The content of this article is not to be considered medical advice. This is only from a yogic and energetic viewpoint. If you have a serious medical condition, you should consult with a doctor.
During the winter months, the immune system is a topic that comes up a lot. The thymus is associated with the immune system as it produces white blood cells. White blood cells are in charge of attacking illness in the body. Overall the thymus is a part of the endocrine and lymphatic systems. It also has to do with our metabolism.
The thymus is a small gland that is in the upper middle part of the chest behind the breast bone. People can often confuse the sensations of the thymus for the heart. Energetically speaking, sensations in the heart will feel more to the left and deeper in the chest. The thymus can feel more in the center of the chest and towards the throat. The feeling can tend to be almost more like a slight tightness in the upper pectoral muscles. You can try tapping the center of your chest with your fist to stimulate the thymus.
On an emotional level, the thymus has a lot to do with our relationships with adults, namely our parents. When the thymus flares up, this is an issue you may want to explore.
When you were a child, you may have felt neglected on some level. Some children will act out to get their parent’s attention. Due to the reaction from our parents, acting out can be done just to remind us that we do in fact exist. Other children can become hypochondriacs in order to get attention.
When you get sick it is like you get a free pass for that day: people don’t get mad at you when you are cranky, you don’t have to work hard and people are always asking you how you feel. You can get a lot of attention and you have no responsibility. When a child is sick sometimes it is like the world stops for them. To some this is the only time when they get their parent’s undivided attention. It is one thing when a child expects this attention from others, but it isn’t realistic when you become an adult.
The thymus also has a lot to do with our attitudes around growing up. When we were children, our parents protected us and provided for us. Then we become adults and must learn to become our own parents to ourselves. We cannot expect others to be our care takers. Although that is tough to do when our issues around our parents go unresolved.
Some parents don’t want their children to ever grow up. There can be a number of reasons for this ranging from their attachment to the past or resistance to change. However there is a point where we need to grow up, learn to stand on our own two feet and not expect anyone else to take responsibility for us.
There is a great meditation works on the flow of the Thymus. It was class number NM0348. Guru Dev, Master of Sat Nam Rasayan, said that this meditation works with protecting the psyche, “The psyche is the perceptive part of the mind and you cannot go deeper [in meditation] with it unprotected. If the negative mind doesn’t feel protected you cannot advance.”
It is a challenging meditation, but the it is very effective.
Meditation: Working the Thymus
Right palm up and arm straight out to the side. Slightly angled up. Left palm down and in front of the sternum area. Fingers pointed to right. Chin tucked in. Gaze at the tips of the left hand’s fingers.
Chant to a recording of Wahe Guru Wahe Jio for 22 Minutes (in the video it is practiced for 11 minutes).
Close the eyes. The right hand over left at the heart and squeeze. Continue chanting for 3 minutes
Same posture and whisper with the mantra for 2-3 minutes
Same posture and silently chant for 1 minute.
End: Inhaling deeply & hold for 3 cycles.
For variety, I would suggest other high energy versions of this mantra such as:
Gurunam Singh- Crimson Sadhana
Here are a few kriyas that are effective with working the thymus:Magnetic Field and Heart Center- Sadhana Guidelines
Immune Yoga I & II- Physical Wisdom
Glandular System –Reaching Me in Me
Move the Glandular System- Infinity and Me