Man's manifestations result from a complex inter-working of his five lower centers, the hereditary aspects of his essence, and the various nuances of his personality, which are imprinted upon him by his parents, peers, and education. Each influence, in turn, vies for dominance in the manifestation of expression. Much has been hinted at regarding the possibility of man's conscious evolution, but little has been offered regarding the way of it. This writing intends to offer a practical approach to conscious evolution. As always, one is encouraged to approach what is proposed herein critically. Though the author writes from the standpoint of knowledge gained through experience, one is encouraged to do the work for oneself and take nothing on faith. The fact that man has five centers is easy to arrive at through self-observation. For example, we all know that the act of thinking has a distinctly different flavor than the act of emoting. Similarly, the act of moving in its purest sense has a different flavor than the act of thinking or emoting. Thus, one can break down any activity of the human complex into these categories: Thinking, Moving, Instinctive, Emotional, and Sexual. Note: Processes such as inspiration, intuition, and religious ecstasy have intentionally been omitted because they belong to the higher centers, which are not the topic of this lesson. An objective and careful observation of these various functions in one's life will undoubtedly conclude that these centers are often out of balance and operating at sub-optimal levels. Anyone who has attempted meditation can attest to how difficult it is to control intruding thoughts. Most everyone engaged in a new sport or activity requiring fine motor skills has experienced the sensation of knowing what the body is supposed to be doing and watching it blunder about in awkward inability. Consider our precarious emotional state - although we may try to maintain peaceful composure, everything can change instantly by something as simple as a stubbed toe. We entertain the fantasy that we control ourselves when this is not the case. And yet, it can be so. The point of training the five centers is just that - reorganizing them so that they operate as they were intended and at maximum efficiency. Note: In a practical sense, these exercises cannot be considered a development practice. They are designed to return the function of the human complex to a state of normal function. Since no conscious development can occur unless one begins from a place of proper function in the organism, these practices are of primary importance and should not be overlooked. Centers, Colors, Frequencies, and Fuels When functioning correctly, each center runs on the fuel or energy it was designed for. The colors corresponding to each of the centers are not arbitrary; they are based on an understanding of natural laws and can also be seen if one has been trained in the art of doing so. The colors white, red, blue, yellow, and green correspond to the thinking, moving, instinctive, emotional, and sexual centers, respectively: It is important to note that each color represents the ideal fuel each center is designed to run on; however, this is seldom the case in practice. Due to misuse and lack of knowledge, centers often rob each other of energy and fail to function according to their design. Now, let us examine each center, in turn, to understand better how the human pentagram system is meant to operate. Note: The above diagram also corresponds to the five elements in Taoist and Ayurvedic cosmologies, and much can be understood about the centers by studying them. In this case, the colors, centers, and elements are as follows: Thinking Center - White - Air (or Metal) Moving Center - Red - Fire Instinctive Center - Blue - Water Emotional Center - Yellow - Earth Sexual Center - Green - Life ( or wood) The Thinking Center The slowest center in the human complex is the thinking center, which runs on the lowest frequency fuel - White. Like the color white, which in light includes all colors and on solid objects includes no colors (or pigments), it is without bias when the thinking center is functioning according to its design. Everything is perceived as it is, without the "color" of one's judgment or opinion. Thinking becomes an automatic, habitual, and unconscious process when the thinking center steals red energy from the moving center. Instead of seeing reality for what it is, it becomes colored by the patterns of previous experience. Habitual thought patterns prevail when this center is polluted with moving center energy. When the thinking center robs the sexual center of green energy, its high potency acts like a drug to the mind, resulting in an addiction to daydreaming and fantasy. It is essential to understand the difference between things like creative visualization and daydreaming. The distinguishing factors are whether a conscious element is involved and whether what one visualizes can be implemented. For instance, daydreaming about what one would do if one were to win the lottery is an example of sexual energy consumed by the thinking center. If one were to win the lottery, visualizing what one will do with the proceeds and then acting upon it is an example of the proper use of green creative forces. When the thinking center robs the emotional center of yellow energy, it often manifests as mental anxiety, worry, and depression. This also leaves the emotional center in a state of depletion, which results in an inability to connect to others. The hallmark of a well-functioning thinking center is the ability to observe and contemplate reality without introducing one's biases and to follow a train of thought from start to finish without distraction or tangential thoughts. A healthy thinking center also engenders the ability to think in new ways without referencing past thought patterns. The Moving Center The human complex's next most energetic force is the moving center's red energy. In addition to providing the energy to move the body in various physical ways, the moving center is also responsible for orchestrating the complex behaviors we call habits. Unlike the thinking center, which works best linearly, the moving center can accomplish many simultaneous tasks. Imagine what life would be like if you consciously coordinated every movement in mundane activities such as tying one's shoes or brushing one's teeth! Through training by repetition, the moving center can master the most complex tasks. This leaves the mind and other centers free to do their work. There is a multitude of things that we do automatically, thanks to the moving center. The moving center also loves physical activity and works to accomplish something. A man or woman with a healthy moving center possesses a quality that we call vigor! When the moving center becomes polluted with yellow emotional energy, a fuel too high to handle correctly, it often results in "sappy" displays of emotion. It is important to note that manifestations such as these are not generated from the emotional center but are an example of the moving center utilizing emotional energy. Other behaviors that go with yellow force in the moving center are unhealthy obsessions (mostly with others), clinginess, and pining. Examples of this are nearly endless in our culture, and movies have been made about this condition. The Instinctive Center Some of the core functions of the instinctive center are the protection and preservation of the organism. It is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in the body and driving one to eat when hungry, seek shelter from the elements when cold, and avoid danger when presented. Additionally, in coordination with the moving