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THE SOLAR PLEXUS OR ABDOMINAL BRAIN By THERON Q. DUMONT

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I. The Four Brains of Man

Man has Four Brains — ^The Cerebrum ; the Cerebellum ; the Medulla
Oblongafta ; the Solar Plexus or Abdominal Brain. What the Solar Pfexus
is. and where it is located. The centre of vegetative life. The power-house
of physical energy. Why it is called “Solar.” The Sympathetic Nervous
System, and its offices and functions. The seat of physical life. ~ 1

IL The Emotional Centre

The Solar Plexus is the Seat of the Emotions. It plays the part
usually accorded to the “heart,” in emotional feeling. Emotional States
and Physical Organism. How Physical Conditions produce Emotional
States. No emotion is completely experienced until its physical states are
expressed. Bodily changes produce feelings. The James-Lange Theory….lO

IIL Emotional Control

Controlling the Emotions through’^ the Solar Plexus. The directness
and efficacy of the Solar Plexus Method of Emotional Control. How the
Cerebrum and Solar Plexus are connected by nerve-filaments. How
messages are conveyed from one brain to the other. The key of the
“mind over body” phenomena. How to reach the emotional centres and

IV. Vitality and Health

The Solar Plexus, the great centre of life-force and vitality. It
controls the great organic processes. The “instinctive mind” of the Solar
Plexus, and how it presides over the physical functions. How the Solar
Plexus maintains physical health, and works to cure disease. What
“Nature’s” efforts really are. How to cause the Solar Plexus to restore
health ~~ ~ 28

V. Awakening the Solar Plexus

The Solar Plexus in the state of semi-sleep, or semi-consciousness.
What produces this condition. ‘The result of extreme concentration. “On
the job,” and not “asleep at the switch.” How to arouse the attention of
the Solar Plexus. How to “wake up” the Solar Plexus. How to proceed
when you have Awakened the Solar Plexus. Full instruction and methods
given . 31

VI. Using the Solar Plexus

“Talking to” the Solar Plexus. The Psychology of the Solar Plexus
Methods. How to Control the Emotions by means of the Solar Plexus.
How to gain Health and Strength by means of the Solar Plexus. The
Secret of Mental Healing. How to deal with the Solar Plexus to get the
best results. How to gain Vital Force and Physical Energy by means of
the Solar Plexus. Virility, Vim, Vigor, at the disposal of the Solar
Plexus. How to gain them. Psychic Force. Human Magnetism, Psychic
Power, controlled by the Solar Plexus, How to gain and use them. A
Wonderful Chapter of Instruction ‘ *°

VII. Solar Plexus BteaA^^S Ilxetcises

The peculiar relation between ^^ ^v,i«g and ^^e So\«r ^3;?^^«„t\m^-
dominal Breathing Stimulation. TK^atV^^^lotatine Breath, ^he Stimu-

lating Breath. The Nerve Force ^’^ \tvV^^ ‘^^ ^^^^ultVonr^U ^xer-
Grand Psychic Breath. Much in I^i^Ve^^^ro«^V\^^^ ^m Ws V?v a -NutsheW.
cises. Practical Methods. Solar ^i>\i^ ^^VX^’^^* ^w^^ Plain^

The best, and only the best methoA^v!^’ ^^^^^x^’^’^ *’^ …:..l-.. -^^

and to the point .T^H ^S i e>

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The Four Brains of Man

Man has four brains, and not merely one
as is commonly believed to be the ease. Man’s
four brains, each having its separate char-
acteristics and distinctive offices and func-
tions, are as follows: (1) the Cerebrum;
(2) the Cerebellum; (3) the Medulla Oblong-
ata; and (4) the Solar Plexus, or Abdominal
Brain. The structure, and the respective
offices and functions of each of these four
brains of Man, are as follows:

(1) The Cerebrum. The Cerebrum is the
higher and front portion of “the brains*’ lo-
cated in the cranium or skull. It consists of
two symmetrical halves, which are connected
by a broad band of white substance. Each
hemisphere is composed of a centre of white
substance, surrounded by a gray border, fol-
lowing the convolutions which constitute its
external form. The offices and functions of
the Cerebrum are as foUow^s: (1) the anterior
portions of the cerebral hemispheres are the
chief centres of voluntary motion, and of the

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2 SOLAR PLEXUS

active outward manifestations of Intelli-
gence: (2) the individual convolutions con-
stitute separate and distinct centres; and in
certain groups of convolutions are localized
the centres for various physical movements,
i.e., the motions of the eyelids, face, mouth,
tongue, ear, neck, hand, foot, etc.

The CerebeUum. The Cerebellupi is the
hinder and lower part of “the brains” located
in the cranium of skull ; it is situated beneath
the posterior lobes of the Cerebrum, and is
about one-seventh the size of the latter. It
is composed of white matter in the interior,
and of gray matter on the surface. It is
divided into two hemispheres, separated on
the upper surface by an anatomical process,
and on the lower surface by a deep fissure
corresponding in form to the Medulla Oblong-
ata. The white centre of the Cerebellum
takes on the form of a miniature tree, with
trunk, branches, twigs, and leaves — ^this is
known as the “arbor vitae.” The offices and
functions of the Cerebellum are as follows:
(1) it is concerned with the powers of motion
in various ways and forms, in various de-
grees ; and (2) it is held by some authorities
to perform certain important offices in con-
nection with the physical phase of the sexual
•*”nctions and organism.

THE FOUR BRAINS OF MAN 3

The Medulla Oblongata. The Medulla
Oblongata is the upper and enlarged end of
the spinal cord — ^the extension and prolonga-
tion of the latter into the cranium or skull.
Its substance resembles that of the spinal cord
in its structure of gray and white matter; but
it possesses a peculiar and different arrange-
ment of the strands of the cord before it
enters into and forms a connection with the
brain. In the substance of the Medulla Oblong-
ata are situated the great ganglionic centres
which control respiration, deglutition, vomit-
ing, etc. Pressure of the Medulla Oblongata,
and not simple strangulation, is held to be the
actual cause of death in the process of judicial
hanging. From the interior portion of the
Medulla Oblongata, and the under surface of
the Cerebrum, arise the Cranial Nerves,
which emerge from the craninal cavity
through openings in the base of the skull;
these are distributed to various parts of the
head’and neck; to the organs of special sense;
and to some of the thoracic and abdominal or-
gans. In the posterior and lowermost portion
of the substance of the Medulla Oblongata,
are located the original sources of certain
nerves which indirectly control the organs
and functions of respiration.

The Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain, The

4 SOLAR PLEXUS

Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain, the func-
tions and offices, the powers and activities, of
which constitute the chief subject matter of
this book, is, as the name indicated, situated
in the abdomen. Some of its filaments, how-
ever, accompany the branches of the aorta
(the great artery) which are distributed to
the stomach, intestines, spleen, pancreas, liver,
and certain other organs, but not to the lungs.
It is situated in the upper part of the abdomen,
behind the stomach, in front of the aorta or
great artery, and in front of the pillars of the
diaphragm. Its place is popularly known as
**the pit of the stomach,” or back of the point
where the ribs begin to separate and spread
to each side.

The Solar Plexus is the great plexus, i.e.,
network of nerve-fibres, mass of nerve-sub-
stance, etc, of the great Sympathetic Nervous
^rstem. It is composed of both gray and
white nervous substance, or brain-matter,
similar to that of the other three brains of
Man. It receives and distributes nerve-
impulses and currents to all of the abdominal
organs, and supplies the main organs of nutri-
tion, assimilation, etc, with tiheir nervous
energy. It performs most important offices
in the so-called ‘Vegetative life’* of the body,
supplying the nerve-energy which is required

THE FOUR BRAINS OF MAN 5

for the processes of nutrition, assimilation,
growth, etc. In fact, it is the great power-
house of physical life-energy. The bodily
functions cannot be performed without it;
when it is injured the entire physical well-
being is at once seriously affected; and when
it receives a severe shock, death often ensues,
a fact which the history of prize-fighting
amply illustrates.

