The Subtle Energy centers
3rd Chakra: Nabhi
Location and Essential Qualities
Location: Spinal column at the level of the navel, in the region of the solar plexus. Nabhi is represented inside the Void area.
Vibrations: Nabhi vibrations are felt in the middle fingers.
Associated Element: Nabhi is aligned with the essential element of water.
Associated Color: Green. May symbolically represent the element of water, essential to the origin and sustenance of life, from the emergence of microscopic life forms to the evolution of more complex forms of life.Physiology/physical regions governed: Nabhi’s primary physiological function is governing the stomach/digestive processes. Left Nabhi governs functioning of the pancreas and spleen; center Nabhi. stomach and intestines; right Nabhi, liver and gall bladder.
- the spark or urge to evolve and grow as human beings
- satisfaction and contentment (including spiritual satisfaction), balance
- generosity and sharing, including enjoying the fruits of your own generosity
- left Nabhi qualities include:
- being a good wife and gracious host
- right Nabhi qualities include:
- pure attention
- sense of dignity
- being a good husband and gracious host
- center Nabhi qualities include:
- satisfaction, contentment, peace and joy
- right conduct (dharma), honesty
- evolution and goal achievement
Nabhi drives the evolutionary process within us. The fundamental qualities of the Nabhi chakra are generosity, satisfaction, and the drive and capacity to evolve. Nabhi is associated with the pursuit of spirituality, for it is from Nabhi that we receive the strong “seeking” urge… the urge to seek the subtler things in life, the urge to discover the higher purpose and meaning of the universe and our place in it, and the urge to continue evolving to higher states of consciousness.
Nourishing and balancing Nabhi improves these personality and character strengths…
- spirituality, including both the private, intimate relationship between an individual and the divine, as well as the range of character strengths that may result from that relationship
- kindness (nurturance, care)
- righteousness, intuitive ability to distinguish right from wrong
- self-acceptance, ability to be content with oneself
- tolerance and patience
- honesty (integrity, honorableness, truthfulness)
Personality Trait Strengths
- self-transcendence, including spiritual acceptance and the strong seeking spark to spiritually evolve and live a more meaningful, purpose-filled life
- curiosity, desire to learn and receive pure knowledge
- lack of worry
- cooperativeness (e.g., warmth)
Through Nabhi, our minds are opened to new possibilities. Nabhi represents the “seeking” urge within us, which may be directed toward different goals at different times. At the most basic level, we seek food, water, shelter, and security, then we progressively climb to higher forms of seeking behavior, such as quests for wealth, affluence and power. Ultimately, we pursue the higher, subtler aspects of existence: self-actualization, self-realization and spiritual truth.
Satisfaction is another key Nabhi quality. It is through this chakra that we can establish perfect balance between family, work, leisure and spiritual activities and are able to clearly see the essence and role of each. A strong Nabhi chakra the qualities of love, nurture and affection in women, specifically, improving their ability to take good care of their families. Nabhi even strengthens our ability to accept responsibilities and even begin to enjoy the duties we must take on. We come to understand that the family, a cornerstone of society, must be supported and that it will only flourish in an atmosphere of love, respect and unity.
Energizing the Nabhi chakra purifies our attention, so that it becomes a clear, direct path to higher states of consciousness. Nabhi gives us the capacity to lead a life of righteousness. Through Nabhi, we develop a deeper sense of caring. We become more sensitive to others. Our sense of moral responsibility increases and our value judgments improve. Discerning right from wrong becomes easier and more intuitive.
A strengthened Nabhi increases our innate sense of generosity. We no longer cling to our possessions and we are able to truly experience the joy of giving. When we share, we learn. Nabhi teaches us that being generous is elevating and growth-oriented, whereas hoarding can lead to stagnation — a blocked, immature psyche. Such an individual can have a negative influence on society since, after all, the qualities of selfishness and greed have been known cause many a worldwide crisis and can certainly trigger discontent and dissatisfaction in the lives they touch.
Our spiritual growth relies on our contentment, and our contentment depends on our Nabhi-ness — our openness and generosity. When we share, we reap the fruits of our generosity, which, in turn, nourishes the Nabhi chakra.
3rd Energy Center: Generosity & Evolution
Nabhi drives the evolutionary process within us. The fundamental qualities of the Nabhi chakra are generosity, satisfaction, and the drive and capacity to evolve.
Nabhi is the center of our welfare, both physical and financial. Prosperity is a necessary step in our evolution, and money exists to help us fulfill our basic needs and desires. We hone our talents and earn money to fulfill our needs, but once our essential needs are satisfied, we should no longer be preoccupied with money. The desire to obtain money for money’s sake tends to transform into greed. Over time, we may develop an unquenchable desire for “things,” which can lead to an unfulfilling, overly-materialistic existence. If we become obsessed with amassing wealth for wealth’s sake, our growth is impeded, and longer-term, our levels of satisfaction, for we will still always be seeking something greater that money cannot buy. Once we are no longer obsessed with accumulating (and hoarding) money, we are able to enjoy the rewards of sharing.
The satisfaction and contentedness that Nabhi brings means that you stop feeling constantly pressured to “achieve” (especially outward symbols of material wealth) — you’re no longer “desperately wanting” anything. More and more, your ambitions may become self-transcendent, tilted more toward the pursuit of causes outside your own skin, as Abraham Maslow put it, rather than pursuits driven by ego (your own, or that of others, such as your boss). A strong, long-term Nabhi connection brings about an unusually high degree of satisfaction from within. You stop chasing external symbols of wealth or status that have no relevance to your spiritual evolution.
Extreme dietary habits or focusing on food excessively damages the Nabhi chakra, whether that focus manifests in the form of gluttony or fasting. Our attitude towards food, as well as what we eat and how we eat it affects the body’s digestive, excretory and endocrine systems. Energy flow is hindered when the stomach is upset or overexcited, thus, it’s important to routinely eat wholesome, nourishing food so that you don’t need to focus on food. Indiscriminate fasting disturbs Nabhi. We cannot achieve spiritual growth through fasting; in fact, fasting only diverts more attention to food since your body will keep signaling you that it needs nourishment. (One should not exercise self-denial in a way that damages any chakra. They are to be nourished rather than deprived.)
After Self-Realization, your attitudes toward food may change; for example, you may stop craving certain foods and start enjoying foods you never liked before. Over time, you’ll likely develop a more subtle and detached attitude about food and satiety; for example, you may find that you experience the same amount of satisfaction from a simple meal as you do from the finest cuisine.
Experiencing any of these symptoms may be a sign that your Nabhi needs balancing…
- dissatisfaction, lack of satiety, discontent
- unease or anxiety, lack of peace and joy
- stagnation, lack of growth
- extreme bingeing or fasting, using alcohol or drugs
- stinginess, lacking generosity
- attentional difficulties, lack of focus
- family and/or household problems
- spousal (or relationship partner) domination
- financial worries
- irritability, angry outbursts
- extreme materialistic tendencies
- impure, distracted attention — anxiety, worrying
- poor choices that result from a lack of self-respect