center, it controls all of the semi-conscious and unconscious functions of the body, such as respiration, digestion, circulation, and the like. Because of its protective and regulating nature, it is less likely to give up its energy to another center because the entire organism would be in danger. On occasions when it does - it can flood the Moving Center with high-force blue energy that can cause extraordinary feats of agility and strength. Examples of mothers lifting cars to free their trapped children and other superhuman feats result from this. Note: In a dire emergency where superhuman feats occur, it is by design and does not indicate a malfunction of the instinctive center but rather an example of the incredible power it can exert to preserve the organism. The color associated with the instinctive center is blue, and the associated element is water. Like the experience of the color blue, water cools and regulates the human complex. Generally speaking, the instinctive center is the most intact. In cases where it becomes depleted and robs either emotional or sexual energies, it usually manifests as unfounded paranoia (yellow) or high-risk behaviors. The Emotional Center Running on yellow force and associated with the element earth, the emotional center runs on the second most potent fuel in the five-fold human energy system. It is also the second most misused center. It may surprise the reader that all negative emotions are artificial to the human complex, and their expression causes great harm to the organism. We live in a society where we are encouraged to express our negative emotions freely and are told that the suppression of them is unhealthy. As you will learn through an unbiased study, this is not true. All negative emotions are superficially imprinted upon us but are not part of the normal function of the emotional center. Note: The reader may object that babies exhibit 'negative emotions' such as crying or throwing tantrums. The author would suggest that these are instinctive functions. This is evidenced by the fact that a crying baby can almost instantly be 'fine' once the need is met. This is not the case with negative emotions experienced in toddlerhood through adulthood. Like its element 'earth,' the nature of a highly functioning Emotional Center is that of stability. Its function is that of connection to both things seen and unseen. For example, observe with your mind something in your environment - a flower, perhaps. All you see is its outward appearance. You may detect the shades of green and the colors of the petals and perhaps even imagine their texture, but you do not know the plant. You can even disassemble it into its leaves, stem, and petals, but you've only exposed more surfaces - you still do not know what it is to be the plant. Now, try something else (if you're willing). Close your eyes and reach out with your emotions toward the plant. It may even be helpful to imagine a lance of yellow force coming from your solar plexus and connecting to the plant. Register the feelings and sensations that emerge. Feel what it is like to BE the flower. This is one of the amazing capabilities of the emotional center - to connect with and know another thing from its core without altering it or destroying it in the process. Note: Isn't it interesting that the word e-motion seems to involve movement? And indeed it does, for it is a two-way passage of force between you and another. You will find the ability to connect in this way to be a precious skill on your conscious evolutionary journey. In the beginning, practicing it with natural things in your environment is best. In time, you can use the same skill to connect with things in unseen worlds, such as the essence of care, patience, and other qualities. You can even use it to connect such things as religious presences, elementals, and other occult aspects of the astral light. A word of caution: Be careful what you connect to. While the usual condition of the emotional center is either one of depletion or filled with artificial negative emotions, through misuse, it too can operate on higher energies than it was intended to work on. In the case of drawing green force from the Sexual Center, it often manifests as something similar to fanatic religious ecstasy and uncontrollable laughter or crying. On Not Expressing Negative Emotions It is never too soon to begin the practice of ceasing to express negative emotions. However, please note that we are not saying you shouldn't experience negative emotions. Simply do not express them outwardly. Developing the discipline not to express negative emotions is a decisive step toward correcting the emotional center. So, what do you do with them when they arise? Observe them. Nothing more. By observing them, you transform their energy from a murky, dark yellow force into a refined, bright, and clean yellow emotional force. Try it and see how much more vibrant and energetic you feel from this simple but not-so-simple exercise. Over time and with practice, you will notice that even though the external stimuli that trigger negative emotions may still be present, you no longer experience them. The practice of this one exercise can do so much to help balance the other centers. The results are nothing short of amazing. But you'll only know that if you try it. The Sexual Center In a word - depleted. That is the condition of the sexual center in nearly every person walking the planet. Being the most potent force of the five-fold human energy system, it is constantly being robbed by the misuse and abuse of the other centers. In one's current state, it is nearly impossible to imagine the amount of creative vitality you could be in command of if the sexual center were operating normally. The color of this energy is green, and the element associated with it is often referred to as life itself. The purpose of the sexual center is two-fold: creation and procreation. Beyond procreation, a properly functioning sexual center brings immense generative creativity. While the proper activity of the emotional center is one of connection, the proper activity of the sexual center is one of creation; that is, the mixing and marrying disparate universal signals, essences, attendances, and forces for creating something new. Note: It is essential to distinguish between a mixed invention and something new in the context of the term being used. The word 'new' is generally used in today's society but is rarely new. It is merely made different by way of addition or subtraction. For example, a "new and improved" toothbrush is certainly not new, although it may be improved. Examples of this type of process in history are few and far between. The Taj Mahal, Nikola Tesla's discoveries, and Franz Joseph Haydn's compositions may be examples of something 'new' as used in this context. Our society has grossly misused the force of this center for economic gain. Somewhere along the way, a clever man discovered that if products were advertised with a sexual overtone, it would bypass the critical factor of the thinking center and the value-based discernment of the emotional center and cause an unnatural connection in the sexual center, leading to desire. What on earth does sex have to do with cigarettes or cars? Absurd! Without the proper defenses to 'slow down' the corrupt messaging, the sexual center in man is constantly bombarded and diluted at every turn. In normalizing the human five-fold energy system, the Sexual Center is typically the last to become whole. Only small bits of practical advice may be offered at this stage: As you approach proper functioning in the other centers, the Sexual Center will have more energy to restore its correct functioning.