Part 3 — Formation of the Lower Chakra System — Third Chakra. Now we progress to the third chakra, or Manipura in Sanskrit. It is called the Solar Plexus in English. This chakra is located about two fingers above the navel, but can vary a bit; it is generally the area of the belly around and above the navel, while the second chakra is around the abdomen. This spot will also often present with energetic pain, especially from sudden or deeply felt anxiety or a severe challenge to the ego; thus the “knot in the stomach” feeling. Once attuned, you can literally find the center of each chakra with a single finger, just as you can feel where the layers of the subtle bodies begin and end. As the child grows through these formative years the personality begins to develop, and as the third chakra coalesces, a more solid and coherent ego is formed. They are often viewed during this period as the rebellious youngster, and this becomes very evident in the teenage years, when the young person is trying to establish an identity of their own. The way in which the youngster’s personality and ego develops is deeply affected by several factors, certainly including their inborn unique soul, but the family environment is one of the strongest influences, followed by interaction with peers and teachers in their school environment, unless home-schooled. To take a common example, when the child has been severely challenged in some way, such as being overly punished, the third chakra (as well as the fourth, the heart) will probably take on a protective shield-like quality, but...
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