|Name in Sanskrit||Manipura - Inner Sun|
|Location||Base of Sternum, Breast Bone|
|Essence||I feel. I am strong. I am powerful.|
|Function||Source of energy, power and motivation|
Solar Plexus chakra
The symbol of the Solar Plexus is depicted as a sun and is yellow in colour, representing its inner power and vital function to feed the body with exuberant warmth and vitality. The Solar Plexus chakra translates to “lustrous gem” and is a great source of personal power and transformation.
The Solar Plexus chakra is the centre of willpower and your perception of who you are. Sensing your personal power and harnessing the qualities of confidence, responsibility, and reliability enables you to use your personal power in a balanced manner. If you are assertive and self-assured in your actions the direction of your intention and desires becomes more focussed, allowing you to achieve what you set out to and follow things through. A balanced Solar Plexus chakra set you on course to being proactive and using the power of transformation to your advantage, rather then reactive or inactive. When you achieve this balance you are connecting deeply to the energy of this chakra.
The Solar Plexus chakra is also responsible for digesting the emotions of the mind. It is a centre of strong intuition, which is why you often get a good ‘gut feeling’ about something, or you make decisions by ‘going with your gut’. We often underestimate the signposts of the gut which serves to guide us towards something good or away from something that can do us harm.
When you are really angry with someone you may find yourself saying ‘I want to rip his guts out’ or ‘I hate her guts’. These expressions come from your gut also connecting with the emotional centre of another who has hurt or angered you.
Holding on to strong negative emotions within this area, can lead to dis-ease within the body. If you have experienced trauma, either physically or emotionally, it can literally make you ‘sick to your stomach’.
When your Solar Plexus chakra is open and strong, you can express emotion comfortably, have a strong sense of self-purpose and a warrior-like energy when out of balance you may be controlled by the emotions of anger, control, hopelessness, a lack of empathy and may feel exhausted. A deficiency in the chakra may present as being passive, inactive or as low self-esteem.
Related psychological or emotional ailments
Anxiety, defeat, powerlessness, failure, childlike reactions or outbursts, unresolved anger, wallowing in the past, low self esteem, rejection, defensiveness.
Related physical ailments
Physically it controls the metabolism and digestion, The organs within the region of the Solar Plexus are governed by the element of fire, corresponding to the heat of the sun, which gives life to all living forms as well as your own inner sun of passion within the Solar Plexus chakra.
Digestive disorders, constipation, stomach problems, ulcers, blood sugar issues – hypo/hyperglycaemia, diabetes, liver complaints, gallstones, pancreas
Healing the Solar Plexus chakra
When you have clear goals, intentions or a plan of action, you can move forward with self-confidence and the motivation to achieve them. Each step you take, strengthens the Will and the Inner Sun of fire within this centre. If you have overcome many obstacles or need to do so, or don’t want to be held back anymore, then nurturing the Solar Plexus chakra is the starting place for spiritual and psychological metamorphosis
The Solar Plexus chakra can become mired in inner conflict, pain or anger. Such emotions hide the true potential of the inner self. Releasing and transforming this energy creates balance promoting confidence, and the ability to a make conscious choice to move forward in a positive and empowering light.
As this is the centre which relates physically to digestion and metabolism, it is essential to take care of your gut and be mindful of what you put into your body. Energetically it is fuelled by the digestive fire called Agni. Breathing techniques to strengthen this energy help to create balance within the chakra.
If you are indecisive or at a crossroads, then look towards your gut for guidance. Learning to trust your own instincts and connect with the inner voice that is your gut talking will also create harmony within the chakra. It is the centre of intuition and spiritual abundance. Learning to work with this energy for the purpose of transformation can lead to great achievements.
Crystals to support the Solar Plexus chakra are:
Libyan Gold Tekite, Peridot, Honey Calcite, Citrine, Tigers Eye, Yellow Tourmaline