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?
Negative View of the Self
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 often involve the solar plexus.
Unsure of One’s Purpose
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.
Powerlessness & Victim Mentality
Feelings of powerlessness or helplessness or worthlessness are signs of blocked solar plexus chakra. This can lead to codependency in relationships.
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.
Being Controlling & Paranoid
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.
The Solar Plexus can also be involved in misuse of power and manipulation. At the extremes, this can lead to narcissism and abusive behavior.
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?
Positivity and Empowerment
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.
Ability to Manifest Life Goals
The Solar Plexus is where we figure out who we are and what we want out of life and assert ourselves to achieve it. They tackle obstacles with a sense of purpose and believe in their ability to achieve what they set out to do. This also carries over to the ability to manifest money and career success.
Willingness to Change and Take Risks
People with healthy third chakra are willing to change and grow and willing to take healthy risks. They recognize their own self-worth and so they have nothing to “prove” and thus do not react defensively to criticism.
Self-Trust and Assertiveness
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. They are able and willing to set boundaries and they can share power, lead, and follow as appropriate.
Which crystals help heal, clear, and balance the solar plexus chakra?
CitrineCitrine 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.
PyritePyrite is called "fool's gold" due to its shiny appearance. It increases assertiveness, confidence, and vitality and is one of the top manifesting stones for increasing wealth.
AmberAmber is an organic gemstone made of fossilized plant resin. It carries qualities of the sun, and supports wellbeing, vitality, and healing. It can also help with ancestral work.
Other stones you can work with are yellow topaz, yellow sapphire, golden obsidian, and yellow tourmaline.
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!