATAR ZODIAC SIGN?

Find your sign and element by using your birthday!

Aries: (The Firebending Master)

  • Aries people in the Avatar universe can be driven and are very ambitious. Often making them over-achievers in anything they set their mind to. Aries are fire signs, and so too is their personality. They can be impatient and willing to break the rules to get what they want. Aries are action people, born to initiate and lead. This makes for an exciting and dynamic personality. Their main strength is their courage to face life’s challenges head on, and ability to inspire others. In a life devoted to friends and family, they will never forget their roots. They are loyal until the end and will fight for their causes. 
  • Personality Traits: Energetic, Adventurous, Assertive, Athletic, Hot-Headed, Restless, Brave, Original, Competitive, Fearless, Honorable. 
  • Notable Aries in Avatar: Zuko, Jeong-Jeong, Zhao, Wan

Taurus: (The Metalbender)

  • Taurus people in the Avatar universe is just as what their element represents. All about strength, stamina, extreme determination, and strength of will. Stubborn by nature, the Taurus will stand his or her ground to the bitter end. Taurians are excellent in matters of diplomacy and also wonderful mentors because they listen to the earth before striking. Although they may have their own interest at heart, they are ultimately generous with their time, possessions and love.
  • Personality Traits: Stable, Strong, Patient, Listener, Reliable, Persistent, Down-To-Earth, Focused, Dedicated, Attractive 
  • Notable Taurus in Avatar: Toph, Kuvira, Lin, Suyin, Wing, Wei, Huan, Saikhan

Gemini: (The Astral Projector)

  • Gemini people in the Avatar universe are flexibility, balanced and adaptable. They are quick to grasp the meaning of a situation and act on it, often with positive effects. They tend to have a duality to their nature, and can sometimes be tough to predict how they will react. They can turn from hot to cold and may be prone to noticeable mood swings. However, they are generous signs with tendencies of being affectionate, and imaginative. They also inspire others easily as they seem to naturally motivate themselves - their charisma and accomplishments are infectious.
  • Personality Traits: Adaptable, Versatile, Communicative, Witty, Intellectual, Spiritual, Eloquent, Youthful, Lively 
  • Notable Gemini in Avatar: Jinora

Cancer: (The Waterbending Master)

  • Cancer people in the Avatar universe are traditionalists and enjoy operating on a fundamental level. They love history and are fascinated with the beginnings of things such as ancestry or heraldry. They can be changeable and sometimes moody. However, they possess psychic abilities and influences than the average bender. So they’ll be able to adapt to their surroundings based on their sharp survival instincts. Cancer people can feel the flow of action in battle and are able to turn an opponent’s own strength against them. Their personality can be quite complicated, but deep inside they are conservative and home-loving people. They love to be in a familiar surroundings and nurture their relationships. 
  • Personality Traits: Intuitive, Versatile, Shrewd, Cautious, Protective, Moody, Changeable, Energetic, Tenacious, Sensitive
  • Notable Cancer in Avatar: Tonraq, Desna, Eska, Ming-Hua, Pakku, Tahno, Katara, Kya 

Leo: (The Lightningbender)

  • Leo people in the Avatar universe are about expanse, power and exuberance. Leo people are natural born leaders, and they will let you know it as they have a tendency to be high-minded and vocal about their opinions. They have a savvy way of analyzing a situation and executing swift judgment with a beneficial outcome. It is amazing how precise and deadly they can be. Just as lightning, the cold-blooded fire, it comes from being a leader. They are at their most effective when in a position of command. Beneath their dynamic persona lies a generous, loving, sensitive nature that they do not easily share with others. Those close knows very well and understands this. 
  • Personality Traits: Creative, Enthusiastic, Self-Controlled, Expansive, Precise, Powerful, Dominant, Faithful, Leader, Brave
  • Notable Leo in Avatar: Mako, Iroh, Iroh II, Ozai, Azula, Lightning Bolt Zolt

Virgo: (The Earthbending Master)

