When a city changes it´s colors, it´s vibe changes as well. Did you notice that certain cities influence how you feel, simply by their color? A darker reddish-brown tends to influence the lower chakras,while blue, especially light blue, stands for the spiritual aspect of being here. It encourages acceptance, contentment, patience and trust in the divine will.
Morocco has birthed me as a street artist and since then it is my playground for karma yoga. At least one free mural per years has to go down there. This time I went to Taghazout, the surfer village at the coast close to Agadir. The city has been reddish-brown until recently, similar to Marrakech, but now everything changed. A new law colored Taghazout into white-blue fisherman style like Essaouira and everything seems to be brighter and lighter here now. So the free wall I found had to be graced in a white-blue design, too. I usually tend to paint with a range of colors from the upper chakras like purple, pink and blue, but keeping it simply turned out really good this time, plus I finished way faster than any other time before.
A City and It´s Color Vibe
When a city changes it´s colors, it´s vibe changes as well. A darker reddish-brown tends to influence the lower chakras, namely the first one, which addresses mere survival, (financial) stability, overcoming fear and basically simply existing. In Aura therapy red is a strong color which, if it is bright red, encourages action, passion and a strong will. However, it turns into a negative vibe, if it is dark or unclear. This darker tone then tends towards suppressed energies and emotions, anger, rage, bad feelings against others and impulsivity. In combination with brown, it enhances materialism, greed, chasing material gains and the need to win. Whoever has been to Marrakech knows that this basically describes the ‘Red City’. The Souks in the Medina are full of vendors who chase anyone who passes by, aggressively trying to sell something, while if ignored, they become angry and yell at their potential clients.
Taghazout was reddish-brown until recently, and maybe for reasons of the color or otherwise, I didn´t really feel the vibe. I always preferred Essaouira and Casablanca or the desert. But since the whole village has been painted white-light blue I felt for the first time, actually this is quite a nice place for an ocean break. White is the color of the highest frequency level of the light spectrum and is a symbol for strong spirituality. In Reiki, I imagine white healing light to flow into the person´s body and in Aura therapy white in the aura stands for protection. Blue, especially light blue, stands for the spiritual aspect of being here. It encourages acceptance, contentment, patience and trust in the divine will.
Berber = Amazigh = Freedom
Taghazout is a Berber town. Morocco is divided into Arabic and Berber population, some say there is more Berber than Arabs, according to statistics it might be half-half, kif kif. However, most of the Berber are situated either across the Atlas mountains, the coastal region spreading down from Essaouira to Agadir and the desert. Amazigh, the native name of the Berber means ‘free man‘ or ‘noble man’. The sign of freedom is the ‘Z’ from their Tamazight alphabet. In 2011 after constitutional reforms Amazigh has become an official language (again) and is now also taught in schools.
Freedom Street Art, Freedom We Are
The sign in the middle of the Mandala street art I did in Taghazout is the Berber freedom sign, so that the Mandala as a symbol of completion is complemented be the local symbol of freedom.
When we recognize our very own nature as being complete, round and whole, like a Mandala, we naturally enter a space of peace, and at the core sits freedom. Yoga teaches us that freedom is an inside job. We are circling around this freedom, like the Mandala. However, our inner core is always free. And when we recognize that we as that Mandala are complete and whole as we are, nothing that’s going on around us or outside of us can touch us. Meaning, we are emotionally free (moksha) from the circumstances surrounding us, yet we are part of the whole. We participate, but we don´t get sucked into it.
The Berber see themselves as part of Morocco, but also as a separate ethnic group. They don´t like to be compared to the Arab population and, in some regions more than others, you can say they pretty much do their own thing. And they are striving for more independence, freedom, liberation for their culture and themselves. They have their own art work, their own jewellery, their own type of clothes and their own mind.
And at the end of the day, what will bring us liberation and the feeling of freedom in this life?
Doing our own thing. Having our own mind. Expressing ourselves in our uniqueness. Free from the expectations of others, yet as part of the whole.
Such as the freedom symbol of the Berber.
Like the last letter in our alphabet.
If you get to this place, there is nothing left afterwards. A leap into the unknown holding all that is possible yet nothing at the same time.
What´s your expression of freedom today?