Do you feel a constant pressure to run around? Are you always in a hurry? Do you feel stressed when looking at your to-do list, because you think you have to finish them all NOW. Then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got an undefined Root center. Are you constantly thinking about things going on in the world or about random questions? Do you feel a pressure to answer every question that comes your way? Then you probably have an undefined Head center. If you have both, congrats; you’re living in the pressure cooker 🤪 In this blog post I discuss how to navigate these pressures in a healthy way.
Pressure cooker dynamics
The work pressure cooker says it all; there’s a constant pressure to either think 💭 (Head center) or act 🏃♀️ (Root center). When you look at your chart I’m talking about the two centers at the bottom and top (see the image below for the visuals). As you might have read in my post about the centers, a center is either coloured in (called defined in HD terms) or white (called undefined or open in HD terms). I also explained there that the white centers are where you’re most prone to influence from the outside (hence the word open 🤓 ). In the whiteness so to speak you are not consistent and because of the openness you amplify the energies that come in.
So in case of the pressure cooker 🧨 (hehe love the word) you don’t have a consistent pressure to think or act. BUT you might feel that way because you amplify that pressure from everyone around you or what’s “hanging in the air”. If you have both of these undefined, you probably experience an intense pressure from both sides (top & bottom).
It’s good to mention that neither of these centers is an inner authority. So they’re not here to guide your decisions. Yup, there’s the fuck up already. And yet so many of us are running around making decisions out these pressures feeling burned out and exhausted. Crazy right?! 😅
What it might look like in real life
The undefined Head center
If you have an undefined Head center (which is likely as 70% of people do), you are thinking about things that don’t matter and trying to answer everyone else’s questions. You might be ruminating about unimportant stuff or allow the pressure to drive you make mental decisions and resolve questions. Or trying to fix other people’s problems. Which in turn causes you to initiate and act upon these thoughts. You also might feel the pressure to grasp, understand or know something and feel super uncomfortable when you don’t. Think about someone asking you what the name of that song was when you were dancing that night in November 2 years ago. And you don’t know the answer. Arrrghhh 🤯 Or someone asks you for directions that your’e not quite sure of making you end up Googling it for them a couple minutes later. Or thinking about the same thing over and over again trying to figure out the answer.
The undefined Root center
The undefined Root center (around 32% of the population) pressure you to be in a hurry to get things done and letting your decisions be run by outside pressure. This is the “hot chili pepper up your ass” 🌶 as we say in Dutch. This causes you to be hyperactive, running around and do things as fast as possible and initiate rather than wait. It can also act as an addiction to adrenaline through extreme sports or coffee for example. While in fact they might overload your system and adrenals. You might feel stressed when you see a full email inbox which causes you to answer right away. Or immediately answering to Whatsapp or your phone. Or even feeling pressured to give an answer right away. All to be free from the pressure. But the thing is, you cannot get rid of it. What might happen is that you finish everything so super fast only to discover there’s more. I’ve experienced this in my previous job quite often. Me being so fast only let to more things on my plate because I could finish them so quickly. It’s a never ending cycle that could lead to burnout very easily. 🥵
Sounds pretty exhausting isn’t it? You end up giving your energy away on auto-pilot without even knowing it. I can speak from personal experience that it’s a losing game. I have both centers undefined (my Head is completely open without any gates defined) and I feel the pressure all day everyday. And it’s 👏 not 👏 going 👏 away. So in case you have the expectation it will, I’m bursting your bubble right there. 📌 What I did learn, and still am on a daily basis, is how to deal with this pressure.
How to deal with the pressure
Every undefined center has a potential wisdom to it when you learn to navigate the energy in a healthy way. Meaning that you accept that you’re not here to be consistent there or pretend that it’s who you are. What a relief hey?! *deep sigh* You’re here to experience the openness as a witness. That’s where the potential wisdom comes from. But of course that takes time. It all starts with becoming aware of the unhealthy way as described above.
The wisdom of the undefined Head center
For the undefined Head center it’s healthy to not cling to thoughts or questions but let them just flow through. Imagine the openness as if it’s an open window where the air just passes through. 💨 Pretty refreshing. You’re here to learn to discern which questions are worth answering and which aren’t. Plus what is actually important to think about and which thoughts to ignore. The lesson is to be chill and trust that the right questions, answers and inspiration comes to you when you follow your Strategy & Authority. You don’t have to go look for it or get stuck on trying to figure “it” out. And you also don’t have to fix everyone else’s shit. 💩 Relaxxxxxx baby 🙏 You could benefit from things like meditation or mindfulness practices, but experiment with that for yourself. One of the mantras I’m using myself (inspired by someone else) is “I don’t know and I don’t care”. Also you might ask yourself: am I ok with not knowing something?
The wisdom of the undefined Root center
If you have an undefined Root center, you’re here to learn to not make decisions out of pressure and not let yourself be pressured by outside forces. When you do, you have the potential to discover what stress and pressure is healthy or not without clinging to either. Basically you’re here to show us all how to slow 👏 the 👏 fuck 👏 down. For you it’s healthy to slow down as much as possible and to press pause more often than you might be doing now. ⏸ It could be as easy as just taking a couple of deep breaths. Or closing your eyes for a moment. Not answering that email right away, but instead tuning in with your Authority to decide whether the timing is right. It’s something that takes practice and time. This is not an overnight process. In my own experience I really had to let myself sit with the pressure and not give into it. I’m eating slower, lowered my coffee intake (was feeling like road runner back in the days when drinking 5 cups a day totally overstimulated 😳 ) and tune in with my body before acting. Also personally my yoga and meditation practice has helped me big time in slowing down. For instance even when writing this post I found myself taking many breaks and lying in my bedroom with my leg up against the wall (my fave yoga pose).
As always, these are just suggestions that might inspire you. Try things out, experiment and discover for yourself what helps you deal with the pressure cooker.
Wanna learn more about the centers?
Obviously there’s more to learn about the centers and what their energy looks like or is experienced. To support you in your journey & experiment I’ve put together a 80+ page E-guide that goes into each center in depth. With this guide you get to know the centers in your own chart in a fun and easy way. All translations are supported with visuals, metaphors and emoticons cause well I love to make things pretty and easy to digest 😍 . Plus you’ll find journal prompts for each center in both undefined as defined state to reflect upon your own experience with them.
Wanna dive into your own design?
There’s a lot to learn about your design and because we’re so unique, every chart is different. How you experience some energy centers might be completely different than how someone else does. The parts of your design are all linked and nothing stands on its own. If you feel like you want to look at how the pressure cooker for example plays out for you specifically, then a 1:1 session would be the best option. Do you feel this resonates? Do you feel the call? 📞