Sands shifting, sifting, through time, it moves through my fingers it moves, through space, it sifts and changes. Never remaining the same. Shapeshifting.
An interesting find revealed that long hair in men was actually related to consciousness or the sixth sense. Does that sound preposterous? Lets delve a bit more into this topic as it relates to extrasensory perception.
Ask Harvard Medical School researchers how many senses humans have and you’re bound to receive a range of answers.
Most agree we have more than the five basic senses, perhaps as many as 17 to 23. This lack of consensus isn’t limited to Harvard: Neurologists and others who study perception have long disagreed on the number of senses we possess to help us navigate our way through life.
During the Vietnam war, special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to look for talented recruits among Native Americans, who were blessed with special supernatural and tracking abilities.
Some American Indian men were selected and what happened after that is surprising. Once they were recruited, their natural skills and ability to access their sixth sense just disappeared.
On conducting a test to find out what went wrong, the older native American recruits said that after undergoing a military haircut they could no longer sense the enemy, they lost their intuitive powers and couldn’t access subtle extrasensory information.
So more native American men were recruited and this time they were allowed to keep their hair long. On comparing performance of men with short military haircuts and ones with long hair, they found out that long-haired men were far better and more skillful in tracking and sensing the enemy. This resulted in an order that the Native trackers should be allowed to keep their hair long.
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. Hair may also interact subtly with the electromagnetic fields around us.
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 .
Intuitively this seems right, that our hair and nervous systems are intimately linked.
When we sense danger, our hair will rise up on our necks and scalps. In the animal kingdom, dogs’ hackles rise when they are scared and preparing for an attack, and cat’s whiskers give them a lot of information about their environment, even in the dark. Conversely what is happening in our nervous system can effect our hair’s condition. Our hair can turn grey or even fall out when we have a big shock.
While reading about this I also realised that Sikhism requires men to keep their hair long and is considered a symbol of spirituality. One of the five physical symbols of faith for Sikhs is, “The Kesh (or hair), which reminds a Khalsa to behave like the Guru’s. It is a mark of dedication and group consciousness, showing a Khalsa’s acceptance of God’s will.”
Long hair has long been a common element of many spiritual prophets
Jesus, Moses, Buddha, and Shiva all seem to be depicted with long hair throughout the ages, although the hairstyle of the average Jewish man in the time Jesus walked the earth was short. The story of Samson and Delilah from the Bible says Samson lost his strength when she cut his hair.
Long hair and native cultures
The ancient and native peoples all knew about this link between long hair, health and spirituality. Almost all native tribes let their hair grow as long as it would grow, and extremely long hair was prized in some tribes, such as the Crow, some of which had hair that dragged on the ground. Short hair was a universal sign of slavery or defeat, a loss of power and identity. People would only cut their hair for mourning purposes to show they had suffered a great loss, as the loss of their hair was a big sacrifice.
Modern science shows there is also a health benefit to having long hair.
It is believed that hair, as well as skin, absorbs solar energy (in the form of phosphorous, vitamin D and calcium), so should be kept long to maximise this. The natural oils in hair help with the absorption of vitamin D, which is important for the health of our central nervous system and strong bones. We should be drying our hair in the sun to absorb the vitamin D, rather than using hairdryers.
Additionally it is believed that if hair is continually cut, it needs lots of extra energy and nutrients to grow the hair back, which is taken from the body, particularly the bone marrow. It takes hair about three years to grow out to its maximum length, which is determined in part by genetics and is different for everyone.