The Manipura Chakra or better known as the Solar Plexus Chakra is third of the seven primary Chakras in Hindu Tantric thought. It is translated as “the place of the pearl,” with mani meaning pearl or jewel, and pura meaning place or city. I want us to first examine the concept of the pearl, in Christian lore and finally in the Gnostic scriptures.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 and upon finding a single pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.
So as we see in the Bible, the merchant has sold everything for this particular pearl. This story is a metaphor for accessing the soul. The merchant has sold all that he has, meaning that nothing else matters to him on earth, the only thing that matters is acquiring this pearl, and this is what we are called down here to do. Raise kundalini, realize ourselves as Gods, and raising ourselves to our Godhead. Not to raise up our illusion or our prison. This information is hard to follow because most are not ready to give up what they own(who they are), for the discovery of their soul, which is not the person they have been raised to know. So the concept of selling everything one owns to acquire a pearl is completely ridiculous to the average person. The reason why this sounds completely ridiculous is that we have forgotten our purpose down here on earth.
“If thou goest down into Egypt,
And thence thou bring’st the one Pearl –
“[The Pearl] that lies in the Sea,
Hard by the loud-breathing Serpent –
“[Then] shalt Thou put on thy Robe
And thy Mantle that goeth upon it,
“And with thy Brother, Our Second,
Shalt thou be Heir in our Kingdom.”
The Hymn of the Pearl
Nag Hammadi Library
In Gnostic Texts, we have The Hymn of the Pearl where it describes the story of a “King’s Son” who is sent to Egypt to retrieve a pearl from a serpent. Understanding that this is written in allegory means that this is a story to explain a higher concept. The “King’s Son” is your consciousness being sent to Egypt (Earth), to acknowledge itself through raising the kundalini. The Pearl “lies in the Sea” by the “sleeping, fire-breathing serpent,” this is all allegory to explain the Kundalini energy resting in your Sacral Waters. By snatching the pearl(your soul) you awaken the Kundalini energy and this begins the process of Gnosis.
So we have raised our energy from the roots (Muladhara chakra) earth, up through the baptismal waters(Svadhisthana chakra) of the Sacral, to be purified by the fires(Manipura chakra) of the Solar Plexus. The element associated with the Manipura Chakra is Fire. Fire is associated with the will, an overactive Manipura chakra would look like aggressive, controlling, and manipulative behaviors. A dormant Manipura Chakra would look like low self-esteem or passiveness. Once we have raised our energy to the Manipura Chakra we have separated ourselves from our unconscious behaviors, and even if we haven’t all the way figured it out, at least we know we are in the process of figuring it out. We can no longer accept the unconscious behavior as okay, yet we do not and try to fix what is wrong with us either. Like the merchant, we sell everything we have for the acquisition of this pearl.
And [thereon] I snatched up the Pearl,
And turned to the House of my Father.
Their filthy and unclean garments
I stripped off and left in their country.
The Hymn of the Pearl
Nag Hammadi Library
Once you fully grasp this concept, you take off everything and leave it where it is at. No need to reconcile anything, you are aligned with your purpose.
The Manipura Chakra is the source of our divine energy, it is the abundance and also the dwelling of our Soul Power. So really dealing with this concept will cause an abstraction in your understanding of yourself. Where you rather deal with the idea of yourself than the actual events of your life. Separating your personal life from the realization of your soul. Simply because you are not your soul alone. Your soul seeks expression through you, rather than you trying to put your expression on the soul.
Activating the Solar Plexus Chakra is activating the fire within you, the fire needed to get you out of your unconscious loop, the fire needed to awaken your will. Fire is the heat of life. When a person is dead, one of the first ways to find out is based on the temperature of the body. Once that fire leaves, you are no longer living. Fire energy as an unconscious impulse shows up as passions, wishes, and illusions. People spend their whole lives trying to untangle the results of failed passions, empty wishes, and false illusions. Trying to make the journey about physical attainment as a benchmark for success. Chakra work is not based on how much money you make, what degrees you have, your status in society, or any other external measure. Chakra Work wakes up the God inside of you, the soul, and it is much different from the person you thought you knew. Realizing that the soul is not you, is a very difficult concept to grasp. This means that you are no longer living through the Ego, and this is a difficult thing to accept.
The location of the Manipura Chakra is in the diaphragm and is accessed with the breath. The Solar Plexus is an actual part of the body that controls the subconscious mind. We discussed the concept of the Solar Plexus in the realm of subconscious programming earlier this year.