Solar Plexus Chakra
Dear hearts, today we are moving up to the third chakra, the solar plexus chakra, or Manipura, as it is called in Sanskrit, meaning, “shining gem”. So let me tell you a bit about the last of the three chakras that make up the lower chakra system as we continue our journey through the chakras.
This chakra spins in the area around the abdomen above the belly button up to the breast bone. The colour of the solar plexus chakra is yellow and the symbol for this chakra is a lotus flower with 10 petals resembling the sun. In numerology the number 10 when added together creates the number 1 and is a symbol of completion. The circle indicates wholeness and the downward facing triangle within it represents the flow of energy downwards. This chakra is masculine, unlike the feminine sacral chakra, so has a different energy about it. The element is fire. This chakra is associated with self-worth as this is where you store your personal power. It is like a power plant where food is transformed into physical energy.
Once again I created a sacred altar to acknowledge and honour the solar plexus chakra. I decided to create one altar to celebrate all three of the lower chakras together. I used a rainbow coloured scarf to set the tone and placed a scented yellow candle, a stone with the symbol of the chakra engraved on it , a yellow crystal and a small arrangement of flowers I picked from the garden. As usual I placed objects to represent the four elements of fire, earth, air and water. When I was satisfied with my creation I lit the candles to evoke the opening of my third chakra.
An unhealthy solar plexus chakra results in lack of self-confidence in certain areas of your life while you may feel confident in other areas. You may experience low self-esteem, boundary issues and resistance to change.
A balanced solar plexus chakra is associated with feeling confident and secure, having a strong sense of self, good instincts and balanced relationships.
Disease can occur if it is out of balance for a long time. This includes stomach issues, co-dependent relationships,characterized by approval seeking to try and earn self-worth and chronic fatigue.
Here are some ways to open our solar plexus chakra.
Here are a few affirmations: I act with courage, I am confident. I am courageous. I am worthy. I acknowledge my self-esteem. I act according to my highest good. Repeating affirmations helps to reverse negative thoughts and replace them with constructive thoughts.
Here are a few journaling prompts:
Where do I feel most confident in my life?
Where do I feel least confident in my life?
What does confidence feel like?
Do I feel powerful in my body, my mind and my life?
Do I feel that I have the ability to create the life I want?
Take 5 minutes to think about each question and journal what you thought about for about 5 minutes on each question. Just let it flow. Try to be free of judgment. You may shred it or burn it afterwards. Journaling can be used as a healing process in that it helps us access our unconscious thoughts and bring them into consciousness. The process and not the product is important so feel free to let go what you have written in your journal. If something comes out that you want to keep you can do so too but you are not under any obligation to hold on to what you have written. The healing will take place whether you hold on to what you have written or not. I sometimes keep my journaling for a week and then discard it which in itself is liberating.
Another way to awaken your solar plexus chakra is to burn fiery incense and essential oils such as saffron, musk, sandalwood, ginger and cinnamon.
Yoga is a great way to release physical, emotional and mental tension in the solar plexus. Sun salutations are warming to the body and connect with the fiery energy of the sun. Other poses are the warrior pose and the boat pose.
Crystals for healing this chakra are citrine, tiger’s eye and yellow tourmaline.
Healing your solar plexus chakra will improve self-esteem, release the need to control others and restore a sense of purpose.
I believe that understanding the chakra system and using it to promote self-healing is beneficial to all regardless of our different religious backgrounds. I have always known about the chakra system but I decided to kick off the new year by delving into it in a deeper way for my own self-development. Although I grew up in the Christian faith and consider myself a Christian I am open to learning about the universal truths from other ancient traditions. I practice mindfulness meditation with both Hindus and Buddhists and follow the teachings of the spiritual poet, Rumi, who was a Muslim. You see, I believe that the spark of the divine is within each and every one of us regardless of our different beliefs. In understanding other spiritual beliefs and practices, we can actually deepen our own faith and thus benefit from it. Psychologists and doctors in the western world recommend mindfulness meditation and yoga as techniques to improve an array of physical, emotional and mental conditions.
Understanding the beliefs of others not only widens your world view but it connects us to others in deep and meaningful ways. It brings about peace and harmony among us. I believe that Christianity is all about spreading love to others and in loving others we need to first accept their differences. We don’t have to make them our own but we can learn from them and take what we think can help us on our journey of healing and self-development. Creating sacred altars helps me express my spirituality in deep and meaningful ways and thus enhances my health and wellbeing. Dear hearts, if you take one thing from this post to make your load a little lighter as you make your way through dark and challenging times let that be my gift to you. Sometimes all it takes is a shift in our awareness to bring about healing.
From my heart to yours,
In love and light,