LOCATION: The third chakra is located between the sternum bone and the navel.
PETALS: There are ten petals in the third chakra which, when spinning, may appear like a vortex. In numerology, the number 10 is reduced to the number 1. Number one symbolizes the beginning, as “In the beginning there was the word,” and every word begins with a thought. Even if it is unconscious, thought precedes communication. The third chakra also represents our communication with the fourth dimensional astral world, which is too often unconscious.
NOTE AND MANTRA: The note for this chakra is D and the mantra is “ram” or “aum”.
COLOR: The color of this chakra is yellow to gold. When seen in one’s aura with astral vision, the color yellow represents intellectual thinking. The color gold represents identification with one’s Soul qualities. A predominance of yellow in one’s aura represents one’s attachment to their ego’s rational thought. On the other hand, the predominance of gold in one’s aura represents an ego that has surrendered its control of the physical earth vessel to their Soul.
On a physical level, the color yellow stands for caution. Yellow is between the red of “stop” and the green of “go.” Great caution is needed to integrate our physical and astral selves. The road to spirituality is paved with cautious patience.
RULES: The third chakra rules the MENTAL portion of our consciousness and governs thinking, both psychic and intellectual, and the power, control and/or freedom that is gained by our minds. This chakra is the “power chakra.” It governs our sense of self, the power that that we have within and over our destinies, the power that we have over others, and the power that others have over us.
If a person is too yin, female energy, then he or she may feel powerless. On the other hand, if a person is too yang, male energy, then he or she may have a tendency to be aggressive or greedy. The third chakra, which relates to the liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, and pancreas, regulates how centered we feel during the day in relation to our mental facilities and our ability to be self-motivated.
The projections of our ego and our vital energies are both influenced by this chakra because it rules how well we can maintain our sense of Self when in a power struggle with another. The battle between egos is difficult to win if we are children and our opponent is our parent. Therefore, this chakra holds the secrets of the many power struggles that we fought and lost with our parents, and other authority figures, as a child.
The third chakra is known as the gateway into the Astral Plane of the fourth dimension. It therefore rules our astral emotions. However, these emotions are very different than physical emotions that are felt through our second chakra. Our second chakra rules emotions of a survival, instinctual type; whereas, the emotions of the third chakra are intertwined with our thought process.
These more “cognitive emotions” are felt as reactions to others, and as reactions to our desires and goals. It is this combination of thought and emotions that opens our gateway into the fourth dimension. Once opened, this portal can begin to blend out third dimensional perceptions with the higher senses of our physic, intuitive consciousness.
The integration of our physical and astral bodies can create yet another control issue for the third chakra. Besides the control issues of different egos attempting to assert their personal power over another, there are the internal control issues of thoughts vs. emotions, intuition vs. intellect, and yin vs. yang.
SENSE: The third chakra rules our sense of sight. It rules the physical sight of our third dimensional consciousness as well as the “second” sight, or astral vision, of our fourth dimensional consciousness.
ASTROLOGY SIGN: Leo is an astrological sign that is often associated with this chakra. Leo, which is ruled by the Sun, symbolizes our warmth and strength as well as our striving for recognition, power, and social status. Astrologically, our Sun represents the ego system that we embody within this lifetime.
The third chakra represents the struggle of that ego system, first with others and then with our Soul. When we find our power within ourselves, we no longer need to struggle against others. Then our ego must learn to recognize the still, small voice of our Soul and learn to surrender control of our earth vessel to this superior Captain.
ELEMENT: Fire is the element associated with this chakra. Fire represents the electrical/neural portion of our third dimensional physical body. Electricity is associated with our ability to consciously rule our behavior by our thoughts because it is the electrical firing of our nervous system that allows our cortex to choose our behavior.
When we have gained the “will power” to choose our behaviors, actions, words, and attitudes, we are consciously in control of our life. On the other hand, if our behavior, actions, words, and attitudes are not consciously chosen then we are reacting rather than responding. Then, do not feel like we are “in control” of our life because we were unable to chose a response that empowers us.
The third, solar plexus chakra rules the animal kingdom of which humanity is said to be at the top of the hierarchy. This determination is made by the size of our cortex and our supposed ability to control our own destiny. However, that control is not based solely upon the size of our cortex. Whales and dolphins have larger cortexes then us, and dolphins actually have more speech mechanisms than humans. However, whales and dolphins have been at the mercy of mankind’s violence for many years.
