Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, and Thyatira: The Chakras of our Lower Temple

by Joshua Tilghman on May 18, 2013


Picture of ChakraThe first four chakras, and therefore the first four churches of Revelations chapter two, collectively represent the lower temples of our body. Revelations chapter three discusses the churches and chakras of our upper temple.

 In this post we’ll discuss the first four chakras and how they relate to the churches of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, and Thyatira.

Before jumping into Revelations chapter two, we need to review the last scripture in chapter one. It serves as a proper introduction for chapter two. In It Jesus states:

“The mystery of the seven stars which thou saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou saw are the seven churches” (Revelations 1:20).

Many have assumed that the mystery of the seven stars and seven golden candlesticks represent the pastors of literal churches. I was once taught that the seven stars represent the pastors and the candlesticks were the churches. I was also taught that the Book of Revelations was a warning delivered to these pastors who would in turn give it to the congregation members, and in time, this warning would make its way through history and eventually get to me and you. But can we honestly believe church leaders would readily understand the symbols of Revelations unless they had been immersed in esoteric knowledge? Of course not. No one would, especially those of us who are living almost two thousand years after this New Testament book was written.

The truth of the matter is that Revelations was written for initiates who would come to understand a higher spiritual order.

It should come as no surprise then that the seven stars and seven candlesticks aren’t really literal pastors or churches. This should be obvious even from Paul’s writings. The church is the body of Christ. Essentially, the body of Christ is the individual who has manifested the higher mind (Christ) within the temple of his own body.

This is what Paul meant when he said, “Christ in you!” Christ comes within the individual through the ascent of kundalini.

So what do the angels and churches of Jesus’ statement truly represent?

Angels are messengers of light. These messengers are higher thoughts and spiritual energies that come from the higher self, and are received and expressed through the physical vessel.

 Since consciousness is a form of light, angels are then messengers of the light of higher consciousness. One of the secrets of Revelations is that the light of higher consciousness comes by the opening of your seven chakras, or spiritual energy portals within your own body, which is also the body of God. Another great secret of this book is what sexual energy really is and how through alchemy one can transmute it to spiritual energy which then unveils the Christ within us.

The act of sex contains the power of procreation. It can give birth to a physical child which is amazement even to modern science. However, to transmute sexual energy into spiritual energy (what true alchemy is all about) births a child also. This child is not a new physical child. Rather it is the divine Christ child within us, who is truly born of an immaculate conception. This transmutation of energy is what kundalini is all about. Godly sex, meditation, and selfless acts of charity and service—as well as appropriate diet and exercise which is outside the scope of this post—are all part of this transformation to higher consciousness. The ascent of the serpent or powerful kundalini energy up the spinal column and through the chakras to the brain is what Revelations chapter two and three discuss, and because Godly sex, meditation, and selfless acts towards the community are all a part of the transmutation process, they will naturally be a part of our discussion when going through the individual churches.

With all that being said, let’s begin our tour through the churches.


Revelations Chapter 2:1 states:

“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks…”

The “he” in the above verse is of course Christ, the higher mind as the result of kundalini energy that runs in the midst of all the chakras. Christ goes on to state:

“I know thou works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst bear them which are evil…nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love…Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, or do the first works…” (Revelations 2:2-5).

Root ChakraThe church of Ephesus is our root chakra, where kundalini lays dormant in the sacrum. It is also connected with the sexual organs, the root and potential of powerful creative male and female / Yin and Yang forces. This powerful sexual / spiritual energy called kundalini has the power to transform our conscious experience—by burning up the ego—when it is transmuted. As sexual energy, it is our connection with the earth, the physical creation, and the world of duality. As transmuted spiritual energy, it births the divine Christ child within us (higher consciousness).

In the verse from Revelations above, Christ warns us that he, as the higher mind and self, has something against the root chakra because in most humans this chakra is in a state of losing its first love, which is our original spiritual state of union with God. In other words, many of us have neglected the spiritual for the physical life, and therefore the balance between spirituality and physicality has been upset. This unbalance has come about through the development and fortification of our egos and perverted animal desires—yes, even the sexual ones. Since we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, our first love is the cultivation and work of the manifestation higher consciousness or Christ, which is the balance of physical and spiritual life. Unfortunately most people today are totally caught up in the physical world of the five senses and continually engage in their lower animal thoughts and emotions which strengthen the egos and eventually lead to death, both spiritually and physically. This is a complete waste of the Holy Spirit / Kundalini potential energy within all of us at birth.


