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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Whirlpool

A whirlpool is essentially a tunnel symbolically.  Generally speaking however it is very specifically related to chakras.

Our spiritual body, along with numerous other energy bodies, has a large number of chakras,  which are the receivers and also it appears the emitters of energy.  The chakras seen in many hallucinations [hallucinations because the image is superimposed on the physical body]  are whirlpool or whirlwind like spinning whirling energy. 

When we go out of body it is usually through these chakras and as a consequence we appear to be going through a whirlpool  or whirlwind or other similarly moving energy vortex.  As you can see from the diagram above we can go ‘down’ figuratively speaking and ‘up’. 

If you encounter a whirlpool you are generally taken out of your body and ‘down’ – though down here does not mean physically down .

                                             Japanese Graphic Art - "Whirlpool" by Ichiryusai Hiroshige

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