– The true heart of man, the initiatic heart,
A child in the womb is attached to its mother and receives nourishment from her by means of the umbilical cord, situated in the area of the solar plexus. At birth the bond between the child and its mother is cut, and one might suppose, therefore, that birth is the passage from a state of dependency to one of independence. In fact, though, even after birth, man is not completely independent. His solar plexus is linked by another, etheric umbilical cord to mother Nature who bears him in her womb and nourishes and sustains him.
This is why certain schools of spirituality in the East teach their disciples to concentrate on their navel. Of course, Westerners, who see only the outer aspect of things, jeer at ‘fools who spend their lives contemplating their belly-button,’ but it is they who are the fools. They have simply missed the point: those who meditate on their navel in order to affirm and renew their ties with the cosmos, experience a deep sense of fulfilment. Aware of the fact that they are still dependent on mother Nature, they concentrate on cleansing and purifying this channel through which she sends them all those precious elements they need.
A human being is born for the first time when he is brought into the world by his physical mother, but his true birth, that which is known in an initiatic context as the ‘second birth,’ can only happen when he severs his attachment to what the philosophers call ‘natural nature,’ and enters the realm of divine nature. Only then will he be born to true consciousness and enlightenment. The true heart of man, the initiatic heart, is the solar plexus. It is the solar plexus which senses, grasps and comprehends the great truths of the cosmos.