Revelations 2:8-2:10 states:

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and you shall have tribulation 10 days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

The church of Smyrna represents the second chakra along the spinal column, located a few inches beneath the navel. Whereas the first chakra is connected with our sexual organs (where the potential for physical creation resides), this chakra is associated with sexual function and the process of procreation. Jesus states that he knows thy works, and tribulation, and poverty because this is where the situation can seem desperate when we are seeking to transmute sexual energy into spiritual energy. In reality, this church is rich because the energy associated with this chakra is truly great, but we experience tribulation and poverty when we begin denial of the ego and the physical pleasures of life in order to gain spiritual benefit. Abuse of this chakra leads to impotence, adrenal and kidney issues. When we restrain our basic animal instincts, many hormones begin to balance in the body; especially our fight or flight hormones and we can even take control of fear. We symbolically conquer death when we conqueror our fears. 

I don’t have the space in this post to cover White Tantra—a highly evolved practice of sexual union between spouses—in this post, but when one learns to control his animal sexual passions he or she truly begins the transmutation process where potent sexual energy becomes spiritual energy. I believe it is the beginning of great hormonal balance as well which is extremely important for the reception of higher consciousness.

Next Jesus talks about the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and who are not. We get the true biblical definition of a Jew from Paul in Romans 2:28-29:

“For he is not a Jew which is one outwardly (in the flesh)…But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly (spiritually)…”

Jesus’ words then are referring to those who believe they are on the spiritual path but are truly carnal instead. The one who is faithful in subduing his carnal and sexual animal impulses will seem to be put in prison because the process is at first very hard. In fact, Jesus said the church of Smyrna would be put into prison for ten days.

This makes sense since in ancient sacred writings the number ten is:

“Symbolic of complete periods of development within stages of the soul’s growth” (Gaskell’s Dictionary of Scripture and Myth).

Jesus states that the devil is casting Smyrna into prison because Satan is the ego itself, and our egos are truly the liar that keeps us imprisoned until we crucify it.


In Revelations 2:11-2:16 states:

And to the Angel in the church of Pergamos write; These things saith he which has the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith…But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast them there which hold to the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac  to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornification. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate…”

Solar PlexusPergamos is the third chakra, or solar plexus. It is quite powerful, either for positive spiritual transformation or continually fortifying the ego. Negative energy from this chakra can manifest in the form of anger and impulsive reactions which kill spiritual aspirations. Jesus states that this is Satan’s seat because the solar plexus is responsible for emotional desires and impulses. In other words, our astral body (emotional body) works through our solar plexus.

The center is also connected with the intellect. Thus it is our spiritual job to stay away from eating things sacrificed to idols—i.e., anything that gets us caught up in our lower thoughts and emotions (judgment, pride, etc).

Gaskell’s Dictionary of Scripture and Myth defines idols as:

“A symbol of conventional mental conceptions; mistaken notions of the object of life; fixed ideas which bar the way to Truth; outward observances regarded as ethical or spiritual exercises; unworthy objects of life.”

Thus even getting caught up in church doctrines can seriously entrench our egos and cause us to be judgmental to everyone who disagrees with us. Committing fornication is to lie with our negative emotions and desires by feeding them through the Satan (ego) within. This includes the sexual act of fornication, whereby a person engages in sex for the sake of sex instead of bringing together of the female and male energies of God. This is why tantric sex practices teach against spilling the seed of man haphazardly. Within this seed (semen) is the potent force of physical life which should be transmuted to spiritual energy instead of being spilled for the sake of fulfilling animal desires. Yes, dear readers, God created sex as a very sacred and powerful act in which humans continue to miss its spiritual potential! This is also the practice of the Nicoliatans, which God says he hates.


Revelations 2:18-24 states:

“And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; I know thy works, and thy charity, and service, and faith, and they patience, and thy works and the last to be more than the first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols…Behold I will cast here into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds…But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine…I will put upon you none other burden.”

Heart ChakraThyatira is the heart chakra. Jesus’ description of this church couldn’t have fit the heart chakra more perfectly. Notice how Jesus states he knows their work of charity, service, patience, and faith. These are truly works of the heart. Through this chakra we learn to bridge the gap between ourselves and our community. This is the last chakra of the lower temple, and therefore it should extend beyond us and to the community. Love is a divine power of God because it links us with the collective, of which God truly is. But as Jesus states, Jezebel easily takes hold here. Jezebel was responsible for taking the heart of the people away from serving God. This is similar to having sex in the absence of love. It is in effect living a life of physical pursuit without any spiritual aspirations. This can cause us to become dispassionate about life in general and is a truly dangerous place to be as it slowly but surely zaps the spiritual desire in man from our lives.

Jesus will not put anybody under any other burden on those who don’t hold to Jezebel because when the heart chakra, the last gate of the lower temple, is opened, the stage is set for the next three chakras of the higher temple to bring higher consciousness to the individual.

