They say a woman’s hair is her crowning glory, and I know that for me I would totally agree. I go against popular wisdom and wash my hair every day, just so it looks clean and is styled the way I like it. If for some reason I decide to not wash and blow-dry my hair, I feel unattractive, my energy is low and I am not at my best.

“ Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and /or convenience, and that how people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue” (C.Young “The truth about hair & why Indians would keep their hair long”)

However, I have discovered that there is a lot more to it than any of us have realised. From the earliest times, hair has been seen as a source of our strength. Think about the story in the Bible of Samson and Delilah. When she made him cut his hair, he lost all of his strength. Genghis Khan also seemed to know something about a person’s hair and it’s power. It is reported that when he invaded China, he knew them to be a very wise and intelligent people, not easily subjugated; so he made all Chinese women to cut their hair and wear fringes. He did this because he knew this would cover their third eye, and hence lower their natural intuition and make them timid, so he could more easily control them. Even slave traders would cut the hair of slaves as a punishment, and to lower their personal power.

The Indian Yogis instruct their believers not to cut their hair as they know that:

“Hair is an amazing gift of nature, that can actually help to raise the Kundalini energy (creative life force), which increases vitality, intuition, and tranquility” (C. Young)

The Yogi’s and the Sikh's understand that hair, if left uncut will grow to a certain length and then stop at your personal optimal length. Yogi Bhajan said “When your hair on your head is allowed to attain it’s full, mature length, then phosphorous, calcium & vitamin D are all produced, and enter the lymphatic fluid, & eventually the spinal fluid through two ducts on the top of the brain. This ionic change creates more efficient memory & leads to greater physical energy, improved stamina, and patients.” (C Young) The Yogis & Sikh’s of India as well as the Native American Indians, understand that the hairs act as antenna’s, which draw in subtle and cosmic energy. They claim it takes roughly three years to regrow your antennas after a hair cut!

But it is not just the indigenous people who discovered this to be true. In the Vietnam War, the American military recruited Native American tough young men, who were known to be excellent trackers and had almost superhuman survival abilities. However once enticed to enlist, most of their expert talents found on the reservation, simply disappeared when put into the field. This finally caused the military to find out why. The Indian’s stated that when they got their required military haircut, that they could no longer ‘sense’ the enemy and read the subtle signs and extrasensory information, which made them experts in survival.

They decided to test out the theory, by allowing half of the new recruits to keep their long hair, while the other half had the standard military haircut.

“Time after time, the man with the long hair kept making high scores, while the cut hair recruit consistently failed, despite before his haircut, getting high scores.” (C. Young)

One example of the tests they did, required both recruits to be sleeping in the woods, when an armed ‘enemy’ approached the sleeping men. The long haired man was awoken by a strong sense of danger and was able to get away long before any sounds from the approaching enemy was able to be heard. After passing several versions of these tests, the Indian recruit then received the military haircut, and consistently failed these same tests. From then on all trackers were allowed to keep their long hair!

Dr Birendra Kaur said that “We only have long hair right over the brain. We are practically the only creatures designed this way. Hair is your antenna to receive a picture of the subtle world around you, to tell when people are lying, to feel things before they happen etc.” (“Human Hair- A Biological Necessity” by Dr Birendra Kaur)

We have all heard the saying that the hairs stood up on the back of my neck and head, when people sense danger and I guess this is just another real life example of what was once common knowledge. This knowledge has been forgotten as our modern lives have changed our attention from introspection, in order to care more about the outside world, and what other think about us, or what we are told is fashionable; in order to fit in with society and to be accepted. It has been proven scientifically that people with long hair are less tired, have more energy and get depressed less. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that if you never get a haircut, you may grow 1.5 metres of hair in a lifetime; however a person who has haircuts throughout their lifetime will grow 22 metre of replacement hair, requiring a much greater effort from the body over a lifetime.

Maybe it’s time for all of us to think about how we can become more alert to our surroundings and be clearer thinking, less depressed and more energetic. Perhaps a new trend of not cutting our hair is just what we need to be considering. I personally think those American Indian Trackers are as sexy as anything, so why not encourage our men to grow their protective hair antennae’s as well?

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