Why were chakras originally depicted as lotus flowers? The ancient Hindus depicted the chakras as being like many petal flowers, in particular the Crown chakra, which they depicted as ‘The thousand petal lotus.’ This wasn’t just romanticism on their part; it actually does have a sound scientific basis. The reason for this is that each chakra spins at a different rate, that is, has a different frequency vibration. It goes from the Root, with the slowest frequency, to the Crown, which has the fastest. They are not perfect circles; they take on a somewhat elongated shape as they rotate, and as they do, they wobble slightly. Even healthy chakras do this. What this means is that each chakra actually has two spin rates, a primary and a secondary. The primary spin is straightforward: simply how many times each second it spins around. As it spins faster and faster the energy can no longer be contained, and a wobble develops. It is no longer a perfect circle, and becomes more oval in shape. The faster the spin, the more pronounced the oval. Before long, this wobble becomes unstable enough to rotate around itself as well, so that there is now a secondary rotation. Both rotations are superimposed over one another. The two rotations are occurring at once. In the much slower root, it is a straightforward oval, with hardly any secondary spin. But as we go up through the major chakras, each one spinning that bit faster than the one before, the secondary spin becomes more and more evident, and each chakra displays more ‘petals,’ until we get to the rapidly spinning crown, which seems to have an uncountable number. In the Hindus meditations, not knowing what else to do with the visual information they received, they went ahead and depicted them as lotus flowers. Each set of petals symbolises a different rotation speed. The crown, with the most energetic wobble, has the greatest number of these ‘petals.’ A person who has achieved total self-realisation, whose Crown chakra has opened up fully to the Universe, was said to have opened his or her lotus flower out fully, its thousand petals having spread in their fullest. A blocked or slowed down chakra was said to be a flower whose petals had closed up.
The lotus flower could be said to represent the moment when all of creation was born, an original primal ‘explosion,’ or unfolding, which transformed the cosmic ocean of unrealised potential and gave it crystallised form. Does this parallel the Big Bang? I will let the reader decide.
Across all of the belief systems of the ancient world, certain themes constantly re-emerge. They talk of a cosmic egg out of which all Creation flowed when it hatched. In that special moment, the fate of all the cosmos, the shapes around which it would ultimately form, was decided.
Medieval and Renaissance paintings often depicted the saints and angels as having a halo around their heads, which seems to indicate a primitive understanding of the concept of a ‘sacred field’ surrounding the physical body. Purple was often used to symbolise that they occupied an exalted position in the pantheon, that their crown chakras had opened out into full self-realisation.