We’ll pick up these three chakras and the three churches of Revelations chapter three in our next post.

Side note: Many of you may have noticed that I haven’t posted as often. Please remember this is a very busy season for me. I can no longer post two or three times a week, but I should be able to get back to doing this soon. Blessings!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Patricia Weber May 22, 2013 at 9:49 am

I’ve never heard churches of Revelations, let alone the chapter, being likened to lessons of the chakras. Quite an interesting take on this scripture. Thanks.


Christine Hoeflich May 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm

This makes so much sense Joshua! Even the religious warnings about not having sex without love or “outside of the sacred union”, when you look at it deeper, is a warning about not just focusing on the physical aspects of life but balancing the physical with the spiritual. The spiritual must be given *at least as much attention* as the physical, is my understanding. In fact, I have found that the “critical point” in manifesting regular synchronicities and support from the divine comes when you give *at least as much attention* to your own inner guidance / spirituality compared to everything else and everyone else around you.

Thanks for another great post and looking forward to hearing more!



Janine May 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Thanks for your posts I love reading them 🙂


Joshua Tilghman June 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Thanks, Janine. Anytime!


Cedric May 26, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for all your posts they are great and full of wisdom I always look forward to reading them!


Joshua Tilghman June 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Thanks, Cedric. I appreciate the encouragement.


Bernhardt Adjedi Cadbury May 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm

So sorry for being away for a while, this was due to very poor internet connectivity in my area. However, this post to me is one of the most enlightening amongst the lot. loaded with esoteric wisdom.
Josh, can you please give me an esoteric truth in Revelation 2: 20 – 21 – 22, considering the story of Jezebel, fornication, adultery, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols? Thanks and blessings.


Bernhardt Adjedi Cadbury May 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Sorry, this comes to overrule my earlier question since they have all been explained within the post, but perhaps Jezebel could do. Blessings.


Joshua Tilghman June 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm


Good to hear from you again! You know I will try to do a post on it when I can. Thanks and blessings!


Kevin Walrath May 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Well done Josh, couldn’t have put it any better myself! I’ve been so fascinated with this interpretation of Revelation ever since I caught wind of it just months ago. It puts a whole new spin and meaning to things when following the teachings of Christ in spiritual growth. Just imagine if every single couple practiced this kind of chastity in the world…I think there could be less problems and more of an opportunity for everyone to get on the same page, even so much as to say it could manifest as a literal reign of Christ! Maybe not, who knows? Interesting to ponder how things could be though if this was education given to everyone.

Hope everything’s going well for you, and that you get some time freed up to work on some more postings!


Joshua Tilghman June 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm


Thanks my friend. It’s been a while since I posted by now the summer is finally here. I should be back to posting at least once a week if not more. Blessings!


Justin September 14, 2013 at 8:02 pm


I finally began working on concentration/meditation this week and have noticed a few things.
When I meditate it does wonders for my mood swings and helping to handle anger that well up with in me, however, I have noticed a Pain that grows stronger the longer I meditate in the area of my root chakra. I looked up Blocked Root Chakra on Google and got a lot of hits, unfortunately most give wildly differing things to do about it. I was wondering what your take on helping to unblock a Root Chakra would be, if that is what you would think it would be, as well as any trusted resources on the matter.

Be Blessed


Joshua Tilghman September 14, 2013 at 8:40 pm


I am glad you have started meditating. The fact that it has done wonders for your moods swings just means that the true light of consciousness is shining brighter! As far as the pain goes, don’t worry about it. It is a natural process that has to be worked through. You can look up a thousand different things on the internet on the Root Chakra and how to heal it. But the truth of the matter is that your meditations over time will automatically address the problem. The issues you are working on will manifest so that they become conscious to you. When this happens you just have to be willing to face them instead of pushing them back under the rug – our experiences, and then a true reflection on those experiences, always have a way of showing us a deeper truth 🙂 The person that truly gets through them is the one who is willing to face the problem, address it, and stay consistent.



Joshua Tilghman October 20, 2013 at 8:11 pm


The chakras are a complicated subject, and I by no means profess to be an expert on their make-up. My main purpose is to bring Christian’s attention to them and the fact that the Book of Revelation speaks about them.


john m sandoval November 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

In the bible – Nimrod married his widowed mother to king/rule the Jewish population (in Iraq).
Nimrod was killed by his Yahweh/god believing uncle – because Nimrod was an Atheist.
Nimrod’s mother/wife told the population that Nimrod was now a celestial body, placed in the “constellation of Orion” at the “seven stars of Orion”.
( to this day – named Orion THE HUNTER, because Nimrod was a great Hunter )
Above Orion’s left shoulder is a black hole called “Seventh Heaven” a place where God abodes surrounded by his Angels, living in perfect Peace & Harmony.
The bible says in Revelations chapter 1 verse 20; The seven stars are the Angels of the Seven Churches and the “Minora” seven candlesticks which thou saw, are the Seven Churches.
( If lies are repeated often enough, they will be accepted as the truth )


Joshua Tilghman December 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm


Thanks for the comment, but I’m a little confused…Are you saying that one of the black holes in the universe is the abode of God? What about the other black holes? Who or what do they house?


richard June 26, 2014 at 3:21 am

John, when are you going to open a teaching center, you’re spot on with everything, you have great insight and should eventually teach the dummed down masses what you know, I really like the job you did on the chakras. You could be the next bill Donahue.



