Legend of Korra and the 7 Chakras

“Water flows like energy flows through the body. Chakras are like pools of energy flowing through our bodies. Sometimes things of the world fall into the pools and block the flow. We must remove the junk in order for the energy to flow.”

Chakras

Guru Pathik, among many other things, teaches us about chakras.

A chakra is:

(In Indian thought) each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be 7 in number.

The 7 chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows.

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Here’s how Guru Pathik explains each Chakra, it’s location in the body, what blocks it, and how to let the energy flow freely in order to prevent from getting sick or falling out of balance with ourselves. In the Legend of Korra, Toph Bei Fong does something similar in order to help Korra unlock Avatar state. I’m going to share both Guru Pathik’s words of advice to Aang and give my own thoughts when it comes to Korra.

“There are seven chakras that go up the body. Each pool of energy has a purpose, and can be blocked by a specific kind of emotional muck. Be warned, opening the chakras is an intense experience, and once you begin the process, you cannot stop until all seven are open.

Are you ready?”

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  1. Earth Chakra

Location: Base of spine (red)

Deals with: Survival

Blocked by: Fear

Pathik’s Words of Wisdom: What are you most afraid of? When you know your fears more clearly you can admit them and find out ways to not let them control you.

When it comes to Korra: Korra fears her final fight with airbending villain and anarchist, Zaheer. He tries to eliminate her from the world and almost succeeds. I believe Korra fears dying at his hands and not being needed anymore, as the Avatar especially. But as Toph points out, that fight is over. Korra needs to admit this as a fear, but not let it control her.

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  1. Water Chakra

Location: Sacrum (orange)

Deals with: Pleasure

Blocked by: Guilt

Pathik’s Words of Wisdom: Look at all the guilt in your life. What do you blame yourself for?

We must accept the reality that things we feel guilty for happen to all people. We cannot let them cloud or poison our energy. If we are to be a positive force in the world, we need to forgive ourselves.

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When it comes to Korra: Korra feels guilty about her relationship with Mako because she believes her first priority is to the world as the Avatar. She can’t experience the pleasure of being in a relationship. There isn’t any major block with this one when it comes to Korra. I think she struggles with other emotions, but not guilt especially.

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  1. Fire Chakra

Location: Stomach (yellow)

Deals with: Real Power

Blocked by: Shame

Pathik’s Words of Wisdom: What are you ashamed of? What are your biggest disappointments in your life?

When it comes to Korra: That’s a tough one. Does Korra even know shame? I believe she will feel some shame from her three-year absence. Korra is definitely disappointed in herself for allowing Zaheer to make her feel so defeated, and probably ashamed that she has been out of the game for so long. She is also ashamed that Kuvira is filling the hole of chaos that Zaheer created in the Earth Kingdom, of which she believes she should be filling as the Avatar.

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  1. Air Chakra

Location: Heart (green)

Deals with: Love

Blocked by: Grief

Pathik’s Words of Wisdom: Lay all your grief out in front of you. Love is a form of energy and it swirls all around us. When our loved ones die, their love for us does not leave this world. It is still inside of our heart and is reborn in the form of new love. Let the pain flow away.

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When it comes to Korra: Korra is feeling grief because she cannot connect with her past lives and different parts of herself.  Where we are now (Book 4, Episode 4), it seems like she cannot love herself fully because she truly believes that she has failed and is not needed.

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  1. Sound Chakra

Location: Throat (blue)

Deals with: Truth

Blocked by: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

Pathik’s Words of Wisdom: You cannot lie about your own nature. Accept who and what you are.

When it comes to Korra: Korra has lied to everyone about where she has been. She has lied in order to find her own way and in the process lost her own truth. What was she meant to do and what did each villain teach her? She is an Avatar that has (in her mind) failed, but that is not the truth that most of the world sees. Korra needs to be true to herself, accept that her absence was much needed recovery time and move on.

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  1. Light Chakra

Location: Center of Forehead (indigo)

Deals with: Insight

Blocked by: Illusion

Pathik’s Words of Wisdom: The greatest illusion of this world is the illusion of separation. Things we think are separate and different are actually one and the same—like the nations of the world. We are all one people but we live as if divided. We’re all connected. Everything is connected. Open your mind and realize that all elements are one—four parts of the same whole.

mushroomWhen it comes to Korra: Korra is seeing tons of illusions now, because of the poison and because of the psychological damage exacted on her. Now that the poison has been removed from her body, Korra needs to find the cause and effect of how and why things happened and understand them as they truly are. She is going to need it if she is going to face the growing threat that is Kuvira.

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  1. Thought Chakra

Location: Crown of the Head (violet)

Deals with: Cosmic Energy

Blocked by: Earthly Attachments

Pathik’s Words of Wisdom: Meditate on what attaches you to this world. Now, let all of those attachments go. Let them flow down the river, forgotten.

