New Age extols the virtues of chakras. These seven points, starting from the base of the spin end ending on the crown of the head, are crucial to our well being. Where would this knowledge come from, why start at the anus and end up at the top of the head, why not the other way round? You could even start at the heart and travelling up and down. I think I have come across a possible reason to explain this order.
On a recent episode of the BBC programme QI the host, Stephen Fry, explains that we are all arseholes. How does he come to that conclusion?
When any organisms embryo has a certain mass of cells a cavity starts to develop. Depending on the species this will either be a mouth or an anus. In humans it becomes the anus and the embryo will much later on decide on a better place for a mouth. Is it coincidence that the first chakra ties in with the first major formation in an embryo. Do the chakras then unfold or develop from that point upwards to the crown.
The scientific name for an embryo starting as an anus is Deuterostome, whereas if the mouth is formed first then it is Protostome. Aside from that though it’s good to know that we all start as arseholes and that perhaps some of us may even develop beyond this point.