Conscious Living: Exploring the Pleasure of Your ChakrasGord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak RSS February 1, 2015
Exploring the Pleasure of Your Chakras
Since many of us get the February blues, this is a good month to pamper ourselves, practice self-love, and celebrate our loved ones on Valentine’s Day. This day does not just have to be about romantic love but can include self-love, and love for family, friends, and pets.
We tend to regard the Chakras as psychospiritual energy centres only, but they can also be a source of pleasure as they relate to the five physical senses. We can experience something called synesthesia with the chakras when the senses fuse together, resulting in a multi-sensory experience. In the book, The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Richard Cytowic MD describes the neuropsychological phenomena known as synesthesia – a “joined sensation when two or more senses are coupled such that a voice, for example, is not only heard but perhaps also felt, seen, smelled, and tasted.”
Synesthesia has only recently been introduced and adapted to holistic healing in the vibrational arts. Here, we’ll explore the many modalities associated with the senses that help to clear, activate, and balance the chakras. We will even go beyond the chakras’ five senses to include the sixth sense. The sense of sight will be represented by colour and shape; smell by aromatherapy; hearing by sound/musical instruments; touch by crystals or movement; taste by herbal teas or juices; and finally the sixth sense by gifts of spirit.
When working with the chakras, it is best to allow creativity to flow and to not limit yourself to one modality. Experiment by blending modalities or by following the recipes and potions for ‘Chakra Synesthesia’, which will activate the chakras and enliven the senses. Depending upon how you sense the world and the current state of your chakras, you will favour some modalities over others. Be intuitive – what works for you one day may not be as effective the next.
Base Chakra Blend
The base chakra is all about feeling grounded, secure, safe, and coming from a prosperity consciousness. To access the base chakra, visualize the colour red in the shape of a cube. Breathe in the scent of myrrh and hold a ruby or hematite on your tailbone. Chant the seed sound “lam” to activate this chakra; stomp your feet to the beat of a frame drum, and shake rattles to get things moving. If you need to ground, drink beet juice. The base chakra’s spiritual gift is our connection to Mother Earth and the instinct to know when we are safe or in danger.
The sexual chakra concerns the balance of male and female energies, being in touch with feelings, the flow of life, and your sensuality and sexuality. As the artist Sark says, “Eat juicy mangos, naked.” Take up Latin dancing or belly dancing. Shake a rain stick or an ocean drum to feel the ebb and flow of life. Visualize an orange pyramid just above the pubic bone, and chant “vam.” Inhale the scents of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. This chakra’s spiritual gift is intuiting when we have great chemistry or animation with another. Place a carnelian stone on this area and enjoy the energies of this chakra.
Solar Plexus Potion
Your warrior lives in this chakra, giving you a sense of empowerment, self-esteem, identity, and boundaries. Start to move your warrior to the rhythms of an African djembe or drum to feel your power. Chant “ram” and visualize the colour of a yellow sphere to anchor the energy of this chakra. The scent of juniper will balance this chakra and grapefruit juice or peppermint tea will perk things up. Honouring your gut feelings or hunches is the gift of this chakra.
Giving and receiving love, harmony, and balance as well as self-love are the qualities of this chakra. Providing someone with Reiki or healing massage will balance this chakra. A rose quartz necklace will help to keep the heart open. Visualize the colour green with the shape of a crescent moon at your heart and chant “yam”. The music of the flute, a soft jingle of bells, or the angelic music of a harp fosters a softening of the heart. When you want to come from a loving space, the scent of geranium helps as well as drinking rose petal tea. The spiritual gift of this chakra is clairsentience or an intuitive feeling about someone.
And of course – as the French know – red wine, when drunk in moderation, is good for the heart in more ways than one.
Throat Chakra Tonic
The part of you that is creative, expressive, and has a voice lives in this chakra. Turquoise, a popular Native American stone, helps to open up these abilities. Visualize the colour blue in an inverted pyramid at this chakra and chant “ham”. Blowing an ocarina whistle on someone can help them to open this chakra. Chamomile tea with honey will relax the vocal chords for singing. The spiritual gift of this chakra is clairparlance or inspirational speaking. Visualize a field of lavender to take in its scent.
Third Eye Energizer
The brow chakra bestows us with intuition, imagination, clarity, and vision. Lapis Lazuli, a stone of the ancient Egyptians, will help to develop these qualities. Chant “om” while visualizing the colour indigo in the shape of a pentagram at this chakra. The scent of ‘Immortelle’ reminds us that our souls live forever. The Tibetan sound of “tingshas” will help to clear a foggy mind. The spiritual gift of this chakra is clairvoyance – receiving divine guidance in the form of images. To enhance contemplation, sip some blackberry tea.
Crown Chakra Connector
Our connection to the Divine, higher self, and higher purpose are the attributes of this chakra. Amethyst, chanting ‘ng’, and visualizing the colour purple within the shape of an oval will stretch you to greater heights. The scent of frankincense, and the other-worldly sound of crystal singing and Tibetan bowls will also take you there. Spring water helps to purify, and linden blossom tea assists in entering a meditative state. The gift of this chakra is claircognizance or an inner knowingness.
As you can see, working with the chakras need not be limited to a spiritual experience; it’s far more interesting when we embrace and blend the six senses. “See me, feel me, touch me, heal me” – lyrics by The Who – ought to become the holistic practitioner’s song to best describe the healing powers of the synesthesia experience. May February be a pleasurable and sensual month for you!
Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak are co-founders of the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual and Holistic Training. The College offers professional training programs in Spiritual Psychotherapy, Spiritual Director, Holistic Health, and Coaching. For more information or for a course calendar, call 416-484-0454 or 1-800-TAC-SELF, or visit www.transformationalarts.com. To receive their monthly e-newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org