The Thymic Chakra (High Heart Chakra)

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The High Heart Chakra is located between the Throat and Heart chakras. Like the Base of the Throat Chakra it is an important activator of higher consciousness. The Christian esotericist Ann Ree Colton describes it as a minor white-fire chakra associated with the thymus gland (essential for the immunological system of the body), which works as a reflex centre for higher levels of consciousness [Colton, Kundalini West, p.64]. This may be the same as the centre briefly described in Tibetan Buddhism as the Fire Chakra, located midway between the Heart and Throat level, and possessing three petals or spokes. It is also referred to as one of the centres of concentration in Heschyastic Christian mysticism [Eliade, p.410]. It may also be the outer doorway for the inner spiritual centre referred to by Barbara Brennan as the "Soul Seat", which she says is the source of meaning, direction, and spiritual longing in life [Brenann, Light Emerging, p.29]. John ONeill suggests that this chakra is where "intent" originates, that it links the emotions of the heart with the reason of language.


Petals/Spokes: Tibetan Buddhism -3

Element: Tibetan Buddhism -Fire

Colour: [Colton - Brilliant White. ONeil - Pink

Associated Psychological states:

Open and Balanced: You are open to higher spiritual levels; and you have both love and aspiration for the Divine, and also selfless love for those around you [Paulson, p.132]. You able to connect your dreams with waking reality, ONeil

Overactive: You are so open to higher levels that you lose your grounding on the practical mundane level.

Unbalanced: You indulge in spiritual platitudes and ignore the needs of others.

Blocked or Closed: You reject and are fearful of higher spiritual realities; you stubbornly see only the ordinary side of life [Paulson, p.123]. You are unable to express emotions even thogh you can feel them. (John ONeill)

Notes and Comments

When Ann Ree Colton refers to the white fire spiritual antibodies of absolute healing and grace; the archetypes of the physical immune-system antibodies produced by the thymus gland residing within this chakra [Kundalini West, p.64]. she would certainly be describing a higher octave than the outer secondary chakra.

The Heschyastic mystics associate with the Thymic or Pectoral centre "stabilty of  much greater than in the preceeding cases, but it is still thought that defines the emotional coloring and that is modified by it" [Eliade, p.410]

The Thymic or High Heart Chakra seems to be in the right position to be the outer doorway for the inner spiritual centre Barbara Brennan refers to as the "Soul Seat".  She describes this as a diffuse light extending in all directions, and the source of meaning and spiritual longing in life.  If this is clouded, one is unable to know what his or her purpose in life is, and life appears meaningless and empty.  Through specific exercises, it is possible to realign the soul seat with the lower Tan Tein and to the ID point (equivalent perhaps to the Sahasrara chakra) above the head.

The Thymic chakra - the source of "intent"

The following description of the Thymic chakra is by John ONeill

The Thymic chakra is where "intent" originates, it is the link between the emotions of the heart and the reason of language. It is what makes you inhale a breath before you speak, since this is where the intent behind the words you are about to speak actually starts forming. So, lets say that your heart feels a certain way about something that it would like to voice. The energy shoots up to the Throat chakra but passes through the Thymic chakra first, giving it a heads up to start getting prepared to speak by drawing a breath - or by stopping the breath to prevent you from speaking. This is why you don't always say what's on the tip of your tongue. This is also why emotions can wreck havoc with your health, as the Thymic chakra can be bombarded by emotions to the point of fatigue. When the Crown chakra speaks, on the other hand, it sends its energy down through the Brow chakra which embellishes it.. The result is creative expression which may or may not be truthful. The Thymic chakra acts as something of a "lie detector" by interfering with energy that is not truthful. This is why we have trouble speaking when we are upset. The flow of energy from the heart is always meant to be peaceful and that's really the only kind of energy that the Thymic chakra "understands".

Just as this chakra acts as a bridge in waking life, between emotion and reason, it also acts as a bridge in dreaming, but in a totally different way. If you have ever had a dream about a person that you would later meet in real life, then you were using this chakra in your dream. If this chakra is open in your "dreaming body" then you will be able to connect your dreams with actual reality, that is, the subject matter of your dreams will be the actual waking world instead of a representation of it. If this chakra is closed in the waking body then the individual will not have the intent to express their emotions even thogh they can feel them and actually know what they want to say. Correspondently, if this chakra is closed in the dreaming body then you will not have the intent to bridge the chasm between dreaming and waking from the dreaming side, to visit this world while you are asleep. One last important point to mention is that there is a certain vulnerability that this chakra has to being manipulated by outside forces while either awake or dreaming. The end result is the same, you end up dreaming somebody else's dream and sharing their intent for better or worse. The symbol for the Thymic chakra in waking is a map rolled up like a scroll, it represents the path of one's life. The symbol for this chakra in dreaming is a pair of wings, representing the ability to cross the chasm of the unknown under one's own power.

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