What is a Table of Correspondence?
Earth, for instance, represents things that are stable, static, secure, material. These are by no means objective truths about the planet Earth itself. However, when somebody mentions Earth, those concepts probably come easily to mind to most humans. The symbols, then, are not meant to communicate objective, quantitative truths about spatial phenomena. Describing a woman as "earthy" communicates more information of greater relevance than describing her as "Kate." These symbols are intended as tools for understanding things in terms of their qualities, giving people a feel for what the can expect from something.
Another basic set of symbols which communicate quality is color. Red, blue, yellow and purple are all qualities an object might have. Picture in your mind an "earthy" setting. Whatever the setting is, each object has color. Picture temperate forests, desert cacti, moss, whatever you decide to picture, there's a good chance that the most common color is green. We now have the makings of a correspondence. Symbols of quality are useful by themselves, but they can't be described in any objective way, so it's often useful to refer to symbols in terms of other symbols. The planet Earth has a multitude of colors, but the symbol "Earth" brings to mind the color green. The color green might also put you in mind of the qualities of "Earth." The only requirement is that there be some similarity in quality.
How do I use it?
How do these three systems fit together?
This facilitates the diagnosis and treatment of the whole person. If the person is healthy, energy flows freely throughout the body. If there is a blockage of some kind, it will show itself not just as tension or weakness in the body, behaviors and attitudes will also be evident. Each Chakra corresponds to certain portions of the body, certain types of thoughts and behaviors, and certain types of spiritual attitudes. These dimensions cannot be treated seperately. Heal only the body and a new ailment will return. Heal only the mind and a new bitterness will arise. Heal only the spirit and faith will have no form with which to sustain itself.
This system is incredibly useful, if for no other reason than the inseperability of the dimensions of life. With this map we find that each part of the body has a mental and spiritual component. Each Chakra is a nexus of physical, mental and spiritual activity. To put it a different way: a Chakra is a part of you that shares a part of your capacity to think and communicate. You can literally talk to your body. You can ask it about aches and pains, behaviors, thoughts, feelings, impulses.
The Seven Heavenly Virtues and Seven Deadly Sins
Each Virtue and its corresponding Sin are opposite concepts. They are mutually exclusive - they cannot both exist simultaneously in the same action. They are opposed, one being a force for creative living, the other for destruction. They're dichotomous.
The Yin and Yang of Taoism is a symbol of dichotomy; it tells us that any two opposing forces make up a greater whole. Faith and Pride, for example, are concepts which directly oppose each other. If we say, for the sake of argument, that Faith is Yang and Pride is Yin, we haven't diminished Faith or Pride any, but we've made them potentially more useful to us by putting them in terms of another symbol. Together, the two represent a whole force, consisting of both creative and destructive qualities and their interaction. The concept could be incredibly useful, but we need a symbol for it.
We just happen to have one ready. On the table, Faith and Pride are in the same row as the Crown Chakra. The Crown symbolically incorporates both the potential for Faith and for Pride, and like the Yin and Yang is a whole, greater than either. The condition the Crown is in when energy flows through it might influence the occurrence of a Faithful action or a Prideful one. Whatever happens, the Crown Chakra is still the Crown Chakra. It contains and manifests Faith and Pride, but it has a seperate dimension of identity. Faith and Pride only exist when there is an action they describe. Because Chakras describe process, instead of just a state, they exist continuously over time.
In their isolated state, the Virtues and Sins seem to be intended to represent forces that exist outside of man, greater than him, able to pull him along, but incomprehensible. Incorporated with the Chakras, they are much less ominous, and much more useful.
The Heirarchy of Needs (or Maslow's Pyramid)
A person starts at the bottom of the Pyramid, until the basest needs are fulfilled. He then moves on to the next highest level, to fulfill his safety needs, and so on. I incorporated this system because, although Chakras and Sins are incredibly interesting, they don't translate well into modern psychology. The Pyramid correspondences should be helpful in relating your discoveries and insights to more current methods of understanding the workings of the mind.
|Crown||Empathy, unity||Awareness of the wholeness of the universe and one's place in it; soul||Inner or White Light (the ineffable whole self)||Faith||Pride||Notes|
|Third Eye||ESP, inner senses||Spirituality; the unconscious||Inner Sound (like Inner Light, but more mundane; the ineffable self at this moment)||Hope||Envy||Spiritual
(not in Maslow's original model)
|Throat||Hearing||Expression and reception; communication between the whole self and everything else. Seperateness of self and others at its most essential, individual level.||Ether (the border between the spirit and the material)||Charity||Gluttony||Self-actualization||Notes|
|Heart||Touch||Perceptions of close relationships with other people||Air||Fortitude||Lust||Esteem||Notes|
|Solar Plexus||Sight||Ego; Sense and ease of being. The condition of this chakra indicates the condition of a one's awareness of and comfort with the place one has made for oneself in society.||Fire||Justice||Wrath||Social||Notes|
|Sacral||Taste||Awareness of appetites; food, sex, raw pleasure. The needs and wants of the body are felt here. A person's sensitivity and connection to his or her own bodily desires is determined by the condition of this chakra.||Water||Temperance||Greed||Safety||Notes|
|Root||Smell||Survival, subsistence, trust, security in the here-and-now.||Earth||Prudence||Sloth||Physiological||Notes|