The Third Chakra: True Power

This month at Soulstice we’ve been exploring, strengthening and balancing The Third Chakra, also known as our Solar Plexus Chakra. In Sanskrit it is known as “Manipura” — meaning “shining gem”— and is asssociated with our adrenals, gall bladder and liver function. The Third Chakra is our personal power center, influencing our strength of will, vitality, the ability to overcome challenges, make purposeful choices and inspire conscious actions in our lives. The Solar Plexus center governs our sense of self, and is the hearth of our spirit.

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When our Third Chakra is weak or out of balance we can feel confused, frozen or apathetic. We may feel shame or unworthiness and lack trust and confidence in ourselves and our choices. Our energy might be low, our immune system challenged and emotionally we may feel depressed or hopeless. An under-active Solar Plexus Chakra may leave us feeling like passive observers in our lives, helpless and reactive to life’s everchanging circumstances.

Modern society celebrates a certain type of power, related to the acquisition of resources and property, consumption, influence and ownership over others and consolidation of resources. Instead, we would focus on personal power — Empowerment — which gives one a sense of deep knowing, grounding and stability exclusive of worldly notions of power

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How will you feel when your Third Chakra is vital, healed and balanced??

Ability to Be Open, Trusting and Vulnerable

Empowered people are at ease, comfortable in their skin and thoroughly know who they are… They are steady, easy to read and able to be themselves regardless of the setting, circumstances or company. With a strong solar plexus center you’ll be transparent, clear, warm, open and able to express your thoughts, feelings and emotions openly in a healthy, balanced manner.

Ability to Weather Adversity and Loss

A balanced Solar Plexus Chakra is your port in life’s storms, an inner resiliency that can be bolstered and strengthened with spiritual practice. A strong soul can see the longview, move through loss with grace, and remain compassionate and positive during life’s challenges and curveballs.

Ability to Express Needs and Handle Criticism

When you deeply know yourself you’ll come to receive criticism and disappointment as an opportunity for personal growth, learning and expansion. Being able to communicate openly about our needs, standards and preferences creates close, authentic and lasting interpersonal bonds and relationships. The opposite of this is hiding, getting defensive, taking things personally or rejecting/avoiding. Strong souls can both share and receive open, meaningful communication.

Ability to Manifest Goals into Reality

The Solar Plexus Center is the fire and catalyst that brings our dreams to life — it begets action, animation and forward momentum. Thoughts, ideas and visions are manifested into reality by the power of our soul’s deepest intention.

Ability to Apologize and be Accountable

Individuals with a strong sense of self and center are willing to step up and take responsibility when they have made a mistake or caused hurt. They know expressing contrition doesn’t detract from their own sense of self or strength.

Ability to Forgive

Perhaps the greatest test of our inner strength is our ability to forgive the people who have hurt us. To fully live means to open ourselves to the ull spectrum, beauty and heartbreak of what it means to be human… and this means we will open ourselves to experience rejection, abandonment, betrayal and disappointment. Forgiving, appreciating and loving the people who have caused us heartache is healing for you, as well as everyone around you. Forgiveness creates a ripple effect out into the world as well as deeply into our own hearts — by forgiving yourself and forgiving others you create space for healing, self-love and a vibrant life.

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How do we heal and balance our Third Chakra?

Meditation and spiritual practice, breathwork and mindful movement like Feldenkrais and Qigong are all restorative for the Solar Plexus Chakra. Closely linked with the Fire element, bright sunshine is nourishing as well. Travel to new places and break out of your regular routines; challenging your comfort zone and habitual activities will expand and strengthen your Third Chakra. Surround yourself with upbeat, positive and supportive people. Add warming spices such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon to whole grains, teas and milks.

Release excess energy, anger and resentments through vigorous exercise, cleansing or sweating. Practice yoga asanas, especially upward dog, bow pose, plank, warrior III and child’s pose. Express and release emotions though crying, singing, dancing or artistic pursuits. Meditate and sleep beside healing gemstones like Tiger’s Eye, Citrine or Yellow Calcite. Lastly, laugh! Nothing is more empowering than seeing the humor and levity in life — strong people are able to laugh at themselves and find light in any darkness.

Join our caring team seven days a week and nurture your chakra system through massage, meditation and movement practices — find true strength and empowerment by cultivating your own internal fire!