Our bodies have energy and that energy is real. Who would not believe that? I learned about, and began studying the Chakra energy system¹ quite a few years ago. Interestingly, the colors associated with our seven main chakra energy centers correspond to the seven colors of the rainbow, or prism: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. I have begun creating jewelry with those seven colors and they are so beautiful together. My dilemma occurs because since the late ’70’s the rainbow colors began to be taken over by the gay and lesbian community. I am not gay, but have friends and family members who are, and I love them and accept them. I’ve been wearing a bracelet I designed with the chakra/rainbow colors and it looks really great with my Alex and Ani bracelets. What am I trying to say in this blog? I guess I’m trying to say that I do not want to be categorized, but you know what, every one of us, including me, categorizes people when we see them. I’ve spent years and years of my life working on myself, trying to be a more loving, kinder, forgiving, accepting, and open-minded person. So what if people look at me and my rainbow colored jewelry and see a gay woman. I do try to be happy (making a joke since I still remember when “gay” meant happy). When Gilbert Baker first designed the gay pride flag in 1978 it began with the color pink, then red, and the rest of the rainbow colors, having eight stripes. It quickly lost the hot pink stripe due to that color fabric not being readily available. It has gone through a few revisions since then and now only has six colors. The rainbow has seven colors as do the main chakra energy centers. The gay rights “flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow” ². The chakra colors begin with red on the bottom and violet on the top. I love writing these blogs because I learn so much doing the research. Blogging, or journaling, also really helps me get in touch with my feelings. Maybe this website will end up being my blog and I’ll just sell jewelry on the side! LOL.
Peace and love, Phyllis
1. Chakras 2. Rainbow flag (LGBT movement)