To develop the capacity to internally visualize the chakras, it is worthwhile making a chart with all the chakra diagrams together. We suggest the following.
Take all the chakra diagrams from the previous lessons, removing the white background5. Carefully fix or glue them all on a long sheet of vivid yellow background paper, one above the other in the listed order, mooladhara at the bottom and sahasrara at the top. The size of the yellow sheet should be such that there is a thin border on all sides, bottom and top, of each diagram. Finally glue a wide strip of black paper around the outside edges of the yellow background sheet. This combination gives perfect colour matching. Hang it on the wall. From our own experience we strongly suggest that you spend half an hour making yourself a copy.
Development of internal chakra visualization
You can use the chakra chart as an external method of helping you to develop the capacity to visualize the chakra diagrams internally. The method is as follows: Place the chart on the wall so the centre, about the area of the manipura chakra diagram, is approximately one meter above the ground. Sit in a comfortable pose so that your eyes are about an arm’s length from the chart. You must practise trataka6. Gaze at the mooladhara chakra diagram without blinking the eyes for a few minutes. Then close the eyes and try to visualize the same diagram internally. If you have no success, again open your eyes and gaze intently at the mooladhara diagram. After a few minutes, again close the eyes and try to visualize the same diagram on the mind screen. If you cannot visualize anything then open your eyes again. Continue in this manner for as long as you have time available. On the following day repeat the same process with the swadhisthana chakra diagram. Repeat exactly the same process with each chakra in turn on successive days. On the eighth day you should be trying to visualize the sahasrara. If you have not been able to visualize the chakra diagrams, and this will more than likely be the case, spend another eight days trying to visualize each diagram in turn . . . one day’s practice per diagram. Continue in this manner for some weeks or months. It is an excellent sadhana in itself. Eventually you should find that your capacity for visualization starts to awaken.
Remain in the same sitting pose as was used for the previous practice of chakra bhedan.