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"Energetically, physically, emotionally and mentally, we are all powerful, radiant beings. However, we may not always be living from a place where we accept and radiate our own power. Sometimes we may feel like it would be easier not to have to interact and bargain and state our worth to people at all. Sometimes we may give in and accept less than we’re worth. These are all symptoms of an under-active solar plexus chakra." Natalie Southgate
The solar plexus chakra is the seat of our personal power and will. Energetically, it is the fire that fuels our metabolism, and when activated it increases our energy, drive, and sense of purpose.
And really, who couldn't use some of that?
The solar plexus chakra is where we experience our gut instinct, that inner knowing. Here we tap into the intelligence of the spirit.
The fiery energy of this chakra responds well to heat and sunlight, so spending some time in the sun, or in a hot yoga class, focusing on the fire in our belly, will help to activate it.
When the solar plexus chakra is inactive we may feel lethargic, afraid, nervous, or withdrawn.
There is a fear of taking risks, confronting people or issues, taking charge, and a lack of energy.
An overactive solar plexus may cause us to be overly controlling, domineering, or even a bully.
The archetype of the warrior - standing strong in their power - is the vision of the healthy solar plexus chakra. It is not aggressive, but it will not diminish itself either.
To dance the solar plexus chakra is to call on the ancient dances of the warrior. In Chakradance, fast, dynamic and vigorous movements of the arms and legs, activate our core and ignite the fire in our belly, fuelling our dance with energy and strength.
Reining all this fiery energy in, movements then become strong, purposeful and clearly defined as our inner warrior emerges triumphant, brave and strong.
The solar plexus Chakradance is an inner journey with the Warrior archetype. What does being a 'warrior' mean in our world? Integrity? Standing up for
our beliefs? Not being silenced by culturaI
Our fiery natures can get dampened by an excessive need for social conformity and a focus on relating to others. The epidemic of depression and anxiety in modern cultures could reflect a loss of connection to the vital core of spiritual power in the solar plexus chakra.
This chakra is known as Manipura in Sanskrit, which means lustrous gem. Many cultures associate this solar plexus energy with our life force.
Manipura regulates our
From the energy of this chakra emerges the ego, our sense of self-identity. Concerned with assertiveness and personal power, it is easy to see where this chakra can be out of balance. Either in excess feeling a desire for material power and control over people, or deficient in allowing ourselves to be dominated by others.
The Chakradance facilitator training involves a deep-dive into our inner world. During one of my early dances in this chakra, I had a profound and deeply transformative experience.
The dance of Manipura begins with a flame, and as the music intensifies, and the fire increased, I found myself dancing like wildfire. I became one with the fire, I was fire, flickering and wild. It felt incredibly liberating and powerful, and then all of a sudden my perception shifted dramatically.
This experience transformed from embodying elemental fire to being on fire - being burned, encased in flames - and all the powerful emotions that came with it. Even knowing it was all just in the dance, the emotional reaction was profound. Recovering in child’s pose, I found myself saying to myself, "that was then this is now, it is safe to be powerful now."
Dancing the solar plexus chakra was the catalyst for allowing myself to release all the ways I had been disempowered in life. And to step into my authentic power.
Without realising it, we may unconsciously give away our power all the time, in our choice of lifestyle, where we spend our money, the kinds of relationships we are in, what we choose to do with our time.
A balanced solar plexus chakra enables us to move through life with genuine confidence, inner strength and self-esteem.
Our inner warrior emerges when we create space for autonomy, instead of constantly worrying about others, we follow our own inner guidance. In this way, we are more likely to find our true purpose and direction in life and have the courage to pursue our goals.
If we don't tend to our spirit, and to our life's passion, if we don't ignite and tend to our inner fire, part of our self is diminished, we have abandoned ourselves, and the lustrous gem we hold within.
The more we tap into this inner powerhouse of knowing and energy, the more vibrant and vital it becomes.
Natalie's 5 top tips for balancing your solar plexus chakra
1. Try to take responsibility for your life, and not blame others, circumstances, or the universe.
2. Develop a strong sense of self and keep sight of your own unique direction, ambitions and goals. Take the right action to achieve these goals.
3. Find appropriate self-discipline in your life.
4. Create good boundaries.
5. Call to mind and celebrate your achievements and successes.
"Begin by visualising your solar plexus as a beautiful golden jewel, like a yellow diamond shining out. Stay connected to this inner jewel throughout the week and let it be your anchor as you step into your centre of personal power." Natalie Southgate