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The Spiritual Essence of Dreadlocks

In the realm of self-expression, our choices often carry a deeper significance than meets the eye. One such powerful form of self-expression is through our hair, and for me, choosing to have dreadlocks has been a transformative journey that reaches beyond the physical realm. Today I delve into the spiritual essence behind my decision to embrace this unique hairstyle.

Devani touching her dreadlocks that bring in energy into her reiki and breathwork sessions
Devani's Dreadlocks

Grounding in the Spiritual Realm

Dreadlocks, for me, are more than just a hairstyle. They serve as a conduit to the spiritual world, a grounding force that connects me to the Earth and the universe in a profound way. The process of growing and maintaining dreadlocks requires patience, commitment, and a deep sense of connection to the natural world. As they form and mature, they serve as a visual representation of my spiritual growth and evolution. Like the roots of a tree firmly planted in the soil, my dreadlocks symbolize my rootedness in the spiritual realm. They act as a constant reminder to stay grounded, to be present in the moment, and to draw strength from the energies around me. Through this physical manifestation, I find solace and balance in the chaotic dance of life.


Antennae to the Universe

In the same way that a tree's leaves reach out to the sun, my dreadlocks act as antennae, reaching out to the universe to gather and capture information. They serve as conduits of energy, allowing me to tap into higher frequencies and receive guidance from the cosmic forces that surround us. I then use this guidance in my healing sessions with clients. Much like a cat's whiskers that provide sensory information about their environment, my dreadlocks serve as extensions of my intuition. They enable me to tune into the subtle vibrations of the universe, offering insights and wisdom that might otherwise go unnoticed. Through this connection, I navigate my spiritual path with a heightened sense of awareness and clarity and share this with others.


History of Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks, also known as "locs" or "dreads," have a rich and diverse history spanning across different cultures and regions of the world. The practice of wearing hair in locks dates back thousands of years. It can be traced to ancient cultures in various parts of the world, including Africa, India, Egypt, Greece, and even among certain Native American tribes. One of the earliest recorded instances of dreadlocks can be found in ancient Egypt, where they were worn by priests and royalty. The Egyptian deity Anubis is often depicted with dreadlocked hair, symbolizing divine wisdom and power. In the 1930s, the Rastafarian movement emerged in Jamaica, popularized by figures like Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie. Rastafarians grow their hair into dreadlocks as a symbolic rejection of Western standards of beauty and a connection to their African roots. For Rastafarians, dreadlocks are a powerful spiritual and cultural statement. In India, the wearing of matted and twisted hair, known as "jaTaa" or "jaTaa-mukut," has deep spiritual and cultural significance. It is associated with the god Shiva and is worn by sadhus (holy men) who renounce worldly possessions in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. Many African ethnic groups have a long history of wearing hair in locked styles. In some communities, dreadlocks symbolize wisdom, age, and a connection to the divine. They are often associated with spiritual leaders and elders. Due to the African diaspora and the spread of Rastafarianism, dreadlocks gained popularity in the Caribbean, particularly in Jamaica and Haiti. They became a symbol of resistance against oppression and a celebration of African identity. In the latter half of the 20th century and into the 21st century, dreadlocks have transcended cultural and ethnic boundaries. Many people of various backgrounds choose to wear dreadlocks as a form of self-expression, spiritual connection, or as a fashion statement. Today, dreadlocks continue to be a powerful symbol of cultural pride, spirituality, and individuality for people around the world. They represent a celebration of diversity, a rejection of societal norms, and a connection to ancient traditions that have stood the test of time.


Choosing to have dreadlocks has been an important spiritual decision for me, and one that has brought me closer to the essence of who I am and the universe that surrounds me. They serve as a tangible representation of my connection to the Earth and the cosmos, acting as both grounding roots and cosmic antennae.


Through this choice, I celebrate the diversity of human experience and pay tribute to the spiritual practices that have shaped our world. May we all find our unique paths to self-expression and spiritual growth, for it is in these choices that we uncover the true essence of our cosmic existence.


Sending cosmic love and healing light your way.


~Devani


References:

History of Dreadlocks - LiveAbout: Website: liveabout.com/history-of-dreadlocks-2326339

The History of Dreadlocks - World History: Website: worldhistory.us/ancient-history/the-history-of-dreadlocks.php

Dreadlocks: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need - Curl Centric: Website: curlcentric.com/dreadlocks-guide/

Rastafari and Dreadlocks - BBC Religions: Website: bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/rastafari/customs/customs_1.shtml

Dreadlocks: A Cultural and Natural Hair Movement - Ebony: Website: ebony.com/style/dreadlocks-history-natural-hair-movement/


 
Devani in Mission Beach San Diego California

I am a light worker dedicated to the elevation and ascension of the collective human consciousness. I use Clarity Breathwork, Reiki and Meditation to empower my clients to realize their best selves.


I am certified in Usui, Karuna, Holy Fire, and Violet Flame Reiki, and work with Deepak Chopra sharing his Primordial Sound Meditation to support the vision of having 1 billion people meditating regularly.

 
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