May 10, 2014 by chakrahealing
How to Heal Solar Plexus Chakra Pain
If you’ve ever experienced a “knot” in your gut or “butterflies” in your stomach, this is a physical reaction to an emotion. It is the solar plexus chakra speaking to you through physical sensations. Solar plexus pain is often rooted in emotional fears (worry, anxiety and low self-esteem and self-worth). So when you feel pain in the solar plexus chakra, it’s a physical signal that you need to give yourself some self-love.
Physically, the solar plexus is a cluster of nerves and supporting tissue just below the diaphragm and behind the stomach. This nerve center in the abdomen manages vital functions including intestinal contraction and adrenal secretion.
Energetically, the solar plexus chakra is an energy center in the body. This is the third of seven chakras and it governs personal power, ego, self-esteem, personality and physically, this chakra governs the digestive system.
Worry, excitement, anxiety and fear are rooted in the solar plexus chakra. These, along with stomach and other digestive issues, are symptoms of an unbalanced or weak solar plexus chakra. When your solar plexus chakra is balanced and strong, you feel a strong sense of personal power, you have high self-esteem, a dynamic and positive personality and a well-functioning digestive system.
Chronic worry and anxiety tend to knot up the upper abdomen (you know that constricting feeling!). Here’s an interesting look at the various symptoms of a weak or unbalanced solar plexus chakra.
1. Poor breathing: anyone suffering from anxiety, tension or depression don’t breathe deeply, from the diaphragm. Their breathing is shallow and rapid. Not only does this rob the body of oxygen, but it is an unconscious response to protecting the self by attempting to curl up into the smallest possible invisible ball and making oneself small.
2. Upper abdominal knot: this knot can be very, very persistent if you’ve had any prolonged worries. Again, the knot is based in self-contraction, trying to protect the self from the cruelty of the outside world.
3. Stomach problems such as diarrhea or queasiness are symptoms of anxiety. You may feel intensely nauseous when you’re thinking about a certain situation.
You can heal the solar plexus chakra in several ways, including this wonderful breathing exercise:
Sit comfortably with your spine unsupported. Imagine an invisible cord pulling your spine upward, releasing the constriction of the upper abdomen, where your solar plexus pain resides. Visualize energy flowing from the ground up through your legs, up the spine and out through the top of your head.
Imagine this energy becoming concentrated in your solar plexus area. Allow it to coalesce into a glowing ball, just like an inner sun. Feel the warmth and light of this ball of energy. Feel it expanding from your very center, out past your physical body and out into the universe. Know that this energy is the energy of LOVE (including self-love) and that there is never a shortage of this energy. You can draw it into yourself anytime you wish, in abundance. Feel how good it is to be sending this loving energy out from yourself, releasing all tension and knots you have in your gut.
ASK your solar plexus what it’s holding on to and what needs to be resolved. Listen to the response. It may come immediately or later, but be open to what you hear. It is not your imagination, it is inner wisdom speaking to you.
Gently place the palm of your hand over your diaphragm and feel it extend outward as you inhale. Breathe into the solar plexus. Feel it expanding and relaxing. Release the tightness you feel there.
Anytime you want, you can also visualize yourself as living the life you want and deserve. Put yourself into a gorgeous mental image of the most awesome life you can imagine. It’s yours in the imagination… therefore it’s yours… and it can be made real. Again, ask your solar plexus what steps you can take to make it happen!
Finally, a here is great way to open up the solar plexus chakra on a physical level: Do the warrior pose (a yoga asana) – the warrior symbolizes personal power – and then hang backward over a balance ball (one of those big inflatable balls you find at the gym). This opens the solar plexus, providing a wonderful abdominal stretch as well as an opportunity to release stuck energy. It also opens your chest and shoulders and helps relieve tension in the whole body!