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SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA

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Traditionally, the lotus grows in muddy ponds. When the shining flower bud opens above the water, none of the mud adheres to its petals. Lotuses have thus become symbols for purity and virtue. The closed lotus represents our potential for clarity, understanding and open-heartedness. The open lotus represents the blossoming of those qualities in our life. Hence the use of the lotus symbols for the varying chakras ………

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Chakra 3 | Solar Plexus | Fire, Ego identity, oriented to self-definition

chakra 3The solar plexus chakra is associated with the fire element and symbolised by a yellow-gold, ten petal lotus flower. Situated in the area of the stomach, between the naval and the bottom of the sternum, it is our emotional and lower psychic centre. It is linked to the Mental body and the pancreas dealing with metabolic/digestive functions. When open and balanced, we recognise our own self-worth from within, and are able to establish our own boundaries without need to control or be controlled by others. It is your centre of personal power. This is where you house feelings of self-esteem, confidence, and honour. Activation stimulates consciousness of astral influences.

Digestion, Expansiveness, Power, Growth.
You reinforce energy at the third chakra when you:
* Take pride in your work
* Trust your intuition
* Keep your word
Affirmation: I honour myself.

 

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yellow Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra – Power Chakra

SOLAR PLEXUS – Chakra Three:
The Manipūra is located just above the navel and below the rib cage. It is our energy centre and it radiates vital life energy (prana) through-out our entire body. It is where our Will Power comes from; our ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline are all governed by the Manipūra. It is where we can have a mental understanding of our emotional self.
The Sanskrit name Manipūra means jewel or ‘city of jewels’.
The Manipūra not only governs the emotional and mental aspect of your psyche, but also your psychic experiences. Often a feeling of intuition or ‘gut feeling’ in a certain situation will benefit you greatly if you listen to it. All aspects of the digestive tract, including the assimilation of nutrients, are controlled by the 3rd Chakra.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is a centre of personal strength, learning and comprehension. It guides you through life by creating a strong sense of self, setting personal boundaries and building self esteem and willpower. The ability to bring change into your life and to the world is born within this Chakra.

Human Challenge and Gift – to transmute the energy of the emotions into soulful passion for life i.e. fear into love, anger into action, sadness into surrender and bliss.

Soul Desire – to experience the depth of emotions and transmute them into passion and devotion. To activate our soul.

Primal Relationship – with our soul and emotional body.

chakra meditationAlso known as: Power Centre, Manipūra

Body Mind Associations:

Location: Solar plexus

Colour: Yellow

Parts of the body: Reproductive system, sexual organs, lumbar plexus

Endocrine Gland: The pancreas

Sense: Eyesight

Element: Fire, the sun

Consciousness: Parts of the consciousness associated with this chakra include perceptions concerned with power, control, freedom, the ease with which one is able to be themselves – ease of being. Mental activity and the mental body is also associated with this chakra. The solar plexus chakra is also associated with the level of being we call the personality, or ego.

The relationship a person has with fire, or the sun, can be seen to have its parallels in the person’s relationship with the parts of their consciousness that this chakra represents.  Someone sensitive about the sun, then, can be seen to have particular sensitivities about power, or control, or freedom.

Location The solar plexus (a couple of inches above the waist)
Colour Yellow
Attributes The will, determination, assertion, personal power, hearty laughter.
Element Fire
Gems/Minerals Gold, Citrine, Amber, Golden Topaz, Tigers Eye, Yellow Calcite, Arogonite (See more further down)
Musical-Vibrational Note E
Aromatic Chakra Oils Cassia, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Juniper, Amber.
Foundation Acceptance of your place in the life stream. (self-love)
When unbalanced you may experience Lack of will, overemphasis on power, anger, poor digestion, eating disorders, fear, and hate.

Manipūra ~ Fire Element

Vitality, spontaneity, strength of will, purpose, self-esteem. Located in the area above the navel area. This chakra is known as the power chakra, located in the solar plexus. It rules our personal power, will, and autonomy, as well as our metabolism. When healthy, this chakra brings us energy, effectiveness, spontaneity, and non-dominating power.

