Chakras and Healing – The Third Chakra and Personal Empowerment

manipurachakraToday, I am sick to my stomach. Physical illness is truly related to our spiritual self. Our Chakras are what connects us to our higher selves, and our physical selves. We have seven Chakras. The Solar Plexus Chakra is the third Chakra and also connected to our stomach. It’s Color is Yellow, and it is located from our naval area up to just under our ribs.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is primarily concerned with our sense of self-esteem and personal power. It is where we absorb and assimilate the experiences of the world. It is here that we digest things, , physically, emotionally and mentally. Hence the link between this chakra and the digestive system. The solar plexus chakra is where we begin to develop our concept of self, where we become self-conscious.

Lately, I have not been very good at expressing myself and establishing healthy boundaries when I feel taken advantage of. When this happens to us, we are giving our power away. Not intentionally, however, nonetheless, we are not being assertive, and that has to change in order for us to heal. I am working on this right now. This is how we grow and learn. We have to reflect on why. What are we responsible for in our own lives? What is our role in our own illness or issues, and what are we to learn if nothing happens to teach us?

So what do we do when we feel this way? How can we heal ourselves and teach others how to heal? – First of all,observe when you are with someone, what happens to your solar plexus area. Observe if it becomes tight or uncomfortable; observe the feelings that appear when you are with a certain person. These feelings may be feelings of irritation, resentment, feeling that you feel like a child or feeling that you are terrified of this person. Feelings of powerlessness are all related to this chakra, the chakra of self-esteem.

The reason we feel this way is because this way is because this person has moved into our personal space and triggered the “pain body”. We then allow them to trigger unresolved feelings from our childhood and our past. This is all about us, not them. We are allowing this. They are not causing it. We are somehow still seeking that approval we never got as a child. It could be from our parents, peers, or other people who were in our lives.

When this happens, we need to diagnose ourselves and see how we are interacting with other people. Begin to notice how you respond and look at the language that you use. You need to emphasize to yourself that you do not need this person’s approval and that you can be happy whatever they say about you or to you.

When you are with someone and you notice these feelings coming up, just visualize an energy field around you and say to yourself, “you cannot enter my space without my permission”. This is the beginning of recognizing that you are just as important as the other person is, and that your opinions, your feelings, your beliefs, are just as valuable as theirs are.
Eventually you will come to a point where you can say to the other person, “I acknowledge what you are saying, I do not agree with you, but that is fine, we can happily disagree” and it is not necessary to have an argument.
An argument usually takes place when one person wants to convince another person that their viewpoint is right. When we have good self-esteem we can happily express our opinions and not necessarily want the other person to agree with us.

Sometimes when we are learning about ourselves, it isn’t easy to admit it’s all about our own self-reflection, and self-improvement. The ego wants it to be about the other person. That’s not how we grow. We grow when we self reflect and see our own role in each situation. That’s not always such an easy thing to swallow.

Lesson for the day – Set boundaries, and let go of old hurts and feelings that happened to your inner child. Envision your adult self embracing your child self. Let those things go, and know that now, you are an adult, and you can control things in a loving adult way. These lessons are hard, but they always help us to grow. This is how we heal.

I think I will stay in bed this evening, and contemplate how to heal.

Namaste

Mercury Retrograde 2014 – Be Prepared

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Okay, so you may be dreading this upcoming Mercury Retrograde on February 6, and you have all reasons to, if – you are not ready, and if you don’t get your mind right. You may already have it in your head that it’s going to be rough, but no worries. You may already be feeling the shift coming as well, but hey… We’ve got this.

For those of you who are not familiar with Mercury Retrograde, let’s just give a short synopsis – Mercury is the messenger, and sometimes, when it moves  seemingly backward, or slows down, it causes all kinds of disruptions. It can cause havoc with travel, communications, technology and the timing of anything you may be involved with.  During a retrograde period it is in your best interest to double-check the fine print, postpone major purchases or signing important documents, regularly back up your electronic files and double-check travel arrangements, or for that matter, any arrangements.

This year all the retrogrades happen to being in water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces),  and end in air signs (Libra, Aquarius and Gemini).

As retrograde moves into the water signs, it is a good time of think back on some emotional memories, get to the crux of them, and find their true meaning.  Once you dig in and meditate upon this, you will heal these past issues.  You may re-unite with long lost friends, or you may remember lost ideas and motivations. At any rate, this is a time for healing,  getting quiet and reflecting within. By the time it passes into the air signs, you will have your answers.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time when leaving for appointments or work. Take your time and look out for the other guy.  It wreaks havoc on those who do not understand, and traffic can seem more hectic. There is a lot of miscommunication as well, so please listen, and be still before you speak.

This isn’t the best time to begin a new venture, sign a new contract for a home, or any other major purchases either. They can wait until later this month.

Be extra loving and patient in all relationships as well.  Listen closely to your children, your other half and your friends. This isn’t a good time to overlook anything that might be said. It’s important to review it all, and speak softly.

At times of Mercury retrograde, I like to meditate a lot, stay around the house as much as possible, and love people more than usual.  Now that you may better understand, you can begin to prepare.  Take a deep breath and smile. It’s just a planet moving, and now you know how to handle it. We’ve got this!

Mercury retrograde for 2014:

February 6th – February 28th, Pisces to Aquarius – June 7th to July 2nd, Cancer to Gemini – October 4th to 25th, Scorpio to  Libra