“I am the Spirit of Life. I bring radiance to my world. I am born anew in each moment. For I am birthless, deathless and eternally the same. I am the life of my world”
Greetings on this last weekend of Summer as the Autumn Equinox approaches to usher in shorter days here in the sunny South. Autumn is my favorite season of the year, and we’ve already prepared soil for planting sweet peas and other Winter crops in our Fall garden. This is the time of year when the ebb of Life’s flow of subtle energy causes the leaves of the trees to turn brilliant colors before falling to the ground to nourish the good brown earth. And with that poetic intro, I will initiate a new series of posts in this Healing Tones blog.
In this series, I will share excerpts from SACRED ANATOMY in which I consider the Thyroid gland’s hormonal functions as well as its spiritual role and significance. My hope in sharing these meditations is that my readers will glean from them a deeper sense of appreciation for our amazing human capacities and the Life that breathes through them. Considering the existential crisis at hand on planet Earth, this is a good time to be thinking about the gift of life and how crucial it is that we appreciate and nurture it as such. So, enjoy your read.
Life is born anew in each moment, fathered by the Spirit of Love and given birth by the Spirit of the Womb (the Spirit of Truth). These are our spiritual Godparents. In the Spirit of Love, the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Life, we are truly brothers and sisters all. The Thyroid gland provides the vibrational terrain through which the Spirit of Life works its radiant magic upon the cells of the body, energizing them with vibrancy. Resembling a butterfly, it is comprised of two lobes situated on either side of the larynx, or voice box, with four to eight small brownish-red parathyroid glands embedded in the tissues on its back side.
It seems accurate to say that this vital energy center plays a key role in setting the tone for the voice when we speak or sing. If we think of sound as a carrier wave for spirit, spoken words convey the creative messages of spirit that shape and color our worlds according to their vibratory essences. In Genesis, for instance, we have the phrase “and God said….” Sound was the very first force created by the Spirit of God moving upon the “face of waters.” The movement of the Spirit of God upon the face of the waters produces a pulse. That pulse becomes a series of beats, which then become a wave, which become the Tone that creates light, out of which all things are made and spring forth into living, breathing forms.
So is it with our own creative processes. A creative pulse at the core of our hearts becomes a wave of thought that carries a vibrational tone articulated by words which convey information that organizes and arranges the matter that creates and shapes our worlds.
In numerology the number 5 is the symbol of life. Emerald green, the fifth and dominant color in the light spectrum, correlates with the vibrational frequency of the Thyroid. The color green represents life and the Thyroid is the fifth endocrine gland counting from the bottom up.
The musical pitch of green is C sharp. In relationship to the Golden Mean of the Divine Proportion, which is .618, C sharp is the fifth pitch in the chromatic scale of thirteen notes. [13, I am told, is the Divine Feminine]. Five is derived at by multiplying the number 13 by .618 and then subtracting that product, which is 8, from 13, giving you 5, the smaller half of the Divine Proportion. The figure 8 represents infinity, the nature of life eternal. . . . All this to say the Thyroid is located at the Golden Mean, the Divine midway point of the seven endocrine glands. It is where heaven and earth come together, where the infinite realm of spirit divine touches into the finite realm of the human form. Life is the Divine Proportion brought forth by the union of Love and Truth.
Green was also the dominant color that John reportedly saw radiating from the One who sat on the throne set in heaven. It is the color of the expression of Mother Nature’s vast array of foliage. Green is generally thought of as the “color of money,” which symbolizes the currency of life we share with one another. As we look around us at the verdant array of Nature, we behold the chief characteristic of Life, which is growth and prolific expansion of forms to manifest life in all its glory and diversity. Procreation of forms to express itself is a creative compulsion of Life.
This is the Fifth Level of world being, the level of manifestation between heaven and earth in the temple where life begins to infuse flesh with its own radiance. Here is the very breath of God, the ebb and flow of which can actually be felt as one places one’s hands on either side of the head about two inches away from each temple while breathing rhythmically just before entering a period of meditation. While sharing Attunement with another, my hands frequently move in and out as though moved by the inhaling and exhaling of the Breath of Life as I hold them over the temples of the recipient.
The hormonal secretions of the Thyroid and their functions are varied and involve stimulating hormones (TSH) produced in the Pituitary gland. From the Pituitary, the Thyroid receives thyrotrophin, a hormone precursor that enables the production of thyroid hormonal secretions, such as thyroxine and calcitonin. Thyroxine affects the growth rate and metabolism of all the body cells. Calcitonin assists the parathyroid hormones and Vitamin D in lowering blood-calcium levels by enhancing cellular uptake, kidney function, and bone formation. The mineral iodine plays a functional role as well in many organic and glandular processes regulated by the Thyroid gland, including the metabolism of calcium, the rate and rhythm of the heart beat, and the uptake of water by the kidneys, just to name a few well-known functions regulated by the Thyroid.
The liver plays an important role here as well. The Thyroid gland makes the T3 hormone out of thyronine—the inactive hormone of the Thyroid stored in the liver—at a proportion of twenty percent, and thyroxine, T4—the active hormone of the Thyroid—at the proportion of eighty percent. The storage form is converted into an active form in the liver, so it is important that the liver be functioning up to par for optimal thyroid hormone production and action in the body-tissues.
Life charges the cells of the body with vibrancy: the bones to be strong with calcium; the heart muscles to pump blood rhythmically through the body; the brain for clear and calm thinking; the kidneys to pick up excess fluids and cleanse the blood stream of toxic waste, such as uric acid and other impurities and toxins. Besides regulating metabolism and growth, thyroxine increases oxidation, promotes protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism for energy, and influences the regulation of body temperature. In a word, the Thyroid hormones bring radiance to the body temple. —(SACRED ANATOMY)
The Spirit of Life nourishes the thyroid gland as it flows, much like a river, through this gateway of sacred energy into the body . . . and through the body to find expression in our thoughts, words, and creative activities. My next post will expand further on the spiritual significance of the thyroid gland.
Until my next post,
Be love. Be loved.
Art credit: David Stefaniak