Jed Schwartz presents: “A Brief Discussion of Some Relationships of Jin Shin Jyutsu to the Chakras” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 77, Summer 2012:
The serpent Kundalini, who lies coiled three and a half times, is said to represent the three gunas. The gunas are the fundamental attributes that represent the natural evolutionary process through which the subtle becomes gross.
Relating this to Jin Shin Jyutsu we have:
- Sattva: Essence (subtle) – relates to 13 and the bust line
- Rajas: Activity -relates to 14 and the waist line
- Tamas: Inertia (gross) – relates to 15 and the hip line
Once Kundalini is awakened, she is protected by the Hindu god Shiva and his two sons. Shiva rules our pelvis, the resting home of Kundalini. His first son, Ganesha, protects her at our Root Chakra, helping us to break and dissolve all obstacles and ignorance, so that we can rise upward to our true self. Skanda, the second son of Shiva, guides the Goddess Kundalini as she rises up the spine. Within Jin Shin Jyutsu our manifested being is constantly supported by the invisible world of the Ninth, Eighth and Seventh Depths, the realm of the gods.
Shiva is the divine descending masculine energy of transformation (represented by the equilateral triangle pointing downward), and the Shakti is the divine ascending feminine energy (represented by the equilateral triangle pointing upward). Together we have creation with the star representing the union of the male and female forces.
Kundalina exists within us as three nadis (energy channels) that spiral up from the bottom of the spine to the head. The Sushumna nadi is the center channel or tube, similar to the Main Central Vertical Flow and our spinal column. The Ida nadi flows up the left side of the spine and is related to the Left Supervisor Flow. The Pingala nadi flows up the right side of the spine and relates to the Right Supervisor Flow.
The Ida and Pingala spiral and weave around the Sushumna, bringing about the movement that relates to our Mediator Flow. These two nadis cross the Sushumna, creating a vortex or wheel of energy, which is a chakra center. These centers relate to the nerve plexuses in our body physiology.
Just as we can discuss in great detail each of the Depths, so too can we talk about each of the chakras, but for this article we will introduce only a few of the relationships.
At the base of our spine is the first chakra, Muladhara, which means “foundation” and is expressed as a 4-petal lotus flower, and its color is red. It is located at the pelvic plexus between the anus and genitals, at the base of the spine. The pelvic plexus innervates the urinary bladder, prostate, ductus deferens and cranial urethra. It is supplied by the hypo-gastric and pelvic splanchnic nerves. Here is where we work on our physical security, survival and the beginning of manifesting on earth. It is our earth element, and as such it is related to our First Depth energy. Both are related to the planet Saturn and to the sense of smell.
At the lower abdomen is the second chakra, Svadhisthana, which means “dwelling place of the self”, and is expressed as a 6-petal lotus flower with the color orange. It is located at the hypo-gastric plexus, the genitals and the area of the low back and hips. The hypo-gastric plexus is a complex of nerve fibers in the pelvic area. Here is where we work on our emotional control, sexuality and the attitude of fear. It is our Water element and, as such, it is related to our Fourth Depth energy. Both are related to the planet Mercury and to the sense of taste.
To be continued…