This is the one chakra I have to constantly balance and re-balance in order to keep it open. people like me who struggle with balancing their solar plexus tend to struggle between feeling very powerful and self-assured to feeling worthless and hesitant.
Do any of these sound like you?
- irritable bowel issues
- weight struggles (either over or underweight)
- binge eating
- self-worth issues
- stomach ulcers
- reflux issues
If you repeatedly suffer from any of these conditions, then it is likely your solar plexus is un balanced, so let me give you a quick rundown of the solar plexus chakra and what it affects and how you can rebalance it.
The third Chakra or the solar plexus chakra, is located between the navel and the region of the stomach just in the seat of your gut. As with the other chakras, it extends out in front of you, and behind you. It is bright and glows yellow like the sun. As is synonymous with the core of your being, the gift of this chakra is sensing and connecting you with your will power, your ego, self-confidence, esteem, self-worth, it is the centre of your personal power and autonomy. It is from your solar plexus that you find the confidence, strength, and motivation to manifest your goals, your dreams, and your desires
The purpose of this chakra is to allows you to meet challenges and move forward in your life. The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner.
Physical Symptoms of a Solar-plexus imbalance –
The solar plexus is responsible for maintaining complete function of your digestive system , digestive organs, enzymes, hormones, and physiological processes included. On the physical level, the solar plexus chakra is associated with the digestive system such as Poor digestion, weight problems, anorexia, bulimia. Other organs that are affected are the liver, pancreas, kidney and gallbladder. people tend to suffer from acute or chronic ulcers, arthritis and hepatitis. as it affects the pancreas, temporary short or long term episodes of hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia (diabetes )can occur. Solar plexus imbalances can also cause intestinal tumours and colon disease.
Balanced Solar plexus –
When this Chakra is in balance you will be in complete control over your emotions and thoughts. you will be able to reflect and have the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power. When balanced you will have the ability to make conscious choices to choose and to act, Your ego mind, or small mind will have no unwanted influence over your actions. When in tune, your Solar-plexus will radiate warmth, joy and confidence through-out your entire being. you will shine and glow and influence others who come in contact with you. You will know without a doubt, and accept your place in the Universe ,
Overactive Solar plexus –
If your chakra is over-active you may react to life circumstances, be judgemental or find it critically easy to blame, point fingers and find fault in others. Beings with excessive third chakra energy have emotional outbursts and are often stressed out, and can be very rigid or stubborn. Anger or aggressiveness result from an over-active chakra. Procrastinating, making grand plans and not following through and becoming obsessive in regards to work or interests You may also be a perfectionist and can’t settle on something that is already good enough, it always has to be better.
Under active Solar plexus –
If this chakra is under active it can cause severe emotional problems. You may also run on “auto pilot” avoiding your feelings of depression or anxiety. memory blanks, seclusion and isolation. Under active solar plexus tends to make people feel afraid and alone, suffering from mistrust and doubt. Being stuck, viewing life from the inside and not being able to see out or the bigger picture .People will suffer from low self-esteem, addiction, lack of self-control and will over eat or not eat at all and have the inability to set or maintain boundaries.
If you feel you’d benefit from clearing your solar plexus chakra, there are many practical, every-day things that you can do. Here are a few ideas
1.Yoga, the best solar plexus chakra yoga poses are those that strengthen your core and help you to feel more powerful and confident. Step into the Warrior I pose to access your inner spiritual warrior or go deeper with courage into the Bow pose. Continue into part 2 yoga poses, such as Boat pose or Lion’s pose.
2.Diet, Eating foods rich in yellow earthy colours. A healthy solar plexus chakra vibrates at a frequency similar to the colour yellow. Therefore, yellow foods provide the vibrational rate needed to help balance this chakra. Bananas, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, dairy such as cheese and yoghurt, turmeric, cumin, bread, pasta ( wholegrain of course) , flax and ginger
3.Essential oils embody the properties of the plant they were extracted from. These properties work on all four levels of our being: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. The following are the most commonly used solar plexus chakra essential oils: rosemary, mandarin, lavender, clary sage, patchouli, camomile.
4.Repeat an affirmation such as: I am confident in all that I do. I am successful. I effectively manifest the deep desires of my soul. I am capable. I can do it. My needs are important. I release my creative energy into reality. I can solve any problem that comes up. I respect myself. I stand up for myself and what I believe in.
5. Healing practitioner – Working with a Reiki practitioner or other energy healer can be a good way to start your healing journey. They will be able to help break up the blockage and can help locate other blockages or imbalances in your energy.
6. At home, meditation is the most effective way to break up a blockage. Everyone possesses healing energy, and you can harness it using visualization
7. Crystal therapy – Jasper, malachite, citrine, yellow tourmaline, rhodochrosite
8. The solar plexus is associated with the colour yellow so picturing a yellow sunflower or glow bright sun where the chakra is located can have an instant affect. Surround yourself with the colour yellow, light yellow candles, wear yellow, vision yellow surround you and everywhere you go.
Additional Solar plexus information-
Sanskrit name: Manipura (jeweled city)
Identity: Ego identity
Shape: Triangle (downward-pointing)
Petals of the lotus: Ten
Seed sound: Ram
Vowel sound: Ah
Rights: To act
Psychological function: Will
Endocrine gland: Adrenals, pancreas
Physical association: Digestive system, pancreas, liver and gall bladder
Developmental stage: 18 – 42 months
Plane: Celestial plane
Planets: Sun and Mars
Mythological Animal: Ram
Incense: Saffron, musk, sandalwood
Herb: Cinnamon, ginger
Tarot Suit: Wands
Clearing the blockage in your third chakra and allowing energy to flow freely through it will help return you to health. It is best to try to do daily healing work because falling back into old patterns can allow the blockage to form again.
By Andy Jackman