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Spinal Cord & Nerves

Spinal Cord & Nerves

Strength/Spinal Cord & Nerves: Charles Fillmore located the power of strength-stability-steadfastness in the nerve center of the loins of the low back. In "Birth of the Light Body," this placement has been updated and expanded to include the spinal cord and nerves throughout the whole body.

Commonly, the word strength is applied to the muscles. However, please note that the power of strength also includes the aspects of stability and steadfastness, which typically are not associated with muscular strength. Rather, the composite of the three words, strength-stability-steadfastness, best describes or relates to the spinal cord and the nerves. Without innervation, muscles become flaccid and paralyzed. Their contractile power comes from the highly coordinated nerve impulses that direct them when to contract, how forcefully to contract, and when to relax. As we will see later, muscles come primarily under the aspect of power, for their contraction moves the bones to which they are attached; and this movement gives us power in the physical world.

On page 16 of his groundbreaking text, "The Twelve Powers of Man," Fillmore wrote: "Each of [the twelve powers] works through an aggregation of cells that physiology calls a 'ganglionic center.' . . . The following outline gives a list of the Twelve, the faculties they represent, and the nerve centers at which they preside:
Faith-Peter-center of brain.
[The other 12 powers & sites also are listed.]"

On page 18 of "The Twelve Powers of Man," Fillmore explained: "Gaza means 'a citadel of strength.' It refers to the nerve center in the loins, where Andrew (strength) reigns. 'Lo now, his strength is in his loins.' Gaza is the physical throne of strength." [Note that Gaza is located at the bottom or southern section of Israel, just as the loins are positioned at the base of the body.]

According to Fillmore's conception, strength resides in the "nerve center" of the loins, not in the loins themselves. Webster's Dictionary defines loins as: 1. the lower part of the back on either side of the backbone between the hipbones and the ribs, 2. the front part of the hindquarters of beef, lamb, mutton, veal, etc. with the flank removed, 3. the hips and the lower abdomen regarded as a part of the body to be clothed or as the region of strength and procreative power. To "gird up one's loins" is to get ready to do something difficult or strenuous.

When Fillmore uses the term "nerve center," he applies it in both a figurative and literal way. At the figurative level, a nerve center is composed of nerve energy or vital fluid, which in Fillmore's day was thought to flow through nerves to other organs. In a literal sense, Fillmore's nerve center consisted of a region in the body where there were a group of nerves, what in today's medical terminology is called a nerve plexus.

In Eastern terminology, a nerve center is called a chakra -- it is a power center or wheel or energy locus where one or more spiritual qualities express, such as love in and through the heart chakra and the cardiac plexus of nerves that innervate the heart. As described by Fillmore, the loins relate to the sacral chakra that is said to be located at the base of the spine. In large measure, the loins consist of muscles, or at least the physical strength of this region come from the major muscle groups located there. (When we eat the loins of an animal, we consume primarily muscle.) And yet, these muscles are innervated by the many nerves that emanate from the bottom of the spinal cord in a structure that looks like a horse's tail and therefore is called the caudal equina.

So, why does strength-stability-steadfastness correlate or manifest primarily by the nerve center of the loins or the sacral chakra and the sacral plexus and caudal equina of nerves? One reason is that the whole spinal cord and its nerve tracts must carry cerebral directives all the way down to the bottom of the body, and from there down the sacral nerves, many of which form the sciatic nerves, to the legs and feet.

Without the communication of nerve signals through the whole spine, we cannot be strong, steady and steadfast. For nerves carry guiding, governing and stabilizing messages to each and every other organ, gland and system.

In a sense, the location of faith at the crown chakra at the top of the body and strength at the sacral chakra or loins at the bottom of the bottom is a representation of the principle of "as above, so below."

The Biblical Sampson was known to be strong, in part because he did not cut his hair. Hair is symbolic of the nerves that emanate from the brain and descend to the rest of the body by way of the spinal cord and 12 cranial nerves. When Delilah cut Sampson's hair, he lost his muscular strength. When the spinal cord is damaged or severed, one's muscles in the loins and other parts of the body become weak, flaccid or paralyzed.

Therefore, strength-stability-steadfastness relates to the whole spinal cord and nerves, not just the nerves at the base of the spine that go to the loins. All nerves throughout every part of the body come under the strength faculty.