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When it comes to Korra: This chakra is blocked by earthly attachment but it seems that Korra doesn’t have any. She gave up her relationship to focus on being the Avatar and then again she sacrificed her life for the lives of the airbenders when Zaheer and members of the Red Lotus tried to wipe them out. She would be devastated if any of her family or friends died but it seems she has mastered this part of herself.

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In order to master the Avatar State, you must master all the chakras. Surrender yourself and open all of the chakras.

You don’t need to believe in Avatar or chakras to find balance in your life. There are always things we must deal with. Guru Pathik makes it easier for us to understand potential problem areas and how to unlock them. In your own life, take a lesson from the Guru and become your own Avatar. Reinvigorate yourself with life and become reborn, just like all of the Avatars before you.

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Whether you’re dealing with issues of survival, pleasure, real power, love, truth, insight, or cosmic energy there is a logical and often therapeutic way to deal with it. Maybe you’re denying the validity of this post or the chakras themselves. If you open your mind and avoid this denial and all forms of it, you can find the balance within yourself.

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What are your thoughts about the 7 chakras and how they relate to Korra?

Let me know in the comments!

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Everything is Connected: Legend of Korra, Legend of Aang

SPOILER WARNING – only read if you have seen up to Season 3 Episode 11 (The Ultimatum) of Legend of Korra!

Although Legend of Korra takes 70 years after the Legend of Aang, I believe that everything is truly connected.

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Everything is connected. – Aang

But I’ll get to more of that later. My question for you today deals with Legend of Korra, Season 3 Change . . .

Will airbending Master Tenzin live to see another day?

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Killing the Earth Queen was an important and strategic move by anarchist and leader of the red Lotus, Zaheer. This man’s past is mysterious, but we know one thing: he wants to send the world into chaos by targeting and killing all of the world’s leaders. What could be the strongest message of all—one that tells the world just how far Zaheer will go? How about targeting the son of the Avatar (last of the airbenders at one time) and now leader of the Air Nomads?

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If Zaheer wants to reach his goal quickly, he will go for Korra, but since she’s a tough one to pin down, Tenzin is the next best thing.

I don’t know that Tenzin will die. I really hope he doesn’t because I will be overcome with grief if he does (I’m not kidding). He has, hands down, become my favorite character in Legend of Korra.

There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.

From “Collected sayings of “Muad’Dib” by the Princess Irulan (Dune by Frank Herbert)

In this great Legend of Aang/Korra tale, our story begins with Firelord Sozin.

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By wiping out the airbenders and the air temples, Sozin leaves a devastating mark on the Avatar Universe for generations. Aang, who is also the Avatar, and sole airbending survivor must carry on their legacy in both body and spirit. He bears only one airbending child, Tenzin, who must take on this same weight himself. He is connected to the loss of his people only from his lessons as an airbender and how it affects his father, Aang. Obviously the event touched Aang in a much deeper way. However, Tenzin makes the mistake of thinking this legacy has fallen solely on him.

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I think the new airbenders will need lots of help and guidance to understand what it means to be a part of our nation. That’s a big responsibility.

During Season 2, episode 3 (Civil War, Part 1) Tenzin and his waterbending sister, Kya and non-bending (at the time) brother search for Tenzin’s daughter, Ikki, who has run away. During the search, their frustrations reach an all-time high and all the scars of the past come rushing back.

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Bumi: He [Aang] always had time for you, though, his precious little airbender.

Tenzin: Dad loved us all equally. Besides, it all happened a long time ago. Why are we even talking about this?

Kya: Because you seem to have some grandiose delusion that we had a perfect, happy-go-lucky childhood. Guess what. We didn’t!

Tenzin is his father’s son through and through. Although Aang was silly and fun loving and Tenzin more serious and solemn, they have striking similarities. Kya points out that Tenzin’s problem isn’t living up to Aang’s legacy, but that he is exactly like Aang. While Aang focused on doing his duty and saving the world, he forgot to pay his non-airbending children the attention they deserved and desperately wanted. Kya then points out that Tenzin is doing the same thing and that Ikki running off is Tenzin’s fault for not being a diligent father in this same way.

You would think that children of master benders like Aang and Katara would have wonderful self-fulfilled lives. And in a lot of ways, Tenzin, Kya and Bumi do. But they also have deep wounds. Tenzin takes on his role as last airbender as sincerely as Aang does.

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Then there’s Bumi. While Tenzin and Kya are at least benders, Bumi is not. He uses his talents in other ways by being one of the world’s greatest commanders the world has ever seen. He wears a brave mask but he is also hurt for not getting attention as Aang’s son and for not being born a bender. However, like the wind, nature is always changing, and after Harmonic Convergence, Bumi becomes an airbender.

