February 2, 2013

The Chakras as Explained to a Child. {Video}

The American-made anime epic Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the most profound works of conscious media ever produced.

I was introduced to this show a few years ago when babysitting for my four-year old cousin. I was captivated and spent the next several months watching from start to finish.

This cartoon series encodes deep spiritual principles into a format suitable for a child, while remaining nonetheless fascinating for us grown-up kids.

Real world martial arts are integrated into the various “bending” techniques, reincarnation is introduced as perfectly natural—and the path of the spiritual warrior is presented in an elegant, entertaining style.

Here, Guru Pathik guides Ang (the Avatar) through through the process of opening his chakras:

“You must gain balance within yourself before you can bring balance to the world.”

Obviously the process shown is extremely abbreviated, but the principles are no less valid. For example, “If you are to be a positive influence on the world, you need to forgive yourself.

In summary,

There are seven chakras that go up the body…

Be warned, opening the chakras is an intense experience, and once you begin this process, you cannot stop until all seven are opened…

First…the Earth chakra, located at the base of the spine. It deals with survival, and is blocked by fear…

The [second] Water chakra deals with pleasure and is blocked with 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 truth, and is blocked by lies…

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 thought chakra is located at the crown of the head. It deals with pure, cosmic energy, and is blocked by earthly attachment…

This is a sublime summation, distilling ancient, divine wisdom into an accessible, easily understood format.

Here, see how the producers integrated various martial arts styles into the making of the show:

This is truly one of my favorite television programs of all time. I encourage kids of all ages to seek it out and become immersed in the world of the Avatar. Perhaps it will encourage you to recognize the true power that rests within each of us, and guide you towards wielding it effectively.

“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.”

Bonus: Guru Pathik sings.



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Ed: Bryonie Wise

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yogi Sep 1, 2014 9:32am

fantastic – will help when teaching chakras to my clients

LoLo Apr 30, 2014 11:20am

Love this cartoon. Thinks for the reminder and for sharing this.

Barbara Apr 29, 2014 10:10am

My boys used to watch this, and I was thrilled to listen to the messages woven throughout the shows! I distinctly remember the episode regarding meditation…

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David McConaghay

David McConaghay is an Ayurvedic practitioner and Vedic Astrologer based in Boulder, Colorado. A former Division 1 athlete, David discovered yoga as a means to bring ease to an overburdened body. Now certified to practice Ayurveda and Jyotish, the cutting edge of David’s enthusiasm is to explore and teach the overlaps between ancient Vedic ideas and the futuristic models of physics and biology proposed by pioneers like Nassim Haramein and Dr. Bruce Lipton. In addition to extensive training (RYT-500) in the Sivananda tradition, David has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the George Washington University. He brings his expansive knowledge, playful spirit and precise language to conversations with students, clients and peers alike. More info is available at VedaDave.com.