Hair and Spirituality

Does Long Hair Make you a More Spiritual Person?

There have been times where I have wondered… Why is it that most spiritual teachers, guru’s, and mystics have long hair as opposed to short hair? Is it to simply fit a certain style or look that has become associated with mystical teachers? Or is there some type of unseen connection to spirituality and the length of your hair? Something tells me there is a much broader connection between hair and spirituality than we may realize. Let’s take a deeper look and explore the idea behind hair and spirituality.

 

“I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” Evel Knievel

A Deeper Look at the Spirituality of Hair

Hair is an extension of the nervous system and can be seen as external nerves, feelers, or antennae. When the hair is cut, sending and receiving information to and from the environment around is hampered. It is believed by many ancient cultures adept in spiritual practice that uncut hair can actually raise your energy / Kundalini life force, leading to increased vitality and intuition. In fact, it was Yogi Bhajan that taught us by cutting your hair, you lose vital energy because the body must use that energy to regrow the lost hair. When the hair remains uncut this vital energy stays within you.

Throughout history it is well known that those who were captured and made to work as slaves were forced to cut their hair as a sign that they no longer possessed their freedom. Chopping off the hair was also seen as punishment as it would deprive the individuality of those who were captured creating a uniform look among all of the enslaved.

Have you ever wondered why the military cuts the hair to very short lengths of all their soldiers? They say that it is to protect soldiers in the rare case that they are captured and tortured by means of their hair. But is this really the case? Could it be that shorter hair makes you more susceptible to being controlled. This is something to reflect upon.

 

“Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” -Yogi Bhajan

The Story of Sampson and Delilah

This tale can be found within the bible, in the book of Judges chapter 16. The story of Sampson and Delilah begins by introducing us to a a man from Nazarite who possessed great strength, far beyond that of any other man. Sampson possessed a profound love for a woman that went by the name of Delilah. As the story unfolds, Delilah is bribed by the chief of the Philistines to find the source of Sampson’s strength. Initially Sampson is reluctant to divulge the source of his supreme strength because of his covenant with God.

Eventually, through many attempts at persuasion, Sampson gives in to Delilah and reveals the source of his strength which comes from the length of his hair. Upon hearing this Delilah orders a servant to cut the hair of Sampson while he is sleeping. Because he no longer has his long hair and his covenant with God is broken, Sampson loses his God given strength and is returned to that of a mere mortal. Captured and broken by this betrayal Sampson calls upon God to give him strength one final time so that he may topple the palace destroying himself and all of those around him.

My Take: Long Hair and Spirituality

The hair on your head and face can also protect you from the environmental conditions around you. Your hair can help to protect you from extreme conditions such as overexposure to the sun, or harsh weather conditions such as wind, rain, or the cold. All in all, the Creator gave us hair for a purpose and it is meant to be grow naturally. We all have the option to cut our hair and style it as we please because that is our free will. I however intend to let my hair grow freely the way the Creator intended. All the best to you and yours.

 

 






 

Sources:

Bible Gateway: Judges 16

3HO: Yogi Hair Style

Quantum Balancing

EFT Tapping : Emotional Freedom Technique

What is Tapping?

On the most basic level tapping is exactly as it sounds. You take your hand and gently tap against certain areas of your body with your fingers. All of this is done while speaking positive affirmations of your choosing. On a much deeper level tapping is creating movement of the energetic meridians. Tapping is also known as EFT or emotional freedom techniques.

 

I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. Oscar Wilde

How does Tapping work?

When executed properly, tapping helps to realign our energy within our meridians. When the energy is flowing properly we feel great in our natural state of being. However, when the energy is not flowing properly we feel out of balance and may incur physical illness and / or disease. Tapping assists in correcting the energy flow within our bodies, realigning us to our natural state of being. Similar to acupuncture in that you stimulate certain points of the human body with needles. By tapping we use our fingers to create a similar effect naturally. Stimulating these meridian points can greatly reduces stress in the body.

 

How to Perform Tapping

Our first step is to take a deep breathe all the way into the pit of our stomachs, hold for a few seconds and then breathe out. Here you are trying to gauge your current stress levels so that we can see how we feel before and after a tapping session to measure our results.

We begin by gently tapping certain areas (pressure points) within our body while speaking our affirmations. The choice of words are yours to make, the important part is to feel the emotions and choose the right affirmations that will help you become a better you over time as you are tapping. Some examples could be, “I am going to have a great day today” or something along the lines of, “I choose to love and accept myself”. A common technique when tapping is to repeat an affirmation several times as you are tapping a specific point, before moving on to the next area.

After going through the process of tapping various points and speaking your affirmations, you may want to repeat the cycle again. This is fine, just be sure to stay relaxed and let the experience flow naturally. Before you begin the cycle remember to take a deep breathe and gauge your current state of being. You can tap with two fingers, your whole hand, or both hands on opposite sides. The important thing is to do whatever feels most comfortable and natural to you while tapping the correct pressure points on your body.

 

Potential Benefits of Tapping

  • Enhances well being
  • Enhances state of mind
  • Lowers cortisol (stress hormone)
  • Drains energy clogs within the body
  • Realigns meridians
  • Increases energy flow
  • Realigns the emotional body naturally
  • Clears possible fears and anxiety
  • Motivates through positive affirmations
  • Helps with letting go
  • Reduces stress
  • Assists in relaxation
  • Rebalance certain energies

 

In order to move on, you must understand why you felt what you did and why you no longer need to feel it. Mitch Albom

 

Tapping is a powerful tool that has been proven to work through clinical reports, research studies and more. However, it is up to you to take full responsibility for your own well being. Tapping can released suppressed emotions so please take the necessary precautions when it comes to your health and well being. You can reference some of these studies in the links below.

 

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Sources:
Brad Yates EFT Tapping
EFT Tapping Research / Studies
WIkipedia EFT Tapping

11 Abilities of the Mentally Strong Individual

As human beings we all have special talents and abilities that are unique to us. And as individuals we have talents and abilities that we may also share with others. Today we will be discussing some of these abilities that can be both unique to you, and shared by everyone. These abilities may seem as though they are the secret powers of a mighty superhero, but in reality, they are simply the abilities of the mentally strong individual.

 

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” Thomas Jefferson

The Abilities of the Mentally Strong

 

  • The ability to Let Go. There are many lessons to be learned as we progress daily through our lives. The key here is to be able to release any baggage or hangups that you may have so that you can move on to your next life lesson. Not letting go will only hamper you and hold you back from the potential benefits of your next life lesson.

 

  • The ability to Embrace Change. As the old saying goes… the only thing that is constant world is change. Since we live in an ever changing world it is important to be able to embrace the changes you will face on a regular basis. This rule follows the ability to let go, as embracing change is the next step in the process.

 

  • The ability to Stay in Control of your Emotions. Living in your emotions is easy. The hard part (at first) is staying in control of your emotions and not allowing them to control you. When used properly your emotions can enhance any experience you may encounter. The trick is to use them properly and not allow them to control you in your life.

 

  • The ability to Evaluate Core Beliefs. The ability to evaluate your core beliefs and adjust them as necessary is an important tool. This doesn’t mean your a wishy washy person constantly changing with the flow of the wind. However it does mean when new information presents itself, that you are open minded enough to reevaluate your core beliefs and to adjust them according to the new information that is being presented to you. This one is really about adaptation and growth.

 

  • The willingness to Take Calculated Risks. There will be times where everything is going smoothly and there is not much required from you as far as making changes is concerned. However, there will be other times where taking a calculated risk is the most beneficial route to your overall growth. The key word here is “calculated“. When one takes the time to weigh out your options out ahead of time, you will be able to have a better view of what lies ahead and can therefore take a much smaller risk than if planing was not part of the equation.

 

  • The ability to Enjoy Time Alone. Spending time alone might seems scary at times, but ultimately that alone time can be a very healthy for your mental health. Spending time alone away from large crowds gives you the personal time needed to focus and reflect on your thoughts and actions. From here you can build and grow from past experiences without having to worry about the influence of others affecting you. Me time is good time.

 

  • The ability to Celebrate the Success of Others. It is important to remember it’s not just about you. Life is also about sharing and growing right along side others. When you can release a bit of your ego and embrace the success of others, you can find out how much happier you can be. As they say…sharing is caring, and celebrating the success of others is all part of the growth process.

 

  • The willingness to Fail and Learn from Mistakes. Since life is about change, there will be good times and there will be bad times. The important thing is to learn from those bad times or mistakes that will occur along the way. Instead of brushing aside the mistakes you make, how about taking the time to reflect and learn from past failures. It will make you a much stronger person overall and allow you to grow and stretch past the previous circumstances you have encountered.

 

  • The ability to Accept Full Responsibility for Your Actions. This is a big one. It is far easier to point the finger at others and blame them for mistakes that take place as you travel your path. However it is the mature person that realizes they have a part to play in every circumstance they encounter. You may not control every challenge you face in your life but you can control how you react to it. And always remember when you are pointing your finger to place the blame upon others, that you will always have three fingers pointing back at you.

 

  • The ability to Expend Energy Wisely. This is an important ability as we only have so much energy to expend throughout the day. It is important to keep your energy high with proper sleep, nutrition, and other tools like meditation. Ignore people and circumstances that will drain your energy and keep you down. Using your energy wisely is an important tool in your arsenal for your ultimate success.

