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Balancing Act, text and ink drawing, 19 x 28 cm, United Network c/o Ystad Art Museum, 2008.
“If you breathe and concentrate on the Chakra Vishoudda, you will be endowed with an hypnotic eloquence and ability to penetrate the mysteries of nature.”
Chakra Vishoudda is in the throat, where the sound gushes. I breathed through the Chakra Vishoudda during the Ď80s, and used the eloquence against my father who was very violent and erratic. Words like “Protection”, “The Protection of Eloquence”. What happens when you forget to breathe through the heart? An imbalance in the Chakra system means that the Divine Energy Flow (the Prana Energy) doesnít flow as it should, which causes all sorts of physical ailments and finally the loss of contact with the Spiritual in yourself as well as with Truth. In the same way, in the system of Science, an imbalance in a gland has physical and, indirectly, psychological consequences. An imbalance in the thyroid gland of Science is inherited, just like Godís punishment in the Old Testament. It can take the shape of both under- or overproduction of thyroid hormones.
In popular parlance, these kinds of disorder were called “old womanís disease”. The scurrilous portrait is of an aggressive, almost hysterical old woman who lives some distance from the village. One also says that fear and sorrow are like a lump in the throat. We all know how it feels when you canít swallow. In “Yoga for Everyone”, it says that the reason for problems with glands are due to impulsive emotions:
“...since itís really through our impulses, through the mechanism in our thoughts, that we affect the glands.”
If an imbalance in the thyroid gland is an Old Testament punishment, you might as well accept Godís will. And God can punish several generations. If itís the imaginings and agitations of the grumpy old lady that are causing the imbalance - well, sheís only got herself to blame. But research during the 21st century has shown that persons who live under severe pressure for a long time, for instance those who suffer war, can experience an impaired thyroid gland, something which has been observed in young men, soldiers. Then youíre a victim.
Idea: Balancing act for a choir (to [manifest] a balancing act in the world)
Text by Madelene Oldeman 2008