You can find the solar chakra in your navel or solar plexus area. When balanced, it is a bright, clear yellow. It governs our self-esteem, willpower, and confidence. It is often seen as an overall source of energy, vitality, and empowerment.
I have often had problems with the chakra. In the physical sense, worry goes straight to my gut, either killing my appetite or making me queasy from stress. My heart chakra also ran very slowly for a long time, and I believe my solar chakra spun faster to compensate. I also struggle with how to wield power kindly, which makes confidence and empowerment difficult to master. These will be the focus during Loving Kindness meditations for the remainder of this week. Today took me to another doctor’s office, so again I got to practice on the go.
Anyone following along with my Domagick challenge this month might think I’m a big proponent of energy work. After all, I’m spending February cleansing and attuning my chakras—at least in part. Chakra work is the third ingredient in my Domagick work; first I meditate on Loving Kindness and then I conduct a body scan. This is for two very important reasons.
First, I always try to keep the axiom “As Above, So Below” in my mind when undertaking any type of spiritual or magical exercise. In my opinion, this motto emphasizes the connection between the different planes of existence, as well as the connection between body and mind. By exploring and releasing my body’s tension, my later chakra work is made easier. This is because I find my chakras naturally spin better when my body is relaxed.
Second, exercises anchored on the physical plane like body scans strengthen my ability to perform energetic exercises based in the astral. By exploring my body on the physical level through the body scan, I have formed a subconscious map of my body that sits in the back of my mind. Whether I realize I’m drawing on it or not, the memory it is essential to the visualization involved in chakra cleansing and attunement. All visualization demands we drawn on our memories, and memories in turn are rooted in physical sensation. Without experience is like body scans that help us know the real world, we are left with airy fairy pictures of spinning lights and opening flowers of chakras. These may not mean anything to us personally, if we can picture them at all. While I may be able to diagnose chakra imbalances by sound in color, I strongly believe the sounds I “hear” and the colors I “see” may be interpretations of the physical and mental sensations I experience during the body scan. The All is One. As Above, So below. Therefore, repetitive physical exercises like body scans strengthen my ability to do energy work.
It’s for this reason that I recommend all magicians actually cast circle and conduct many spells physically before they start attempting the same in the astral. If you jump straight to doing energy work without physical exercises, your visualization will be weaker. Your magical be weaker. Maybe it will still—but not as well as it could. Instead of building energetic walls of steel, you will be building energetic walls of paper. You won’t be the sledgehammer to bring them down, only a straight thought.
A strong will and mind are vital to effective magick. Today’s divination prompt asked how I can strength my will by becoming more confident. I turned over the REJECTION card. This card urges us to explore whether or not we are working in harmony with our environment and to imagine a place without judgement. It is from there that we should create. And the card is right! That’s the perfect place for a writer to create a first draft! Too bad I’m in the middle of revisions!