Tower of Light Exercise

by Gary Fisler


      This exercise will open and balance the chakras.  There are many variations of the Tower of Light, but the one that we will use here is the one used by various followers of the Golden Dawn and its offshoots.  You may also hear it referred to as the Middle Pillar Ritual.  There are more chakras than those listed here, but these are the ones that we need to stimulate in order to astrally project.

     The start of this exercise is rhythmic breathing.  This is a cornerstone of western spirituality as well as the more well known eastern versions.  First find your pulse.  Then familiarize yourself with the rhythm of the heart.  The idea is to use your pulse as the timekeeper for your breathing. For example:
 

  1. 1.  Breathe in to the count of 4 beats
  2. 2.  Hold breath for 2 beats
  3. 3.  Breathe out to the count of 4 beats
  4. 4.  Hold breath out for 2 beats
  5. 5.  Repeat
The ratio does not have to be 2:4.  It may be 3:6 or 4:8 also.  Experiment and find out which one feels right for you. 

     It is now time to do the actual Tower of Light exercise.  The steps should be memorized and are as follows:
 

  • Stand erect with the feet close together but not touching.
  • Start  rhythmic breathing.  Continue till it starts to feel natural.
  • On an in-breath visualize a small sphere (about 2") of bright light situated 2-3 inches above the head.  This is the Crown Chakra.  On each in-breath visualize this sphere getting brighter.  Do this for 4 to 5 breathes.
  • On an out breath visualize a shaft of this same light shooting down from the crown chakra to your forehead in the area of the third eye.  On an in-breath visualize a small sphere of bright light half outside the head and half inside in the area where your third eye is supposed to be.  This is the brow chakra.  Visualize the sphere getting brighter on each in-breath for 4 to 5 cycles.
  •  On an out-breath visualize a shaft of bright light shooting from the brow chakra to the area of the throat. This is the throat chakra.  On an in-breath visualize a small sphere of bright light just outside the throat but not touching the body.  Visualize the sphere getting brighter on each in-breath for 4 to 5 cycles. 
  • On an out-breath visualize a shaft of bright light shooting from the throat chakra to the area of the heart.  This is the heart chakra.  On an in-breath visualize a small sphere of bright light half inside and half outside the chest.  Visualize the sphere getting brighter on each in-breath for 4 to 5 cycles.
  • On an out-breath visualize a shaft of bright light shooting from the heart chakra to the area of the groin.  This is the base chakra.  On an in-breath visualize a small sphere of bright light half inside and half outside the area of the groin.  Visualize the sphere getting brighter on each in-breath for 4 to 5 cycles.
  • On an out-breath visualize a shaft of bright light shooting from the base chakra to the area of the feet.  This is the earth chakra.  On an in-breath visualize a small sphere of bright light half inside and half outside the ground.  The sphere is touching the insoles of the feet.  Visualize the sphere getting brighter on each in-breath for 4 to 5 cycles.
  • Visualize the connection of all the chakras to each other through the shaft of light.  Do this for 4 to 5 in-breathes.
  • On an in-breath visualize a bright shaft of white light flowing from the earth chakra up through the body.  You should visualize this shaft of bright light activating all the chakras as it passes up through the body.
  • When this shaft of bright light reaches the crown chakra, it will split in half with half going down each side of the body (but not touching the body) and connecting with the earth chakra.  The upward shaft of light is performed on an in-breath and the downward return to the earth chakra is performed on an out-breath. 
  • Do this for 4 to 5 cycles.  Gradually let the shaft of bright light get dimmer until it fades.
By this time you will be feeling all sorts of strange sensations.  If you are not,  then your personal energy is low.  Time to access your lifestyle and see what you can do to redirect energy, but that is a topic for another article.  After performing this for a while you may get a strange sensation in the brow chakra.  It may feel like a tingling sensation, or possibly like the skin is shrinking.  This is normal and signifies that the brow chakra is becoming more aware.  This is what you want.  Learn to love the sensation, even though sometimes it is so intense that it is distracting.

Remember, practice this exercise every day for the rest of your life!  It will be well worth it.


 

copyright G. Fisler 2000

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