“I have refined you, but not as silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.” Isaiah 48:10
“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.” Job 23:10
The solar plexus chakra lies at your xiphoid process. This is the lowest point of the sternum (breast bone), and is right above your stomach. It is known as the fire and light of the body. Here is where our identity and character reside. It is where we access and express God’s power in our lives. As Ephesians 3:20 says, “With God’s power working in us, God can do much much more that anything we can ask or imagine.” Since this chakra’s element is fire, it can either burn with the fire of refinement or disintegration.
This chakra is a place to examine the fruit of our suffering. It is a place of courage, strength, and power. It is also the seat of the ego. Yep, everyone has one. Pride is the main dysfunction that comes up for this chakra and its root is shame. It can be the typical manifestation of pride: hubris, arrogance, self-centeredness, and self-importance, or it can be the less typical version: self-loathing, self-preoccupation, self-condemnation, shame.
The person with a dysfunctional solar plexus chakra seeks to become their own God, desiring power over others. This is, essentially, the definition of pride. Conversely, the person with a healthy third chakra seeks to live and walk in God’s power, seeking connection and empowerment with others, rather than superior to them. It is when we surrender to the humility and refinement the apostle Paul speaks of in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 that we begin to learn how to access all the power God has made available to us: “But then [Christ] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
God's power sustains me
Focus on poses that strengthen the core and aid in digestion. Think reclining twist, boat pose and breath of fire.
A healthy relationship with food is so important, therapy includes more than physical attention to the body. You are a whole being. Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul.
This post was adapted from my Holy Yoga Master Training