Today I will be guiding you through tips and techniques on how to balance your Solar Plexus Chakra.
Our emotions reside physically in our bodies. On a subtle level, our bodies communicate with the energies around us and certain energetic impulses usually relate directly to a certain part of the body and chakra that’s weakened or imbalanced.
Each chakra represents a spiritual life lesson or challenge to help us gain a more in-depth understanding of our personal and spiritual power. This, in turn, helps us learn how to overcome obstacles, let go of emotional blockages, and walk the path towards spiritual consciousness.
The Manipura, or Solar Plexus Chakra, is our epicentre and the magnetic core of our personality and our ego. This post explains your Third Chakra, the Solar Plexus Chakra, in-depth by exploring its emotional and mental connection to the physical world.
The energy of the Third Chakra, often referred to as the Solar Plexus or Manipura, is the formation of the independent self – independent from our community and independent from external relationships. It’s a personality separate from any inherited characteristics.
However, if the first and second chakras are out of balance, then the Manipura develops issues related to fragile personal power and low self-esteem. To recap: the Root Chakra resonates with familial power, and the sacral resonates with the flowing power between others and the self. The Third Chakra relates to our independence and personal power within the external world.
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What does Manipura mean?
Manipura is a Sanskrit word with several accepted English translations including:
- Mani = jewel
- Pura = place or city
- City of jewels
- Lotus gem
- Lustrous gem
- Home of our ego and confidence
Quick facts about the manipura, or third chakra
- Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area (couple fingers or inches above navel but under breast bone area).
- What it controls: Elements of personal power including self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem
- Color: Yellow
- Animal: Ram
- Element: Fire (manifests as heat in the solar plexus)
- Stone: Amber
- Associated shape: Downward triangle; represents spreading of energy for growth and positive development.
Function and Benefits of a Balanced Third Chakra
A balanced chakra helps you feel warm with purpose and power. You will feel a sense of confidence that emanates from your chest and drives your entire body forward.
Keeping the solar plexus chakra in balance and unlocked allows your intellect to grow. New intellectual challenges, like understanding a new field of study or taking a difficult test, will come more naturally to you.
With an unlocked chakra, you will feel a strong sense of clarity in forming personal opinions. Your beliefs will feel organically formed within you. This is the “gut instinct” you may have been wishing to hone.
Making decisions also feels good with an open solar plexus. Nothing is decided upon a whim because your inner self speaks to you in a clear, confident voice. Setting the direction is easy and navigating choppy waters comes naturally.
Clarity of Judgment
When you need to make a judgment, call based on very little information, a clear solar plexus chakra will always guide you right. This can be very helpful in child-rearing, making quick judgments at work, and dealing with difficult and dramatic people in your life.
Much of your personality and personal identity is found within this chakra. When it is open and freely flowing, it sizzles with all of the individual and charming quirks that make you uniquely you.
Maybe you’ve looked at someone and wondered, “Where does that person get so much self-confidence?” It’s coming from their third chakra, the chakra that helps a person feel confident, self-assured, full of willpower, and empowered to speak their truth.
If you’re putting off your dreams or failing to achieve certain goals in your life, perhaps your Manipura is blocked. This is also the chakra of self-discipline that keeps you on track no matter what kind of curveballs life throws at you.
When this chakra is brimming with energy flow, you are your own best friend. This allows you to feel invigorated with independence and freedom. You don’t need to rely on others for your satisfaction, self-worth, motivation, or accomplishments.
What happens when Manipura is imbalanced?
- How to Know If your Solar Plexus is Blocked
- Someone who is struggling with a blocked solar plexus will feel helpless, irresponsible, and totally lacking in drive and motivation.
- A blocked third chakra yields emotional damage like:
- Feelings of weakness and powerlessness
- Low self-esteem
- Undisciplined decision-making
- Blaming others
- Manipulating others for personal gain
- Bullying and dominating
- Lack of assertiveness
- Feeling unattractive
- Feeling that you’ve let yourself down
Someone with a blocked solar plexus chakra may start feeling powerless in their life, which leads to manipulating and bullying others due to their own lack of personal power. When they see that others are dominated by their behaviour, it gives them a false sense of power that can be damaging to both people.
On the other hand, a blocked chakra can also cause someone to turn inside themselves with feelings of deep insecurity and weakness. They may begin to bully their own inner child, scolding themselves for every perceived failure.
