Tocatta - Kundalini Rising

Tocatta - Kundalini Rising
2008  oil on canvas   48" x 36"

Tocatta is an Italian word meaning "touch." It is also a style of classical music associated with organ playing. One of the most famous Tocatta pieces is The Toccata in F for Organ by J. S. Bach. Organist Lionel Rogg compared the Tocatta in F to the building of a cathedral. This idea of cathedral can also refer to the temple of self.

Kundalini refers to the energy that flows through the chakras from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each chakra corresponds to a body area and a color. In the painting you can see the chakra colors flowing in from the left side as triangles that lead to the pink characters outstretched hand. This character reaches forth with to share the Buddhist wish-granting jewel with the robed monk. The monk also holds a small flame towards star. I've thought about the meaning and, to me, it is more about the self going through the yoga postures to reach a higher self perhaps through prahnayama or moving meditation.

There are many other subplots in this painting: the moon and the star, the steps leading to buildings at odd angles and many doorways to explore. There's an F at the bottom left and jewels floating away from the star.

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