The element Ether (Akasha), is the idea of connectedness and space. It’s the space that all of the other elements fill, as well as the container and the connector of all of the elements, holding them and weaving them together.
As a container, Akasha is filled with channels and opportunity for intimacy, and can also highlight the space between us and others, providing a kind of personal container. Both qualities of Space: connector and container, can serve as a refuge.
Highlighting Akasha can open up channels of connection within one’s self, and with others, refining communication and expression. When we feel disconnected from aspects of ourselves or disconnected from others, Ether reminds us of the big space holding us all, and of our inherent interconnectedness.⠀⠀
In those moments where anxiety is running high or we feel the heaviness of depression, practicing with Akasha can allow us to create the space necessary to process and digest our experiences and emotions. When we’re feeling disconnected or there’s a communication break-down, we can practice connecting to Akasha. When we need assistance in fully expressing ourselves, Akasha’s here to help.
- Tools that bring attention to spaces: the spaces within the body, breath, movement and thought, the space around your body
- Postures: that promote prana flow toward the throat chakra / vissudhi, postures that create a sense of space in the body
- Breathing: Notice the spaces at the top of the inhalation and the bottom of the exhalation
- Mindfulness Tool: Listening – sounds of nature, singing bowls, chimes, etc.
- Chakra: Throat / Vissudhi
- Add Ether items to your Altar or Practice Space: Ether Yantra or Egg-shaped Items; Sound-making items like bells and rattles
- Colors: Ether Yantra is Black, and Blue is one of the colors associated with Visshudhi
- Home – include Ether features or decorations in your home: create open space areas (and de-clutter!), include organic sound making items like windchimes and fountains⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Practice with Ether when you want to enhance connection, communication and expression. Resource Akasha to build intimacy with self and others, and to celebrate the interconnectedness of all. Happy practicing, friends.