The third chakra is the one that gives us the sense of generosity, complete satisfaction and contentment.  On the left side, the main quality of this centre is peace – clearing this chakra can relieve stress and tensions.

On the right side, it looks after our liver which is the organ of our attention and power of concentration.
When enlightened by the Kundalini, the Nabhi chakra (Manipūra) gives us our spiritual ascent, righteousness and inner sense of morality, and complete balance at all levels in our life.

With the third chakra we see the human as a whole personality. From here we develop mental qualities and higher insights. To make this development possible we need to be balanced by insights on those first basic human levels.

Number of petals – Ten
Points out – the ego, self-knowledge

Symbolises our power and ‘inner fire’. It reminds us of the fact that we must rely on our own resources.

Key terms to understand the archetypical aspect of Manipūra :

To take responsibility for one’s own life, to become an adult being, initiation, self-esteem, personal power, will, energy, nutrition, joy of life.
We can think about our own experiences of, and our attitude towards, these aspects. We can also seek ways to work with them in an adequate manner.

Chakra visualisation can be a wonderful tool in your development and it can help you to realise what you are and who you are. Just because of that it should be used with respect. Particularly if you’re using some breathing technique at the same time.
Being conscious of a chakra and it’s aspects means that one activates it to a certain degree. Focused good thoughts and positive energy are also activating. Don’t forget that it’s your own consciousness that guides the visualisation.

Gemstones:

Yellow Amber
To lighten the mood, lessen stress

Citrine
To induce happiness and prosperity. Brings success in endeavours, business in particular

Golden Topaz
Joyful stone. Can act as an energy booster to restore you both spiritually and physically.

Golden Tiger Eye
Grounds and balances the yin/yang energies.

Aragonite
To improve practicality and dependability.

Gold
Wealth, Happiness, Positive Feelings.

Yellow Calcite
Energy, Personal Power

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This third chakra primarily represents how we present ourselves to the world and how we care for ourselves. This is the seat of our identity and our intellectual mind, as well as the intuition.

The solar plexus acts as a reservoir for powerful energy. The solar plexus distributes this energy to the upper chakras. In order to fix imbalances within the heart, throat, and third eye chakras, you must recharge the solar plexus chakra.

With the realisation of the Manipūra Chakra the aspirant has reached an important stage on the spiritual path. At the Manipūra Chakra more than of half the journey towards realisation has already been completed. Manipūra Chakra literally means the ‘City of Jewels’, in which we find the pearls of clarity, wisdom, self-confidence and well-being. Their lustre radiates down to the lower Chakras, as well as up to the Heart Centre. The feelings of love and happiness that we feel in our heart actually originate in the Manipūra Chakra and rise from there to the Heart Chakra. The positive radiance emanating from the Manipūra Chakra also purifies Chakras One and Two and their qualities.

In Chakra theory, the first three Chakras are the physical Chakras, and the remaining four the spiritual Chakras. From a practical point of view, the top four deal with being and enacting, while the first three are about interacting with a physical reality.  The third Chakra rules the mental portion of our consciousness and governs thinking, both psychic and intellectual, and the power, control and/or freedom that is gained by our minds. This Chakra is the ‘Power Chakra’. It governs our sense of self, the power that we have within and over our destinies, the power that we have over others, and the power that others have over us. The projections of our ego and our vital energies are both influenced by this Chakra because it rules how well we can maintain our sense of Self when in a power struggle with another. The battle between egos is difficult to win if we are children and our opponent is our parent. Therefore, this Chakra holds the secrets of the many power struggles that we fought and lost with our parents, and other authority figures, as a child.

If a person is too yin, female energy, then he or she may feel powerless. On the other hand, if a person is too yang, male energy, then he or she may have a tendency to be aggressive or greedy.  The third Chakra, which relates to the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, and pancreas, regulates how centred we feel during the day in relation to our mental facilities and our ability to be self-motivated.

