Third Chakra Meditation

"Manipura chakra is as radiant and bright as the sun dominating the dawn. Draw in the prana and hold it here while meditating on the fire element for two hours. The meditation dispels the deeply ingrained fear of death" - Gheranda Samhita

Third chakra meditation activates and opens your power chakra. 

Also called the manipura (city of jewels) chakra, it is the seat of your self and sense of unique identity.

This is the place from where you project your power and charisma into the world.   

Fire is the element of the third chakra signifying change or, more aptly, transformation.

Just as fire transforms solid into liquid and liquid into gas, the inner fire helps you transform your life and your world. 

Yellow, the color of fire and sun, is the color of the third or solar plexus chakra. A ten petalled lotus is the aureate symbol of the third chakra. 

A blocked third chakra could lead to low self-esteem, hyper-sensitivity to criticism and attention seeking behavior. The resultant indecisiveness, poor self-confidence and self-image, and fear of rejection can prevent you from accomplishing important tasks and turning dreams into reality.

On the other hand, an overactive solar plexus chakra can turn you into an arrogant, self-centered power grabber. You end up chasing name and fame to the exclusion of everything else. Soon enough the 'my way or the highway' lifestyle inevitably results in dysfunctional relationships and high levels of stress.

Hypertension, ulcers, insomnia, muscle spasms are some health disorders related to an overloaded third chakra. Sluggishness, poor appetite and digestion, chronic fatigue and weak muscle strength indicate a weakened power chakra. 

The following third chakra meditations will help you awaken, align and balance your solar plexus chakra. Do them to re-kindle the 'fire in your belly.'

Awaken the Manipura Chakra

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Visualize a bright yellow chakra spinning between the navel and the base of the sternum, like a radiant internal sun
  • Imagine this internal sun nourishing your digestive organs by soaking them with yellow, energizing light just like the external sun nourishes all life on earth 
  • Connect the two suns through the crown of your head
  • Visualize the energy transfer between the two making your chakra spin faster  
  • Meditate on this 'exchange of fire' and feel a sense of benevolent power and confidence
  • Gently open your eyes after 30 minutes

RAM Meditation

The seed sound or mantra of the Fire element is RAM (pronounced as rum). Chanting this mantra helps activate the chakra.

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Prop the image at the top of this page in front of you, slightly below eye level
  • With half-closed eyes gaze at the ten petalled, blue lotus at the outer edge of the picture in a clockwise fashion
  • After a few rotations, move attention to the downward pointing triangle that symbolizes fire 
  • Now focus on the ram below the triangle denoting head-butting strength and stamina
  • Silently chant the beej mantra, RAM
  • Meditate for 20 to 30 minutes

 Agni or Fire Meditation    

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Make Agni (Fire) Mudra by closing your fists (release the thumbs) and resting them on your knees or thighs with thumbs pointing straight up (similar to the thumbs-up sign)
  • Straighten the back and relax your shoulders 
  • Keep the head evenly balanced and tuck your chin slightly inwards
  • Close your eyes
  • Visualize a fire - if you need an aid, light a candle in front of you and gaze at it with half-closed eyes 
  • Meditate upon the purifying and transforming qualities of fire  
  • Make an offering of your past memories, present realities and future dreams to the fire
  • Feel unburdened of the past baggage and current and future anxieties  
  • Allow the energy and ideas that will help you take action and manifest your desired reality to come to you  
  • End the meditation after 30 minutes

Third chakra meditation on the manipura chakra endows you with the power to lead with authority and to command, organize and manage successfully. It is essential to leading a healthy, long and productive life.  

Following external instructions, as provided in power chakra guided meditation, can be an easier way of doing third chakra meditation.

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