The solar plexus chakra is the center of our self-worth and power. Its colors are yellow and gold, and healing it can resolve anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and increase our inspiration, self-confidence, and ability to manifest what we want in the world. People with healthy, balanced solar plexus chakras radiate like the sun!
The solar plexus chakra Sanskrit name is Manipura and it is the third of the traditional seven chakras.
Where is the solar plexus chakra?
The solar plexus chakra is located above your belly button, where your ribcage joins in the middle.
What does the solar plexus chakra represent?
The Solar Plexus chakra connects us to our sense of ego and self-worth, self-confidence and positivity, and personal power. It affects our ability to manifest abundance and create what we desire in the world.
Healing the Solar Plexus chakra resolves issues around control: self-control or self-discipline, and how we relate to others seeking to have control over us–whether we can gracefully relinquish control when appropriate, and stand up for ourselves when it is not.
Physically, it is connected to digestion, our skin and eyes, our muscles, and our overall vitality and good health.
What are symptoms of a blocked or weak solar plexus chakra?
A weak or blocked solar plexus chakra can manifest as low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and an overall negative view of the self. Depression and anxiety usually involve the solar plexus. Feelings of powerlessness or helplessness or worthlessness are signs of blocked solar plexus chakra.
It can also show up as a vague feeling like you are not sure of who you are or what your purpose is in the world. You can feel lost, unable to make decisions or feel confident in the path you are on. There is a restlessness, insecurity, poor boundaries, disorganization, lack of willpower, and fragility. There can be a tendency to dream and wish but never create in the real world, and sometimes a lack of taking responsibility or a sense of victimhood.
At the other end a solar plexus chakra that is unbalanced or has excessive energy can manifest in being a control freak and unable to accept that some things that can’t or shouldn’t be controlled. It can create a fear of losing control, paranoia, rigid boundaries, perfectionism, and an overly intense and forceful personality. It can also be involved in misuse of power and manipulation.
Physiologically, you may experience digestive problems or heartburn. You may have butterflies in the stomach or feel anxiety and dread. Over time this can lead to stomach ulcers and adrenal fatigue. Eating disorders, obsessive behavior, sleep problems, addictions, and excessive anger can also be a symptom of a solar plexus chakra imbalance.
What does a healthy solar plexus chakra feel like?
When your solar plexus chakra is healthy and strong, you will feel lit up with positivity and inspiration. You will know who you are and what you want to accomplish and you will be making it happen! You will trust yourself and be able to use your power for good in the world.
People with healthy third chakra are willing to change and grow, willing to take healthy risks, and willing to set boundaries. They can share power, lead, and follow as appropriate. They are assertive about meeting their needs, but are able to be flexible and don’t try to overpower others just to get their way.
Which crystals help heal, clear, and balance the solar plexus chakra?
Citrine is a stone of light and abundance, which helps you manifest what you want in the world. It is high-vibration stone great for people with depression or low self-esteem. It brings joy, light, and lifts the spirits, especially if people tend to have heavy, down moods.
Tiger Eye has two colors, yellow and brown, helping it to bring dualities into balance and unite them harmoniously. Use tiger eye to bring dualities into balance, so for example masculine & feminine or light & dark. It is also great for attracting abundance and success.
Besides crystals, how can I support the solar plexus chakra?
A great way is help heal and support a healthy solar plexus charka is to start exploring your creativity. Buy some colored pencils or a set of paints, or download a drawing app on your phone and just start playing.
Other ideas are laying out in the sun, soaking up light from a light box, or decorating with suns and sunflowers and gold and yellow fabric.
Any way you can “let your light shine” in the world will help you begin expressing your creativity. So this could mean joining a Toastmasters group, taking a watercolor class, volunteering to put together an event, redecorating your house–anything that uses your unique talents and brings you joy to accomplish.
Solar Plexus Affirmations
- I let my light shine!
- I claim my power now.
- I am beautiful inside and out.
- I attract what I want to me.
- I live and let live.
- I am 100% responsible for my life.
- I know what I like and that’s OK.
- I let go of what I cannot change and focus on what I can.
- I embrace the uncomfortable as an opportunity to learn.
- I respect myself and set boundaries as needed.
- I release anxiety and trust myself to handle new situations.
- I am open to new ideas and new ways of doing things.
- I am willing to own my power and use it for good in the world.
- I am open to change and transformation.
- I am excited to be alive!