Emotional Centers of the Body
The strongest “feeling centers” in the body are the heart and the solar plexus region. Our heart-felt emotions originate in the heart. This is the place from which our love of self and love for others flows. This is also the area where our emotional hurts and wounds are stored.
What is the “solar plexus”?
QuestionYour solar plexus is located at the pit of your stomach. It consists of a dense cluster of nerve cells and supporting tissue and is located behind the stomach, directly below the diaphragm. The solar plexus is the area of the third vortex within the seven-chakra system.
In Touch with Your Heart
There is no right or wrong feeling that comes from the heart. These feelings are what they are, pure and simple. No shame or blame should be placed upon anyone because of the way he or she feels — whether it's love or hate, humility or anger, happiness or sadness, guilt or grief, calm or fear and anxiety. Acknowledging one's feelings without judgment is the first step toward healing heart wounds.
Learning forgiveness, trust, unconditional love, and compassion are spiritual challenges associated with the heart region. Emotional empowerment can be achieved by releasing repressed negative feelings that shadow our purest and most positive emotions.
A heart-to-heart communication can be intuited while giving a Reiki treatment. The following exercise can be an overwhelming emotional experience for the practitioner because of the outpouring of love that is transferred from the recipient's heart into the practitioner's. The outcome can be quite profound.
A Heart-to-Heart Exercise
While applying the throat and heart hand placements on the recipient's body, focus on your own heart. Visualize your heart chakra spinning in a clockwise motion. While it continues to spin, shift your focus to the recipient's heart and visualize his or her heart chakra spinning in a clockwise motion as well. Imagine both heart chakras spinning in unison and connecting with one another.
Open your heart and listen for any messages that are intuitively conveyed. Pay close attention to the messages, as if you are a parent listening to your beloved son or daughter, keeping any information received strictly confidential. Silently acknowledge that you totally accept the recipient just as he or she is. From your heart, extend your unconditional love to the recipient.
On a Hunch
Our inner knowledge originates in the solar plexus. This region of the body defines our self-esteem and personal power. Strong self-esteem is a requirement for developing intuitive skills. When we choose to ignore our gut instincts, we are only hurting ourselves further by distrusting messages that are meant to help us. The more often we allow ourselves to follow the direction of our gut feelings, the clearer the intuitive pathway will become. By following through on everyday hunches, no matter how unimportant they may seem, we are actually taking test drives, virtually honing our listening skills.