The Solar Plexus Chakra is the energy center housed above our navel and below our ribcage.

I like to call this the Identity Chakra. Traditionally it’s viewed as yellow in color and provides our right TO ACT and be empowered as well as to utilize our mental capacities. As one of our in-body chakras, the solar plexus chakra is the place where our self-esteem sits. It’s how we view the world, and how we feel the world views us. It’s the place we recognize where we stop, and others start. If we have a strong sense of self, our physical, emotional, and energetic boundaries tend to iterate this. If not, our boundaries can be weak or nonexistent and we may fall into co-dependent patterns or engage in unhealthy relationship dynamics with partners, family, and friends.

Psychically, the solar plexus chakra holds the gift of mental empathy. Mental empathy is when you can sense another person’s (or animal’s) thoughts in your own body or mind. You may know what someone is going to say before they say it or know what someone is thinking before he or she voices it. When you’re around a certain person, you may find your brain thinks or works in a different way, mimicking theirs.

This is a gift that can be honed and developed. While we never want to intrude on someone’s thoughts without their permission (integrity is vital), it can be a helpful tool in many situations.

Here are two quick games to help you develop your gift of mental empathy.

Telepathy with Color and Shapes
With someone you know and trust, ask if they’ll play a game with you. They can be with you in person or on the phone.
Ask your friend to think (only in his or her mind) of a color and/or shape. You can do one category at a time if you prefer.
Next, close your eyes and aim to clear your mind.
Release logical thought and simply say the first thing that comes to mind.
Compare with what your friend was thinking.
You can also practice this with numbers or more complicated thoughts as you progress.

Work Fun
On your next assignment, you’re going to assume the mind of your colleague or supervisor. When you receive a to-do, instead of going about the task or devising a strategy as you might normally do – don’t!

1. Sit and close your eyes, holding the task or assignment in your mind.
2. Imagine that you are “becoming” your chosen colleague or supervisor. Take a minute and breathe into the idea of him or her.
3. Now, think about the task as if you are your colleague or supervisor. What would they do, recommend, or plan? Devise your strategy and execute in this way.
4. If you work with someone you trust, share with them your plan to execute the assignment as they might. Afterward, you can follow up and ask them how you did. How similar to the way they would have executed did you come?