Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea: The Chakras of Our Upper Body Temple

by Joshua Tilghman on June 11, 2013


5th ChakraIn the last post we discussed the churches of Revelations that made up our lower body temple. Now we will look at the last three churches that make up our upper body temple.


The church of Sardis relates to the throat chakra. Traditionally, this chakra has been associated with hearing and speech. The Bible has much to say about these two aspects of our humanity. If you attended vacation Bible School as a child, you may remember a song containing the line, “Be careful little ears what you hear.” Most people experience life relatively unconsciously, so whatever they put into the human conscious experience will be regurgitated, particularly through speech. It cannot be denied that what we say comes from the heart. Our speech says a lot about what we have become and who we are. It is interesting that this chakra is associated with the thyroid gland which produces hormones responsible for growth and maturation. Therefore as kundalini moves up the spine through the region of the neck and throat, we mature spiritually through the purification in our thoughts, actions, and speech.

Jesus begins his address of the church of Sardis in Revelations 3:1:

“And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God” (Rev. 3:1-2).

Make note of the fact that “name” in Revelations 3:1 refers to authority or Character. It’s a derivative of the Greek word pronounced ghin-oce’-ko, which means be aware, known, perceive, speak, understand.”

Jesus is speaking to the authority and character of our entire being, which is contained in right speech and action. Jesus addresses Sardis as he that has the seven Spirits (completeness of God) because our speech comes from the heart and entirety of who we are. Proverbs tells us that the power of life and death is in the tongue. That’s why it’s so important to both think and speak life. Jesus also tells Sardis that in order to strengthen what remains within, it must be purified by death. This is the death of our character in exchange for His—i.e., higher consciousness. This will produce right action, speech, and holiness, which is associated with the color white in scripture. A few verses down Jesus states:

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white rainment…” (Rev. 3:5).


The church of Philadelphia pertains to the 6th chakra. Many books and websites will state that the 6th chakra is associated with the pituitary gland. I believe this is true, but my research has led me to believe that you cannot leave out the Pineal gland when speaking of this area since the awakening of Third Eye, or Single Eye as Jesus refers to it, happens through the joining of the essences of both glands in the third ventricle of brain. This is the divine marriage spoken about in ancient scriptures. That being said, we’ll focus more on the pituitary gland for the moment.

Of this church, Jesus states:

“And to the angel in the church of Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth; I know they works: behold, I have set before thee and open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and has kept my word, and no denied my name. Because thou has kept the word of my patience, I will keep thee from the hour of temptation…Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God…” (Rev 3:7-11).

The sixth chakra is traditionally associated with wisdom and the seat of the mind. This door that Jesus opens is the beginning to higher consciousness and the establishment of one as a pillar in the house of God. Learning patience through meditation and living in the now is crucial to opening this chakra. We walk through the door that Jesus has opened here through these two methods of action. By living these actions, we continue to keep the word of his patience and will eventually overcome so that we may be established as a pillar in the house of God.


The church of Laodicea pertains to the seventh or crown chakra. It is traditionally associated with the pineal gland. Jesus gives an interesting description about this church. He states:

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things say the Amen, the faithful and the true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would that thou were cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:14-16).

It is said that when one opens the crown chakra you enter into enlightenment or cosmic consciousness and true union with God. Before the opening of this chakra, it is neither hot nor cold. In other words, since this is the highest spiritual center of the body, when it is closed it is essentially inactive or dead. Therefore Jesus describes it as lukewarm, which is a temperature that really isn’t desirable or useful for anything—it’s potential is in danger of being completely discarded if it is not awakened. It is also interesting to note that Jesus doesn’t admonish this church to further develop or purify any special qualities. That’s because this spiritual center is either active or it isn’t. Either you’re in communion with God or you’re not. Consider Jesus’ next statement about the church of Laodicea:

“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…” (Rev. 3:17).

