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Why do we get 'gut' feelings?

Do you know why we get 'gut' feelings? Why not 'thigh' feelings or 'little toe' feelings? We use many phrases and terminologies without understanding why we do so. The language of the subconscious may sound complex, but is really very simple to understand.

The answer lies in understanding the language of the chakras or the subtle energy centres that can be found in our aura. Knowledge about them is most comprehensively found in yoga, formalised by the physician-sage Patanjali about 3,000 years ago. Patanjali described a subtle energetic system within each of us that is comprised of seven vital energy centres or chakras and three interconnecting parallel channels or nadis. These centres each govern specific aspects of our physical, psychological and spiritual being. Their state of balance is the key to the health of the various body systems that they govern. In other words, imbalance, damage or blockage of these centres will lead to ailments in the physical, psychological or spiritual aspect of our being that the affected centre deals with. The third chakra in our subtle energy system is called "nabhi" or "Manipur" chakra. Its physical location is at about the level of the navel. It looks after several important aspects of our being. Physically, it deals with our organs of digestion (such as the stomach and intestines), psychologically it deals with our sense of satisfaction and spiritually it deals both with our "prosperity", "generosity" as well as with our "dharma" or our innate sense of right and wrong. Often that "Gut Feeling" is our being sensitive to the state of the nabhi chakra. Remember the last time you had a good meal, leaned back in your chair and patted your stomach in satisfaction? You're actually touching your nabhi chakra because that is the centre that, amongst other things deals with satisfaction, particularly in relation to food. Another important aspect of the chakras is that each of them has a sound attached to it. In other words, uttering a particular sound repeatedly helps in healing that particular chakra. The nabhi chakra's sound is 'ah', pronounced as "aah". Now you know, why you say "Ah, lovely food" when you eat a hearty meal, and not "eee, lovely food"!Similarly, sinking feelings are also associated with the nabhi chakra. You get to feel it when a relationship goes awry. Likewise, have you ever thought about doing something but deep down in your belly somewhere it didn't feel like the right thing to do? That again is our Nabhi telling us what's right and wrong.The point here is that there are far too many things that we unconsciously do without realising the reason for doing them. As the ancients have said, nothing is a coincidence. There is always some underlying, hidden meaning somewhere in the universe. It makes for a fascinating exploratory journey.

Energy and the geometric path

Cardiac patients are advised to eat green vegetables, go for walks in the park, and meditate. They are told that these three activities are good for their heart. Right? Have you wondered why?

Spiritualists have an explanation for this. Green is the colour of the heart chakra. When a patient develops a cardiac ailment, spiritual therapists would diagnose it as a heart chakra malfunction. Chakras are spinning energy centres that are located along the spine in the aura of a human being. These chakras are connected to the endocrine system, which in turn produces hormones. Spiritualists believe that the chakras (seven major and 144 minor ones located all over the body) should be kept healthy for the individual to live a healthy life.
Green vegetables not only provide the nutrients, it also helps to heal the chakra. The longer one ‘sees’ green colour, the more beneficial it is to the heart. That explains the logic of visiting the park.
Coming to meditation, do you know why we sit cross-legged in the padmasan or ardha-padmasan posture while meditating? Well, in that posture, the body is shaped as an equilateral triangle. Each of the three corners or angles in such a triangle, as we know, is 60 degrees. If you were to bisect the three angles, the point at which they intersect at the centre is the point where the energy in the triangle will be concentrated. If you notice, that position coincides with the location of the heart! In other words, meditation helps to concentrate energy in the heart and make it healthy.
Mathematics, science and spirituality are very closely linked. Spiritualists have always used the power of geometric designs and diagrams as amplifiers to boost the generation of energy. Yantras fall in this category. For most, geometry is a boring subject studied in school. For others, it is the sacred path to the Ultimate. For still others, it is a science that when applied outside of the realm of pure abstraction (mathematical theory), is both predictive and creative. They feel that through the use of geometry, functional forces can be directed such as geomagnetic or electro-magnetic fields.
Temples use geometry in a huge way – be it in the yantras that are embedded in the temple walls to amplify the energy, or the rangoli that uses geometric patterns. In every spiritual tradition, there is a path written in geometry. The Sufi, in their dance; the Hebrew in their Cabbalah; the Egyptian in their structures and sciences; the Greek in their brotherhoods, philosophy and universities; the Rosicrucian, the Mason, the Hindu, the Native American… they all honour and employ geometry both as a science and a mystical path.
The more we explore the universe and the way it functions, the more we realise how closely interlinked everything is. How science and spirituality talk of the same thing in different styles. It’s quite fascinating that the ancients were so advanced in their thinking and philosophies that the current generations’ findings seem like mere pebbles in the water in comparison.