A well-balanced Manipūra Chakra endows the being with inner strength that manifests in the performance of actions with ease and grace. It governs our material well-being and inner peace. The Chakra embodies personal power, self-esteem and energy. If the energy levels in the Chakra suffer an imbalance, the negative energy fuels emotions of jealousy, distrust, ego, anger, fear and anxiety.

Petals:
Ten-petalled Lotus blossom.

Comments:
The Third Chakra deals with power and will issues; it is the area where one stores negative emotions such as anger, vengefulness, jealousy and guilt. If one experienced a severe trauma between the ages of 8 and 12, 38 to 42 or 68 to 72 therapy with this chakra may be beneficial.

This area regards one’s power, or abuse of power, as well as one’s will power or lack there of. If one had issues with these emotions, accompanied with stress and guilt regarding how they were dealt with, there may be imbalances in this chakra. One may feel like a powerless victim, seeing one’s life as not having choices, yet also not seeing that their conditions in life are actually due to their choices. Balancing this chakra is about taking back one’s power, and asserting oneself to obtain the life that is so desired. It is about assertiveness, not aggression.

An overactive third chakra may manifest as one who exerts dominance and control over everyone in their life, going so far as insisting how one eats, and how to dress, and when things do not go as planned one may revert to rage; one may be easily irritated and quick to anger.

Physical symptoms may present as digestive issues of many kinds, including over eating, colon/intestinal problems, and digestive issues related to stress, and diabetes.

Therapy:
Chakra Therapy might include laying the proper gemstone upon the Third Chakra for 5-25 minutes.
You may find surrounding yourself with the Scents of the Third Chakra and/or wearing 3rd Chakra Gemstones helpful in doing Third Chakra work. Visualise a Yellow Vortex of light in the shape of a flower emanating from the upper abdominal region. Ask that the light release old pains and hurts and fill the place where the hurts were with joy and plenty. Let it expand, growing in power. Then close the petals and keep the power inside to be drawn upon as needed.

Mantras:
“I am the Master of my Fate”
“I say yes or no according to my own desires as is my God given right”

Indicators of Third Chakra Imbalances: 

* Explosive temper, easily angered

* An inability to succeed regardless of effort, or succeeding at the expense of others

* Difficulty in taking responsibility for ones own actions or consequences.

* Alternating between feelings of immense power and a helpless victim the next moment

* Being weak willed, or having the necessity to force one’s will on others.

* Digestive issues or diabetes

Tree of Life-redNetzach and Hod

Also the Sefirot of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life represent psychic powers or archetypes. The Tree is a picture of Creation.

Manipūra corresponds to two sefirot in the Tree. The seventh, called Netzach and the eighth, called Hod.
Hod represents the individual consciousness and a clear intellect, air and the giving of form.
Netzach represents the collective consciousness and an active, dynamic emotional life, fire and strength.
Number seven (Netzach)
Archangel Hanael
Number eight (Hod)
Archangel Mikael

Aspects to meditate on in Netzach:
Emotions and creativity.

Aspects to meditate on in Hod:
Communication and clarity.

Mastery over the chakras enhances health and development of the being. Once a person masters a particular level of chakra they are ready for the next level. Certain gifts are awakened within the individual. These gifts are usable within the frame of power and nature of the harmony instilled by this form of self-development. Those who will abuse it will be cut off and disengaged of their power and gifts. Upon the awareness of these gifts there will be most likely hurdles and stumbling blocks. They are designed to test your worthiness and responsibility of them and for your maximum capacity to use them.

With great power comes great responsibility. Those willing to harbour the responsibility are then accentuated in the power. Those unable to harbour the responsibility will be consumed by the power.

Eventually these gifts and powers within themselves will become stumbling blocks and one must transcend them.
There is a purpose in these but in the long run we will not need them.

Continue to CHAKRA FOUR …..

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