Updated: Mar 4, 2022
A Continuing look at our main chakras
Our third main chakra, we call the Solar Plexus. I always refer to it as our "powerhouse". This is where we feel fierce when we are motivated. We find our personal power in making choices, our sense of freedom and we allow ourselves to stand out. When we are at our healthiest both physically and spiritually, our solar plexus is where we turn our dreams into reality!
The original name for this chakra in Sanskrit is Manipura: "place of gems" or "lustrous gem"*. Our Solar Plexus is located between our navel and the bottom of our sternum. It governs our digestive system, pancreas, liver, spleen and gallbladder. Its associated with our sense of sight. When we are at our best, meaning that the prana is flowing through our solar plexus and is balanced, we
have the self-confidence to achieve goals without bulllying or arrogance
are self motivated and look forward to challenges
have a healthy self esteem where we comfortable with who we are and are accepting others
are reliable and responsible
When our prana, that vital life force, is not flowing through our solar plexus, because either there is too much (stagnant) or too little (blocked), we can be affected physically and emotionally in the following ways:
stomach and digestive problems
obesity and overeating
stress related acne
inability to enjoy life's pleasures
constant worrying and insecurity
feelings of dread
inability to relax
feelings of anger
aggression - overbearing personality that tends to be "a bully"
Individuals who have suffered trauma from toxic upbringing, bullying, assault or PTSD will have more of a challenge in balancing their Solar Plexus. Therapy, surrounding yourself with supportive people, and finding activities to promote a healthy lifestyle will help heal past traumas. Finding a path to wellness is a journey and there are many things we can do to balance our third chakra.
So, how we take care of our third chakra? Keep in mind that we just don't focus on one chakra. We have to start from the root and work up (see previous blog posts on Chakras: Self Awareness, Health and Wellbeing, To be Grounded, Sacral Chakra).
Our solar plexus is associated with the colour yellow. Working with yellow and wearing yellow is a wonderful way to honour our Solar Plexus as is participating in competitive sports or setting fitness goals to challenge yourself such as working towards running a 5km race.
Sounds to help balance the solar plexus
Marching band music
Foods to nourish the Solar Plexus
Starches such as brown rice, oats, millet and other whole grains
Seeds such as sesame and sunflower
Yellow foods such as squash, banana, corn, pineapple, yellow peppers, lemons
Herbs and Spices
Enjoy the sunshine. Our solar plexus is governed by the sun and represents the element of fire. A morning brisk walk will help fire up your third chakra
Yoga exercises will help move prana that is blocked or stagnant
Learn relaxation techniques where you focus on your breathing
Reiki - a form of healing
Release the anger that you are holding on to by journaling
Enjoy flowers such as sunflowers, daffodils, marigolds, black eyed susans
Aromatherapy, essential oils that are helpful:
Practice the following Affirmations:
I have the power and strengths to decide what I want to do in life
I am able to stand up for myself and my freedom
I am worthy of love and kindness
I embrace all that is good and will let the light within me shine
Crystals to use for healing and meditation
Questions for a Tarot Card Reading:
What do I need to know about making good choices for my life?
Tarot cards drawn:
Wheel of Fortune Reversed
5 of Coins
9 of Swords Reversed
There are external factors and forces influencing your success and failure that you cannot control, but they should not hold you back. The right timing is hard to predict so make sure you understand your goals and desires so you can focus on them when the unexpected happens. It's easy to get upset when something throws us off our path. So just continue on with your goal. Also, pay attention to old habits that are stopping you from making the necessary changes to accomplish your goals. You tend to hold on to the stressful thought of failure and have "negative chatter" in your mind. Find a way to release those thoughts. It will help if you surround yourself with people who are optimistic and encouraging because right now you are doubting yourself. Do not leave yourself vulnerable to those who do not want you to succeed. Keep telling yourself that you deserve success. You deserve to do what you love. You are not to be afraid of naysayers.
Sources: The Chakra Bible by Patricia Mercer, Sterling Publishing 2007
https://www.goodnet.org/articles/chakra-healing-how-to-open-your-solar-plexus byALLISON MICHELLE DIENSTMAN August 2, 2019
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