By Jorge A. Gonzalez
The parallelisms of the Spine as a biological cosmology of the universe, in its essence can be traced back to the Egyptian and Greek civilizations in the West and is continuous through Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and ancient Chinese belief systems. The theories developed over the centuries illustrates that Man via the spine can communicate with the earthly realm, as well as with the heavenly realm of the universe.
No matter which theology, belief system, or divine schema you use with the different traditions, each are represented with seven levels of consciousness, which travel in a upward hierarchy. In the lowest levels, these are represented by the animal consciousness, for example sexual reproduction, fertility, the realm of the physical. On the spine, the relative vertebreas or spinal regions are the tip of the coccyx and hiatus of the sacrum. This area represents the basic animalistic needs of human beings, like reproduction, child bearing, fertility, etc. The Kundalini Chakras represent this as the base root, representing the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra or area of the spine brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence. In Oriental Medicine, it’s the Governing or Du Acupuncture point of Du 1 and 2. These acupoints treat signs such as hemorrhoids, prolapse of anus, mania, epilepsy, diarrhea, and constipation, mania, irregular menstruation, and weakness and pain in the lower limbs.
Going upward to the next level is the area of the spine located below the spinous process of the first lumbar vertebra and ends below the spinous process of the fourth lumbar vertebra. The equivalent Chakra is related to the element water, and to emotions and sexuality. It connects us to others through feeling, desire, sensation, and movement. Ideally this chakra brings us fluidity and grace, depth of feeling, sexual fulfillment, and the ability to accept change. In Oriental Medicine, its acupuncture point is Du 3 going up to Du 5. These acupoint treat signs of impotence, seminal emission, and irregular menstruation, pain in the lumbosacral region, leukorrhagia, sterility, lumbago, abdominal distention, diarrhea and dysentery.
From below the spinous process of the eleventh thoracic vertebra upward towards below the spinous process of the ninth thoracic vertebra, is the power chakra, located in the solar plexus and represents fire as well. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power. In Oriental Medicine, the area is called the Don Tian and is an important Qi Gong area for breathing and generating power in Martial Arts. The corresponding Acupuncture points are Du 6 and Du 8, which treats signs such as diarrhea, jaundice, hemorrhoids, epilepsy, and stiffness and pain in the spinal column, fullness in the abdomen, stomachache and lumbago.
At the next level of consciousness is the heart level, or is the middle chakra in a system of seven. It is related to love and is the integrator of opposites in the psyche: mind and body, male and female, persona and shadow, ego and unity. A healthy fourth chakra allows us to love deeply, feel compassion, and have a deep sense of peace and centeredness. Oriental Medicine dictates that the heart is the house of the spirit and mind. On the spinal, it is located below the spinous process of the seventh thoracic vertebra up to below the spinous process of the fifth thoracic vertebra. Corresponding acupuncture points are Du 9 and Du 11. These points treat signs of Jaundice, cough, asthma, and distending pain in the chest and hypochondriac region, palpitation, cardialgia, apoplexy with aphasia, and epilepsy.
At the fifth level of consciousness is the chakra located in the throat and is thus related to communication and creativity. Here we experience the world symbolically through vibration, such as the vibration of sound representing language. On the spine, the area is located below the spinous process of the first thoracic vertebra to below the spinous process of the seventh cervical vertebra. In Acupuncture, it is Du 13 and Du 15. These points treat signs of cough, asthma, epilepsy, headache, malaria, fever, and stiffness and pain in the nape and back.
Sixth level of consciousness deals with brow chakra or third eye center. It is related to having an intuitive eye, seeing physically, mentally and spiritually. The point locations are not part of the spine, in terms of Western Medicine, but in terms of TCM, acupoints Du 16 – Du 19, which starts from the nape and 1 cun directly above the midpoint of the posterior hairline to 5 cun directly above the midpoint of the posterior hairline. A cun is approximately 1.3 inches. Acupuncture points on these areas treat signs of aphasia, hemiplegia, and rigid nape with headache, mania, and epilepsy.
Seventh and last level of consciousness is related to the crown chakra and is pure awareness. It is our connection to the greater world beyond, to a timeless, spaceless place of all-knowing. When developed, this chakra brings us knowledge, wisdom, understanding, spiritual connection, and bliss. The corresponding location is not on the spine directly, but on top of the head or crown, Du 20, 7 cun above the midpoint of the posterior hairline.
No matter which belief system you use, there was always a system represented by the spine, whether it’s the Corpus Hermeticus from Ancient Egypt, the Great Chain of Beings of Renaissance times, Kundalini Yoga as in the Chakras or the Du channel of TCM. Overall, each or all are used to better communicate with nature, personal wisdom of ourselves and the world around us.