  • Virgo people in the Avatar universe have keen minds, and are delightful to chat with, often convincing others of outlandish tales with ease and charm. Virgo’s are intellectual and are very skilled at methodically drawing information from people. This trait also makes them naturally independent. Virgo’s have a good understanding of human nature and can effectively help people solve their problems. Individuals born under this sign, conceal a lot of emotion, to which they are afraid of giving way because they do not trust others. Because they are straight thinkers and solve problems logically, they are not afraid to deal with their issues head on like a rock!
  • Personality Traits: Modest, Meticulous, Reliable, Practical, Diligent, Intelligent, Analytical, Perfectionist, Independant, Patient 
  • Notable Virgo in Avatar: King Bumi, Haru, General Fong, The Boulder, Long Feng

Libra: (The Airbending Master)

  • Libra people in the Avatar universe are kind, gentle and lovers of beauty, harmony and peace. In their effort to keep everyone happy, they find it difficult to say ‘NO’ to anyone, and as a result, they end up getting stressed. However they are the most diplomatic out of all the signs in the Avatar world. They are able to put themselves in other’s shoes and see things through another person’s point of view. They are the ones that always want to make things right by keeping balance and harmony to the world, their surroundings and the lives of the people close to them.  They express their intelligence through creativity, most are involved in some sort of artistic or creative pursuit. Libras work hard to please others and this is why others find them incredibly captivating. 
  • Personality Traits: Diplomatic, Romantic, Charming, Easygoing, Sociable, Idealistic, Peaceable, Flirtatious, Gentle, Sharing
  • Notable Libra in Avatar: Opal, Tenzin, Kai, Bumi, Daw, Ryu, Ikki, Meelo

Scorpio: (The Bloodbender)

  • Scorpio people in the Avatar universe are often misunderstood. These personalities are bold and are capable of executing massive enterprises with cool control and confidence. They can surmount seemingly all obstacles when they put their mind to the task, and they have unshakable focus when the situation calls for it. Regardless of their bold nature, they are often secretive, but they are always observing behind their withdrawn manner. It is true that bloodbenders can assert dominance and pack a powerful sting. But that’s what happens when you intrude into their personal life without consent.
  • Personality Traits: Intense, Penetrating, Quiet, Private, Passionate, Complex, Determined, Powerful, Precise 
  • Notable Scorpio in Avatar: Amon/Noatak, Tarrlok, Hama, Yakone

Sagittarius: (The Combustionbender)

  • Sagittarius people in the Avatar universe are much like the Scorpio but with a more explosive bang! They have a great ability for focus and can be very intense. However, they must channel their energy through their mind. Or else they will waste time and wear themselves out going in too many directions at once. They are not very patient and expect quick results. However, when encountered with failure they make extreme comebacks often against incredible odds. They make loyal friends and lovers while chasing philosophical pursuits or dangerous missions. The mind can be a powerful ally, or their worst enemy!
  • Personality Traits: Gregarious, Intelligent, Extroverted, Philosophical, Witty, Sarcastic, Adventurous, Romantic, Vindictive
  • Notable Sagittarius in Avatar: P'Li, Combustion Man

Capricorn: (The Lavabender)

  • Capricorn people in the Avatar universe are one of the most practical and playful people ever. But can be wise and disciplined at the same time. They do not take impulsive decisions but will act aggressively to get what they want. Capricorns apply their intelligence and logic to take into account all the facts before making any decisions. They can be strong and stubborn as earth, yet can be as fluid and pugnacious as molten lava. They are very good organizers and can achieve their goals by purposeful systematic means. Lavabenders can accomplish any task as long as they follow their plan step-by-step. Having them as an ally can definitely be a plus!
  • Personality Traits: Responsible, Patient, Self-disciplined, Focused, Practical, Independent, Humorous, Self-competent.
  • Notable Capricorn in Avatar: Bolin, Ghazan

Aquarius: (The Master of Flight)

  • Aquarius people in the Avatar universe goes about accomplishing goals in a quiet, and often unorthodox ways. Although their methods may be unconventional and contradicting, the results for achievement are surprisingly effective. Aquarians will take up any cause, and are humanitarians of the Avatar world. They are honest, loyal and highly intelligent. However, they can be extremely cold and aloof to the point of no earthly attachment. Thus can live a life no longer bound to this world, if they wish. They are also prone to philosophical thoughts, and are often quite artistic and poetic.
  • Personality Traits: Unconventional, Judgmental, Friendly, Gregarious, Inventive, Future-minded, Curious, Unbiased, Spontaneous.
  • Notable Aquarius in Avatar: Zaheer, Guru Laghima

