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The solar plexus chakra

Excerpt from the Summer 2008 Newsletter

It is through the root or first chakra that we learn how to relate to our family and society. Through the sacral or second chakra we discover who we are by experiencing ourselves in relationship to others, through both our romantic and professional partnerships, and our creative endeavors. We will now turn our attention to the solar plexus or third chakra that is located just below the sternum at the top of the diaphragm. This is the chakra which defines our personal power and relation to our self. The sacred truth of the solar plexus chakra is to honor our self. This is not always an easy task.

If our solar plexus chakra is blocked we can suffer from a lack of energy, fear taking on a challenge, have low self esteem and a lack of self confidence. If, on the other hand, we have an excess of energy in the solar plexus we might feel the need to control and dominate everyone and everything around us. We can be over-competitive, arrogant and narcissistic.

When our third chakra is properly balanced we are confident, courageous, in touch with our feelings and at peace with our self. We temper our desires and instincts with knowledge. It is through the third chakra that we put our plans into action and develop a sense of our own personal power.

One of the major obstacles to balancing the energy of the solar plexus chakra is victim consciousness. If we feel that we have an unfair lot in life, that others have advantages we don’t, we will not be able to become empowered individuals.

To develop our personal power, we must take responsibility for our lives and not consider ourselves victims. Both Southern Cross (Australian Bush) and Yucca (South African) help us understand that we create all the situations that happen to us and that we can change our situation by changing our thoughts. Sunflower (Alaskan) helps us to balance the expression of our masculine energy which is necessary to feel truly empowered. Lion (Wild Earth Animal) helps us claim our deepest personal authority and spiritual power. It holds the frequency of courage, fearlessness, leadership, achievement, and success, as well as nurturing a sense of well being and strength. Empower (Wild Earth Animal combination) also provides powerful support for claiming our authentic, inner power.

A lack of self-esteem is a clear sign of imbalance in the third chakra. Dog Rose (Australian Bush) helps fearful, shy, insecure people develop confidence, courage and self-esteem, as well as the ability to embrace life more fully. Sturt Desert Rose (Australian Bush) helps eliminate guilt by restoring self-esteem. It also instills courage, conviction and integrity. Five Corners (Australian Bush) floods the body with life force energy which helps us overcome feelings of low self esteem, lack of confidence and lack of self love.

Cape Almond (South African) allows us to act from our own authority. It addresses fear of the unknown, fear of the future, fear of failure, emotional paralysis and an inability to move forward. It enables us to cultivate boldness, to develop an innate confidence, and a sense of personal power. Bumblebee (Wild Earth Animal) helps us claim our power as a strong and fully capable person. It nurtures strength, a feeling of invincibility, and confidence in our abilities. It helps us achieve what otherwise might seem impossible. Supreme Confidence (Wild Earth Animal combination) also provides powerful support for acting with confidence, strength, and power.

Additional information on issues of overcoming fear and gaining self confidence can be found in our newsletters of Summer 2005 and Autumn 2007.

A strong sense of personal identity comes with a balanced third chakra. Buis (DEVA) helps people who are shy and weak-willed to develop their own individuality without being affected by outside influences. It confers strength, courage and tenacity to free our selves from the domination of others. Tamarack (Alaskan) promotes self-confidence by helping us reach a deeper understanding of our unique strengths and abilities; it encourages the conscious development of individuality. Pineapple (Spirit-in-Nature) is an ideal essence for identity crisis during the teenage years (“I don’t like myself”); for mid-life crisis (“Who am I now?”); or for any sudden or dramatic change in life which leaves us not quite knowing who we are. Pineapple is also a good essence for money issues as they are often a reflection of our own poor self-image. For additional information on abundance see our Winter 2003 newsletter.

When we are secure in the power of our own being, we are like giant trees firmly rooted in the earth and able to adapt to changing conditions. With rootedness and flexibility we can accomplish whatever we set out to do. Pink Seaweed (Pacific) can help us adapt to new jobs, new schools, new relationships, new experiences. It helps us move out of our “comfort zone” into new and challenging experiences.

If we insist on clinging to the past and on replaying the old dramas, we prevent ourselves from moving forward. Bottle Brush (South African) assists in breaking negative links with the past. It allows us to digest, assimilate, integrate and move on. It is also of assistance when we find ourselves at major crossroads in our lives and during times of change. It gives us the courage to step forward into new realities. See our Summer 2004 newsletter for more information on adapting to change.

The solar plexus chakra has an important influence on how we define ourselves. It affects our view of ourselves as individuals, how powerful or powerless we feel vis à vis the outside world, how capable we are of manifesting the life we want to live. A healthy well balanced third chakra is definitely an asset.