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Kya: You think you’re some savior that has to carry on Dad’s legacy?

Tenzin: Who else is going to do it?

Kya: How about all of us?

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Tenzin seems to mistake the fact that because he is the only airbender (with the exception of his children at the time) that he must carry on the legacy of airbending alone. Kya, in her infinite wisdom, notes that it has nothing to do with being an airbender—but with being Aang’s kids. And in that way, Tenzin, Kya, and Bumi are all in it together.

Later, Tenzin finds Ikki and the two of them have a meaningful talk about what it means to be a part of a family.

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Once Tenzin and Ikki return to the family, Tenzin apologizes to Kya and Bumi.

Tenzin: I wanted to apologize for how I acted yesterday. I’ve worked so hard to celebrate Dad’s legacy that I may have overlooked the parts of him that were less than ideal.

Kya: And we’re sorry for dumping our frustrations with Dad out on you.

Bumi: Yeah, you didn’t deserve that.

Kya: I thought you two might wanna see this . . .

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Avatar Aang, his wife Katara and their beautiful family, Bumi, Kya and baby Tenzin.

Every family has their demons. But even after all the pain Tenzin, Kya and Bumi go through, we know that Katara and Aang did a good job raising them because they love each other more than anything. And it shows in this fight here. I just hope it isn’t Tenzin’s last . . .

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When Korra abandons Tenzin as her teacher and chooses her nefarious uncle, Unalaq instead, I was sad. But that is what makes Tenzin so great. He accepts this new change and tells Korra that is has been an honor serving her. All of these episodes make me think of the foreshadowing that is to come. In other words, will Tenzin live or will the Red Lotus destroy him forever, as an example to the great leaders of other nations?

It has been an honor serving you, Avatar Korra.

Do those words mean something even deeper? Will he lay down his life for his family, his nation, his Avatar?

Watch what happens here. The part at the end where Katara tells Tenzin he needs to spend time with family sends shivers down my spine.

Tenzin: Mother, I think I need some time alone with my family right now.

Katara: This is your family, Tenzin. When you get to be my age, you’ll be thankful for the time you had with your siblings.

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I love Season 3 because it connects back to Aang’s story so subtly and beautifully at the same time. You get into the parenting side of things. We know Aang and Katara as young kids trying to save the world but we don’t know how they ended up as parents. Tenzin, Kya and Bumi bring us into that world.

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Lin and Suyin Beifong’s storyline touches on that too. Because Toph’s parents were overbearingly protective, Toph overcompensated and gave her children too much freedom. Lin followed one path, while Suyin followed another, resulting in their estrangement. Lin only wanted to make her mother happy by being chief of police while Suyin took her freedom and ran with it. And in the process years and years of hurt and scars formed in Lin and Suyin’s relationship.

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In the last episode, there was a reference to Lord Zuko’s daughter. I desperately want to see what kind of character she is. Even though most of the Legend of Aang characters were full of noble qualities, Legend of Korra shows that parenting isn’t always easy. The child must be mature enough to learn the lessons provided to them. Tenzin’s children are a great example of this. They love and respect their father more than anything. And so do I.

One final note of foreshadowing that I noticed in episode 11, “The Ultimatum” was Lord Zuko’s advice to Korra about what to do about Zaheer’s imminent threat. She asks Zuko, who knew Aang better than anyone, (with the exception of maybe Katara) what Aang would do in the same situation.

Rebuilding the Air Nation was Aang’s biggest dream. He would be beside himself with joy with what you’ve done. And if he accomplished that goal, he might have sacrificed anything to protect it.

I wonder now if this advice was for Korra, Tenzin or both of them. I get the strong feeling that something very bad is about to happen.

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True wisdom begins when we accept things as they are. You started a new age, Korra. There’s no going back to the past. – Tenzin

Literally, Korra can’t go back. She can’t communicate with her past Avatars. Is Tenzin leaving snippets of wisdom for the Avatar to follow, and is it over for Tenzin?

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cextM4K“As long as I’m breathing, it’s not over.”

How will Season 3 finally end?

In the end will Tenzin live, will the Red Lotus be stopped, and will everything remain connected?

I’m tired of the airbenders being constantly hunted, their existence always on the brink of destruction.

What do you guys think?

Any predictions for Legend of Korra, Season 3 finale?

Legend of Korra Season 3: Change

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I told you change was coming, ladies and gentlemen, and after a fate-of-the world finale from Legend of Korra Book 2: Spirits, it is finally here. Book 3, titled Change explores Avatar Korra’s journey after she merges the physical and spirit worlds, between which she is destined to be the bridge. Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra Season 3 triple-header airs today, June 27th, 2014 at 7 pm ET. Let Korra Mania begin!