Pisces: (Spiritual Healer) 

  • Pisces people in the Avatar universe possess vast amounts of knowledge along with plenty of experience in life. They often have quiet and mysterious dispositions. They become passionately devoted to a cause - particularly if they are championing for friends, family, or maybe even the spirits. Pisces is the sign of mysticism and the spiritual unknown. They live in two worlds: the real world and the spiritual world where they interpret what they see into what they want. In fact they have strength of character and will stand up for what they believe in. They have the ability to change the world!
  • Personality Traits: Imaginative, Sensitive, Idealistic, Friendly, Spiritual, Inspirational, Open-minded, Healer 
  • Notable Pisces in Avatar: Unalaq, Princess Yue 

(P.S. Don’t take it too seriously. This is just for fun!)

anonymous asked:

Where on Earth did you find information on the unalome? I'm trying to find resources on Thai Buddhist cosmology, like you mentioned, there's little to nothing out there... I'm so intrigued by the symbol and don't doubt it's meaning, but I don't want to only believe in the captions on Pinterest.

Finding information took a lot of patience. As noted in our very first post on the topic, the symbol was fairly obscure until this new Western fad popped up. When you sift out the spiritual white people on Pinterest, most of what’s left over are paragraphs here and there, mostly about Sak Yant, a southeast Asian practice which incorporates Thai and Cambodian traditions, as well as Buddhist and some Brahmin ritual imagery.

Some sources as follows:

The Relationship between Por Gae Lersi Ta Fai and the Shiva Deity.

According to the legend, whenever Lersi Por Gae would open the third eye, flames would arise in the line of sight of his third eye.According to both Brahmin and Buddhist beliefs, the possession of a third eye is the result of having practiced self control and renunciation over a period of many thousands of lifetimes. Such a meritorious person is recognized at birth by observing various signs that can be found on the body of the person; One of these signs is the form of an Unalome in the center of the forehead (Unalome means a spiral shape). The Unalome is seen as a sign of the third eye, or Divine Eye. It is believed that Lersi Por Gae Ta Fai is also the Avatar (earthly incarnation) of the lord of the world (Shiva, or Ishvara – in Thai known as Pra Isworn or Pra Siwa).

Yants and their Meanings and  Yant Gao Yord/Jeesip Yord

The spires are known as “Unalome” and represent the crown of the Arahants (enlightened Saints), the spiral stands for the crown at the center of the scalp, and the straight line pointing upwards representing the straight path to enlightenment without any wavering behavior that the Arahants have accomplished.

Arhat/Arahant

The Mahīśāsaka and the Theravada regarded arhats and buddhas as being similar to one another. The 5th century Theravadin commentator Buddhaghosa regarded arhats as having completed the path to enlightenment. According to Bhikkhu Bodhi, the Pāli Canon portrays the Buddha declaring himself to be an arahant. According to Bhikkhu Bodhi, nirvāṇa is “the ultimate goal”, and one who has attained nirvana has attained arahantship: Bhikkhu Bodhi writes, “The defining mark of an arahant is the attainment of nirvāṇa in this present life.”

Sacred Geometrical Yantras and the Meanings

The ever decreasing spirals as in Gao Yod (nine spirals) (เก้ายอด) signify the wavering that this earthly life bestows upon us. At the top, when the line goes straight up signifies that the person has attained control over these earthly desires and attachments  and is ready to enter Nirvana or true enlightenment. This symbol is called an Unalome or Unaalome and the central spire represents Buddha himself. 

Sacred Skin: Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos, by Tom Vater and Aron Thaew Chatturat


A lot of Thai amulets use the symbol (as you can see in this post), but in much of those cases, the sellers assume that you know what the meaning is, and that it can be used for the amulet’s purpose.

Pra Sivali Jok Bat Run Dtraimas edition - Thai Amulet for riches, success and popularity

The rear face of the statuette has a sacred Na and Unalome design for Metta Mahaniyom purposes, a sacred Na in the back of the base, and a coded number stamped into the limited edition amulet. 

