Have you ever wondered where the phrase “making a decision from the gut” actually comes from? As soon as you make instinctive decisions, you use your intuition which lies in your solar plexus chakra.
The solar plexus is located in the abdominal region and so is your solar plexus chakra. That’s why they say you make instinctive decisions “from the gut”.
This chakra is one of the most important 7 chakras because it helps you to strengthen your intuition and your self-confidence. It is crucial for your personal development and shows you how to remain true to yourself.
In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the solar plexus chakra. You will learn what this chakra is all about, why you should balance it and how to heal this chakra.
Jump ahead to any of the sections below:
- What Is The Solar Plexus Chakra
- What Are Energy Blocks
- Signs of a Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra
- When to Heal It
- How to Balance It
Solar Plexus Chakra – What Is It?
The Solar Plexus Chakra is the 3rd chakra of the 7 chakras and stands for your personal strength, self-esteem, and creativity.
In Sanskrit, a language from ancient India, it is called Manipura, which means something like “city of jewels”. Each chakra has its own color that identifies it. So does the solar plexus chakra. It is yellow and has the following symbol:
The bright yellow color of this chakra stands for all the qualities that distinguish us as a person and make us unique. So it is creativity, personality, and intuition that distinguish us as individuals.
In order for your chakras to support you, you must cleanse and balance them. With an open third chakra, you’ll experience a sharper perception and increased self-confidence. This, in turn, allows you to control your thoughts and emotions, like approaching your fears better.
These are all characteristics and strengths of happy and successful people.
If your stomach chakra has an energy blockage, you will not be able to benefit from all these advantages and positive things. That is why we have prepared a short self-test for you, with which you can immediately determine whether your solar plexus chakra is activated or not:
- Do you regularly force yourself to do things you’re afraid of?
- Do you have strong willpower and good self-control?
- Do you stand up for yourself and your opinion?
If you cannot answer these questions with a “Yes”, your solar plexus chakra is most likely blocked or inactive. However, you should not hesitate or think too long when answering these questions. The “yes” must come out like a shot. You have to answer these questions in the affirmative.
Clearing a blocked solar plexus chakra alone won’t help you much. In order to ultimately benefit from your chakras, you should read our article “7 Tips And Tricks How To Heal Chakras”. There you will learn how to balance the 7 chakras.
What Are Energy Blocks?
Energy blockades usually occur when you have had a shaping experience in the past. Since each chakra symbolizes various characteristics, different events will block different chakras.
Such a blockade forms an energetic congestion in your body. The natural flow of energy is disturbed because the energy can no longer flow smoothly through your body. Such energy blockages are a problem because they can disturb the balance of your chakras and lead to an overactive or inactive chakra.
You have to distinguish between these two conditions, as they have different effects on your well-being. Depending on the characteristic that symbolizes the respective chakra, this imbalance has a different effect. While an overactive root chakra manifests itself in existential fear, an overactive solar plexus chakra leads to control mania or excessive ambition.
Whether your chakra is over- or inactive depends on the vibration speed of the chakras. Inactive chakras swing and circulate energy too slowly, while overactive chakras have too much energy.
Signs That Your Solar Plexus Chakra Is Blocked
When your solar plexus chakra is blocked, your life can become a series of disappointments and frustrations.
The continuing lack of self-confidence and self-esteem undermines determination and hinders your ambition. People who have third chakra issues often see themselves as victims. They feel physical pain in the abdomen, let themselves be treated badly and have low expectations and ambitions. They are shy and rarely take a leading role.
The most serious expression of an overactive solar plexus chakra is its behavior towards your fellow human beings. Balancing your third chakra will give you the feeling that you are in control of your life. If your gut chakra is overactive, this control spreads to your fellow people. You become manipulative and try to control your friends and surroundings.
Some pretend bravery and exaggerated self-confidence to hide their true character. Some people might consider this overcompensation arrogant. The pretended self-confidence starts to crumble at some point and in the worst case leads to depression. People with a balanced solar plexus chakra, however, do not boast of their achievements – they let their results speak for themselves.
Besides mental problems, this imbalance can also manifest itself in physical complaints. Since the solar plexus chakra is located in the abdominal region of your body, the difficulties often arise in this area. Digestive problems such as flatulence, nausea, ulcers, diabetes and liver disease can be the result of a blockage in the solar plexus chakra.
When to Heal Your Solar Plexus Chakra
In order to heal your solar plexus chakra, you must first know if an energy blockage is present. It really doesn’t take much to weaken your Manipura. Bad feedback, criticism, lack of affection or ignorance can be enough.
