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Manipura Chakra - The Seat of Personal Power

Updated: Mar 30, 2022

How Are You Showing Up and Expressing Power in the World?

“Everything in Life is Vibration” – Albert Einstein

The entire material world is nothing but vibration. Every atom in the body is in a constant dance of the countless vibrations within. Energy is everywhere, and in everything there is energy. We have centers in our body that are the conductors for this energy. These energy centers are called Chakras (Wheels of Light).

There are seven major Chakra centers plus many more minor ones. Through these centers we take in and send out energetic vibrations on many different levels (such as Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual). Each Chakra has a color and sound association and each color and sound also has a vibration. So what we have been doing over the past several weeks is trying to activate these energy centers so that they are vibrating at a healthy rate and can improve our physical and mental well being and establish a stronger connection with our Divine.

Manipūra in English is "jewel city" or, the "City of Jewels,” also known as “Lustrous Gem.” It is also called the Solar Plexus Chakra and is the seat of our personal power. This Chakra stores our judgments, opinions, and beliefs that we have gathered throughout our lives about ourselves and the world we live in. Its developmental stage is the age of 18 to 42 months. The Manipura expression is "I DO." The color associated with Manipura is yellow. The element is fire. The seed sound (bija mantra) is Rang. The Mudra is the same as for the root chakra and sacral chakra - Pranakriya 1 (tips of index fingers touch tips of thumbs). When the manicure is balanced, the archetype is that of Warrior, hero or heroine in our own lives; the ability to take a stand, defend and speak up for oneself. When it is out of balance the archetype is that of a Servant - toiling unacknowledged, unvalued, uncompensated or inadequately compensated.

When the Manipura Chakra is in balance you are not ruled by our emotions and thoughts. Your ego mind, or small mind, will have no unwanted influence over your actions. You will know without a doubt, accept your place in the Universe, have self-love and, in turn, have a great appreciation for all the people in your life and the uniqueness that they bring to world. When in tune, your Solar Plexus will radiate warmth and joy throughout your entire being and to others who come into contact with you. When your third Chakra is open and balanced, you exercise the choices in your life and become in charge of your own destiny. You are also able to choose your own beliefs rather than conforming to the external beliefs imposed upon you.

This Chakra regulates the function of the pancreas and digestive organs. It is associated with a long list of ailments including: food allergies, bulimia, diabetes, digestive problems, hepatitis, liver disease, pancreatitis, stomach problems, gall stones and gall bladder problems, anemia, heartburn, gastritis, gas, spastic colon, abdominal cramps as well as chronic tiredness and lowered resistance to diseases.

The emotional preoccupation of the Manipura Chakra is not feeling good enough because of low self-esteem. Frequently this idea develops early in life in unhealthy relationships where youngsters are frequently belittled by parents or peers, and constantly tell themselves “I suck. I’m not worth it.” The fear of not being loved and of failing. Often there is a feeling of “what's the use,” or defeat even before starting.

The more we recognize our challenges with self-confidence and self-esteem, faster we can come to grips with it and make positive changes. We can work from the inside out by activating and bringing balance into the chakras.

Join us for Chakra Dhyana or Chakra Meditation on Thursdays on Instagram Live @cobizrichmond at 12:30 p.m., Pacific.


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