Friday, April 8, 2011

Second brain in the gut? Gastroenterology - Vagus nerve

In the Reference book 'The element encyclopedia of the psychic world: the ultimate a-z of spirits, mysteries and the paranormal by Theresa Cheung' c2006, ISBN 9780007211487, p 273, its mentioned that,

"the body has a 2nd primitive 'brain' in the layers of tissue lining the stomach, small intestine and colon. It is actually a network of neurons, neurotransmitters and proteins called enteric nervous system (ENS). The ENS and its interaction with the brain in the head are so complex that it is a field of study in its own right, called gastroenterology.

It further said that eventually the connection between the two brains shrunk to a single nerve, called the Vagus nerve.
Scientific info on Vagus nerve is on the following site.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online

Its interesting to note that this nerve is connected to the larnyx which as mentioned by Samuel Sagan in his book, 'Opening the third eye' that activating the Larnyx is very important in achieving the results from deep meditation. Also breathing into the solar plexus (stomach area) is important for deeper meditation. It looks like all the important points in meditation, have the Vagus nerve going through them. It might be the magic connection between the third eye, throat chakra, heart and the nabhkamal / solar plexus.

Clairsentience, the ability to get intuitive insight and information through your sense of touch or feeling what is around you is what we refer to as gut feeling, intuition or vibes etc. This ability, I believe is developed more and more with regular meditation.
So can we simplify meditation in its first stage as the awareness of the Vagus nerve and its connecting places? Is it the magic nerve?

Now I have found a yoga site that calls this nerve the cool nerve associated with the feeling of Gratitude, Compassion, Love and Happiness. There you go! So I just figured out something that everyone already knows! :)