The Solar Plexus Chakra “Honour Oneself”

This blog post addresses the third energetic centre, the Solar Plexus Chakra. This fiery sun yellow coloured spinning disc of vibrational energy completes the physical trilogy of the human energy system and primarily relates the development of personal power and self-esteem.  As the name suggests, the physical location is found at the navel, over the solar plexus – you may even feel this as a “kick to the guts” when somebody criticises you! 

The Solar Plexus Chakra is similar to the first (root) and second (sacral) chakras in that it primarily relates to a physical form of power. Where the root chakra resonates to group or tribal power, the sacral resonates to the power of flow between the self and others, this third chakra relates to our own personal power and assists in the process of individualisation and the forming of “self”.

As we develop a sense of self (usually during our early formative years), the intuitive voice of our solar plexus becomes our natural and constant source of guidance. How we feel about ourselves and whether we treat ourselves with love and respect can determine the quality of our life and our capacity to succeed. If we are unable to like and respect ourselves, we become incapable of making healthy decisions and can hand our personal power over to the hands of someone else.

People who have a low sense of self-esteem attract relationships and occupations that reflect and reinforce this weakness. Self-understanding, acceptance and the bond we form with ourselves is therefore one of the most crucial spiritual challenges that we face.

In Hindu the name “Manipura” has been given, which translates to “lustrous gem” because it shines bright like the sun. Like the sun, this fire in our belly within gives us vitality and sparks action. If we are not loving with ourselves by giving ourselves the room to breathe, explore, to make mistakes, then we have no air for the fire to burn and can become cold and despondent.  The element associated with this chakra is “fire”.

Strengths associated with the solar plexus chakra:
      • healthy self-esteem
      • self-respect
      • self-discipline
      • warm personality
      • generosity
      • ethics
      • strength of character
      • ambition
      • the ability to generate action, handle a crisis and take risks (follow through on gut instincts)
Weaknesses associated with the solar plexus chakra:
    • overly aggressive
    • manipulative, power hungry, deceitful
    • temper tantrums
    • stubbornness
    • competitiveness
    • arrogance
    • hyperactivity
    • eating disorders
    • addictions
Fears associated with the solar plexus chakra:
    • rejection
    • criticism
    • appearing foolish
    • physical appearance (obesity, baldness, aging)
    • others may discover our “secrets”
The Sacred Truth | “Honour one-self”

The goal here is to mature in our self-understanding and the relationship we have with ourselves, learning how we stand on our own and take care of ourselves. The spiritual quality compels us to create an identity that is separate from our tribe.

Physically:

Blocking this energy can give rise to arthritis, gastric ulcers, indigestion, anorexia or bulimia, liver or adrenal dysfunction.

Emotionally, Mentally & Spiritually:

Questions you may like to ask yourself include:

    • “Do I like myself?” If not, what parts and why? Are you actively working to change?
    • “Am I honest with myself and others?” If not, why?
    • “Am I critical of others?” Does blaming others protect you in some way?
    • “Can I admit when I am wrong?”
    • “Am I open to feedback from others about myself?”
    • “Do I need approval from others?” If yes, why?
    • “Am I afraid of taking care of myself?”
      “Have I allowed myself to be in a relationship with somebody I don’t really love because it is better than being alone?”
    • “Do I respect myself?”
    • “Am I afraid of responsibility, or do I feel responsible for everything and everyone?”
    • “Do I wish my life were different?” If yes, am I doing anything to change this?
Recommended Exercises:
    • Jogging or Power Walking
    • Sit-ups
    • Yoga sun-salutations
    • Breath of fire – rapid diaphragmatic breathing
    • Laughing
    • Meditate on the sacred message “Honour One-Self”
    • Chant the mantra “Ram” to create sound vibration in the body to harmonise with the solar plexus chakra.
References:

Anatomy of Spirit, Caroline Myss, PhD, 1996

Working with your Chakras, Ruth White, 1993

Wheels of Life, 2nd Ed, Anodea Judith, PhD, 2015

Eastern Body, Western Mind, Revised 2nd Ed, Anodea Judith, PhD, 2004

The Sacral Chakra “Honour One Another”

Second ChakraThis blog post addresses the second energetic centre, the Sacral Chakra.  This golden orange coloured spinning disc of vibrational energy is found in the lower abdomen to navel area, about one inch below the belly-button.

When grounding of the root chakra is nurtured and developed enough, the quality of security naturally flows through to the sacral chakra. Leading on from security is our relationship to others, and partnerships. This includes our conscious acceptance of sexuality and what it means to be a man or woman in the present age and culture. Positive, loving regard from those around us at a young age are an essential basis for a healthy individual.

Attachments may also included our perceived attachments to money, authority, our physical environment and the fear of losing control. Anything that we relate to that becomes part of our identity can affect the energetic flow of the sacral chakra.

Along with relationships and attachments comes creativity of all kinds; to create is to bring into being or form from nothing; an idea into fruition! The energies of this chakra are to create life, to “move the earth” and make an impression or contribution towards the continuum of life.  A painting, dance, song, child, business-idea, poetry, building, book… Creative energy is physical, of the earth or grounded, unlike inspiration (a crown chakra quality). It gives the sensation of being physically alive! Creativity defies the monotony of habit and provides us with resources to cope with the day-to-day events of our lives, providing creative solutions to problems.  When creative energy is able to flow freely, our lives reshape and reveal more meaning for why things happen as they do.

In Hindu the name “Svadhistana” has been given, which translates to “the dwelling place of the self”. When this chakra is out of balance, emotional instability, depression, sexual dysfunction, addictions or fear of change may be experienced.

Lessons related to the second chakra are to do with that of controlling the world around you.  Are you in the right marriage? Are you in the right career? Are you living in the right place? Whilst the energy of this chakra inclines us to try and control our lives, we are physical and energy beings, and since the physical world cannot be controlled, the lesson to be learnt is to master our internal responses to the external world, our thoughts and our emotions.

Unlike the root chakra which element is grounded in the Earth, the sacral chakra element is water – fluidity, emotions, fertility and the connection of the tides to the moon.

The Sacred Truth | Honour One Another

Every relationship we develop spiritually, from the most casual to the most intimate, serves a purpose of helping us to become more conscious. Even when a relationship is painful, learning about our selves and facing our own limitations not things we endeavour to experience – how ever, they are necessary for spiritual growth. When we release our compulsion to judge what and who has value, and instead focus on honouring each person and task with which we are involved we can move easily see the symbolic value of our relationships.

Physically:

Blocking this energy can give rise to impotence, infertility, genital infections, endometriosis, fibroids and depressionThis also includes issues such as chronic lower back pain, sciatica, obstetric or gynaecological problems, pelvic or lower back problems, urinary problems or issues of sexual potency.

Emotionally, Mentally & Spiritually:

Questions you may like to ask yourself:

    • “Do I have creative outlets?”
    • “Do I follow through on creative ideas?”
    • “Am I comfortable with my sexuality?”
    • “Do I use people, or do I feel used by others?”
    • “Do I keep my word and maintain my own personal code of honour?”
    • “Am I a controlling person?”
    • “Do I engage in power plays in my relationships?”
      “Am I able to see myself clearly in circumstances related to power and money?”
    • “Does money have authority over me?”
    • “Do I make compromises to ensure financial security?”
    • “Do survival fears dictate my choices?”
Recommended Exercises:
    • Dance
    • Hula-hoop
    • Lay on your back, place your feet on the ground with your knees bent. Very slowly move your legs in and out until they shake (very therapeutic)
    • Make time for creative outlets and expression
    • Maintain a healthy sexual life, whilst honouring and respecting your body
    • Meditate on the sacred message “Honour One Another”
    • Chant the mantra “Vam” to create sound vibration in the body to harmonise and align with the sacral chakra.
References:

Wheels of Light Chakra Awareness course, Nicholas Bestevaar, Best Ever Health Therapies, 2015

Anatomy of Spirit, Caroline Myss, PhD, 1996

Working with your Chakras, Ruth White, 1993

Awaken Your Creativity Chakra: Svadhistana, Michelle Fondin, The Chopra Center

The Root Chakra “All is One”

Base ChakraThis blog post addresses the first of the energetic centres, the Root Chakra. This red coloured spinning disc of vibrational energy is found at the base of the spine, at the perineum.

For thousands of years’ Eastern religions have taught that the human body contains within itself seven major energetic centres where consciousness and the physical body meet. Within each of these centres are spiritual life-lessons that must be learned in order to move into higher consciousness.

In Hindu the name “Muladhara” has been given, which literally translates to “root support”. The Root Chakra is the first and lowest of the three chakras related to physical or external power.

All lessons related to the first chakra are to do with that of the material world and your “tribe”. You first experience this “tribe” power in early life as a part of a family unit; this carries with you and goes on to form part of your identify and belief systems. You may find as you get older you start to question some of the beliefs that you were raised with, it is important to discard those that are detrimental to spiritual development.

As an adult you can feel the power of this chakra with the sense of belonging and connection when you listen to your national anthem, or sense of pride when your country wins an Olympic Medal, or when you see a loved one get married. It is a powerful chakra and when it is unbalanced can affect all other areas in your life.

The Sacred Truth | “All is one”

When you can fully comprehend the message and live it, you are setting up the foundation for a strong physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life.

Physically:

Root chakra imbalances can manifest as issues within the base of the spine, legs, feet, anus and immune system. This includes issues such as chronic lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumours or cancer, depression or immune-related disorders.

Emotionally, Mentally & Spiritually:

Questions you may like to ask yourself include:

    • “Do I feel grounded and safe?”
    • “Have I attained the sense of feeling at home?”
    • ​”Am I able to provide for myself life’s necessities?”
    • “Can I stand up for myself?”
    • “What belief patterns have I inherited from my upbringing?”
    • “Are there belief patterns that have authority in my thinking today, that I know are no longer valid?”
    • “What superstitions do I have?  Do these have authority over my ability to reason?”
    • “Do I have unfinished business with my family that needs healing?”

  • Recommended Exercises:
      • Walk on the Earth in your bare feet.
      • Breathe in whilst imagining red light pouring up into your legs from the ground, then breathe out whilst imagining all fears and issues being taken away by the earth.
      • Squat until your legs shake (very therapeutic).
      • Meditate on the sacred message “All is One”.
      • Chant the mantra “Lam” to create sound vibration in the body to harmonise with the root chakra.
References:

Wheels of Light Chakra Awareness course, Nicholas Bestevaar, Best Ever Health Therapies, 2015

Anatomy of Spirit, Caroline Myss, PhD, 1996

Working with your Chakras, Ruth White, 1993

The Root Chakra: Muladhara, Michelle Fondin, The Chopra Center