Pong Sanaeh Jantr Nang Taep Apsorn Yoni

The rear face features another Apsara Maiden with five Silver Takrut with Various spells inserted for Maha Sanaeh Attraction. The front face has been given gold foil pasting. Two pearls are inserted into the Sacred Unalome (Spiral Yantra) on the rear face, along with the Five Silver Takrut Spells.

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That earthly attachment…

As we can see the show used the colors of each chakras to show us Aang’s visions & indicate which he’s dealing w atm. But can we stop at the final chakra? We can see how he tries to let her go, meets his higher self, but not much after connected to it, he gets another vision: 

A vision where Katara was chained to the wall…?! Furthermore a vision in purple?! While she’s yelling “Let Me Go!” ?!?! 

Not long before this scene we could see Ty Lee blocked her chi, & after that she couldn’t move, so they could easily throw her into that underground crystal prison since she was unable to resist.

So chaining her, I think, was unnecessary… UNLESS that vision rather depicted Aang’s attachment literally (kinda he wants to chain her to himself emotionally). & that he heard her “Let me go!” also like he deep inside feels his clinging is something she doesn’t want. But of course that certain vision is pretty much ambiguous, can see it as his chakra vision, or as a foresight.

(Other atla notes.)

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Zodiac Ages of Development

♈ Aries: Aries represent the age group 0-7; so they are, literally the zodiac’s children. They take ornamental steps in discovering their environment and explore to ascertain their physical limitations. Like young children they view the world with wonder and awe and are uniquely innocent. ♉ Taurus: Taurus represent the age 7-14; likened to the child who is learning to control their physical environment and what belongs to others. The capacity to share is developed which lasts long into their life and learning to do things for oneself is stressed. ♊ Gemini: Gemini represent the age group 14-21; likeable to the adolescent reaching into young adulthood. This period is symbolised by a need to integrate socially and break free from restrictions. Like adolescents, Gemini are attracted to impulse and change, individuality, playfulness, travel, mischief and gaining new insights about the world. ♋ Cancer: Cancer represents the age group 21-28; likened to the young adult seeking to establish a sense of security amongst home, jobs and relationships. As with being a young adult, deep emotional friendship and trust is imperative and the need to wonder until a ‘home’ is found is pronounced. The idea one no longer has to conform to an idea or expectation is also developed here. ♌ Leo: Leo represent the age group 28-35; symbolising the mature adult bringing forward their true identity and force on the world. This is when one’s 'presence’ is truly developed as well as a tendency to operate on their own terms. The needs of bigger groups and injustices start to become more pronounced. ♍ Virgo: Virgo is taken to represent 35-42; the sixth period of life. Like a mature adult steadily making their ways in the world, this is the time of inevitable problem solving and selectiveness. One learns to become more discerning about what they should reveal about themselves. This is the age group when Virgo in particular truly open up and really get going. ♎ Libra: Libra represents the age group 42-49; likened to the mature adult passing through the mid way of life and endeavouring to change a particular way of doing things, broadening of perspectives and altering of habits. A development of true social understanding and intuition grows. ♏ Scorpio: Scorpio pertains to the age group 49-56; likened to the middle age and one’s attempt to achieve their full power amongst social rules. Their is a summit in creative achievement and advancement and becoming a dominant force and pinnacle in one’s career and family. ♐ Sagittarius: Sagittarius represent the age group 56-63 symbolising the empowerment of individuals to move away from social norms, conformity, career responsibilities in search of personal and universal concerns. Expansiveness, a desire to see the world and a development of strong ethical principles are developed. ♑ Capricorn: Capricorn represent the age 63-70, likened to the development of wisdom, crystallisation of ideas, and a need for security and structural support. This is also the age when people tend to 'age backwards’ in terms of losing some sense of reserve and developing a more humorous way of viewing life. ♒ Aquarius: Aquarius pertain to the age 70-77 when a detachment from the earthly plane begins and a childlike quality creeps back in. This is the development of fanciful as well as wise thought processes and a higher acceptance of material and physical restrictions. Thoughts also seem to become much more central to life. ♓ Pisces: Pisces represent the age 77-84; as the elders of the world and the zodiac, this time period is represented by letting go of earthly attachments and merging with the cosmos. Spirituality and understanding of others is highly rich and developed. Escaping from the world through thought and daydream is also prevalent.
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“The Thought Chakra is located at the crown of the head. It deals with pure cosmic energy, and is blocked by earthly attachment. Meditate on what attaches you to this world. Now, let all of those attachments go. Let them flow down the river, forgotten.”- Guru Pathik

Despite at first being reluctant to let go of Katara in order to achieve the Avatar State, Aang made the choice to follow Pathik’s guidance and let go of his attachments (Katara) so that he could achieve the Avatar State when he saw that he and his allies were becoming outnumbered by Azula and the Dai Li. 

