What is the Solar Plexus Chakra?
Above your navel and just below your sternum is your solar plexus chakra, the center of the energy associated with ego. This is the source of personal power, self-belief and self-worth.
Your solar plexus chakra is activated:
- anytime you muster the courage to do something that scares you
- anytime you speak up for yourself
- anytime you exert your willpower and self-control
You’ll notice that in these situations, your energy is high, your posture tall and commanding and your voice firm.
Look around you at the people who are successful in whatever they do: they stand tall, speak with conviction and strength and look others straight in the eye. Their personal power is strong and they are comfortable using it! By the way, personal power does not mean power over others; it means self-mastery – the ability to master your thoughts and emotions, overcome any fear and take appropriate action in any situation.
The Sanskrit word for the solar plexus is Manipura, translated as ‘shining gem’, a fitting term for this particular chakra. You may have heard the phrase, “no pressure, no diamonds” – the solar plexus chakra gives you the ability to rise to the occasion in times of need and difficulty or anytime you are challenged.
The Manipura is represented as being a vivid golden yellow in color. Like a ray of sunshine, the glow of the solar plexus chakra lights your path and warms your body with the glow of self-confidence.
The solar plexus chakra empowers you to follow and not be distracted from your true path. The vibrant yellow of this chakra speaks to creativity, personality, intellect and ego and this chakra gives you increased awareness, clarity of thought and great curiosity.
What Happens When Your Solar Plexus Chakra is Blocked?
When your solar plexus chakra is blocked, life becomes a series of disappointments and frustrations. People with a weak solar plexus chakra see themselves as victims. They pessimistically walk with their heads down, put up with poor treatment and they have low expectations and aspirations. They are shy and rarely take the leadership role – but are quick to sarcastically put the leaders down!
Persistent lack of self-confidence and self-worth erodes their resolve to do anything meaningful with their lives and settle for a dull, frustrating existence.
It doesn’t take much for the solar plexus chakra to become blocked or weakened. It may be a result of poor feedback, lack of affection, criticism, rejection, and being ignored or unappreciated. If you feel that your ideas, words and efforts are ignored or unappreciated, you have an imbalance in the solar plexus chakra.
Some people with feelings of inadequacy will dramatically overcompensate. This false show of bravado and self-glorification may be seen as confidence or even arrogance, but it is false and often crumbles spectacularly, leading to serious depression and further over-compensatory behavior. People with a healthy solar plexus chakra, on the other hand, do not boast of their accomplishments – they let their results speak for themselves.
As well as manipulative and selfish behavior, a closed third chakra can manifest in physical and mental problems. Because this particular chakra is situated in the center of the body, physical difficulties often originate in this area. Digestive problems such as gas, nausea, ulcers, diabetes, celiac’s disease and liver disease are associated with the Manipura chakra.
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Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra
By concentrating your attention on healing your solar plexus chakra, you can overcome shyness. You can make your voice heard. You can freely express yourself. You can boldly take on new challenges. You can achieve your goals. You can succeed. And, you can regain your personal power.
How can you overcome your shyness or lack of self-confidence, or temper your over-compensatory behavior?
Healing this chakra requires you to work on your self-confidence. One very effective approach is to set goals that challenge you a little and excite you a lot, and take small, consistent steps to achievement. You’ll gain confidence as you see progress!
Work on the “fake it ‘til you make it” approach. This is not bravado or overcompensation; it’s simply acting the part even before you embody the part.
Do this by:
- dressing sharp
- walking faster
- standing taller
- speaking up when you need to
- taking care of yourself with exercise and nutrition
- looking people in the eye
- smiling more
- using meditation to develop the self-control you need to overcome fear and do what you know you need to do in order to advance.
Over time, these behaviors will influence your solar plexus chakra and you’ll be on an upward spiral of true self-confidence.
However, avoid singing your own praises because this can lead to overcompensation and a tendency to praise yourself without backing your words up with results.
If you’re already on the other end of the spectrum and you overcompensate for your feelings of inadequacy, know that a blocked solar plexus chakra can cause you to behave in potentially selfish and harmful ways. Whenever you feel the urge to boast about your accomplishments in front of others, STOP. Be humble. Let your achievements speak for you – and if you haven’t achieved anything worth speaking about, take on a goal that excites and motivates you, and start taking steps toward it.
Other ways to open the solar plexus chakra:
- seek out new experiences and wisdom to expand your repertoire of knowledge and skills; and then quietly use those new tools to express yourself and achieve your goals
- practice yoga
- eat yellow foods such as bananas, corn, grains and drink herbal teas
- wear yellow and introduce yellow into your home environment
- encourage yourself to step out of your comfort zone by changing your daily routine. By removing yourself from your comfort zone, your natural resource of confidence and the energy of self belief will be coaxed out of you, and you will have little choice but to be yourself and to focus on action – which will give you even more confidence.
The key to a healthy, open solar plexus chakra is finding a balance between making sure that your voice is heard without being pushed aside, but without overpowering other people with false displays of confidence. In other words, don’t be a pushover but don’t be domineering or boastful, either. Let your actions speak for themselves; and find the courage to take action by focusing on your strengths and taking small proactive steps.
When your third chakra is open, you are assertive without being unfair or overbearing, you are respected without having to demand it, you are not crushed by failures or mistakes, you recognize your positive attributes and you are satisfied, happy and peaceful.