The images show a solitary, meditating figure in different environments. Each setting corresponds to the ancient metaphysical energy system within the body, known as "chakras".
I am not a chakra meditation practitioner, so I approached this as a metaphorical work of art. I've finally decided to post the "Chakra Ascension" series, for other people to contemplate.
I'll be introducing a new image every day, from now until the Summer Solstice- June 21, 2014.
*Now that it's complete, here is a link to the whole series. There's also a free e-book version that can be downloaded at this link :
by Paul Micarelli
Scroll down for the description of Chakra 2, Svadhisthana.
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This image represents the 2nd level of Ascension- the Sacral Chakra, Svadhisthana.
The color associated with this chakra is orange, and its element is the primary substance of life, water.
Svadhisthana is the "Seat of Life"- governing sexual reproduction & creative energy. This is a result of energy rising up from the molten, swirling unity of the Root Chakra experience and separating into the duality that defines the human mind and society.
This is the level where we divide reality into ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ / ‘beauty’ or ‘ugliness’ / ‘this’ or ‘that’ / ‘me’ or ‘them.’
In this image, we see the water element associated with this chakra emerging from the Earth.
Now that the Earth has cooled, the primal lava eruptions have changed into more stable materials and forms that surround The Observer.
The concept of polarity gives rise to the emotional characteristics of this stage- relationships, sexuality, and pleasure. These feelings occur when a recognition of the self and also a sense of the other are present.
The mountains and deep waters are representations of these complex emotional landscapes. The water element can also be understood as the vast subconscious, that rules our dreams and subtly influences our waking life.
It is at this stage that many of our hang-ups or inhibitions concerning these natural feelings manifest themselves.
When this chakra is properly integrated, one learns to accepts change- like water that conforms to any surface. Life becomes fluid, graceful, and full of deep emotional meaning.
Like water, a person who has mastered this level can passively adapt to his surroundings, but also has the power to alter the world around him- as flowing water carves the hardest rock into beautiful formations.
The feminine aspect of the self is symbolized in the Svadhisthana chakra by a crescent moon. The idea of change and time has been influenced by the glowing moon ever since we were creatures dwelling in the tidal pools between land and sea, slowly making the transition from one medium to another.
Similarly, mastering this energy level and adapting to the never-ending flux of the Universe allows you to make the transition into higher stages of spiritual evolution.
The next stage is the 3rd Navel Chakra- Manipura.