Friday, June 13, 2014

"Chakra Ascension" Series- Overview

In 2003, I created seven 3D images that I intended to be a series.

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

This first set is the Overview, with some of my general thoughts on the series. I hope it is enjoyed and appreciated, while perhaps even enlightening some people who take the time to consider the meanings within.


The "Chakra Ascension" series was a creative exercise to combine many different ideas into one project.

It's a set of 3D images and text in which I've tried to pack as much meaning as possible about mind, body, spirit, the universe, and the human experience- into a series of simple, yet interesting, images.

Each individual image has only limited significance by itself.
The overall continuum of images represents the process of working through the many stages of life both on the level of the individual and of human society, in general.

The theme used to name the images of this series is the ancient system of "chakras".
In this metaphysical system, various places in the body, from the base of the spine to the top of the head, are visualized in order to store and transform energy within the body.

These chakra energy centers have some basis in anatomy, with most being located at the sites of major nerve bundles.

However, they are highly conceptual, used to unlock the power of of mind and imagination.
Since I admittedly have very little working knowledge of chakra activation within the physical body, I've concentrated on the metaphorical aspects of these ascending energy levels.

Each chakra is associated with a color, element, and other qualitie
s that change as you ascend through higher stages.

This progression through the chakras can correspond to any number of things, such as:
• The color spectrum
• Spiritual ascension
• Physical evolution
• The history and future of mankind
• Vibration & frequency
• Levels of personal wisdom.

In these pictures, the level of each chakra also relates to the height of "The Observer" in each image, as he rises through the atmosphere and beyond.
Our point of view, relative to The Observer, doesn't shift. Only the position and circumstances surrounding The Observer change.

As you travel with The Observer through these environments, try to assimilate the qualities and appearances of each stage, to help see a deeper perception of life.

I will provide my thoughts on each image and how they relate to the overall "Chakra Ascension" series.
Like everything we're told, though, it is up to YOU to find any personal meaning that can be drawn from them.

Keep these things in mind as you travel inwards and upwards, along this visual journey. I hope you find this series thought-provoking, and maybe even enlightening.

Thank you for experiencing and contemplating the "Chakra Ascension" series.

-Paul Micarelli

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