Humans have also harmed, killed, and enslaved other humans as well. The third chakra is the chakra that deals with both inter- and intra-species’ struggle for power and dominance. The ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings through speech has always been an important factor in that struggle.
CONSCIOUSNESS: The area of the brain associated with this chakra is the neo cortex, which is the beginning of higher mental functioning. The third chakra represents our third dimensional consciousness, as well as how our fourth dimensional astral body influences our physical world. If we disallow any conscious influence from our astral self, we limit our reality.
PERSONAL TIMELINE: This chakra represents ages 6 years to adolescence. This is the time frame when the child begins school and moves away from the constant influence of the family. From the ages of 6 through 12, children are interacting with teachers, friends, and their friends’ families, but their primary influence is still their home.
Children of this age are increasingly becoming aware that they are different from their parents. Especially as they move into early adolescence, this awareness drives them to find their own identity within the family. From 12 through adolescence, the focus switches from the family to friends. If these young adolescents are able to develop a sense of self while living in the family system, they will have an easier time when they repeat that process outside of the home.
SOCIAL TIMELINE: Anthropologically, the third chakra represents the civilizations of about 5,000 years ago when the great empires of Egypt, Syria, Greece, and Rome existed. These societies became dominant through Power Over” their opponents. The rise and peak of these civilizations marked the expansion of humankind’s cognitive abilities. Within these civilizations, at least some members of the society had “time” to pursue something beyond survival. Multiple Gods, and Goddesses, as well as animals, were worshiped by most of these societies.
ENDOCRINE: The endocrine gland for the third chakra is the pancreas. The pancreas plays an important part in the digestion of food. The pancreas secretes the hormone insulin, which regulates the level of blood sugar in the system and metabolism needed for digesting carbohydrates. Enzymes that are secreted by the pancreas are important for the balance of fats and proteins.
This endocrine gland is thrown off when too much sugar is taken into the system. This is often because the person wants more sweetness in their life and does not know how to get it. Alcoholic beverages instantly convert to sugar, and diabetes can result from alcoholism. Again, this person does not feel like they have the power within to face life and must take a substance to comfort themselves.
NERVE PLEXUS: The solar plexus, which is located just beneath the ribcage, is the plexus associated with this chakra. Areas of the body associated with this chakra are the lower back, abdomen, digestive system, stomach, liver, spleen, gall bladder, and autonomic nervous system.
CLEAR: When the third chakra is clear we have a strong sense of personal power and self-motivation. Our power struggles with others are minimal because we accept responsibility for the creation of our own reality. Therefore, we do not feel victimized or controlled by others. If there is a problem in our life, we realize that “if it comes to me, it is mine to deal with”. We have keen decision making abilities, a strong will power, and a good self-image.
Since we take charge of our lives, we have good health and vital energy. When we can balance yin and yang, thoughts and emotions, intuition and intellect, will power and surrender to Soul, we can be conscious of the many messages that come to us from the Astral Plane. We are able to shield ourselves from the “psychic pull” of others, as we are able to discriminate our emotions from the emotions of others. We can do this because we have listened to our own Astral World as it communicates with us through our dreams and imagination.
UNCLEAR: When the third chakra is unclear, we feel powerless. Since we feel that we have no ability to gather what we need when we need it, we can be reduced to greed, doubt, anger, and then, of course, guilt. Our bodies respond to the constant tension by developing ulcers, jaundice, hepatitis, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and gallstones. Our sense of powerlessness in the world causes excessive worrying, hypochondriac pain, irritability, and procrastination. We are overly sensitive, cry easily, feel fatigue, and are often anxious and/or depressed.
Our inability to integrate the inner call of our Astral life with the outer world creates an over sensitivity to the psychic world of others. Other people’s fear, which is the “loudest” emotion to be felt in our third chakra, piggybacks onto our own fear. It then becomes increasingly difficult to be with others or in groups. Our mind races against us with obsessive thoughts and worries. Our negative emotions then amplify our negative thinking and keep us in a constant state of turmoil.
The power that we lost in our past must be regained so that we can live in the present. We must go back to find the negative core beliefs that we hold against ourselves. These beliefs constantly remind us that we are inadequate to face life’s challenges, and that we do not have the personal power to be happy and successful.