Joshua Tilghman July 9, 2014 at 11:35 am


Thanks for the encouragement. To be honest, for right now I just enjoy writing quietly in my spare time, and I couldn’t hold a candle to Bill Donahue. He’s an excellent teacher.


christian kanu March 15, 2015 at 6:48 am

your idea is great, and i buy them. but this means of energy transmutation are beyond the reach of the vast mass, they in whom, especially, christ is interested. This leaves the road accessible to the well off and connected, otherwise the secrete societies. is there not a flaw in the system? has not the devil coned these well intended means of spiritual attainment to his service, allowing passes to only those who will help him to oppose christ?.


Joshua Tilghman March 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Christian, this would seem to be the case, but I believe one begins to seek the path when they are ready, mostly after some hard experiences in life.


David October 18, 2015 at 12:13 am

From a practical perspective, we must realize the Christ within us. The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. We must go in our closet….. Now if why would we call a place a closet without a house? We must make the new man our dwelling place(Psalms 90:1-2). And this new man is within us or within our closets. We are the house of God and his spirit dwells within us. That Spirit is the new man or renewed mind set aka Christ consciousness. This is where we call home. It’s where infinite love for spiritual progression exist! We plant our egos in the ground, we’ll see the Salvation of Christ. This is the light of our Salvation. We must become the christ or christ was made flesh and dwelt among us(me). As the Christ, we walk in spirit and in truth. As we make Christ Mind or Consciousness our home, we are putting on righteousness. The ego(The I) transmutes as a caterpillars change into butterflies. Amen! Peace Love and light.


Steve Larson April 18, 2016 at 1:41 am

Sharing a True Story of long ago. The 7 Heads of The Dragon. Counting 3 and 4 is 313 of the 7 Lost Churches of Christ. From the Rose California….the Time is Now. Love RA. Light Please share this with whom you please, as it is…


Ronald July 28, 2016 at 1:11 am


Does kundalini rise through the 7 chakras one at a time, starting at the root and ending at the crown? (This is new to me even though I first heard the word chakra as I was channel surfing in the early 90’s and came across a Depak Chopra show on PBS.)

Can kundalini get stuck along the way and reside for a time in one particular chakra and then get released to the next chakra as a person attains a higher degree of consciousness? This is confusing to me at my level of spiritual understanding. I guess I want to know if kundalini rises in a split second through all the chakras like a fuse being lit and not stopping until it explodes.


Musky December 9, 2016 at 10:21 pm

From my understanding, kundalini can be clogged at a certain chakra. This can actually create physical pain in the body and is called a “kundalini crisis”. Kundalini is a powerful energy. If the body is not fully prepared for it, it may take some time for the body to adjust and to be cleansed and purified. It takes healing of that chakra to allow the kundalini to pass and proceed on to the next. Like I said, this is my understanding of it.


Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Musky, again, very true.


David Gantt October 11, 2016 at 3:35 pm

The Chakra’s have a connection with the Armor of God… For an example: “Girdle your loins with truth.” This armor protects our security feeling grounded. The truth keeps us secured and grounded. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”-Proverbs 3:5-6… This is why must root to our first love. This is the Rock(Solid Truth) of our Salvation(Completion). #Mediation for Root Chakra Work✌✌✌✌


Steve Larson December 7, 2016 at 1:12 am


Revelations Chapter 2:1 states:

“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks…”

This is 313; the Ephesus is the midst of the 7 Lost Churches of Christ. The Heart-Kingdom of God is LOVE…Anahata. Anahata is the Church of Ephesus, the Heart Chakra. Thy first Love!
A True Story of long ago: This Story started out in Roseville Ca. August 8, 1986…to Auburn Ca. This is a Very, Spiritual Encounter! All of the surrounding areas of Sacramento were a contributing factor to this story….for the people who are mentioned all played their part in the life of this Book that was never published, but is on the World Wide Web for all to read. http://www.7headsofdragon.com This is a True Story of long ago… A door is about to open.

This is the 7 Lost Churches of Christ….313


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