The wonderful story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was one of my Biblical childhood favorites. I was fascinated with the prospect of someone being consumed by fire but not getting hurt by it. As the story goes, these three men were casts into a blazing furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon, for refusing to fall down and worship the golden statue he had built. The heat of this fiery furnace was so intense that it even killed the king’s men who tossed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego inside. And what happened to our heroes? They walked around in the inferno unscathed. What’s more, a fourth angelic figure suddenly appears in the fire with them. Nebuchadnezzar even states that the visage of this angelic figure “…is like the son of God.”
Because of my traditional Christian upbringing, I was taught that the preincarnate Jesus appeared in the fiery furnace and protected them from harm. But that raised some questions for this naturally inquisitive kid: why did God come down to protect some—such as Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego—and yet today he lets other believers die all the time? I was told that we can’t always understand why God does things the way he does. And that was the end of it. Even though it didn’t sit right with me, I tried to accept what I was told.
Now I know better. So let’s discuss what this story is really about!
We get our first clue after Nebuchadnezzar declares his punishment for our three heroes when they refuse to bow to the king’s idol. I quote from the book of Daniel below:
“Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was wont to be heated” (Daniel 3:19).
I have placed the word seven above in bold because it is our first clue. Why does the king say to heat the furnace seven times its usual heat?
It is common knowledge among many adherents of Christianity that the number seven represents completion. However, what is not common knowledge is the reason why. It has everything to do with the Bible’s mystical origins and the completion of something that happens in man. More on this in a moment, but first…
The seven in-body chakras
There are seven main chakras inside every human body. Chakras are simply invisible access points where cosmic energy and consciousness is both received and disseminated to the body. They regulate the health of our emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual makeup. They are located along the human spine (tree of life), extending from its base upwards to above the head. Valerie V. Hunt, Ed.D., has studied the chakras at the University of California (Los Angeles) and stated that their affects and even auric color are established on facts and research, not subjective conjecture. All well and good. But I am much more impressed with the fact that chakras were so well known in the ancient world across so many different religions. And yes, Judaism and Christianity are included in this list. The Bible is full of verses on the chakras; those verses are just veiled like every other spiritual truth in the Bible. In Ezekiel they are described as spinning wheels of light. In Revelations they are the seven churches and the seven seals.
So if chakras are access points for receiving and disseminating cosmic energy and consciousness, what exactly is this cosmic energy and consciousness? Throughout history it has been known by many titles: In Christianity it is the Holy Spirit; in Buddhism and Hinduism it has been called chi, prana, and kundalini. For now we’ll stick with Kundalini. Kundalini comes from the Sanskrit word kundala, which means “coiled.” Kunda is also associated with the meaning, “to burn.” Also known as liquid fire and liquid light, kundalini is nothing less than the cosmic life force of the universe. When the person is ready, kundalini energy travels up the spine, cleansing and opening each chakra it reaches. This energy culminates at the 7th chakra which leads to enlightenment and self-realization as cosmic consciousness and energy has truly touched the individual’s entire holy temple (body, heart and brain).
Kundalini is more popularly known as Serpent Energy because in its dormant state it resides coiled up at the base of the spine and perineum area, resembling a snake. When activated it “rises up” the spine to the top of the head bringing spiritual, emotional, mental, and even physical healing. Now you may understand the scripture from Exodus where Moses had to lift up the brazen serpent upon a pole, and all the Israelites who looked at it were healed.
When I say kundalini energy brings mental, emotional, and physical healing to the body I am ultimately referring to the fact that this process manifests the divine within us, for after this experience, we are led by spirit and not the emotions and intellect. Biblically speaking, being led from the emotions and intellect (EGO) leads to death, whereas being led from the Holy Spirit leads to life. By killing the ego, we lose our life as Jesus instructed, and gain eternal life in return. Eternal life is simply complete self-realization (i.e., becoming ONE with God).
So how do the chakras and cosmic consciousness connect to the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Remember that King Nebuchadnezzar wanted the furnace heated seven times its usual heat (kind of silly if you think about this literally)! Also remember that there are seven main in-body chakras along the spine and above the head.
In the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, each of these men represents our lower nature and ego: the physical being, our intellect, and emotions. When the king had the furnace heated seven times, this represents the liquid fire (kundalini) rising through the seven chakras of our holy temples. We have already discussed this result, but in order for you to see how it relates to our Bible story in Daniel, you need to think about the fourth angelic figure that appeared in the fire with our three heroes. This is the same figure that Nebuchadnezzar said “…is like the son of God.” That fourth figure in the fire is symbolic of the divine mind (spirit / kindalini) in control over the lower nature of man. We can also say it is the preincarnate Christ since Christ also represents the fully realized divine man that is within each one of us. Ultimately, the kundalini experience can be said to manifest the “Christ within.”
So far we can break this story down as such:
- The furnace is heated seven times. There are seven chakras in the body.
- Kundalini is associated with “burning,” and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are placed in a “burning” furnace.
- Kundalini “burns” (cleanses and opens) the seven chakras, effectively taking control over the intellect and emotions, and the divine mind (spirit) is now leading the individual.
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego represent the physical body, our intellect, and our emotions (collectively comprising the EGO) which are killed off, manifesting the Christ within.
I now want you to note that the entire story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego happens in Daniel chapter three. In the next chapter we have more confirmations that the entire narrative is about establishing the Christ within through the kundalini experience. Remember that Nebuchadnezzar made the golden idol to be worshiped? This represents idolatry, which is to worship anything outside of the truth within you. (Jesus said the kingdom is “within” you). So what happens to Nebuchadnezzar as a result? In the very next chapter of Daniel, I quote the scripture below:
“While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the bests of the field: they shall make thee as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, unto thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men…”
I want you to notice two things here. Nebuchadnezzar has to eat grass like an ox. The ox always represents the physical / lower nature of man’s mind in the Bible. And you probably noticed that the number seven is repeated again! Nebuchadnezzar has to eat grass like an animal for seven years! Why? Because he was operating from the lower nature of the intellect and emotions (EGO) by declaring himself (again, the EGO) as God. Remember he made a statue of himself?! How much more egotistical can you get than that? After seven years of eating grass we are to understand that his animal nature had been purged. And that is exactly what happened:
“And at the end of days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned to me, and I blessed the most High, and praised an honored him that liveth forever…and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honor and brightness returned unto me, and my counselors and my lords (thoughts and emotions) sought unto me (were subdued), and I was established in mine kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me” (Daniel 4:34-36).
The above verse is symbolic of the divine mind now ruling over the intellect and emotions of Nebuchadnezzar.
How does this knowledge help you?
I believe and teach that the entire Bible was written to explain your holy temple—the body and brain—which houses the mind.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? (1 Cor. 6:19).
It is time to rest the Bible from the traditions of men and understand its true meaning and spiritual intent once again, just as the earliest church fathers and Gnostics did thousands of years ago. It is truly a divine roadmap for the soul, but tradition has rendered its message powerless. By understanding the spiritual message underneath the literal interpretation, we can find practical spiritual advice.
In order to stir up your kundalini energy for an awakening, you must meditate! Meditation is a way of preparing yourself. The very act of meditation alone brings physical, emotional, and mental changes to the body. Everybody is not ready; perhaps meditation does not mean much for you now. That’s okay. Begin anyway! In time, with a little perseverance, meditation will become one of your favorite things to do. I plan to write some articles on Biblical meditation soon. Until then, browse the internet if you’re not sure how to meditate. Although there are many different ways to meditate, most of them can bring some benefit. As you’ll soon see with future articles, meditation is key, and it is how to truly enter the “kingdom within.”
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