I originally wrote this article on July 11th 2015 on my now retired Element Mountain Exploratory Wilderness school website. This is a revised repost.
First I will state that most of the chakra system information I have found on the Internet and in books is incorrect and filled with disinformation. The information is clashing and highly contradicting to one another in many of the systems I have looked into. I think the main issues are that most of the information on charkas is very new and stems for source of poor translations, and thus has been and continues to be very loose and open to conditioned and prejudiced interpretation. Far too many new age religion areas have seemingly twisted the chakra information to fit their own belief, ideals and therefore there is not near enough physical bases for the claims.
The chakra system is simply an energetic field in-which the organs are situated. The energy is generated from the nervous system, which comes from the brain. Each organ contains its own energy, also created in the brain. It is the organs that control the physical body, not the chakras. If you remove a kidney from a person, both their second and third chakras will suffer. If the chakra controlled the body then removing an organ would not hinder it, the chakra would continue on. The chakras are generated by the nerves coming from the brain, but are ruled by the function of organs and glands found within each energy band. The idea that certain organs are related to chakras is backwards. It should be the chakras are related to the organs. Your skin is warm to the touch not because it is heated by the outside, but rather because heat is generated inside. Our outer energy signature is created from within, because of the functions of our internal systems.
Now for more detail. The consciousness comes into the body through the brain, of course. When the prenatal energy of the body is formed, our system is reliant upon our mother’s energy. Unborn and mother are basically one in the same. Only after the infant is born does the new life begin to slowly take on its own energy. This takes time. The reason it takes time is due to the development of the brain, which is born undeveloped. As the brain develops it feeds energy through the growing nervous system to the growing organs. This process takes years and years to reach a state of development completion. This is one reason it is so detrimental for young teens to drink alcohol, because their livers are still developing and cannot handle it.
While the brain is working on the slow development of the organs, among countless other areas of the body, the personality and conscious memory are also being developed, like I wrote about in previous articles on trauma and I think even in my PTSD book.
Even though many of the organs are underdeveloped at birth, they still function and thus give off their own energy. Now the interesting thing to note is that the chakra system of a newborn is rather thin and singular as opposed to an adult. A typical healthy adult has a thicker (varies from person to person and area to area around the body) and very segmented chakra structure. The 7 chakras are well divided and stable within themselves while reliant upon the entire system to uphold balance. However, the chakras themselves are birthed and maintained by the nervous system and the organs and glands.
The second, third, fourth and fifth chakras emanate out of ganglion nerve bundles located on the inside of the spine. The first chakra is generated out of the crossing of the front male energy and the rear female energy of the body. This point is referred to as either the premium or conception vessel 1. The female energy the runs the front of the body moves toward the rear of the body where it travels up the and down the spine. The transition between the male and female energy occurs low at the perineum and this generates the first chakra. The seventh chakra at the crown of the head is generated by those energies again, but also by the division of the frontal lobe of the brain and the parietal lobe. The point is known as Governor Vessel 20. It is a powerful energy crossing point. Interestingly just off to the sides of that point lie the motor functions of both the feet and the genitalia.
The sixth chakra comes out of the pineal gland with the assistance of the pituitary gland, and the brain stem.
The organs come into play in the creation of each chakra as well. Each chakra contains organs or glands for a reason, the organs help create and maintain the chakras. Starting with the heart chakra, the fourth, even though it is called the heart chakra, it is created and maintained by not only the heart, but also the lungs, thymus gland, gall bladder and liver. The intricate organ relationships I have discussed in the organ health articles works with the ganglion bundles to literally create the chakra. The thymus sits at the very top of the heart chakra. The heart and most of the lungs sit at the center and the top of the liver and gall bladder set at the bottom of the chakra. Each of those organs generates its own energy, partly creating the chakra, but also communicating with other organs as previously described, generating the real dynamics of the chakra.
