The psoas and the chakra system: how are they related?

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Where does your soul reside? Maybe in the psoas! This is an important muscle group in our body known as the ‘seat of the soul’ because it stores emotions. When the psoas works smoothly, it positively affects your chakras.

“Open your eyes and return to the core within the core of yourself.” – Rûmî

Also read: Psoas: the muscle of the soul and letting go of fear and tension

The psoas: the muscle of your soul

The psoas is the messenger. The muscle grows out on the midline of your body and serves as a kind of connection between multiple layers, systems and your emotions. The muscle is the link between your central nervous system and your enteric nervous system. The psoas is literally an embodiment of your urge to survive and even more so your desire for success. The message of the muscle is best understood by listening carefully and respectfully to your psoas and feeling the muscle tissue, something that moves your inner wisdom back and forth like a pendulum. Your psoas, which radiates energy, is truly an important muscle that holds your body together.

According to the tradition of Taoism, the psoas is seen as ‘the muscle of the soul’‘. In the dictionaries the word is described as the soul of your immaterial essence, an ensouled principle, your being, active and essential; the moral and emotional nature of man. Here lies your desire for integrity, passion and opportunity. The psoas shows the qualities of your soul in your own body.

Where is the psoas?

The psoas lies close to your spine and descends laterally in a pyramid shape to your abdomen, where the muscle extends to your thighs (the trochanters). It is the only ‘muscle’ that connects your spine to your legs. The psoas is literally translated as the energy that runs down from your (one) midline to your (two) legs and feet. Gravity pulls your weight through your bones, cell tissue and muscles into the Earth, and the Earth bounces back up your legs and spine, energizes you, moves you, and affects your expressions. This is a constant conversation between yourself, the earth and the cosmos.

Chakras

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that describes an energetic phenomenon according to Indian, Chinese and Tibetan traditions. A chakra represents a whirlwind of energy in your ‘subtle’ body, also known as your aura. According to spiritual and healing traditions, the etheric body or force field resides in your physical body. Even though this force field is invisible to most people, chakras take the form of a spiral and vortex, where the center of your energy is. Physicist and energy healer Barbara Brennan says: ‘Chakras are not only metabolites, but also places that sense energy, they tell you about the world around you.’

The chakra system can be traced back to spoken and written traditions within Hinduism, namely the Upanishads. These spiritual lessons can also be found in ancient yoga practices, Taoist alchemy, Japanese esotericism and the meridian system of Chinese acupuncture. Chakras receive and radiate energy. They guide your life energy through different points in your energetic body. These so-called electrical tubes of your life force, prana, chi and your energy are connected to each other via the main chakra points.

The main chakras are associated with a whole network of spiritual nerves, known as nadis, in addition to the autonomic nervous system and the nerve knot of the dorsal root of the spinal cord. If you consider the nadis within the Chinese meridian system, they can be seen in the physical body.

Aura field

In the 1930s, Kirlian photography showed the force fields surrounding the edges of objects, something previously only talked about in age-old traditions related to the auric field. This was followed by an extensive investigation. Scientist Dr. Valerie Hunt has studied not only the auric field, but also its connection to the chakra system. She developed a device to measure high frequencies and in this way she could absorb bio-electric energy that people radiate. Together with the clairvoyant Rosalyn L Bruyere and Emilie Conrad, an engineer in somatics, she was able to prove the existence of a human auric field. With the seven-year project, Hunt and Bruyere have proven not only that chakras exist, but that they are also influenced by our feelings, thoughts and somatic experiences.

Through Bruyere’s exploration of auric fields and chakras, Native American, Egyptian and Greek forms of healing are also recognized alongside the spiritual/healing traditions of the East. Bruyere, who has studied the chakra system extensively, also recognized that the auric field and associated chakras are not only part of our personal journey, but also an expression of the Earth’s magnetic field. ‘Chakras, auric fields and electromagnetic fields are as old as the earth itself. It is precisely with the chakra system that you can awaken. Your chakras show you how you deal with reality and how you deal with yourself, others, the world and life.’

There are seven major chakras or portals to awakening located along the centerline of the human body. The first three lie on the site of the psoas and run down through the stomach. Even though the psoas does not come into contact with the three lower chakras (root chakra, sacrum chakra, and solar plexus chakra), if the muscle is left alone, your feelings flow up into your heart and then to the higher spiritual points.

Basically, if the psoas is not hindered, your feelings will flow into the earth and back again to connect you with the universe. It is a multidimensional lotus flower, which rotates 360 degrees and blooms in every part of your body; the hub of your emotions.

