Following Peterson’s advice, let’s move towards the solar plexus first. He writes:
If you pay attention to what you do and say, you can learn to feel a state of internal division and weakness when you are misbehaving and misspeaking. It’s an embodied sensation, not a thought. I experience an internal sensation of sinking and division, rather than solidity and strength, when I am incautious with my acts and words. It seems to be centered in my solar plexus, where a large knot of nervous tissue resides. I learned to recognize when I was lying, in fact, by noticing this sinking and division, and then inferring the presence of a lie. It often took me a long time to ferret out the deception. Sometimes I was using words for appearance. Sometimes I was trying to disguise my own true ignorance of the topic at hand. Sometimes I was using the words of others to avoid the responsibility of thinking for myself.
Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, p. 224
Once you’ve moved your center of attention towards your solar plexus, you can become familiar with this new center of being and how radically different it is from the head. To do so, you can practice speaking and see how your solar plexus responds to the words you are saying. The exercise is to speak aloud and see if the words you pick create a sinking feeling or a sense of solidity and strength.
By doing this exercise, you will see that your body reacts autonomously to the words you are using. This is a great way to detect lies and self-deception as it will feel wrong to use certain words or expressions. For instance, I find myself automatically trying to find different words so I can avoid the feeling of discomfort that comes with a careless use of language.
By speaking in that manner, I’ve found that my relationship with language has changed. At first, I used words to say what I thought about things, which was either motivated or weaponized. On the other hand, focusing on my solar plexus and picking my words carefully feels like translating a stream of formless energy that comes out of my core. It’s a very different experience.
I encourage you to give this exercise a good try. It will be slow at first but, like everything, it gets easier after a while. Learning to speak in this manner has been invaluable.