I hope you are all enjoying the ups and downs of winter. It is easy to feel the low ebb of winter months with fewer sunlight hours, cold weather and more limitations on our time outdoors. However, there are still ample opportunities to find joy in what surrounds us. Looking out the window at the beauty of nature in winter is one thing I delight in. Some people have bird feeders close to a window and enjoy watching the dynamics of the different types of birds as they arrive for their food.
Nature is a wonderful way of lifting up our spirits. Respecting and honouring nature is really honouring and respecting ourselves. We have such a close connection.
We have been reflecting on the third chakra, the solar plexus. This chakra is vital to our being able to move forward in the world, to being leaders and to being able to love unconditionally. When our third chakra is functioning well, we know our personal power comes from within.
Truly knowing it is evident when we are not always asking for validation from those around us. When we do not give away our power to others by blaming them for our misfortunes or our successes. We all do this at some point and in some situations. It is in our best interest to pay attention to that. In Cognitive Behavioural Work, we can change those core beliefs to not assume it is another person who is in charge of our lives. At the same time, it is an opportunity to reflect on times when we can choose to give another person responsibility for an aspect of our life we need help with. In this sense, the issues of the third chakra are connected with the strength of the second chakra and our ability to trust others.
The third chakra is where we can connect with our true self. “Our true self is that part of us that is always whole and intact. It is where truth, beauty, and freedom abide. It is not affected by pain, loss or trauma. Though life appears difficult at times, we are made whole when we connect to the self. It is an awareness of invaluable worth, esteem, and true power. The self is more radiant than the sun.”
How beautiful we are when we ponder and acknowledge the above quote from Wauters’ book The Book of Chakras. Many people diminish the value of the ego as if we could manage even greater things without it, yet it is only those who have developed the ego that have the inner strength to be resilient under life’s challenges. It is the developed ego and solar plexus that enables us to make wise choices with respect and integrity.
Sometimes we describe a person as egotistical. Perhaps that is why the term ego has been given a bad rap. When the self of the solar plexus extends into the heart, our confidence and inner strength is neither manipulative, nor exploitive. Being strong is not being egotistical. While many object to the word power, it is when we develop our inner strength and feel empowered and connect to our heart centre that we have the ability to heal ourselves and to heal others. This gives us the incentive to allow ourselves to be all we can be.
It is a pleasure to be with people who know who they are. These beautiful people generate peace and harmony. They know their boundaries and do not tolerate being used or abused. Knowing this we can focus our personal healing and growth on knowing our worth, on making positive choices for our lives and on developing a resilient ego.
May you take some time to be connected with who you are, to respect and love what you find, accepting the strengths and the less strong parts of yourself. May you feel your inner strength while at the same time being aware of and respecting the inner strength of others. May your heart be open and acknowledging of your own self-worth.
Till next time,