Third (Navel) Chakra (Manipura)
| Chapter 15 | Pages 191 & 192
The Will of the Spiritual Warrior
The Third Chakra is the center of energy, of will power, of a sense of control and coordination. It is associated with the region around the Navel Point. It is fed by the fire from the solar plexus and associated with the adrenals and kidneys. It is ruled by the element of fire. It coordinates and develops the sense of sight and vision. Of the three chakras–the First, Second, and Third-that make up what is called the lower triangle, it is the most subtle. It is the driving force to act and to complete the conceptualization, and the visualizations that one has in life.
The Naval Center is a beginning. It’s the first point through which we are fed, nurtured, and given the energy to live as a fetus in the womb of the mother. Once your physical connection with the mother is severed, the navel continues in the more subtle function of being an area to collect energy from the cosmos. As you walk and alternate the motion of your legs and arms, there is a function on the body to gradually accumulate energy at the Naval Point.
The Third Chakra near the naval is considered the reserve pool of energy within the body. It is from this area that the kundalini energy is said to be initiated. The reserve energy at the naval gathers strength, and then goes through two small reserve channels down to the base of the spine and awakens the slumbering Kundalini it which lies coiled through the First Chakra. Then the Kundalini energy begins its constant journey of awakening and arousal along the spine.
The stimulation, strengthening, and distribution of energy at the Naval Chakra is a central part of a Kundalini Kriya. The first thing you do when you wake in the morning is Stretch Pose: raising the heels and the shoulders six inches and doing Breath of Fire. This stimulates the Naval Point. That energy, when it flows properly, creates a coordination among all the organs of the body. The eliminative functions are triggered, the sense of having enough energy to support your actions is gathered, and the will to project that energy to support your actions is given to you.
The Navel Chakra and Mantra
There is a special relationship between the Navel Point and the use of mantra. When you speak a mantra and vibrate the tip of the tongue, you want to speak it from the central channel–the sushmuna, and vibrate from the Naval Point at the same time. When the tip of the tongue and the navel are correlated, that extra pulse of energy that comes from the Naval move the words into the realm of anahat. Anahat means without a boundary, a sense of powerful projection. The action of speaking becomes infused with the powerful will of a warrior. It is vibrated without speaking out loud. Each cell vibrates the energy that is released from the Naval Point. After clearing your pranic channels and sitting very straight, try chanting the steady rhythmic pulse of har, been conscious of the tip of the tongue and pulling the Naval Point in.
The energy Lotus of the Navel Chakra has ten petals. Ten represents the number of completion, the sense of the individual self represented by the number one and the sense of the infinite self represented by the number zero. Ten petals means that the person who has mastered the Third Chakra knows how to initiate and to complete an action. That is why it is associated with the archetype of the spiritual warrior, one who is able to know one’s mission and formulate the energy to act and complete it.
A spiritual warrior is conscious of each action, but not necessarily aware of the entire purpose of a particular mission. A spiritual warrior knows to serve the True King, to act in relation to the higher consciousness. But has not necessarily awakened the upper chakras of the heart and the brow and intuition. The essence of a spiritual warrior is fearlessness, an ability to act with integrity regardless of the conditions.
A person who is strong at the Third Chakra will have a sense that their life and the quality of their life depends on what they do. They are doers. They can shape, direct, and develop what happens within their life. There is a deep confidence. The fire element associated with this chakra represents a willingness to initiate.
When in doubt in the First Chakra secure your stations and hold to your old habits. When in doubt in the Second Chakra, find your feeling and follow your passion. When in doubt in the Third Chakra, act. Do something, shake the boat, project your point, or get a vision, and image sent from the higher commander in self. A person acting in the Third Chakra is rarely still.
When this chakra dominates, the person is exuberant and expressive. It is associated with colors like yellow. Dressing from the Solar Plexus Chakra will bring bright colors, grand expressions. It will grab your attention and seize your eyesight.
Gather Naval Center Energy to Self-Initiate Confidence
With the Solar Plexus Chakra energy is insufficient, a person has to compensate. If you don’t feel you have enough energy to accomplish your task, you reach out for other sources of energy to gather that. This can be stimulants, drugs, or food. When you have a lot of feelings, (whether they be anger or blame, resentment, or just raw ambition closed), and yet you feel that you don’t have the right or the energy to express them, you begin to gather energy instinctively into the Naval Center. It is the gathering, and accumulation at the Naval Center that prepares you to initiate action, to initiate the Kundalini and awareness, to begin the path of embodiment.
The Third Chakra is the doorway to the Fourth Chakra. The lower three chakras represent the realm of the unconscious. The diaphragm of the body is like the surface of the earth, and above that, the Heart Chakra becomes the beginning of consciousness. Making the Navel Point strong is part of gathering the energy and organizing the energies of the lower three chakras to pierce into the upper realms of consciousness. Without a strong Third Chakra, you have many ideas and many good intentions but they do not come to fruition. With a strong Third Chakra, even your least intentions create actions and begin to stir the ethers.
The qualities associated with the Third Chakra are highly valued in our culture. We are very supportive of the go–getter, of the one who initiates, of the entrepreneur and the risk–taker. We admire the one who raises their hand first and takes the risk to except a task regardless of the security and the assuredness of its outcomes.
Notice that the Third Chakra regulates vision, and that it’s the Fourth Chakra that gives us the opening to the full room of feelings through touch. Then the Fifth Chakra it gives us the power of creativity it through subtitle sound. Sight and vision are associated with the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. Sight and vision gives us a sense of control. Many successful people who constantly formulate plans visualize their goals and create a concrete image. The tangibility of an image, the concreteness of each of its many parts, builds the sense of focus and will associated with the Third Chakra.
Visualization gives us a stronger sense of control, accesses the will power, and connects us through the more easily accessible lower chakras. The visual capacities certainly can serve all chakras, but it is ultimately the sense of vibration, the feeling of vibration and the sense of sound, that opens the door way to complete merger and to the surrender of the highest chakras.
A person who is strong in the Navel Chakra will have a relationship to their feelings that uses the feelings to accomplish their goals. They will also look to the past to give them information about accomplishing things in the future. Gut Chakra actions are not necessarily strategic, but they are always focused and intelligently tactical.
There are many Kundalini Kriyas that have you relax deeply after the exercise and meditate at the poles that you can feel at the Naval Center. This deep meditation at the Naval after the energies have been adjusted provides thorough healing and many miraculous cures.