The Third Chakra — the SOLAR PLEXUS Chakra


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The Third Chakra — SOLAR PLUXUS Chakra

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The third Chakra is about self esteem.

The spot is direct­ly below the low­er ribs, a bit below where they meet. (At the Solar Plexus.)
Find it by fol­low­ing the ribs upward until they meet, then move down one inch, to a spot below the Xiphoid Process.

The colour of the third Chakra isbright yel­low.


The Third Chakra is at the solar plexus, just below the Xiphoid Process.

The third Chakra is the home of self esteem. This is the place where we feel anx­i­ety. It’s “in the pit of your stom­ach.” Anx­i­ety, then, is a self-esteem issue. It is you that is anx­ious, after all.

This place is also home to your good feel­ings about your­self. As Snoopy used to say, “Hap­pi­ness is a warm tum­my.” Block­ages will show up as mid back prob­lems, stom­ach and diges­tion prob­lems, and that “queasy feeling.”


The Development of a Self

The Chakras are metaphors, in addi­tion to being ener­gy cen­tres. As we work our way through the sev­en main Chakras, we will be return­ing to the devel­op­men­tal stages one can con­nect to each of them. 

Back on the intro­duc­to­ry page, there’s a chart that lists the sev­en Chakras, Maslow’s hier­ar­chy of needs, and Car­olyn Myss’ ideas of the psy­cho­log­i­cal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal mean­ing of the Chakras. If you take a moment to look at the chart, you’ll see that there is a pat­tern of devel­op­ment that we ignore at our peril. 

The strength of the third Chakra depends upon the suc­cess­ful devel­op­ment of the first two. 

The First Chakra 

As was sug­gest­ed by Maslow, the first order of busi­ness for an infant is to become con­scious of his envi­ron­ment. (Chakra 1) This is a rudi­men­ta­ry con­scious­ness made up of sen­so­ry data (hunger / cold / wet / hot / sleepy / full, etc.) This is the pri­ma­ry state for infants for per­haps six months. 

The Second Chakra 

The sec­ond stage (cor­re­spond­ing to the sec­ond Chakra) is iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of me / not me. The infant begins to dif­fer­en­ti­ate from ‘moth­er.’ The object that feeds me goes away and comes back. This is rudi­men­ta­ry relating—as the child devel­ops social skills and begins to read facial expres­sions, tones of voice, etc. and to mod­i­fy him­self to have his needs met. This is also a pri­ma­ry self-explo­ration stage, as the child gains suf­fi­cient motor skills to explore her body, again dis­cov­er­ing ‘me / not me.’ Not coin­ci­den­tal­ly, the gen­i­tals become objects of fascination. 

The Third Chakra 

The third stage, which goes on for some years, (and is the key to the third Chakra) is the birth and estab­lish­ment of a per­son­al self-con­cept. We’ll short­hand this to “the ego self.” 

In Chakra the­o­ry, the first three Chakras are the phys­i­cal Chakras, and the remain­ing four the spir­i­tu­al Chakras. From a prac­ti­cal point of view, the top four deal with being and enact­ing, while the first three are about inter­act­ing with a phys­i­cal reality.

Developmental Stages

We do not nor­mal­ly think about the inter­re­lat­ed­ness of the stages of our devel­op­ment, because we actu­al­ly do not remem­ber much of it. Most of us only have fleet­ing mem­o­ries of our­selves pri­or to age 6 or so. What is going on, how­ev­er, is that par­ents and tribes are giv­ing the child an ‘ego-self.’ This is done by trib­al bless­ing of social­ly approved of behav­iours, while con­demn­ing behav­iours the tribes frown upon.

Bear in mind that such dif­fer­en­ti­a­tions are not ‘right’ or ‘wrong.’ They are beliefs held by the peo­ple in charge of the the child (in a very real sense, in charge of whether the child lives or dies.) The child has noth­ing to com­pare the trib­al deci­sion to; there is no choice but to comply.

