In my last post I wrote that ida nadi (female energy flow) was like consciousness, & that pingala nadi (male energy flow) is like matter.
No! N0! NO!
It's the other way around: pingala is more consciousness on the "mental" level, although in 1 of the big ashrams it is portrayed as vital/physical energy. And yes, it is that too. Because it relates to the sympathetic nervous system, which is itself very physically dynamic. In the brain, pingala is the left side. Somehow we have been lead to believe that we need to learn how to mostly use the right side of the brain, for it is said that the left side is logic & the right side is creative. And of course there is great truth in this. On the left side we are able to be sequential in our habits, do maths, & it is said (so far!) also that the left side of the brain moves slower than the right side. And that's fine too.
One of the big secrets about the left side, is that, in the left temporal lobe, the death, or "passing over" experience, is. This was found out by western scientists & no, I don't know how they did it. The interesting thing is that all the experiences of the volunteers were similar....white light, tunnel...... Which lead to the hypothesis that perhaps Near Death Experiences were just a brain experience, & what was said about "passing over" was also just this experience.
Our brains & minds are incredible. They record everything big that impacts us, whether it's deep trauma or intense spirituality ...so why not have a place in the brain...& in our minds...where this momentous experience is recorded? When I had an NDE a few years ago, it felt like it went on for ages, but I know that it didn't....which would tie in with the left side moving slower than the right. And it was very real, & totally familiar.
The right side is related to the parasympathetic nervous system, is female, & is a very creative & imaginative side, & I said in the last post that it was consciousness. It is part of our consciousness, for here many creative abilities can be expressed, can flow out of our mind & become manifest..or, happen. So it is both energy (manifestation) & consciousness (part of mind).
Another unusual fact is that people who are left handed, have a very strong sense of how their body feels, this is recorded in the right side. It is also said that artists use the right side of their brain more....which does not make sense to me, for someone who draws with pencil & does an exact replica of something like a bird, or a face, or an object, would not be using their imagination to do this.... Drawing a replica reminds me of photographic memory & I am sure that we use the left side of the brain for this (so speaketh myself, who does have a photographic memory). But, I am always open to correction.
Creativity is like an energy, & yes, it is a mental energy, & in a way, it is also like "matter", which is created from energy. Or, matter being manifestation. And here, many of our thoughts manifest, our thoughts being part of us, but also, they are like matter, & are separate from our awareness. Our awareness sits in the region of the pineal gland, on a physical level, so it's neither left nor right, it is it's own area. And also, each side of the brain, is a "doing" side, each in it's own way. When we "come to" ajna chakra, the 3rd eye, pineal gland, when we are the silent witness at this point....each side of the brain it keeps working, of course it does, but we are not governed by logic/left side, nor by the contents of our mind/creativity/right side.....we are sitting in wisdom & intuition. At this point, pingala & ida nadis are not predominating, either...sushumna nadi which relates to the central nervous system deep within our spinal cord & also our brain....this is dominant.
In this way, also, the chakra activity can have expression, for the chakras reside in sushumna, & in areas of our consciousness. Our consciousness content is recorded in the brain, but not only in the brain. Consciousness is vast, just as is manifestation. The expression of the chakras starts with stimulation in the form of wee pulses, moves into deep throbs, swirling, etc...which all seem physical, & in a way they are...but they are also chakra activity when they are happening at the chakra points. And the secret powers residing within the chakras.....they reveal themselves, in turn, & are able to be expressed as being an integral part of the pysche.