The heart chakra is generated by the ganglion nerve bundle on the spine, but its dynamics, health, color, sound and overall functionality are created and governed by the liver feeding the heart energy and the spleen feeding the lung energy. The balance structure for the heart chakra comes from the communication of opposites. The heart is balanced by the small intestine and the lungs are balanced by the large intestine. Male/female – female/male. It is the healthy communication through energy between the heart chakra organs and their lower counterpart viscera that allows for the chakra to uphold a state of equilibrium – positive/negative – light/dark, one relies upon the other and in-turn there is balance. If any of the above fails to properly communicate through energy with its counterpart, or one organ weakens and fails to feed the other organ (parent to child), then balance is lost and the chakra energy falters. The chakra energy does not falter from external energies, but rather from internal disruption since the chakra energy is merely an outward radiance of the internal network.
That is a solid and real example of one chakra band and organ dynamic. But what of a chakra area containing no organs? Let us look at the first chakra, the root chakra. No organs exist that low. Only the male testes hang into that lowest chakra. However, we must remember the crossing and exchange of opposite energies that takes place in the first chakra as energy moves from the front of the body to the back of the body. Also it is important to note the major liver, spleen and kidney meridians running up the inside of the leg and through the inguinal region. The inside of the extreme upper thigh is in the first chakra, as is the perineum and in females, vaginal opening. All of those are governed by major organs above. The male and female front and rear energies of the body are created by the individual functions and inter-relationships of each organ. Remove an organ and the entire balance of this highly intricate relationship pattern is harmed, even unto total collapse and death. Our physical life exists within each organ. As organs weaken and falter, pieces of our physical life leave the body. Eventually death occurs because there is not enough organ strength to maintain the spirit inside the body.
The first chakra is created by that energy transition, but upheld, maintained and fully governed by the liver, kidneys and spleen. The kidneys and lungs, water and air or metal, push energy downward and the spleen earth, fertile growth pushes energy upward, balance and opposite movement which creates electricity, energy… a chakra that contains an “underground river”, the crossing male to female energy.
The middle organs have their opposites rather side-by-side. Spleen-Stomach, Liver-Gall Bladder and Kidney-Urinary Bladder. This ratio of opposites within the close proximity positioning creates a tighter and denser energy structure. The chakras also then reflect this denser energy the lower we go into them.
The other main point to the article is the movement of the chakras. There’s a large amount of wrong information today concerning how chakras move. Today there are seemingly countless people teaching others in the western world that chakras move in and out from the chakra center like a spiral or tornado. One tornado movement out the rear of the body for each chakra and one out the front.
This is wrong.
The lungs create what is called Wei Chi. Wei Chi is the chi/energy that surrounds and protects the body. The stronger a person’s lungs are, typically the stronger their Wei Chi. This is the first energy defense of the human immune system. When Wei Chi is weak it allows external pathogens to invade the body.
If our chakras actually formed tornado type energy that literally drilled in and out of our bodies, then it would create holes in our Wei Chi. If the chakra actually pulled external energy into our bodies through these spiral vortexes, then any and all external pollution, pathogens and other harmful energies would easily invade our systems. The lungs create Wei Chi because there is a LOT outside of us that is downright harmful to the interior of our bodies. The chakras DO NOT move like spiraling vortices in and out of the body.
If we go back to the region where the recognition of chakras came from, India, and look at the old texts and teachings, we find the truth. All the old texts, the old teachings state the facts of how the chakras move. I will cite one example many. Let’s take a book that isn’t extremely old, but follows the old text teaching quite well. Ashtanga Yoga, Primer by Baba Hari Dass and published in 1981 states on page 12, “Chakras are specific energy centers that are related to the various actions of Parana. Each of these centers is circular with a central point of focused energy known as bindu; thence the name chakra, which means “wheel”. The chakras lie horizontally within sushumnanadi.”
The book goes to describe 7 chakras, not 8 or 9 or 12, but 7 only. It also clearly states the chakras lie horizontally, are circular in shape and spin like a wheel. Like a barrel the spin around the body, containing it, protecting it, like the Wei Chi of the lungs.
So why is there so much disinformation, contradictions and just plain wrong information about the chakras floating around in the modern world? I think the main reasons are as follows:
Chakras are nothing more than energy compilations of the organs and organ dynamic output. This is why you can find similar emotions in each chakra and even functions, because the organs creating and controlling them are in various areas of the body and in very complex communication with other organs, glands, nerves, and so on. The organs are specific, the chakras are general.
The organs and hormones create emotions, not chakras. Yes organs contain emotions because they contain hormones and electrical currents from the brain. If you have a congested liver you will feel angry and irritable. If you have weak lungs you could feel depression and grief. Weak kidneys promote excessive fear. Chakras can be read simply because they contain these energy outputs from within the body. But reading chakras is not at all complete. Like I said, they are general energies only that tend to be very open to interpretation, much like palmistry and star charts.
I hope this helps to clear up any confusion concerning both chakras and organs.
I have written about this, done podcasts on this, held lectures and seminars going into great detail on this topic over the course of 10 years. This is just a very simple introductory article for those unfamiliar with the subject. I originally wrote this article in October of 2016 on my now retired Element Mountain Wilderness Exploratory schools website.. So this is a repost.
Our human bodies go through cycles based upon time, the clock itself as it follows a 24 hour circle. This cycle continues from the day we are born until the day our bodies give up the ghost. Of course depending upon our age and health will determine the efficiency and exactness of the cycle the body follows within each 24 hours. For example, a healthy adolescent or adult will have the highest spleen energy and functioning between 9-11 am each late morning. However, if a person has a weak spleen the spleen energy may not be so high during that time and actually lean towards a deficiency of energy that could even be taken over by liver energy.
Nonetheless, for the sake of some mere basics to point to in this short article, you will find the following part of the overall 24 hour body cycle for human beings.
If we begin at noon, 12pm, and move forward from there we will note the following:
If we look to the other end of the 24 hour clock we can find functions such as these happening:
The organs go through a 24 hour cycle of high energy times and low energy times. The basic layout of the 24 hour organ body clock is as follows:
23:00 hrs to 01:00 hrs – Gall Bladder – high energy – Heart – low energy
01:00 hrs to 03:00 hrs – Liver – high energy – Small Intestine – low energy
03:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs – Lungs – high energy – Urinary Bladder – low energy
05:00 hrs to 07:00 hrs – Large Intestine – high energy - Kidney – low energy
07:00 hrs to 09:00 hrs – Stomach – high energy - Pericardium – low energy
09:00 hrs to 11:00 hrs – Spleen – high energy – Triple Warmer – low energy
11:00 hrs – 13:00 hrs – Heart – high energy – Gall Bladder – low energy
That completes half the 24 hour cycle. You will note that the organs are paired yin and yang. All major organs are yin energy and their excreting opposite is the yang. Lungs, for example, take in energy/breath and are thus yin in quality, but the opposite organ to the lungs is the urinary bladder, which excretes and thus is the yang organ.
The next 12 hour cycle of the total 24 hours is simply the direct opposite organ association. Notice we started with the span of the midnight hour, 23:00 hrs to 01:00 hrs – Gall Bladder – high energy – Heart – low energy. We ended with the exact opposite over the noon hour span, 11:00 hrs – 13:00 hrs – Heart – high energy – Gall Bladder – low energy. The same goes for the rest of the clock.
13:00 hrs to 15:00 hrs – Small Intestine – high energy – Liver – low energy
15:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs – Urinary Bladder – high energy – Lungs – low energy
17:00 hrs to 19:00 hrs – Kidney – high energy - Large Intestine – low energy
19:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs – Pericardium – high energy - Stomach – low energy
21:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs – Triple Warmer – high energy – Spleen – low energy
Back to the start:
23:00 hrs – 01:00 hrs – Heart – high energy – Gall Bladder – low energy
There is a ton more detail along this 24 hour cycle of the human body. Learning it and understanding it can greatly increase our ability to manage our bodies through each day and season, heighten self awareness, design and embrace the most beneficial habits and lifestyles and truly get in touch with the many surface and deep levels of our physical systems. Even further it can assist us in relating to and understand other people and their habits, weaknesses and strengths. This can be an exceptional tool for anyone in the medical field, an employer (boss) of others and teachers of any subject! For martial training and combat training… I’m sure you can begin to see the benefits of studying, learning and immersing one’s self in the depths of this knowledge.
When it comes to training, sweat is part of the process. Everyone knows that sweating is one of the body’s mechanisms to cool it down by way of shedding excess heat built up internally. Working out certainly builds up excess heat, that if not shed would damage organs, the brain and other major systems of the body. So, we sweat.
