Ibis Press Authors Adams, W. Marsham Agrippa, Cornelius Anthony, Maggy Atkins, Charles Bane, Rosanne Bartlett, Robert Allen Bedi, Ashok, M.D. Bell, Lynn Birch, Una Bloch, Douglas Bogart, Greg Bolen, Jean Shinoda Borstein, Agneta Bosman, Leonard Brahm, Laurence J. Brennan,
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A History of the Western Chakra System from Blavatsky to Brennan
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• The first history of the Western chakra system (a term that has not been used before)
• Chronology of how the Eastern chakra system developed in South Asia over thousands of years
• Extensive documentation of rare sources, forgotten figures, and lost teachings on the chakras from East and West
• The author has published eight books on Theosophical history and possibilities of consciousness. He is a National Lecturer for the Theosophical Society in America
Scores of books have been written on the chakras—psychoenergetic centers distributed along the spine, perceived clairvoyantly as wheels of light. Based on the teachings of Indian Tantra, the chakras have been used for centuries as focal points for healing, meditation, and achieving a gamut of physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits, from improved health to ultimate enlightenment.
Contemporary yoga teachers, energy healers, psychics, and self-help devotees think of the chakra system as thousands of years old. Yet the most common version in use in the West today came together as recently as 1977, the result of an unintentional, century-long collaboration between: Esotericists, Clairvoyants, Scholars of Indian philosophy, Mythologists, Psychologists, Yogis, Energy healers
Never before has the story been told of how the Western chakra system developed from its roots in Indian Tantra, through Blavatsky to Leadbeater, Steiner to Alice Bailey, Jung to Joseph Campbell, Ramakrishna to Aurobindo, and Esalen to Shirley MacLaine and Barbara Brennan.
With 8 color plates, 24 tables and 28 black-and-white illustrations showing how the Western chakra system developed from the mid-nineteenth through the twentieth century, many from rare and forgotten sources.
552 pages plus 9 color plates and numerous black & white illustrations
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