I was thinking back on when I started my spiritual journey and realised how far my perceptions and understandings have come since then. In order to understand myself I initially used Carl Jung’s psychoanalytical system of archetypes which were for me purely mental at the time. I wasn’t too aware of energy and how it is entwined with the body though it was starting to open up to me slowly. Everything back then was inside my mind. There was my shadow and inner child and animus, and then some mystical ‘Self’ that I had no understanding of. But then came my Self-realisation and I had to drop this system of understanding and embrace the sensations flowing through my chakric system and learn about how everything really interconnects together…
I have still not come to a complete understanding yet but I have been feeling inspired to write this for a long time now, mostly because I want there to be something that can explain in depth to my twin how my perception is now compared to a couple of years ago. We both have a foundation of Jungian psychoanalysis though I would say I am the more energetically sensitive one. That foundation though has been invaluable for the both of us, but I am not one to take at face value things I read, I have to experiment and play with them instead and see for myself whether Jung knew what he was talking about! And there are some things in which I have come to realise where he was not totally correct.
So first up is the shadow self. This is actually fairly easy, the shadow self is synonymous with the lower self. The lower self is any negative emotion or energetic ego structure in the body which carries density. This density is commonly known as a blockage and feels exactly as the name suggests, it is something that blocks the flow of energy in the body. To start with there was a smooth flow at birth, but through negative external influence and karmic attachment has clogged up and become hard. So things start to clog up and we become more antagonistic as we don’t remember how to be in harmony with this aspect of ourselves. It’s not a positive relationship.
As we break up and transmute the block back into flowing energy though we free up our system and become more harmonious with everything around us. However, due to the density of our blockages we cannot usually feel them. We lose our sensitivity, and the more blockages we have the less sensitive we become. So issues get pushed outside of our awareness into the ‘unconscious’. We forget how to be fully conscious of ourselves. The unconscious self is something impossible to see and as such just when we think we have cleared all our blockages out, new ones come to the forefront! And this process continues until we are fully conscious and have no shadow self left to clear out.
Now, these blockages and shadow selves can reside in different aspects and layers of the aura. Each chakra is a self-governing or conscious entity and aspect of the self. There are twelve chakras altogether, creating twelve separate energy bodies. These energy bodies all have their own dimensional replicas of the chakras, making there 144 chakras altogether. When all twelve main chakras are activated our light body activates too, and from there we can work on making every unique chakra of every energy body active. From my understanding, the larger the cone of the chakra the more chakras of that energy body are activated and fully awoken.
Now, as each energy body is a separate ray of consciousness of the whole and is also made up of its own aspects, we can infer that some of Jung’s archetypes actually relate to the chakras themselves, or rather are governed by the chakras. The first one of his I will mention is the inner child. The inner child is governed by the sacral chakra as it is the chakra of emotion, instinct, and creativity, and any childhood traumas will be stored here. The sacral chakra however also governs the sexual aspect of self as well as the elemental versions of self. This means it is a multidimensional entity in its own right. The twelve chakras of the sacral auric body all govern these.
Any blockages in this area will creative the negative shadow versions of these aspects of self. So the inner child becomes the victim and a healthy sex drives turns into a vampiric succubus or incubus like entity. The elemental selves such as fairies become the inner tricksters. For reference our elemental selves are what comprise the physical material of our body, that is the building blocks of life are within earth, fire, water, and air. As well as spirit. One elemental being on its own will usually be a nature spirit, governing a plant or something, but when a group of them come together as one entity they create a Deva, which then can incarnate into the base consciousness of the human body to allow it to function intelligently. Without these beings the human body would not survive.
So usually the Deva we have incarnated into us is a type of elemental we have experienced ourselves as before in previous lives. It is what we are comfortable with. My own Deva self is that of air and are fairies. And fairies are known for being devious in a state of lesser health. When I have a blockage in my sacral chakra they become the archetypical trickster figure instead. They like to cause havoc and mayhem. So it’s important all aspects of self are in harmony with each other. As it is I still have some victim complexes to deal with in my inner child as well as some entities attached to the darkness there, but I am gradually working on releasing it. It’s nothing as bad as my solar plexus chakra at least, which is what I will move onto explaining now.
Now with Jung he came up with the archetype of the anima/animus complex. To him this was both a personal and collective force. It represented the soul, quite literally as anima in Latin means soul. When one gets in touch with their anima/animus they feel overwhelming love and a sense of completion. However on the negative side Jung said that when infected or contaminated by the shadow self the anima/animus would be a negative force instead and it would be both a personal and collective negativity that would need to be dealt with. For example with women the animus is often contaminated by the collective patriarchy. He was basically explaining energetic and planetary karma to a more logical degree.
However, I’ve come to the realisation after the last seventeen months that he has gotten his own understandings here mixed up. The ‘soul’ and the inner opposite female/male as he described to be the anima/animus complex are in fact two separate beings. So he had a contamination of his own archetypes going on. The soul in fact is a genderless entity, though it may prefer a particular energetic expression, it is not divided or dualistic in itself, it is not either male or female, it is in fact completely united within itself. The personality/ego-self in fact as an extension of the soul is the one which has polarised form. The soul itself is already whole.
