We feel ready to act when our third energy centers are in good shape. Our intentions are crystal obvious. Those that have robust third energy centers assert and stand in their authority. They don’t have to demand or aggressively seize authority from others. They have power because they understand who they are and who they are not. These folks have the potential to change the world.

Halle Berry, the first African-American woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Monster’s Ball, is an inspiring example of someone with an integrated third energy center. Berry, the daughter of a white mother and an African-American father, was a shy little girl whose father drank and mistreated her mother before abandoning her at the age of four. Despite being harassed at school for her mixed race, she went on to become a beauty queen, a fashion model, and later an actor. She passed out on set while filming a television show due to untreated diabetes and spent a week in a coma. She began a healthy diet and exercise routine as soon as she awoke. Diabetes, she now claims, has turned out to be a blessing. “It gave me courage and toughness because I had to face reality, no matter how unpleasant or hurtful it was,” she said.

An attempt at suicide occurred following a failed early relationship. “My sense of worth was so low,” she admitted. I had to retrain myself to recognize the positive aspects of myself. It didn’t imply I was unlovable just because someone didn’t love me. I told myself that I would never again be a coward.”

Halle Berry may have started from a point of desperate inadequacy, but she has conquered the distortion in her third chakra via her will and resilience. She now lives her truth without conforming to the opinions of others, and she has learnt how to manifest her wishes, overcoming her diabetic condition to have the kid she so desperately desired, despite 35 negative pregnancy tests. “I have never been in better physical and emotional form, and I am pleased in my personal life—what a fresh idea!” she stated in an interview.

The following are some things to think about in order to achieve a balanced third chakra:

  • Without regard for what others may think, live your truth.
  • Accept responsibility for your actions and words.
  • Recognize that you have the power to create your wishes and that you have a choice.


If you’re not sure if you have an imbalance in this area, try answering the following questions:

  • Can I recognize and process my feelings of rage and resentment without blaming or verbally abusing others?
  • Is it possible that I’m being eaten alive by jealousy?
  • Do I believe I can work well with others as part of a team, or do I always feel the need to be the center of attention?
  • Do I constantly press myself and others to complete tasks? Do I attempt to “push” time?
  • Do I strive to exert control over other people or events?
  • Do I stand with my arms folded in front of me, above my waist, in an attempt to shield my solar plexus?
  • Do I ever feel overwhelmed by the folks I’m with?
  • Is it true that winning is everything?
  • Do I need other people’s approval to feel good about myself?

I frequently recommend that people spend a portion of their day in the sun, preferably early in the morning or shortly before sunset, to support an increase in energy, vitality, and connection to self. (However, if you’re prone to being irritable or short-tempered, avoid being too hot.) Any physical activity, especially first thing in the morning, awakens and recharges your body. Try a kind of focused movement, such as t’ai chi, yoga, or Pilates, outside if possible. Another great alternative to a frenetic, fast-paced schedule is gardening. Anything that allows you to slow down and get to know yourself and your own feelings is essential.