• Jan Baker

What is the third chakra?

If you've been following my posts for the past couple of weeks on chakras, you'll know that they are the energy centres of the body. Whereas, the first chakra is earth, the second chakra is water.

Today, I'd like to talk about the third chakra. The third chakra, as you can see, is assigned the colour yellow. It's Sanskrit name is Manipura, and it is fire. It is the fire or desire that burns in you. The third chakra is very much about your passion, your power, your desire and your will.

Located at the solar plexus, it's primarily concerned with personal power, our sense of our place in this world, our confidence in ourselves and our self-esteem. It governs our ability to stand by our convictions, and about having a choice in what we do.

This chakra is represented by a lotus with 10 petals and is often referred to as the "navel" chakra.

You've felt it, when you've suddenly doubted your ability to do something. It's very much concerned with "imposter syndrome"too; the experience of feeling like a phony, especially at work—you feel as though at any moment you are going to be found out as a fraud—like you don't belong where you are, and you only got there through dumb luck.

It can affect anyone no matter their social status, work background, skill level, or degree of expertise. You might over-prepare or work much harder than necessary to "make sure" that nobody finds out you are a fraud.

Of course, this is your internal self talking to you. In reality, you're normally very well-placed to be where you are, and it's probably just a fear that you won't live up to expectations. Think about that interview, when you got really nervous. Or are you a bit of a perfectionist? (I definitely am!!) I can remember the head asking a senior member of staff to drop in on the supply teacher during registration period. I looked around, wondering who the Head was referring to.... then realised it was me! I'd definitely not considered myself in that light at all before... but of course, I was, and I did!

From an evolutionary perspective, the world is still in third chakra energy. The industrial revolution and subsequent advances in technology have radically changed our lives, and allowed many people to pursue personal goals. But... conflicts and power struggles between different communities and countries are still trying to be resolved with war.

Being confidently in the third chakra means that we neither seek to overpower others, nor allow others to disempower us. An out of balance solar plexus chakra means we may be overly sensitive to the reactions of other people. We may feel rejected by anyone showing indifference to or coolness towards us. And anything less than totally positive feedback can be seen as criticism.

Our "inner critic" may therefore also be operating at a level where we have little confidence in our capabilities, our worth or our chances of being loved.

Digestive problems? Lower back issues? This is your third chakra in action, and you would do well to pay attention to what it's trying to tell you.

The third chakra is therefore about overcoming the challenges you face in life by having the self- worth to forge forward, learning and transforming from these challenges. Not letting them bring you down but rather to have them make you stronger and more resilient. This is where you learn from your mistakes by making better choices for yourself.

This is also the chakra where you learn how to let go of old-defeating behaviour patterns, and grow as an individual.

When this chakra is balanced, we are able to accept the responsibilities that are truly ours. We are can be confident in our actions and abilities. We can decide how we wish to act, and then maintain our chosen courses of action.

We will also be able to function without the support and approval of those around us. The courage and strength to be who we are without outside approval is a sign of a healthy self-esteem. And the realisation that we have power over our lives. We may not be able to control every event, but we can certainly shape our future.

Stay safe, as always

Jan xx

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