THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Power & Control
Sanskrit name: Manipura (MAN-ee-Poo-rah)
Location: Just above the navel, below the ribs
Primary Color: Yellow
Secondary Color: Gold
Right: To Act
Note/Sound: E Note/Ram
Body: Liver, gallbladder, stomach, upper intestines
Endocrine: Adrenals-breaks down protein and lipids to produce glucose. Reduce inflamation and immune response. Controls the 'fight or flight' response to stress. Pancreas-(Alpha cells) produces glucagon responsible for raising blood glucose levels and triggers muscle and liver cells to break down glycogen to release glucose in the blood stream. (Beta cells) produces insulin resposible for lowering blood glucose levels after a meal. This triggers the absorption of glucose from the blood to the cells where it is stored.
Balanced/Open Chakra: When your solar plexus chakra is balance, you feel confident and powerful and have high self-esteem. You value yourself and your works and you feel as if you have purpose in everything you do. You carry strength and power in the ability to move forward and make conscious decisions in doing so. You are in complete control of your emotions and actions and the ego does not influence your actions. You have clear goal, intentions, and desires and are self-motivated. You naturally express yourself in a powerful way with the freedom to choose and direct your life. You have a good perception of who you are. You accept your place in the universe and accept and appreciate the positions people have in your life and acknowledge their uniqueness. You radiate with life energy.
Underactive: If your solar plexus chakra is underactive you may be very passive and indecisive. You doubt yourself and your decisions, usually ruled by being unconfident, or worried about what others will think of you. You often feel as though you are not good enough and seek constant approval from others. You tend to mistrust people or put your trust in the wrong people. You develop co-dependent relationships. You are often afraid to be alone. You are afraid to face or analyze thoughts or feelings and avoid feelings of depression and anxiety.
Overactive: If your solar plexus chakra is overactive you tend to be domineering. You are harsh, judgemental, and critical towards others and yourself. You are very rigid in your thinking and tend to easily find fault in things and people. You have a stubborn attitude, your way or no way, and may always think you are right. You may find yourself making plans but not fulfilling them. You tend to be a workaholic and work is the main priority. You are constantly working at perfecting things for feeling that nothing is ever good enough as it is.
Physical symptoms: Diabetes, digestive issues, adrenal organ illness, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, poor digestion, weight problems, ulcers, arthritis, issues with pancreas, liver and/or kidneys, hepatitis, colon cancer.
The Solar Plexus chakra houses our will-power, the warrior within. It is the seat of fire, passion and desire, and the will to live. The message this chakra carries is that you have the power to choose. The power of choice is one of the greatest gifts in life. You can choose if you want to take charge and direction in your life. You can choose to live out your karma or actively make a decision to change it. You can choose healing. You can choose in this very moment if you want to smile or frown. Any time you judge or criticize yourself, you deplete this chakra and weaken your willpower. Loving yourself and knowing your value and your worth, that you are unique and one of a kind, are ways to build your sacral chakra. Know that you can express yourself in a powerful way and that you have the freedom to choose to be yourself and direct your own life. Stand firm in your own personal power.
How to Balance
There are many things you can do to strengthen your solar plexus chakra. You can sit in sunlight and enjoy the warmth and energy of the sun. In meditation you can visualize the color yellow and/or visualize a yellow lotus flower spinning and opening in the correct position above the navel. You can chant its seed sound RAM in the note of E. You can light a yellow candle and concentrate on watching the movement and dance of the fire, imagining yourself being that light. In nutrition, you can eat foods that connect to this chakra such as bananas, granola, grains, bread, flax seed, sunflower seeds and organic dairy such as cheese and yogurt. You can also incorporate certain herbs and spices such as ginger, tumeric, cummin, fennel, mint, and chammomile.
Affirmations for the Solar Plexus Chakra:
- I love myself
- I accept myself for who I am
- I am strong
- I am powerful
- I am proud of what I have acheived in life
- I am authentic
- I direct my own life
- I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth
- I am at peace with myself
Listening to sounds that resonate with the solar plexus chakra can assist with bringing it back into balance. These sounds can also be used to balance and cleanse crystals associated with the solar plexus chakra. For crystals that help balance the solar plexus, refer back to the crystal guide.