meditation and spiritual growth

Everyone has an artist and scientist inside of themselves.  Even if you are inclined to think verbally (the scientist) or think in terms of imagery (the artist) we each have embodied both of these qualities of life.  

The functioning of the human brain reflects the underlying etheric structure that we have created.  Although we are born with an inbuilt propensity toward science and art due to past experience, employing free will in this life time gives each of us the ability to develop whatever aspect of life we set our mind upon.

Since balance and moderation is important to life, we should each nurture that aspect if this duo (scientist/artist) that has not yet fully blossomed. 

We should shout “I LUV Math” and “What a Beautiful Sunrise”.

The brain has two cerebral hemispheres, the left and the right.  Neuro Physicians have been able to identify which areas of the brain are associated with (or govern) the functioning of different aspects of human life.   

For example, the brain consists of the following components:

1. Frontal lobe—area of conscious thought.

2. Parietal lobe—plays important roles in integrating sensory information (sight, sound, taste, touch and smell) and in the manipulation of special objects.

3. Occipital lobe—sense of sight.

4. Temporal lobe—senses of smell and sound, as well as processing of complex stimuli like faces and scenes.

5. Cerebellum – links sensory input to motion and balance.

6. Pons, olive, and medulla oblongata – relay brain signals, cerebellar motor learning and function, controls autonomic functions such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure.

The left and right hemispheres of the brain further delineate the various attributes/functions of human personality.  We often hear that one is either right brain, of left brain dominate.  

Meditation helps balance both of these aspects of life.  Artistic appreciation enlivens in the scientist, and focused delineated thinking enlivens in the artist.   

Kundalini Channels

Kundalini is the primordial energy of life.  It flows through all beings.  It resides (3-½ coils) at the base of the human spine and travels upward as consciousness expands.  The various energy centers (chakras) in the body become “cleared” as we meditate and follow a path of balance and growth.

Kundalini travels through the body in three vertical channels. The left (ida nadi), the right (pingala nadi), and the center (sushumna nadi) channels.     

When these are balanced growth is in harmony and follows natures lead.  When out of balance, various disorders can appear.

The functioning of the left Kundalini channel has an intimate relationship with the right brain hemisphere (it crosses over), and conversely the right Kundalini channel has an intimate relationship with the left brain hemisphere (it also crosses over). 

Stress and strain in the nervous system blocks its full functioning, along with a more balanced free flow of Kundalini.  The practice of meditation refines the breath, which in turn allows the body to rest, and subsequently dissolves stress and strain.  Through time the chakras as “cleared”, consciousness expands, and full human potential is realized.           

The chakra energy centers are found on the Autonomic Nervous System.

The Kundalini three vertical channels are found on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems within the spinal column.

Here is a summary of Kundalini influence and functioning in human life.  Take a few minutes to look this over.

 
Crown Sahasrara Chakra

 Kundalini Right channel

Pingala Nadi

Kundalini Central channel

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Sushumna Nadi
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The channel of Ascension

Kundalini Left channel

Ida Nadi

 Right brain hemisphere   Left brain hemisphere
 Artist   Scientist
 Honored more in Eastern Cultures   Honored more in Western Cultures
 Intuitive, learn from visual images and audio.   Rational, analytical, logical, sequential thinkers
Attributes: Responds to demonstrated instructions. Problem solves with hunches, looking for patterns and configurations. . Looks at similarities. Is fluid and spontaneous. Prefers elusive, uncertain information. Prefers drawing and manipulating objects. Prefers open ended questions. . Free with feelings.

Prefers uncompetitive authority structures.

  Attributes: Responds to verbal instructions. Problem solves by logically and sequentially looking at the parts. . Looks at differences. Is planned and structured. Prefers established, certain information. Prefers talking and writing. Prefers multiple choice tests. . Controls feelings.

Prefers ranked authority structures.

. ====================> . Kundalini – Pingala Nadi channel facilitates action, planning, physical and mental activity.  . . . An imbalance can cause aggressiveness, inflated ego, and loss of emotional sensitivity.  . . .

Crosses over to influence the left side of the brain. 

. Kundalini Sushumna Nadi channel **

Supports balanced growth

. . . Kundalini – Ida Nadi channel facilitates our emotions, desires, influence of memory and the past, affection for others, habits, conditioning, and our desire for happiness. . An imbalance can cause emotional imbalance, submissiveness, swings of happiness and sadness, lack of self discipline, inability to break bad habits, and self obsession. . Crosses over to influence the right side of the brain.  .