 

  • The ability to Reflect on Accomplishments. Some may just see this as gloating and inflating ones ego but there is much more going on here. When you take the time to reflect on past progress you can evaluate the good and the bad. You can see what went right in a certain situation and what went wrong. From here you can make more informed decisions on anything that may present itself in the future. Reflecting on past progress is also very helpful in building your confidence and resume of accomplishments which can always be looked back upon when you need a jolt of positivity!




Om – Reverberating Source

Om or Aum, is a sound created by humming. The sound that is created with Om while humming is considered sacred by many religions around the world. The sounds dates back to ancient times and can be found in its written form on many manuscripts within temples and monasteries across the globe. Om is a Sanskrit word meaning source or universal consciousness. The first appearance of Om is believed to be from the Upanishads text, but can also be found in other dated Hindu texts such as the Vedas. The Om sound is a sacred incantation that is often used during chanting, meditation, or when reciting advanced spiritual text. The actual sound created when chanting the word Om is believed to be the sound of creation or the sound of source.

 

“Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol. It is the entire cosmos, whatever we can see, touch, hear and feel…” Amit Ray

 

How to chant Om

We all have our own preferences when it comes to our meditation practices, and practicing the OM chanting with meditation is no different. What we are presenting here is an outline that can be followed until you become proficient in your own style of OM chant. Feel free to use this as a simple guide for now, while adding in your likes and taking out your dislikes as time goes on…

 

  • Begin by relaxing just as you would for a normal meditation session.
  • Be sure to relax the neck and jaw muscles before you begin practicing the chant.
  • The ooohhh sound originates in the belly, rises up through your vocal cords and out through the mouth.
  • The mmm sound should create a reverberation feeling throughout your head, mouth, and back of your throat.
  • When practiced properly, the mmm sounds should last twice as long as the ooohhh sound.
  • There is a pause on the final exhalation of Om followed by a slow deep breath back into the pit of the belly where the process can be repeated once again.
  • Do this for as long as you feel comfortable. It can be 2 minutes, 20 minutes, or 2 hours. Just remember to stay relaxed and let the sound flow naturally through you like the waves of the ocean. In and out, then out and back in again.

 

“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” Amit Ray

 

My Experience with Om

When done correctly, chanting Om during meditation has been a tremendously euphoric experience for me. When I am able to let go of all that sourounds me and delve deep into the feeling of Om I feel my omnipresent connection with source. Everyone’s experience with Om is a personal one and you may or may not experience it in the way others have. That’s okay! You are meant to experience what is right for you at the time you are experiencing it. Chanting Om is not about experiencing what others have but about creating your own enriching experience. There is no need to worry or stress, just enjoy yourself through the process. Practicing with Om this should be a fun experience that teaches you how to be a better you. Om…the reverberation of source!

 

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Sources:
Om Wikipedia

 

Cymatics: Vibrations and Sound

A Brief History of Cymatics

Cymatics stands for wave, or the study of wave phenomena through visual representation. Galileo Galilei was among the first to experiment with cymatics around the year of 1630. However it wasn’t until later that the term “cymatics” would be created by a Swiss gentleman with the name of Hans Jenny.

 

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Nikola Tesla

 

What is Cymatics and How Does it Work?

Cymatics is the visual representation of sound vibrations. Most often, fine sand particles or a liquid is placed upon a vibrating surface. The surface is then tuned to different frequqncies causing the sand / liquid to form different shapes based upon the specific frequqncy of vibration. When the frequency of vibration is shifted to a different range, the sand or liquid responds by forming the coresponding shape asociated with a specific sound frequency being played. The act of bringing matter to life visually… This is known as cymatics.

 

Divine sound is the cause of all manifestation. The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole universe. Hazrat Inayat Khan

 

Cymatics, What Does it All Mean?

Through the use of cymatics we are able to see certain patterns appear on the vibrating plate that are commonly see all around us on a daily basis. From the shape of microscopic cells and organisms, to the design of human anatomy, even certain species of animals and aquatic life. All the way up to planets, stars, solar systems, galaxies, the universe and more. There is a deep connection to matter and the vibration it accompanies.

The implications here are quiet astounding. With the visual representation of sound waves through the use of cymatics one can speculate that much more is going on that we are capable of experiencing with our five senses, specifically sight and sound. Could it be that this reality that we find ourselves engrossed in is just a specific frequency range? Could it be that there are other, possibly countless realities or “ranges of frequency” that exist just outside of our reality or frequency range?

These are some truly powerful ideas to consider, but I’ve said enough for now. I would love to hear your ideas on these matters. Feel free to spark the conversation and share your ideas below. As always, all the best to you and yours.

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Sources:
Cymatics Wikipedia