SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Considered your personal power center, your solar plexus chakra is thought to be your source of determination, laughter, drive, and self-esteem. It’s the location of your emotional “fire” and your physical “fire” or metabolism.
What is Manipura?
The solar plexus chakra is commonly referred to by its Sanskrit origins: Manipura. The root “mani” translates to “gem” in English and “pura” is a city. This “jewel city” of your energy and mind-body connection relates to your own perception of who you are. It’s your confidence, responsibility, reliability, sense of personal power and ego.
Solar Plexus Chakra Through the Ages
Most of what we practice in modern, Western New Age philosophies loosely derives from the original ancient scriptures in India. The term “chakra” dates back to before the common era, including the Vedas, but early philosophies of the chakras often included more psychic energy centres, or chakras, than the currently popular seven chakras.
The importance of the solar plexus chakra is shown by its correspondence to many other philosophies, religions, and practices. In Qigong, for instance, the lower Dantian furnace is located in the same area as the solar plexus chakra. It too, is important to the life essence of Jing, responsible for “gut feelings” and an energy center that fuels your personal power and action.
Solar Plexus Chakra Overview
The solar plexus chakra is located around your navel and solar plexus, encompassing the pancreas and intestines. It is the seat of your willpower, dynamism, sense of self and drives to achieve.
This chakra is associated with the color yellow and corresponds to aromas such as lemongrass, sandalwood, rosemary, and cedarwood. It relates to the element of fire, a fitting metaphor for the physical manifestation of this chakra which is your metabolism and digestion.
If your solar plexus chakra is well-balanced, you control your emotional and physical responses to others. You are at peace with yourself and set healthy, clear boundaries for your life.
Manipura is also thought to stimulate your outer adrenal glands and pancreas, so imbalances in this chakra often involve digestive and adrenal issues such as hypoglycemia and diabetes. It’s also associated with indigestion, eating disorders and stomach ulcers.
Solar Plexus Balance
With its vital role in your own sense of self, willpower and confidence, it’s important to recognise some of the signs that your Manipura is out of alignment.
If your solar plexus chakra is blocked or underactive, you may feel:
- poor appetite
An overactive or overly stimulated solar plexus energy center often causes feelings of:
- extreme aggression or competition
- voracious hunger or appetite
- fatigue and lethargy
- frenzied stress
- emotional overreaction
Balancing Your Solar Plexus Chakra
Since this energy center is the seat of your self-esteem and ego, it’s important to protect it from imbalance. Every time you think a disparaging thought about yourself or put yourself down, you are degrading your solar plexus chakra. With this in mind, it’s important to nurture your Manipura with kind, accepting thoughts about yourself.
If you are trying to break the habit of negative thinking, an aromatherapy bracelet can help. First, perfume it with essential oils that are associated with the solar plexus chakra. Our Solar Plexus Oil is perfect for this use. Then, place the bracelet on your wrist and every time you catch yourself thinking or expressing negative thoughts about yourself, move the bracelet to the opposing wrist. If you have beads on your bracelet, move a bead over each time you move the bracelet. Each day, try to move the bracelet and beads fewer times for a nice sense of accomplishment and progress.
Aside from actively working not to impede your solar plexus chakra, you must also address existing imbalances in your Manipura. There are many methods to achieve this balance.
- Meditate in a room that has an aromatherapy diffuser filled with lemongrass oil or an associated blend. If you find mantras healing, use the mantra, Ah to help open this chakra during your meditation.
- Yoga is another traditional way to open and balance this solar plexus energy center. Again, using select essential oils in an aromatherapy burner can aid your yoga experience. Yoga asanas that are most often associated with aligning your Manipura are pranayama that involves a conscious concentration on the diaphragm such as agnisar kriya and uddiyana bandha.