I never liked Styrofoam cups, plastic bags, or aerosol cans. I always knew that these things were bad for the environment. Now, I am an advocate of the green initiative. I understand that everything that we humans do affects our eco-system, including our spiritual development.
I have experienced two wars in my lifetime. Countries normally go to war for one reason, to get more resources. There are many who believe that the wars in the Middle East were all about oil. Oil is a limited resource and it is becoming scarcer with each passing day. We are inundated with commercials about Congress wanting to drill in the most obscure places. Some have predicted that the world is going to run completely out of oil in the near future.
However, these premonitions don't stop us from burning oil. We continue to drive our cars and heat and cool our houses. In fact, the United States alone consumes almost a third of the world's resources. Now, people are beginning to discover that there is an inexhaustible source of energy. It is called solar power, and it is one of the oldest forms of energy in the world.
Our ancestors understood the power of solar energy. In fact, we have a whole chakra system that derives from the concept of solar power. We have seven wheels of light that reside along our spine. Each wheel, or chakra is able to convert fast moving energy into slow moving energy. A chakra is able to convert energy such as psychic, spiritual or subtle energy into sensory, material, or physical energy.
chakras create fuel within the body, much like a solar panel takes sunlight and converts it into electricity. This is the body's natural way of recharging itself. Unfortunately, over the years people have become heavily dependent on fuel. And I don't just mean gasoline. We have forgotten how to recharge our own batteries. Now, we are looking outside of ourselves to get energy. Many of us find it through food, sex, drugs, alcohol, and escapism. We fail to realize that all of these things are limited resources that give us pleasure but not long tern happiness.
People who continue to burn through their fuel will do whatever it takes to get more. They will lie, cheat, steal, and even go to war. This is why spiritual development is so important. We need to first understand the light that is within ourselves. We have to come to terms with the inexhaustible flow of energy that we all have inside of us. Only then, can we make the transition from being co-dependent to interdependent and properly care for our environment.
Yamaya Cruz is the author of When The Shadows Began To Dance. She writes about African spirituality, chakra healing, shamanism and much more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRcmvqqXqes