Chakras, Poetry & The Importance of Metaphor. {Video}

Via Julian Walker
on Apr 28, 2012
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Julian Walker is the founder of where he supports new and established yoga teachers in living their dreams through business development. He is a writer who has been teaching yoga since 1994, and co-teaches the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind Yoga Teacher Training in LA with Hala Khouri.Julian's writing is featured in the book 21st Century Yoga available on


8 Responses to “Chakras, Poetry & The Importance of Metaphor. {Video}”

  1. integralhack says:


    That was marvelous, thank you.

    Because you have a philosophical/poetic bent, you may enjoy Jan Zwicky, the Canadian poet/philosopher, who has a great deal to say about metaphor as well (but little about chakras), if you haven't already been exposed to her work.


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  3. Dearbhla says:

    Nice piece J. I think metaphor is a really useful tool for getting us beyond linear thinking and pumping our intuitions. Philosophers also like metaphor. You may be interested to check out Richard Rorty's 'Philosophy, Science and Metaphor' in Philosophical Papers Vol. II.

    I like your reading of the chakras and the poetry of the thousand petaled lotus of sahasrara being right around the region of the cerebral cortex, which allows us to have an inner life and be capable of self-reflection, qualities that you stipulate (I agree) are constitutive of the spiritual life.
    Bravo my friend. Pranams.

  4. Great stuff, Julian.

    This video confirms once and for all that we are philosophical soulmates, in spite of all our wrangling on your last article and other. Our personal approaches to spirituality are very much alike.

    Our passionate arguments are really just about how to deal with people who are different that we are.


  5. Andréa Balt says:

    Hi Julian. I loved this. Especially the reference to Antonio Machado. As writers / artists (and I see yoga as just another form of art & expression) we should have a daily love affair with metaphor—but "get to know it" first. William Gass says, "I love metaphor the way some people love junk food." (So do I. Just had it for dinner.)

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  6. Ramesh says:

    Beautifully explained, Julian. I agree. There is in yoga circles another angle to this that is problematic: to see the literal as metaphor, to interpret, as some do, the Sun God Suria, for example, as the inner sun. One can do that of course, but some people of old, as in the Rigveda, literally believed the sun was a God. But some modern interpreters insist they used it as a metaphor for a transcendent state of mind. Not always so.

  7. Jack says:

    Yay! I hope listeners do not draw too much distinction/separability between body, mind, and psyche or the beehive and its bees. 🙂

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