The Root Chakra

At the first and powerful root chakra it is important that you are grounded and connected. This chakra is located on your spine near your perineum and anus and belongs to the earth element. The root chakra is linked to the way you are connected to the earth, how the earth responds to you and releases you into a spinning world. Only when you are grounded can you lead an orderly and cohesive life and discern the aspects of yourself.

The root chakra is connected to your sense of touch, pain, pleasure, the strength in your legs, your adrenal glands and your sense of orientation. The chakra is about survival and the color is red. When the chakra becomes disturbed, you feel anxious, insecure, and frustrated as it is where intimacy and trauma issues (which are also related to your psoas) are experienced and processed.

The sacrum chakra

The central sacrum chakra describes your personal relationships, self-satisfaction and sexual desire. The chakra is located between and behind your genitals and sacrum. Also called the hara or tan tien, this portal is the core of gravity in your body. In the womb a powerful energy arises from the embryonic tree of life that flows into your body via the umbilical cord and contributes to your being. The sacral chakra belongs to the element of water and is linked to your emotional body, immune system and the way you set and maintain boundaries. It regulates your sex organs, reproductive capacity, sexual desire and the degree to which you are willing to feel your emotions. The color of this chakra is orange. If the sacrum chakra is not in balance, you will feel it in your pelvis or digestive system. There may also be a hormonal imbalance or that you are irritable or shy. Plus, you can become obsessed with sex and power. With this chakra you have to think about your contentment, intuition, creativity and the way you feel at home.

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The Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus chakra describes your integrity, self-actualization and self-assurance. Ironically, people often learn how to control their psoas through this chakra. By holding on to or removing tension from this portal, you are trying to achieve a goal in a life that is very unpredictable. But in doing so, you become ungrounded and you lose the connection with your higher chakras.

The chakra is located between your sternum and navel and the solar plexus is the core of your solar plexus chakra. Like the sun, its color is golden yellow and its element is fire. From your solar plexus chakra you find your willpower, you can make the right decision and create a healthy ego. At this place in your body you not only digest your food, but you also process new experiences in life. The solar plexus chakra is linked to your pancreas, enzymes and the ratio of fats and proteins.

If the chakra is disturbed, you may have low self-esteem, an eating disorder or depression, you are indecisive, you make bad choices or you experience a lot of bad feelings. Through this chakra you can behave responsibly and productively. You radiate and are the best version of yourself.

The heart chakra

The heart chakra describes your wisdom, strength, balance and love. When you are grounded and connected to this chakra, you will find your true passion and be able to express it. The heart chakra is a place of duality, there is a balance between opposites: yin and yang, Eros and Thanatos, male and female. All these things are in harmony with the portal of the heart.

The corresponding element of the chakra is air and its color is green. Unconditional love, hope, compassion, your identity, trust, forgiveness, stability and balance. Those are the things that are linked to your fourth chakra. Your heart chakra regulates your thymus, and if it becomes disturbed, you may experience problems with your upper back, shoulder, lungs, breathing, or spine. You may also be desperate, jealous or anxious. Feeling complete is an essential part of the heart chakra, the place where your compassion, empathy and optimism are central.

The Throat Chakra

The main energy in your throat chakra comes from honest communication. Some claim that the fibers of your psoas flow through your fifth chakra. The throat chakra is located at the level of your thyroid gland and is connected to all stages of healing. This chakra has especially close contact with your root chakra, because this is where your desires are expressed.

The corresponding color is blue and this chakra is associated with trust, loyalty, wisdom, self-confidence, intelligence and truth. The throat chakra regulates your thyroid, where the hormones affect all organs, muscles and cells. In your thyroid there is a link between your hormones and your metabolism and the function of your organs. Your heart rate, cholesterol, weight, energy level, muscle strength, the condition of your skin, menstruation and your memory are all affected.

This chakra is also connected to your parathyroid gland, trachea, cervical vertebrae, vocal cords, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, esophagus, mouth, teeth and gums. The throat chakra focuses on communication, creativity and healing. When you are grounded, you can take responsibility for your own interests and use your self-knowledge. You speak the truth from your fifth chakra.

The sixth and seventh chakras

The forehead chakra (sixth) and crown chakra (seventh) are the window to your soul and the gateway to a mysterious unknown world. Both chakras are located in your skull within the pineal gland or in the middle of your two hemispheres, as well as above your head from birth. An awakened consciousness.

 

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