I almost hesitate to write about the Chakra System. Do I really have more value to add to something already written about so much on the interwebs? I don’t know. But I know that I keep referring to them and instead of referring you out to an outside source I may as well have an internal page!
So here is A Kundalini Yogini View Series on the Chakra System!
“Men of great knowledge actually found out about all these chakras — their workings, their petals, their sounds, their infinity, their co-relationship, their powers. They found out what the chakras were. And, they found out that the life of a human is totally based on these chakras. They developed it into a whole science. This total science gave birth to Kundalini Yoga. That is how Kundalini Yoga was born.”
We will begin with the Third Chakra. This is the chakra that Guru Raj Kaur in class told us to focus on healing first. Healing everywhere else occurs through this point.
Alternative names: Manipura (Sanskrit), The Solar Plexus Charka
Location: Navel Point/Solar Plexus
Basic Rights: To Act and Be an Individual
Positive qualities include (but aren’t limited to): Being in our personal power, having a strong will center, having commitment, high self-esteem, having identity, inner balance, the ability to do, inspiration
Shadow qualities include (but aren’t limited to): Over-powering, anger, shame, greed, obstacles appear to be everywhere, lack of ability to do or doing too much (out of balance)
Yoga Exercises to Balance this Chakra: Stretch Pose, Sat Kriya, Breath of Fire, more listed here.
Issues Dealt With Here: Energy, activity, autonomy, individuation, will, self-esteem, pro-activity, power
Helpful Crystals: Aragonite, citrine, golden calcite, malachite, rhodochrosite, ritulated quartz, pyrite, tiger’s eye, unakite, imperial topaz.
Why is this Chakra Important?
If the above hasn’t convinced you already, then read my previous blog post on the Navel Point which is tied to this chakra.
This is the chakra that contains the “will of the spiritual warrior” as Yogi Bhajan says. And indeed this chakra does do that. As I’ve practised more and more speaking my truth, each time I courageously speak my truth when I otherwise wouldn’t have, I feel a flash of heat inside the solar plexus.
This flash of heat confirms to me that there is a power issue that is working itself out or an issue of the will. When I have done heavy manifestation work at times I’ve also felt the flash of heat in my solar plexus as I decree my will. The more my will goes into the decree, the more that my solar heats up, the stronger the reaction from the energies around me to produce what I intend to create.
It is said that a person with a strong third chakra will know what they want in their life. They are able to visualize it and commit to doing what it takes to make it happen. They have a high level of confidence and are not afraid of doing.
This person will be expressive and exuberant. They have unlocked the key of using their emotions to fuel their passions and actions. Your intentions create actions and stir the manifesting energies of the Universe.
When a person has a weak solar plexus they may use a lot of stimulants, drugs or food to create more energy and to eat their feelings. There is a lot of energy stored here from anger, blame, resentment, or un-acted ambition. When you feel that you don’t have the right to express your feelings you start to build up energy in the navel point, eventually leading to action of some sort (often at random and without focus, think random outburst of anger).
This person will have many good intentions and ideas but they don’t come into fruition.
This is the chakra that is responsible for tying up the loose ends of the bottom two chakras, creating the tip of the pyramid of the bottom three chakras that leads into the heart chakra, where consciousness expands from.
It is also said that the ego resides in the Solar Plexus.
Resources on the Chakra System:
Here is a link to more info on this Chakra.
Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System by Anodea Judith <— By far the best reference book I’ve encountered on the Chakra system