EARTH’S CHAKRA: The earth’s third chakra is Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa. Mt. Kilimanjaro is one of the largest freestanding mountains in the world. The other largest freestanding mountain is also in Africa, the heart of our first great civilizations. Mt. Kilimanjaro reminds us of the power that we can gain to stand-alone by finding our “power within.”
DIMENSIONS: This chakra represents our third and fourth dimensional bodies. The third chakra is the gateway to the fourth dimension. Unfortunately, this “gateway” is often first experienced in our bodies by uncomfortable feelings in the third chakra area of our bodies. In order to avoid being a victim to the psychic world of others, we must gather our own fourth dimensional power. When we have come to peace with our inner world, as well as the thoughts and feelings that originate in that world, we will find our true power to “stand alone” in the outer world.
SUMMARY: Our third chakra deals with digestion, synthesis, distribution, and emanation of our personal power. Our stomach, pancreas, gall bladder and liver deal with our digestion and synthesis, and our spleen and autonomic nervous system distributes and emanates our power.
Our personal power was enhanced or limited in our childhoods. Third dimensionally, our early environment either empowered us if our parents were kind, positive, and supportive, or gave us opportunities to make our own decisions to experience success or failure. Our early environment took our power away if our parents limited us with criticism, cruelty, insensitivity, and unfair punishment.
Fourth dimensionally, our power was given or stolen by the thoughts and feelings of those around us in our early years. Even though we may have disowned our fourth dimensional powers by adulthood, it was a normal part of our childhood. Often, as children we could see fairies, talk to our dog, and experience our stuffed animal or doll as alive. The adults may then have said, “How cute. What a good imagination you have.” OR “Shut up, there are no fairies and dogs can only bark.”
So what did we believe? What did we give power to, the “make believe” fairies, the dog that loved us, or the parent that gave us a home and food? The rule of nature is survival. We could survive without fairies and talking dogs, but we could not survive without a home and food. Therefore, we listened to “them,” the ones who raised us. Their reality became our reality.
If we were fortunate enough to have parents who felt powerful and gave us love, protection, and encouragement, we had a happy safe reality in which we could blossom into our fullest potential. On the other hand, if our parents were afraid, angry, powerless victims to others or to the “system,” then we are in danger of recreating that world, as it was our only model. We also created that reality because the gateway to our Soul, our fourth dimensional astral world, had been dampened and discarded as “just our imagination.”
As children, the fourth dimensional psychic “gateway” was still open, and we could clearly receive ALL the pain, fear, anger, and sorrow of our family and others with whom we were intimate. The main problem was that when we “psychically” picked up the astral environment around us, which was the thoughts and feelings of others’, we did not perceive it as the thoughts and feeling of others. We perceived it as our own. WE felt like the victim, WE were sad, angry, or afraid, and WE believed that we could not create a better life.
Therefore, we created core beliefs about ourselves that protected us from our uncomfortable emotional world. These core beliefs were usually about our own limitations, such as: “I am not good enough”; “I don’t deserve”; or “I am not worthy”. Then we could keep the necessary belief that it was our inadequacy and not our parents’ inadequacy that was the source of our problems. The reality is, the core beliefs that we created were probably the very same core beliefs that our parents created and psychically passed on to us.
Nevertheless, these core beliefs did create an illusion of protection from a harsh and foreign world. Yes, to our inner self who remembered that we are Golden Lightbeings, the third dimension felt very harsh and restrictive. Therefore, most of us forgot about our Lightbody because we could not return to that body, and it only caused us pain to remember it.
In the above scenario, the child learned that power equals “Power Over” another. If their own parents were victims, then so must they be. Also, because the child still had the “second sight” of the Astral Plan, they could see and feel the fear and victimization that was the foundation of their parents’ rage and sorrow.
How can a child learn about “power within??” How can a child learn positive core beliefs like: “I am powerful, I am smart and I am lovable”? The parent can “act like” they are loving, “act like” they are not afraid, and “act like” they are happy. However, the child still “feels” the truth because he or she is still awake to his or her Astral Self. Unfortunately, by the time the child has learned to close that gateway, the damage is done.
What can a parent do?
A parent can go back into his or her own childhood, find the cause of their own negative core beliefs and heal them. Then the parent does not have to “act” happy and loving. Then, the parent can “be” happy and loving. We cannot give what we do not have. If we do not have money for our self, then how can we give it away? If we do not have love for our self, then how can we give it away? Our society has seen the power in money and will do anything to get it. But how many of us have truly experienced the power of love, love from our SELF to our self.