Updated: Mar 27, 2021
Manipura, or the solar plexus chakra, known as one's seat of power, assists with transmuting energy set in motion through intention into manifested reality. An individual's self-esteem, or personal power is reflected in this energy centre. When it is open, and functioning, one is motivated to take action towards their desires. When it is closed, or sluggish, one can recognize symptoms related to relationship to self. What this may look like is addictions, boundary issues, codependency, lack of self-esteem, lack of self-control, and depression. Considering the case of an eating disorder, the solar plexus chakra is associated with the stomach organ that is also associated with the emotion of anger. Self-esteem is impacted when the emotion of self-hate resolves to negative feelings of resentment, unworthiness, and guilt. This triggers the compulsion to eat to self-regulate. There are more people dying in the world of overeating versus starvation. Moderation is the key.
This chakra signifies your inner needs, relationship, and responsibility to self. The endocrine system affected with this chakra includes the adrenals that are responsible for the fight or flight response. When trauma shuts down the prefrontal cortex, one would not be rational in reason regarding behaviour. Lateralization in the brain creates a dominant left brain that lacks a sense of identity, is focused on fear, and feeds the needs of the ego. Identity issues, self-hate, control issues, addictions, aggression and oversensitivity to criticism equates with lateralization of the brain, and a closed solar chakra. This chakra, or "seat of the will," is profoundly impacted by trauma. When a child is negatively impacted, the human potential of an individual is greatly reduced from the possibility of leadership roles, too coping from an emotionally lamed position. Chronic trauma states may cause the fight or flight switch to be stuck in this chakra. In terms of eating disorders, one might self-regulate with food to ease anxiety experienced in their world of trauma.
For ancient alchemists the element of fire symbolized the pursuit of purpose, particularly the movement to action. What drives us to act is desire, described as the force of life. The element of fire has two aspects, one aspect is intention, with the other being intent. Intention is what you have “in mind” to do. It is your mental agreement as to how to proceed with what you have in mind. Intention has determination propelling you forward towards a purpose. Intention manifests from your language mind, therefore, your beliefs create the programs by which you live, these drive your actions, in agreement with what you believe to be true about yourself, and the world. Trauma survivors live in a world of misperceptions about themselves and others, mostly due to the lies they bought into unknowingly. When agreements are created in fear, a symbolic virus, or weed, dampens intention towards impassioned flights from fear. The essence of fear itself will be one's intention, a person may run from all attempts directed towards success. Doubt will likely be that person's faith, and the destructive force that creates reality.
The second aspect of fire is intent. It can be thought of as an external energy force applied through the focus of attention. Intent creates beliefs, but not as a mental decision, however, intention does. Intention initiates intent. Intention is seed planted in your consciousness. Intent makes the seed sprout with action. Intent is not hope, it is faith. When you focus your intent you take action. Every act of creation is intent followed by action. Everything that exists before your eyes is a result of intent followed by action.
Jeshua the messiah is said have spoken these words quoted by Matthew in the biblical book of: Matt: 17: 20, He replied, “Because you have so little faith, truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there, and it will move, nothing will be impossible for you." Intent moves by the faith one has in themselves displayed by the force of action they take. Through faith, desire is transmuted into reality by way of action. Messiah's statement can be likened to the human will of military leader Lucius Flavius Silva at the Battle of Masada.
Understandably the subconscious mind produces, or manifests from a negative state of mind, just as readily as creating from a positive state, for example, the stages of development of a compulsive behavioural pattern is not fun, when one admits it doesn’t feel good anymore, as behaviours begin to create problems in life. A person may acknowledge their lack of control, and feel shame. These feelings damage self-esteem when destructive patterns repeat. The more shame is experienced, the more those feelings are medicated, and chronic behaviour develops. Self-medicating produces a strong enough adrenaline rush that emotional pain is numbed. Adrenaline is as addictive to the brain as cocaine. Compulsive self-medicating with a substance, or a behaviour represents a lack of self-regulation, or lack of emotional health, proven by the compulsive attempts to self-regulate. It's not what we choose to use as an addictive substance, or behaviour to self-regulate, it's the trauma stored in the body, and mind that when triggered causes disturbing body sensations, disturbing thoughts, and feelings that when left unintegrated create somatic disturbance. All trauma calls for integration.
The solar plexus chakra relates to the energy of the sun, and we can relate this to other concepts adopted culturally throughout our human history. Since Indo-European times there was etymological similarity between the word son, and sun. This similarity begins with the Persian god Mithras, who was Helios to the Greeks, and referred to as the Son of God. Over one thousand years ago the day in India began with prayers to Mitra. Royals, nobles, and commoners would face the rising sun in the East at Chittorgarh, or at the Fort of Jalore called "Sonar Killah," (Fort of the Sun). These Mitanni Aryans, who were Assyrians from Mitanni located in the capital city Nineveh, in upper Mesopotamia, were the first to introduce Mitra to the Egyptian Pharaoh. The earliest Egyptian worship that we know of is of Ausir, also known as Osiris to the Greeks. Other versions of the name "Ausir," are Asar, Ausar, Wesir, Usir, or Usire. "Ra'' was the soul, or solar ray of the ancient Egyptian solar deity. By the fifth Dynasty, Mithra emerged as a major god in ancient Egyptian religion, identified with the rising sun. Long ago, humanity worshiped the return of Usire, and referred to their male children as "suns/sons," or little "Ra's" of light. Referring to the incarnated spirit of Usire returning in the bodies of male children. This confirms the Old Norse way of naming male offspring after the father’s first name, for example, Mortenson, means son of Morten. Son of Morten in ancient times may have meant, “The Sun, Son, or light of Morten,” meaning the spirit of Morten.
The solar plexus chakra calls us to self-love, or have a meaningful relationship with ourselves, because we manifest from this place, we must consider the impact on society when trauma is denied in our own lives, as well in the lives of others. The healthiest form of self-regulation is that of self-love. This is experienced through practicing mindfulness, meditation, visualization, and self-awareness. Be the light you were meant to be, seek Bindu, the point of creation.