Jesus is basically comparing this church to the same state of being that Adam and Eve were in as they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. They were naked, miserable, seemingly wretched, and had died spiritually. This makes complete sense; the death that God promised would come to man through the eating of the tree of knowledge was a spiritual death where spiritual wholeness was compromised for the sake of experience. Until this chakra is opened we cannot see this. We are essentially blind to spiritual wholeness and union with God until enlightenment is directly experienced. This explains a very misunderstood scripture following Psalm 82:6. I’ll quote verse six below as well:

“I have said ye are Gods; and all of ye children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes” (Psalm 82: 6-7).

How can one essentially be a God but still die like a man? The answer is simple: although we are all essentially a God since we come from spiritual wholeness, we shall still die like men unless this spiritual center is awakened by His Holy Spirit (kundalini). And we fall like princes because even though the prince has a right to inherit his father the king’s throne, an early death may take that opportunity away. Similarly we all have the right to experience wholeness and communion with God, but when we fail to raise kundalini, we will simply reincarnate after physical death. This is like the falling of a prince who had the opportunity to inherit it all, but it never came to fruition.

A few verses later Jesus states to the Laodiceans:

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire (kundalini or Holy Spirit), that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness does not appear…” (Rev. 3:18)

Adam and Eve did not feel shame in their nakedness when they walked in spiritual wholeness with God. They only became ashamed (had knowledge of their separation from God) once they had partaken of knowledge gained through experience. Remember, this is referring to a spiritual state, not a literal naked body. When kundalini rises up the spine and into the brain, there will be no more spiritual blindness to your true nature. You will be spiritually naked again without shame, because the nakedness of Adam and Eve before the fall represented purity and freedom from the lower nature of the mind. You will also be rich, not with material goods, but with true spiritual awareness.

Closing thoughts

Jesus’ warning to the churches is the key to awakening a state of union with God directly through our bodies in the here and now. Contrary to popular Christian opinion, you do not go to heaven forever upon death. You have the opportunity to enter that communion with Him in the life that you are living now. Reincarnation will also bring that opportunity about again, but you must go through another round of rebirth and suffering for that opportunity! While all of us might not gain enlightenment in this lifetime, we should begin the path.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin Walrath June 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

Glad to see another post Josh! I’m sure you’re busy with summer classes I assume? I think it is wonderful how you’re making a difference in the world by not only clearing the air to scriptures on here, but helping shape the young minds of the future in the classroom as well.

I like how you explained the lukewarmness of Laodicea. Not only does the term lukewarm represent whether it’s either activated or not, but I’ve also come to find that it also signifies how one could become content with the level one has achieved once activating the crown chakra with the sense of Nirvana/Heaven. I’ve read plenty of gnostic explanations on how there is much more work once the physical body of chakras is unified. The next would be the ether body to which the same process must be done in the newly completed superior body in order to advance to the astral body, causal, and so forth until one achieves Buddha, and then ultimately achieve Christ. That’s what I believe the next sections of Revelation go on to disclose…I hope to see your interpretation on these as well in future posts!

It just goes to show that even once the crown chakra is activated, the work is far from complete. It is truly a life long work, if not multiple lifetimes through the rebirth cycle. I’m confident that if the entire work is incomplete upon physical death, that person is reincarnated with a majority of their former works intact to which they can make further progress in the process. I think of this when I hear of psychics/mediums who have no idea how they hold these powers, but certainly do as if obtained in a former life. Although I’m not sure on this, it’s very intriguing to say the least!


Joshua Tilghman June 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Hello Kevin. I’m not busy with summer classes, but I am busy studying and writing. I am actually contemplating writing a novel this summer. I had originally planned on using all my spare time for the blog, and I do plan to keep it up, but I probably won’t be posting as often as I would like. I am also using more time for meditation and family as well. By the way, I hope your blog is going well! It certainly sounds like your spiritual journey is.

I completely agree about our work never being complete. Buddhist believe in the law of impermanence. Everything is in a constant state of change. I believe this applies to us and always will. We will always evolve spiritually physically and spiritually simply because existence is about change.

Your explanation on the rest of Revelations is very similar to what’s taught in Theosophy. Have you looked into it much? There are definitely many levels to consciousness and the bodies that allow consciousness to manifest!



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