Its name, “solar,^’ was bestowed upon it by
reason of (1) its central position; (2) the fact
that its filaments extend in all directions to
the important abdominal organs, like the rays
of the Sim; and (3) the fact that it is recog-
nized as being the power-house, and great
reservoir of “life f orce,’^ just as the sun is the
great power-house and reservoir of material
energy of our solar system.

The Sympathetic Nervous System, over
which it presides, is that great division of the
nervous system which regulates and energizes
the important functions of the organs upon
which physical life depends, and by which it is
sustained. Bichet terms this division of the
nervous system, “the nervous system of or-
ganic life,” because, as he pointed out, “it
seems to regulate — almost or quite iride^QxssL-
ently of the will— the Avxe ^^^l^x-ecsaxv^^ ^^^^j^

6 SOLAR PLEXUS

functions of the organs of respiration, circu-
lation, and digestion.”

Bailey says: “Functionally, the Sympa-
thetic System is quite distinct from the Cere-
bro-Spinal System, It Jias been called the
system of vegetative existence, because of its
presiding over the processes of nutrition and
growth, the so-called Vegetative functions,’
in contra-distinction to the Cerebro-Spinal
System, which presides over such distinctly
animal faculties as sensation, motion, and in-
tellect. The Sympathetic System controls the
so-called automatic mechanisms of the body,
the rhythmical beating of the heart, contrac-
tion and dilation of the arteries, the peristaltic
action of the gastro-intenstinal tract, the con-
traction of smooth muscle wherever found,
^ and the control of the secretions of various
glands, etc.” So, it may be seen, the Solar
Plexus presides over a very important region
of physical life.

The Solar Plexus both receives and trans-
mits nerve impulses, just as do the better-
known brains of Man. Its distributed fila-
ments contain both afferent (inward conduc-
tion) and efferent (outward conducting)
nerve-fibres, just as is the case with the other
three brains. Its ganglia (series of knotted
nervous substance) are true nerve-centers,

THE FOUR BRAINS OF MAN 7

and from them emerge and pass the filaments
of nerve-force distribution to the involuntary
muscles of the organs under its control, and
to the secreting-cells of the various glands,
etc., which depend upon it for their nerve
supply. Dr. Byron Robinson, who first applied
the term “The Abdominal^ Brain” to the Solar
Plexus, says of it that: “By the use of this
term, I mean to convey the idea that it is en-
dowed with the high powers and phenomena
of a great nervous centre; that it can organ-
ize, multiply, and diminish forces.’^

It is easily seen why an injury to the Solar
Plexus seriously disturbs the life-processes,
and why a severe blow so paralyzes the vital
organs that death ensues almost immediately.
A man may survive a serious injury to any
one of his other three brains; but a serious
injury to the Solar Plexus, or Abdominal
Brain, strikes right to his seat of life — and
that life ceases to manifest itself further. If
Man may properly say of any portion of his
physical being, “Here is the seat of my life;
here is where I live!” the Solar Plexus, or
Abdominal Brain, surely is that particular
part or portion of his physical being.

As an additional illustration of the essential
part played by the Solar Plexus, o\! ^>;:^^^x?:^i^s^^
Brain, in the proces^e^ ol ^V^^^st^^^^^ ™

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8 SOLAR PLEXUS

have the well-known fact that it is found fully
formed and perfect, and even then perform-
ing some important functioning, in the human
embryo or foetus at a very early stage — at a
stage in which the “skull brain’^ of the devel-
oping unborn creature is a merely pulpy mass.
of substance, incapable of performing any
function whatsoever. Moreover, in those cases
of the birth of abnormal infants — babies born
without a “skull brain^^ or perfected spinal
cord — ^the Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain,
has been found to be perfectly developed, and
to perform its full functions ; and under such
circumstances the child has lived for months
before delivery, and in some cases for some
time afterward.

So much for the offices and functions which
orthodox physiologists freely ascribe to the
Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain. Other
careful investigators take up the inquiry at
this point, but carry the story much further.
Not alone modern scientific investigators ; but
also many very ancient investigators, such as
the oriental occultists and sages, who many
centuries ago recognized certain subtle func-
tions and offices of this wonderful “fourth
brain” of Man, and taught their students
many valuable methods of effectively employ-
ing its finer forces and hiddent energies. In

THE FOUR BRAINS OF MAN 9

this book, we shall try to convey to you the
essence and fundamental substance of these
higher teachings concerning the Solar Plexus,
or Abdominal Brain— the Fourth Brain of

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The Emotional Centre

One of the great facts concerning the Solar
Plexus, or Abdominal Brairl, which fact is
not as yet generally recognized by modern
psychology and physiology, but which has
been known for centuries by the occultists,
and which is now becoming recognized by the
advanced minds of modern science, is this im-
portant fact, i.e., that the Solar Plexus is the
seat of the emotional nature of Man. In short,
that the part popularly held to be played by
“the heart,’^ is in reality performed by the
Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain, the great
centre of the Sympathetic Nervous System.

That there is an important relation between
the emotional states and the physical organ-
ism, everyone knows. We know that fear,
dread, and suspense are accompanied by a
sinking or even a “sick” feeling at the pit of
the stomach. We know that the heart beats
rapidly when we are excited, angry, or in love.
We know, particularly of later years, that
emotional states react upon the physical or-

THE EMOTIONAL CENTRE 1 1

gans, working physiological changes in them,
.and often exercising a decided influence upon
the health or lack of health in the organs
affected. You have had presented to your at-
tention hundreds of books reaching “the effect
of mind upon body.”

Likewise, we loiow that the condition of
certain of the physical organs has much to do
with our “state of feeling.” We know from
experience the state of “blues” and emotional
depression caused by the failure of the liver
to function properly. We know also the lack
of energy, and the feeling of heaviness caused
by the constipated condition of the bowels.
We know the generally “crabbed” feelings
caused by indigestion and dyspepsia. We
know the heavy, sluggish feelings caused by
breathing the heavy air of an illy ventilated
room. We know the nervous, excitable, hys-
terical emotional states arising from ab-
normal conditions of the sexual organism.

Dr. H. A. Parkyn calls our attention to
similar effect of body upon mind, in the follow- .
ing words : “The moment a man’s circulation
begins to run down, owing to stinted nutri-
tion, we find that the first symptoms appear in
the head. The brain failing to receive its ac-
customed amount of blood, s\i impaired memory , m^W\\73 \.^ ^wsR^e^i^"^^"^

12 SOLAR PLEJCUS

attention, sleeplessness, nervousness, irritabil-
ity, the blues and slight headaches develop.
. . . When the blood supply is not up to the
normal standard, the mental functions are
interfered with to a degree corresponding to
the reduction of the circulation. The reason-
ing power becomes weakened, and the stead-
iest mind commences to vaccilate. Fears and
hallucinations of every description may fill the
mind, and every impression received is likely
to be greatly distorted or misconstrued. Mel-
ancholia with a fear of impending danger is
often present."

Another point brought out in the investiga-
tions and experiments of modern psychology
is that ^^no emotion is completely experienced
until its physical states are expressed." A
leading psychologist illustrates this fact as
follows: "The emotion of anger begins to
arise ; but it will not be complete until it has
found expression in some of the bodily organs.
There is a scowl upon the brow, a compression
of the lips, a muscular tension of the hands, a
quickened heart-beat. If these bodily changes
arose without an idea, their effects would be
transmitted to the mind, and we should have
feeling as the result. Now the results of this
physical activity, muscular tension and ex-
pression, are reflected back upon a mind in

THE EMOTIONAL CENTRE 13

which the emotion of anger is developing.
The feeling from this reflected wave is the
factor necessary to complete the emotion. So

important is this wave of expressive physical
expression dashing back upon the mental
state that some have even concluded that an
emotion does not really begin until the sensa-
tions from the physical expression of the idea
are reflected back on consciousness."