This could turn to very unhealthy solutions like drug addiction, alcohol abuse, smoking, compulsive shopping, gambling, stealing, hoarding or overeating. These are all signs that one may be in urgent need of solar plexus chakra healing.
People with an overactive solar plexus chakra are often bossy, overly confident, bully-ish, conceited, and power-hungry. Chakra health can also affect the well-being of your body parts and systems:
- The stomach, including ulcers
- Your digestive system, creating nausea, bloating, constipation, gas and digestion issues
- The immune system, making healing difficult
- Hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar) and diabetes
- Trouble gaining or losing weight as needed
- Respiratory problems, including asthma
- Arthritis, nerve pain, and/or fibromyalgia
- Liver and kidney disease
How to Balance your Solar Plexus Chakra – Ultimate Guide!
If your solar plexus chakra is feeling too locked up to infuse you with natural energy, it’s time to look for ways to unlock it. Here are some reliable methods of clearing a blockage and rejuvenating your inner source.
Start to balance chakras with a scan of your physical body
You can begin listening to what your chakras are signalling by doing a body scan. It can be challenging or even uncomfortable trying to quiet the mind at first, so do this in a safe space where interruptions will be minimised.
Clear negative energy from the space with an aromatherapy mist or incense burning. Suggestions for body scanning for your solar plexus chakra:
- Lie down on your back with a pillow under your knees
- Place your hands over your stomach area (overtop your navel)
- Close your eyes and take a deep breath, exhaling any negative energy
- How does your breath feel coming into your body?
- Does your diaphragm rise and fall fully?
- Is the oxygen feeling stuck?
- What emotions are coming up?
- If you need to, stop here and begin working on balancing your Manipura chakra, do so.
If you’d like to continue, ask yourself the following:
- What do you feel?
- What shape is the feeling?
- What colour?
- Is it cold, hot, heavy, etc.?
- What do you want to do with it?
Oftentimes we can work through the energy blocks in our bodies by mentally bringing ourselves through the process. This is advanced level inner energy work and is best for people who have worked with an energy healer or trauma therapist before.
MEDITATIONS FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
As mentioned above, so much of energy healing can be done through meditation and visualisation. Actually, I’ve read that meditation is the most powerful and quickest way to begin opening and balancing your chakras.
Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Guided Meditation – this is a beautiful and relaxing guided meditation that will help heal and open your solar plexus chakra. Activating Qi Flow of Solar Plexus Chakra Meditation – another relaxing guided meditation that uses Solfeggio 528hz and binaural beats.
Solar Plexus Activation & Healing – this is a 9-hour long meditation sleep audio that helps to heal and activate your solar plexus chakra. Clearing Stuck Energy – Solar Plexus – beautiful guided meditation that helps you release self-limiting beliefs and stuck energy that will balance and open the solar plexus chakra.
There is so much content on YouTube for chakras, I definitely recommend researching yourself.
Never underestimate the power of the people you’re with
This is never truer than if you’re an empath or spiritually sensitive person – you’ll naturally soak in everyone else’s energy without even realising. Look at the people who are in your life. Do they feel empowered? Do they have good self-esteem? Do they have a balanced solar plexus chakra?
Often, we can mirror the behaviour of people around us and stay small to try and fit in. This is no good for the solar plexus chakra. The first step if you want to enjoy a strong, harmonious and balanced solar plexus chakra is to align yourself with relationships that allow you to express yourself as the greatest version of you.
It’s not cool to have low self-esteem, and you don’t need to put yourself down to fit in. Find people who raise you up and give you a safe space to shine as the brightest version of you.
Anger can stick in the solar plexus chakra like a toxic glue. People who are quick to anger have an overactive solar plexus, and they’re giving their power away too easily when other people can invoke such a strong emotional response.
Equally, if you don’t feel safe expressing any anger and you people, please just to avoid conflict, it’s likely that you have an underactive solar plexus. Louise Hay famously tells her story of how she had to release old anger from childhood sexual abuse to eliminate cervical cancer, which she saw as a manifestation of this trapped trauma.
Research how you can release your own anger – either on your own or with a professional counsellor. The anger could be trapped in your solar plexus and causing an imbalance. Setting it free will allow energy to flow through again, bringing it back into balance.
Improve your diet
Watching what you eat is extra important if you’re spiritually sensitive. Food is just another kind of energy and you’re putting it directly into your body, at the centre of all your energy fields.
