While we all have seven primary chakras and various sub-chakras, each of us can have a somewhat difference emphasis. Yet the heart and solar plexus chakras typically have significant roles in the post-awakening process.
We usually grow up around people with poor energy skills and hygiene. We may take on the same patterns to fit in and thus learn anxiety, fear or control. Or we may rebel with anger. None of this serves us well though.
With greater awareness, those unhealthy habits become conscious and can be resolved, freeing us from the massive energy drain that sustaining them takes.
The heart is the center of our being and home of the soul or jiva. It is the fulcrum between the more universal upper chakras and the lower chakras related to our person. We find the higher emotions in the heart like love and gratitude and the capacity for devotion.
But in our culture, it is very difficult to maintain an open heart. We often have a thick crust protecting them. We learn to be very defended and resistant to our environment. But this also shields us from the richness of high emotion.
After becoming established in being, the playing field changes. We then have an immovable core under the waves of life. On that platform, opening and refinement can build.
During the descent post-awakening, there can be a heart opening (of Hridaya) that brings a fullness and richness to life. It is key, along with the “third eye”, to refined perception and unfolding awareness of Divinity. This is primarily associated with the God Consciousness phase.
But when this isn’t healed, many people are skipping much of this stage until later. Hence you see rather dry descriptions of awakening and little talk of fullness.
The gut or solar plexus chakra is the primary power center of the mind and thus the ego and our sense of individuality. It can also be a center of intuitive impressions or “gut feelings.” It is a primary driver that helps us get things done. But out of balance, it flares as anger or fear and we become more self-protective.
As the highest of the “personal” chakras, it is often dominated by defensive mechanisms to protect us from others use of power. Do we feel in our power? Often not. Do we stand against others power and invite conflict?
The gut is also home to our core sense of individual identity. An ancient “grip” that resulted from a perceived separation from the divine, grasping for control and to feel safe.
For a while, I associated the core grip becoming conscious and being released with the Unity shift. Adyashanti speaks in similar ways. He and Loch Kelly associated this release with a “Barbecue” prior to Unity.
However, I’ve since found it is very possible to move into Unity and higher before either heart or gut has healed. This means there are still aspects that can revive our me sense.
To explain, I’ve talked in the past about the 3 layers of ego. The story of a me implodes with awakening, with various shrapnel resolving over time. This is followed by healing the emotional (energetic) drivers of those self-concepts. This allows the heart opening talked about above. And finally, the core grip or core identity in the gut becomes conscious and is released. Head, heart, gut.
I’ve also talked about a 4th Root release that comes later but is much more subtle.
In other words, if the core identity has not yet been seen and released, the stage is not yet complete and there can be some back-pedaling plus more potential for getting caught. Not to mention the constraints and reduced fullness that result.
However, if we cooperate with the process and don’t get caught in any concepts of being done, these aspects should unfold in time, filling out the developing enlightenment and completing the shifts.