Su­san Shum­sky

COLOR YOUR CHAKRAS: An In­ter­ac­tive Way to Un­der­stand the En­ergy Cen­ters of the Body

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Peo­ple have de­scribed the act of col­or­ing as a way to re­lax and fo­cus en­ergy. Is col­or­ing also a good in­tro­duc­tion to med­i­ta­tion?

Col­or­ing is a med­i­ta­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. That is why the trend of adult col­or­ing books has taken off. In fact, col­or­ing is not just a good in­tro­duc­tion to med­i­ta­tion. It is a med­i­ta­tion. And col­or­ing the chakras is a very spe­cial kind of med­i­ta­tion. It is said that wher­ever you place your at­ten­tion, that thing grows stronger in your life. When you color your chakras, you au­to­mat­i­cally open the chakras and awaken the life force en­ergy known as kun­dalini—with­out even know­ing it. Sit­ting down and col­or­ing it pro­foundly opens your aware­ness to your higher self.

You worked with the Ma­har­ishi Ma­hesh Yogi, guru to the Bea­tles. Did he tell you any in­ter­est­ing sto­ries about them?

In­ter­est­ing that you asked this ques­tion. I am writ­ing a mem­oir right now called Ma­har­ishi

and Me. In that book, there will be a few chap­ters about the Bea­tles and their re­la­tion­ship with Ma­har­ishi. I was an in­sider on Ma­har­ishi’s per­sonal staff for seven years and I lived in his ashrams for a to­tal of twenty-two years. I saw how he worked with peo­ple, and in­deed, how many great saints of In­dia work with their dis­ci­ples. There is al­ways a lot more go­ing on than peo­ple gen­er­ally per­ceive on the sur­face. Much will be re­vealed in the book.

We live in stress­ful times. Can Eastern spir­i­tu­al­ity help us cope?

Eastern spir­i­tu­al­ity is the best anti-stress de­vice imag­in­able. The an­cient meth­ods of yoga taught in the scrip­tures of In­dia and ad­vo­cated and prac­ticed by peo­ple all over the world can re­duce stress sig­nif­i­cantly. The prac­tice of yoga pos­tures (asanas), yoga breath­ing (pranayama), yoga mus­cu­lar locks (bandha) and yoga ges­tures (mu­dra) sig­nif­i­cantly har­mo­nize and bal­ance the hu­man en­ergy field. If a higher per­cent­age of in­di­vid­u­als would make use of these prac­tices, the world would be­come health­ier, hap­pier, and more har­mo­nious, peace­ful, and pros­per­ous.

What do you hope peo­ple walk away with af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing your lat­est book?

By read­ing and col­or­ing the pic­tures in the book Color Your Chakras, you can feel greatly calmed, lifted, and ex­panded. You can feel more con­nected with your own higher self and more open to lov­ing and be­ing loved by other peo­ple. You can learn a lot about the chakras, their sym­bol­ism and their deities, be­cause of the tre­men­dous amount of in­for­ma­tion packed into this col­or­ing book. And the main ben­e­fit is that your aware­ness can open to higher aware­ness. All just by us­ing a col­or­ing book!

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