The self-test you have already done above summarizes the basic problems when it comes to balancing the solar plexus chakra. Pronounced anxiety, chronic stress, indecision and low self-esteem are the most common mental signs.
We’ve given you a list of the common symptoms of a blocked solar plexus chakra. While the physical signs are not clearly attributable to an unbalanced manipura, you can already be sure that your solar plexus chakra is blocked when one of the mental signs appears.
- Diabetes and related health problems
- Liver, gallbladder and/or kidney diseases
- Fear of rejection
- Self- and external assessment
- Anxiety and chronic stress
- Digestion problems
- Inability to recognize oneself
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of confidence
- Lack of respect for oneself and others
How to Balance Your Solar Plexus Chakra
Heal your solar plexus chakra and:
- Get a balanced and healthy metabolism
- Unfold your personal power
- Feel comfortable in social situations
- Strengthen your self-confidence
- Assuming responsibility
- Have fun in life
- Relax with ease
- Shine with your achievements without appearing arrogant
Here are the two most suitable methods of how to heal your solar plexus chakra.
Healing Method 1: Believe in Yourself
Simply put, if you want to overcome your own shyness, you have to work on your self-confidence.
An effective approach is to set yourself goals that challenge and inspire you. Divide your goals into small steps that you can work through regularly. This way you will be able to measure your progress better. If you progress consistently and achieve your goals, your self-confidence will benefit.
Besides defining goals, there are other ways to polish up your self-confidence. If you now go through the list below, you will notice that even small things in everyday life can have a big impact on your self-confidence:
- Look others directly in the eyes when you speak
- Smile often
- Stand and walk upright
- Dress well
- Express your opinion
- Eat healthy food
- Reports of success without exaggerating
It’s not that hard to do anything good for your 3rd chakra. However, it gets difficult when it comes to balancing between healthy self-confidence and arrogance. If you are too focused on yourself, it can do exactly the opposite and weaken your third chakra.
Be modest and think about what the person will say to you before you tell them about your successes and praise yourself in front of them. Even if you feel the urge to boast, don’t give in.
Let the results speak for you and your actions! In most cases, recognition for your good results comes naturally. Only very few people ignore diligence and good work. If they do, you can still point to your results.
Healthy self-confidence can be the key to healing your solar plexus chakra. Besides that, we’ve got other things that can help you:
- Actively expand your knowledge and skills. Then use the new insights as tools to achieve your goals
- Encourage yourself to get out of your comfort zone, for example by changing your daily routine or traveling.
- Exercise regularly and get better in sports
- Actively expand your knowledge and skills. Then use the new insights as tools to achieve your goals
Healing Method 2: Meditation
A last point we would like to share with you is meditation. Set up time for this practice and try to meditate regularly:
1. Focus on What You Feel
Take a few minutes to actively feel your body. Watch your breath, the details around you and the emotions you feel. As soon as you begin to sink into thoughts, bring your attention back to your breath. If you have trouble letting go of the outside world, you can run relaxing music in the background. For example this one:
2. Connect to Your Stomach Chakra
Put your hands over your stomach. Visualize your solar plexus chakra as a yellow light ball shining in your belly. Imagine also how you absorb yellow light into your body with each breath and how it makes your light ball shine even brighter.
The more you see this light ball shining in front of your inner eye, the stronger is your solar plexus chakra. Feel how you gain more self-confidence with each breath and consolidate your personal strength.
Imagine the yellow light of your solar plexus spreading all over your body. Every muscle and every cell is wrapped in this warm, bright yellow light.
3. Imagine Your Future Self
After you have successfully established the connection to your 3rd chakra, in the next step of meditation you should imagine what you want to look like in the future. Imagine how your future self radiates strength and has an open third chakra.
Visualize your strengths, whether it’s physical health, success in your career or mental stability: Capture this image of your future self and focus on the emotions you feel when you imagine all this.
You can dive deeper into meditation in our meditation guide right here.
If you do not regularly cleanse and balance your yellow chakra, it can have negative effects on your mental and physical health.
The key to a healthy and open third chakra is to find the balance between self-confidence and arrogance. Make your voice heard without overpowering people with your excessive and unhealthy self-confidence.
After successfully clearing your blocked solar plexus chakra, you will be assertive and feel decisive. You balance your own interests with the interests of your colleagues without being unfair or arrogant. Plus, you’re respected without having to demand it.
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