How to Keep Your Chakras Healthy

Your chakras are the energy bases of your body. They direct the flow of energy through you, and when open, they play a crucial role in keeping your body well. When part of your emotional or spiritual life is put under pressure, that is called stress, and stress is actually a very helpful tool in life, because it makes us care about how we do in important situations, makes us do things on time, and even in some cases stress keeps us alive. However, when stress continues without being let go, it becomes distress, and the physical body responds with fatigue and illness. This is what many call a chakra blockage, and it can be very overbearing. By consciously taking care of the body’s chakras, we take care of our physical and emotional bodies. These are the most commonly recognized chakras, and how to keep them flowing.

The earth chakra is located at the base of the spine, and deals with the barest survival instincts we have as humans. It is blocked by fear. If you are feeling distress due to fears such as loss of control, or being unloved, by figuring out the source of your fears you can overcome them, and keep your root chakra flowing freely.

The water chakra is located in the lower abdomen, and deals with happiness and pleasure. It is blocked by prolonged guilt, so if you know that old guilt or shame is holding you down, it’s time to forgive yourself. If you know that you are getting in the way of your own happiness, then try and slowly let yourself be happy. Set you and your water chakra free from all that weight.

The fire chakra is located in the middle abdomen, and deals with empowerment and self esteem. It is blocked by shame, poor self image, or prolonged and unnecessary embarrassment. (You know that feeling of having a knot in your stomach due to self doubt?) Poor self image is a huge problem in our generation, but it can be battled. Avoid negative self talk, and tell yourself every day that you are enough. It will help. Seek counseling or other help in this area if you need it, and I’m also always here to talk if you need someone to give advice or even just listen.

The heart chakra is located in the center of the chest, and deals, of course, with love. It is blocked by unhealthy love and prolonged grief, to open it, remind yourself that love is in all things, and that it is okay to let go of unhealthy relationships if they are draining you. Affirm yourself that the love you need will come your way, and take time to work on loving those around you as well. Your heart will sing with joy at the chance to love others.

The voice chakra is located in the throat, and deals with your inner voice and the truth. It is blocked by repressing your truth from the world, and the lies we tell ourselves. If you have been holding something back from the world that is eating you apart, and feel like its the time to speak out, then do it. If you have been telling yourself lies, about yourself, about your life, or your relationships. Maybe it’s time to confront the truth and decide where to go from there. It feels better to know that you have been honest with yourself, and when you confront the facts, with your voice chakra clear, you may just know what to do.

The light chakra is located in the center of the forehead and is also called the third eye chakra. It deals with insight, and enlightenment, and is blocked by illusions. Pay attention. Has a wall been pulled over your eyes about something in your life? Have people told you lies about your self worth, but you just always believed them? Does something seem wrong in your community or in the whole of society that no one seems to see by you? Work to break that illusion! Free your light chakra, and enlighten the world!

The thought chakra, or crown chakra is located at the crown of the head, and extends to the space above. It deals with cosmic energy, and personal connection to divinity. It is blocked by earthly attachments and stopped up spiritual life. Take some time to reconnect with the divine, and let those pesky attachments go. Focus on making lasting memories, and a happy self, rather than acquiring wealth or holding onto items that only bring you bad memories and pain.

I hope this helps some people get out of a distressed funk. Much love your way

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on the cave of two lovers? People always cite that as one of the ones where it proves Katara likes Aang, but idk. I always got confused about how she was acting, and whether she was just annoyed at his poor word choice or something else. It was kinda more of the will they or won't they trope, but idk.

