A vibrant spirit and healing garden blooming with flowers in the seven colors of the Chakras, beginning at the base, with a red rose symbolizing the Root Chakra, the energy of passion, instinct, survival and security. Moving upward to the orange poppy, which is the Sacral Chakra, the energy of life force, creativity, and expression. Next is the yellow lily, symbolizing the Solar Plexus Chakra, which is the psychic center of our emotions and reactions. Upward to the green daisy, symbolizing the Heart Chakra, radiating the energy of healing, nature, and re-growth. Next is the blue iris, symbolizing the Throat Chakra, energy of communication and emotional balance, and moving upward to the indigo iris, symbolizing the Third Eye Chakra, the energy of inner vision and intuition. And finally to the violet orchid, symbolizing the Crown Chakra, the highest energy and source of divine love, and connection to the Universe.
This is the first in a series of healing artwork focusing on the Chakra energy centers and colors.
Hope you enjoy. :o)
Aug 16, 2011 12:04:47 pmby magnus073 Homepage »
Carol, this is such a splendid work of art you created my friend. I love your version of the chakra's here as presenting them in this Healing Garden format is more appealing for myself than their normal presentation represented by wheels or simple flower patterns.
Aug 17, 2011 1:08:29 amby jif3d Homepage »
I remember the book Shirley Maclaine wrote 'Going Within' with all the 7 Chakras explained, pretty kool how they have their own colours and meditations and I really like how you have portrayed them and she even looks a bit like her !
Very well done & ~Cheers~
Aug 31, 2011 3:24:41 pmby anahata.c Online Now! Homepage »
First, Carol, it's a great pleasure to see the chakras represented with a woman rather than the usual male that has accompanied chakra-representations for centuries. Secondly, it's wonderful to see the chakras not as the usual flat-flowered representations, but as living & immensely alive & sensually transforming organisms. And you don't capture her sitting in one of the usual monolithic postures (there are so many examples), but with one leg out---which, aside from any associations w/ yogic postures, is purely, simply the act of gently reaching into the cosmos & becoming one with it. The meditating soul isn't separate of the cosmos, but one with it, melding into it, growing in & out of it. Even the statement that the cosmos is in us doesn't contradict this: Your vision says that the cosmos is opulently growing out of her, blooming in all places around her, and---as a part of her deep presence---protecting her, in turn. There's a fluid swirl between inner & outer in this painting: That's a very welcome sight.
Your first chakra here is radiantly red & blooming, making the fundament of earth & physical reality deeply undulant & aflame. And she holds the poppy, the place of liquid & the first emanation of energy out of solid matter; and, instead of the chakra 'inhabiting' her, she holds it gently, letting it be, but also protecting it---her soul is 'giving' us the chakras, gently handing them into the universe for us to partake-in, even as she remains in deep inner silence. This is so important, because even in the depths of inner silence, one can give the cosmos. That's what I see here. The solar plexus (the "manipura," city of jewels) is radiant yellow here, like a great sunburst of bathing energy which is how the spiritual belly & creator of heat & energy should look. She, again, holds it. The anahata (my sitename-sake) is not just the green flower, but a luminous green & more petaled than the usual representations, which is as it should be, as the spiritual heart is the vast meeting ground of all spirit, of upper & lower, and the great giver of love to all above it. In meditation, I've often seen the anahata as a vast way-station, like a heart the size of a city, in which all beings come & go, and under whose endless showers & falls (like water-falls) all can be bathed. You may know that "anahata" means "unstruck," as in sound that is made without any 'striking', or pure sound, pure silence, the sound of silence...(Hakuin: The sound of a single hand clapping...) And when I call myself "anahata.c" here, I mean only to aspire to that chakra, not that I've achieved the light & balance it represents. (The "c," as you might have guessed, is for "chakra".) But here it's surrounded by a glow---one of your typical inner glows that fill your art and give a sense of transcendent energies coming from your creatures & plant worlds & visions. It makes her glow, there, as if her body were translucent, which an illumined body should be. (You've given a reddish hue around the muladhara/root chakra too, just as there's a glow around her heart area; and some ochre/pink around her swadhisthana/sacral chakra. These are already known traits in your art, and you've used them here to spread the chakras' lights into their surroundings.)
Then the throat chakra---vishuddha/purified---which you've shown not as a single flower but a lei of them, a garland organically growing into a profusion of the third-eye flowers---wonderful---the third-eye not just present on the forehead, but organically reaching out all around her head. (Ajna---this chakra---may have, as its root, "jna" which means "knowing"---forgive me if I tell you things you already know. But if this etymology is correct, "jna" is the right word as it's cognate with our western "kno" from knowing or even gnosis, etc.)
And finally the final chakra, the sahasrara, the thousand petaled lotus (thousand probably = infinite), which you've spread onto and all around her crown, as a deeply growing profusion of flowers rather than the usual "flat & matted" lotus often seen in books on meditation. And the lotus---the flower that is said to represent our humanity since it grows in the swamp but reaches to the heavens---has been turned into a glorious crown of petals, flaming into the universe with lights burning inside the leaves like a hearth inside a home. The power may be infinite, but it's contained within this beautiful garden & therefore approachable by us. Hers, to my eye, is an eminently approachable journey from root to the highest; and in its sensuality, it's eminently embraceable. We can hug it with our whole souls...
In a way, this is a wholly Carol vision of the sacred journey; it's transcendent but filled with sensual love-filled growth in all quarters, which is as the chakras should be felt, I think. And 'Shiva & Shakti' can be seen, here, more as a union of flowering throughout the image, rather than two separate powers where one seeks the other. I like that a great deal. I have to stop here (this took a lot of time, lol!) but I'll visit over the coming days. There's something very poetic about coming back to RR soon after you started to post this series. Exquisite opulent work, and a vision made 'flesh' by your flaming eye. Beautiful. (And I'll be answering my mails too, all to come...)