‘Chakra’ in Indian translates to ‘wheel’. It means a vehicle through how we perceive what we believe as reality. Our ability to see into the various dimensions of reality is reflected in the energetic ease or disease found in our relationships. The disease of feeling disconnected from oneself and others is often pervasive.
All karmas are vibratory in nature like sounds. A thought is a sound, a word spoken silently or out loud is sound, a physical action is sound.
Vision, here must not be confused with just the physical ‘seeing’. Rather, it’s the total awareness and consciousness we choose to exercise. Yoga helps us see the world as one and heal the disease of disconnection. The yogi attains clear vision by overcoming ‘avidya’ or ignorance, which is a case of mistaken identity. Through the purification of perception, the radiant truth of the Cosmic Self is revealed which is referred to as ‘Samadhi’
But, how can we evolve to this? Our present condition is a result of our past actions or karmas. To purify our present condition demands a purification of our karmas which includes thoughts, words, and deeds. All karmas are vibratory in nature like sounds. A thought is a sound, a word spoken silently or out loud is sound, a physical action is sound. Its effects permeate into the relative atmosphere of existence. All action speaks to every aspect of created manifestation causing an altering of life itself.
The ancient purifying system of yoga includes mantra and asana, the practice of which provides practical methods for purifying our relationships with others and ourselves. Our bodies are made of our past actions (karmas). Each chakra corresponds to particular relationships we have had with others, as well as our own physical organs, nervous system, senses and body parts.
Every asana provides an opportunity to access and heal karmic relationships. Chanting mantra while in a particular asana can provide the means to resolve past karmas, thus lifting ‘avidya’ to reveal the truth about ourselves and others. The purification of our relationships brings about a healing of the disease of disconnect and the reestablishment of a sound body and sound mind able to embody, radiate and communicate peace and joy to all.
Chakra Files: Manipura Chakra
Translation of Manipura: Jewel City
Puranic: Nabhi Chakra.
Tantric: manipura, manipuraka, dashapatra, dashadala padma, dashapatrambuja, dashachchada, nabhipadma, nabhipankaja
Bija Mantra: RAM
Associated age: 14-21 years old
Element Color: Orange-Red
Meridians: Heart (fire energy Yin organ); Small Intestine (fire energy Yang organ)
Musical Tone: E (Mi)
Organs: Stomach / Liver / Spleen / Pancreas / Intestines
Plane: Celestial Plane
Number of Petals: 10 (Bluish like a rain cloud)
Key Word: Confidence
Lessons: Fear of rejection, Self-esteem, sensitivity to criticism, distorted self-image, and fear of your “secrets being found out”
Imbalances: Manifest as poor decisions, poor concentration, trouble taking action and getting things done, and an inability to judge a situation accurately. Feelings that you are more, or less than other people.
Essential Oils: Juniper, lavender, bergamot, rosemary, peppermint, bougainvillea, frangipani, ylang-ylang, cedar, clove.
Flower Essences: Aspen, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Honeysuckle, chamomile, yarrow, vetivert, petigrain, peppermint, lemon juniper, and marjoram.
Crystal therapy/Stones: Amber, gold, yellow or citrine topaz, Tiger’s eye, gold calcite, gold, peridot, yellow tourmaline, Laguna agate, Labradorite, howlite, chalcedony, Morganite, heliodor, yellow sapphire, Malachite, Jasper, Citrine, Golden Berly, Rhodochrosite.
Third Chakra foods: Grains, pasta, bread, granola, cereal, flax seed, rice, sunflower seeds. Dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese, and spices such as ginger, mint, chamomile, cumin, turmeric, and fennel.
Relationship: Others (forgive yourself for hurting others)
Reflection In Manipura Chakra
The Moon in the Bindu extracts nectar that falls down to manipura, where it is being annihilated. But if Manipura is awakened, the energy of this nectar goes back to the brain, rejuvenating the whole body. There is no longer aging. The blockage of the third chakra manifests as a lack of material safety
The third chakra also anchors into our past: the beliefs and family karma passed down to us from our heritage. Many of the personal struggles we have are downloaded into our energy consciousness system. We may be trying to solve the challenges of an ancestor or a parent, rather than walking our own path and soul development. Healing work with Manipura chakra is essential if we are to make family patterns conscious, and then move forward in our evolution.
This chakra is a center of physical and material strength, the center of will and dynamism, with emphasis on ruling over the lower regions. Its exact location is 2 inches above the navel. When it is not blocked, Manipura manifests itself in the increased sense of self-esteem, clear vision of one’s own meaning of existence and in the realization that dreams other people find impossible can indeed be fulfilled. The Spiritual becomes the basis of all life activities. There are no longer secrets about the physical body and no illnesses. The Moon in the Bindu extracts nectar that falls down to manipura, where it is being annihilated. But if Manipura is awakened, the energy of this nectar goes back to the brain, rejuvenating the whole body. There is no longer aging. The blockage of the third chakra manifests as a lack of material safety.
