Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday evening, as I was driving home from work, I straightened my posture so that my head was balanced effortlessly atop my spine (rather than tilted forward as it is most of the time). That made me think about Kundalini, which is, as I understand it, a kind of energy that usually lies dormant at the base of the spine, but can be awakened through various means and caused to ascend toward the crown of the head--thereby causing a kind of spiritual illumination.
I then imagined picturing this energy flowing up the spine and exiting the body at the crown of the head and flowing out and around the body where it would re-enter the spine at the sacrum forming a kind of torus of flowing energy as a tool for meditation. I haven't tried it, though.
So today, while doodling, I did a rough illustration of the idea, and then refined the drawing a bit. Did you know that the human spine has 33 vertebra--which also happens to be the number of degrees in Scottish Rite Freemasonry, and the age of Christ at his crucifixion? Of these 33 bones, five of them are fused together to form the sacrum, and four of them form the coccyx, the remaining 24 form the bendy part of the spinal column. In my little diagram I noticed that the spine as I had represented it looked like the neck of a guitar, and it turns out that many guitar necks do indeed have 24 frets--giving each string a full two-octave range. But, I digress... So, I wanted to add some color, and since Kundalini played a part in my original thought process I decided to look up the 7 chakras and see what the color correspondences were. It turns out that they ascend from red to violet in the same order as the varying hues that appear when visible light is refracted through a prism.
So, I thought to myself, "Hey does that mean that our physical bodies are a kind of prism for the light of the spirit?" And, then I thought I was some kind of ultra-cool pioneering metaphysical sleuth when I googled "human body as a prism" and didn't get any results that pertained to what I was thinking.
Of course, I found that I wasn't very cool after all when I phrased my search query differently. Oh well.