Curiosity, Respect, Compassion, and Trust
Early in our work with the psyche and soma connection, we introduced the concept that the interrelationship between the body and mind is a primary factor in the individuation of one’s personality. For example, we approach a client as an individual rather than a series of symptoms in need of management and liberation. In this way, we come into therapeutic work with a very different range of curiosity, resepect, compassion, and trust in the inner workings of the soul. A client may be facing the world and themselves with deep and undiscovered layers of meaning and creative potential.
Working with Mind-Body Integration
One may be empowered by external accomplishment, labels to symptoms, and successful aversion to negative behaviors. Additionally, one may become more connected with feeling. This can release old thought structures and perspectives when confronting painful or simply unhelpful beliefs about themselves and others. But the work with mind-body integration supports a willingness to let go of direction in certain respects and open up to the experiential. Specifically, the interactive play between the perceiving and sensing functions.
Exploring, Receiving, and Participating
Studies show that the body is a thinking body, with sensational phenomena, a storehouse of memories, and an activator of the unconscious. We need a treatment model that supports this interrelationship. One in which the role of consciousness – that which we are aware of – spends time exploring. It must receive and participate in the sensory world of the here-and-now. In short, without penetration, there is no transformation. One aspect of the person must receive and give attendance to the other. Otherwise, the relationship is contrived, compartmentalized, and often ignored.
The Divided, Oscillating Self
We move the body, for example, in an attempt to communicate something fluid, spontaneous, and honest. The mind may be occupied with execution rather than relational participation. In this case, what we discover is a very rigid and out-of-touch individual. With the play of these to aspects of person, we have a very real problem on our hands. Namely, the divided self. Typically this manifests as an oscillating self that on the one hand fights for power. It attempts to control, conquer problems, and win out. On the other hand, it can succumb to chaotic wild forces of the instincts.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
Becoming animal is of particular importance here for us as we look to the chakra system. This week we are discussing the solar plexus chakra. Found above the navel just below the rib cage, the solar plexus chakra shines with the color yellow. Through imagery, breathing, and simple sensory awareness of this place in the body, one begins to feel the creative and yet stable presence of an individual personality. The solar plexus belongs to the space between the feeling and creative center of the sacral chakra and the heart which brings balance and harmony to the mind and body relationship. So we might say that the solar plexus is more instinctual than say a warm balanced heart, yet closer to empowerment than the sacral instinctual power.
One engaging in the solar plexus in balance is able to experience the moment from a place of self-worth and acceptance. The seat of rightful existence dwells in this yellow sphere of light. Where the sacral chakra is concerned with guilt and pleasure, the solar plexus chakra addresses shame and power. Healthy empowerment comes from a sensational presence in this area of the body. To relate and connect with this space, one may begin to feel their deep and sacred birthright to be present in all that they are. Through this chakra, we strive to overcome the wounds that make us smaller than we ought to be. We also overcome the distractions that prevent us from showing up in our true callings and personal power.