You may not be familiar with the term ‘the endocrine system’ but you will be familiar with some of the glands and the hormones they secrete.
The pineal gland secretes the hormones melatonin and serotonin, the thyroid secretes thyroxine, the adrenals secrete adrenaline, the pancreas: insulin and the testes/ovaries: oestrogen and testosterone.
The endocrine glands react to certain stimuli and secrete hormones so the body can carry out a set function.
For example: in darkness the pineal gland secretes melatonin, which is known as the sleep hormone and tells the body it is time to sleep. In times of fear, the adrenals ramp up production of adrenaline which gives the strength to run away from a dangerous situation, and when starchy carbohydrates and sugars are consumed, the pancreas releases insulin so body can remove sugar from the bloodstream to use for energy or to store it as fat, to be used at a later date.
Although these ‘chemical messenger’ hormones have their own functions, they still work in unison. Meaning when one goes out of balance it has a knock-on effect on the others.
The chakras are energy centres located along the central energy canal, that corresponds to the spine, and are in direct correlation with the endocrine system.
The word chakra literally means wheel or circle and can be translated into vortex or whirlpool. The chakras are vortices which controls the pranic energy within the body.
Chakras, which are considered to be ‘energetic glands’, also represent a physical endocrine gland.
Root or base chakra: adrenals
Sacral chakra: ovaries/testes
Solar plexus chakra: pancreas
Heart chakra: thymus
Throat chakra: thyroid/parathyroids
Third eye chakra: pineal
Crown chakra: pituarity
When your chakras are in balance so should be the endocrine system and vice versa. However, modern lifestyles are working against the equilibrium of the endocrine glands which in turn creates blockages or imbalances with in the energy glands (chakras).
For those who study the practise of yoga, and or meditation, it will come as no surprise that ancient yogis knew the chakras and endocrine system were interrelated. They knew that by balancing the chakras it is also curative for the endocrine system and thus whole body.
Chakras can be classed as healthy or unhealthy and are referred to as being open, closed, blocked or imbalanced.
If any of the chakras remain permanently open, it can result in physical and energetic vulnerability and a diminished aura. A weakened aura is bad news: it allows too much energy in from others which exacerbates any Empath weaknesses.
The health of the chakras are affected by personal trauma, anxiety and stress and can be forced permanently open by the regular use of chemical drugs, medications, poor diet and drug-like foods, excessive alcohol intake and smoking.
An Empath’s energy centres are already vulnerable from the excessive emotions they experience, both their own and others. The last thing they need is for them to be weakened by what they consume.
In yesteryear, before the advent of processed foods and genetically modified foods, the first steps to balancing the chakras was by stilling the mind. Nowadays, however, it is becoming more evident that changing the diet is also incredibly beneficial.
A sister science of yoga is Ayurveda. Amongst other things, Ayurveda teaches us ‘we are what we eat’. Food is our nourishment and medicine and not just something to fill the stomach of its emptiness.
The reason we eat is to fuel the body with essential vitamins, minerals, fats, fluids and amino acids to support the bones, muscles, cells, organs, and mental and spiritual health. But these days the food we eat is becoming more of a hindrance to health and the way the chakras work.
Unbalanced chakras makes all aspects of Empath life difficult. It makes them ungrounded, unbalanced and often unhappy.
If you want to learn more about how the diet affects your chakras and Empath wellbeing click here. Otherwise why not enjoy this guided chakra meditation to help balance your chakras.
Hope this helps on your Empath journey.
Until next time
©Diane Kathrine at Empaths Empowered
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