solar plexus

Solar Plexus Energy Centre

Located just below the sternum, the solar plexus energy centre corresponds with celiac plexus. A complex interconnecting network of nerves in the abdomen that sends messages from the organs that are concerned with digestion, detoxification and sugar regulation to the brain. The reverse action is the manufacture of serotonin in the brain that is then stored in the gut (90%), it influences mood, sleep and appetite.

So if we are feeling dis-ease within this energy centre the ailments that we could present with would be reflective of the functions of the celiac plexus. 

The solar plexus energy centre is associated with fire and our inner drive to take action. The phrase ‘fired up’ or ‘fire in the belly’ perfectly describes how we are fuelled by our will power/ motivation. However if we have an imbalance here it will prevent the confidence to act.

This energy centre is also the home of the ego. Ego is our decision maker and how we show up in the world. 

When we are in balance: we are able to set boundaries; assert power without dis-empowering others, be our unique selves, be confident and instil confidence in others, be self-disciplined, reliable and have a positive sense of self.

When we are not in balance: we can go along with things because it takes less energy; which eventually breaks our spirit, have low self-esteem, be indecisive and have no confidence in our own judgement, fear making decisions and don’t feel strong enough to face things. On the flip side we can have an overinflated sense of self, become aggressive, manipulative, arrogant, short tempered, stubborn, judgemental and intolerant.

Three examples of solar plexus energy in action within the context of the pandemic: 

a. When authority says “Do as I say not what I do.” A wilful ego gets angered and lashes out. A balanced ego will maintain healthy boundaries in face of adversity. 

This was seen with the so called ‘Cummings Effect.’. When Dominic Cummings broke lockdown rules. Some people said “What a tit.” but continued to observe the rules because they knew they were there for the greater good. Others said “Sod this for a game of soldiers.” and themselves began flouting the rules. What followed was what some would see as the premature ending of the lockdown to appease people. 

b. It is a legal requirement to wear face coverings in certain settings. Those who adhere to this rule can be judgemental and feel anger towards those who don’t. However there are people who are exempt. Is it reasonable to expect them to wear a sign around their neck (lanyards) stating that they have an unseen condition to distinguish them from rule breakers? 

c. There may be moments that you feel you aren’t faring well. If you are taking the time to be reading something like this, be confident in what you are doing for you and your family; living through a pandemic is no mean feat. 

To bring about balance, you may find the following helpful:

  • Ditch the carb free diet: when we eat carbohydrates there is a reaction in the body that facilitates the production of serotonin, our mood boosting hormone that is stored in the gut. 
  • Yoga: there are poses that activate and strengthen the core. 
  • Essential oils: black pepper, cedarwood, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, helichrysum, lavender, lemon, patchouli, petitgrain, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, vetivert and ylang ylang.
  • Affirmations: can have a positive effect on our psyche and be a motivator. Do a little research and see which resonate with you. 
  • Journaling: to let go of anxieties and self-limiting beliefs. As a starting point scroll down to resources on the sunday scribbles page.
  • Goal setting/ vision board: to help bring about action. As a starting point scroll down to resources on the sunday scribbles page.
  • Get outdoors and soak up some vitamin D. 

Note of interest: other phrases that are associated with solar plexus centre…gut instinct, ‘I can’t stomach this. ’To vent one’s spleen. ’It knocked the wind out of me.’ ‘My bloods boiling.’

There is a correlation between the sayings and the effect on health, for example ‘My bloods boiling.’ denotes feelings of anger. Anger raises blood pressure and can have long term implications on health if this is a persistent state of being. 

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