Shirodhara is one of the paths to nirodha, stillness. In our lives we have to create a path of coming into this state and train ourselves to go there. Usually we are swinging along a spectrum between Ksipta, monkey mind, or Mudha, dull mind overpowered by the senses. Shiro helps us to land in the viksipta state, and from here we use focus to carve the path to nirodah deeper. As you enter into a state of ekagrata, one pointed focus, the mind can hold attention on the warm oil pouring onto the outer bindu, the centre of the forehead, and awareness seeps to the inner bindu, the centre of the head. This brings deep relaxation on the level of the mind, purifying the mental layers of the subtle body, 'manomaya kosha', and the sense organs themselves, which are situated on the head.
Shiro means head, Dhara means flow. When the head enters a state of flow, a theta state, consciousness is elevated and enables the release of past impressions that create imbalanced desires and habitual patterns of behavior. Shirodhara empowers Self to heal self. Because the mind drives, and is driven by, the senses (indriyas) and their deeper faculties, the patterns of behavior (vasanas and samskaras) that go with them prevent and distract the mind from it's desire to harmonise all levels of Being.
Shirodhara increases and circulates prana, life energy, within the region of the head, relieving fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, headache, excessive thinking, nervousness etc. Once the mental sheath is cleared, energy (Shakti) and consciousness can freely move through all the koshas. When the higher koshas are activated, the wisdom at the vijnanamaya kosha and the bliss at the anandamaya kosha come together to create a self-empowered nectarous transformation.
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