This photo is of the music room at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow.
We’ve had a wonderful ‘arty’ time, visiting Glasgow’s galleries with special focus on the work of renowned Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his artist wife Margaret MacDonald. What I have seen has prompted me to think about which Chakras are affected by different types of visual stimuli. You may think it would be Third Eye and Heart Chakras that are most responsive to this - the Third Eye being concerned with visions and the Heart with emotional responses to beauty and form (or its opposite). However, I’ve been realizing more and more just how the Chakra system works as a whole.
For example how does a painting or building or actual landscape (rural or urban) affect our Root chakras? Does what we are looking at make us feel more connected to the planet, more excited about being in our physical bodies? And our gut feelings at the Sacral - does what we are seeing turn us on, so to speak? Does it give us pleasure? At the Solar Plexus we may experience ourselves thinking ‘could I ever achieve that?’ So easy to compare ourselves less favourably to the achievements of others. At the Throat we might ask ourselves “How do I talk about my experience of seeing something new, or what is it that the artist, architect or gardener etc. is communicating to me. Of course, for me, at the Crown chakra I experience the wonder of what I have seen; an awe - especially if what has been created has a definite spiritual purpose, such as a religious building or a place where light has been used consciously to lift the spirit.
These were my personal responses to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Gallery, Pollok House, and House for an Art Lover. How about giving a few moments to think about where you have been this weekend and how your chakra system has been in action? Even if you have spent it at home your energies will have been processing - perhaps re-balancing through rest or meditation, perhaps stimulated by your own creative endeavors. If you have been feeling down or unhappy think about which chakras were struggling and what internal dialogue you may have been having that has kept you feeling this way.
Easter, in the Christian tradition, is as we know about death - sacrifice - and rebirth. Jesus was said to have spent Easter Saturday, or rather the time between his death and his resurrection, in a dark place, possibly hell itself, before returning to the light reborn. Whatever any of us are facing in our lives right now being mindful of our chakras helps us keep focused on transformation. If we’ve been in a negative place within ourselves, connecting with, clearing and balancing our chakras helps us return to the light over and over again. And external visual beauty is one way of helping us feel good on the inside.
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Family Constellations & the Chakras, Saturday July 28th 10am-4.30pm £75
Chakras & Food, Saturday July 7th, 3-6pm £50
Family Constellations & the Chakras, Sunday 10th June 10am-4.30pm £85
Trees & the Chakras, Saturday April 14th 3-6pm £50
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