Location: the third energy center, Manipura chakra is located in the physical body in the area of the solar plexus.
Represents: expansive consciousness, the will of power.
Symbolical representation: passionate consciousness, dynamism.
On the psychic level: it controls the will, the ego, the individuality, the expansiveness, self-control, practical intelligence.
On the physical level: it coordinates the digestive processes and the activity of the organs in the abdomen.
Specific reactions in the case of energetical disturbance: the person in which the energies characteristic to Manipura chakra will strongly struggle for personal power and the recognition of one's own rights even at the expense of other people's well-being.
Characteristic element: the subtle energies of fire.
Sense organ: eyes.
The person who focuses intensely and meditates on this chakra gains the capacity of discovering secret treasures. The great yogi Swami Shivananda says that "such a person will not be touched by any disease. He or she will not fear fire. Even if such a person stays in the middle of a burning fire, he or she will not die, nor fear death. His or her will and strength are amazing."
As we already saw in the previous articles, the first center of force, Muladhara chakra is dominated by the desire of survival. The second center of force, Svadhishthana chakra is associated to sexual experience, broadly to the perpetuation of the species.
The third center of force, Manipura chakra is associated to the individual's behavior, which will allow him to solve his personal needs: clothing, shelter, food.
The main idea corresponding to the third chakra is: "Respect yourself". The energies manifested at this level are oriented towards a better understanding of our own individuality and our own, characteristic manner of manifestation.
THE GREATEST CHALLENGE: YOURSELF!
On the path of spiritual perfection we are compelled to face all kinds of problems that we need to face daily, under circumstances that are meant to unveil our inner strength or weakness. The main lesson on the third level is to create a powerful individuality, of an identity separated from the group.
This third center is the magnetic core of the personality. It is related to the subtle energy of fire, and when the inner fire is harmonious, balanced, it favors the development of some qualities such as self-confidence, perfect health, dynamism, spirit of adventure, willpower, correct assimilation of the food, a high energetic level, the capacity of working long without getting tired.
When Manipura chakra is activated, the person acquires the capacity of being effortlessly spontaneous, very dynamic and capable of leading impressive groups of people.
If this subtle fire is disturbed, feelings of irascibility, impulsiveness, and conflicts may arise, leading to the preoccupation of controlling and dominating other people.
In the cases of Yin disturbances on the level of Manipura chakra the person in question will be fickle, and coward. However, be it a Yang or a Yin imbalance, both attitudes are rooted in the person's fear of being himself or herself.
REAL SUCCESS? UNDERSTOOD LESSONS
The understanding and acceptance of our own person, the bond created with ourselves is one of the most difficult spiritual challenges of a person. Usually we direct the power of decision to the hands of someone powerful, whom we let to make our choices.
Our lesson is to learn to accept ourselves as we are and to make the most appropriate decisions. With each choice we make we acquire a better control on ourselves, and our self-confidence and self-esteem enhances.
LEARN TO CHOOSE, LEARN TO TRUST
While we measure our success in terms of material realizations, the universe measures our success in the term of our learning from life.
Being spiritually mature does not mean sitting tightly in one's place, in a passive attitude, but it means acting, taking chances, being guided by a higher intuition.
In this respect, a wise saying goes as follows: "Failed sailor is not the one who drowns, but the one who stayed on shore". When we firmly believe that our ideals are possible, the transformation begins for us.
Developing self-esteem requires often an act of inner revolution, when we begin to separate ourselves from the mentality of the group and we begin to establish our own sense of self-security.
Finding one's inner voice is a significant realization from a spiritual point of view. Spiritual maturity represents the truth and courage required to express and preserve our ideas.
Learning to respect and follow our inner values, we gradually replace the influences of the group with our own inner guidance. Once this process has begun, the next step that will naturally flow is a deep and powerful introspection on one's own person.
Most often, a sincere self-analysis may lead us to the desire to focus on our relationship with God and on our purposes in life.
The individuality represents the global character or ensemble of characters and specific aspects that differentiate one person from another. Any living person is obviously different from the others.
Any person is an individuality who vibrates as one with certain energies from the universe. An individual is different not only thorough the quantity of energy but also through its quality.
An individuality expresses a certain person's originality and particularities. For the yogis, a person's individuality is the expression of certain intense processes of resonance and the unique mixture of energies that make a particular person be unique.
In the yogic practice, the particularization refers to the adaptation of the beneficial influences and of the ancient yogic methods to each practitioner's characteristic needs.
The awakening and development of all beneficial qualities is sought in yoga from the very beginning, as they will annihilate gradually all negative characteristics. Proceeding thus with consequence we ease our harmonious development and accelerate our spiritual evolution.
The famous doctor Henri Durville, in his study of success, indicated a series of suggestive assertions aiming at enhancing optimism and self-esteem.
In order to benefit greatly from this information, you need to write them down on a big sheet of paper and to use an adequate color. Read this post daily, slowly, in the morning and in the afternoon especially. Try to perceive your inner growth.
Here are some good statements that you can use as self-suggestions:
"I trust myself completely. I follow the example of those who succeed. I fully deserve to be successful and to be happy. I actively want to play my part in the universe. I am certain that I will reach my goal.
I want to win and in order to do that I will first win a victory over myself. In order to succeed I assume the attitude of a person who always succeeds.
I am ready for this wonderful day, aware of the gigantic force of the Universe that sustains me and that manifests through me.
I allow the cosmic energies to manifest freely through me, and I assimilate the cosmic energies that make me a new, better person.
I believe stronger and stronger that I can be successful in whatever I choose to do. My look is daring, my speech is warmer, more loving and convincing.
My walk is firmer and more self-assured. I want to express as often as I can, through my smile and through my look a beatific force, inspiring trust, love and sympathy."
SIMPLE TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVING YOUR SELF-IMAGE
Sit comfortably on a chair, in front of a mirror, with your spine straight. Close your eyes and create in your inner universe a state of calmness, of tranquility.
Then open your eyes and look at the reflection in the mirror as if you have just met that person for the first time. Observe the first impressions. Watch the changes of your facial expressions, according to the thoughts and feelings that change inside of you.
Try to establish a good relationship with the person in the mirror. Relax the muscles of your face and control your breath. These two actions contribute to your inner balance.
Imagine now that you replace all negative attitudes with positive ones, with the help of your breath and relaxation. Close your eyes and try to become familiar with this new perception on yourself.
Light a candle. Sit comfortably on a chair, with your spine straight. Close your eyes and create in your inner universe a state of calmness, of tranquility.
Then open your eyes and look at the light of the candle, comparing the dance of the flame with your thoughts. Imagine that its light destroys and burns away all your mental impurities, all your negative thoughts.
Then close your eyes and project the image in the area between the eyebrows. Maintain this mental image as long as you can. You will finally notice the appearance of a state of interiorization, of purification, of calm and tranquility.