This time last week it was rainy days and Mondays on my mind. Today the sun in shining and I reckon it’s time for us to focus on the light that we can all shine out into the world – our own little individual sun we each carry around as the energy of the third chakra.
Also called our Solar Plexus chakra (or Manipura in Sanskrit) the third chakra is located in the stomach area, midway between navel and sternum – it’s literally the centre of your body, your core essence and represents your power source. Not surprisingly its colour is bright, sunshiny yellow.
So if you’re ready to shine, let’s amp up that personal power (and if you missed my previous posts in this series, you can learn about the whole rainbow of chakras, and more about the first (root) chakra and second (sacral or sexual) chakra.
But first, there’s that small matter of self-esteem
Yep, if you’re self-esteem is low then you seriously need to work on amping up the energy of your third chakra. While the second chakra is all about your sense of sexuality and creativity, how you relate intimately to others and how well your creative energy flows, the third chakra is about how you take your confident place in the world, shining bright and moving forward with a strong sense of self and purpose.
The ego is the embodiment of our solar plexus energy and for a balanced and healthy chakra we want to think in terms of strengthening our big E ‘Ego’ (I don’t meaning having a big ego, but a strong sense of identity built on self-love, self-awareness and self-discipline). Small ‘e’ ego energy can manifest in cockiness, aggression and over-blown pride (usually born out of fear and insecurity), low self-esteem, excessive self-judgement and passivity (literally a feeling of powerlessness).
The energy of the third chakra is built on self-love and every time we judge ourselves we weaken our power – like running down our battery.
Every time our little ‘e’ ego seeks to self-inflate at the expense of others we separate ourselves from the true power of the universe – like unplugging from our own battery source.
Having a healthy third chakra means harnessing universal source energy and channelling it into our own personal power that radiates confidence in our abilities and warmth towards others. You feel free to choose your actions, you exercise strong willpower and you don’t worry all the time about what people think. You listen to your gut (ie you trust in your personal power). Your gut feeling is literally your own sense of confidence, because you know that when you act with love you are being powered by the universe, because the universe is powered by love.
You realise that by shining brightly you illuminate the way for others. You don’t seek to outshine other people, but recognise that radiating yourself doesn’t dim the light of others. It’s literally like everyone in the universe gets supercharged on each other’s power.
The sun doesn’t always shine brightly, but it is always there
So if the battery is feeling a bit flat remember that the sun, shining up there in our universe and inside each of us, is an eternal source of light and energy. On cloudy days we don’t sense it’s full strength, but if you’ve ever been sunburnt when it’s overcast you’ll attest to its presence. Of course when it is dark we don’t see the sun but it’s still there, illuminating the other side of the world and out into our solar system. We might see the moon instead, reflecting the light of the sun in exactly the same way we reflect the light of the sun.
Sometimes the sun seems to choose us to be in its spotlight. At other times we are in the shadows but you can be confident it will be your turn to shine again.
Weakened solar plexus energy may show up in a sluggish or inflamed digestive system. Problems with the liver and gall bladder also reflect third chakra issues. Depression, with associated low self-esteem, can literally make you feel sick in the gut, worried about your own worth and other’s opinions of you and scared to act because you feel powerless and unmotivated.
So, to get your solar plexus charged with Energizer batteries, you can try some affirmations that build self-esteem and yoga postures that work on building your core abdominal strength (Pilates would be great too). The natural element associated with the third chakra is, not surprisingly, fire, perhaps explaining my love of hot yoga as I seek to take a confident and purposeful place in the world. So I thought I should model the only thing I own that is yellow – a new crop top for yoga (worn with a new skort) as for the very first time I bare my midriff in class (and here!).
I love and accept myself
I stand up for myself
I choose the best for myself
I direct my own life
Now go shine girl!
Linking up with Essentially Jess for IBOT.