The Solar Plexus Chakra, Manipura Chakra in Sanskrit, means “city of jewels.” It is the house of our soul. It is connected to the sun, heat, and power. This chakra resides in the upper part of your belly, where the diaphragm rests.
Its color is yellow, although higher frequencies can turn into golden yellow. The color yellow represents energy, youth, new beginnings, and intellect. This vibrant and radiant color often makes us feel at ease and safe.
Manipura also means “seat of gems” and is also referred to as Manipurak, Nabhi, or The power of chakra. Nabhi translates as the navel, which is close to the chakra’s location. Our navels are closely tied to our birth. This is why the Solar Plexus Chakra and our sense of self are interrelated.
The Solar plexus Chakra acts as the center of personal power. It is symbolized by a circle with ten petals, resembling a flower. Inside the circle is an upside-down triangle. The triangle indicates the fire element and its transformative power.
This chakra governs the ego, personality, identity, personal freedom, choice, and authenticity. It also regulates the digestive system and the organs involved in this area.
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The solar plexus chakra is associated with the element fire. Fire is sometimes also associated with cleansing, change, and rebirth, like a phoenix.
Manipura Chakra possesses masculine energy, and its mantra is “I can.” It can be referred to as the chakra of personal growth. Some of the concepts associated with the chakra are:
- Personal power
- Taking responsibility for one’s life
- Taking control of one’s life
- Mental ability
- Forming personal opinions and belief
- Clear judgments
- Personality and Personal identity
Solar Plexus: Blockages and Imbalances
When our Solar plexus chakra is balanced and open, you can be smart and make intelligent decisions. This will help you be confident in your choices. However, when our solar plexus chakra is blocked or imbalanced, this may affect your self-trust.
Since the Manipura chakra is responsible for your personal power, blockages can affect various aspects of your life. There might be emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual struggles once there it is out of balance. If not taken care of, they could cause more severe damages to your life.
Symptoms of Solar Plexus Blockages or Imbalance
- A need for control over your environment and the people around you
- Misusing or abusing your power
- Being controlling and manipulative
- The feeling of being helpless and out of control
- Lack of purpose
- No dreams and ambitions
- Having ideas but failing to act upon them
As everything is connected, there are also physical hints and symptoms when blocked or out of balance. These cues can mean that something is wrong with the energy flow in your body.
- Stomach pain
- Acid reflux
- Loss of appetite
Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations: Balance and Healing
Affirmations are one of the most valuable things to open and heal your chakra. You can do and repeat this in your mind or out loud. You can also set the time whenever’s preferable to maintain and practice affirmations. There are various techniques that you can combine with affirmations too.
Healing is something an individual undergoes when they are hurt or injured. Healing yourself is vital for you to be able to live a happy life. Experiencing hurt and other unpleasant feelings in this world may be inevitable.
However, we need to allow healing in our lives. Allowing ourselves to heal is something we do out of love, love for ourselves.
Balance is essential to living a happy life as well. Balancing our energy flow is interconnected with healthy well-being. These energy points have a significant impact on our lives. When there's a disruption on one end, there will also be effects to the other point.
Here are some affirmations that may help you in your journey in regaining balance and healing.
- I honor myself
- I honor the power within me
- I accomplish tasks easily
- I feel calm, confident, and assertive when facing challenges
- I feel motivated to pursue my purpose
- I make my own decisions with confidence and conviction
- I am patient
- I am strong
- I am confident in my ability to succeed
- A fire in me burns away every blockages and fear
- I choose the best for myself always
- I forgive myself and my past mistakes, I learned from them
- I release myself from my past
- Everything I need, I have within
- I am my authentic self
- I know what’s best for me
- I use my power for good
- I accept myself unconditionally
- I am comfortable with what I am and my power
- I release every feeling of wanting to control
- I release all the judgments I have for others and myself
- I am capable of achieving whatever I desire
- I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect
- I have high self-esteem, and I believe in myself
- I know that I have a lot to offer the world
- I am worthy of the life I want
Solar Plexus Chakra: Opening, Realigning, Healing, and Balancing
Other activities can help in realigning your chakras. You can partner these with affirmations or whatever your daily routine is. As you can deduce, affirmations are an excellent fit for many activities. It’s very doable and does not require much time or deep study.
Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra does not mean harnessing your power to take advantage and boss over others. It’s about handling yourself, taking charge of your ability, making sound decisions, and building self-confidence.
Yoga is one of the activities you can do to realign your Solar Plexus Chakra. There are specific asanas (body posture) that can target the solar plexus chakra. These asanas help you regulate the energy flow in your body.
You can try the following poses:
- Bow pose
- Boat pose
- Classical Forward Bend
- Lion pose
- Mountain pose
- Warrior pose
- Seated spinal twist
- Sun salutation
You can also follow a whole yoga flow set that you can search on the internet or youtube. The examples are as follows:
- Third eye chakra yoga
- Energizing yoga for willpower and motivation
- Yoga and affirmations for confidence and self-esteem
A mind is a powerful tool. This is evident in the many pieces of research conducted as well as through our experiences. There is no denying its power. This technique uses the color attribute of the specific chakra.
Visualization is an instrument for the stimulation and awakening of a particular chakra. You usually find a comfortable place and focus on your breathing. Let your mind focus and concentrate on a specific thing.
An example could be the color of your chakra. Then, picture your goal and start to visualize it. Concentration and focus is a vital variable in this technique or activity.
Heal From Your Past
Some things from the past still haunt and hurt us presently. If you ever experience this, you can reach out for help. A friend, a book, or a therapist. Whatever and whoever is most comfortable for you. The important thing is, you have a companion that to whom you can lean on.
Burn Manipura Incense and Essential Oils
Aromatherapy helps open your chakras. To unlock your Solar Plexus Chakra, you can burn incense and use essential oils like:
Keeping the peace and quiet inside of us is essential. This helps us assess and figure out the right course of action. Meditation also allows for positive change. When the mind sees clearly and unfogged by negativities, we can make the right decision.
Many people regret making rash decisions and doing things out of impulse. This is why it’s important to practice patience and peace. This should start with us. Without peace in us, we are not able to contribute to the bigger picture, the world. When you help yourselves, you are also helping others.
Bija Mantra (Seed Sounds)
Bija mantras are sounds you make to harness the healing power of the energy inside you. The bija mantra for the solar plexus chakra is “RAM,” pronounced as “rom.” This chant helps in the alignment or realignment of the Manipura chakra.
The Power You Possess
The Manipura Chakra and our self or our individuality are closely related. There is a difference between trusting yourself and rejecting the help you need because of pride. All of us should develop a deeper level of trust in ourselves.
However, this does not mean that we have to detach ourselves from the people around us. This is why we need to practice trusting. We do not just trust whoever we meet, though. We need to assess and discern. This is why it’s essential to harness and align all your chakras so that they will work together in harmony.
You need to open, align, and protect your Solar Plexus Chakra. This way, it can effectively cooperate with all the other energy points in your body. Some of the steps may be challenging but doing something is better than nothing, right?
Take your time, make time and be persistent. Do something to help yourself today. The battles you fight are always worth it. You can do it!