The key to inner peace and true empowerment
Having traversed the Base chakra, to align our Soul Consciousness with our physical journey, and the Sacral chakra, to recognise our purpose and seize our passion, we now tackle the trickiest chakra of all – the Solar Plexus. This is where we aspire to overcome all fear and resonate in an empowered, open and receptive space.
Consider how we have seven main chakras – three lower chakras which resonate to the physical aspects of our incarnation, and three upper chakras which resonate to the spiritual nature of our existence, and then the heart in the middle, being the critical point of discernment, where the two aspects of self – physical and spiritual – are balanced.
So, the Solar Plexus is the gateway to our hearts, and must be kept clear if we are to fully align with our higher vibrational chakras.
Being positioned in the diaphragm, the Solar Plexus chakra is the storage point for all projected fears, attachments and traumas. Here we find the emotions and sensations of what we learned as children; that the world was a hostile place, where our parents, hopefully with the best of intentions, projected their fears onto us to keep us safe. Where we were beset with others judgements, humiliation and projections.
Every disempowering thing we experienced during our formative years was assimilated as a lesson about how to be, in order to feel accepted, worthy, cool, safe, or just to be left alone and not bullied. And if we were lucky, we felt loved sometimes as well. And so we either conformed or rebelled, but seldom were there lessons in self-love and unity.
Interestingly, we expect to leave all this behind, once we become adults, but the subconscious has no concept of time. It lives in a vacuum of a continuous now, screaming “Heal me!” at every opportunity. So it has a very demanding way of insisting that we relive and rehash our issues, with any occasion that has even the slightest abstract relationship to our fears.
The subconscious mutates many present-day interactions into projections of our past, where the same fears have matured but are still triggered in our everyday dealings with life. We may no longer remember the initial incident that left an impression on the subconscious, but the defensiveness, anxiety, anger or fear will still rise up automatically to cause us to react in a way that is less than empowering and honouring for us. So, sent forth from the Solar Plexus are all the sensations of churning, twisting fear we have as yet to surrender and detach from.
We may tell ourselves that we’ve got it sorted, and that stress and competition is a normal part of adult life. That we need pressure and anxiety to thrive and perform, and it isn’t normal to always be relaxed and balanced. That we’d get bored without the dramas we’ve become addicted to… How cleverly our lower minds have manipulated us to keep us under control!
When clear of burdens, the Solar Plexus vibrates with a beautiful sunshine yellow energy that resonates with joy and inspiration. It stimulates the mind and lifts us into an empowered state of beingness. It is confident, accepting of self and all others, and calmly serene within its state of non-attachment.
The beauty of clearing the Solar Plexus is that it allows us to then easily receive all experiences within our heart, where we can truly see the dynamics around us for what they are.
Until then, our life experiences are drawn into the Solar Plexus chakra to be tried and tested against the long list of projections and denials we carry. We all have them. It is part of our human condition.
My belief is that overcoming the blocks within our Solar Plexus chakra is, by design, the most challenging spiritual lesson we face in our incarnation. It is the biggest stumbling block that keeps us from inner peace and present-centred existence. It forces us into deep self-reflection and complete honesty if we wish to master it. Without this discipline we fall into separation, fear, mistrust, intolerance, hatred, greed, ego, conflict and war. Sound familiar? The world as we know it needs a Solar Plexus clearing, and yet it is the conflict that pushes us to realise what we need and shakes us from our complacency.
Remember the times we’ve sought peace and our lower mind has reacted by freaking out and keeping us mentally busy? The lower mind thinks it’s doing a good job. It constantly looks to keep us safe, both from the outside world and from our own inner stillness. The stillness is very scary to a busy lower mind, which is accustomed to keeping tabs on every moment and needing to feel in control of our attention at all times.
What is this strange stillness we are attempting to impose on our minds? Our mind has worked very hard to think fast, protectively, and often defensively. It has mastered multi-tasking at our request, and now we’re asking it to stop? How terrifying!
This surrender to our higher mind feels paramount to death to our controlling lower minds. This higher mind that we are aiming for resonates at a much higher frequency than the lower mind, so the lower mind cannot perceive it or feel safe to surrender to it. Yet the higher mind honours free will and makes it the responsibility of the conscious self to discipline the lower mind, step out of the game, and drag it screaming into a higher vibration of true inner freedom.
And all this subconscious reactivity is funnelled collectively through the Solar Plexus chakra, where it churns and produces the butterflies that confirm to us that we are in danger if we dare to challenge it. And yet, challenge it we must. As King Arthur aptly stated in First Knight, “There is a peace that can only be found on the other side of war.” The battle with the self, “the dweller on the threshold”, as taught by Alice Bailey, that refuses to surrender its perpetual negativity, is the greatest battle we face.
And so, how do we even commence this daunting task? Baby steps! Learning to lovingly view the self as a frightened child that needs support and reassurance, kindness and guidance, while still teaching it boundaries and discipline. Listen to the self. Become aware of your own self-talk. Record it and discover the most common maladaptive beliefs you have about yourself which need to be constantly, instantly, restated in the positive. Be open to receive assistance from therapies such as Psychotherapy and Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, to track back to the causes of the triggers from your greatest traumas and be supported with techniques to safely overcome your strongest reactions. Just between you and me, that’s the reason I started studying Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy – to heal myself of the most stubborn traumas that haunted me even after 20 years of meditation, and to then develop powerful ways to work with these modalities to support our spiritual endeavours.
We can consciously know the reasons and logically address our issues, but the subconscious mind sometimes needs help to create new neural pathways to transform our reactions into our chosen empowering responses to life. I had conquered many of my demons through conscious application and discipline, understanding the life lessons, empathically seeing the wound in another and lovingly forgiving and letting the issue go. These are also very valid and powerful approaches that I recommend for addressing the majority of our resistance.
However, for my biggest wounds, I had to set my conscious mind aside with hypnotherapy and speak directly with my subconscious mind, giving it a chance to be heard and validated, to have its perceptions reframed, before just overriding it. My mind sighed with grateful relief, grabbed the tools and ran with them, applying them retro-actively through my past, unravelling reactions in a blessed relief of release and liberation. My conscious endeavours were finally made manifest and my Solar Plexus was at peace.
After this, it requires conscious application to maintain it. It is actually not difficult to do, as it is a lifestyle choice. The act of mindfulness keeps us present-centred and aware of our own reactions, bringing us gently into our hearts, lifting Solar Plexus reactions lovingly upwards to be understood and released. With practice, the body’s intelligence makes this an automatic process, until all we perceive comes directly into our Heart and the Solar Plexus is then used for its Divine Purpose, of harnessing our true empowerment, streaming in the Source and bringing in the joy.
And so, with the unconditional and loving determination of our own inner parent, we keep bringing on the battle with our frightened and rebellious inner child. In the end, both will win. To stand in our power, feeling fearless, loving and non-attached, able to take on the world, and yet realising that we don’t need to is, ironically, the most peaceful and humble state of bliss we will embrace.