Indian mystics are thought to have been amongst the first to have associated the chakras as physical manifestations in the endocrine system. It can be noted by many people who practice chakra healing that there is a marked similarity between the roles and positions of the glands in the endocrine system and the chakras. There is also thought to be a link between the chakras and the positions of the nerve ganglia (known as “plexuses”) which runs along the spinal column.
With the knowledge that the chakras are connected to so many parts of the body this means that two vastly different systems have been brought together to synchronize insights about the same happenings. Chakras are thought to have a physical manifestation in the body as these glands, and their subjective manifestation as the associated psychological and spiritual experiences.
There are various hormones secreted by these glands that have a dramatic effect on human psychology, if there is an imbalance in one it can cause a psychological or physical imbalance in that person. Whether these changes in body chemistry have a bearing on spiritual matters is debatable even among the Indian theorists, and with different belief systems, Indian and Western, make the debate even more complicated.
The most psychologically dramatic and potent secretion of these glands is the psychedelic drug DMT which comes from the pineal gland, corresponding to the brow chakra. In Western cultures, some people have sought spiritual breakthroughs with the use of these chemical aids.
Primarily the level of existence of the chakras is in the spirit and the psyche where it cannot be seen but for those who believe, can be healed and comforted by them. The thought of an unknown energy having any amount of control over their bodies can be a scary concept for some people. For those of us who do believe we can be understanding and patient with those who do not understand.
By: Janis Mclellan
Janis resides in western Canada, she studies the Buddhist religion and practices reiki healing. Janis loves making Buddhist t-shirts,
gifts and apparel to spread the knowledge of enlightenment. All of the
images used on the products are hand drawn with high quality graphics
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