A guide to your solar plexus chakra

Continuing this series of blog posts, we will now look at the third of the seven main chakras; the solar plexus chakra.

The solar plexus chakra is about our identity, our ego, self-esteem and willpower. Whereas the first chakra keeps us grounded and secure, and the second chakra helps us acknowledge and feel our emotions, this third chakra is about us taking action, moving forward with direction and momentum, meeting challenges and radiating our power in the world. Linked to the digestive system, which assimilates food and nutrients, this chakra also helps us to assimilate thoughts

and ideas. It is about being autonomous, taking responsibility for our choices and actions and displaying self-discipline. Linked to ego, this centre also holds our fear, judgement and expectation.

Below is a summary of the some of the main attributes of the sacral chakra:

Chakra: Solar plexus

Sanskrit name: Manipura (city of jewels)

Location: Above the naval – just below your breast bone

Colour: Yellow

Element: Fire

Subtle body: Mental body

Vowel: Ah

Sense: Sight

Challenge: Shame

Twinned with: Brow chakra

Basic rights: The power to choose, to act and be an individual

Physical issues: Liver, pancreas, stomach, adrenal glands, digestive system, gall bladder, spleen, muscles

Emotional issues: Power, strength, control, activity, autonomy, will, self-esteem.

What are the signs of a healthy solar plexus chakra?

When we have a balanced solar plexus chakra we are easily able to make conscious choices and decisions, face challenges and move forward in life. We have healthy self-esteem and confidence. We have a strong sense of independence, autonomy and self-discipline, demonstrating reliability, strong willpower and clarity of judgement. With a healthy solar plexus chakra our egos and personal power are in perfect balance.

What can affect your solar plexus chakra?

Any experience which causes shame can affect the solar plexus chakra – we may have been shamed when we were younger, we may have experienced abuse or were fearful of being punished. Being in any volatile situation can affect this chakra. As the solar plexus is about power, any problems with authority or being controlled can cause issues here. People who had very over-protective parents or, conversely, those who had to take on the ‘parent’ role at a very young age may also experience imbalance in this chakra.

What are the symptoms of an out-of-balance solar plexus chakra?

Physical manifestations of an out-of-balance solar plexus chakra can include:

  • Over-eating

  • Fatigue or laziness

  • Stomach ulcers

  • Indigestion

  • Diabetes

  • Eating disorders

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