This summer in San Diego, contemporary artists from around the world gathered to create an interactive experience called Wonderspaces. Through multimedia installations, previously only viewed at expensive and exclusive festivals like Burning Man, these visual and spacial involvements leave room for personal interpretation so that the viewer can grow and cultivate wisdom.
These creators used their third eye strength to “see” these installations before producing them. Through their intuition, they accessed deeper truths and special messages that needed to be shared with whomever is willing and open. People who have the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as “seers”. Ironically, my featured quote on this website is by Leonardo da Vinci, “Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects with everything else.”
Lately, I’ve been curious if it was possible to actually see my third eye. When I attend Kundalini Classes at Kundalini Windansea, the instructor often asks us to close our eyes and look at our third eye. Last Monday I was staring up at the white light bulb above me when Aerial asked us to close our eyes and look at our third eye. I saw it! The negative image of the light bulb was flashing in the space just between my eyebrows. I’m sure this kind of phenomena can be easily explained with science and light sensitivity, but, it was even the Indigo purplish color of our third eye chakra energy!
The Third Eye Chakra relates to wisdom, intellect, insight, understanding, intuitive reasoning, and visualization. When this Chakra is balanced, we have the ability to think reality into existence, we have concentration and focus along with a healthy blend of intuition and imagination. When the Third Eye, 6th Chakra, is not balanced we can feel stuck in the daily grind without being able to look beyond our problems. We may fail to set a guiding vision for ourselves. Further, we may have a rejection of everything spiritual or beyond the usual. Emotional issues can include judgment, confusion, fear of truth, and lack of concentration. Some physical dysfunctions include headaches, nightmares, eyestrain, learning disabilities, and blindness. If you would like to balance your third chakra, you can close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows. You can also repeat these affirmations.
Third Eye Chakra Affirmations
I will share some of the personal and yoga truths that I “saw” during my visit to Wonderspaces. I will leave the rest as a mystery for you to discover with curiosity for yourself…
Individual vertical strings of color enveloped me. Although I recognized the colors of the rainbow, I could not make sense of the sequence. I did not recognize any obvious patterns. One memory immediately came to my mind. I recently shattered the screen of my iphone 6, then dropped it again and shattered the LED screen. This released vertical and horizontal lines of color. These lights no longer fit into their programmed formulas or functions. My instant connection with knowledge and wisdom of the internet was severed. Isn’t it ironic that when this light formula and pattern was destroyed, so was my access to knowledge and connection. This installation is meant to encourage the viewer to slow down and meditate on the pleasure of seeing. It reminded me to stop relying on my phone so much. When we don’t have such instant access, we must move more slowly and really observe our surroundings. Shawn Causey and Mark Daniell from Indianapolis visualized 3700 thin multicolor nylon cords hanging ceiling to floor through handmade wood compartments. With 19 miles of cord in the piece, a team of 80 volunteers contributed 1000 hours to its completion.
Takami Nakamoto generates space distortions as white light illuminates moving shapes and forms against the contrast of a dark room. The timing and balance do not quite align as I stand in the center of these perpendicular planes. Accelerations, contractions, and metamorphosis of this light through 12 glass panels sparks in me an astonishment to the workings of this awesome mystery. I’m certainly drawn towards the light in the center. Perhaps this is the white unifying light of our crown chakra that becomes distorted through our own lenses of reality and imperfect relationships with the Universe and each other.
This futuristic 16 foot arch, envisioned by Davis McCarty, welcomed visitors to the Burning Man Festival of 2016. With an array of iridescent multiple colors, like soap bubbles, triangles and pyramids collide into an admiration of sacred geometry. In the triad or triangle, three symbolizes the trinity of life of mind, body, and spirit. It is the point where matter and consciousness connect with the higher realms. Although I was dressed for Sunday brunch and not yoga class, my best friend, Alexis Burns, and I connected with this piece through an interactive Partner Triangle Pose, similar to a tetrahedron.
You and Your Shadows
What color is your shadow?
In reality we mostly only see a dark shadow cast by the sun or another powerful light source. However, in this interactive exhibit, we see multiple colors as our shadows. This reminds me of our Aura. Our auras are like magnets picking up vibrational energies that are floating around everywhere we go. Some spiritually awakened individuals can actually see Auras and sometime they have different colors or shades depending on the mood and energy that we are carrying around. For example, maybe my aura is plae yellow because on most days because I’m on a spiritual journey and I’m hopeful for the future, but if I collect some negative energy and thoughts throughout the day, my aura can turn into a brownish yellow that feels overwhelmed or tiresome.
We can cleanse our own aura by paying attention to our thoughts. We can choose to focus on the bright side of things. If you notice that a negative thought is trying to creep in, confront it with a positive one. Further, gentle exposure to sunlight stimulates the flow of your own energy. Some lower vibrations cannot exist with exposure to bright light. Further, creating something you're enthusiastic about gives you a creative high. These surges of creative energy stimulate the flow of your own energy and support you in releasing blocks and unwanted energies.
A Religious Experience
Lights shine through a foggy darkness like the humbling array of stars in the universe. I’m overcome with a feeling of admiration, amazement, and marvel. Is the Universe speaking to me here? Light has often been associated with the sacred, the infinite, spirituality, and God. Light rays specifically have and continue to be used as symbols in many works of art, from stained glass windows to gold leaf reflections, to allude to the supernatural. According to Adam Belt, “Our collective understanding of the cosmos continues to exponentially increase as scientists make numerous discoveries that expound our sense of awe.”
Air flows up from these flamboyant massive characters. With loose limbs and flexible bodies, these figures go with the flow of the wind. I want to cultivate this element of air within my heart chakra. They are light and free as a spirit with a grand smile, but at the same time grounded on this earth.
Spools of thread hang from the ceiling against a white backdrop. “Am I missing something?” With curiosity I start to walk around these neutral skin tones, shades and tints. Then I reach the sweet spot. Surprise! These individual pieces come together to form a fist, just like a digitalized image. This is a powerful message for all of us individuals to come together and see the unity of humanity that binds us together!
The Last Word
At first glance, this exhibit looks like a pegboard with a hidden image, but as I look closer, I see people pulling out pieces of paper to read and replace. Others are scribbling a message onto black white papers and finding an empty space to plug them back in. I pulled a few out to read and was saddened by the many dark messages. The purpose of this public art, according to the collective of Illegal Art, is to inspire self-reflection and human connection. We are encouraged to write down what we wished we had said either as a perfect ending to a conversation, a clever comeback, or a farewell bid to a loved one. Some of these remarks were based on pain and unforgiveness.
I encourage all of you to let go of what is holding you back and live life to the fullest. Basically, what message do you want to tell the world? I chose to leave words that inspire me everyday, but I often forget to tell people, “Be brave. The brave alone enjoy the world.” The most inspiring message that I found was one of my favorite affirmations, “You are enough. You are loved.”
What words would you leave? (comment below)
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