Professor William James emphasized this •
fact very strongly. He says : "My theory is that
the bodily changes follow directly the percep-
tion of the exciting fact, and that our feeling
of these changes as they occur is the emotion.
Particular perceptions certainly do produce
widespread bodily effects by a sort of imme-
diate physical influence, antecedent to the
arousal of an emotion or emotional idea.
Every one of the bodily changes, whatsoever
it may be, is felt, acutely or obscurely, the mo-
ment it occurs. If we fancy some strong emo-
tion, and then try to abstract from our con-
sciousness of it all the feelings of its bodily
symptoms, we have nothing left behind. Dis-
embodied human emotion is a sheer nonentity.
For us, emotion dissociated from all bodily
feelings is inconceivable. The more closely I
scrutinize my emotional states, t\\ft. ^ccsss^^ ^^«-
tain I become that wYvateNex 'e^^-t^^ ^^^^^^^

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and passions I have are in very truth consti-
tuted by, and made up of, those physical
changes we ordinarily call our expression or
consequence/^

Professor James, at other times, made the
following statements supporting this position :
"We f Sel sorry because we cry, angry because
we strike, afraid because we tremble, and not
that we cry strike, or tremble because we are
sorry, angry, or fearful." "Objects do excite
bodily changes by a preorganized mechanism.
These changes are so indefinitely numerous
and subtle that the entire organism may be
called a sounding board for changes in emo-
tional consciousness. Every one of these
changes is felt acutely or obscurely, the mo-
ment it occurs." James explained that by
"exciting object" he meant "the entire situa-
tion; the object as accompanied by its asso-
ciated train of ideas and tinged with agree-
ableness or disagreeableness." The theory,
thus modified and explained, has been stated
by others as follows: "The. theory merely as-
serts that *the rank feeling of excitement,^
characteristic of emotion is mediated by the
organic suggestions aroused by our instinctive
physical reaction upon the situation."

The supporters of this theory appeal to the
following general facts to support it: "(1) In

THE EMOTIONAL CENTRE 15

pathological cases, where there is complete
organic anaesthesia, there is also an entire ab-
sence of emotion; (2) Emotions niay be set up
by purely physiological means, i,e., by the
action of drugs and stimulants, in which ideas
and judgments play no part at alL Palpitation
of the heart and feelings of suffocation pro-
duce fear; a certain amount of alcohol pro-
duces exhilaration and cheerfulness; (3) Con-
ditions of the glands result in specific emo-
tional disturbances/^

The more conservative authorities, while
admitting the value of the "James-Lange
Theory^' (just stated in general outline), are
inclined to the opinion that it over-emphasizes
an important element of emotional feeling and
phenomena, while under-emphasizing the
other equally important element, i.e., the idea-
itive element. As an authority has said:
*Those who cannot accept the theory as an
adequate account of the emotive process,
nevertheless grant that its formulation has
been, and may yet be, useful in various ways.
It lays emphasis upon certain components of
emotion that are too often overlooked, and so
increases the accuracy of our descriptions. It
warns us against an over estimation of idea
as compared with bare ^exAXew^N ^sc^^^.'^^^^
gests a method of sett\ms, ox ^X.X^'^s.^^^'^^^

THE EMOTIONAL CENTRE 17

lution of life long before the developed
^^thinking brains/^

Moreover, the close relationship of emo-
tional feeling and the great physical organs
regulated and supplied with energy by the
Sympathetic Nervous System, and not by the
Cerebro-Spinal System, clearly indicates that
the "seat of the emotions" must be looked for
in the great "brain," or nervous energy-centre
of the Sympathetic Nervous System. That
"brain," or great nervous centre, as you have
seen, is none other than the Solar Plexus, or
Abdominal Brain, — the centre of life and life
action, and of the elementary and funda-
mental activities and processes of life.

Thus, you see, the advanced thought of mod-
ern science is fast approaching the position of
the ancient occultists, and is adding modern
testimony to the teachings of these great an-
cient teachers — the position and teaching that
the Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain, is the
great centre and seat of the feelings and emo-
tions ; the source and origin from which all of
our strong and elemental feelings and emo-
tions arise and from which they flow. This
being seen, it is also perceived that if we wish
to regulate, control and direct our emotional
nature, we must begin at tYv^\. ^^^^"^ ^xv^^«^i«^^
thereof— the Solar Plexu^^ \xv \}cv^ x^^^^ ^Sxss^

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SOLAR PLEXUS

ter, we shall give you the teachings concerning
this regulation, control and direction of the
feelings and emotions, through the awakening
and use of the Solar Plexus itself.

in

Emotional Control

In the preceding chapter, we made clear to
you the fact that the emotional feelings of
Man have their seat and centre in the Solar
Plexus, or Abdominal Brain — ^that great
centre and power-house of the Sympathetic
Nervous System which operates the great in-
ternal physical organs. We have also indi-
cated to you that in order to regulate, control
and direct your emotional nature, you miist
begin by regulating the activity of the Solar
Plexus.

The reason of this last fact is simple. It be-
ing seen that (1) there is no complete emo-
tional state without the physical organism be-
ing involved; and (2) that the physical organ-
ism is under the direct coivtrol of the Sym-
pathetic Nervous Svts4.atn; ^^^ ^^ that the
central-station and v^^ IvW^^ ^^ ttve Sym-
pathetic Nervous SxT^"^ VS ^^^^^^^^ ^^^S

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it must be found in the control, regulation and
direction of the Solar Plexus. The premises of
this argument being admitted, as they must be
according to the facts of the case, the conclu-
sion logically follows, and must also be
admitted.

That the emotional nature may be regu-
lated, controlled and directed is a fact known
to all persons who have escaped the bondage
of elemental and instinctive feeling, and who
have learned that it is possible to exercise
control over their passions, emotions and feel-
ings. Such control, in fact, is necessary in our
civilized and social life. The strong men of the
race have exercised it to a great extent; lack
of such control is generally held to be a mark
of weak character and of flabby will. It is
only the lower animal, or uncultured and semi-
barbarous man who exercises no control of his
feelings and passions, his emotional impulses
and actions.

But in most cases this control has been ef-
fected by a sheer effort of will — this effort
tending to hold back, restrain or control the
action naturally tending to follow the rise of
the emotional feeling. Very few persons real-
ize that there is possible a far more direct
method of controlling and directing the emo-
tional feelings.

EMOTIONAL CONTROL 23

liver, stomach, bowels, spleen, glands, sex-
ual organism, etc., arousing corresponding
"ideas" in the mind — ^which we kiiow to be of
common occurrence; and, on the other hand,
we have (2) the phenomenon of "ideas'' held
in the mind arousing the activity of the phy-
sical organs, such as the stomach, bowels,
liver, spleen, heart, sexual organism, etc., —
which we also know to be of common occur-
rence, andr which gives us the key to the "mind
over body'' methods, "mental healing," "sug-
gestion," etc. If there were no such connect-
ing links, or nerves, between the two systems
and their respective "brains," none of the
above phenomena would be manifested, and
Body and Mind would act independently of
each other — though in such case there would
be a speedy dissolution of living partnership,
and death would come in due course.

In ordinary cases, this interchange of mes-
sages and orders, from one system to the
other, is performed unconsciously and in-
stinctively by the nervous mechanism of the
individual — he is neither aware of the process,
nor does he consciously will its performance.
But the ancient occultists discovered, many
centuries ago, that the individual could con-
sciously and deliberately sei(\d\:cv^'^'^'^'^^%'^'^^
the Cerebrum, or "tlamkm^ \>i>c^^:e^T “^^ “^

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Solar Plexus, or “feeling and vital-process
brain.’^ And advanced modern psychologists
are now making the same discovery, though
they give to the old occultists no credit, but
bestow new names upon the process — the facts
remain the same, however.

The Cerebrum, or “thinking brain,” while
largely influenced by the Solar Plexus, or
“feeling brain” — ^far more influenced by it
than most persons realize, in fact — neverthe-
less can and does exert a tremendous influence
over the latter, even without the conscious
use of the will and attention. When the in-
dividual, however, deliberately turns his con-
scious attention to the matter, and uses his
will in connection with the process, then the
Cerebrum, or “thinking brain” exerts a tre-
mendously increased power and influence over
the Solar Plexus, or “feeling brain.” It is able
to dominate the latter to a great extent, and
the latter may be easily trained to accept its
“suggestions,” its demands, and its com-
mands.

