There are many interesting connections between being an artist and being a spiritual seeker. The other day it struck me that there is a kind of “spiritual” color wheel — I’m given to these musings from time to time. I shared my thoughts with Devi, and she suggested that it might make an interesting blog. So, whether you enjoy this one or not, it isn’t my fault. The karma, good or bad, is on Devi.
A color wheel is one of a painter’s most useful tools. It shows the relationships between various hues and helps you mix all the colors you might need. A color wheel starts with the three primary colors, red, blue, and yellow. All other colors can be mixed from these three. Most color wheels show not only the three primary colors, but also the secondary colors—purple, green, and orange—that you get when you combine the primaries with each other. Think of the rainbow, Divine Mother’s palette, from which She creates all the varied tints and blends of this lovely world.
Now, let’s talk about my musings on a spiritual color wheel. There also seem to be three primary elements on our spiritual path: Meditation, Service, and Attunement. For fun, we’ll assign them the colors blue, red, and yellow. From these three basic spiritual components, you can create a beautiful and vibrant canvas of life.
Meditation is the turning of the life-force inward in focused concentration on God and your own deepest Self. When done properly, a profound mental stillness will illuminate subtle realities that aren’t perceivable through the senses. Meditation also opens the doorway that allows us to exit the ego and attain a state of Christ consciousness, the experience of unity with all creation.
Service is right action done with right motivation for the benefit of others rather than one’s self. Selfless service expands the heart and breaks the chains of slavish self-interest.
Attunement allows the Guru not only to guide us, but more importantly, to bless and magnetize our efforts, so that eventually we can work our way out of the maze of maya.
These primaries, also, can be mixed to produce the secondary shades of a spiritual life. Meditation plus Attunement produces discipleship. It is our compass, our inward guide, helping us sail the treacherous seas of life. As Yogananda’s heartening chant says, “I have made Thee polestar of my life. Though my sea is dark and my stars are gone, still I see the path through Thy mercy.”
Meditation plus Service produces uplifted self-offering, centered in divine compassion. When we combine these two, intuition will guide us to the right decisions, and infuse our efforts with God’s infinite power.
Finally, Attunement plus Service produces dharma, and will ensure that our thoughts, words, and actions are aligned to God’s will. Then our actions will be free of the darkening shadows of ego.
Meditation, Service, and Attunement: As with a painter’s color wheel, you can mix all the right attitudes and actions from these three spiritual primaries. Keep them pure and vibrant, and you will begin to paint the portrait of a saint on the canvas of your life.