The solar plexus
The gateway for the spirit
The human body possesses many ganglia – the only one well known, however, is the solar plexus. A role is also often attributed to it that goes beyond the organic effect and touches the area of emotions and the psychic life. Is this a mistake, or is the solar plexus in actual fact associated with non-material events?
The plexuses in the body are nerve junctions, thus networks of nerves, which meet in small centres and act together in regulating certain organic functions.
The solar plexus, which is located at the level of the pit of the stomach, should therefore have an effect only on the organs with which it is connected – thus the liver, pancreas, kidneys, stomach and intestine.
Yet even if someone, who is racked by nervous tension, has trouble breathing freely, it is said rightly that he has ‘cramped’ or ‘blocked’ his solar plexus, although breathing is not part of the functioning of the solar plexus at all! Then a massage of the solar plexus or applying compresses releases a deep relaxation, which spreads throughout the whole organism.
Clearly the solar plexus therefore actually plays a more influential role than is generally ascribed to it. An additional indication comes from its anatomical structure. Normally the nerve centres in which ‘decisions’ are made are grey on the outside (thus the term the ‘grey cells’ or ‘grey matter’ of the brain) and white inside. The white nerve networks are responsible for receiving and forwarding information. But in the solar plexus the behaviour is exactly the reverse: the white matter is located outside and the grey inside. This suggests that in this plexus the receiving function is very important. But which impulses can the solar plexus receive, given that it is not part of the central nervous system and therefore does not receive any stimulation from the five senses?
The special significance of the solar plexus
This question finds a new answer in the work In the Light of Truth – The Grail Message. The explanation is given that the task of the solar plexus is receiving information and decisions from the non-material core of the person, from the spirit. From here, the spirit’s impulses are passed on to the brain, the centre of our day consciousness.
The seat of the personality of a human being is his non-material spirit, while the brain is only a tool made available to him and just one of the physical body’s many tools that are available to the spirit for the duration of its connection with the body (incarnation).
So that information emanating from the spirit can reach the brain, a communication route is necessary. In the body this pathway begins at the level of the solar plexus, which thereby represents to a certain extent the ‘gateway’ for the spirit to the body.
This picture finds anatomical confirmation: the solar plexus is situated between two branches of the autonomic nervous system emanating from the tenth of the twelve pairs of cranial nerves. This is also the only pair that does not supply the face with nerve stimuli, but extends down directly into the abdomen. As the name suggests, cranial nerves originate from the skull, more precisely, from the brain stem, to which, among others, the cerebellum is attached. Thus there is a nerve connection between the solar plexus and the brain.
Apart from the above-mentioned anatomical foundations, one’s own experiences also show that the solar plexus is the gateway of the spirit. We perceive strong impressions and emotional stirrings – joy, fear, love, and so forth – not in the head, not in the brain but in the stomach area, at the level of the solar plexus.
Well-known expressions confirm this experience: In a state of excitement we say that we have ‘a tingling in our stomach’ or that fear will ‘tie the stomach in knots’; someone lacking in courage has ‘no guts’; lovesickness leaves a person ‘broken-hearted’ and so on. Descriptions of perceptions mention the stomach area or the heart, not the head or the brain, but body areas near the solar plexus.
The solar plexus and the ‘silver cord’
The solar plexus is also the place where clairvoyant people recognise the ‘silver cord’, which connects the body and the soul. The silver cord is like an umbilical cord made of finer material and allows the soul to animate the physical body. The silver cord is also mentioned in the Bible (Ecclesiastes 12, 6), with severing this cord leading to the separation of body and soul, thus to death.
Sensitive persons can sometimes perceive this connection quite well when awakened from deep sleep. Since the connection between soul and body is loosened during sleep and has to be tightened again forcefully by the sudden awakening, this process can be clearly felt at the level of the solar plexus. Those affected feel a pressure and warmth at this spot and sometimes comment that they ‘return to the body’ via the region of the solar plexus.
Certainly not everyone has had such experiences. But we all unconsciously know exactly where to find the gateway of the spirit in the body. If we are called, for example, and to be sure that we are the ones meant, we point with an unaware gesture to ourselves: ‘Who? Me?’ And the finger does not perchance point to the brain, but to the region of the … solar plexus.
This knowledge about the importance and task of the solar plexus can serve to know ourselves better, to attain the realisation that our life does not take place primarily in the head.
Although thoughts emanate from the brain – enthusiasm, volition, love, endurance … these are all abilities of the spirit, which we perceive in the region of the solar plexus.