Colours are associated with all of the chakras, and the colour yellow is associated with your solar plexus. Therefore, it’s said that this chakra appreciates healthy and nutritious yellow foods. Such as:
🍋 Lemons 🍋 Bananas 🍋 Sweetcorn 🍋 Pineapple 🍋 Turmeric 🍋 Lentils
Eating foods that you can digest more easily (e.g., gluten-free and without dairy) is an easy way to find relief from any physical symptoms of imbalance in this chakra. Your food gives you energy and you want your food to support all of the power that you have available in this chakra. Eat foods that will enable you to flourish by being nourished.
Similar to foods, the solar plexus also appreciates yellow crystals. Often, Reiki therapists will place crystals down the chakras of the client they’re working on.
These crystals will match the colour of each chakra.You can place yellow crystals on your solar plexus chakra when you’re lying down, meditate, and visualise the yellow energy centre around your stomach swirling freely.
Imagine that it’s completely open to energy flowing through it and out of it. You can use: 💛 Amber 💛 Citrine 💛 Tigers Eye 💛 Yellow Calcite 💛 Yellow Topaz
Crystals are great energy amplifiers and they can also soak in any toxic energy from your solar plexus. For this reason, it’s very important that you regularly cleanse your crystals to release any old energy they’ve soaked in.
Affirm your power
You can use affirmations to inspire movement in all of your chakras – for your solar plexus, choose affirmations that remind you of your power to get the energy moving again. You can 1) write them down every morning, 2) say them in your mind, or 3) say them out loud to yourself when you’re on your own (such as in the shower or driving).
Imagine these high vibration words going into your chakra and feel them to be true from your gut, which is where your solar plexus is. This is your centre of personal truth, and what you believe about yourself is held in there. Know with 100% faith that these affirmations are true and reflective of you.
Affirmations for your solar plexus could include:
- I am strong and immensely powerful just by being me
- There’s nothing that anyone can ever do to take away my light
- I create my own life and I can create it however I want
One of my favourite affirmations which I always use is:
- I get to have fun, be free, and be me; and as a result, I get to live in an endless state of abundance
Try these or think of some new affirmations which will restore positive self-belief into your energy centre.
When you feel restricted, it manifests as blocked energy in your chakras which then restricts your manifesting. Freedom is what your soul wants for you most of all. When you don’t allow yourself to be free, you’re encouraging your solar plexus to stay small and you’re hiding from your light.
Allowing yourself to be free is done in small steps, such as:
- Choosing not to be a victim
- Laughing at yourself when you do things wrong, instead of criticising yourself
- Being spontaneous because you’re not fearfully controlling every outcome
Prioritising freedom also means being someone who isn’t overly attached. This includes being attached to outcomes, things, ideas, views, and people.
When you aren’t attached, you’re free to adapt. But when you’re too attached, you get stuck and your energy does too.
You allow energy to flow properly through this centre again when you’re happy in the moment and you don’t need to be in control. Allow yourself to shine, everything will be fine.
Remember that your energy feels best when it’s fluid, light and free to fully express what your soul wants for you. Your energy is yours, so don’t give it away to things that zap you of your power and make you feel unable to change. You are able to change, and become better.
Get Close to the Element of Fire
When is the last time you experienced fire up close? Spend time by a campfire and reconnect with the feeling of the flames on your face.
This can stimulate and unlock your chakra. The same effect can come from simply going outside, taking a walk in the sun, and enjoying nature’s warming beams. Sunbathing is an excellent way to encourage energy movement within the body.
Any yoga pose that brings heat to the navel chakra will help unlock this chakra. In fact, you can start with the simple plank pose to warm up your body. From there, try the warrior pose, bow pose, child’s pose, and corpse pose to reconnect with your solar plexus.
The solar plexus is stimulated by the sound ram, which has a root base in Sanskrit which means “support/make still” and “witness/make evident.” Chant this sound to build a strong connection with this chakra and coax out your inner power.
You can also practice increasing the number of times you chant ram within a single breath, as shown in this video about ram chanting.
How to Balance your Solar Plexus Chakra – Final thoughts
Your Manipura chakra is essential to maintaining your spirit of freedom and lifelong independence. When this chakra is unblocked and flowing freely, you’ll find that you have the clarity and confidence to boldly follow the direction of your inner compass.
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