[Photo Credit: Flowery *L*u*z*a*]
I’ve been drawn to blue lately, more than usual—blue ‘anything.’
- Blue skies
- Blue photos
- Blue marbles
- Blue sketch pads
- Blue ocean
- Blue incense smoke (as pictured at the top of this post)
I am a scientist by training, but I’m also a certified HHP (holistic health practitioner/massage therapist) and have spent a substantial slice of my life trying to bridge the gap between hard-core science and practices such as Chakra balancing and energy work. I think there’s room for both as long as one is aware of the strengths, as well as the limitations, of each.
To my scientist mind, I think about blue and how my eye perceives blue. Only the cones (of the ‘rod and cones’ you once learned in school) detect color. And cones are densely packed in the fovea—a depression in the center retina. In fact, Dr. Jeremy Nathans (cone/color pioneer) calls the fovea, “the most valuable square millimeter of tissue in the body.” (So much for my gold tooth!)
Light and color hit my eye, my eye tells my brain, “Lori, this is blue.” I find this absolutely amazing, every day.
But, there’s the flip side of me.
To my HHP mind, I consider blue as my fifth Chakra, the Vishuddha energy center. Centered in Eastern philosophy, it is thought that each person has seven Chakras, where each Chakra is associated with a color, a sound, a landmark or region of the body, and often an animal and an element. I’ve always been fascinated with the Chakra system—these seven spinning wheels of energy.
Based on the fifth Chakra, the fact that I’m craving blue and noticing it more says to me I’m seeking a creative identity and continued self-expression. The physical location of the fifth Chakra is the throat and is related to communication (blogging, anyone???).
The Chakra energy system definitely deserves more than a 500-word post, but I thought I’d at least introduce you to it for those of you don’t know a lot about it. If you’re a guru, thanks for reading this far into this post.
Here’s a fairly basic and interesting site about the Chakras where you can learn a bit more about yourself by taking a brief quiz. The site doesn’t request your email address or other goofy opt-in requirements, so have fun with it.
Finally, I’d like to thank Tim for his post about Ken Nordine featuring a video about the color orange. Tim’s post got me thinking about how colors affect our lives, how we perceive color, and meanings associated with color.
Do you believe in a synergy between the sciences and Eastern philosophies? Have you ever studied the Chakras? If you took the test in the link I provided, what did you think about the results you received about yourself?
If you don’t want to comment here, please drop me an email. I’d love to read your thoughts about this.
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