Create the Life You Imagine ~ March 2019

Balancing the Lower Triangle

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

~ Marianne Williamson

The last power center in our lower triangle is our third chakra. The third chakra is associated with the color yellow and is located in your solar plexus, just below your diaphragm. This is the mental processing center of our chakra system and is attached to our left-brain, conscious thinking process. The third chakra keeps a running data base of all of our life experiences and catalogs and sorts those experiences as part of an information warehouse that helps us to make sense of the world and to master how it works. It is dualistic in its thinking and sees things in polarities: good or bad, pleasure or pain, positive or negative, right or wrong. The third chakra is associated with the element of fire and it uses that mental heat to distill down the watery emotions of the second chakra into mental patterns and operating belief systems that allow us to focus, make decisions, solve problems and take action in a quick, clear and logical way. Our healthy third chakra is attached to our sense of good judgment, will power, mental clarity, personal integrity, and ability to make sound choices.

Developmentally, the third chakra is most active during adolescence and early adulthood. It is the chakra center responsible for our developing sense of independence and personal power. As we move out of that second chakra womb of our childhood and begin to move toward adulthood, the third chakra kicks in to help us organize and manage the world around us in a sensible and stable way. You notice the third chakra energy waking up in teenagers when they begin to break away from the family and start forming and testing their own thoughts and beliefs about life. It may show up in behaviors that look rebellious or even oppositional, but it’s just the third chakra learning to navigate life more independently. We use our third chakra energy as we discover how to stand on our own two feet, as we develop our sense of personal responsibility, and as we figure out how to make our own way in life. It is home to all the powerful self-words: self-reliant, self-sufficient, self-managing, and self-confident. But the fire energy of the third chakra can also give rise to a firestorm of scorching thoughts that generate self-criticism, self-doubt, and self-destruction.

The third chakra is where we create the thoughts and the stories we live by, so we must remember that our thoughts, our words and our stories have enormous creative power. Most of our operating stories start in the second chakra feeling center and work their way up into the third chakra where we create some well-developed story lines that we act out over and over again. The process goes something like this: We have an experience of the physical world in our first chakra; our second chakra reacts to the experience with a pattern of feelings that are sent up to the third chakra for processing; our third chakra runs the experience and feelings through its data base and decides how to think about it. Those thoughts move out like energy and attract our next experience; and the cycle circulates this way through the lower triangle again and again. If the experience generates positive feelings, we develop thoughts that open our energy system and attract more positive experiences. For example, you get a gold star on your spelling test, that makes you feel special and happy, you create the thought that you are smart and capable, and consequently you attract new learning experiences that reinforce that story about yourself. The Experience + Feelings + Thoughts create an emotional pattern or a mental belief system that gets solidified and planted in our third chakra. If this is a positive belief, we feel our confidence rising and the strength of that third chakra causes us to stand tall, opening the space of our solar plexus, and we can literally see that energy rising in a person’s body language and carriage.

But what happens if we have a difficult life experience that triggers a negative thought pattern? I