Manipura Chakra - The Navel Chakra

Navel Chakra — Manipura

The Navel Chakra, Manipura, literally translated as City of Gems, is located in the area of the navel. The commonly related fire element connects the chakra with qualities such as will-power, confidence, courage and an ardent desire for achievement and leadership. Shadow aspects of Manipura appear to be anger and aggression as well as arrogance, a lack of tact and the drive for power at the expense of others. Tapas and Karma Yoga are good remedies for these imbalances, as well as the simple exposure to fire and sun.

LOCATION
Area of the navel

ELEMENTS
Gross: Fire — transforming state of matter
Subtle: Tejas Tatva

SENSE ORGANS
Sense: Sight
Action organ: Legs / feet
Perception organ: Eyes

SANSKRIT
Manipura Chakra
मणिपूर

PRONUNCIATION
ma-ni-pu-ra

TRANSLATION
Gem / Jewel (Mani)
City (Pura)
The City of Gems
Navel Chakra

Characteristics

ANIMAL
Ram

POLARITY
Master & slave

ARCHETYPE
Leaders of principles & integrity
Samurais, knights, Zen masters, martial artists

PHYSICAL BODY
Digestive fire, metabolism

ETHERIC BODY
Samana Vayu

CAUSAL BODY
Power as an instrument for the greater good
Following a higher principle, or even the divine will

Emotions & Mentality

- Will-power, determination, self-discipline
- Ardent desire for achievement, ambition
- Confidence, self-esteem, courage
- Leadership qualities and charisma
- Hot headed like a ram, impulsive, strong
- Dominated by reason rather than emotions
- Not losing sight of the bigger picture
- Staying in control
- Strategic, problem solver, decisive
- Mentality of leader or servant out of respect
- Love life: Fiery, passionate characters;
- Games of power, surrender and control

Imbalance / Shadow Aspects

Imbalances on a certain level of consciousness appear due to an excess or a lack of energy on this level.

- Anger, violence, aggression
- Need of recognition, to show off, arrogance
- Strive for personal power
- Very provoking, enjoying conflict, lacking tact
- Inability to manifest goals
- Lack of motivation, will-power or self-discipline
- Inability to make decisions

BALANCE
Tapas, challenge, Karma Yoga, exposure to fire and sun, spicy food

Tradition

"The yogin who contemplates this esoteric structure not only conquers disease and death but also acquires the ability to enter another body, as well as to make gold, discover medical remedies, and locate hidden treasures."
- Georg Feuerstein - Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga

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