The 3rd Chakra – The Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
The Manipura Chakra represents transformation and overcoming inertia. It has been called the “fire in the belly.” This fire, or will power, gives us the energy to change, grow, and act in our lives. The physical body needs survival which is represented by the 1st chakra. The ability to move and change is represented by the 2nd chakra. The 3rd chakra is spark and power to move our bodies into action.
Manipura Chakra – Bija Mantra Ram (sounds like rom)
Listen to the Bija Mantras: Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati – Chakra Bija Mantras
This chakra is associated with the color yellow. The color yellow has the third longest wavelength (570 nm) and third slowest frequency (530THz) in the visual color spectrum. This chakra emits a lavendar light from its center.
In a very real sense, the navel or abdominal area is representative of transformation. It is in the belly that food (solids – 1st chakra) are digested (movement – 2nd chakra) and turned into energy for the body (metabolism – 3rd chakra). Additionally, all bodily movements related to the abdominal muscles.
The symbol for the Manipura Chakra is a ten petal lotus flower. Additionally, there is a downward pointing red triangle in the center of the symbol representing fire.
Blocks in the Navel Chakra
Blocks in the third center can lead to low levels of energy, motivation, low self-esteem, difficulty making decisions and feeling powerless. Being stuck in the third chakra makes it difficult to move forward in life. The Deity of the Manipura Chakra is Goddess Lakini.
In order to open the third chakra it takes will power. The student needs to take personal responsibility for their life and current situation. Everyone in this world has a purpose. Doubt and fear are emotions which block the third chakra. Search inside for inner direction from the Divine source and find the right path of action to follow.
Breath of Fire to Open the Third Chakra
Breath of Fire is a Kundalini Yoga breathing technique. You can perform this energizing breath on its own or while holding nearly any yoga pose. Basic technique is to breath in and out quickly for a couple of minutes.
Yoga Poses to Work the Third Chakra
Poses which strengthen and stretch the abdominal muscles are perfect for opening the third chakra.
THIRD OR MANIPURA CHAKRA
Sanscrit name: Manipura ( lustrous gem )
Location: Solar plexus, below the diaphragm
Central issue: Power, self-esteem, self-image, energy, will, responsibility
Essential Oils: Juniper, lavender, bergamot, rosemary
Crystals and Stones: Citrine, amber, tiger’s eye, peridot,, yellow tourmaline, yellow topaz
Stars and Astrological Signs: Sun, the planets Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and the signs of Leo, Sagittarius and Virgo
Sound or mantra: Ram (sounds like rom)
Body: The subtle body (astral body)
Orientation to self: Self definition
Goals: Vitality, purpose, strength of will, vitality, spontaneity
Rights: To act and be an individual
Developmental stage: 18 months to 4 years
Identity: Ego identity
Level of relationship: Basic relationship with inner self
Hormonal glands: The pancreas and the adrenal
Organs: The respiratory system and diaphragm, the digestive system, stomach, liver, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, the small intestine, the lower back, the sympathetic nervous system
Excessive: Overly aggressive, dominating, controlling, blaming, arrogance, manipulative, power hungry, stubbornness, hyperactivity, excessively ambitious and competitive
Deficient: Low energy, weak will, poor self-esteem, passive, sluggish, fearful, poor self-discipline, emotionally and physically cold, victim mentality, blaming of others, unreliable, poor digestion
Balanced: Feeling of tranquillity and inner harmony, self-acceptance, respect for the nature and emotions of others, feeling of unity with the rest of humanity, responsible, reliable, confidence, spontaneity, sens of humour, able to meet challenges
Physical Dysfunctions: Arthritis, digestive disorders, ulcers, colon and intestinal problems, anorexia or bulimia, pancreatitis, diabetes, gallstone, allergies, problems with the stomach and liver
Addictions: Amphetamines, cocaine, over stimulation in diet, work, anger
Traumas and abuses: Shaming, authoritarianism, physical abuse, fear of punishment, dangerous environment, age inappropriate responsibilities, inherited shame from parents
Spiritual challenges: Maturation of the ego
HEALING STRATEGY: Risk taking, grounding, emotional contact, deep relaxation, stress control, vigorous exercise, sit-ups, psychotherapy (release or contain anger, build ego strength, work on shame issues, strengthen will)
I can do whatever I will to do.
I honour the power within me.
I accomplish tasks easily and effortlessly.
In a smooth and healthy way, I release all unresolved emotions.
I claim my personal power.