My Hair Has Never Been Cut
Finally, Samson shared his secret with her. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.”
The story of Sampson and Delilah holds an encoded truth. Delilah learns that Sampson could be constrained and defeated simply by cutting his hair. Many Bible scholars took this as spiritual allegory but recent scientific research has revealed otherwise.
During the Vietnam War, special forces in the war department sent undercover experts to comb American Indian Reservations looking for talented scouts. They sought out young men with outstanding, almost supernatural, tracking abilities. Recruiters reasoned that these young men could be trained to move stealthily through the rough terrain of Vietnam.
Once identified, the Indian trackers were enlisted and processed according to military protocol. They were given uniforms and a proper military haircut. But for some unknown reason, the talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to mysteriously disappear, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field.
Serious causalities and failures of performance led the government to conduct a review of these recruits to ensure no skill certification mistakes had been made in the recruiting process.
When debriefed about their failure to perform as expected, the recruits consistently blamed their military haircuts. Once the long locks were sheered, they claimed, they could no longer ‘sense’ the enemy, they could no longer access a ‘sixth sense’, their ‘intuition’ no longer was reliable, they couldn’t ‘read’ subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information. This seemed far-fetched but, with no other explanation for the unexpected skill loss, the government opted to perform more testing.
More Indian trackers were recruited. This time the military haircut rule was waived. Half of the recruits were allowed to keep their long hair; the other half would get the standard military cut. They would pair two men together who had received the same scores on the preliminary tests; one was allowed to keep his long hair, the other was given a military haircut. Then they repeated the tests.
Time after time the man with long hair kept making high scores; the man with the short hair failed the tests in which he had previously scored high.
Based on these results all Indian trackers were exempt from military haircuts. In fact, they were required to keep their hair long for the duration of their service.
Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. When hair is cut, receiving and sending transmissions to and from the environment are greatly hampered. This results in numbing-out.
So the story of Samson’s bad hair day may have been much more than spiritual allegory. It may have been God’s way of teaching us that every part of the human body is embedded in the fabric of the Universe.