The Endocrine System
The endocrine system is the link between the physical body and our subtle bodies. If we are to remain healthy and vibrant it is necessary to have an efficiently working endocrine system. To have an endocrine system that is working in balance we must keep all our energetic bodies in harmony. All the great masters kept all bodies in balance. It's not that your health comes and goes it's your awareness of the endocrine system and its associated systems that changes. When we become aware of something we cannot keep acting unresourcefully or against it. Keeping all our energetic bodies, especially the mental and emotional bodies in balance is the key to having a proper functioning endocrine system with corresponding balance of hormones. All health and well being is associated with at least a minimum awareness as below this minimum pain and disease will manifest. Keeping homeostatic balance in the body is key to health and well being. This is particularly important in the endocrine system as any imbalances in our spiritual, mental or emotional bodies will 'solidify' in the endocrine system causing an imbalance and associated disorders.
Of all the bodies systems and processes the endocrine system is the one that is most susceptible to daily stresses such as thoughts, emotions, nutrition and environmental influences like pollution including electromagnetic influences. Symptoms such as depression, mood swings, weight and sleep issues, lethargy, low self esteem and so on are very often the result of an out of balance endocrine system. Remember holistic treatments are about bringing the body back into balance because disease cannot function in a body that is in balance.
The Endocrine Glands
The endocrine glands are "the invisible guardians or the controllers and guardians of life who determine the equilibrium of spiritual and physical forces in mankind" The Rosicrucions
Hormones are chemicals released from the endocrine glands which sustain life. The rate of production of hormones is regulated by the optimum functioning of the glands associated within the endocrine system.
- The Hypothalamus - some would consider this not to be an endocrine gland however its function to regulate homeostasis is important enough for a brief description. It is situated in the brain beneath the thalamus and consists of an accumulation of many nerve cells and controls a variety of autonomic functions aimed at maintaining homeostasis;
- The Pineal - is about the size of a pea and lies immediately beneath the hypothalamus in a tiny recess at the center of the brain. One of its primary functions is to regulate the body's circadian rhythms;
- Pituitary Gland - Often mistakenly referred to as the third eye, (it's not because the third eye is in the etheric body) it is thought of as the master gland because it produces hormones that control several other endocrine glands. It is located in a small bony cavity behind the root of the nose and is linked to the hypothalamus via a small stalk at the base of the brain;
- The Thyroid - is the biggest gland in the neck situated near the front below the muscle layers. It has two 'wings' which wrap around the trachea. Its primary function is to regulate the body's metabolism.
- The Parathyroid - Unrelated to the thyroid apart from the fact that this gland is also part of the endocrine system. Its primary function is to regulate the calcium levels in the blood which ensures optimum function of the muscular and nervous systems.
- The Thymus - lies underneath the top of the breast bone. It is the controller of energy flow to the body and it monitors and rebalances our life energy. It plays a huge role in the correct functioning of our immune system and is also involved with the strength of muscular contraction, for example muscle weakness can be a symptom of an under active thymus.
- The Pancreas - its primary function is to regulate blood sugar levels by producing insulin and glucagon. It also produces pancreatic digestive enzymes.
- The Adrenals - respond quickly to rage, anger and fear regulating the four primary stress hormones: DHEA, adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine. They are situated at the top of both kidneys and are triangular in shape about the size of Brazil nuts.
- The Gonads - their primary function is the creation of the sex hormones.
We are of course more than just our physical bodies. It is absolutely essential that we take into account the metaphysical (beyond the physical) if we are to remain in balance and disease free. All disease comes from physiological stress. The main factors are toxicity from living in a polluted internal and external environment including the food we eat and from an energetic level (for example negative emotions) which filter down into the physical body. A good example of this is common stress we can feel on a daily basis because of the world we live in which can trigger the fight or flight response. This response is quite often not turned off which results in overactive adrenal glands. We look for other 'distractions' to help us relax, for example drugs, alcohol, over eating and so on and we end up in a constant 'declining' state instead of a 'growth' state all the while our bodies are trying to reach homeostasis. Dehydration and acidosis follow which leads to disease. Our body, mind and soul or subconscious, conscious and superconscious need to work in a cooperative manner. As an operating system integral to sustainable health, the endocrine system performs this function via an output and input flow of breath or chi, an ever present, ever flowing exchange of energy. This flow moves from the subtle bodies to the endocrine system and then 'deeper' into other systems of the physical body and back again. An interruption of this flow, for example a negative belief system, creates an imbalance in the subtle bodies/physical body unit.