The seven-branch menorah is an ancient symbol of Jewish tradition. As you will discover, this symbol is a sacred key that expands our understanding of how the chakra system works.
The first mention of the menorah is found in the book of Exodus in the Bible. The story tells of Moses receiving specific instruction from God for building a lampstand out of solid gold.
"You shall also make a lampstand of pure gold; the lampstand shall be of hammered work...Its shafts, its branches, its bowls, its ornamental knobs, and flowers shall be of one piece. And six branches shall come out of its sides: three branches of the lampstand out of one side, and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side. Three bowls shall be made like almond blossoms on one branch, with an ornamental knob and a flower, and three bowls made like almond blossoms on the other branch, with an ornamental knob and a flower -- and so for the six branches that come out of the lampstand.
The most significant feature of the menorah is its tree-like shape and arrangement of thebranches on its trunk.The significance of the pattern within the branches and trunk is not revealed until you turn the menorah sideways and place it next to the chakra system.
Once adjacent to the chakras, the branches and center trunk appears as a common wire diagram, illustrating the interconnections between the heart chakra and the upper and lower chakras. Keep in mind, the study of the chakras is a study of the human energy system. We can experience each of our chakras as a unique aspect of our self.
Root chakra: drive for survival
Sacral chakra: drive for sex & pleasure
Solar plexus: drive for power
Heart chakra: drive to feel and to express love
Throat chakra: drive to connect and to communicate
Brow chakra: drive to see the big picture
Crown chakra: drive for freedom
Each chakra is incredibly powerful, and has the ability to over-take the others. They can be compared to any living organism. The one’s you feed, are the ones that grow in power. While living in the physical world, it is our tendency to feed our lower chakras due to ourpowerful drive for survival, the pursuite of sex, physical pleasure, and social power, that we might populate the Earth and survive within the group. Without a means of energy management, one can imagine how our lower chakras (lower angles) might over take control of our body. If this was the case, we would be constantly fighting oneanother and behaving from our primal mind.
The menorah provides with a diagram illustrating how the lower chakras are governed by the upper chakras, by virtue of our powerful heart chakra complex.
The menorah provides us with a tool of consciousness we can use to navigate life to a most loving result. Below are examples of how chakra parings help us to live in peace and balance.
Root to Crown: When we have concern for our survival or fear – we bring the matter to the Divine
Sacral to Brow: When we are overcome with sexual / emotional forces – we bring this energy to our brow chakra for empowerment, seeking guidance based upon seeing the “big picture” for our life.
Solar plexus to Throat: When we need to increase or manage our drive for power- we bring this energy into our throat chakra, for a logical resolution, that we might speak truth to the matter.
The situations above are samples of how we might bring higher consciousness into our daily life. We are empowered by keeping our attention on the Divine through meditation. For more information see my videos: Chakra Pairings & Chakra Blocks and Resolves.
We are empowered with understanding
With knowledge and wisdom of our spiritual assets, we are able to employ creative causeover our life. Without understanding, we are a slave to our physical master – the body.
As human spiritual beings, we are empowered with understanding. Our capacity to survive and thrive is limited by our level of consciousness and what we believe is possible. With understanding we awaken to our true nature, our true power and to the potential that lies within each of us. Once you have a basic understanding of the nature of things, you will be able to live your life and passion with a greater intensity. You will be able to focus on what truly matters on a soul-u-lar level. With a clear mission, you will be empowered with the winds of the Divine at your back. You learn to travel down-stream in the flow of divine current flowing through your life.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”― C.G. Jung