The gut knows! – Our second brain.

The second brain in our stomachs

By Michael Mosley BBC TV

Our own stomachs may be something of a dark mystery to most of us, but new research is revealing the surprising ways in which our guts exert control over our mood and appetite.

Not many of us get the chance to watch our own stomach’s digestion in action.

But along with an audience at London’s Science Museum, I recently watched live pictures from my own stomach as the porridge I had eaten for breakfast was churned, broken up, exposed to acid and then pushed out into my small intestine as a creamy mush called chyme.

There are over 100 million brain cells in your gut, as many as there are in the head of a cat”

I had swallowed a miniature camera in the form of a pill that would spend the day travelling through my digestive system, projecting images onto a giant screen.

Its first stop was my stomach, whose complex work is under the control of what’s sometimes called “the little brain”, a network of neurons that line your stomach and your gut.

Surprisingly, there are over 100 million of these cells in your gut, as many as there are in the head of a cat. What can all of this really mean?

The little brain does not do a lot of complex thinking but it does get on with the essential daily grind involved in digesting food – lots of mixing, contracting and absorbing, to help break down our food and begin extracting the nutrients and vitamins we need.

And all those neurons lining our digestive system allow it to keep in close contact with the brain in your skull, via the vagus nerves, which often influence our emotional state.


For instance when we experience “butterflies in the stomach”, this really is the brain in the stomach talking to the brain in your head. As we get nervous or fearful, blood gets diverted from our gut to our muscles and this is the stomach’s way of protesting.

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Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra, the white lotus, is located “above” the Crown of the head. It is the Chakra that controls our connection with the Divine. It helps us with our spiritual development and sense of inner peace.



IDENTITY Universal Identity

ISSUES Cognition

DEMON Attachment

RIGHTS Right to Know



COLOR Violet

AFFIRMATIONS: I accept and acknowledge my spirituality!

I am open to new ideas! I am guided by inner wisdom!

The world is my teacher, and I am hear to learn!

Resources and Recommended Readings:

Anodea Judith, Ph.D. “Eastern Body, Western Mind”

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Throat Chakra

The Throat Chakra, the blue lotus, is located right in the throat region. It is the Chakra that controls personal vision and communication. It helps us with self-expression, envisioning our purpose in life, and developing our Voice in the world.



IDENTITY Creative Identity

ISSUES Communication


RIGHTS Right to Speak


AGE of DEVELOPMENT 7 yrs – 12 yrs


AFFIRMATIONS: I hear and speak the truth!

My voice is important!

I experience myself with clear intentions!

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Heart Chakra

The Heart Chakra, the green lotus, is located right in the middle of the chest. It is the deepest Chakra in our core and controls our emotions, compassion and ability to love. It guides us in our relationships, helps us open up to love from other and wills us to share compassion with the world.



IDENTITY Group Identity

ISSUES RIGHTS Love Right to Love


AGE of DEVELOPMENT 4 yrs – 7 yrs


AFFIRMATIONS: There is an infinite amount of love!

I live in balance with others!

I am loving to myself and others!

I am worthy of love!

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Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra, the yellow lotus, is located in the abdomen region. It is the Chakra related to Fire and Transforma- tion. It governs our sense of Personal Power and guides how we discover and utilize our strengths, as well as, interact and respect others. The solar plexus chakra helps us stand up in the world and allow ourselves to shine.




RIGHTS Right to Act

AGE of DEVELOPMENT 18 mos – 4 yrs

COLOR Yellow



I can do what ever I want! I accomplish tasks easily!

I honor the power with-in me!

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Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra, the orange lotus, is located in the pelvis region. It is the Chakra related to water and movement It governs our sense of creativity and our relationships to other people and money. The sacral chakra helps us relate and maneuver in the world.



IDENTITY Emotional Identity

ISSUES RIGHTS Sexuality Right to Feel


AGE of DEVELOPMENT 6 mos – 2 yrs

COLOR Orange


Life is pleasurable! I embrace and celebrate my sexuality!

I deserve pleasure in my life!

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Root Chakra

7 CHAKRAS from

Anodea Judith’s Eastern Body, Western Mind

(Not to be confused with Dr. Stone’s 5 Element Theory!)

Every one of the centers that are called chakras, correspond to an area of the body, and are associated with certain behavioral characteristics and a stage of spiritual growth. Chakras represent specific psycho-physical energies that are activated one by one through the breath, along with the flow of the elements throughout daily life. The word Chakra in Sanscrit translates to wheel or disc.

Chakras are considered centers of activity that receive, assimilate, and express life force energy, and are said to be responsible for a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual functions. Each of the seven chakras represent a definite set of desires that correspond to a particular element. While desires should not be cultivated, they should be fulfilled, if they are really present. Otherwise one will be inevitably drawn back to them. This understanding of the seven chakras offers a way to balance ones desires and lead a more happy and spiritual life along personal impulses, or dare we say, destiny.


The Root Chakra, the red lotus, is located right at the base of the spine. It is the closest Chakra to the ground and controls our sense of stability and security in this life. It is where we get our footing, stand our ground and find our strength.



IDENTITY Physical Identity

ISSUES RIGHTS Survival Right to be here


AGE of DEVELOPMENT womb-12 mos



I love my body! I trust my body’s wisdom! It is safe for me to be here! I have a right to be here! The earth supports my needs!

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Sacred Anatomy of Chakras

The Sacred Anatomy of the Chakras

with Jeff Masters

Once a month @ ASIS in Clarkdale

Prepare yourself, this is not your average ‘chakra’ or ‘energy’ course.  During this Experiential Series we will explore, in depth, each of the seven chakras, their physical and energetic anatomy, the impact each has on our physiology, psychology and perception of the world and what we can do to empower and balance these true Forces of Nature!

Each Class Includes:

• Comprehensive Physical & Energetic Anatomy
• Chakra Specific Practices including:
• Postures & Breath Work
• Aromatherapy & Marma Point Therapy
• Guided Visualization & Relaxation Exercises

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10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You

1) Don’t make the world worse. I know that I’m supposed to tell you to aspire to great things. But I’m going to lower the bar here: Just don’t use your prodigious talents to mess things up. Too many smart people are doing that already. And if you really want to cause social mayhem, it helps to have an Ivy League degree. You are smart and motivated and creative. Everyone will tell you that you can change the world. They are right, but remember that “changing the world” also can include things like skirting financial regulations and selling unhealthy foods to increasingly obese children. I am not asking you to cure cancer. I am just asking you not to spread it.

2) It’s all borrowed time. You shouldn’t take anything for granted, not even tomorrow. I offer you the “hit by a bus” rule. Would I regret spending my life this way if I were to get hit by a bus next week or next year? And the important corollary: Does this path lead to a life I will be happy with and proud of in 10 or 20 years if I don’t get hit by a bus.

3)   Your time wasted was well spent.  The same goes for the time you spent playing intramural sports, working on the school newspaper or just hanging with friends. Research tells us that one of the most important causal factors associated with happiness and well-being is your meaningful connections with other human beings. Look around today. Certainly one benchmark of your post-graduation success should be how many of these people are still your close friends in 10 or 20 years.

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