Omphalomancy or navel gazing as described above marginally developed to include aspects of an individual's character, for example anyone with a navel that inclined inward was considered to be introverted while a child's navel that protruded out indicated an extrovert. The protruding navel is also meant to indicate someone who is usually optimistic in nature and quite light-hearted.
A most interesting aspect of navel gazing is when it is applied to suggesting life expectancy the longest lived possessing a circular navel that also indicates a shy retiring individual who lives a quiet life.
However navel gazing has never really captured the public imagination possibly because navels are neither easy to self study nor particularly attractive. However, this misses the point about navel gazing in order to better understand physical spiritual communications. The navel is employed as a link to the spiritual dimension because when conceived a child derives through the physical umbilical chord provided the spiritual communications necessary before birth. When the physical chord is severed the spiritual chord remains invisibly connected. Through this connection we communicate with our spirit in the spirit dimension and do so when we dream.
In China martial arts have been developed around an individual's centre, for example Tai Chi focuses on deriving power from a location within the centre of the stomach, because it is recognized as the spot within the human body that possesses both physical and spiritual strength. Navel gazing would speculate that the centre or core of an individual is indeed where the navel is located and, as a result, concentrating the mind on the navel benefits the body as a whole simply because it is a means by which the physical and spiritual sides can better improve communications. Tai Chi like many other martial arts are concerned with the body being in harmony with itself through accessing the power that is to be found at the centre of the human body, the navel.
As with many system of divination there is no concrete evidence to suggest that any particular shape of navel will automatically mean a specific occurrence in the future such as four children to be born from the same mother. However, navel gazing should not be ignored because it is worthy of study in order to develop understanding about the interaction that occurs between the physical and spiritual dimensions.
Navel gazing as a part of the human body spiritual map potentially acts as a significant component in the spirituality scenario as related to humankind. If the technology is ever developed in the physical dimension that makes possible spiritual communications that the physical dimension may understand it will be the biggest step forward towards the physical dimension actually understanding the existence of life on this planet as we know it.