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

Who is Alan Watts?

Alan Watts was born on January 6, 1915 in Chislehurst, England. Watts was a philosopher, author, poet, calligrapher, and a guide to different forms of spiritual understanding. During his lifetime Alan Watts wrote more than 25 books regarding psychology, philosophy and the many religions of the world. He became interested and began studying Buddhism at a young age. By 16 Watts became the secretary of the London Buddhist Association, created his first pamphlet by 17 and published his very first book by the age of 21.

 

“A Buddha would see you all as being exactly right; just where you are, all of you are Buddhas. Even for those of you who do not know it, it is right for you not to know it at this moment.” Alan Watts

 

One of the main contributors in bringing eastern philosophy to the America’s, his television and radio broadcasts helped to spark an interest in Zen Buddhism in the west to a level not seen before. Later, he became a Episcopalian priest and chaplain at Northwest University in Illinois where he conducted many spirited discussions with his students. In 1951, he would become the director of the American Academy of Asian Studies after moving San Fransisco. Alan Watts would stay in the San Fransisco Bay Area area until he passed away on November 16th 1973 at Mt. Tamalpais, California. His funeral was held at Green Gulch Farm.

Alan Watts: Mystical Philosopher

Everyone has their own particular views and belief systems when it comes to religion and spirituality. What one thing may be to some, can be completely different for another. However I viewed Alan Watts as an eloquent speaker and passionate poet. During his many well though out lectures Watts presented ancient traditions and spirituality in a very basic and straight forward manor that was easily digestible. He would give examples of the points he would convey through his parables, causing one to reflect deeply on the message being taught. Through these teachings I have personally seen people become freed from their ego’s, addictions, and lofty visions of self. Transforming from the former into a more open minded and compassionate human being.

 

“I do not even style myself a Zen Buddhist. For the aspect of Zen in which I am personally interested is nothing that can be organized, taught, transmitted, certified, or wrapped up in any kind of system. It can’t even be followed, for everyone has to find it for himself.” Alan Watts

 

It is my belief that Watts did not see Buddhism as a religion per se, but more of a way for people to dig deeper within and connect with a higher version of themselves. This understanding would ultimately give us the ability to not only heal on a personal level, but to view our reality from a very different perspective than we were use to. In fact, his perspective that our current world of technological advancement is a bit skewed, and that more of a balance between spirituality and technology could benefit us all is a belief I still hold to this day.

 

“This is the real secret of life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” Alan Watts

 

A uniquely great teacher, Alan Watts brought the ideas of Zen to the West and changed the culture in many unforeseeable ways. A plethora of his books and lectures are still available online and can be found on sites like Youtube. Even today, his legacy continues to live on through a website that he and his son created which can be found at Alanwatts.org

 

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