In order to exercise this control of the
Cerebrum over the Solar Plexus, it is first
necessary to arouse the dormant conscious-
ness of the Solar Plexus. The Solar Plexus
ordinarily exists in an almost “sleeping” state;
or, more correctly, in a state similar to that of

EMOTIONAL CONTROL 25

the person “walking or talking in his sleep-”
Only in case of great danger to the individual
— ^in cases of *great need to the whole organ-
ism — ^in cases of threatened danger to both
nervous systems and both “brains” — does the
Solar Plexus “wake up” for the time being and
“get busy”*in overcoming the obstacles and
averting the danger. The important fact,
however, is this : that the Solar Plexus can be
awakened under certain circumstances.

This being perceived by the ancient occult-
ists, they began to devise means whereby they
might awaken the Solar Plexus, at will, under
certain circumstances. These methods they
finally discovered, and adopted; which discov-
ery gave them the key to the practical meth-
ods of influencing, directing and controlling
the activities of the Sympathetic Nervous
System, ad also certain other activities with
which we shall become acquainted as we
proceed.

In Chapters V and VI, of this book, we shall
give you the details of the methods of Awak-
ening the Solar Plexus, and of influencing and
directing its activities in general. We defer
this explanation and instruction for the pres-
ent, because the same is as much related to
certain other features of o\rc \x\^\xnm^?osss^ -^^
to that of Emotional Coiv\xo\- “Y^^ ^\.’^\>^^^^

26 SOLAR PLEXUS

which we shall now make concerning Emo-
tional Control must be read in the light of the
special instructions contained, in chapters to
which we have just alluded ; and the directions
given below must be employed in connection
with the general directions given regarding
the processes of “Awakening the Solar
Plexus” and “Using the Solar Plexus,” as
given in the said chapters.

Having awakened the Solar Plexus, and
having learned how to give to it the desired
suggestions, demands and commands, the
matter of causing it to control, direct and
arouse the emotional feelings becomes quite
simple. Here is the instruction. in a nutshell:

Having awakened the Solar Plexus, and
having learned the art of suggesting ideas to
it, proceed as follows : Tell the Solar Plexus,
or “feeling brain,*^ just what you wish it to
do for you in the matter of arousing or re-
pressing emotional feelings. Tell it what emo-
toinal feelings you wish it to develop and en-
courage, and which you wish it to restrain or
repress. Say to it, at the appropriate times:
“I wish to feel Happy, or Cheerful; I wish to
feel Courageous and Confident, etc.,” as the
case may be. Or, on the other hand, tell it:
“I wish you to prevent the feeling of Fear, or
of Depression, or of Excitement, or of Anger,

EMOTIONAL CONTROL 27

etc/’ as the case may be. You will find it a
willing helper, and a helpful friend, once you
have awakened it properly, and satisfied it of
your real relationship to it

IV

Vitality and Health

That the Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain,
should be able to exercise an important influ-
ence and power over the Health and Vitality
of .the individual is perceived immediately
when we realize its relation to the organs
performing the important functions of life.
The Solar Plexus, as you have seen, is the
great central storehouse of nervous energy, or
“life f orce,;.^ of the physical body. It sends to
this organ, and to that gland, the supply of
nervous energy and vital force which is neces-
sary to animate and energize those parts of
the body, and the other parts adjacent
thereto.

To understand the importance of this ner-
vous energy or vital force which is controlled
and dispensed by the Solar Plexus, it is nec-
essary only to consider the activities per-
formed by means of its power. For in-
stance, we find that the processes of diges-
tion, assimilation, nutrition and elimination
are possible only when the supply of vital

VITALITY AND HEALTH 29

force is sufficient. Likewise, we find that the
processes of the circulation of the blood are
dependent upon the supply of the vital force.

As a writer has said : “Our food is digested
and transformed into the nourishing sub-
stances of the blood ; then carried through the
arteries to all parts of the body, where it is
absorbed by the cells and used to replace the
worn-out material, the latter then being car-
ried back through the veins to the lungs,
where the waste-matter is bumed-up, and
the balance again sent on its journey through
the arteries re-charged with the life-giving
oxygen.” All of these processes are performed
by the power of the life force which is sent to
the organs by the Solar Plexus, and which
serves to energize and to animate them; and
by means of which the organs are enabled to
perform their functions.

Moreover, the Solar Plexus not only sends
the vital force to these important physical
organs, but it also exercises a control over
them in a way so closely resembling a mental
control that many writers have spoken of the
presence of “something like intelligence” be-
ing manifested in the performance and direc-
tion of the vital processes. This “something
like intelligence” has been ex^la\xv^ various theories oi *^\xxveOTv^^\wx^^^^^^^^^ '^^^s^

30 SOLAR PLEXUS

conscious mind/^ etc.; but whatever these
"minds" may be at the last analysis, it is in-
disputable that they employ the Sympathetic
Nervous System as their mechanism — and
that the Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain,
is "the brains" of that system, just as the
Cerebrum is "the brains" of the Cerebro-
spinal System. So, notwithstanding the
"other mind" theories, we must always come
back to the Solar Plexus, or Abdominal Brain,
when we wish to see how that "other mind*'
works.

Dr. Schofield says : "The unconscious mind
has another very important office, i.e., the
nutrition or general maintenance of the
body." Dr. Hudson says: "The subjective
mind has an absolute control of the functions,
conditions and sensations of the body." Von
Hartmann says: "The explanation that un-
conscious psychical activity itself appro-
priately forms and maintains the body, has
not only nothing to be said against it, but has
all possible analogies from the most different
departments of physical and animal life in its
favor, and appears to be as scientifically cer-
tain as is possible in the inference from effect
to cause."

Dr. Schofield presents the following striking
picture of the presence of "unconscious mind"

VITALITY AND HEALTH 31

in the vital processes of the physical body. "It
has often been a mystery how the body thrives
so well with so little oversight or care on the
.part of its owner. No machine could be con-
structed, nor could any combination of solids
or liquids in organic compounds, regulate,
control, counteract, help, hinder or arrange
for the continual succession of differing
events, foods, surroundings and conditions
which are constantly affecting the body. And
yet, in the midst of this ever-changing and
varying succession of influences, the body
holds on its course of growth, health, nutrition
and self -maintenance with the most marvel-
lous constancy.

"We perceive, of course, clearly, that the
best of qualities — regulation, control, etc., etc.,
— are all mental qualities, and at the same
time we are equally clear that by no self-
examination can we say that we consciously
exercise any of these mental powers over the
organic processes of our bodies. One would
think, then, that tha potve^A^i^^oiv is sufficiently

simple and obviou J^ Wt ^^^"^ ^^^^ ^^^^t";
unconsciously; iix ^^^^.^^o^^^/^^^' ^^eSa\
be nothing e^ X>^1 ^^^^^T’S.^.ST^
powers that co^. w^^^^^^^^^^
functions and ot>^V \^ C^V^^’^^^-

32 SOLAR PLEXUS

Not only do these “unconscious mental
forces” direct the activities of the organs of
the physical body, but they also perform im-
portant healing work in case of disease and
wounds, acting just as would a force that was
“something like intelligence.” This healing
power inherent in the organism has been
called “the healing power of nature,” the “vis
vita,” the “vis medicatrix naturae,” or “na-
ture’s efforts,” etc. Its presence has been rec-
ognized by all great physicians and medical
teachers. Here are a few testimonies to its
presence and power:

Dr. Patton says: “By the term ^efforts of
nature’ we mean a certain curative or restora-
tive principle, or *vis vita,’ implanted in every
living or organized body, constantly opera-
tive for its repair, preservation and health.
This instinctive endeavor to repair the human
, organism is signally shown in the event of a
severed or lost part, as a finger for instance ;
for nature, unaided, will repair and fashion a
stump equal to one from the hands of an emi-
nent surgeon. Nature, unaided, may be
equally potent in ordinary illness. Many in-
dividuals, even when severely ill, either from
motives of economy, prejudice, or skepticism,
remain at rest in bed, under favorable hy-

VITALITY AND HEALTH • 33

giene, regimen, etc., and speedily get well
without a physician or medicine.”

Dr. Schofield says: “The Vis medicatrix
naturae* is a very potent factor in the ameliori-
ation of disease, if it only be allowed fair play.
An exercise of faith, as a rule, suspends the
operation of adverse influences, and appeals
strongly to the inner and underlying faculty
of vital force (i.e., the unconscious mind)/*
Dr. Bruce says: “We are compelled to ac-
knowledge a power of natural recovery in-
herent in the body — a similar statement has
been made by writers on the principle of medi-
cine in all ages. The body possesses a means
and mechanism for modifying or neutralizing
influences which it cannot directly overcome.
A natural power of the prevention and repair
of disorders and disease has a real and as
active an existence within us, as have the or-
dinary functions of the organs themselves.*’
Hippocrates said : “Nature is the physician of
diseases.** Dr. Holmes says : “Whatever other
theories we hold, we must recognize the *vis
medicatrix naturae* in some shape or other.**

Thus, you see, that great regulative, direc-
tive, and therapeutic activities of “Nature,**
which are manifested in the human physical
body, are seen to be mental or quasi-mental ix^
their essential nature–m\xv$^ ol ^wxv^ $y.^^^^^

34 SOLAR PLEXUS

is perceived to be at work there. The life-
processes are seen to be mind-processes.
There is no life-activity without mind activity
— the two are inextricably combined and cor-
related. This fact is thoroughly recognized
by the practitioners and students of “mental
heahng/* “suggestive therapy,” etc., and their
efforts are accordingly directed to “reach the
mind” of the individual, in order to “set the
mind to work” in the direction of restoration
of normal healthy functioning and activity.
But what “mind” should be reached for this
purpose? In what brain does that “mind”
function and have its seat? Not in the or-
dinary “thinking mind,” to be sure — ^for the
vital processes are not under the control of
that mind and its brains, though its thoughts
and beliefs reflect upon the mind which really
is concerned, as we know.

No; the only logical conclusion is that the
vital processes and physical organs are imder
the direction and control of that “mind”
which may be called the “instinctive mind”
(because it is possessed by the lower animals
as well as by man) — ^which mind has control
of the instinctive activities of the physical
body, such as we have mentioned. And as
every “mind” must have a brain through
which to function and manifest itself, we hat-

VITALITY AND HEALTH 35

urally look for the brain or brains of this “in-
stinctive mind.” Where? Nowhere else than
in that great centre of physical life and or-
ganic control — ^the Solar Plexus, or Abdominal
Brain. The answer is so obvious that no one
can miss it.

The importance of the above discovery lies
in the fact .that just as the “brain-minds” of
all living things can be aroused and appealed
^to, so can the “brain-mind” of the Solar
Plexus, or Abdominal Brain, be aroused and
appealed to. if one proceeds properly. The
“brain-mind” of the Solar Plexus, once
aroused, become amenable and subject to ap-
peals, demands, commands, suggestions, etc.,
properly made to it. Here, then, we have a
direct and immediate method of “mental
treatment” — a method which really includes
the active principle of all of the other methods.
A method so simple, so direct, and so effective,
that anyone may apply it, and any organ may
be reached without physical methods. In the
following chapters on “Awakening the Solar
Plexus” and “Using the Solar Plexus,” you
will be given further and more detailed par-
ticulars concerning methods of this kind. But,
first of all, you must thoroughly grasp the
fundamental principle involved, i.e., (X\ that
the physical organs awd ^Q)C\N’^^.^^ ^^”^ ^”^^

36 SOLAR PLEXUS

trolled by the “instinctive mind^^ ; (2) that the
“instinctive mind” has its seat in the Solar
Plexus, or Abdominal Brain; and (3) that the
“instinctive mind” may be reached and ap-
pealed to, when the Solar Plexus — ^its “brains’^
— ^is aroused and awakened into a state of con-
scious attention. This is the whole matter in
a nutshell — the rest is merely finding effective
methods of manifesting the principle,

Awakening the Solar Plexus

In a preceding chapter of this book, you
have seen that the “mind^^ of the Solar Plexus,
or Abdominal Brain — that “instinctive mind’^
which is to the latter what the “thinking
mind” is to the Cerebrum— exists in what may
be called a state of semi-sleep, or perhaps
more correctly, in a state of semi-conscious-
ness closely resembling that of the sleep-
walker who int;elligently performs tasks with-
out being fully conscious thereof. In cases of
great need, or of threatened danger to the
organism, the “instinctive mind” of the Solar
Plexus does wake up ; and in such cases mani-
fests a far greater degree of consciousness
than normally expressed by it.

From the above, however, it must not be
understood that the “instinctive mind” of the
Solar Plexus is ever “asleep” in the sense of
not being able to attend to its offices and direc-
tive functions. On the contrary, its state of
semi-sleep, or semi-congcio^^^^^^^ really arises
by reason of its clo^r^ ^Q^icentration upon its

38 SOLAR PLEXUS

special tasks just referred to. Its condition of
consciousness is very similar to that of the
workman, student, or inventor who has so
closely concentrated upon the work at hand
that he has become practically unconscious of
the things of the outside world. You, yourself,
have often manifested a similar state when
you were reading an interesting book, when
you were “buried in your newspaper/’ or
when you were engrossed in the performance
of some task to which you have devoted your
entire and undivided attention — to which you
have given your “whole mind” for the time
being.

The “instinctive mind” of the Solar Plexus
is not asleep or semi-conscious in the sense of
“being asleep at the switch,” as the current
phrase expresses the idea. On the contrary it
is “on the job” to such an extent that it is
practically “dead to all the world” other than
that “job.” It is a most faithful and tireless
worker, never sleeping (in the usual sense of
the term), and always concerned with the
great work under its direction and charge.
Were it to “go to sleep,” actually— were it to
take a rest, or “go on a strike” — the vital proc-
esses would cease, and death would speedily
result. But, for all that, so far as the outside
world is concerned, it may be considered as

AWAKENING THE SOLAR PLEXUS 39

“asleep/* or at least wrapped in revery to such
an extent that it must be “awakened” in or-
der to obtain its attention fully.

Passing over the academic terms and tech-
nicalities of the psychologists — and also the
strange occult terms and theories of the an-
cient sages who taught along these lines-
let us get right down to the practical, every-
day description of the methods employed to
“Awaken the Solar Plexus.” In the first place,
you must proceed just as you would in the
case of a man who was so wrapped up in his
work, so much engrossed with his task, that
his whole attention was given there ; and who,
consequently, was practically unconscious of
your presence and your desire to communicate
with him. How would you proceed in such a
case, and with such a person? Well, in the
first place, you would probably endeavor to
attract his attention by means of tapping his
shoulder insistently, until he “woke up”; then,
after he had “come out of his trance” (again
employing the popular, humorous terminol-
ogy), you would address him earnestly and
forcefully. Well then, this is precisely the
method followed in “Awakening the Solar
Plexus.”

But, you say, we cannot “tap the shoulder”
of the Solar Plexus. B\x\,, ^^ ^xs.^^^^,^^ ^’^^

40 SOLAR PLEXUS

do this figuratively — ^we can substitute a phy-
sical method which proceeds along the same
lines, and which will produce a similar result.
Here is the method :

(1) Take a few deep, regular breaths; and
then finally, after you have established a reg-
ular breathing rhythm, hold the inhaled
breath instead of exhaling it — but only for a
few moments, just enough to interrupt the
established rhythm, and,

(2) At the moment when, according to the
established rhythm, the breath should be ex-
haled, you must, instead (while holding the
breath), employ your abdominal muscles so
that you will (a) press downward and out-
ward upon the “pit of the stomach*’; and then
(b) while exhaling the breath, draw in the
same muscles so as to reverse the preceding
motion. This outward and inward motion
(accompanied by the breathing) to be per-
formed three times. Then breathe normally
for a few minutes, resting yourself. The whole
process will have occupied but a few seconds
of time. Then repeat the process, several
times; but use moderation and do not tire
yourself. This process, for certain reasons,
serves to arouse the attention of the “instinc-
tive mind” in the Solar Plexus — just as “the
tap on the shoulder” arouses the man wrapped

AWAKENING THE SOLAR PLEXUS . 41

in concentrated thought, reverie, or medita-
tion.

(3) While performing the above breathing-
method — the “tap on the shoulder’^ — ^you must
also give the “instinctive mind” the equivalent
of the verbal command to “Wake up, old fel-
low/^ or “Come out of it !” which would have
been used in the case of the meditative friend
who was wrapped in thought when you wished
to get his attention. This you may do by con-
centrating your Directive Thought on the “pit
of the stomach,” and sending the mental mes-
sage: “Wake up, Solar Plexus; Give me your
attention !”

You will probably find that you can send a
more forceful mental message by actually
forming the words with your lips and tongue,
just as if you were softly whispering them.
In addressing the “instinctive mind,” proceed
just as you would if the Solar Plexus were a
separate and distinct entity — an individual
being with mind. The more nearly you can
carry out this idea of addressing the Solar
Plexus as if it were an individual, the more
effective will your demands, commands, and
suggestions become. Never mind the technical
reason for this fact : don’t bother about theo-
ries, but stick fast to the actual and ^\!^. working out of things.

42 SOLAR PLEXUS

In the above method you have employed (1)
the equivalent for the physical "tap on the
shoulder," and (2) the equivalent for the usual
"Wake up!" verbal awakener applied to the
meditative friend. But, after this, what would
you do or say to that friend whom you had
roused from his concentration or meditation?
You would "get down to business," and begin
to say what you had to say to him, would you
not? Of course, you would. Well then, this is
just what you have to do with the "instinctive
mind" of the Solar Plexus. And here is how
you should proceed to do it.

Having Awakened the Solar Plexus, and
having secured the attention of its "instinc-
tive mind," you should proceed to establish
harmonious relations with it. You may do this
by holding the mental attitude expressed in
the following words, and by "sending the
thought," you will do well to actually speak
the words softly, as above indicated — this plan
will greatly aid you in forming the clear
thought which you wish to send to the "in-
stinctive mind." And, above all, do not lose
sight of the fact that you are to address that
"instinctive mind" of the Solar Plexus, just as
you would another individual; the more
nearly you can do this, the more earnest you
can carry out this idea, the better you can

AWAKENING THE SOLAR PLEXUS 43

carry out this idea, the better you can "throw
yourself into the part," the more effective will
be your results.

Now then, you are ready to calmly address
yourself to the Solar Plexus — that is, to its
"instinctive mind." The following illustrative
"talk" will give you the general idea of the
way to proceed:

"Hello ! Solar PleXus ! listen to me ! This is
your friend the Thinking Mind talking to you.
We are co-workers, you know. You work
down in the engine room, keeping the machin-
ery going, the fires burning, the boilers in
good condition^-the whole body depends upon
you for efficient work in your department. I
work up here on the deck; keeping the boat
steered properly*; keeping a sharp lookout for
dangers; keeping you well supplied with
proper fuel for your furnaces, sufficient .water
for your boilers, and sufficient oil for your
machinery. Each of us need the other. I need
you to keep the machinery going; and you
need me to steer the ship and to look out for
dangers. Let us work together with a better
understanding. I promise to send you noth-
ing but the best fuel, and to refrain from
sending down to you anything which may
cause trouble with your fires, or clog up your
grates. I will pay atteivWoxv \,Qi 2>x^ xssj^^^-^^^^

44 SOLAR PLEXUS

of disapproval which you may send me ; and in
short will treat you properly, according to
Nature^s requirements and laws.

“On the other hand, I want you to pay at-
tention to* my properly-worded requests for
improved service by any of the organs which
are reporting trouble to me here above deck —
I want you to get busy and get such organs in
better condition, so that they may render
better service. I also want you to help me to
restrain and restrict undesirable emotions —
you can do this by regulating the physical ex-
pression and excitement connected with emo-
tional feeling; and I want you to aid me in
having and expressing helpful and beneficial
emotional feeling. I also want you to help me
in other ways of which I shall tell you later.
Now then. Solar Plexus, let us pull together,
so as to attain better results for both of us.
Let us have confidence in each other — ^let us
trust one another — ^let us get busy and strive
for better results for both of us, and for the
entire organism.”

In the succeieding chapter, this subject is
explained in a little further detail.

VI

Using the Solar Plexus

In the preceding chapter of this book, we
left you at the place in which you had estab-
lished harmonious relations with the “instinc-
tive mind” of your Solar Plexus. Before pro-
ceeding further, we wish to impress upon you
that this idea of “talking to the Solar Plexus”
is not a mere fanciful notion, or mere illus-
trative presentation. It is a popularly ex-
pressed fact, based upon sound scientific psy-
chological method. Its ordinary scientific
name is “auto-suggestion”; but it goes far
further than ordinary auto-suggestion, for it
really establishes an actual connection be-
tween two “minds” — between two “brains” —
though these two “minds” and two “brains”
happen to belong to the same individual.
Never mind the technical theories, or aca-
demic terms — get busy with the practical
methods, so as to get the actual results.

Now then, having become acquainted with
your Solar Plexus, and it with you–l\ajdx^.qL
established mutual Yvaxmwv^ , ^wSn^^ss^^^ ^^^

46 SOLAR PLEXUS

co-ordinated effort — ^you may proceed to give
the Solar Plexus more definite and specific
directions and suggestions. In doing this,
however, always try to keep in mind the idea
that you are really talking to another individ-
ual entity; and, accordingly, proceed to ex-
plain matters, and to point out means and
ways of action, just as you would in case of
actual conversation with another individual.
The following general suggestions and direc-
tions should prove interesting and instructive
to you.

Emotional ControL The Solar Plexus may
be called upon to aid you in either arousing
or repressing emotional feelings. By exerting
a control upon the physical organs concerned
with the expression and manifestation of emo-
tional feeling — by controlling the glands, se-
cretions, reflexes, etc. — ^it is able either to
“shut off” the current of a rising emotional
feeling, or else to “turn on” an additional cur-
rent of a rising emotional feeling. By ex-
plaining to the Solar Plexus^ “instinctive
mind,” the reasons why certain emotional
states of feeling are desirable or undesirable,
advantageous or disadvantageous, it will will-
ingly co-operate with you in repressing and
restricting, or else in stimulating and encour-
aging, any emotional state to which you call

USING THE SOLAR PLEXUS 47

its attention. – Explain the whole matter to it
— ^as one good friend or “partner” to, another
— and ask it to co-operate with you; it will
gladly do so, once it understands the reason
and just what is required of it.

You will find this co-operation very valu-
able in cases in which you wish to stimulate
and increase the feeling of Courage, and to
repress and restrain that of Fear. Likewise
when you wish to restrain and restrict the
feeling of Gloom, Depression, and Discourage-
ment, and to increase that of Confidence, En-
couragement, and thus acquire the general
“Bright, Cheerful and Happy” feeling. It will
aid you in inhibiting the rise of Anger — a
tremendous achievement, for Anger and Fear
are the two great harmful emotional feelings,
the first destroying by burning-up, and the
second destroying by f reezing-up.

Here is the thing in a nut-shell: Tell the
Solar Plexus the whole story; what you wish
to accomplish with its help ; why you wish to
accomplish this ; and just what you wish it to
do for you in the matter. Treat and address
it as a friend, a brother, a partner with you in
the enterprise of life; you will find it a won-
derful source of aid, encouragement and prac-
tical help and efficient service.

Health Control. T\ve ^^\^x ^\^^^^^ ^-^^^^

48 SOLAR PLEXUS

called upon to aid you in either stimulating
the action of any physical organ which may
have fallen into a habit of inactivity (probably
because of ill-usage or lack of proper treat-
ment on your part) ; or in restoring normal
and healthy functioning in any physical organ
which may have become affected from any
reason. At the beginning, the “instinctive
mind” of the Solar Plexus fights against dis-
eased conditions, or inactive functioning: but,
in many cases, finding that it is not receiving
the^ proper co-operation on the part of the
“thinking mind” of the individual, it then
“makes the best of it,” and tries to do the best
it can in the matter, under the circumstances.
When it finds you ready and willing to co-
operate with it in the matter of perfect or-
ganic functioning, and improved physical con-
dition, it will respond willingjjy and even
eagerly. In such cases, however, it should
have its attention positively and clearly di-
rected to the imperfectly functioning organ,
and to the nature of its shortcomings — ^to-
gether with an understanding of the unde-
sirable effects to you arising from the same.
In giving to the “instinctive mind” of the
Solar Plexus the proper information, instruc-
tions, and directions in the matter of restoring
physical health and proper functioning of the

50 SOLAR PLEXUS

source. You are the officer on deck talking^ as
to an equal, to the chief engineer below decks
in the engine room, the boiler room, and the
furnace rooms. Get this idea well fixed in your
mind, and you will know how to proceed cor-
rectly in the matter.

Furthermore, you must remember that you
have promised to do your part in the work
of establishing and maintaining the normal
physical conditions — ^you have promised your
full co-operation in the matter, and must live
up to this promise and agreement. If you
expect the Solar Plexus to do its share of the
work, you must be prepared to do yours. You
cannot expect to “lie down” on your end of the
job, and to have the Solar Plexus “keep busy*’
on its end. If it finds you falling short, it will
be apt to do the same. You must “play fair”
with your partner in your work of Health and
Strength. You must see that the Solar Plexus
is not burdened with the work of taking care
of food of a wrong character, indigestible
masses, too much in quantity, and improperly
combined.

You must see that the body gets sufficient
exercise, sufficient rest, sufficient fresh air,
sufficient water, sufficient food of the right
kind, and that it is kept sufficiently cleaned. , If
you insist upon sending down to it the mass

USING THE SOLAR PLEXUS 51

of indigestible stuff so commonly employed
as food, greasy, over-sweet, soggy, ill-cooked
stuff — ^you must not be surprised if the Solar
Plexus retaliates by first “firing it back” to
you; and then, if you persist, of “going on a
protest strike” and rendering you inefficient
service. You must “play fair” with the Solar
Plexus. It is good-natured, but is no fool; and
it has a high sense of justice and co-operation,
and resents any attempt to “put anything
over” on it, as many have found to their sor-
row and pain. Get on good terms with your
Solar Plexus — and play fair with it, if you are
wise.

Vital Force and Physical Energy. The Solar
Plexus is the source of Vital Force and Phy-
sical Energy — the great storehouse thereof,
as well as its generator. You may call upon it
for an increased supply thereof, and when it
becomes convinced of the actual necessity
therefor, it will respond. What is “Vital
Force” and “Physical Energy”? You know
very well what it is like when you feel it mani-
festing within yourself, and expressing itself
in your actions. You know very well what it
is like when you see it manifested by another
individual, and being expressed in his actions.
But find it hard to define it, or to exi3lam.vt,\s^.
intelligent words.

52 ‘ SOLAR PLElXUS

You may think of it here as “the Steam of
Life” — the Power which causes the physical
machinery to move and the wheels go ’round.
It is what we mean when we say “vim,”
“vigor,” “virility,” “pep,” “snap,” and the like.
It is Nature’s great vitalizing force, power,
and energy, which when manifested in phy-
sical action we call “Life.” Or, again, we may
call it “Spirit,” in the sense of “energy,^’
“vivacity,” “ardor,” “enthusiasm,” “courage,”
“animation,” “vigor,” etc., — that which when
possesses it causes him to be termed “spir-
ited,” and which when he lacks it causes him
to be termed “spiritless.” Huxley says : “We
use the terms ‘vitality,’ and Vital force’ to de-
note great groups of natural operations, just
as we employ the names of ‘electricity’ or
‘electrical force’ to denote others.” At the
last. Vital Force and Physical Energy must
be thought of as “Active Life-Power.”

The Solar Plexus, through its “instinctive
mind” may be called upon by you for an
abundant supply of Vital Force or Physical
Energy — and it will respond quite as well as
in the cases previously mentioned. Tell it what
you want, and why you want it — and it will
begin to “get busy” to supply you with it. Co-
operate with it by maintaining the vigorous,
vital mental attitude— by seeing and thinking

USING THE SOLAR PLEXUS 53

of yourself as filled with Vital Force — by con-
fidently expecting the flow thereof into your
nervous system from the Solar Plexus, and, in
short by being a “positive pole,” instead of a
“negative pole” in the scale of mental life.

Psychic Force. There is another phase of
power inherent in the Solar Plexus,, which we
shall merely mention here, for it concerns a
subject apart from that which constitutes the
purpose of this book— yet we would fall short
of that purpose were we to omit all reference
to this additional power. This additional
phase of power is that which, for want of a
better name, may be called “Psychic Power.”
By “Psychic Power” is meant that peculiar
force, power, or energy which when mani-
fested by human beings is called “Odic Force,”
“Human Magnetism,” “Vril,” “Prana,” “Ga-
Lama,” etc. It is the force which underlies the
manifestations known as “Personal Magnet-
ism,” “Thought Force,” “Mind Power,” “Tele-
pathy,” “Thought Transference,” etc., etc., —
in fact, all forms of manifestations in which
the Directive Thought of man seems to take
upon itself a physical form, and to act with a
fine physical energy, when it flows from one
mind or brain to others. Its vibrations consti-
tute the “body” of the “mental curx^^xsi.^”^
”thought waves,” etc., w\vWe o^Jcv^”^ ^V>^^^ ^^^5^^^^^

54 SOLAR PLEXUS

ties constitute the energy thereof; the Direc-
tive Thought involved in the “currents,” etc.,
may be said to be the “soul” thereof.

While we do not care to go deeply into the
subject here, we feel free to say that this
Psychic Power may be obtained from the
Solar Plexus in precisely the same way in
which one obtains Vital Force or Physical
Energy from it— or as one causes it to act in
the direction of the control of the emotional
feelings, or in the restoration and preserva-
tion of physical health and normal functioning
of the physical organs. The general principle
of Awakening the Solar Plexus, and of then
inducing it to send forth its latent and inher-
ent powers, forces, and energies in the direc-
iton indicated by you, is the same in all of the
cases. Understand the principle, and acquire
the “knack” of setting the subtle forces into
operation, and you have the whole principle
at your command.

You are herewith warned, however, that
the use of Psychic Power for improper and
base motives, i.e., for instance, of psychically
influencing others against their own interests
and welfare, in order to gain an unworthy ad-
vantage over them, will bring about its own
punishment; for by so doing you set into oper-
ation certain psychic forces, of a similar na-

USING THE SOLAR PLEXUS 55

ture, which will prove your undoing and
which will show you that you have “sown a
wind, and reaped a whirlwind.” For legiti-
mate purposes, however, the Psychic Forces
may be employed quite as freely and safely as
the Physical Forces. Both are made for Use —
not for Abuse. An understanding of the na-
ture, source and character of this Psychic
Power as herein stated, will serve to make
clear to you many heretofore puzzling in-
stances and phases of Psychic Phenomena.

vn

Solar Plexus Breathing-Exercises

The following Breathing Exercises will be
found useful by you in your work of arousing
the forces of the Solar Plexus, and of applying
the energies thereof. There is a peculiar rela-
tion between the process of breathing and
those of the Solar Plexus. The nature of this
relation is far too technical to discuss in de-
tail in this book; and, furthermore, the knowl-
edge of the physiological-psychological nature
of the principle involved is not essentially
necessary for the effective practical applica-
tion thereof in simple exercises or methods
of application. Learn how to apply the prac-
tical methods, and let the matter of the tech-
nical scientific principles rest until you have
time to “go deeply^’ into such subjects. Here
follow the practical, simple exercises re-
ferred to.

Abdominal Breathing Stimulation

The Solar Plexus may be stimulated by an
occasional exercise along the line of Abdom-

SOLAR PLEXUS BREATHING-EXERCISES 5,7

inal Breathing is performed as follows: Inhale,
the breath in the ordinary manner, but in-
stead of allowing it to rest in the upper part
of the lungs, you should use the breathing-
muscles so as to gently press the air down-
ward toward the abdomen, so as to flatten out
the diapraghm, i.e., that strong, flat plate-
shaped muscle which divides the chest and its
contents from the abdomen and its contents
from the abdomen and its contents. This form
of breathing is commonly known as “stomach
breathing,” or “breathing from the stomach.”
In this form of breathing, the abdomen is
pressed outward in front, and at the sides;
and the lower part of the lungs are filled with
the air, instead of the latter being allowed to
merely remain in the upper part of the lungs.
It is difficult to closely describe the move-
ments of this form of breathing, but you will
gradually acquire them by following this gen-
eral idea, i.e., (1) Breathe deeply, and (2)
at the same time “bear down” gently in the
region of the pit of the stomach, thus dis-
tending the abdomen in front and at the
sides.

Practice this form of breathing, occasion-
ally, and not continuing the exercise over a
few minutes. Never strain unduly^ andx\<^M<5LXL^
tire out yourself. \3s>e mo^e>c^NK^^ ‘^^^ “^^^

58 SOLAR PLEXUS

judgment. The physical exercise should be
accompanied by Directive Thought, i.e.,
thought directed to the Solar Plexus with the
idea .of arousing, and stimulating its activity
— ^in short, giving the Solar Plexus a “mental
massage,^^ as it were. You may accompany
this by a little “talk” to the “instinctive mind”
of the Solar Plexus — such talk being “always
in order,” and always tending to work welL

The Invigorating Breath

The following exercise, accompanied by
Directive Thought applied to the Solar
Plexus, has been employed with excellent re-
sults in the direction of invigrating the whole
system in a certain indescribable manner
which must be experienced in order to be ap-
preciated. It produces a stimulating reaction
and invigoration, akin to that one experi-
ences after a cold plunge followed with a
good rubbing-down with a coarse towel.

(1) Inhale a full breath, through the nos-
trils. (2) Pucker up the lips as S you were
going to use them in blowing a comet or other
brass wind-instrument — do not distend the
cheeks, however, as in the case of the use of
the instrument, (3) Exhale the breath,
through the puckered lips, with a strong
“blowing” motion and action just as if you

f^

SOLAR PLEXUS BREATHING-EXERCISES 59

^ere trying to get a good, strong, clear note
it a horn. Repeat several times; but do not
?ver-exert or strain yourself, nor tire out
rourself.

The Stimulating Breath

The following exercise has also been found
^uite stimulating, and many have discovered
%^at it has improved the richness of the
sound of their voices, and has given a new
“tone” to their speaking and singing voice. It
should be accompanied by Directive Thought
applied to the Solar Plexus, as before de-
scribed.

(1) Inhale a full breath, through the nos-
trils. (2) Open the mouth wide. (3) Then
exhale the breath, “puffing” the air out of the
mouth in one great “puff,” like a locomotive,
putting some life and vigor into the move-
ment, though not straining yourself. Repeat
several times; but do not tire yourself, nor
employ the exercise too violently.

The “Nerve Force” Breath

The following breathing exercise is highly
recommended by those who have had many
years’ experience with it. It is reported to
have a decided value in the direction of e^pv-
gizing and stimulatiivg^ \}cv^ \xk^^^\.^52^ ^

60 SOLAR PLEXUS

centres. Some call it the “nerve-bracing
breath/’ because it “braces up” the person
practicing it. It should be accompanied by
the Directive Thought applied to the Solar
Plexus, previously mentioned.

(1) Inhale a full breath, through the nos-
trils. (2) Retain the breath during the re-
mainder of the exercise, until you are di-
rected to exhale it. (3) Extend the arms di-
rectly in front of you. (4) Contract the
muscles of the arms, and clench the fists;
then draw the fists slowly back until they
strike the shoulders, keeping the muscles
tensed during the process. (5) Keeping the
muscles still tensed, push the fists outward,
and then draw them backward, several times,
rather rapidly. (6) Exhale vigorously
through the mouth. Repeat several times,
avoiding over-exertion strain, or fatigue. The
exercise should be performed with “snap”
and energy.

The Quieting Breath

The following breathing exercise is highly
praised by those who have had long expe-
rience with it. It is said to quiet the nerves
when they have been under a strain, to re-
duce to normal the heart’s action; to produce
a feeling of calm, tranquility, and restf ulness.

SOLAR PLEXUS BREATHINaEXERCISES 61

It should be accompanied by the Directive
Breath applied to the Solar Plexus, pre-
viously mentioned.

(1) Inhale a full breath, through the nos-
trils. (2) Bend slightly forward and exhale
vigorously through the front part of your
closed teeth — ^this, if properly performed,
will produce a “hissing sound” like escaping
steam. (3) Then, inhale once more through
the nostrils. (4) Exhale vigorously, through
the opened mouth, at the same time sounding
(as if whispering) the word “Hah!*’ Con-
clude with ordinary, natural breaths, inhaled
and exhaled in the ordinary manner. The
exercise may then be repeated, varying the
“Hah” exhalation by each time, successively,
sounding one of the following words (as if
whispering) in the same way, viz., “Hee!’*
“Ho !” “Har !” “How r “Hoc !” “Far !” “Fear!”
“Four!” Do not tire yourself, however, and
stop whenever you feel like it, regardless of
whether or not you have run through the
whole list of whispered sounds.

The Grand Psychic Breath

The following breathing exercise, very
popular in Oriental countries in which much
attention is given to breathing methods, is
known as “The Graivd ^^-jq^v^^^^-^^’^ ‘”^^^

62 SOLAR PLEXUS

Great Yogi Breath/’ or some similar name.
The details of the exercise is variously stated
by different Oriental writers, but the follow-
ing form includes all of the important ele-
ments and movements, and is less technical
than some other forms. In this exercise, the
various parts of the body, as you will see as
you proceed. Its effect has been stated as
“a general psychic house-cleaning of the
nervous system.”

(1) Lie at ease, in a relaxed position. (2)
Breathe tranquilly, easily, and rhythmically
for a few moments, until the breath rhythm
is secured and becomes regular. (3) Then,
inhaling and exhaling, create the thought of
the breath-current being drawn in, and then
exhaled out from each of the following parts
of the body, in turn, and in the following
bones of the arms; (c) the top of the skull;
(d) the stomach ; (e) the reproductive organ-
ism ; (f ) as travelling up and down the spinal
columns; (g) as inhales and then exhaled
through every pore in the skin. (4) Then,
breathing rhythmically, by means of Direc-
tive Thought, send the current of Vital Force,
and Psychic Force (combined) to the follow-
ing great nervous centres of the body: (a)
the forehead, (b) the back of the head, (c)
the base of the brain, (d) the pit of the

SOLAR PLEXUS BREATHING-EXERCISES 63

stomach, (e) the lower part of the spine, (f )
the region of the navel, and (g) the repro-
ductive region. (5) Conclude by sweeping
the entire body with currents of the com-
bined Force, directed by Directive Thought.
(6) Then rest a few minutes, breathing quiet-
ly, calmly and rhythmically, and enjoying the
delightful feeling of rest, content, relaxation,
and peacef ulness which has come to you.
Then rise, and go about your affairs, feeling
like a “new man” or “new woman,” by reason
of the new and fresh strength that is in you.

Much in Little

In this book we have given you the essence,
substance, gist, and spirit of the best teach-
ings concerning the Solar Plexus, or Abdomi-
nal Brain, — teachings both Oriental and Oc-
cidental, both ancient and modern. The in-
struction has been condensed and compressed
into a small space, and, therefore must be
most carefully read and studied in order to
obtain the full contents thereof. We ask you
to read and re-read this book a number of
times; taking it up from time to time to re-
fresh your memory concerning its teachings.
The subject is an important one, and the
methods and instruction given you herevc^^^^vx.^
practical and easily a^^\\^^. >?L<£t^ -5^N^^t^a2^^

64 SOLAR PLEXUS

the gist of the Solar Plexus Teaching stated
in condensed form, without fanciful trim-
ming, fringes, or additions attached in order
to make the teachings “fit in’^ with some par-
ticular metaphysical theory. You have here
the essence — ^if you wish the rest, you may
add it for yourself quite as well, if not better,
than it has been added by certain writers and
teachers on the subject in the interest of their
own particular propaganda work.

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