There’s only been a handful of times i haven’t had long hair in my life….
a couple of times when i was little
and then a couple of times as a ‘letting go’ chop
i feel most comfortable with my hair long & right now i think its the longest it has EVER been
i always intuited there was something special and sacred about long hair
some of the most spiritual oriented tribes and peoples wore their hair long.
Of course not all them. Ha ha…
there are other extremes like in Buddhist traditions they shave their heads, as a sort of, clean slate – or universal connection or to symbolically convey their detachment from material and physical beauty.
i came across this article some time ago, about the truth about hair and why Indians & Native Americans kept it long
It really resonated with me.
It seems that during the Vietnam War special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to comb American Indian Reservations looking for talented scouts, for tough young men trained to move stealthily through rough terrain. They were especially looking for men with outstanding, almost supernatural, tracking abilities. Before being approached, these carefully selected men were extensively documented as experts in tracking and survival.
With the usual enticements, the well proven smooth phrases used to enroll new recruits, some of these Indian trackers were then enlisted. Once enlisted, an amazing thing happened. Whatever talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to mysteriously disappear, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field.
Serious causalities and failures of performance led the government to contract expensive testing of these recruits, and this is what was found.
When questioned about their failure to perform as expected, the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military haircuts, they could no longer ‘sense’ the enemy, they could no longer access a ‘sixth sense’, their ‘intuition’ no longer was reliable, they couldn’t ‘read’ subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information.
So the testing institute recruited more Indian trackers, let them keep their long hair, and tested them in multiple areas. Then they would pair two men together who had received the same scores on all the tests. They would let one man in the pair keep his hair long, and gave the other man a military haircut. Then the two men retook the tests.
Time after time the man with long hair kept making high scores. Time after time, the man with the short hair failed the tests in which he had previously scored high scores.
The mammalian body has evolved over millions of years. Survival skills of human and animal at times seem almost supernatural. Science is constantly coming up with more discoveries about the amazing abilities of man and animal to survive. Each part of the body has highly sensitive work to perform for the survival and well being of the body as a whole. The body has a reason for every part of itself.
Hair is an extension of the nervous system, it can be correctly seen as exteriorized nerves, a type of highly evolved ‘feelers’ or ‘antennae’ that transmit vast amounts of important information to the brain stem, the limbic system, and the neocortex.
Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. This has been seen in Kirlian photography when a person is photographed with long hair and then rephotographed after the hair is cut.
When hair is cut, receiving and sending transmissions to and from the environment are greatly hampered. This results in numbing-out .
Cutting of hair is a contributing factor to unawareness of environmental distress in local ecosystems. It is also a contributing factor to insensitivity in relationships of all kinds. It contributes to sexual frustration.
i remember at one point reading that hair also retains memories….
which is why, it can lend itself to be a great ‘letting go’ healing ritual.
if you are need to let go of the past and parts of yourself cutting your hair off would be one way to do it!
especially if you offer up your hair on the new or full moon, depending on what you are going for >>renewal or release<<
The act of cutting your hair is the cutting off of the flow of thought. You actually sever away past thoughts from future deeds. Cutting your hair usually occurs when one chooses to make a major change in ones life, putting past misdeeds behind them, and
beginning a new/knew life. In Native teachings many tribes cut their hair during the mourning process, which symbolizes the deep wound to ones sensibilities caused by the piercing hurt of a loved ones passing.
Even the time of cutting your hair is important, for all things need to be in harmony with the natural rhythm and flow of the Universe. Cutting old thoughts, harvesting full grown ideas, cutting all ties, is best on the Full Moon. For fresh starts, like the planting time, for new seeds of thought, or for the trimming, pruning and monthly maintenance, we cut our hair by the light of the New Moon, so it will grow thick and quick
Hair is also connected to our Crown chakra that sits on top of our heads
the crown chakra connects us to our universal consciousness, our higher self (spirit) & our purpose in this lifetime
According to the yogic tradition, hair is a wonderful gift of the nature, that helps to raise the Kundalini energy, which is the force that increases the energy, tranquility and intuition.
Because, when you let your hair grow fully and coil it on the crown of the head, the “Pranic Energy” or “Life Force” flows down from the top of the head (Crown Chakra) to the base of the Spine (Muladhara Chakra).
In ancient days and even till a few decades back, people from different culture, did not use to cut their hair. But, their hair was cut forcefully, as a symbol of slavery, during the time they were conquered or enslaved.
Because at that time conquerors understood that, certain natural power gets decreased because of hair cut and becomes easy to control them.
Makes a lot of sense when you think about police enforcement and the military, as well as when they took indiginous people from their tribes and cut off all their hair…cut them off from their ‘source’ their symbolic connection. Seems its proving to be a bit more than just symbolic though. Call it enslavement – or the domestication of the human~animal. The colonization of our people worldwide from Wild – to – tamed.
