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Spiritual concepts

Chakras and the endocrine system

By the process described in the section on Aggregates, every organ in our body has a set of functions specific to its operation, plus a number of functions that are not operational functions but are ‘value added functions that exists because we  have created  a class called ‘liver’ or ‘gall bladder’ or ‘heart’.

Within the Indian system of software based and hence functional based systems, the systems that regulate each organ are called ‘chakras’.  There is a direct correspondence between the various glands of the body  - ‘hardware’ and the software system that runs on them – the chakras.

So for example, Mooladhara corresponds to the perineal glands and controls sexual systems; swaddhisana controls the kidney, urinary and excretory systems; manipura corresponds to the adrenal gland , but affects the digestive, stomach and liver systems; anahata corresponds to the thymus but also affects the heart and lung systems; visshudi corresponds to the thyroid; ajna corresponds to the pituitary glands but we also have sahasrana corresponding [roughly] to the hypothalamus and pineal glands

Sahasrara is regarded as the gateway to the spiritual world, as such it implies the composer may be found around the thalamus or the hypothalamus.

This may not seem very relevant, but if we think of the body as a biological computer, with functions that ‘run’ on these biological components, it is important to know your functions and where they reside.

Which type of input goes to which chakra?  Again, the sources I studied did not agree so I found it very difficult to come up with one consistent picture.  The following is a summary  from one of Barbara Brennan’s book.

Source:  Barbara Brennan

Chakra

Number of vortices

Endocrine gland

Area of body

Affects following systems

CROWN

sahasrana

972

Pineal

Upper brain, right eye

Blessings -

Spiritually in tune, wholeness, peace, faith, sense of purpose

HEAD

ajna

96

Pituitary

Lower brain, left eye, ears, nose, nervous system

Inspiration, Intuition - Capacity to visualise and understand mental concepts, ability to carry out ideas

THROAT

visshudi

16

Thyroid

Bronchial and vocal apparatus, lungs, alimentary canal

 Self esteem/worth - Takes responsibility for own actions, sense of self within society and one's profession

HEART

anahata

12

Thymus

Heart, blood, vagus nerve, circulatory system

Divine love - Love for others, openness, ego and Personality,  strong positive view of accomplishments

SOLAR PLEXUS

manipura

6

Adrenal

Stomach, liver, gall bladder, nervous system

Spiritual wisdom -  also pleasure, expansiveness

BASE

swaddhisana

4

Pancreas

Spinal column, kidneys

Life force

Will to live, energetic, physical potency, presence, power

SACRAL

Muladhara

6

Gonads

Reproductive system

Human Sexual Love  - Sexual energy high, unity with others

Observations

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