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I’ve been digging into the theory that we develop our chakras in seven year cycles starting at birth. That puts the solar plexus chakra between the ages of 15-21. Makes total sense. The teen years are the years that we are trying to figure it out, developing our willpower, confidence and leadership skills or the shadow side can be learning to hide, making sure we are not seen or the opposite by developing a strong ego to counteract our insecurities. Take a moment and ponder your teen years and how your solar plexus may have developed.

Ok enough of that rabbit hole. Come back to me.

The solar plexus is where we move up from desire of the sacral chakra into willpower. The fire in your soul resides here. It flames your passion and purpose. Of course as a teen we have no comprehension of either of those. So here we are later in life trying to reprogram our fears, let go of ego and learn to allow our passion to lead us to our purpose.

That’s big work!

Solar plexus work allows us the chance to turn inward to discover our inner warrior. Releasing the ego that has been fed over the years. We develop the ability to look at ourselves objectively. I have found that is the starting place with being able to authentically connect with my own passion and power. Once we release the false power of the ego we find the humbleness of our power.

As an adult I feel that Solar Plexus has been THE hard one for me. I did A LOT of work 10 years ago through 12 step work in Al -Anon to release ego, which took me to the shadow side of ego. I began to fear ego leading me and allowed my light to dim some.

My most recent round of working with solar plexus chakra, the facet that I needed to focus on has become stoking my fire, to find my comfortable level of flame and allow it to burn.

When the fire burns bright we become over confident, full of ourselves and ego. When our fire is weak we may struggle with self-confidence or running away from leadership for fear of becoming led by ego. I see that is why I myself chose to let my fire burn smaller. I didn’t want to become a power hungry, ego person.

Except by allowing my light to not shine as bright I was disconnecting from my purpose in this life. I’ve started leaning into letting go of fear (thanks sacral chakra work) of my own light and connected to the willpower to follow my passion and purpose. Of course I had to do a lot of meditation and time on my mat to open myself to seeing my purpose.

For me in the last few years all that translates to moving through the discomfort of allowing my light to shine. Sing along with me —

This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine,
let it shine, let it shine,

oh let it shine.

Willpower is a large element and major player in the life lesson of solar plexus work. For me the difference between willpower and ego is detachment with love. It’s how I have been able to connect with the Buddhist teaching of detachment (thank you again Al-anon). Detachment in relation to your passion and purpose shows up with love. It’s believing in what you’re doing, that part of your purpose and life lesson while at the same time being detached from the outcome. That too takes time to develop and lots and lots of practice!

To the outside when we have a deeper understanding of willpower it appears easy. Willpower is something we develop over time. Practice and dedication leads to ease and joy much like a yoga practice looks after years on your mat, graceful and elegant.

I leave you with this 

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”

 

~ Elizabeth GIlbert from Big Magic

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