“Our hair fashions might be just a trend, but if we investigate, we may find that we have been depriving ourselves of one of the most valuable sources of energy for human vitality.” -Yogi Bhajan
Consider the possibility that the hair on your head is there to do more than just look good. Man is the only creature who grows longer hair on his head as he grows into adulthood. Left uncut, your hair will grow to a particular length and then stop all by itself at the correct length for you. From a yogic perspective, hair is an amazing gift of nature that can actually help raise the Kundalini energy (creative life force), which increases vitality, intuition, and tranquility.
As you braid your hair in the morning, name each strand, one for the Body, one for the Mind, and one for the Spirit. When you are finished, you will see your life, what it looks like. You can see that it is made up of three clear strands, but you cannot readily separate one from the other. They all work cooperatively and equally together to make a strong and beautiful braid. This is the way your life should be; Body, Mind and Spirit, woven together to form a strong and beautiful person.
-Cree First Nation Elder
Science of HAIR
These ionic changes create the more efficient memory and results good physical energy, stamina and patience.Moreover, hairs are the antennas which channel the gathered “Sun Energy” or “Pranic Energy” to the Frontal Lobe (part of the brain used in the visualization and meditation).
So, these antennas acts as a tube to bring the greater quantities of subtle cosmic energy.If you opt to cut your hair, you not only lose the nourishment and energy consisted in it, but also your body again has to provide lots of life energy and nutrients to regrow the missed hair.
It may take at least three years from the time of your haircut, for the new antennas to create at the tips of the hair.
Kundalini Hair Care
In India, a Rishi is known as a wise one who coils his or her hair up on the crown of the head during the day to energize the brain cells, and then combs it down at night. A ‘rishi knot’ energizes your magnetic field (aura) and stimulates the pineal gland in the center of your brain.
“This activation of your pineal results in a secretion that is central to the development of higher intellectual functioning, as well as higher spiritual perception.” -Yogi Bhajan
During the day, the hair absorbs solar energy, but at night it absorbs lunar energy. Keeping the hair up during the day and down at night aids in this process. Braiding your hair at night will help your electromagnetic field balance out from the day.
Loose scattered hair can develop split ends. Instead of trimming them and losing your antennas, Yogi Bhajan recommends applying a small amount of almond oil to your hair overnight so that it can be absorbed before you wash it the next morning. Keeping your hair coiled on your crown and protected with a head covering during the day will help your antennas heal. If you have long hair, see if your experience is different when it is clean and coiled at your crown, or down and loose.
One year after Winter Solstice, when Yogi Bhajan was sitting in our living room with wet hair, he explained that he was drying it before putting it up in order to avoid a headache. When you put your hair up wet, it will tend to shrink and tighten a bit and even break as it dries. A better idea is to occasionally take the time to sit in the sun and allow your clean, wet hair to dry naturally and absorb some extra vitamin D.
Yogis recommend shampooing the hair every 72 hours (or more frequently if the scalp sweats a great deal). It can also be beneficial to wash your hair after being upset to help process emotions.
Yogis also recommend using a wooden comb or brush for combing your hair as it gives a lot of circulation and stimulation to the scalp, and the wood does not create static electricity, which causes a loss of the hair’s energy to the brain. You will find that, if you comb your hair and scalp front to back, back to front, and then to the right and left several times, it will refresh you, no matter how long your hair is.
All the tiredness of your day will be gone. For women, it is said that using this technique to comb your hair twice a day can help maintain youth, a healthy menstrual cycle, and good eyesight.
If you are bald or balding, the lack of hair energy can be counteracted with more meditation.
I really like this part….
If you are finding some silver strands in your hair, be aware that the silver or white color increases the vitamins and energy flow to compensate for aging. For better brain health as you age, try to keep your hair as natural and healthy as you can. 🙂
Having long hair and reading this makes me see i need to be more mindful of my own hair care. Treating it with respect – and maybe brushing it more. ha ha.
It makes sense to me to see hair as another one of those things that collects energies & so, if its tangled and dirty often also affects our own ability to think clearly.
My whole tribe wears pretty long hair including my partner and little boys. (yes, they get mistaken for girls often! i don’t know why).
just recently i cut off my 2 year old little boy’s pony tail ~ he just had been sick, with a fever that left him seeing and feeling spiders (perhaps some grandmother medicine coming to visit me, like a good friend said).
it was a full moon in virgo and was an impulsive urge ~ i felt it was time – he needed to let go.
after that i’ve noticed changes in him – subtle – but still a shift in awareness- once again.
life is so full of such powerful yet subtle shifts ~ we really need to pay more attention to the little things.
“Our mothers intuitively understood something essential: the green is poisonous to civilization. If we eat the wild, it begins to work inside us, altering us, changing us. Soon, if we eat too much, we will no longer fit the suit that has been made for us. Our hair will begin to grow long and ragged. Our gait and how we hold our body will change. A wild light begins to gleam in our eyes. Our words start to sound strange, nonlinear, emotional. Unpractical. Poetic.” (((Stephen Harrod Buhner)))
Long hair is a symbol of our wild untamed nature – probably why in the 60’s men and women started growing out their hair, as a form of peaceful protest ha ha – even if subconscious.
Grow your hair out – i dare you – come join the wilderness……….