NADIS: Understanding How Energy Moves Through Our Body and How it Affects Our Mental and Physical Well-being
In school, we learn about our circulatory system and how it sustains our physical well-being; the blood circulatory system is a system of organs that includes the heart, blood vessels, and blood that circulates throughout the entire body of a human or other vertebrate. It includes the cardiovascular or vascular system, which consists of the heart and blood vessels. When one has a cut or gets blood drawn by the doctor, we can visually confirm the blood in our veins and its function. It can be further explored through various tests performed by our doctor.
When it comes to our circulatory system and health, modern medicine has marched forward through time to explore how we can heal ailments, accidents, and other happenings that hinder our system and cause harm to our physical well-being and our daily health, but this is only half of the story when it comes to well-being.
While many have heard and might have even explored our charka system, not many of us know how it functions and how it affects our mental and physical health.
Much like our circulatory system, one may consider our chakras, our energy centers like our organs serving as central points with specific functions for our well-being concerning energy and frequency flow in our body.
- But how is the energy transmitted or communicated between these Chakras?
- What blocks positive energy flow in our body?
- How can these blocks lead to physical ailments like inflammation, which is the root cause of many diseases and symptoms we suffer physically?
Nadis: the Flow of Life Force
Our Nadis are the energy channels that connect our chakras and keep the flow of life force or prana moving harmoniously. Most of us are aware of our seven core chakras which we have discussed previously.
From our Heart Chakra, we have 108 Nadis that communicate and provide energy transfer of healing and life force to our other core six chakras. But as we dive deeper, it is said that we have 114 chakras throughout the body that are connected by 72,000 Nadis.
Our emotions with ourselves and others can either allow our energy to flow freely, providing life force to these chakras, or our emotions can cause blocks to our energy flow, which, in turn, can lead to physical ailments, most specifically inflammation, harming in our energy channels similar to how harm is caused by blood clots in our circulatory system. But rather than damage to our physical organs, there is damage to our life-sustaining energy centers, our chakras.
To highlight this, imagine when your body gets tense due to anxiety or stress and the possible physical ailments you experience thereafter.
This knowledge has been a key to healing in eastern medicine and philosophies, and it is slowly becoming recognized in western culture as doctors such as Gabor Mate M.D., in his book The Myth of Normal, explore how emotional traumas actually allow physical diseases and ailments to manifest and thrive in a healthy body.
Acupuncture is an example of the physical manipulation of key points in our body to unblock these energy channels, which then leads to the relief of physical pain and ailments.
Ancestral medicine such as Ayahuasca, 5MEO-DMT, Psilocybin, Peyote, Ibogaine, and others are also being explored as people turn to indigenous rights of passage that allow them to delve deep into their psyche, uncovering traumas that have caused harm to their energy flow. This harm, many times, manifests into physical disease and ailments.
In no way are we saying that modern medicine is incorrect in treating disease, but instead, we must look at the mind, body, and soul as a collective system.
Given the information above, we need to understand better our mind and whether the energy flow in our body has a beneficial or detrimental effect on our physical well-being.
Recommended Reading: The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate, M.D. with Daniel Mate
- Hall, John E. (2011). Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology (Twelfth ed.). Philadelphia, Pa. p. 4. ISBN 9781416045748.
- Saladin, Kenneth S. (2011). Human anatomy (3rd ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 520. ISBN 9780071222075.