Entering the Symbolic

The upper chakras represent the symbolic world or the mind. Words, images, and thoughts (charkas five, six and seven) are all symbolic reflections of the manifested plane. Each word we use is a symbol for a thing, concept, feelings, process, or relationship. Each image in our mind is a mental symbol for something real and each thought is a combination of these symbols. With symbols, we can do more with less. I can talk about a truck even though I cannot lift one. I can describe a spiral galaxy even though I can not travel to one.. (yet....). I can show you a picture of a man easier than I can describe him to you.

Symbols can be seen as the vibrational essence of what they represent. They are the building blocks of communication and consciousness. They are like packets of meaning that can be stored in one mind and shared with others, each packet enhancing consciousness. When a symbol really speaks to us, it is said to resonate with us.


All life is rhythmic. From the rise and fall of the sun to the rise and fall of our breath, from the beating of our hear to the infinite vibrations of atomic particles within our cells, we are a mass of vibrations that miraculously resonate together as a single system. In fact, our ability to function as a unified whole depends upon the coherent resonance of the many subtle vibrations within us. The task of the fifth chakra is to enhance this resonance.

Resonance is a state of synchronization among vibrational patterns. All vibrations can be thought of as wavelike movements through space and time. Each waveform has a characteristic rhythm (known as frequency) that describes how frequently the waves rise and fall. In music, the pitch of a note can be expressed as a certain frequency--higher notes have a higher frequency than lower ones.

When two or more sounds from different sources vibrate at the same frequency, they are said to resonate together. This mean their waveforms oscillate back and forth at the same rhythm. When this happens, the height of the wave is added together, expanding the amplitude, and the waves lock into phase with each other. Once in phase, they tend to remain that way. Oscillating waveforms tend to stabilize when they enter into resonance (much like members of a political movement reinforce each others political views) because they are on the same wavelength.

Resonance requires a certain balance of flexibility and tension. A string needs to be both taut and flexible in order to sound a note. In our bodies, we need to have enough flexibility to resonate with different frequencies, yet maintain enough tension to create a repeating pattern.

The state of resonance within the mind-body is a statement of our health and vitality. When we can't resonate with the world around us, we can't link with it. We are unable to expand, respond, or receive. We become isolated and ill. Opening to resonance requires both grounding for the establishment of form, and an openness of breath that yields softness and flexibility. This balance is a delicious combination of letting and willing that allows us to both listen and respond at the same time.

" Of what is the body made? It is made of emptiness and rhythm. At the ultimate heart of the body, at the heart of the world, there is no solidity. Once again, there is only the dance." -George Leonard

When we sleep, our heart rate, breathing, and brain waves all settle into a deep, rhythmic entrainment. A discontinuous sound or sensation will wake us up and pull us out of a deep resonant state. At the end of the day, when we have experienced a lot of distracting vibrations, we feel tired and want to go back to sleep. This is because sleep is our brains way of putting us back in harmony with our own resonance.

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