A STORY FROM CALLING HORSE TO ILLUSTRATE THE SOLAR PLEXUS CENTRE
The solar plexus is below the ribs and above the naval. It is the main energy distributor in the body, it helps in the thinking processes (gut feelings) and it connects us to others.
White Owl and the Bear
In times when men and women lived in teepees on the plains and in the forests of North America, there was a young warrior, we shall call him White Owl. He was a brave young man, never afraid to get others out of trouble, whether he had to fight off adversaries or wild animals. One day this young man and his friend Grey Wolf were deep in the forest. They were hunting for the wild bears who roamed freely in those days. These are very fierce animals. They were required for their coats for the winter bedding especially for young children. Winters were very cold indeed and the animals had to be sacrificed to keep us humans alive.
On this occasion Grey wolf was climbing a tree having disturbed a bear, thinking that the bear would not dare to climb as high as he could. He hoped the bear would use his solar centre – his mind centre, and realise that he would not be safe on the fine, high branches. However the bear continued up and up and Grey wolf began to think that he would soon run out of tree!
Now White Owl his friend saw the dilemma and decided to act as a decoy for Grey Wolf. He shouted and threw sticks at the bear who looked down and saw a second adversary at the base of the tree. The bear had been starting to get a gut feeling that it was about time to turn round and go down again. Now he had even more reason to do exactly that. With a huge bellowing roar he reversed down the tree. This was a slightly slower process than climbing up. White Owl looked at his weapons, he had a tomahawk and a bow and arrows. He and Grey Wolf had spent many a long evening practising their tomahawk throwing by the light of the moon, and he was very accurate. He decided to risk throwing the small axe, which is what it was, planning the throw to coincide with a difficult part of the descent of the bear. He did not have time to think of any other solutions. That he would leave to the Great Spirit.
The tomahawk made a direct hit, straight through the skull of the enraged bear which fell like a stone to the base of the tree trunk. Grey Wolf descended carefully, trembling somewhat and surveyed the dead animal. He clutched his belly and said:
“Well, I think one bear is quite enough for one day, don’t you? Probably enough for one year for me. It’s going to take me a while to recover from this!”
The young men skinned the bear on the spot, leaving the carcass for the wild beasts which would surely find it. They carried the skin home to their families, proudly presenting it to be shared by their mothers for the youngest children in each family. They had been happy to risk their lives in this way for those with whom they had close ties, another solar plexus connection.
For a fuller description of the functions of the solar plexus energy centre go to www.yogastories.co.uk and click on the contents list. Go down to the last chapter and click on ‘information on the solar plexus chakra’.