Seven Precepts Born of the Chakras toward Living a Full and Spirited Life

If the following seven chakras and the seven principles have anything to teach us, it is that we humans have, as Hildegard of Bingen put it, “everything we need within us already.” 

Archery Aiming at the Mark, drawing by Pearson Scott Foresman. Wikimedia Commons.

Instead of commandments of “Thou Shalt Not,” we can learn positive lessons of living well on this planet. The chakras and the seven principles of Creation Spirituality teach how to direct the love energy we all possess. They constitute a path that can draw humanity together rather than apart. 

I have drawn these precepts from my study on Evil where I compare the gifts of seven healthy chakras to their opposite or “misdirected love” (Aquinas). That definition parallels the Jewish word for sin which means “missing the mark.”

They name what a graced life, a life of the Spirit, consists of and enumerate the magic that happens when Blessings of the Spirit and Blessings of the Flesh come together.

1.    Live with the wonders of cosmology (a relation to the whole) and live grounded to the earth and ecology. Its opposite is acedia, which guarantees arrogance and laziness.

2.    Live with passion (better lustful than listless), which derives from our yearning for union.

3.    Live with moral outrage and stand up to injustice.

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4.    Live with compassion and resist fear.

5.    Live with telling your truth and resist being gagged by consumerism and its sellers.

6.    Live with giving birth and develop all of your creative powers of intellect and imagination.

7.    Live for the building of community among all light beings, resisting competitive and envious relations with others.

These seven lessons of living positively in the Spirit that correspond to the seven chakras and to the seven principles of Creation Spirituality turn the tables on the capital sins, those misdirected loves that diminish us. 

Chakra Locations, graphic by LordtNis. Wikimedia Commons.

These precepts guide and direct the spiritual powers we all harbor within us. To work from these common precepts and to gather all our work and citizenship, relations and efforts around these actions irrespective of national or religious differences might herald a new era for our species. 

It would demonstrate that we have, after all, learned something from the sins of our fathers (and mothers). Future generations would thank us for this. We would be more grateful for living and therefore would live more simply and more joyfully on this blessed earth-flesh we call home.

Adapted from Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 378f.

To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE

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Queries for Contemplation

How do these seven precepts, based on the seven chakras and in contrast to the seven “capital sins” strike you? Are they useful for our struggles today?

Recommended Reading

Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society

Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them. 
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science.  A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics

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6 thoughts on “Seven Precepts Born of the Chakras toward Living a Full and Spirited Life”

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    I must confess Matthew, that I definitely have to read your book that is still on my shelf — “Signs of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society.”
    It’s very relevant as you emphasized in your profound DM of the evil and psychic numbing still
    spiritually prevalent within us and in our historically toxic unbalanced patriarchal societies and institutions with its’ destructive consequences on humanity and our sacred Mother Earth.
    Our spiritual responsibilities of consciously developing and healing our awareness of our “True Heart Selves~Eternal Sacred Souls~Cosmic Consciousness” Divinely Flowing and Compassionately Present within and among Us in our co-Creator~Source’s Spirit of Diverse Loving Oneness is greater than ever, possibly for the survival of our human species….

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    Elizabeth Stamp

    With gratitude and blessings, Matthew, for your decades of spiritual guidance and inspiration.

    Elizabeth Stamp, Canada

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    Jeanette Metler

    What speaks to me. “We have everything that is necessary, all that we need within, to live a fulfilled life.” How many of us live in the reality of this? What is it that we really need, that comes from within? Important questions to ponder. This world offers external promises to fulfill these needs, such as the accumulation of financial weath, material possessions, positions of power, authority, fame and notoriety; which are fleeting and temperal. And yet, the pearl of great price, lies within.

    What speaks to me. “Sin is misdirected love.” Humanity often misdirects love, through the ways we choreograph and design our energy in motion, through the priorities, choices and decisions we make. Rather than being relaxed and focused on the Sacredness of that which is necessary, that which we need, inherently within and cultivating and nurturing this, which is our eternal Soul/Self; we chaotically grasp for the external, temperal illusions of the promises that this world offers, never truly living the fulfilled life God promises.

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