I’ve already spent a good bit of time talking of the Andean / Incan understanding of levels of consciousness. Now, let me share some connections that have been pointed out between Incan understanding of consciousness, the Andean culture and the body’s channelling of spiritual energy.
To make that connection, let’s go back to where the trip started: Cusco City, Peru. It remains one of the primary areas where Andean philosophy is still widely practiced and where tens of thousands of trekkers walk the Inca Trail that takes them high into the Andes before ending up at the ruins of Machu Picchu. When they come into Cusco, to see some of the most prominent and well presevered and maintained Incan archeological sites, they can see a particular flag from most of every building and public squares.
It is a rainbow flag. It is also the official flag of the Cusco region.
This does not signify that Cusco is officially gay. According to historians, the Incas regarded the rainbow as a gift from the sun-god. Some argue that the rainbow was in fact the banner of the Inca empire which, at its height in the 16th century, spanned from southern Colombia to southern Chile.
Indeed, the famous Coricancha Temple in Cuzco has a room honouring the god of the rainbows. The department of Cuzco officially adopted the multicoloured banner in 1978, but it had previously been used as the flag of the Tawantinsuyo – the name used by the Incas for their native land.
There is a connection between the meaning of these colors (called the Unancha) to the Andean people, the flag they chose and the reason you will see so many native Andeans wearing the bright colorful clothing that the culture of the area is known for. And according to Evaristo, there is a connnection between the rainbow colors, the Incan emphasis on ascension through seven levels and the seven colors that are produced when the light of the Sun God is refracted through water.
There is also, according to Evaristo, a connection to the seven chakras.
Throughout our body we have main energy centers, which are connected to major organs or glands that govern other body parts. Each of these main energy centers are referred to as chakras. ‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word which means wheel. It refers to a wheel-like vortex that channels energy at a particular vibratory level.
Our chakras take-in the health of our environment, including the people we are in contact with (which is why other people’s moods have an affect on us!). As well our chakras also radiate an energy of vibration.
It is also believed that we have seven main chakra centers and that each main center is connected to specific organs which help regulate our body. Our chakras are also sensitive to physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy.
The seven main chakra centers are aligned along the spinal column.
The names of the seven main chakras and the master organ that each one governs is as follows:
Light consists of the seven color energies: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. We can see these seven colors in a rainbow, drop of rain or dew and even in a snowflake.
Color IS light. Each color has a different wavelength and vibrational frequency, which affects us differently. Red has the longest wavelength and the slowest vibrational frequency, which we innately recognize as warm and stimulating. Whereas, violet has the shortest wavelength and the fastest frequency that we recognize as a cool and calming energy. We receive light and color information through our eyes, which then stimulates the retina and its cells, rods and cones. These impulses, which travel through the optic nerve to the visual cortex of the brain via the pituitary, trigger other glands and their hormone secretion to various parts of the body. Many body functions are stimulated or retarded by light and the different colors of light and thus affect our chakra system.
Since light and its colors physically affect glands and hormones, they will also have a marked influence on our moods and feelings. Science has proven that certain colors can calm the mind while others stimulate mental activity. We need light energy for nourishing our brain, our emotions and our physical body as well as our light bodies and especially our chakras.
In reality little is known and understood about the human psyche and its intricate systems. However, medical science has proven that toxins and other impurities, which include negative thoughts, chemical enhancements in our food and other poor environmental factors, influence our body. Constant forms of “pollution” can cause chakra imbalances to manifest, which may eventually affect us on a physical level. Since traditional health care systems at this time are unable to naturally or totally alleviate symptoms or cure our problems, this means it is up to each individual to improve their health conditions. We also have to consider that we may be our own best doctor. So understanding the chakra system is more about how you can help improve your own state of health and all levels of your being.
The benefit of learning about the chakra system is to understand on a whole (whole = body, mind and spirit in harmony) that when all parts of you (all of your seven chakra centers) are communicating equally and working in alliance with each other, the energy from your body will be reinforcing and you will feel at your optimum level.
Nowadays, we live in a fast world and often forget about our “whole.” We put too much emphasis on independence and very little on interdependence. Our chakras are trying to emphasize the interdependent way that the different areas that process energy relate to one another.
Andean Spirituality would suggest that there is a connection between our chakras, light, energy and consciousness. And they would be joined by a number of other Eastern traditions as well (although, most of them don’t have a rainblow flag).