If there is any reality then you are real, and your choices are based on you.
The minds (or chakras) do correspond to stages of both biological and psychic development. The root chakra is the first center to be visible in a growing body. It is the tail. From our roots we have the simple animal drives and rapidly on its heals develops the enteric nervous system also known as the stomach brain. Still animal drive, but it distinguishes good from bad. Perhaps the reason for our fall from Eden.
Can you actually feel physical sensations for activity in various chakras? Yes. When aroused or frightened the perineum tenses, and it tends to mesh intimately with the stomach brain. What’s the perineum? It’s the nerve center that governs sexual organ function right at the very base of the torso between the structures there. It is actually a very active center, and is part of why men have such compulsive thoughts of sex. As do women, but they deny it. Part of why women deny it is their sacral chakra, the stomach brain. It is more developed than in men, thus the whole “that is food and it’s good, that is food and it’s nasty” is a stronger process in them. It is also the seat of the nesting instinct.
Now moving up from the primal emotions you have the solar chakra. It is the gate between the primal and what is considered higher function. It is the mind that decided what we will act on. The lower chakras know what we want to do, the solar chakra decides if we will do it. It’s also the seat of the nerve center that is the most direct interface between the voluntary and involuntary nerve systems. Breath control exercises exist because of this interface. Control the breath, and control the mind.
Is the solar chakra will or self confidence? Actually, self confidence is a compounding of the functions of the sacral chakra and the heart charka. The stomach brain and the very responsive and receptive cardiac nerve plexus. The heart tends to be the keeper of balance for all other functions.
The heart is focused on keeping balance, but it is inherently receptive. So your heart doesn’t think, it feels and it gathers input from all other minds. It is the first brain like center only a little less complex than the brain. If someone says “I think with my heart”, criticising them shows your own limitations, not theirs.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.