Below the rib cage and above the naval, right where we feel our intuitive "gut feelings", we find our third major chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra. It projects outward in a cone-like spiral, with the small end closest to the body. The Solar Plexus is represented by the color yellow and the element of fire, and corresponds with our sense of sight.
The Solar Plexus Chakra rules our mental body, our identity, and our ego. Between the ages of 14 and 21, we begin to form our sense of self. We start to break away from family and friends to experience new things and learn who we are, leaving the expectations of others behind. We learn to rely on our Self, giving us personal power, self-confidence, courage, and a feeling of self worth. With every new experience, we find more about ourselves, and learn to trust our instincts with everything from personal relationships to our finances.
If you follow me on social media, you probably know that I've become obsessed with roses over the last year. I've always liked the aroma, but something happened this year and I really fell in love! From wild roses to rose extracts, rose tea to rose balm, I can't seem to get enough.
"Roses for the [spiritual] heart", I kept saying.
Early in the year, I knew I wanted to create a new facial care line called Coming Up Roses. For anyone unfamiliar, "coming up roses" is an idiom meaning that things are great, life is great. This isn't something that I say in conversation, so I'm not sure how it came up, but it seemed the obvious choice when I wanted to make a rose-based line. Roses just make things better.
The Sacral Chakra is our second major chakra, located in the lower abdomen, below the belly button. Like all chakras, the Sacral Chakra projects outward from both the front and the back of our bodies in a cone-like swirl of energy. It is represented by the color orange and the element of water, and is associated with the sense of taste.
The Sacral Chakra represents our emotional body and our emotional identity. It houses our sexual energy and influences our intimate relationships. It is the seat of our feelings and emotions, and controls our creativity, imagination, and the flow of ideas. The Sacral Chakra corresponds to our development between the ages of 7 and 14, an important time of growth and forming our identities and personal boundaries. It tells us that it's ok to say "no" when we need to. When balanced, it lets us know that what we do is good enough, that we are good enough, and that we deserve the best, from others, but most importantly, from ourselves.
The Root Chakra is our first major chakra. It is located at the base of our spine and projects outward in a cone-like spiral, with the opening becoming wider the further it moves from the body. It is visually expressed by the color red, is associated with the element of earth, and corresponds with our sense of smell. Often the bottoms of the feet are used as grounding points in massage, energy work, meditation, and visualization to help connect the Root Chakra to the earth.
The Root Chakra is the foundation of the chakra system. It represents our physical bodies and our physical identities and lessons. It holds our fight or flight instinct and controls issues surrounding survival, from the will to live to financial security. The Root Chakra corresponds to our development from conception to the age of seven, and holds onto not only the experiences we had during that time in our lives, but also our genetic inheritance. Anything that may have threatened our survival when we were young is held in the Root Chakra. Issues surrounding our families and the emotional patterns and habits we learn from them, both positive and negative, are held here.