Book Review – Wheels of Light
Wheels of Light: Chakras, Auras, and the Healing Energy of the Body
By Rosalyn L. Bruyere
Fireside 1994 $14.00 US
Reviewer: Nicholas Graham
My interests of late have mostly involved energy work of one form or another, primarily those taught in Franz Bardon’s Initiation into Hermetics. Bardon only briefly mentions the chakras. When I encountered Bardon’s quick overview, I realized that I had very little information on the chakra system. An entry in Bill Whitcomb’s fantastic The Magician’s Companion\, a bit in Blavatsky, and a re-envisioning of the chakras in Robert Bruce’s Astral Dynamics was really about it. One of my magical goals is to become an effective healer. It is my opinion that a solid foundation in the chakras is essential to powerful, pinpointed healing magic. As such, I really wanted to find a book that could give me such a foundation along practical lines rather than theoretical, and certainly without a lot of the New Age baggage and Theosophical white-washing that often comes along for the ride.
In Wheels of Light, I could not have found a more perfect book for my needs. The book provides a practical introduction to the chakras, but does not stop there. Drawing from a great deal of research, Bruyere provides a multicultural view of the role of Kundalini in the mystery traditions, spiritual practices, healing methods, and initiatory rites of cultures as far afield (geographically) as the Hopi and the Egyptians. Snake symbolism is examined thoroughly within Hindu, Egyptian, Greek, and Hopi mythology. Of particular interest to me are the connections made by Bruyere between Kundalini and Hermetics, as well as the re-emerging Goddess worship.
The primary focus of Wheels of Light, however, is not anthropology or archeology, but healing. Bruyere clearly speaks from direct experience, and even provides a great deal of biological science to back up her techniques. A great many extremely useful guidelines and methods are dropped throughout the book, and the final chapter is entirely devoted to energy treatments for certain common and severe illnesses from bacterial infections to cancer and AIDS. Throughout, Bruyere maintains a positive and optimistic attitude about the subject, but keeps her feet firmly on the ground by discussing the biological facts and the necessary medical treatments that should go on side by side with magical healing.
All in all, Wheels of Light provides an enjoyable, at times challenging, and very inspiring read for anybody interested in chakras, Kundalini, or the possibilities of energy healing.
Review ©2007 Nicholas Graham. Edited by Nicholas Graham and Sheta Kaey