There are several movements from the head or mind to the heart center. Prior to awakening, there is the potential shift from being mind-centered to being heart-centered, depending on our orientation. For some, this is natural. For others, not so much.
Note: heart-centered doesn’t mean emotion-centered. Emotions are 2nd chakra-based. The heart is fine feelings that are more universal, like love and compassion. Some people shift from emotion-centered to the heart, though such people are unlikely to read this blog. 🙂
There is the post-awakening descent of the presence (united Shiva-Shakti) from the head to the heart, and later the gut. These are when identification with that aspect of ego is broken.
And yet there can still be a habit of favouring the mind instead of the body. This is typically because of past habits, developed from avoiding our unresolved baggage. This limits embodiment and the fullness of experience.
I’m not suggesting mind is bad and some have strong natural inclinations there, like myself. There are tiers of this.
– mind driven by identified ego and unresolved experiences
– mind driven by the resolute intellect and its association with the Self
– mind driven by flow
– mind driven by the awake heart
Yet unresolved experiences will still drive the mind to the degree of their remaining presence.
I’ve thought of the power center as synonymous with the 3rd chakra. But it turns out there’s two things. The chakra and the power center.
The chakras, sub-chakras and nadis (energy channels) are like the electronics of our body, while the power center is like the battery.
To my surprise, the power center isn’t fixed in the 3rd chakra, although there can be a lot of resistance to its movement. It does sit there, and the third chakra powers the mind, so we can relate it to both the head (mind) and gut identifications mentioned above.
It seems a baby taps the mother’s power center until near the end of the first trimester, when their own comes into the body through the mother. Then, soon before the body is ready to be born, the soul moves in to bring consciousness. This is commonly when the fetus starts kicking and such.
With the soul in the heart and the power center in the gut, there is still a heart-mind polarity. However, that power center can be moved up to the heart center to unite with the soul. Yet it’s usually deeply embedded in the third. Going deeper is what allows it to be released from under the resistance.
We move fire into air, lighting up the heart. This brings together Power and Love, two Divine qualities. This makes it part of an embodiment process.
Not sure why I didn’t recognize this chakra/ power center distinction before, but Malika pointed it out. Game changer.