Significance of Manipura Chakra
After we have passed through the levels of unconscious and subconscious – the Mūlādhāra Chakra and the Svādishthāna Chakra – our consciousness reaches the third level, the Manipūra Chakra. With the realisation of the Manipūra Chakra the aspirant has reached an important stage on the spiritual path. For once the consciousness has unfolded in the Manipūra Chakra there is a greater likelihood that – under the guidance of a Realised Master – one can attain the goal of Supreme Consciousness in this lifetime. At the Manipūra Chakra more than of half the journey towards realisation has already been completed.
On the physical level the function of this Chakra is similar to that of a fireplace. When we put wood into the grate the flames are fed; but when the wood is almost gone the fire will gradually die. The “firewood” for our digestive fire (Jatharāgni) is the food that we eat. Foods that have a strong, positive vibration are grains, nuts, fruit and vegetables. So just as bad wood does not burn well, food of a lesser quality also generates less power and poorer health; and “heated” reactions such as rage, anger and aggression also draw energy from the Manipūra Chakra and as a result weaken it.
A good fireplace will provide heat for a long time without constantly having to put on more wood; but a badly functioning fireplace does not heat as well and will cool down as soon as the fuel begins to run low. When the energy of our food is not properly absorbed, utilised and distributed in the Manipūra Chakra we feel tired, weak and ill, but with an active Manipūra Chakra the body is provided with sufficient energy, even if we have only eaten or slept a little. This is why the Manipūra Chakra is the most important energy centre for our physical well-being.
What Is Manipura Chakra?
Manipura chakra, the gem center is at the level of the solar plexus. It is the seat of the fire within the body. Located at the navel, this is the chakra of the life force. A downward-pointing red triangle is located in a circle surrounded by ten petals. The third chakra is called by Gorakhnath Nabhi-chakra, because it is experienced within the Sushumna-Nadi at a center in the region of the navel.
This chakra is described as having five-fold whirls (pancha-varta) and appearing in the form of a five-times-coiled serpent (sarpa-vat kundala-kara). Within this chakra, Kundalini-Shakti reveals Herself with the brilliance of a crore of morning suns (balarka-koti-sadrishi) and enjoys a special bliss of union with Shiva. This is a higher plane of spiritual union between Shiva and Shakti than Muladhara and Swadhisthana.
Manipura is related to the principle of sight. According to the Shiva Samhita, the adept who contemplates Manipura chakra not only conquers disease and death but also acquires the ability to enter another body.
The seed mantra is Ram. The chakra’s vital breath is Samana. Samana vayu is one of the currents of prana, the life force, which pervades all limbs and is responsible for nourishing the body by distributing food as rasa. The presiding deity of this chakra, Braddha Rudra, represents the power of destruction. All that exists returns to him. He has camphor-blue skin smeared with ashes and a silver beard, and sits in his wrathful form on a golden tiger skin symbolic of the tiger of the mind that dwells in the forest of desires.
The tiger represents manas, the mind. When Rudra manifests his supreme power, he is Ishvara and is the creator, maintainer and destroyer of the universe. Rudra is he who causes the disappearance of sorrow or who bestows knowledge.
The energy generated by him is Lakini Shakti, four-armed, three-faced. In one of her four hands she holds the thunderbolt, or vajra. In her second hand, she holds the arrow that is shot from the bow of Kama, the Lord of Sex, in the second chakra. Her third hand holds fire. With the fourth hand Lakini Shakti forms the mudra (hand gesture) of granting boons and dispelling fear. The chakra’s associated animal is the ram, vehicle of the fire-god Agni.
Form Of Manipura Chakra
In the symbolic picture of the Manipura Chakra there is a Lotus with ten petals. These represent the ten Pranas, the vital forces, which control and nourish all functions of the human body. An additional symbol of the Manipura is that of a triangle with its tip pointing downward. This indicates the spreading of energy, growth and development.
The form is Inverted triangle that is fiery red in color. The triangle is the element for fire element. Through this element, manifested energy is given a Form. The inverted triangle depicts downward energy.It obstructs upward flow of energy until it is pierced. Bright red colored triangle visualisation helps the aspirant in his spiritual evolution. The first knot Brahama Granthi is found in Manipura Chakra.
Manipura Chakra: Unlocking the Heart’s Desires
Manipura chakra is imperative for developing will, and a dynamic approach to achieving the ‘desires’ of this lifetime. One acquires a spiritual perspective through the awakening of this chakra, and with the balancing of the energy of Manipura, we also learn to bypass old karmas (having dealt with them in the first two chakras).
