The brain. Those magical three pounds of fat which house the origins of our nervous system and are the assumed center of thought, knowledge and consciousness.
We have credited the evolution of the innocent brain with the building and destruction of civilizations, with the advent of agriculture and the very development of man as a species.
We all know that a healthy, optimally functioning brain is paramount to survival. The brain alone uses 60% of the all the glucose in the body every day and 85% of its makeup is water. Without the brain, we would be like deep sea divers fumbling around in the dark pressure of the ocean, more like somewhat responsive human seaweed than creating, imaginative, communicative beings.
We have books and medical professionals to help us take better care of our brains, but few of us give as much attention to our energetic brain as our physical one.
The energetic brain consists of the 6th and 7th chakras. A chakra is a spinning vortex of subtle energy which relates to an aspect of the physical body. The chakras are the portals through which we can bring spiritual inspiration and healing into the physical body and mental emotional life. The 6th and 7th Chakras are located at the point in between the eyebrows, and at the crown of the head.
Because science can not prove that the seat of consciousness is in the brain, it seems highly likely that the brains relationship with the mind is as a sort of epicenter or antennae for our consciousness; conscious awareness is enhanced and translated into the human experience by the functions of the brain, but it is not of the brain itself. We know that people who experience near death experiences can be declared clinically dead with no activity in the brain whatsoever, and have the experience of floating above their body, in complete consciousness.
Where the computing capacity of the brain leaves off, the 6th and 7th chakras take over. While the brain processes information and calculates its tasks, the 6th and 7th chakras are responsible for activating our brains ability to access higher levels of consciousness, intelligence and inspiration.
Why is it important to acknowledge the energetic realm when considering brain health?
As a species who are continually evolving, we need to start accessing these higher levels of our consciousness in order to find creative solutions to our global problems. The beauty of the energetic brain is that when the 6th and 7th chakras are healthy and in balance, not only are we able to dream up and receive "divine inspiration" to our problems, but we do so from a place of no fear and complete trust.
This is the nectar of which there is such a drought right now. These solutions which come to us from a balanced 6th and 7th chakra are based on a trust in a higher order: The order of nature, the order of the Divine, the order physics- the kind of inspiration free from human ego.
Of course, in order to experience these higher levels of intelligence we must first have an optimally functioning physical brain. Below of the essential steps to supercharging the brain:
- Maintain stable blood sugar. Eat 3-4 medium to smallish meals every day. Keep your plate filled with 1/2 vegetables, 1/4 carbohydrates and fats, and 1/4 lean protein.
- Increase vitamin B. Eat foods which are high in vitamin B's: nutritional yeast, sauerkraut, nuts and whole grains. If you really want to make sure you have enough B vitamins, consider seeing a Naturopath who can prescribe a blood test and then help you accurately supplement for your body.
- Stay Hydrated. Drink 16 oz of warm water upon waking, and always drink before you get thirsty. Studies show that 90 minutes of intensive sweating can shrink your brain equal to one year of aging!
- Eat healthy fats. A study from from 2012 published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showed that consuming more healthy fats (the proper ratio of omega 3's 6's and 9's) reduced the risk of Alzheimers.
Once we have a healthy physical foundation, we can expand our consciousness by balancing the 6th and 7th chakras. Below is a Kundalini Yoga Meditation to enhance our intuitive thinking capacities, connect with Divine inspiration and use our inspirations with humbleness and no ego.
'Bowing Before the Infinite'. Meditation taught by Yogi Bhajan in1971
- Tune in by chanting 'Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo' three times, to connect with your inner and outer guidance.
- Sit in rock pose on your heels and lengthen your spine tall. Gently bring your chin in towards your throat, lengthening the back of your neck.
- Place your hands at your lower back and interlace them in Venus Mudra. (Interlace your fingers, if you are a woman, placing your left thumb on the bottom, thumb tip touching the outer side of your right hand. If you are a man, place your right thumb on the bottom, thumb tip touching the outside of the left hand.)
- Close your eyes, focus your awareness at the 3rd eye point and being to chant 'Har Ham'. As you chant 'Har', lower your forehead down to the floor in a bowing posture, hands still clasped behind the back. As you chant 'Ham', rise upwards to your straight-spine starting position.
- Practice for 11 minutes.
- To finish, inhale deeply, suspend your breath while squeezing the spine straight, then exhale completely. Repeat two more times.
Try these practices and leave a comment below with your experiences. What form of inspiration presents itself to you when you practice this meditation? How can you nurture and cultivate this connection to your brains physical and energetic health?
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