So the personality/ego-self being a particular gendered expression resides in the solar plexus chakra. The solar plexus chakra governs the conscious self and duality, as well as physical interaction in 3D reality. Now as most people’s entire chakric systems are closed they are not aware of their soul let alone their inner opposite. The inner opposite sits also in the solar plexus chakra, and when completely activated and functional is whole too as an expression of the soul. So our sense of ‘gender’ as a polarised form actually comes from our conscious awareness being sat in the solar plexus, and this is where it gets a little complex. In order for the inner opposite in the solar plexus to active the soul needs to start to descend into the human body too.
As it stands, most of humanity only have the first three or four chakras open, and of those energetic bodies most of the individualised aspects of them are shut down or in darkness. So we are not even functioning as half a person, we are functioning as half of a half of a person! When the soul starts to descend into the body the energy activates the rest of these chakras and they start to awake and become whole again in themselves. They start to operate more as a whole unit. So when the solar plexus chakra starts awakening, the level of duality, duality is instead turned into a continuum or scale of differences rather than one thing being against the other. There is no female vs male or good vs evil, there is a preference for a particular mode of being which has been decided to be expressed.
When this particular mode has been decided to be expressed externally then the rest of that aspect supports it as a whole. They work together. So when the soul energy descends into the body and awakens the solar plexus chakra, what we think of as being our inner opposite self is actually just the third chakra becoming more aware of its entire being. As a female I express female energy on this plane. But I have my male energy supporting it from the inside as a whole. They flow and blend together smoothly and support each other and their expression of unity in the physical plane. Or should do anyway! My solar plexus has been an issue with me as I have a lot of negative male energy stored in it. My male archetype there has been contaminated by planetary patriarchal karma and I am still working on releasing and healing it step by step.
So that leaves the soul left to discuss. The soul is a whole entity but is often not integrated into the body. The soul is in fact our true ‘other half’, not our inner opposite. Because the soul extends into the body through the heart chakra it is the representation of our entire higher being, or rather it is the unique individual expression of the divine higher self which resides in the crown chakra. As most of humanity has only the first three or four chakras open, when one connects to their soul they connect to their remaining non-active three or four chakras, making it feel like we are mysteriously completed by some other aspect of us. In fact this is what is happening and we become aware to ourselves as our higher selves. So the divine self/spark resides in the seventh chakra and connects us to our entire spiritual being. When the heart chakra is activated this unique expression can begin to integrate into us and we start to feel ourselves more completed by ourselves. We stop being half a being and become a whole being instead.
This is the beginning of the superconscious self and there are many layers and aspects here to fully understand and discuss but I have not fully assimilated them myself yet so I may save them for a later date. For now it’s suffice to say that the heart chakra governs the individual soul expression. So my individual soul expression will be different to my twin’s individual soul expression, that is we are unique and separate beings. But the entire soul essence as it stems from the eighth chakra will have many different aspects of itself too, my twin and I being same parts of that one being. So when we meet each other and have a spiritual awakening, it is my essence recognising that same multidimensional essence in the both of us and responding to it through the download of this essence into my individual soul expression which lies in the heart chakra.
What then we are looking at here is not the sense of being completed by the other, but rather the entire rest of our higher chakras. I want to be a whole being and to do that I need at least my first eight chakras fully activated to be a full and whole being in a human body, to be fully soul embodied. My soul is not a male or gendered essence, my soul is an androgynous extension which when extended into the dualistic physical reality which is governed by the solar plexus or third chakra is expressed as being externally female with an internal male counterpart, but the internal male counterpart is not the heart chakra or inidividual soul expression itself.
I don’t know if that is written very clear but I will leave it at that for now. The problem I see with Jung’s teachings then is that the soul is not our opposite dualistic expression, the soul is already whole and unified. And when the heart chakra is cleared out fully the entire eighth dimensional soul expression can begin to fully incarnate into human form,with the solar plexus chakra taking on the responsibility of showing itself as a particular gender externally and identifying with that.
This is not a two-dimensional dynamic but three dimensional instead. As I wrote in my twin flame triquetra post, there is not just male and female expression but there is unified expression too, which is what the heart chakra governs. The heart chakra when cleared of shadow is an androgynous loving energy which reminds us who we truly are as spiritual beings, through the channelling of the divine self at the seventh chakra.
As a closing note, the seven main chakras to me seem to be personal whilst the transpersonal ones after that seem to be collective. Through the seventh chakra we realise the divine spark in us which though is source of all that is, is /still/ a unique extension into the individual soul extension. Whilst my shared soul with my twin flame resides at the eighth chakra and is instead a collective or multidimensional expression of divine source, not personal. The divine source of this energy body in fact I assume would be governed by the seventh chakra of that system. So you can see how after the seventh chakra it starts to fan out and you become connected first to universal unity of the personal Self at the seventh chakra, and then unity of collective Selves from the eighth chakras onwards.