Our consciousness can finally move from resolving old issues, to achieving our heart’s desires, and the glorious possibilities of becoming fully human – that is a spiritual being temporarily residing in a case of flesh. Many people start to develop the psyche to an extent that they become psychic, unlocking siddhis (special powers) associated with the full blossoming of this energy center. While becoming attached to an advanced level of intuitive powers is a blessing of an awakened Manipura chakra, it can also lead to a stagnation of developing one’s powers, since money, sex, and power start to come easily to a person with a developed ‘fire in their belly’.
The power center is an important blueprint for the creation of peace, generosity and balance instead of the way many people understand power – as a means to develop purely self-gratifying skills or things like sex, money, social popularity via fame, etc.
Location Of Manipura Chakra
Some people call this the solar plexus Chakra, but Sri Yukteswar places it in the area of the lumbar plexus, which is where the navel is found. The solar plexus is called the “belly brain” in ancient books. It is written that the solar plexus is like the counterpart of the brain, and that there is, literally, a gray mass of matter that looks like the brain in this area of the body (right beneath the diaphragm at the mid-line of the torso).
When Manipura Chakra is Blocked
Ulcers, diabetes, and/or hypoglycemia. Physical pain in the chakra stems from overuse. If the chakra is closed, feelings will be blocked. A person might not feel anything and would not understand the deeper meanings of emotions, and might not be connected to his/her greater purpose.
A misaligned solar plexus chakra can cause problems in the adrenals, nerve tissue, skin disorders, liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys, arthritis, hiatal hernia, anorexia, body pH, and menopausal flushing, and eating disorders.
Many healers believe that this center, if afflicted and out of balance, causes someone to be crazy about being in power and controlling everything and everyone around them all the time.
Blocked Manipura Chakra Manifests As
-Not Doing what you truly want in life
-If you feel like others have control over your destiny
-Lethargic and depressed
Over-active Solar-plexus Chakra
-Judgmental or critical
-Extreme emotional problems, being very rigid or stubborn
-Perfectionist tendencies (obsessive, never satisfied)
Open Manipura Chakra
Self-definition, ego identity, vitality, spontaneity, self-esteem are the defining features. There is a feeling of being “home” wherever one is. There is a sense of strength from the center of the body, in the region of the solar plexus, and this creates a sense of belonging everywhere.
The functions of digestion, assimilation and metabolism all work together in harmony. Someone with a strong 3rd Chakra will be able to use their feet swiftly. Many good dancers have a very powerful 3rd Chakra.
Under-active Solar-plexus Chakra
-Severe emotional problems.
-Doubt and mistrust towards the people in your life
-Worry too much about what other people might think about you.
-Avoid feelings of depression or anxiety
-Feel afraid or alone when you start to look at what you have been avoiding.
-Feel that you are not good enough
-Seeking a constant approval of others, this can lead to a need, or dependency on the people in your life.
Physical Symptoms of a Solar-plexus imbalance: Poor digestion, weight problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, arthritis, pacreas, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, hepatitis, intestinal tumours, colon disease
Healing Visualizations for Manipura Chakra
1. While you visualize your breath moving in and out of you, chant the sound RAM.
2. Visualize a golden sunflower or lotus, whichever is easiest for you. Watch it rise to the sun and feel that same sensation with your solar plexus as it rises to the sun and stretches your spine and torso up as high as possible. Inhale as you do this. Exhale and relax, and repeat.
3. Visualize the color of the sun, bright yellow at noon, streaming into your solar plexus and radiating out to your entire body with warmth and light.
4. Take a walk and feel your feet firmly rooted to the earth and how healthy they are. As you walk, breathe slowly and watch your breath as you walk. Try to bring your breathing together with every step you take and count how many steps you can inhale, without any tension at all. Once you have done that, double the steps for exhalation. Continue to do this until you feel exhilarated.
5. Sit in front of a candle flame and watch the flame. Close your eyes and try to visualize that same flame in your solar plexus down to your navel and up again through the trunk of your body.
Asanas For Manipura Chakra
While practicing various twisting asanas (ardha matsyendrasana, parivritta parsvakonasana, paschasana), go to the Karmic root of the imbalance and disconnect associated with this chakra. To do this, focus on other beings in your life who you may have hurt and ask for their forgiveness. As you inhale, silently say, “Please forgive me for my selfishness and the pain I have caused you…” and on the exhale silently say, “…due to my own ignorance of who I really am and who you really are.”
Inhale while silently saying, “Please forgive me…” and exhale, silently naming that being.
Inhale silently saying, “I give up the love of power…” and on the exhale, “…for the power of love.” Progress into a deeper contemplation and karmic purification incorporating breath and sound by chanting the Bija mantra, RAM, silently on the inhale and exhale, or out loud on the exhale while remaining in the asana.
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