The root chakra is more centered around the tribe or a group of people. This is the center of trust and safety.
The sacral chakra is associated with how relationships with others impact us.
Now, with the solar plexus chakra, we focus on the relationship to ourselves. This is also where personal integrity would come into play.
For example, “be true to yourself” would connect to the solar plexus chakra. Being true to oneself creates a greater chance of prosperity.
Not being true to oneself can have the impact of someone feeling like they are going nowhere fast. That certainly is not in the realm of prosperity.
The negativities associated with the solar plexus chakra are
The positive aspects associated with the solar plexus chakra are
Self esteem is how we feel about ourselves. Do we have self respect? Do we accept ourselves? If we do something to another person, can we forgive ourselves?
How do we feel about ourself? How we view ourselves governs the actions we will take. These actions will then dictate the circumstances we end up with.
There is a story of a man who had been married previously. He decided to take on pursuing marriage again, but was deeply resigned. He had only gone after women with whom he thought he could have a relationship with.
One day his coach challenged him to go after someone he really wanted to spend the rest of his life with, someone he really loved and cherished. The man had to give up the perspective of that he had to settle for the women he thought would be interested in him.
The coaching was for the man to have 3 women to say no to a date each week. The caveat was that the man had to play full out and be very inspiring and engaging when making the request for a date.
A week later, the coach asked how it was going. Annoyed, the man said he only had one no. In fact, so many women were saying yes, that he had to start booking dates weeks out. Eventually, the man found a wonderful women to whom he is married to this day.
In my view internal or inner power is about being true to oneself. What does that mean? For me, being true to oneself is living within personal integrity. When I say integrity, I don’t mean what is morally right or morally wrong. Rather integrity is inside of looking what is important to you, and then taking the actions to fulfill on that.
You can think of it like a bicycle wheel. If a bicycle wheel is missing a few spokes, it is not able to operate at maximum capacity.
If you want to ride a bicycle around your community missing a few spokes is no big deal. If you want to be an elite bicycle racer, than missing a few spokes suddenly becomes more important.
You want your bicycle to be in optimum condition to give you the greatest chance of success. The latter is the power one gets in living with personal integrity.
Your personal integrity will allow you to operate at your fullest capacity to meet your commitments or what is important to you.
As an example, there are a few things that are important to me. Those things are spirituality, well being, being entrepreneurial, writing, great conversations, family, and career.
When my well being has been compromised, I was not able to fulfill on anything that was important to me with the exception of spirituality. Even eating well and exercising was hard. In my view, if one’s well being is compromised, nothing else will work. In fact, prosperity is not possible then.
The other things that are really important to me is to attempt to do something I love every day. If I get too busy, I end up resenting volunteer activities. Problems at work can irritate me a bit more.
As a result, I really try to ensure that I leave enough time, throughout the week, to give myself the space to do what I love. There are occasions when that is not possible. However, I can usually make the time.
I think the element of the association of the sacral chakra with personal power is best embodied by this quote:
“To thy own self be true.” -Polonius
Personal power is not about indulging in oneself. It can most certainly be about developing oneself, self-awareness, and self-mastery.
As a caveat, developing oneself is not something that is a quick fix that or something that can happen in a weekend workshop. If one did use a weekend workshop, as an access for development, you could consider it the beginning of mastery.
Self-development and mastery is a life time journey. There is no top to that mountain.
So, what can self-development look like? Self development could look like, what you want your life to be about, the kind of job would you find fulfilling, doing what you love, the kinds of family relationships you want to have.
Sometimes people don’t know. Not knowing is a good place to start. From there, you can start to write out everything that you DON’T want. What first comes to mind may be surface level. Then, dig a bit deeper. Get it all out on paper.
If you have to, find someone who is really good at listening with whom you feel comfortable sharing what you are up to. Sometimes talking to someone makes a difference. Then, look at everything you DO want. What does it look like? What experience do you have? How do you feel? What do you see? What sounds do you hear?
Keep creating until there is nothing left to say or you find yourself starting to create actions to take next.
Sources referenced: Myss, C., PHD (1996). Anatomy of the Spirit. Three Rivers Press.
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