"Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead." Henry David Thoreau
THE SOLAR PLEXUS OR MANIPURA CHAKRA In the solar plexus area (upper part of the belly, where your diaphragm rests); it is the third chakra from the bottom in the traditional system counting 7 chakras. It's color is Yellow (higher frequencies of this chakra can turn into golden yellow). The symbol for the solar plexus is a circle with 10 petals in which is inscribed a downward-pointing triangle. It's element is Fire. Additional elements used in modern energy healing practices are healing crystals and aromatherapy. If you’re curious, here’s a list of the most common ones:
The main meanings associated with the third chakra are:
Will, personal power
Taking responsibility for one’s life, taking control
Mental abilities, the intellect
Forming personal opinions and beliefs
Making decisions, setting the direction
Clarity of judgments
Personal identity, personality
When the Solar Plexus chakra is open and the energy in this center is balanced, these functions naturally find a clear and effortless outlet. However, in case the flow of energy is disturbed, whether because the Manipura chakra is overactive or blocked, symptoms may range from energetic and emotional to physical.
Closely connected to the digestive system, especially the gastric and hypogastric plexi, its main function is to help transform matter into energy to fuel your body. It governs metabolism and is commonly associated with the pancreas.
The Chakra Symbol
A circle with ten petals
An downward-pointing triangle
The inverted triangle represents the fire element and the transformative power of this energy center. Fire turns matter into energy that can be used to propel, move forward. The ten petals are often represented with the color blue, like the blue color of the flame.
The Solar Plexus chakra is associated with the following psychological and behavioral functions:
Expression of will
The “accounting mind” that categorizes everything, assesses the pluses and minuses in life
Ability to establish ideas and plans into reality
At higher levels, it conveys wisdom
The main function of this energy center is to provide actual momentum to move forward and realize personal desires and intentions in the world. It plays a fundamental role in the development of personal power. It feeds one’s direction in lifeand the actions taken in order to reach your goals. It influences preoccupations about social status and self-image.
Signs your Solar Plexus chakra may be out of balance: On one side, a balanced solar plexus chakra makes it easy to find balance between your personal power and harmonious relationships with others; on the other side, an imbalanced third chakra could undermine your self-esteem and social life.
When the Solar Plexus chakra is balanced, you may:
Exert your will in a way that leads to the expected results somewhat effortlessly
Have harmonious relationships with your surrounding
Imbalancesin the third chakra can manifest as:
Excessive control and authority over your environment and people
Or the opposite in case of deficiency or blocked energy: Feeling of helplessness, irresponsibility
Being obsessed with minute details, seeing life through a filter of plus and minuses while losing sight of the whole picture
Misusing your power
Lack of clear direction, lack of purpose or ambition
Making plans or having a lot of ideas without finding efficient ways to realize them
HOW TO OPEN THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
The Appropriate Diet and Nutrition That Help Open Solar Plexus Chakra Or Manipura Chakra: Opening or balancing of the third chakra is possible with the appropriate healing diet and nutrition. Foods surely play a great role in healing. Some of the foods which can be taken to open the solar plexus chakra include the oats, lentils, golden apple, lemon, brown rice, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, corn etc.
Healing From The Color Yellow To Open the Third Chakra: "Yellow is the color of the third chakra" It is recommended to wear yellow and keep your surrounding yellow so as to help you heal or open the blocked solar plexus chakra or the blocked Manipura.
Healing Stones and Their Use For Opening The Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura Chakra (Third Chakra): The third chakra is tied with some crystal stones and bringing those stones into your life gets you a way to open the solar plexus chakra. Some of the most effective healing stones include yellow jasper, sunstone, amber, Citrine, yellow topaz, Golden calcite etc.
Using Essential Oils For Opening The Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura Chakra: It is also known that essential oils like the oils from ginger, cinnamon, lemon, clove, black pepper etc are very much effective in opening of the solar plexus chakra.
Daily Affirmations That Can Help Open The Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura Chakra: Repeating the powerful affirmations to self everyday help you unblock the blocked solar plexus chakra. You can say the affirmation during anytime of the day and for any number of times.Check out some of the affirmations below:
I love and accept myself the way I am
I trust my power
I deserve to be loved
I respect myself
I am capable enough to achieve my goals.
I can do it!
Sound Therapy For Opening The Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura Chakra (Third Chakra): Sound therapy also help in balancing the third chakra. Solar Plexus chakra is known to vibrate to the sound "E". Chanting RA in "E" will aid you in balancing the third chakra.
Healing Of The Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura Chakra With Nature: Fire is the element for the Solar Plexus chakra. Taking a walking in the sun during day time, sitting in front of a camp fire etc can help one to unblock and balance the third chakra.
Simple Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Opening the Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura Chakra: Meditation is the most effective way to open the blocked solar plexus. You need to close your eyes and imagine a yellow colored flower opening in the naval. You can also imagine a yellow burning flame or a glowing ball while meditating. A simple breathing exercise while meditating would help you have a strong effect in the opening of the blocked solar plexus chakra.
Martial Arts To Open The Solar Plexus Chakra or Manipura Chakra (Third Chakra): Martial arts help in growing self confidence; it empowers one by self and thus aid in opening the solar plexus chakra or manipura chakra.