Chakras and Their Relationship to the Limbic System
 
 

Talking about pearls of Wisdom, I have been reading Carolyn Myss, an American Medical Intuitive who has written a book on something I have been working on for twenty+ years:

that our endocrine gland system works along with our limbic system in creating our personal realities and our states of consciousness.

Some of the possibilities from that systemic interaction are:

1. there are seven sets of endocrine glands, most of them either come in pairs or have dual functions (adrenals/suprarenals, testes/ovaries,  pancreas, thymus, thyroids/parathyroids, pineal and pituitary.

2.  all of these interact with each of the three layers of the brain:  Old (senosry/motor), Middle (emotional/cognitive) and New (neocortex, both  left and right hemispheres).

3.  each of these seven sets of glands, which are consistent with the traditional situation of the seven major chakras, develops its working connection at a different rate vis-a-vis its interaction with the three layers of the brain

The pearl of wisdom that Carolyn Myss found is in the interaction of these endocrine glands with the limbic system.  Her discovery is built upon  the neurological studies that show that 'learning' takes place where there is a strong emotional content surrounding a subject.  It makes no difference whether the emotions are positive or negative, good or bad.  The only criterion for learning is that the emotions be strong!  I found in the works of Carolyn Myss a correlation between childhood/adult development and these endocrine glands that look something like this:

adrenals/suprarenals
become active when taking in cultural/tribal/family instructions during the first years of childhood such as belief systems, behavior, and experience of the concrete world. (usually  from birth to c. 7 years to fully develop, then active throughout life)

gonads/ovaries
become active when dealing with any one-to-one human interaction such as sexuality, power, competition and money (from age 4 to c. 14 to develop, then active throughout life)

pancreas
modulate our sense of personal identity in the outside community - the way we like others to think about us - like our desire to look 'respectable', or to seem 'wise' (from 11 to c. 21 to develop, then active throughout life)

thymus
serves as the emotional moderator between the lower three and the upper three endocrine glands. Active from age  c. 11-21.  If not used, the thymus shrinks in adults.  If  used, then it flourishes.  It is the key to the activation of the emotional uses of the upper three glands.

thyroids/parathyroids
placed around our voice box, through which our 'will' is 'voiced', this is the seat of our choices.  When the thymus remains unused, the choices support only our belief system about the world outside;  when the thymus functions, our choices are moderated to support mostly win-win situations.  Active after age 21, usually.

pineal
situated in the midst of our mental world, this endocrine gland either supports our belief system about the outside world by being clever and seeming intelligent, or supports an inner 'intelligence' that some people call being spiritual.  It is through this gland that we navigate the outside world with a sense of self-confidence and knowing that we can make it through any situation with a combination of preparation and intuition.  Active after age 21, usually.

pituitary
This 'master' gland, while interacting from day one with all the other glands, also defines our identity within ourselves (such as if I saw myself as a 'rogue' or a shit disturber, where this identity is not just a front, but I actually act it out both within and without).  It is the source of all intuition and even divine guidance.  It makes the individual seem 'real' because the body and mind are emotionally connected and work in unison or harmony (as in the ancient Egyptian concept of ma'at).  May kick in by age 28, but often not until middle age.

The key that Carolyn Myss discovered was that if we operate only on the lower three endocrine glands, we focus only on the outside world and neglect our self, our comfort, our creativity, and may have a streak of self-destruction is us.  When the upper endocrine glands are also active, body and mind operate as a unit and most of life's paradoxes somehow disappear.  Reason and logic take their place simply as a left-brain function, and a whole world of experiences open up that were previously unavailable.

Outside shells such as 'reputations' are irrelevant, because these are 'created' for the outside world while hiding our 'inner' selves.  The amusing thing is that anyone operating emotionally tied to the lower three functions cannot even begin to fathom the greater world available to them.  In fact, the tendency is to deny and debunk the 'reality' of a fully opened glandular-limbic system.  Those who operate on all seven functions see through the veneers and know that these are not needed - that 'vulnerability' is a teaching tool, not a weakness.
 

Your comments are welcome - this essay in an observation and not a dogma.  It is a part of my own personal development, not a universal truth.  If you find it true and useful for you, explore it.  If not, you will go your way just as happy as I am for having read it.

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