According to modern medical science, our endocrine system is responsible for regulating growth, mood, blood sugar, metabolism, energy levels, reproduction, and immunity.
The various glands on the endocrine system communicate with each other through the production and release of hormones into the bloodstream. It’s a mechanistic model according to the scientific perspective.
But, there is another, much older view that needs to be taken into consideration to truly heal the body on a deeper level.
According to ancient wisdom, those same endocrine glands, and their position within the body are referred to as chakras. For those of you that are new to understanding the chakras, they are an energetic system within the body.
You can’t see them with an x-ray, and when they are out of balance, it won’t show up on a blood test.
The chakras regulate your connection to your “self” and your emotional reactions to the world around you.
There are seven main body chakras and they are each connected to a different emotional, psychological and spiritual aspect of your self.
Here’s a brief overview of the chakras for a better understanding:
The first chakra (root of body, spine) is our connection to survival, ability to provide for oneself, and feelings of safety and security. It also represents a connection to the immediate family: mother, father, sister, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The second chakra (gonads, testis, ovaries) is the connection to community and significant others. This is where our ability to “feel” emotions lives, and it’s where creativity is born. Humans can birth both babies and ideas from the second chakra.
The third chakra (pancreas/adrenals) is the connection to a sense of self. This is related to self-esteem and self worth: who you are and what you are doing in the world. It is our “take action” chakra! When we have a strong sense of self we can digest what we need, and take on challenges that come our way.
The fourth chakra (thymus) is our connection to divinity or a belief in a higher power, or god. It’s also the connection to unconditional love, compassion, and forgiveness. More people need to connect to this chakra.
The fifth chakra (thyroid) is our ability to express ourselves creatively and voice our truth. It’s also connected to our sense of sight, taste, smell, and hearing.
The sixth chakra (pineal gland, pituitary) is the connection to wisdom and intuition. When the sixth chakra is healthy there is no second-guessing anything. We know exactly what we need to know. It’s our ability to see without seeing and hear and know the truth.
The seventh chakra (hypothalamus, crown) is our connection to spiritual nature. This is our present-moment awareness, faith, and inner guidance. It’s our ability to understand that everything is exactly the way it’s supposed to be.
For starters let’s focus our attention on the fifth chakra because, as a thyroid expert, it’s one of my personal favorites.
The fifth chakra is directly connected to our ability to communicate. A healthy fifth chakra is expressed through sharing emotions and thoughts that are truthful and honest.
When the physical, emotional, and spiritual body is in alignment, we speak with grace and wisdom rather than with blame, hurt, and resentment.
Generally speaking, if people cannot healthfully express their own personal truth, they can develop a thyroid condition or a goiter. The truth gets stuck in their throat, emotionally, and can create a corresponding physical condition.
A student in one of my classes was suffering from hypothyroidism and goiter. Diane told me that when she read and answered work emails she often found herself holding her throat.
When I asked if she was saying something in the emails that she didn’t want to say, she said, “Yes! I work for a government organization, and I have to be politically correct with my responses.”
She realized that her standard email replies, and the truth of what she wanted to express, were in complete opposition to each other. She was withholding her truth to save her job.
She said, “If I write back what I really want them to know, I would get fired.”
On the emotional and spiritual levels, if Diane doesn’t express her truth, her 5th chakra and thyroid may always have problems no matter how well she is eating or how well she takes care of herself. To fully heal her condition, she needed to get another job, one that was in alignment with her being able to speak her truth and nourish her spirit.
In most modern medical practices, physicians look to the physical condition first and treat that as if it is the sole cause of the diseased condition.
Unfortunately, the root cause of the condition did NOT begin in the physical realm.
Dense with matter, the physical world is the final place a condition shows up. The thought or emotion that triggered that physical condition to start developing in the first place, began in an environment that moves much faster, traveling at the speed of light; the world of ether, emotion, and spirit.
As a health coach, I assess not only the physical realm to help someone heal their body, but we dig deeper to see where the emotional/spiritual body may be out of balance as well.
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Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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