In a similar way to yoga which has the seven chakras, Ancient Egyptians believed in energy centers that could be harnessed for better well-being and longevity. By harnessing the energy centers, through the system of Alkhemi Sekhem, you can promote self-healing through the path of enlightened spirituality.
To the Egyptians, everything was sacred, from the surrounding animals, waters and plant life, to the earth they lived on. The Earth and all that resided within was a living symbol of the inner spiritual world to them, and they idolized it, through their artifacts and how they lived their lives.
Their existence served a specific purpose, they were on a quest to align the physical world with its divine source. In order to accomplish this, they created relationships with their own deities, and took an approach to life that they called “the intelligence of the heart.”
These beliefs, at their core, are thought to have healing powers and can be used today to help anyone who is in need of some spiritual growth, guidance, and empowerment.
The Two Principles of Alkhemi Sekhem
The energy that can be harnessed is unlimited and is done through natural means. Your hands draw the energy in, which flows through your body-field and can then be focused on a direct person or object. In order to access the energy, you need two things: intentions and symbols (hieroglyphics). Higher frequencies of energy raise the overall vibration levels in the body-field, thus replenishing lower energy levels more quickly.
Certain Egyptian symbols, beliefs, and deities connect to specific vibration center or zone. By directing energy to the centers, through the body-field, you can balance your mind, body, and spirit and provide each with healing properties.
How to Connect to the Energy Centers?
Many often connect to one or more of the centers on intuition alone. We feel as though something is off, we have a headache perhaps, and we know intuitively to lie down and rest. Another way to connect is more intentional and can be done through a variety of approaches: meditation, shamanic journeying, sacred rituals and dance, prayer, yoga, healing crystals and aromatic oils.
Primary Energy Centers
There are nine primary energy centers, each one relates to a specific Egyptian God or Goddess, a stone, an essence, and the resulting process. The first five begin above the crown of the head, where the spiritual entity begins and works its way to the heart of the body.
The next set of four starts at the upper abdomen and works its way down through to the earth, beyond where the physical entity ends. Harmony and Balance, although not actually a primary, are included in the chart since this zone is relevant to our entire system; it is located in the two hands of our body.
Secondary Energy Centers
There are also eight secondary centers, which alternate between the primary down the entire physical entity or body.
Alkhemi Yoga Fusion
Alkhemi yoga works together with the energy centers allowing for the body to become balanced and energized. The yoga fusion typically can include one of the following: Sun Sequence, Earth Sequence, Hathor Sequence, or even the Nine Centers Sequence, which uses all of the nine primary energy centers. Other techniques such as dance, relaxation or meditation are also used to help one gain all the benefits from this ancient Egyptian healing. Harness your energy and healing power through the practice of Alkemi Sekhem and perhaps you will be able to achieve the level of enlightenment the Ancient Egyptians once did.
Sunshine and summertime – trips to the beach, long days in the sun, yoga on beach towels on the sand… And plenty of time for a good book!
Many people who haven’t practiced yoga fail to realize the mental toughness of the activity, the stamina required to practice well. When you do yoga, it’s not just your physical body getting a workout – your mind does just as much, if not more, work. That’s why reading books related to the yoga field is so important if you have decided to pursue a healthier mind.
Here are our top books related to the world of yoga that will help you channel a sense of self-discovery and connection to the pieces of the universe inside of you.
“Love Letter to the Earth” by Thich Nhat Hanh
This book is beautifully written by an incredibly well-known Buddhist teacher and peace activist, and its zen-like passages illustrate a passion for the earth that is awe-inspiring. Filled with mantras to repeat in your head as you go throughout the day, Love Letter to the Earth becomes a place to learn how to remind yourself to love your surroundings. One of his techniques, called “Mindful Walking,” shows us how to grace the earth with our every footstep. In his literal letters to Mother Earth, Nhat Hanh teaches us to respect the world around us for more than simply what it can give us.
“With each step, I come home to the earth.
With each step, I return to my source.
With each step, I take refuge in Mother Earth.”
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho
This book by Paulo Coelho has received a wide range of feedback since it was published, making it a great summer read to start conversations. The novel follows the spiritual journey of a shepherd boy named Santiago and his adventures across a desert. As he explores, he meets new people who challenge his ideas of the world’s treasures and what wealth actually means.
“Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” by Annie Dillard
Everything by Annie Dillard is full of wisdom, attention to detail, and challenges to make readers better humans. This, her first collection, focuses on natural elements and how to connect more fully with what is around you. This book helped me to focus more directly on each individual detail in my life as I try to figure out how to tackle each moment.
“The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
If you’re looking for a book to change your perspective on happiness and how to find it, this is the book for you. Two of our generation’s wisest men Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu share their insights into how to find lasting joy in the midst of tragedy, confusion, and materialism. Despite their stark religious differences, the men share a desire to see humankind love each other better, and that passion shows through in their words.
This summer, plan a reading group to discuss one or all of these texts, or just read them by yourself to embrace what the authors are trying to communicate. Whatever you decide to read, allow it to soak into somewhere deep inside of you. Allow it to change you. Happy reading!
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