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Manipura Chakra : Power Centre

An emotional place :

To go to for energy, to achieve or change things.

Primarily concerned with:

Connects to :

Element :

            Fire / sun / energy

Physically :

Emotionally :

Intellectually :




Information Handling

Activity / doing


Other Comments

When acting skillfully from this place:

Issues that may occur when acting unskillfully from, or when stuck in, this chakra or when it is too dominant :-

Forcefulness / Effortful

It is great to have plenty of drive and enthusiasm to get things done. However, when taken to excess, this can become more problematic than useful or helpful. One of the problems is that, in pursuing forcefully for what one wants to achieve, one can create resistance. If one acts really forcefully without any thought of other peoples’ feelings and reactions, one can find that resistance turns into active reaction and action against what one wants to achieve – in other words, one’s actions end up having the opposite effect to what one intends. Working with Ajna (to help with thinking through likely consequences of action) and Vishuddha (to help become more measured in one’s actions and develop greater proficiency in explaining the value of one’s aims) is likely to be helpful.

Thwarted Energy / Frustration

Sometimes one gets motivated and all geared-up (energized) to act, and then, for some reason, cannot act or all one’s attempts to achieve something gets thwarted. One problem is what happens to the energy one has prepared to release in the form of action – with nowhere to go, it can become destructive. The ideal is to find another use for the energy to put it back into storage – but this can be difficult. Working with Vishuddha (to develop control and ability to purify / redirect the energy) is likely to be helpful.

Prideful egotism / Pride

It is really good to “take pride” in one’s actions and the results of one’s actions as this can encourage one to take suitable care. But, taking pride can slip into being full of pride and, thus, assuming whatever one does is good and without flaws. This is hubris and is dangerous. Without awareness that one can make mistakes and get things wrong, one does not act with appropriate care to reduce the risks of making mistakes – and so one tends to make more mistakes and more serious mistakes. Working with Vishuddha and Ajna (to develop one’s ability to dispassionately assess the quality of action and give attention to minimizing mistakes) is likely to be helpful.

Fearlessness / Self – Confidence

(This can relate to what is said above on Pride.) If one is confident in one’s abilities to take appropriate action, even in difficult situations, then one can act with fearlessness. This is great if one’s assessment of one’s abilities is not greater than one’s actual abilities – problems tend to arise when this is not so. Then one tends to either get oneself into situations that one is ill-equipped to handle or get oneself out of. Also, situations often turn out to be more difficult or dangerous than one had thought. Working with Ajna and Vishuddha (to develop a more accurate perception of oneself and a more cautious assessment of what might be needful in different situations) is likely to be helpful.

Emotional / Temperamental / Quick Tempered

The seeds of most emotions come from Anahata, but many of them are given power and expression through Manipura. This is particularly true of the reaction emotions such as anger, hate, rage, jealousy, envy and so on. Being able to access these emotions is useful (for example, anger can give one impetus and drive) – but, when Manipura is very active, they can seem to flare up almost uncontrollably and unpredictably. Working with Muladhara (to develop patient calmness) and Swadhisthana (to aid being more “cool” and relaxed about things) is likely to be helpful. Also working with Vishudda (to develop in one’s ability to moderate and direct one’s emotions) is likely to be helpful.

Consuming Acquisitiveness

Being active and causing change requires resources, just as a fire requires fuel to burn. When Manipura is active, there is a tendency to use (and use up) resources – both of oneself and those that happen to be around. The more focused one is on achieving a particular goal, the more likely one is to draw on and use resources without giving much thought to where the resources are being drawn from (and the potential consequences of those resources being used up). Working with Vishuddha (to develop in moderation and regulation) and Anahata (to develop a balance in the needs and aims one attends to) is likely to be helpful.

Hyper-activity / Unsustainable activity

The more active one is, the more resources one needs and uses for activity. For short periods it can be useful to engage in an unsustainable level of activity – for example, sprinting at the end of race or dealing with a short-term crisis. But such bursts of hyper-activity need to be followed by rest and recuperation. Where one tries to remain in a state of hyper-activity (even if only slightly) then one drains oneself of resources and one may “burn out”. Working with Swadhisthana (to encourage recuperation and rebuilding of resources) is likely to help.

Desire for power / Power-drunk or intoxication

Power is the ability to do – and this is a perfectly natural and healthy thing to desire (especially in relation to making something better in some way). However, desire of power (especially just for its own sake rather than to achieve one’s aims and aspirations), when in excess, can push aside awareness of other things that matter to one. Similarly, using Power just for the pleasure of exercising Power can lead to one being inconsiderate in how one uses Power. Working with Anahata (to develop a balance in one’s desires and awareness of needs of both “self” and “non-self”) is likely to be helpful.

Issues that may occur when one inadequately accesses this chakra or when it is weak :-

Burn Out / Exhaustion / Lacking in vitality

If one is hyper active for a while, then this is likely to be followed by a period of needing rest and recuperation. Trying to activate Manipura is likely to be pointless as one lacks fuel/resources to be active – working to first rebuild resources and then activate Manipura is much more sensible. So working with Swadhisthana (to recuperate and rebuild resources) is likely to be helpful.

Aggression with Fear / Bravado / Lacking in Confidence

Sometimes one feels one needs to act despite being afraid or not capable of acting as needed. Sometimes in such circumstances one adds a little extra forcefulness or show of courage either to cover one’s fear or to try to be sure one reaches what one is aiming for. This is pragmatic but working with both Muladhara and Manipura is likely to help with developing self-confidence and lead to one acting more assertively.

Powerless / Impotent

Feeling powerless or impotent can feel bad / painful enough of itself. But when one feels powerless regarding something that matters to one then this can lead to feelings of despair and/or depression. Working with Swadhisthana (to build up one’s resources) may be helpful, but this can also open one to feeling more emotional pain. Working with Muladhara (to develop self-confidence) and Manipura (to develop ability to act) is likely to be helpful.

Hibernating / Inactive / Hypo-active / Dormancy

Why be active if there is nothing in particular one wants to achieve? If nothing needs doing, then there is no need to be active. If one has truly reached such a state and is (philosophically) happy with it then there is no need to change things. However, more likely is that one simply is not aware of something that would give one reason to be active if one was aware of it. Working with Anahata (to explore one’s desires and motivations) may well lead one to feeling there is something one wants to achieve after all.

Passive / Submissive

Allowing things to happen and submitting oneself to the will of others is not always inappropriate (cf. the many religious / spiritual texts that advocate submitting to the “will” of God or one’s guru.) But where it excessive or inappropriate then working with Muladhara (to help with stabilizing one’s sense of self), Manipura (to develop ability to act according to one’s own desires) and Anahata (to develop one’s sense of self and understanding of one’s own desires) is likely to help.