SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA: Manipura
LOCATION: Slightly above the Navel
PRIMARY FUNCTION: Personal Power, Self-worth/Self-Confidence, Self Esteem
The Solar Plexus Chakra is the energy connection to our emotional and mental body, it is our personal power center, the magnetic core of the personality and ego. It functions as the storage house for the judgments, opinions, and beliefs we have gathered about ourselves and the world. These judgments, in turn, affect our self-esteem and self-confidence. Perhaps this is why this center is seen as the source of cognition, the "knowingness" that tells us how to operate within the framework or school, society, and the world. This center develops during our adolescence and regulates an inner knowing and gut instincts about things and people. This center is also where we connect with others on a subtle energy level. We pull in energy though this center whenever we meet someone or are in a new situation. The Solar Plexus is a "psychic energy pump" for the physical and non-physical bodies. Emotional and psychic balance are located at this center and thought-forms are produced here. Many highly sensitive people and empaths struggle with stomach issues as well as holding onto extra weight in their mid-section due to holding onto others energies and subconsciously building up a layer of "protection".
This Chakra, which manages the digestive process and organs, also influences the nervous system and immune process. Digestion is a reflection of the ability to digest and assimilate everything-including thoughts. Thus, this center determines the health of both body and mind. Fire is the element associated with the solar plexus chakra. And just as fire burns and generates energy, so the solar plexus fuels our metabolism.
ASSOCIATED BODY PARTS: Stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, small intestine, muscles.
PHYSICAL PROBLEMS: Indigestion, acid stomach ulcers, hepatitis, gallstones, pancreatitis, diabetes.
GLANDULAR CONNECTION: Pancreas
The Solar Plexus' emotions revolve around power. They reflect our relationship to inner strength and self-worth. These emotions help us take a stand for ourselves. If we are comfortable with our power, we will act confidently and exercise freedom of choice. If we are uncertain and doubtful about our right to our own power, we will evade situations that call for an affirmative response. While holding thoughts about power, confidence and freedom of choice, if we fail to value ourselves, our ideas about power may be inflated or deflated, depending on how we see ourselves in relation to others. When we know who we are, we cultivate power. When we accept ourselves and know that we are worthy of love and respect we are able to stand in our power.
Issues related to the Solar Plexus Chakra
*Oversensitive; too open to others thoughts & feelings or negative psychic impressions
*A sense of vulnerability. Feelings of unease in solar plexus chakra area
*Lack of self worth
*Lack of personal boundaries
*Emotional neediness & conditional love
*An overly active mental body
SIGNS OF AN UNDERACTIVE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
Low self-esteem, lack of self-trust, weak will, poor digestion, victim mentality, unreliable, unable to take responsibility, attraction to stimulants.
SIGNS OF AN OVERACTIVE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
Overly aggressive, need to be right, bossy, power hungry, competitive, attraction to sedatives, self-centered, narcissism, hyperactive.
Responsible and reliable, healthy self-esteem, spontaneity, playfulness, sense of humor, able to make decisions and meet challenges, warmth in personality.
Each chakra also is interconnected with Intuitive of "Psychic" Gifts. In relation to the Solar Plexus Chakra we will experience Mental Sympathy. If the Chakra is balanced and in harmony we will be able to know what others are thinking or what they believe; determines belief-system causes of others' issues and provides clarification. If the Solar Plexus is imbalanced the tendency is to think others' beliefs or thoughts are one's own beliefs of thoughts.
WAYS TO HEAL THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
*HEALTHY EATING- eat five to six small meals a day, each combining a healthy fat (such as olive oil or avocado), a low-glycemic carbohydrate and a protein. Because this chakra is associated with the pancreas, eat to keep your blood sugar and insulin in the normal range and avoid the current epidemic of diabetes. The pancreas is connected to all your digestive organs, so don’t overload them with toxins like alcohol, trans fats, artificial flavors and sweeteners, or pesticide foods.
*EXERCISES- any exercise that strengthens the core muscles, planks, boat pose
*RESPONSIBILITY- try to take responsibility for your life, and not blame others, circumstances, or the universe.
*MEDITATIONS-begin by visualizing a large golden globe that expands our from your belly. Allow this globe to fill your entire abdomen. See the golden light warming you and releasing tension in your stomach, gallbladder, liver and pancreas. This light reaches into the dark corners of your organs, aligning each recess with light. Breathe deeply into your body and feel the warmth of your own light take away the stress and pressures you have recently experienced. Know that you are worthy of the life you say you want. When you have expanded the form of the Solar Plexus chakra, visualize a cross of light within the circle of light. Whenever you feel too diffuse, spaced out or frightened, visualize this large golden globe in your solar plexus and seal it with a cross of light within a circle of light. It will give your protection, grounding and a sense of yourself at all times.
*GET OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE- do not be afraid to try new things. Experience of self develops from placing yourself in challenging situations.
*LEARN TO SET BOUNDARIES- be more assertive. Make decisions and stick to them.
*SPEND TIME OUTSIDE- since the Solar Plexus is associated with the Fire element, spending time out in the sun and in nature will help balance this center.
*SALT- taking a salt (epsom, sea, pink or just table) bath can help cleanse you of any thought patters or energies that you may have picked up in this center. If you do not have a bath tub (I don't) I just take a handful of salt and rub it in a circular motion the front and back of this chakra setting the intention that I am clearing it of anything that is not mine or for my highest and best good.
*REIKI OR SOUND THERAPY-energy therapy and vibrational therapy can assist with balancing and removing old energies that no longer support of serve your highest and best good.
ESSENTIAL OILS: Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clove, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Coriander, Juniper Berry
FOODS: Include yellow foods that provide enzymes for good digestion, like papayas and pineapples, squash, beans, peppers, ginger and turmeric.
CRYSTALS: Topaz, Amber, Citrine, Yellow Calcite
AFFIRMATION: " I AM POWERFUL, CONFIDENT, AND SUCCESSFUL IN ALL OF MY VENTURES"