Our Personal Power Center
A healthy third chakra makes you feel strong, capable, and able to confidently take action. Its under-use or over-use can even lead to physical illness.
At certain points in our bodies, this energy is more concentrated and has a specific focus. This week, I’m addressing the third chakra, which is located half way between your navel and your sternum.
Your third chakra is like an engine that propels you forward, giving you energy to accomplish goals and tasks in this life. This chakra is your body’s primary power center and the source of your actions, your will, and your purpose.
What does a healthy third chakra look like? Well, the color that is associated with the third chakra is yellow. So, imagine a robust, bright, yellow sun gently spinning. A healthy third chakra makes you feel strong, capable, and able to confidently take action. Under-using or over-using the energy associated with this chakra can even lead to physical illness.
Physically, the third chakra governs the organs in this area: the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. Consequently, digestive issues can be associated with third chakra issues.
What are some ways in which we might lose power from our third chakra?
1. Not living according to your personal values
We need to consciously examine our values to determine if, in fact, we truly believe in the values we say we do. Your values are not necessarily those of your parents, partner, or employer; they are values internal to you.
I recently went through an exercise where I re-defined what my key values are. I came up with six: Love, Healing, Creativity, Adventure, Intuition, and Nature. So, if I am engaging in activities which require me to focus on other values, I am not living according to my personal power. This does not mean that the values of others are automatically wrong, just that they’re not my values. This exercise has helped me focus on what is most important to me at an everyday level.
2. Giving others too much sway
Have you ever had the experience of explaining how you feel only to be told that you shouldn’t feel that way? If you accept other people’s versions of the way you should feel, you lose power over your own emotions. Conversely, if we acknowledge and own our feelings, we can release them and move on.
Allowing others to dictate how we should feel clouds our ability to even discern our own feelings and thoughts.
3. Giving your inner critic too much sway
This is similar to giving control to another, except this time it is that voice inside that questions us, telling us we’re not good enough, smart enough, and deserving enough. This is the voice that tells us we had better not step out there because someone will not like it, we won’t be accepted for who we are, and we will fail.
Granting this inner voice power over our lives is a choice we make for ourselves. It can take a lot of awareness to first notice that voice, and to then not accept it as truth.
4. Over-using your will
This can be as damaging to the third chakra as under-using our wills. Everytime we tell others that they shouldn’t reach for their goals, we’re not just taking power from them, but we’re also losing power ourselves, even if we think we’re protecting the other person.
Everytime we “win” without consideration for others, we actually lose power ourselves.
Time to find your personal values
It is therefore vital for us to find our personal values, and to live by them. Don’t accept other people’s versions of how you should feel or what you should think; quiet your inner critic and step out, making sure not to overreach your power. Your third chakra and your digestion will thank you, and soon you’ll be glowing like the sun!