|108 Chakra Rosary (Version Two)|
|Compact 108 Chakra Rosary|
This compact 108 chakra rosary consists of an outer loop of 24 beads, half of them dark and half lite corresponding to my division of chakras into dark and lite, the dark chakras located primarily in the lower parts of the body and the lite chakras situated on top. This outer loop is mostly used to count the 48 Limb Chakras--the 24 Right Limbs circling the loop in CW (Clockwise) direction and the 24 Left Limbs circling in CCW (CounterClockwise) direction. This outer loop is bisected by a string of 8 rainbow beads which are used to count the five 8-chakras sets: Spinal, Hindu, Sensual, Pelvic and Rib-Cage Chakras. The outer loop is also used to count the 18 Cranial Chakras.
In the center of the lite beads is a LITE link which attaches to a Lite Disk on which the rosary begins. In the center of the dark beads is a DARK link which attaches to a Dark Disk on which the rosary ends. Two other compact rosary landmarks are the TOP link and BTM link on which the 8-chakra sequences start and end.
|Intro or Antiphon Move|
Move #0: Starting at the Lite Disk, move onto the LITE link and follow the 6 lite beads to the TOP link. These six beads are merely an excuse to move to the TOP link where the rosary proper begins. Counting these first beads is the time to formulate why you are focusing your attention on your body's Somatic Stations, whether out of curiosity, exploration, gratitude, meditation or just to practice the moves. These six beads correspond roughly to the Antiphon beads of a Catholic rosary.
|Move #1: 24 Right Limb Chakras|
Move #1: 24 Right Limb Chakras. The chakra rosary proper starts at the TOP link and begins with the RIGHT FOOT chakra. Moving Clockwise (CW) around the outer beads, touching all 24 beads and returning to the TOP link. Each of the four chakra symbols: Right Foot, Right Leg, Right Arm and Right Hand represent six chakras. An example of dark/lite symmetry: the Right Hand Chakra is the lite partner to the dark Right Foot Chakra; The Right Arm Chakra is the lite partner to the dark Right Leg Chakra.
Beginning on the first six dark beads:
19. Five Finger, 20. Four Finger, 21. Three Finger.
The purpose of the chakra rosary is to focus your attention on otherwise neglected body parts. It is not a speed contest, although you may want to pay attention to some parts more than others. "Pay attention" -- an unusual phrase: the monetization of consciousness?
|Move #2: 8 Spinal Chakras|
Move #2: 8 Spinal Chakras. Beginning at the TOP link, move down the 8 rainbow beads, counting the chakras in Lite/Dark groups of two, each lite chakra paired with its dark partner.
25, Will, 26. Auto
27. Neck, 28. Tail
29. Thorax, 30. Pelvis.
31. Lumbar, 32. Perineum.
Where here Will stands for the voluntary nervous system, some of whose plexuses are located along the spine. And Auto represents the Involuntary nervous system to which strictly speaking you cannot really focus your attention. However on this Auto bead one can contemplate the importance of our unconscious bodily operations and give them some appreciation..
Although we humans do not possess tails, the Neck/Tail pairing associates the cervical vertebrae with the coccyx (or tailbone).
The Lumbar is paired with the Perineum because both are saddle-shaped.
|Move #3: 8 Hindu Chakras|
Move #3: 8 Hindu Chakras. These are my own variations on the seven classic Hindu chakras. The major changes are the addition of an eighth chakra (named Ground) so that the Dark/Lite pairing could be preserved. Also I invented simple traffic-sign-like symbols to replace the classic many-petaled lotus designs.
Starting at the BTM link and moving up the rainbow beads in Dark/Lite pairs we go:
33. Ground, 34. Crown
35. Root, 36. Brow
37. Sex, 38. Throat
39. Belly, 40. Heart.
I invented the new (dark) Ground Chakra as a partner to the classic (lite) Crown Chakra. The Ground Chakra represents our connection with the Earth and is located at the soles of the (bare) feet; the lite Crown Chakra represents our connection with Divinity and is situated at the top of the head. The dark circle symbolizing Ground could be the Moon or the Fertile Darkness; the lite circle symbolizing Crown could be the Sun or Cosmic Enlightenment.
The vertical stroke in the dark Sex Chakra could represent either lingam or yoni; the horizontal stroke in its corresponding lite Throat Chakra could stand for either the vocal chords or the lips through which the voice emerges.
The dark Belly Chakra represents the center of gravity, the hara of Japanese martial arts. the lite Heart Chakra represents the body's feeling center, the hara of your emotional body.
|Move #4: 8 Sensual Chakras|
Move #4: 8 Sensual Chakras. These are eight ways your body interacts with the outside world.
Starting at TOP link we count down the rainbow beads in Lite/Dark pairs.
41. Eyes, 42. Ears
43. Nose, 44. Skin
45. Mouth, 46. Tongue
47. Lungs, 48. Bowels.
Note that the symbols for the Lite/Dark Chakra pair Nose/Skin are both two dots. The two Nose dots represent the nostrils and the two Skin dots represent the armpits.
|Move #5: 24 Left Limb Chakras|
Move #5: 24 Left Limb Chakras. Like the Right Limb Chakras, the 24 Left Limb Chakras are counted on the 24 outer beads but this time, starting at BTM link, the beads are encircled in the opposite direction --CCW (CounterClockwise) starting with the LEFT FOOT CHAKRA and counting in threes.
49. Left Foot, 50. Big Toe, 51.Two Toe. 52. Three Toe, 53. Four Toe, 54. Five Toe
55. Ankle, 56. Calf, 57. Knee. 58. Thigh, 59. Hip Joint, 60. Left Leg.
61, Right Arm, 62. Right Shoulder Joint, 63. Upper Arm. 64. Elbow, 65. Forearm, 66. Wrist
67. Five Finger, 68. Four Finger, 69. Three Finger. 70, Two Finger, 71. Thumb, 72. Left Hand.
|Move #6: 8 Pelvic & 8 Rib-cage Chakras|
After visiting 72 chakras, we next enter the realm of the Three Bony Containers: 1. the Pelvic Basin, 2. the Rib Cage and 3. the Skull.
Move #6: 8 Pelvic & 8 Rib-cage Chakras. Starting at the BTM link we ascend the 8 rainbow beads in pairs. The Pelvic Chakras are all-Dark but we do not pair them here with their corresponding all-Lite Rib Cage Chakras.
73. Pelvic Basin, 74, Sacrum
75. Right Sitz Bone, 76. Left Sitz Bone
77. Right Pubic Bone, 78. Left Pubic Bone
79. Right Pelvic Bone, 80. Left Pelvic Bone.
Ending at the TOP link we now descend the 8 rainbow beads to BTM link
81. Right Rib Bones, 82. Left Rib Bones
83. Right Clavicle, 84. Left Clavicle
85. Right Scapula, 86, Left Scapula
87. Sternum, 88. Rib Cage.
Paying attention to only these 16 bones, you might notice that the Rib Cage resembles an upside-down Pelvic Basin.
|Move #7: 18 Skull Chakras|
Move #7: 18 Skull Chakras. Starting at BTM link, we ascend the outer lite beads in groups of three, two Right & Left paired lite Chakras plus a single dark Chakra:
89. Right Cheek Bone 90. Left Cheek Bone 91. Maxilla