The brain/heart/body connection is being ramped up right now.
The tracks in our brains that we default to taking are being challenged. There will be variations in how this unfolds, but essentially the same thing is occurring with all of us:
We are used to going a certain route in our minds in order to make sense of the world & function. And something in the basement of our bellies is saying, “This route isn’t working for us anymore. We need to build a new road.”
Our stomachs will have something to say about it. As human beings we tend to focus on the mind – logic – to make sense of the world. We also rely heavily on the heart – compassion.
But what about the stomach? Everyone’s basement has a message – everyone’s got a creature down there that freaks them the fuck out. Yet it still has something valid to communicate about how it is we are supposed to live.
The things your gut has to say aren’t practical, logical or nice – that’s not what it’s about. The gut is sharing the run off from something that happened a long time ago.
In astrology we look to the planet Pluto’s transits to get a gauge on what area of life this gutteral communication is coming from. Usually it has something to do with the ways we’ve been betrayed or let down, and the feelings that surface on account of feeling unloved run counter to logic or a want to be in a state of loving compassion.
We can try to outrun these feeling and we usually attempt to. It’s our default to not engage with the intensity of feelings we have been taught to feel ashamed of.
Our basements have things to say that the heart is aghast by, and the brain doesn’t think it’s logical or helpful. “I hate my mother!!” or “I swear if that husband of mine leaves crumbs in the butter just one more fucking time…” I mean, these thoughts are intense and harsh. Unreasonable. And they don’t feel kind.
Yet we still have impractical, aggressive, unkind subterranean urges. Everyone does. Societal acceptance doesn’t make them go away.
Reason & Compassion are great. We desperately need them right now. It makes us good members of society, to work towards fostering these qualities of mind and heart.
But what about what lives in the body? What about the gremlin in the stomach? Is it going to go away if we deny it?
I would argue that the reason we are where we are is because of all the years of denying what our stomachs had to say that wasn’t nice, friendly, diplomatic, or kind.
What good is kindness if it’s just used as a patch to cover up the feeling that you want to shove a GMO apple down someone’s throat?
If we don’t acknowledge the subterranean aspects of ourselves those parts will fester and grow until one day they take over and someone’s fixing to write a tell-all about whatever you did. Yeesh!
OK, maybe it’s not that bad. But unless these darker aspects of ourselves are interacted with to some degree, they turn into something else. Illness. Physical violence. A psychotic break. You name it, it’s possible.
It’s really important that we allow ourselves to communicate with the belly right now & I’d like to offer a couple suggestion on how to do that:
Get yourself a newspaper and use it as a guttural journal. Write over top the newsprint. Let it all out. Share all the things you’re most enraged about – all the stuff you don’t think or feel is reasonable, practical, loving.
DO NOT READ IT. When you re-read it you are re-integrating all that you write back into your body. Nuh uh. Not a good idea. Not very practical (whattup brain? I’m listening – sometimes.)
Then you burn it. Light that thing up.
Do the same thing in a document on your computer and throw it in the trash immediately after you write it. Again, DO NOT READ IT.
When you do this work you may be really surprised at what comes up. A connection might be made between present day experience and earlier events from your emotional history. Allowing yourself to free flow write without restricting what comes up shakes things loose.
It doesn’t have to be writing, either – you can use any form of creative expression to engage with these energies. Just makes sure you are containing the intensity of feelings – propelling them into something – and not running out to light a match to something you really need, like a relationship, a person, a job, a house.
The more we allow our belly-emotions room to exist and express themselves, the less they enslave us. After all, they likely feel enslaved themselves after so many years of being denied. No wonder they are shouting so loudly!