By Shannon Chada –
When we look within ourselves to ask the question “who am I?” a process of peeling back the layers begins. First, we release the obvious labels, “I am a mother, a wife, a Reiki Master Teacher, etc.,” then we dive a bit deeper, seeking a more meaningful depiction. In my own journey, as the layers unraveled, I found myself exploring notions of being a helper, healer, and teacher, then I asked myself, “how do I help others?” This led me to the word inspiration. As it flourished in my mind’s eye, it beamed like a bright, guiding light. believe that there is a magnificent healing power which comes from within – as a helper we can assist others to be in awareness of their own healing process. After this thought I asked myself how I actually help others? I explored and came to an even more simplified answer – Inspiration. Yes, I tend to be very transparent and share openly my strengths and weaknesses. Maybe I am a guiding light for others. As I breathed deep into the fire of my solar plexus, ego lit on fire and exclaimed “I am a bright guiding light!!” Goodness, ego really? Then I heard the voice of my father, ManyHats, like a whispering wind from the west, “remember the most important voice is the still small voice inside.” Humbly, my vision shifted perspective; I looked down from the universe into the cosmic depths of my belly. There in the darkness I saw a quick flash, a spark. I AM a Spark! We are all just tiny sparks. It felt so lovely and liberating to be a simple spark. One spark inspiring another, igniting like fireflies in the night.
In the golden yellow glow of the Solar Plexus is the image of a lotus, representing the Sun. With each petal unveiled, we discover the spark within, and we awaken to the divine presence of sacred empowerment. Our intentions create actions and stir the manifesting energies of the universe. This is the empowering energy of Manipura, which in Sanskrit means lustrous gem of the city. The home of our Solar Plexus is located around the navel, on up to the breast bone. The Solar Plexus represents our center of power, confidence, and identity.
Helping others is a genuine act of kindness, yet we often take it upon ourselves to carry their torch for them. Doing so is not a service to them; as it doesn’t enable them to discover how bright they truly are. Nor does it serve us. One of my Reiki Master Students recently shared a message she received in meditation, “we do not need to turn into a flame to warm somebody up.” Most of the time, that’s why we get burned. “Perhaps all we need is to build healthy boundaries, empower ourselves, and to love ourselves like we love others.”
From a spiritual perspective, the Solar Plexus fire is used for purification, and burning out the old and obsolete energies which may be preventing us from moving forward on our path. Fire gives us light, energy, warmth, and clearing. Our inner fire helps to transform our life, and our world. As our Solar Plexus emanates our own personal power, so does the Sun as it shines forth its power of light. It is in this sacred space that we stand in our truth, awaken, and be the statement of the “I AM.”
May our tiny sparks spread like wildfire – Shine On Friends!
As pictured above – Goddess Pose “Utkata Konasana” or "Fierce (or Fiery) Angle Pose."
Feel the sunshine on your face, or watch the sunrise.
Eat yellow foods: lemons, squash, yellow peppers, bananas, corn, pineapple, or grapefruit.
Essential Oils: lemon, purification®, rosemary, peppermint, fennel.
Exercise your mind: Take classes, read a subject you find interesting, do memory games.
Belly Laugh! Deep laughter comes from the core, the Solar Plexus area.
Core strengthening exercises can also be very self-empowering.
Shannon Chada is a Holistic Spiritual Practitioner of Full Circle Harmony Ministry, with 15+ years of experience as a Reiki Master Teacher/ Energetic Healer since 2000, Sacred Ceremony Facilitator, Certified Yoga Instructor since 2006, and Young Living Essential Oil Educator & Distributor #881454. Find her classes and services at FullCircleHarmony.org.