Embrace the fear

I recently had a treatment with Phil at Hands on in Braunton for my persistent lower back pain. As you read in a previous blog post, the combination of acupuncture and massage with energy work was an amazing break through.

After a few weeks of feeling much better, things started to revert back to how they were before Christmas and I was in need of another ironing out. I had been working on myself with restorative yoga and self healing, but I needed more. I needed someone with a fresh outlook to sort me out! Some people find it hard to understand how healers need healing too!

I drove myself to Braunton for the first time,and having got lost on the way and delayed by the Taunton traffic even before I had got on to the Motorway, I arrived late. This annoyed me as I am never late..I was quite emotional, panicky and cold.

The treatment was amazing as always, but some quite profound things were discovered. My solar plexus was.. locked. Not letting energy flow through to the lower chakras and causing a build up of fear and panic – not obviously helped by my journey there. This was similar to the findings of the acupuncturist. A cold core. Stuck energy.

Having gone through the usual ‘why me?’, and ‘how did this happen?’scenarios, I gave myself a swift talking to and reminded myself that it doesn’t really matter how or why. It just ‘was’.

Things just are. Everything is energy and the only thing that matters is the ‘now’.

So for those of you who would like some more ‘woo woo’ chat…here is a little explanation of your control centre!


Within the energetic map of your body, deep within the Chakras is your fear centre. The control centre that is the Solar Plexus Chakra or to give it its Sanskrit name – Manipura . It’s the yellow one. You know, the one above the sacral and beneath the heart. The one that gets missed out. The one that you feel those butterflies in when you are nervous or the one that creates tightness within your diaphragm, giving your lungs nowhere to expand and making your breath short and your pulse race.

It is ruled by the element of fire and it purifies toxicity on all levels. It gives us the fuel that we need to put things into action, and gives strength and vitality bringing the elements of the two lower chakras into being. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the place where your ego resides. The power from this chakra will enable your true purpose to manifest. Your ego is part of you and I believe that we need to acknowledge our individuality. So many teachers try to squash the ego. I spent years being aware every time it popped up, trying to squash it.


If your solar plexus chakra is under-active and out of balance it can cause feelings of weakness, despair, and sucks you into the ‘why me’ syndrome. If over active it can make you feel aggressive, controlling, arrogant, and be short tempered.

Connecting and focusing through this Chakra is so important. We are often busy asking for energy to flow through the crown into the heart, and in the case of Reiki, giving from your heart space. We can then feel too spaced out and ‘away with the fairies’ so we start to draw our attention to the root chakra, by grounding to Mother Earth and feeling the earthy energies of the planet. We forget that these two areas are all manifesting in the Solar Plexus.

The place that makes us feel fearful, the space that gives us butterflies in our stomach and the space that makes us feel like someone has punched us when our world looks like it could fall apart.

Focus on it. Visualise it. Meditate on it. It is your friend. This central chakra is there to guide you. When you can acknowledge the fear that it holds you can choose what to do with it. Fear is human. Go beyond it.

The ego holds power and the ego has the power to choose. It is here within your Solar Plexus that you can take the plunge. Take that step towards the next day of your amazing life.


Hi, thanks for stopping by!

Nicki is a Contemporary Energy Artist and Holistic Healer based in the beautiful Somerset Levels.

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