Yeah, as I have said elsewhere, I think that the point of the episode was just the opposite. Katara didn’t seem to share Aang’s romantic feelings at all. She needed to kiss him to escape the cave, and his comments made her think he was disgusted with kissing her and she was offended. As soon as they are free to go, she leaves. The kiss didn’t mean anything to her. The entire episode is about Aang’s one-sided infatuation. It teases Katara/Aang, because it is setting up Aang’s expectations for Katara being with him. That is why she was his earthly attachment that he needed to let go of to master the Avatar State.

Aang’s confusion was supposed to be one of the main sources of character development for him. He thinks letting go of his attachment means letting go of love. This causes him to emotionally distance himself from Katara, and later run away. His confusion over love and attachment ended up hurting her. Zuko’s attachment to going home was driven by his desire to be loved. But after coming back home, he sees just how empty and unloving it really is. This was also setting him up to join the GAang and have a romance with Katara.

These seven main energy vortexes are located along the spine, the central line of the body, and synthesize with both parasympathetic and sympathetic ganglia along the spine.

  • Muladhara (Root) - Deals with survival, sexuality, obsession, stability, sensuality, security. Blocked by fear
  • Svadhisthana (Sacral) - Deals with pleasure, basic emotion, relationships, violence, addiction, joy, creativity. Blocked by guilt
  • Manipura (Solar Plexus) - Deals with willpower, complex emotion, personal power, fear, anxiety, opinions, introversions. Blocked by shame
  • Anahata (Heart) - Deals with love, complex emotion, compassion, devotion, rejection, well-being. Blocked by grief / hate
  • Vishuddha (Throat) - Deals with truth, self-expression, communication, independence, security. Blocked by lies
  • Ajna (Third eye) - Deals with insight, balance of higher and lower self, intuition, inner guidance, consciousness, clarity. Blocked by illusion
  • Saharsrara (Crown) - Deals with pure cosmic energy, pure consciousness, spiritual unity, meditation, karma, transcendence. Blocked by earthly attachment

theadamantdaughter  asked:

A rather long and probably confusing ask: Do you think Aang was /really/ in control of the Avatar State during the finale? I was just thinking about it, and for a number of reasons, I think he wasn't. 1) It happened by complete chance. Guru Patik (?? it's been so long i hope that's right) said he needed to master his emotions/chakras by letting go of earthly attachments BEFORE he could master the Avatar State. 2) During the scene, he seemed almost vengeful and angry, similar to how we saw 1/2

him in other episodes where the Avatar State came on out of rage (The Southern Air Temple, The Avatar State, The Desert). Other Avatars like Roku, Kyoshi, and Korra always wore an impassive expression during their feats in the Avatar State, demonstrating their control. 3) He only came out of it because the influence of his past lives would’ve resulted in the death of Ozai, something he so completely disagreed with. I’m curious about your opinion on this. Was he in control? Or was it instinct?

That’s a really good point. I watched the final episode a while ago with Bryke’s commentary to see what they said about how Aang mastered the Avatar State and I took notes, lol. And that’s exactly how they worded it. They said that there was an energy blockage around Aang’s scar, and that the rock was able to open the flow of energy by hitting the same spot as Azula’s lightning strike. This put him into the Avatar State, unable to control it. They also said that there was a psychological factor. They said that when the Avatar State took control of Aang, it represented the “vengeful and wrathful” Avatar Spirit taking over his human vessel. But that was not who Aang was. Then they said that in overcoming those “raw emotions” and rising above them, he was able to take control of the Avatar State on his own. Bryke said that more killing was not what the world needed and that Aang became a fully realized Avatar by choosing not to kill. Then this allowed him to bend energy. 

The reason it was so important to open the chakras and let go of attachment was never explained. The Avatar has to be selfless when the time is right. If Kyoshi had an attachment to her own moral purity the way Aang did, she would not have been able to stop Chin, and he would have done far worse than he did. Roku loved his friend, but because he was threatening the world with war, he needed to be able to put those feelings aside if necessary. That’s the Avatar’s duty. But he couldn’t at first. His personal attachment gave the world Sozin and his genocide. Being the Avatar means being able to put personal feelings aside. Aang didn’t really make a choice for the world. It was kind of the opposite. Bryke wrote it so that Aang’s attachment to his own personal feelings about killing let him master the Avatar State. And he was sure lucky that Lion Turtle showed when it did.