Most people have heard that sweating is healthy, and the more one sweats during exercise the healthier they are. We can, however, over-sweat and drain out bodies not only of essential fluids, but also minerals, vitamins, essential core yin fluid and imbalance the electrolytes. All of this stresses every major organ, the nervous system, endocrine system, respiratory system, circulatory system, lymphatic system and others. In old school TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), sweating depletes ad weakens the blood.
Many medications and health issues prevent or decrease people’s ability to sweat, which is just as bad as sweating too much. Multiple sclerosis, Demyelinating conditions, Diabetes and other conditions prevent proper sweating. Alcoholism, Clonidine, Barbiturates, Opioids, Anticholinergics and other medications and abuses also prevent the body from sweating at proper and healthy levels.
When training in contact sports and combative modalities, getting the sweat from others on you is a natural part of the activity. You don’t even need to be part of any of that to exchange sweat. All a person needs to exchange sweat is to have an intimate partner! While sweating is healthy, it has its downsides for sweat exchange.
Beyond cooling the system down, the body also sweats to detoxify itself. Again, common knowledge. But what isn’t really common knowledge is what comes out of the body in sweat. We live in a toxic environment within this industrialized and “modernized” world. Our bodies are much like the oceans – they accumulate large amounts of toxins. We not only take in toxins through our mouths with foods, water and air, but also our ears, nose and through our skin; our pores.
We have about 18 square feet of skin that contains around 650 sweat glands per square inch. If my math is correct that means we have about 4 million sweat glands! Skin is not only or largest organ, but also the largest area we have to absorb toxins… and release them.
The skin is porous. Sweat and toxins come out and the external world seeps in. Just look at how many medications are applied to the skin because the body absorbs and utilizes it far better than taking it through the mouth. Our skin breathes constantly – fact. Another fact is that toxic chemicals taken into the body many times are excreted far easier through the skin in the form of sweat than through the bowels or urine.
Chemicals (beneficial and harmful ones) such as:
Phthalates, PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls – not all but some of them), Methadone, Tin, Thallium, Lead, Nickel, Antimony, Amphetamines, Bisphenol, Cadmium, Arsenic, Mercury, Iron, Aluminum, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Manganese, Chromium, Chloride and Copper to name a few.
Back to close contact training.
When we are working out with a partner, and sweating, we are excreting toxins. Your training partner is also excreting toxins through their sweat. What you sweat out, your partner’s skin will partly absorb, especially when hot and the pores are wide open. And the same goes for your skin, absorbing what your partner’s skin excretes. We not only breathe in possible toxins the other person breathes out; just by exchanging sweat we can be exposed to toxins from another person. The more skin we have exposed, the more sweat exchange occurs.
We cannot avoid this kind of exchange if we are involved in anything requiring close contact while participating in sweat inducing activities. But it is something to be aware of. It can help to know who you are exchanging sweat with; their lifestyle, level of health, diet, etc. Showering immediately after working out can help cleanse the skin of lingering toxins, and help the pores clear surface toxins. Hydrating after working out is also an essential aspect of helping the body clean out toxins, not only the urination, but also through the lingering sweat process as the body works to cool down.
Hydrate – exercise and continue hydrating – sweat – stop exercising – hydrate more while the cool down sweat happens – shower – hydrate some more with lightly salted water
We are not germless, pure organic forms of physical life. But the body continually tries to clean itself from toxic overload. And the more the modern industrialized pursuit and mentality moves along, the more toxic our environment becomes; meaning the more toxic we have the potential of becoming. And our body’s natural methods of detoxing can actually be toxifying to others.
On another note, one reason we sweat when we are in pain is because it is a way the body works to combat the pain experience. Sweating produces enkephalin, which is a neurotransmitter that literally reduces the mental and physical perception of pain, both physical and emotional pain.
I’ve always told people that before they begin a training regime that would require close contact with others, to go through a detoxification process first, one agreed upon by their healthcare practitioner. It is something not only healthy and empowering to the individual, but also a respectful thing to do for the people they will train with.
Elder White Wolf: