This is an educational chart to help give a picture of the process of gut feeling reflection and what your feelings are telling you about your life. It can be used to explore gut feelings related to career decision-making, relationships, and other life experiences and unresolved issues. Once we become aware of our gut feelings and begin to exercise our use of this powerful intelligence, our energy seems to release from the hara upward and in communication with the rest of our body and thinking brain. The feeling from our gut then releases energy in other parts of our body as the heart and it is difficult to tell where the energy and feeling, the intuition that arises, comes from. We can, of course, become more aware of our gut feelings and trace our insights and intuitive thinking to the original gut response in the hara or belly area. As a person begins to focus on gut feelings of emptiness and fullness (once again, not to be mistaken with a need for food intake, but often confused and the cause of over eating), it becomes clearer and clearer that the gut feelings are our own response to the impact of life upon us and are connected to our inner needs.
This chart was taken from the material in our book "What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct".