The key lesson: Personal identity – power and self will. To simply BE!
Element: Fire and the sun.
Associated sense: Sight... power to see the light in truth.
Associated animal: Ram
The third chakra completes the physical trilogy of the human energy system. Like chakras one and two, it primarily relates to a “physical” form of power. The first chakra resonates to tribal power, and the second chakra resonates to power between the self and others, the third chakra relates to our personal power as in self control and self freedom.
Working with this chakra helps to bridge differences to accomplish wholeness. This can be achieved on a personal level, so that we don’t succumb to our head ruling hearts or our left logical side of the brain overwhelming our creative intuitive right side.
The solar plexus chakra represents our identity, or how we see and feel about ourselves. It is the house of self-esteem, inner power and sense of responsibility. Problems with this chakra arise from:
- Fear of our own identity or losing our identity,
- The need to excessively control others or ourselves, the inability to take responsibility for ourselves or others,
- Prone to criticism and judgment,
- Poor decision making,
- Fear of failure,
- Feeling invisible or overlooked by others.
You will find self acceptance, self respect and to have the ability to take risks in the knowledge that you can handle any situation with which are you are faced. This is true inner personal power.
Excessive (too open or spinning to fast): Angry, controlling, workaholic, judgemental, dictator, projecting superiority, overpowering, forceful, intrusive, quarrelsome, threatening, pushy, intense goal oriented, viciously competitive, ruthless, consistently active, chaotic, burnt out, exhausted, disconnected and lack of tolerance.
Deficient (blocked or spinning sluggishly or not at all): Overly concerned with what others think, fearful of being alone, insecurities, needing constant reassurance. Weak intentions, fragile determination, negative internal dialogues, lack of confidence, inferiority complex, loss of self worth, shrinking courage, feeling inner void, weak inner strength, negative self image, disconnected from gut, loneliness, energy vampire, insecure and phobic.
Balanced: Respects self and others, owns personal power, spontaneous and uninhibited. Successful in every aspect of business and material world, has vitality and full of self confidence.
Physical symptoms of solar plexus chakra imbalance: Ulcers, diabetes, anorexia, bulimia, indigestion, insomnia, panic attacks, confusion, fatigue, stress and allergies.
Emotional Dysfunctions: Need to control, over sensitive to criticism, low self esteem.
The Solar Plexus (third chakra) is more internally focused on our relationship with ourselves. The ways in which we demonstrate our self esteem and personal power is played out in the archetypes associated with this chakra – “The Drudge” and “The Spiritual Warrior”
A drudge mentally depends on others for recognition and approval investing in everyone else’s qualities and power that they wished they owned themselves. Drudges hand over their power as they are dependant on others.
When we reject or suppress our psychic sensitivity this can lead to blockages in this area, resulting in excess weight around the middle, digestive problems and stomach ulcers.
The power of the spiritual warrior lies in inner strength, tempered by a belief that guidance comes from a Devine force. This strength becomes refined through facing and overcoming external challenges. By meeting constant rejection or conflict, the Spiritual Warriors are forced to look inside themselves to make sense of those sets of circumstances and give them meaning. It is a truly powerful archetype when a spiritual philosophy of growth and development through facing life’s obstacles is combined with acting with integrity, no matter how unpopular to others those actions may be.
Foods: Complex carbohydrates (starches)
Incense/oils: Vetivert, Rose Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Cinnamon and Carnation.
Crystals: Yellow Citrine, Topaz, Aventurine Quartz and Sunstone.
Am I ruled by doubt and fear? How can I transform this into positive energy?
Am I the kind of person who has trouble making decisions? When I finally decide on a course of action, do I lack the energy to carry it though?
Do I feel a need to be right in every discussion?
Am I emotionally needy? Do I always have to be the centre of attention?
Do I lack will power? Do I compensate by being a “control freak”?
Do I allow other people’s opinions to control my life? How can I stop this without becoming emotionally rigid or overly aggressive?
AFFIRMATiON: I TREAT MYSELF WITH HONOUR AND RESPECT NOW!