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

Isolation Tank Therapy

What is an Isolation Tank?

Developed in 1954 by John C Lilly, an isolation tank is a large pod or a small room that is both light proof and sound proof. The pod or room also known as a tank, is filled with epsom salt and warm water which creates buoyancy, allowing you to float on top of it. The water is very close to the temperature of your skin so it is relaxing and feels very comfortable. Floating on the water provides your body with the needed support while helping you to feel weightless, allowing you to relax more deeply than you normally would. The absence of light and sound also enhance your experience by giving you clarity of thought, something that can be hard to find from the over stimulation of senses in every day life. An Isolation Tank is also known as, flotation tank, sensory deprivation tank, sensory deprivation chamber, sensory deprivation flotation, or simply float therapy.

 

“It is nice finding that place where you can just go and relax.” Moises Arias

What to expect from an Isolation Tank

If it is your first time using an isolation tank be sure to arrive a few minutes early so that you can be given a proper orientation. This should include a breakdown of the tank, how it works, and the potential experience you will be having. To begin the flotation, you will need to undress and take a quick shower with the use of soap and shampoo before entering the tank. You can chose to float with a swim suit or naked as the flotation experience is private. Next you step inside and close the door behind you. This may be a little scary at first with no light or sound, but you will soon become acclimated to your surroundings and realize there is nothing to be afraid of as the experience is actually quiet enjoyable. Some people prefer using earbuds to prevent water from entering their ears and / or to completely shut out any potential noise occurring outside of the chamber. You float weightlessly for about an hour (longer if preferred) until you hear a knocking on the door acknowledging your float session has ended. Your finish the process by taking another shower to remove any epsom salt that may still be on your body and get dressed. You are given the option of ending the experience by drinking a cup of warm tea or water which can help to bring you fully back into your surroundings. The relaxed sensation you feel from the flotation should stay with you throughout the rest of the day, the mental benefits should last much longer.

 

Benefits of an Isolation Tank

There are many benefits associated with the experience of an isolation tank. Here are a few of the benefits that I have experienced from my several trips to the flotation tanks in my city.

 

  • Deep Relaxation
  • Stress Release
  • Calm Mind
  • Speeds up the process of natural healing
  • More at peace with myself and surroundings
  • Letting go is much easier
  • Centered Feeling
  • Less pain
  • Clearer Thinking
  • Increased Flexibility
  • More laid-back and carefree attitude
  • Out of Body Experience
  • and much more

 

 “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris

 

My Thoughts on Isolation Tanks

Floating has been a tremendously positive experience for me and can be for you too. Aside from all of the benefits listed above, I feel like a more complete person, ready to take on just about anything after a nice relaxing float. If I was to suggest some things for a first time floater, my recommendation would go something like this…

You will probably want to abstain from taking caffeine or alcohol the day before your float as doing so can help to enhance your flotation experience. Personally, I avoid eating breakfast that morning of a float because a heavy stomach is not the best feeling while floating in water. Instead, I choose to go out and each lunch after my flotation is complete. That’s not to say you can’t eat before a float, I just wouldn’t recommend doing so at least one hour before your session. Now, if you must eat before your float I recommend eating something light like fruit, or a small salad.

Ultimately, sensory deprivation tanks are a good way to relax and clear your mind. I recommend everyone give it a try at least once and decide for yourself if isolation tanks are right for you.

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Sources:
Isolation Tank Wikipedia

 

The Wim Hof Breathing Method

Who is Wim Hof?

Born April 20, 1959, Wim Hof is the official holder of 21 Guinness World Records! One of his most famous World Records includes the Ice Endurance feat which placed Wim shoulder deep in ice for 1 hour and 52 minutes. Through the practice of his various techniques Wim Hof has been able to stand the extreme colds of Mount Everest without a shirt, to running a marathon through the harsh heat of the Namib desert with no water. It is performing such feats under extreme conditions like these that have eared Wim the title of “The Iceman”. And by perfecting his method of breathing it is believed that you can accomplish the same.

 

“What I am capable of – everybody can learn.” Wim Hof

What is the Wim Hof Method?

Much like the Yogic technique of Pranayama breathing or the Tummo meditation, the Wim Hof method is a particular style of breathing that has been proven to boost your immune system and give you the ability to withstand harsh physical conditions.

 

“Unless you are willing to experience new things, you’ll never realize your full potential.” Wim Hof

 

The basic idea behind the method is controlled hyperventilation. First get into a comfortable position such as cross legged or lying down on your back… now get then ready to breath! You begin the Wim Hof method by breathing in and out deeply and at a rapid pace for a certain number of breathes. 30 plus is recommended. Once that is complete, you breathe out completely so little to no air is left in your lungs. This is held for as long a period of time as you feel comfortable. When you feel like you can not hold this any longer, you take a deep breath in filling your lungs with oxygen. Your breathe is then held for about 10 to 20 seconds before you release and repeat. At this point you have completed one full cycle of the Wim Hof breathing method. Wim recommends you do this cycle at least 3 times to get the full benefit of the practice.

 

“If you can learn how to use your mind, anything is possible.” Wim Hof

 

It is important to note that this is the very basic form of the Wim Hof method, and that Wim offers an online course over many weeks that will properly teach you the basic and advanced forms of this technique. For more information on these advanced breathing techniques you can click here. Please note I am currently not receiving any compensation for this. However I have practiced the Wim Hof Method for a while now and am a firm believer in its many benefits. I would encourage you to do the same if you feel it is right for you. I hope this information was helpful to you and wish you the absolute best in your journey. If you are already a practitioner of the Wim Hof method or have any questions on the topic, please feel free to comment below. As always… Be well family!

 

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Sources:
Wim Hof Method
Iceman Wim Hof
Super Human Health
Inside the Superhuman World of the Iceman