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The channels referred to in the title are energetic channels of the body, some represented by gross anatomy landmarks and others categorized by subtle body anatomy.
This episode may be the science-y one yet, as the hosts overlay a template of cranialsacral anatomy over the subtle anatomy of the chakras and three main nadis (Sushumna, Ida, & Pingala).
In order to provide clarity around some of these terms, here is a brief overview of some of the definitions.
Chakra means WHEEL – they are spinning wheels of energy, vortices in the body, signified by a variety of qualities (colors, elements, essential oils, foods, practices, etc.). They live deep in the body on the anterior spine – also known as the Central Channel, or SUSHUMNA .
Nadis - subtle channels in the body through which our prana flows. There are 72,000 NADIS in the body (or 84,000, depending on what you read) – There are 3 main nadis:
Ida – Left side channel – moon – milky white – cooling – female energy – houses negative thoughts that are cravings, addictions, desires or misunderstanding that we think will make us happy. “If only I had [a better job, partner, friends, etc], I’d be happy.” Includes:
Wanting, Greed, Lust, Clinginess, Stinginess, Jealousy, selfishness
Pingala – Right side channel – sun – opaque red – heating – Houses thoughts you don’t want to have! - Low level irritation like… “If only I didn’t have [this partner, these friends, this job, etc.]” “I’d be fine if…” [you’d leave me alone, I didn’t eat so much, etc.]. Includes:
Anger, Frustration, Aversion, Irritation, Rage, Violence
Sushumna – Central channel – Happy Channel
Thoughts of wisdom, happiness (low-level contentment to all out bliss). Sushumna is where wind is when happy & smart (inextricable). Must get out of negative mindset before moving into clarity of central channel since affliction & bliss cannot share the same space. Side channels are like vines that grow around and cut off the main channel. Cannot see clearly when wind is in the side channel. When calm, peaceful and at ease, wisdom can arise.
Anything that disturbs peace of mind – affliction – (even excitement in a positive way) takes us out of the seat of wisdom.
For more information about Craniosacral Therapy, the link below takes you to the article Theresa referred to during the episode.
Buddha Weekly - Chakras & Channels (Tibetan Buddhism)
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