May 2011
Volume 11 Number 5
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Connecting with Nature
through your Chakras

Part Three, Energizing Your Solar Plexus

by Catherine Bastedo

Connecting with Nature through your Chakras
—Part Three, Energizing Your Solar Plexus
Catherine Bastedo
Mentor at Wise Woman University
author of Bird Vibes: Spiritual Insight Through Birds


This third article on balancing your chakrasfocuses on the Solar Plexus, located just below your rib cage. This power centre can affect all areas of your life. When it is strong and clear, energy radiates through the lower and upper chakras.  And when it is dark and sluggish, it impacts on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. The solar plexus is connected to your power, control, autonomy, self esteem and self respect, personal honour, and courage;it is also tied to your mental functioning.  One of its attributes is mastery in the physical world, and this includes the ability to manifest your dreams.Decisions connected to your work, your family, and your personal life, are very much dependent on a healthy solar plexus. All in all, it is worth paying special attention to this chakra!


Have you ever felt one day that you were on top of the world, and so happy that you couldn’t even explain why you were happy – only to find that the next day your spirits were completely out of sorts, your body sluggish, and your mind justnot as sharp as you wanted it to be? Life is like a yoyo – we can be pulled up one day only to hit bottom the next and feel we can’t bounce back up.Many things can contribute tothis state.  Comparisons with others, such as thinking of someone you know as better-off,prettier, and luckier in love, or more successful and more creative, can rapidly drain energy out of your solar plexus.  But there are ways to restore energy.  A little work on this chakra can boost your spirits and get you going again, with fewer slumps.  Here are a few tools for you to try.


The solar plexus is symbolized by the sun, and one way to clear this chakra is to picture the sun’s rays pouring into your chakra, warming, cleansing, and healing.  Even better, take a walk in the sunshine and breathe in the light.  Let the rays circulate within you, dispelling any cloudy areas, just as the sun clears an early morning haze.  Release the energy that no longer serves you and welcome the energy of strength, courage and self-esteem. Breathe in fully feelings of clarity, self-confidence and the courage to do what you think is right. Release to the sunshine any fear of being controlled or wanting to control others.  Let yourself live in this moment, so that worries about the past and concern for the future fall away.


Watching a sunrise or sunset is also a wonderful way to reenergize the solar plexus, but isn’t it easy to say that it’s hard to view or too much trouble? 
When we do make the effort to find an outlook, we are reminded of the beauty and renewal that accompanies each rising and setting of the sun, and that each day we can renew ourselves.


Look for symbols of the solar plexus outdoors and in your home – bright yellow spring flowers and bushes, like daffodils, tulips, and forsythia, and yellow birds, like Goldfinch or Yellow Warblers. Find objects that have the round shape of the sun.As you discover symbols of th e solar plexus, imagine that their energy reaches out to you, connecting to your own life force and strengthening it.


Take an action that you have been putting off because of fear, worry or because someone told you not to do it. Consider that what you do should honour yourself and give you a heightened sense of self-respect. If you know this action is right, going ahead will strengthen your solar plexus.  If you still feel anxious or afraid, visualize protection around you. This could take the form of a bower of rose bushes with thorns surrounding you, or something magical you wear, like a shawl or a coat of armor, or you could picture someone standing guard for you.


Certain gemstones can help clear and strengthen your chakras.  Some of my favorites for the solar plexus are yellow tiger’s eye (for protection and energizing), citrine (for clearing and holding positive energy) and amber (for soothing and relieving anxiety). The stones may be polished or rough.  Try carrying one in your pocket as you go about your day.  Sometimes the stone you need may just show up in your life. This has happened to me many times – I am given the perfect stone, out of the blue, or by chance I have a stone with me that can help a client or friend. These beautiful synchronicities remind me that the universal energy is always around me, and that the beauty of the divine lights my life.


To find out more your chakras, please join me for the Chakra Basics class. You will learn the location of your seven major chakras and their attributes, as well as the state of health of your own chakras and how they affect your emotional and physical health. You will sense your chakras, connect with them, and clear them, using quick exercises, meditations, and fun and interesting assignments. And you will exchange with like-minded people, in various locations.  I look forward to meeting you on line!


2011 © Catherine Bastedo
Please join me online at my course Chakra Basics, learn more here.


Catherine Bastedo teaches Chakra Basics at Wise Woman University. She is the author of Bird Vibes, offered at the Wise Woman Bookshop. Bird Vibes is a meditation deck that provides insight into current life situations by connecting with nature and the universal energy in us and around us Catherine offers Holographic-Usui Reiki sessions in person and by phone,Reiki classes, and Inner Guidance Nature Workshops and Retreats. She welcomes your comments on chakras and on your spiritual experiences with birds.



Online Course with Catherine Bastedo
Chakra Basics Class
taught by Mentor: Catherine Bastedo

This class provides you with a basic knowledge of 7 chakras, from Crown to Root; facilitates your connection to your chakras and understanding of your chakras’ health; provides suggestions for ways of chakra clearing.

This class will help you learn the location of your seven major chakras and their attributes, as well as the state of health of your own chakras and how they affect your emotional and physical health. You will learn how to sense your chakras, connect with them and techniques for clearing them, through quick exercises and assignments. Since this is a “Basics” class, it emphasizes the attributes of the chakras, and ideas for clearing them and aligning them, without going into specialized therapies such as crystals or aromatherapy.

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About the Mentor Catherine Bastedo teaches Usui-Holographic Reiki at all levels, facilitates healing through energy sessions, and holds spiritual nature workshops and retreats. She is the author of Bird Vibes, a meditation deck based on the chakras and our spiritual connections to birds.  This deck helps to understand daily life situations and deepen our connection with the universal energy in us and around us.  Catherine is a Reiki Master and Holographic Energy Master, and has a M.A. in Canadian Studies (Carleton University). 

Catherine held leadership roles as an executive in the Canadian Public Service and then as the Executive Director of the International Council for Canadian Studies for a number of years. Catherine Bastedo uses archetypes, myth and nature totems to help people reduce stress, release and transmute old patterns, restore balance on the physical, mental, and emotional levels and develop new ways of looking at life and the patterns in their lives.  Her clients appreciate the wisdom, experience and love of nature she brings to her work.



Bird Vibes
Spiritual Insight Through Birds
by Catherine Bastedo

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• Receive positive, uplifting messages about current life situations and meditation paths
• Gain spiritual insight from the text on each card
• Learn more about the 8 chakras
• Discover interesting facts about 50 birds of North America
• Enjoy the 54 beautiful and unique paintings of birds and the four seasons

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Julie Desmarais, Holographic Energy Master, Reiki Master Teacher Trainer

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