Person, Planet: The Chakras of the Earth
I would like, with this post, to suggest a way of appreciating the Earth alternatively as other than a commercial entity or “global marketplace”, as I described it in the last post. And to do that, I would refer you to a video that DavidM linked to in an earlier posting called “The Illuminated Chakras” which described the serpentine energy and the human chakra system of the body, which I believe are aspects of the Earth’s own chakra system or of the “spheres”, and which may deepen our understanding of Nietzsche’s summons for us to “be true to the Earth” and to “become what we are”, for I believe he had a valid intuition about this. That is to say, to become what we are already implicitly is also a matter of being “true to the Earth”. As Rudolf Steiner once expressed it, we come to know Nature only through the body and as the body. But there may well be more to this than meets the eye.
While watching “The Illuminated Chakras”, I realised there was a one-to-one correspondence between the chakras and the various “spheres” of the Earth as described by science. Most discussions of the spheres limit themselves to four primary spheres along the lines of the classical elements of earth, air, fire, and water, or lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere, respectively.
But, as there are seven chakras in the chakra system, we can also describe seven spheres of the whole Earth which correspond to the chakras of the body structure:
lithosphere — Root chakra, the earth element
hydrosphere — second chakra, the watery element
biosphere — third chakra, the firey element or solar plexus
atmosphere — the fourth chakra, the airey element or heart
stratosphere — the fifth chakra, the throat chakra, associated with the resonant or aetheric
magnetosphere — the sixth chakra, the Earth’s “aura”, the mind’s eye or brow, the chakra of light.
The ascent through the Earth’s spheres here very much resembles the course of the serpentine energy rising through the chakras — the wheels, vortices or spheres — until it activates the “crown” chakra, which is “cosmic consciousness” — the last envelope of the Earth. Considered in terms of the chakra system, the body structure very much embodies the Earth’s spheres, or corresponds to them, and in very much the same order of ascent, perhaps here especially exemplifying the Hermetic principle “as above, so below” and the doctrine of the affinities.
It is very suggestive, and I’m sure that a further investigation of the chakra system would yield even more mysterious correspondences and affinities with the Earth’s own configuration. And in those terms alone, Krishnamurti’s insistence that “you are the world” would make perfect sense.
It would make sense that if the Earth evolved the body, it would evolve the body as a correspondence of itself. That, of course, is a pretty daring conception because it imparts to the Earth the heresy of agency, and I would be locked away — even though people in the past did grant agency to the Earth as the Anima Mundi or Earth Soul or Great Mother — Gaia.