The Pleasure of Your Chakras
The Pleasure of Your Chakras—Conscious Living
By Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak
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 self-love and love for family, friends and pets.
We tend to regard the Chakras only as psychospiritual energy centres but they can also be a source of pleasure for us as they relate to the 5 physical senses. We can experience synesthesia with the chakras when the senses fuse together resulting in a multi-sensory experience. The title of the book “The Man Who Tasted Shapes” by Richard Cytowic MD is a great descriptor for the neuropsychological phenomena known as synesthesia. Cytowic defines synesthesia as 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 is just beginning to be adapted to the vibrational arts in holistic healing. In this article, we’ll explore the many modalities which are associated with the senses that help to clear, activate and balance the chakras. We will even go beyond the 5 senses to include the 6th sense for each chakra. 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 your chakras allow yourself to be creative and don’t just limit yourself to one modality. Experiment by blending these modalities or following the recipes and potions for “Chakra Synesthesia” which will activate your chakras and enliven your senses. Depending on how you sense the world and on the current state of your chakras you will favour some of the modalities over others. Also, be intuitive – what works for you one day may not be as effective the next.
Base Chakra Blend
The base chakra is about feeling grounded, secure, safe and coming from 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 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 your male and female energies, being in touch with your feelings, the flow of life and your sensuality and sexuality. As the artist Sark would say, “eat juicy mangos naked”. Take up Latin or belly dancing. Shake a rain stick or an ocean drum to feel the ebb and flow of life. Just above your pubic bone, visualize an orange pyramid and chant “vam.” Sniff 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 chakra 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. Reiki or giving someone a healing massage will balance this chakra. A rose quartz necklace will help to keep your 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. Now of course red wine, as the French know, when drunk in moderation, is good for the heart in more ways than one.
Throat Chakra Tonic
The part of you that is creative, expresses and has a voice lives in this chakra. Turquoise, a popular Native American stone, helps you to open up these abilities. Visualize the colour blue in an inverted pyramid at this chakra and chant “ham”. Try blowing an ocarina whistle on another to help them open this chakra. Chamomile tea with honey will relax your vocal chords to sing. The spiritual gift is clairparlance or inspirational speaking. Visualize a field of lavender to take in its scent.
Third Eye Energizer
Our brow chakra bestows us with intuition, imagination, clarity and vision. Lapis Lazuli, a stone of the ancient Egyptians will help you 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 you to clear a foggy mind. Its spiritual gift is clairvoyance - receiving divine guidance in the form of images. To enhance contemplation, sip some black berry tea.
Crown Chakra Connector
Our connection to the Divine, higher self and higher purpose are the many facets of this chakra. Amethyst, chanting ‘ng’, visualizing the colour purple within the shape of an oval will stretch you to greater heights. The scent of frankincense and the otherworldly sound of crystal singing and Tibetan bowls will also take you there. Spring water helps us 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 does not have to be just a spiritual experience but is far more interesting when we embrace and blend the six senses. “See me, feel me, touch me, heal me” by “The Who” ought to become holistic practitioner’s song to best describe the healing powers of the synesthesia experience. And may February be a pleasurable and sensual month for you!
Gord Riddell and Kathy Ryndak are therapists and 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, Coaching and psychospiritual courses through a 10-part program “Discovering the Total Self”. For more information on these programs, call the College at 416-484-0454 or toll free 1-800-TAC-SELF or visit www.transformationalarts.com. To receive our monthly e-newsletter email firstname.lastname@example.org