Then there is the description from the Sozin’s Comet novelization:

Finally, as Ozai closed in for the kill, Aang backs into the rock which puts enormous pressure on the wound, loosening the spirits again. In that moment, when he was literally backed into a corner with no other option, Aang accepted what he must do, and decided to put the Avatar before Aang. This sacrifice of personal desire and the acceptance of duty unlocked his final chakra, allowing the pure cosmic energy to flow into his body.

Here it describes what I’ve been saying. That Aang would have needed to accept the responsibility and sacrifice personal desires, and kill Ozai in order to unlock his final chakra. But that wasn’t what I saw on-screen? All I saw was Aang hitting the rock. Then he just instantly went into the Avatar State. Like a magic button was pushed. If they had actually showed Aang making a conscious decision to kill on his own, then that would have made more sense and they wouldn’t have even needed the rock jabbing scene. The author was probably given information while writing the novel maybe from Ehasz, to write something that was more thematically in line with what was originally supposed to happen. To give some kind of explanation instead of just “pointy rock”.

PICTURE THIS: Post-Empire, Kanan has survived and he has an introspective conversation with Yoda’s Ghost through meditation, then a little girl climbs into Kanan’s lap without disrupting the conversation...

Kanan: Say hello to Master Yoda, little one.

Yoda: (amused) Broke your chastity vow have you, Caleb Dume? In the end of War, slackened on your Jedi ways, have you?

Kanan: Yup.

Yoda: Hm, not the Jedi way it is. Justify this, how do you, Caleb?

Kanan: I forged my own path in my own way. I’ll always uphold the Jedi way and my family. (bouncing the little girl in one arm while still keeping eyes on Yoda)

Yoda: Perhaps, but reason there was to our prohibition of marriage, due to danger of attachment. Your choice, a contradiction of duties and loyalty, is it not young Caleb? The result of Anakin Skywalker’s attachment, a cautionary tale to learn from.

Kanan: In all due respect, I disagree. Or these views can be subverted with the right mindset. Hera and I knew what we got into and paced ourselves toward it. We knew we be together but do not belong to each other. We’ve always respected each other independence in the War. We will respect this little one’s own independence when she grows up. I say this with a different point-of-view, I had found my balance between the Jedi Way and the earthly attachments. I call myself a Jedi and a family man.

Yoda: Interesting dialogue, this is. The technique of debate, Master Billaba taught you well, has she?

anonymous asked:

What was the chakra rock plot hole? Can you explain this please, I'm sorry if this is something you've already explained before lol and thank you!

It’s okay. I did a meta on this a while ago. It is about why Aang hitting his back against the rock to unlock his chakra made no sense, either logically or thematically. And it was about what opening the final chakra really means and how Avatar butchered it to allow Aang to end up with Katara. And it’s why I had NO problem believing that Aaron Ehasz intended for Zutara, and why he said Aang never let Katara go. It makes perfect sense.

Basically, the Crown Chakra represents selfless universal love. Oneness. Transcendence of the ego and the release of attachments. It has nothing to do with giving up love or being emotionally detached from others, like Kataangers say to try and argue that Guru Pathik was wrong. It is the connection to the Divine Creator and the Higher Self. A fully open Crown Chakra opens us up to divine energy and to the realization of deeper spiritual truths. Mastering the energy of the Crown Chakra will allow one to transcend the egoic self and materialistic or lower desires. That is the reason that Katara was considered an earthly attachment.

The Crown Chakra is thought of as our bridge between the gap of the Divine and Humanity, connecting us to both the physical and non-physical realm of our existence. It’s because of this chakra that enlightenment and our connection with Divinity is possible, as well as compassion for all life, bliss and wisdom. Slowly, we become aware that our life is but an extension of our own consciousness; that we are the dreamer, dreaming the dream. We understand that all manifestations (good and bad) are a result of our thought patterns that become subconscious beliefs – and in knowing this, we can begin to change the dream.

That is why the Avatar is considered the bridge between the human world and the spirit world, and why Aang needed to open this chakra to master the Avatar State. Since Zuko opened his Crown Chakra after his kundalini awakening, that is why he was so much happier and more compassionate. It is also why I found it so silly from a writing standpoint to turn him evil immediately afterwards.