The Bulgarian master, Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, once used the image of a playground merry-go-round when talking about controlling emotions. He said that when we're on the periphery of a rotating merry-go-round, it's very difficult to avoid being thrown off. But when you're at the calm center, it's easy to remain still and not be affected by the spinning merry-go-round.
Life can sometimes seems like a not-so-merry-go-round, especially when disturbing events, people, and our own emotions threaten to throw us off balnce. What we must do at these times is find our center through prayer, meditation, or sungazing. No matter what technique we use, it will bring us to our sun center. Where is the sun center located? Some think it's the heart. Others think it's the solar plexus. Still others think it's the hara center below the navel. I think that all energy center's of the body are part of the sun center. It is the spinal column around which the positive and negative currents flow. It's the caduceus or sacred rod that is like the axis of a spinning wheel. When we pray, meditate, or sungaze, we stimulate the energy flow from the base of the spine to the crown chakra and become centered in this central solar axis, so that we can remain centered in the dance of life like a whirling dervish.
Whenever you feel like you're being pulled off balance by circumstances, people, or your own negative emotions, return to center. It requires stopping. When I once was a student at a Gurdjieff esoteric school, we practiced a technique called stopping. At times, the master would shout "Stop!" and everyone would freeze and observe their thoughts and feelings. It's good practice for stopping your actions, thoughts, and feelings before they get out of control. If you're getting upset with the traffic, pull over and stop to meditate. When you're in an argument with someone, excuse yourself and go to the bathroom to center yourself. When you're about to take an important test, perform in an althletic event, or give a public speech, take 5 minutes to close your eyes and find your sun center. You will find that it gives you the extra calm, intelligence, and poise required to succeed.
The sun is the center of our solar system. It controls the planets. When we are grounded in our own sun center, we are not affected by planetary energies of Mars (aggression, anger, irritation), Saturn (difficulties, inhibitions), Uranus (sudden changes, impulsiveness), Neptune (delusion, obsession, dishonesty), and Pluto (power struggles, breakdowns). We can have a T-square transit of all these planets and not be affected because we are in the sun. When we are in the sun, there is no shadow or darkness; there is only light.
Our sun center is called by many names: Solar Presence, I Am Presence, God Self, Pure Being, SuperEgo, Atma, etc. It is sometimes depicted as a being of light, someone to pray to and invoke. But it is not a being outside or above you; it is your innermost Being, your Highest Self. It is the observer of the thoughts and emotions of the little ego as it gets caught up in the drama on the periphery of the merry-go-round called life.