What are these changes anyway?

Well, based on the trailer I have seen, and the little amount of information that has been leaked, here is what I think Change is all about.

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1. If you’re catching up from the past two seasons, you already know that waterbending villains Amon, and Unalaq have been defeated. It seems like, with the exception of the recently merged physical and spirit worlds, all should be right. But not quite . . .

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2. It looks like there are some new criminals in town . . .

Magma Man

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Other than Firelord Sozin and Avatar Roku being able to control the magma erupting from the volcano on Roku’s homeland, we don’t see much use of lava or magma throughout the Avatar series. The firebenders use either fire or lightning.

The fact that one of these new villains can make the ground burn up with raging magma is proof that the varieties of bending continue to evolve. However, I’m still unsure if he is using earthbending and changing the temperature of the rocks similar to how waterbending changes water to ice or if he is merely firebending. Either way, he looks deadly.

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Who is this chick? From the trailer, it looks like these characters are or have been in prison, and from other scenes, it seems that Firelord Zuko is involved somehow. Could it be that he imprisoned these dangerous characters in his time and now they are back in action during Korra’s era? One can only guess.

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 She looks like a cross between Combustion Man from Legend of Aang and firebending prodigy, Princess Azula. She even seems to have the same ability as Combustion Man, that is, in the words of Sokka, being able to “blow things up with his mind!” . . . Personally, I think it is Princess Azula! In that case, I have questions about the timeline of things.

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Other parts of the trailer are difficult to untangle but I suspect the other criminals may be earthbenders or airbenders. There is a bald man with a scar on his eyebrow who seems to be airbender material because of the staff that he holds, and well . . . because of the baldness. And I gotta say, seeing an airbender that isn’t filled with goodness is kinda cool!

Dai Li are back!

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The Dai Li were some of my favorite characters from the Legend of Aang. They were solemn, powerful, and had an instinct that “was so firebender.” Under Princess Azula’s leadership they staged the Coup of Ba Sing Se, and managed to overtake the Earth Kingdom. Now under a new Earth Queen, they seem more dangerous than ever.

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3. There are airbenders emerging from the other nations. And more than just from Tenzin‘s immediately family. I suspect Korra, the spirits or any combination of the two is responsible for their emergence. And it seems a particular non-bender suddenly learns how to bend . . . or maybe he/she could bend all along?

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4. Book 3 will primarily take place in the Earth Kingdom, one of the four major settings in the series. Episode 3 of Book 3 is called “The Earth Queen.” Hmm . . . a prominent queen figure. Friend or foe I wonder?

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5. As for past characters and their flashbacks, it seems like there are a few.

– For one, we see a much younger Lin Beifong, daughter of the world-renowned and original metalbender, Toph Beifong. In one scene it looks like Lin is battling someone who looks a lot like here, maybe her master, or even her twin?

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– In one scene there is an old man with a scar on his right eye. It seems like Zuko makes an appearance, (or several) and maybe his psycho sister isn’t far behind . . .

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To be honest, this new series doesn’t seem to be short on characters. Tenzin’s family is front and center, with Tenzin leading a new group of airbenders, his retired Commander brother, Bumi and waterbending healer, sister, Kya. Tenzin’s children, Jinora, Ikki and Meelo also seem to partake in a piece of the action. Korra’s father, Tonraq, and cousins, Desna and Eska (after the loss of their father) join the fray as well and of course fan favorites Mako, Bolin, and Asami are back for more.

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Kya, Bumi and Tenzin

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Tenzin, with his children, Jinora, Ikki and Meelo (left to right)

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Tonraq with twins Desna and Eska, fighting alongside Zuko

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Asami, Mako and Bolin representing Team Avatar

With the spirits now a part of the physical world, Korra will face many new challenges and the lines between benders and non-benders will become increasingly blurred. If the world evolves to one where only benders exist, how will everything change, and is it really the end of the Avatar’s age?

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Can these criminals take down any bender they want to singe-handedly?

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It has been almost ten years (2005) since I saw my first episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It has shaped so many of my ideas and influenced me in a positive way. For anyone that knows me, knows that Avatar and all things like it bring me a lot of joy and it is safe to say it has inspired my writing.

Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are spectacular animated TV series with incredible animation, breath-taking action and sharp, tightly written plot.

If you like what I have to say, or want to hear more, leave a comment, ask a question or join in the discussion! I would love to hear from you. For now, let’s keep this a “No Spoiler” Zone. If you have seen any of the leaked episodes, please refrain from posting any of that information here until they are aired on Nickelodeon.

What are your predictions for Legend of Korra Book 3: Change?

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