A r t
C h a k r a TM
What can Art
Chakra do for you?
Develop your creative skills.
Recognise emotional blocks and then
Allows you to access unrecognised
Enjoy better health and mental clarity.
Why is Art Chakra different?
It's a fun and enjoyable way of dealing
with deep seated issues.
Combines creative, emotional and spiritual
methods to heal.
Positive and reinforcing feedback from
teachers and fellow students.
A new approach to an age old philosophy.
"Renew your brilliance. It
is the privilege of the Phoenix. Excellence grows old and so does fame. Custom
wears down our admiration, and a mediocre novelty can conquer the greatest
eminence in its old age. So be reborn in courage, in intellect, in
happiness, and in all else. Dare to renew your brilliance, dawning many
times, like the sun, only changing your surroundings. Withhold it and make
people miss it; renew it and make them applaud."
The Chakras and their meanings
location: Crown - Top of the head.
metaphysical problem: Lack of purpose, direction, spiritual emptiness,
confusion, feelings of alienation, lack of inspiration.
Body pain: Headaches, central nervous system disorders, pineal gland
disorders, brain malfunctions.
location: Brow or Third Eye - Between the eyebrows
metaphysical problem: Cynicism, lack of spiritual direction, restlessness,
out of touch with your intuition, bad dreams, feeling detached from the
world, lack of imagination or perception.
Body pain: Nasal problems, aural problems, headaches, eye disorders,
tension, concentration problems, pituitary problems.
location: Throat - Throat area
metaphysical problem: Depression, communication and speech problems,
disloyalty, dishonesty, cruelty, lack of discernment, unreliability.
Body pain: Thyroid problems, digestive problems, throat infections, mouth
infections, problems with the upper lungs.
location: Heart - Centre of chest
Emotional or metaphysical problem: Unable to forgive, lacking in compassion,
unable to give or receive love, emotional instability, inner conflict.
Body pain: Heart problems, circulation problems particularly to the arms,
hands and lungs.
location: Solar Plexus - Above the navel but below the chest
Emotional or metaphysical problem: Power-hungry, fearful, angry, hateful, no
self-control, humourless, unable to feel emotions, unable to empathise with
Body pain: Digestive problems, nervous-system problems, liver or
gall-bladder problems, metabolism problems, lack of energy.
location: Navel - Lower abdomen/navel area
Emotional or metaphysical problem: Low self-esteem, jealousy, envy,
confusion, lack of purpose, a dislike of change.
Body pain: Kidney pain, leg pain, hormonal or reproductive problems,
obesity, low sex drive or impotence, bladder problems.
location: Base Chakra - Bottom of the spine
Emotional or metaphysical problem: Self-centred, insecure and craving
security, violent, angry, impatient. Not feeling
grounded or stable.
Body pain: Lower-back pain, spinal tension, genital irritations,
C o l o u r m e
c a l m - t r y i t o u t
By Bronwen Gora
Body and Soul Section, The
Sunday Telegraph, May 11,2003.
Want to find out what's really bothering you? Try colouring your life with
the brightest new self-help therapy.
Bronwen Gora reports.
Once a week in an inner city school room in Sydney, a small group of people sit
in front of a slide projector that shines bright colours straight into their
They're busy scribbling notes or drawing patterns on sketchpads in reaction to
each colour, their eyes closed or hands up to the light in order to "feel" the
Unusual, yes. But class leader, Sydney-based natural medicine specialist Stephen
Wayne-Smith, believes determining how people feel toward each of the seven
colours of the spectrum, and then having them draw or paint with those
particular colours, is one of the simplest ways of unlocking the mysteries of
"People jot down any feelings they get from each colour as well as images that
pop into their head, then we discuss it. This way they can see what's out of
alignment in their bodies. For example, if you've broken up with someone, you'll
relate more to green (representing the heart chakra) and can even attract more
green to you, so we'll work on healing that.
"The idea is to get the person to work with the colour they need. It gets you in
touch with yourself when you're out of whack."
Wayne-Smith's methods are based on the ancient Indian belief of the chakra
system, the energy centres of the body. Simply put, these run through the body
from the base of the spine to the top of the head. Each chakra resonates an
energy frequency, which is also a colour.
Wayne-Smith explains that how you think and feel about each colour indicates
your emotional balance. For instance, the throat chakra resonates to the
frequency of the colour blue, which in turn relates to communication. If blue
makes you uncomfortable, you're experiencing communication problems.
It doesn't matter if all you ever draw are doodles, either. On the night
body+soul attended an
class, a few people were there solely for the therapy side, but there were also
a couple of graphic artists and a fashion designer who say Wayne-Smith's methods
help them reconnect with their creativity.
a class act
"We're here to explore our creative areas but also find out about our psyche and
where we're blocked in certain areas," Wayne-Smith tells the class.
It's not easy for some. As Wayne-Smith beams the colours onto the small group
through a slide projector, some people have a bit of trouble coming up with any
feelings at all for certain colours.
All is explained later. If, for instance, you can't conjure up any feelings for
green, it means there's a blockage in your heart chakra and you may be having
difficulties showing love or compassion. No feelings for purple? You may be
lacking in spiritual awareness.
The "therapy" part comes when you paint and draw with the colours that make you
feel uncomfortable. Wayne Smith says that by simply using them and looking at
them, you're actually helping heal those emotionally unbalanced parts of
After 15 minutes of musing over colours, we then lie flat on the floor, eyes
closed, for a guided visualisation. Very curious.
We have to imagine walking down a long corridor lined by seven doors.
Wayne-Smith then describes what is behind each door and asks us to "open" it,
figure out how we feel and then make a mental note of which colour we see
attached to that scenario.
Behind the first door, we have to imagine our darkest fear; behind the second,
our ultimate sexual fantasy; and behind the third, a situation in which we have
Behind the fourth is someone we love, and behind the next we must speak to a
great number of people. Behind the sixth is a book containing the full story of
our lives. Lastly, behind the seventh door is pure peace and harmony.
After mentally attaching a colour to each experience, we head back to the table
and the paints - and the rather interesting analyses.
"You're generally unaware of what's inside your mind until you do something like
this," Wayne-Smith tells us. "Blocked creativity is blocked energy. Once you
unblock it, you have peace."
As it turns out, each situation behind the seven doors relates to one of the
seven chakras that control our emotional balance. For instance, people who had
issues with fear imagined red behind the fifth door, the one where they had to
talk to many people. If they'd been comfortable with the situation, they would
instead have imagined blue, the colour of the throat chakra, which is connected
The class finishes up with everyone drawing with the colours they need to work
with exploding through their designs. "You can learn how to heal yourself with
colour," says Wayne-Smith.
* For information on
classes call Stephen Wayne-Smith on 0417681311 or visit www.zenlivingnaturalhealth.com.
Column: Body & Soul
2001-2009[Zenliving Natural Health].