Expand Your Personal Power With Solar Plexus Healing

Expand Your Personal Power With Solar Plexus Healing

It is time that we all find our own, unique identities without the fear of criticism, judgment, or rejection from others.

The solar plexus chakra is all about identity and individuality. Located in the upper part of the abdomen, the third chakra energies connect to the stomach, pancreas, adrenals, upper intestines, gallbladder, liver, and the middle spine. This is the basis from which we learn to establish our own unique identities, free from external influences like groups, families, or friends. By balancing and strengthening the solar plexus chakra with lifestyle changes, we are able to illuminate our unique individual power.

The solar plexus’ location makes it an important area of focus for health. Solar plexus energy connects with the major digestive centers of the body and if a build-up of dysfunctional energy due to stress is experienced in the third chakra, the associated organs will not work optimally. When these organs become stressed, enzyme and nutrient absorption decrease, as will our energy levels. This is why arthritis, ulcers, pancreatitis, diabetes, indigestion, eating disorders, and adrenal fatigue are common physical dysfunctions associated with an imbalanced solar plexus chakra. Regular self-care routines can help to benefit these energies.

One way to release imbalanced solar plexus energies is to de-stress. Freeing your mind, body, and spirit of all that burdens you help remove the stress plaguing your being. Here are a few self-care routine suggestions of how to de-stress:

  • Get moving - Through physical activity, we are able to tap into our physical bodies and create the movement of energy within our energy being.
  • Get zen - Learn a new relaxation technique like mindfulness meditation or yoga
  • Get real - Learn to accept your feelings. Unresolved feelings and emotions cause imbalances to the energy system and dysfunctions to the physical being, specifically the areas related to the solar plexus. Accepting feelings and emotions brings them to the surface and prepares them for removal from the energy field.
  • Acknowledge how much you can tolerate and back out when you are tired
  • Get involved - with an organization that is meaningful to you

In the process of finding our personal powers, Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing, believes we go through four stages: revolution, involution, narcissism, and evolution.

In Stage 1, the personal revolution, we separate from group thought and establish our own authorities, free from outside energy and influences.

Stage 2, involution, suggests that once we separate from the group, we are able to begin exploring our inner self. During involution, we assess how the external world influences us and begin to ask questions about our individual needs. Changes begin to follow involution as identity aligns with the true self.

This is when narcissism, also known as stage 3, becomes important. It is through narcissism that you become confident in the who you are. Stage 3 prepares us by removing remove internal and external criticism and judgment. The final phase is evolution, where we allow ourselves to evolve by accepting the entrance into the unknown. This is when we are able to begin trusting bodily instincts and guidance. Once here, we must move forward with confidence in order to be able to align with our personal powers.

Upon clearing out the dysfunctional energy clouds, we are finally able to let our light shine. The best way to build up solar plexus energies is simply to believe in yourself. Without faith in oneself, nothing is possible. We must all find our own, unique identities without the fear of judgment, criticism or rejection from others. Only then will the solar plexus chakra find balance.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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