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. Consider that we were to approach a client as an individual rather than a series of symptoms in need of management. We would come into therapeutic work with a very different range of curiosity – respect, compassion, and trust in the workings of the soul. A client may be facing the world and themselves with undiscovered layers of meaning and creative potential. Finally, one may become more connected with feeling. One may release old perspectives when confronting painful or simply unhelpful beliefs about themselves and others. However, the work with mind-body integration supports a willingness to let go of direction in certain respects and open up to experiential. Specifically, the interactive play between the perceiving and sensing functions.
A Storehouse of Memories and Activator of the Unconcious
Studies show that the body is a thinking body, with sensational phenomena. It is a storehouse of memories and an activator of the unconscious. We need a treatment model that supports this interrelationship. One where the role of consciousness spends time participating in the sensory here-and-now. One aspect of the person must receive and give attendance to the other. Otherwise, the relationship is contrived, compartmentalized, and often ignored. We move the body in an attempt to communicate something fluid, spontaneous and honest. If the mind is occupied with execution rather than relational participation, we discover a very rigid and out of touch individual. We have a very real problem on our hands – the divided self. Typically, this manifests as an oscillating self. On the one hand, it fights for power, control, to conquer problems, and win out. On the other, it succumbs 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 a 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 a warm balanced heart. However, it closer to empowerment than the sacral instinctual power.
The Yellow Sphere of Light
One engaging the solar plexus chakra in balance experiences the moment from a place of self-worth and acceptance. The seat of rightful existence dwells in this yellow sphere of light. The sacral chakra is concerned with guilt and pleasure. Meanwhile, the solar plexus chakra addresses shame and power. Healthy empowerment comes from a sensational presence in this area of the body. Let’s relate and connect with this space. We may begin to feel our deep and sacred birthright to be present in all that we are. Through this chakra, we strive to overcome the wounds that make us smaller than we ought to be as well as the distractions that prevent us from showing up in our true callings and personal power.