In the Battle of the Trees
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A footnote from "The Book of the Hopi" by Frank Waters
"Tibetan and Hindu mysticisms, like Hopi mysticism, postulate a similar series of centers of force or psychophysical centers in the human body, in which psychic forces and bodily functions merge into each other. These "cakras", as described, coincide with those of the Hopi. They correspond roughly with the physical centers but they function psychically rather than solely physiologically.
The highest and most important center described by Eastern mysticism lies, like that of the Hopi, at the crown of the head. Known as the "Sahasrara-Padma", the Thousand-Petaled Lotus, it is associated with the pituatary gland of the brain. It is so important as a seat of psychic consciousness that it is regarded as of a higher order than the other centers. As in the Hopi belief, it is the "door to the Creator", through which consciousness enters and leaves.
Below it, centered between the eyebrows, lies the "Ajna Cakra" which corresponds to the "medulla oblongata" of modern physiology, forming the basis of the brain and controlling the sympathetic nervous system. [More modern thought equates this with the pineal gland - Ed.]
The "Visuddha Cakra" is the throat center. It corresponds to the physical "plexus cervicus" of the cerebo-spinal system and is associated with the respiratory system.
Below these higher centers lie two more centers which are also identical with those of Hopi mysticism. The first of these is the heart center, the "Anahata Cakra", corresponding to the heart plexus of the "sympaticus" which controls the heart and blood vessels.
Below this is the "Manipura Cakra", the Navel Lotus and the Hopi "Throne of the Creator", which corresponds to the "solar plexus" of the sympathetic system, controlling the conversion of inorganic into organic substances and the transmutation of organic substances into psychic energies.
Eastern mysticism describes two more centers below these which are not included in the Hopi series, the "Muladhara Cakra", the Root Center at the base of the spinal column, corresponding to the "sacral plexus" and "plexus pelvis", which stands for the whole realm of reproductive forces. The negative functions of rejection and elimination of elements that cannot be assimilated are associated with the "Svadhisthana Cakra", lying just above it and corresponding to the "plexus epigastricus". These two centers are often combined into one.
These seven centers are always enumerated in ascending order to that at the crown of the head, as they become successively less gross in nature and function. The four lower centers, it should be noted, represent successively the four gross elements that comprise man's body: earth, water, fire, and air. According to Hopi belief, the body of the earth and the body of man were both constructed of these same gross elements, in this same order. It may be briefly stated here that both Eastern and Hopi mysticism equate the bodies of man and the earth, and the centers with in man with the seven universes."