We all know that communication is the key to harmonious relationships (personally and professionally), yet how many of us struggle with expressing ourselves openly and honestly, unsure of how the other person might respond? You get what you want by asking for it but how many of us have been taught it’s better to keep quiet than to open your mouth and potentially create confrontation or conflict?
If you are one who has trouble expressing your truth, look to your blue throat chakra for some help, located of course at the throat. When balanced this chakra helps us to express who we really are, not only via our verbal communication but also through the clothes we wear, the career we choose and the lifestyle we live. Do these things match who you feel you really are or have you conformed to the reality around you not wanting to risk judgement, criticism or being outcast by a certain social, cultural or family group?
Do you feel totally in control of your life or are you feeling helpless and hopeless, at the whim of external forces around you? Are you in the driver’s seat of your life or do you feel pushed and pulled in all directions by people who think they know the direction that’s best for you? Do you find yourself saying yes when you wish you had the courage to say no and no when you really wish you had the confidence to say yes?
If you feel you need a boost to your sense of empowerment and want to tap into your warrior energy, then look no further than your yellow solar plexus chakra.
Our manipura chakra, a yellow lotus of ten petals, located at the solar plexus – the place where we get those butterfly feelings when we feel scared or powerless. Its element is fire -fire that radiates and transforms matter into energy, giving light and warmth. This chakra represents our “get up and go,” our action, our will, our vitality and our sense of personal power. Its name, Manipura, means “lustrous gem.” We can think of it as a glowing yellow Sun, radiating through the center of our body.
On the physical plane, the mainpura chakra rules metabolism, the process whereby we turn food (matter) into energy and action.
This chakra is located between the navel and the base of the spinal cord and holds the ‘chi’ or energy of creation, around the area of the spleen. It controls the sexual organs and manifests joy, compassion, sensuality and creativity. This chakra also can affect the lower back, lower digestive organs and urinary system. It is a strong link to our mother’s womb. Unbalanced, it produces fear of living, worthlessness and resentment. Balanced, it expands our desire to form relationships and live with sensitivity.
We have all heard the adage ‘treat yourself as you wish to be treated’ but often treat ourselves and talk to ourselves in a way we would never dream of treating or talking to our best friend or daughter. We all smile when the beautiful woman in the advertisement says because you’re worth it’ but often put pampering and nurturing ourselves last on our very long to do lists. We deny our needs and repress our true feelings, often numbing ourselves with debilitating addictions and habits. Is there an anti- Goddess part of us trying to make us feel less than who we really are?