It is from with­in this milieu that all of us arose as ego-selves. We learned cul­tur­al­ly enforced sex-appro­pri­ate con­duct (The eas­i­est way to think about this is to con­tem­plate the way women are raised by var­i­ous cul­tures. There are quite bla­tant dif­fer­ences, again not right or wrong, but cer­tain­ly different.) 

body impressions

Cultural and moral issues are often programmed in


It might be said that the emer­gence of an ego-self is actu­al­ly a tight­en­ing down of the first two Chakras. Sex­u­al and rela­tion­ship rules replace the easy-going feel­ing of hav­ing a sen­su­al body. Rigid beliefs of tribe and cul­ture replace the wide-eyes won­der of child­hood. Right/wrong, good/bad dichotomies arise, and for many, nev­er go away.

Third Chakra Tensions 

self esteem

The cre­ation of the ego-self is com­plete by age 12–14 or so. It is also at this time that ‘stom­ach trou­bles’ flare up—I remem­ber being giv­en ‘stom­ach med­i­cine’ to treat a sick stom­ach that coin­cid­ed with a rough grade six expe­ri­ence (I lat­er dis­cov­ered the liq­uid in the bot­tle was cher­ry sug­ar water giv­en to me by a wise doctor…) 

Many are the teens who begin a life-long familiarity with queasiness related to self-esteem-busting things like speaking in public, nudity, arguing, etc.

The queasi­ness might be thought of as a war going on between the ego-self and the true-self. Teen rebel­lion is noth­ing more than the per­va­sive feel­ing of uneasi­ness that accom­pa­nies the real­iza­tion that ‘some­thing isn’t quite right here.’ Who I am told I am, and how I am expect­ed to act, does not ‘match’ who I intu­it myself to be.

For most, the bat­tle is short-lived. Most sur­ren­der to the tribe, behave, clamp down, tight­en, freeze the pelvis, and live stunt­ed and incom­plete lives, com­plete with tons of ‘some day I’ll change this’ lies. 

Opening the Third Chakra

I’ve found that the region of the stom­ach, below the xiphoid process and above the navel line, con­tains much repressed mate­r­i­al. It’s tricky for some clients to even let me work on this area.

There’s much to be gained, however,by work­ing in this area. There are real­ly only two ways to do so—one is to firm­ly grasp and squeeze the stom­ach mus­cles, and the oth­er is to work your hand in under the ribs. The lat­ter requires that the recip­i­ent relax their stom­ach mus­cles com­plete­ly, and “let me in,” a tricky propo­si­tion for most people. 


Most are quite defended in the belly region. 

under ribs
bellygrab

Breathwork is another tool that can help release the belly, especially if it is coordinated with a pelvic tilt.

tilt

I urge my clients to thor­ough­ly ques­tion their pre­sup­po­si­tions. I cov­ered a plan for iden­ti­fy­ing these pre-sup­po­si­tions in my book, “Liv­ing Life in Grow­ing Orbits,” which is now avail­able as a down­load­able pack­age. I’ve scanned two of the key pages for you to use to check out your beliefs! 

Per­haps one of the most impor­tant self-explo­rations is to iden­ti­fy one’s core beliefs—the items that make up the ego-self. This tends to be a scary process, as let­ting go of long held beliefs brings up exis­ten­tial anxiety—will I be shunned, dri­ven out, killed, once my tribe finds out? 

One of our friends is on her 40s. She’s nev­er had a func­tion­al rela­tion­ship with her par­ents, yet keeps head­ing off to remote places, try­ing to “bond” with her moth­er. It does­n’t work, but her core, or ego-self belief is that she ‘should’ love and like her moth­er. The old­er she gets, the more rigid­ly she believes what she believes.

The oth­er day, she was talk­ing about get­ting old­er and how her body is doing. 

She said, “I’m not as flexible as I used to be.’ 

I said, “And that’s your present life issue. You are not as flex­i­ble as you could be, and it’s not about your body.” Per­haps flex­i­bil­i­ty would be let­ting go of her belief regard­ing a rela­tion­ship with her moth­er. Hmm. 

Have a look at what beliefs you are hold­ing on to. Ques­tion every­thing. Ask your­self what you want to be, accom­plish, exper­i­ment with, and ask your­self what is hold­ing you back.

Then, breathe, let go, and give each thing a shot. 

You may amaze your­self with the results. 


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