Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Self Portrait Challenge: Blue (week two)

The throat chakra ~ represented by the colour blue.

"The Throat Chakra is associated with the color sky blue. This chakra is our will center. The healthfulness of the fifth chakra is in relation to how honestly one expresses himself/herself. Lying violates the body and spirit . We speak our choices with our voices (throats). All choices we make in our lives have consequences on an energetic level. Even choosing not to make a choice such as in repressing our anger (not speaking out) may manifest into laryngitis. We have all experienced that "lump in our throats" when we are at a crossroad of not knowing how to speak the right words in any given situation, perhaps even stuffing our own emotions. A challenge of the throat chakra is to express ourselves in the most truthful manner. Also to receive and assimilate information. Seek only the truth."

My intution speaks in my gut and my throat.

For years, as part of my wiccan studies, I took an amazing course called 'The Tree of Life' in which we spent 3 weeks studying, living, observing, being in each chakra. Over these many months it was so amazing to see what manifested or changed when working in each chakra. Each time we were in the root chakra I had serious pain in my lower back that I couldn't get rid of but would feel better once out of the chakra, lovin' happened in the heart chakra, either i spoke my truth or i didn't when in the throat chakra.

I feel like my whole depression last year involved a whole lot of work in the throat chakra. I had to learn how to say NO. Tough work, but vital. Each time I didn't say NO when i needed to, i would feel that horrid ball in my throat and ill in my gut. It became impossible to ignore.

The throat chakra also makes me think of singing. I miss singing and making music. Photography has generally consumed all of my creative energy. I have no doubt that the songs will return, but I miss them. I also believe that all engagement in creativity is for the greater good for my spirit!

This is an older picture, taken with the 'photo booth' on my mac and then altered by me. I was in Hilton Head at this time, blissed out by living a beautiful, slow, nourishing vacation life. The sun was streaming in through the window and caught by the camera in a way that represents that chakra to me.

Check out more Blue self portraits here.


jenica said...

this is a great shot!

it's amazing how many of us lose our voice when we feel stressed out. no fever, no sniffles, just suddenly lose our voice. a little chakra therapy would totally help!

Janet said...

magical photo.. shining with such beautiful light and energy.

luzie said...

this is a great photo, and i loved reading about the throat chakra. interesting. :)

Rachel said...

Every time I pop in here lately, you're lookin' all lovely and blissed out. I need some of what you've got, sister! I think I had a major throat chakra meltdown a few months ago. Making a difficult choice, resenting feeling like I had to make the choice actually, was pretty painful. But once I'd decided I felt like I could speak again.

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