Hormones are chemical substance produced in one part of the body and carried to other organs or tissues by the bloodstreams where it acts to modify their structure or function. Each hormone is designed to affect certain cells.
Hormones are produced mainly by endocrine glands. Brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and skin are also known to produce hormones. Major endocrine glands are:
1. Hypothalamus gland, located in the lower central part of the brain.
2. Pituitary gland, located just beneath the hypothalamus.
3. Pineal gland, located in the middle of the brain.
4. Thyroid glands, located in the front part of the lower neck.
5. Parathyroid glands, located just below the thyroid glands.
6. Thymus gland, located in the root of the neck, above & in front of heart.
7. Pancreas, located in the abdomen behind the stomach.
8. Adrenal glands, located on the top of each kidney.
9. Gonads, testes in the male located in the scrotum & ovaries in female.
Hypothalamus Gland –
Hypothalamus, pituitary, & pineal glands, located in third eye area, secret the largest number of hormones. These hormones individually or in conjunction with other hormones control many functions for our body.
Hypothalamus is the main link between endocrine and nervous systems. This gland also produces chemicals which regulate secretions from the pituitary gland.
Pituitary Gland –
The pituitary gland is called the master gland because it makes hormones that control other endocrine glands. It produces growth hormones, stimulants for thyroid and adrenal hormones. Chemicals produced by this gland act on nervous system and reduce feeling of pain and so on.
Pineal Gland –
Pineal gland regulates the sleep pattern depending upon the intensity of light.
Thyroid & Parathyroid Gland –
Thyroid & parathyroid glands, located in throat area, produce hormones which control the rate of burning fuel from food to produce energy and regulate calcium level in the blood.
Thymus Gland –
Thymus gland is enclosed in a capsule and divided internally by cross walls into many lobules each full of lymphocytes (white blood cells associated with antibody production). Thymus is largest at birth and shrinks gradually. Its functional tissue being replaced by fatty tissue.
Pancreas produce digestive enzymes to help proper digestion of food. Insulin produced by pancreas regulates the sugar level in the blood.
Gonads (ovaries & testes) serve two major functions. Firstly they produce germ cells, the ova in female and the spermatozoa in male. Secondly they synthesize sex hormones that are necessary for the development and functions of both male and female reproductive organs.
Adrenal Glands –
Adrenal glands produce hormones which influence and regulate salt and water balance in the body. The body’s response to stress, metabolism, immune system, sexual development and functions are controlled by these glands. They also help to regulate blood pressure and heart rate.
IT IS SAID THAT IMBALANCE IN THE HORMONES PRODUTION RESULTS INTO UNEASINESS INITIALLY THEN ENDUP INTO DISEASE. ON THE OTHER HAND BALANCED PRODUCTION OF HORMONES KEEPS US FIT & FINE.
Chakras are energy centers in our body. Basically every cell and tissue has its own chakra. In fact every substance in the universe is made up of tiny particles called atoms. These atoms have a nucleus surrounded by electrons which keep revolving in well-defined orbits. These atoms have their own energy.
Our universe is full of many kinds of energies, some have been discovered and tapped others are still unknown. Possibly our sages had more knowledge about these energies. Reiki is one such cosmic energy which was known to our sages. It has now been rediscovered by a Buddhist monk in 1920 or so. This energy is said to work for the betterment of our body through energy centers in our body called, CHAKRAS.
There are seven main chakras in our body, namely:
1. Crown chakra, located at the top of our head.
2. Third Eye chakra, located in the forehead between the eyebrows.
3. Throat chakra, located at the base of the throat.
4. Heart chakra, located in the middle of the chest.
5. Solar plexus chakra, located 3 inches above the navel.
6. Hara chakra, located 3 inches below the navel.
7. Root chakra, located halfway between anus and the genitals.
BALANCING OF CHAKRAS –
When we imagine the white light is entering a chakra the possibility is that it will activate the corresponding gland which will then release a host of hormones for the chakra balancing and other activities.
In balancing of chakras one hand is constantly kept at third eye chakra. The other hand is moved at an interval of three minutes upward from root chakra to the throat chakra. In this way third eye chakra receives Reiki energy for full 15 minutes where as other chakras receive energy only for 3 minutes each.
Crown Chakra –
Crown chakra is located at the top of our head. It is mainly used for Reiki attunement. This chakra is left out from the preview of chakra balancing.
Third Eye Chakra –
Third Eye Chakra corresponds to the location of first three endocrine glands, namely Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Pineal glands. This chakra is said to be the center of intuition, vision, and discernment. So one can imagine the importance of this chakra.
Body parts influenced by this chakra are – lower brain, left eye, ears, nose and nervous system.
Root Chakra –
Root chakra corresponds to the location of adrenal gland. It is said to be the seat of kundalini energy. It governs our most basic survival needs.
Body parts influenced by this chakra are:-spinal column, kidneys, urethra, bladder, and nervous system.
Hara Chakra –
Hara Chakra corresponds to the location of gonads. It is the center for creativity.
Body parts influenced by this chakra are – Reproductive organs.
Solar plexus –
Solar plexus corresponds to pancreas gland. It governs the law of intention and desire.
Body parts influenced by this chakra are: – Stomach, liver, gallbladder, nervous system.
Heart chakra –
Heart chakra corresponds to thymus gland. It is the center of love and compassion.
Body parts influenced by this chakra are: – Heart, Vegas, nerves and circulatory system.
Throat chakra –
Throat chakra correspond to thyroid and parathyroid glands. It is the center for expression.
Body parts influenced by this chakra are: – Bronchi, vocal apparatus, lungs and alimentary canal.
It is a well-known fact that Reiki has its own intelligence. Our imaginations and utterances, while performing Reiki, are merely expressions as human beings. We visualize Reiki as WHITE LIGHT. The other thing to imagine is our GOAL. This goal is first created in our thoughts which must be worded precisely and correctly. These thoughts are repeated again and again during the entire Reiki treatment. Precision and correctness of thought determine the quality of the outcome. The repetition helps in clear and perfect visualization. Conscious mind as well as subconscious mind both, helps in formulating these thoughts. This requires a lot of effort and patience. Only practice will help for such precise and accurate thoughts. The best results would automatically follow.
The outcome of balancing chakras can now be summarized as under.
1. Balancing of chakras and balancing of hormones are interrelated.
2. The entire body parts receive Reiki energy and we feel fully relaxed.
3. Minor ailments, pain and stresses vanish and we feel refreshed.
4. We may say that Reiki is internal hormonal treatment.
5. Being an internal affair the quantum of energy is promotional to the body need, so question of over or under dozing will not arise.