Personal Power Resides in the Solar Plexus

Hello again,

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.

Namaste,

Till next time,

Marie

Self Worth and the Third (Solar Plexus) Chakra

Happy New Year,

You likely wonder if I have given up my blog. “Where are those Chakra blogs she promised?”, you may be saying to yourself.  or not…

Well life does sometimes get in the way of my doing the things I get enthusiastic about.  Only proof that I am not by any means perfect and really want to be able to share what I learn with others but… sometimes other things take over. 

This is a good day to get back on track.  We are truly “snowed-in” in Owen Sound.  It seems all the roads out of town are closed, which is rather disconcerting for those heading to the airport.  And the airport is also temporarily shut down, I hear. 

But even here in our home, the radio tells us “all roads in Georgian Bluffs are closed”.  So that means they aren’t plowing them.  And here we sit and here I write for the blog.

Well it took Bob and I an hour for us together to shovel out the drive way.  We shoveled out a foot of snow yesterday and another foot today.  That is around 30cm each day.  Beautiful out there.  But glad I like our warm cozy home.

I have more plans for the new year related to workshops.  I will send out more information about that next week.  I have just read a book by Dr Janet Lapp that is a possible workshop or retreat theme.  More on that later.

I still find Reiki a really positive influence on my life and would be happy to share it with you.  I do offer Reiki sessions to clients but also love teaching it.  Please let me know if you are interested in taking classes in Usui Reiki in Levels 1, 2 or the advanced and masters levels.

Back to the Chakras

We have given attention to the first and second chakras, the root and sacral chakras.  The third chakra is the solar plexus.  It is located right over the stomach just below your sternum.  It is where you feel unpleasant sensations when someone hurts your ego badly,  when you feel like you were “kicked in the stomach” or “punched in the gut”.  You know the location when you know it has been negatively punched so to speak.  You actually feel it when you are feeling good about yourself too but it is more of a pleasant feeling.

The solar plexus chakra is said to be the place related to who we are.   In adolescence we develop a sense of personal identity.  It is connected with our sense of self-worth and is where we feel our sense of personal empowerment.

Caroline Myss, renowned author, speaker and workshop leader, says in one of her CDs that the thing we need to help people with most, the most important area to help the world be a better place, is not the heart chakra but rather the solar plexus and the sense of self-worth.

I often have given my own personal interpretation of the biblical reference to “Love your neighbour as yourself”.  Really we can only love others to the degree that we love ourselves.  

You may wish to give some thought to this.  In my mind, when we truly love others, we do so unconditionally.  And what that means is without expectations in return.  Loving others in an attempt to receive love in return is a message that the third chakra needs work.  In other words that aspect of ourselves feels unloved.  Which means that we do not love that aspect of ourselves.  When we don’t love an aspect of ourselves, we look for others to love it as if that is how we will learn to love ourselves.  however, it has to come from within.   It is only in learning to love that aspect of ourselves, in spite of perhaps not liking it, we are free to be more loving and accepting of others.

I have to check this one in myself regularly.  I know it is true in my head but living it is not easy.   We can pretend we get it by being able to talk about it knowledgeably but that doesn’t cut it unfortunately. 

This is an excellent area to work on as we begin the new year.   One of my intentions for 2014.

Hope to be back more regularly.  More about the Solar Plexus then.

Till next time,

Marie