For while now I’ve been wondering if there isn’t something wrong with the world. Or rather how humans’ perceive the world.
It all began so innocently enough (although how I started thinking about this is a tale for another time). Pondering on the colour, yellow. My physics background tells me that there are three primary colours, red, green, blue. The combination of these three colours (depending on wavelength) will make white. Ish. It’s difficult to make a ‘true’ white.
But children intuitively understand that there are ‘four main colours’. Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. Such as the counters in Cluedo or Ludo. Or the colour of ‘Houses’ in Secondary Schools. I would assert that the majority are also R, G, B and Y.
Why is this important and what am I dribbling on about.
The spectrum. Good old Sir Isaac Newton was the first to conclusively prove that white light contains all colours and that colour is not produced inside an object. What we perceive as colour is the absorption of most colours and the reflection of a couple i.e grass is green because green is reflected and all others absorbed. A purple crayon reflects red and blue and absorbs the others. White is the reflection of all colours and black the absorption of all.
White and black. Hmm yes, black.
Black cannot appear on the spectrum, like white, it must stand outside of it. This does lead to an issue concerning indigo. I perceive indigo as to be a very dark purple towards the bluish end of the spectrum with heavy accents of black. But how can that be?
Isaac himself named the seven colours of the spectrum, R, O, Y, G, B, I and V. Seven is a sacred number in alchemy and that was probably on his mind at the time. However, years later, Newton himself thought deeply on the problem with Indigo. wondering if he hadn’t got it wrong there? It is a bold claim to assert that Newton probably DID get it wrong but I think it’s possible. The seventh colour is not really a colour at all, it’s white or as I prefer to call it, crystal.
To my mind, not as an Alchemist like Newton but as a worker with energy, this now better corresponds with the seven major chakras on the human body. These are;
Lexically, cakra is the Indic reflex of an ancestral Indo-European form *kʷékʷlos, whence also “wheel” and “cycle” (Ancient Greek κύκλος). It has both literal and metaphorical uses, as in the “wheel of time” or “wheel of dharma”, such as in Rigveda hymn verse pervasive in the earliest Vedic texts.
Root – Red. Base of spine. Connection to Earth
Sacral – Orange. Bellow the navel. Sexuality
Solar plexus – Yellow. On the solar plexus. Connection to others
Heart – Green. On the heart. Self and altrustic love
Throat – Blue. Middle of the throat. Communication and expression
Third eye – Violet. Middle of forhead. Intiution, the psyche
Crown – Crystal – Top of the head. Connection to the Divine through the body and connection to the Earth. A conduit if you will.
In the above quotation concerning the etymological root of the word ‘chakra’ itself, I find it fascinating that it means wheel, this puts me very much in mind of the colour wheel.
But why is all of the above important, so what if chakra system relates to the spectrum. But how did it evolve that way and why?
I’m postulating that there have been at least six revolutions in the awareness of homo sapiens. Over the next few days I will attempt to outline my thoughts on three of these revolutions and possibly gives a hint to a fourth that humankind may be on the verge of accessing.