The Complete Chakra Guide to the 7 Chakras Part Three – The 3rd Chakra –

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This 3rd Chakra, which is further known by the name “Solar Plexus”, is the focus of this article. If you just starting to read about the 7 chakras I do suggest that you stop and start to read about the first two chakras.

To get a better understanding of the complexity of each chakra it is important to start at the beginning. “The Root Chakra” and “The Sacral Chakra”.

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Manipura

 

Let’s see what this 3rd chakra has to say and what you, the reader, can learn about yourselves and your energy.

What is the Chakra’s full name and where is it located on the Body?

The location of the 3rd chakra is about 3 fingers wide above the navel, see also the picture below.

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Location of the Chakras

Its Sanskrit word is “Manipura” (pronounced: Mu-nee-poo-ru) and the topic it represents can be named as such asHonor One Self” or,The Power in You”.

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This chakra shows our self-esteem or the lack of it. How strong or weak our ego is. How do we handle our personal power, our will? And; how do we deal with responsibilities and if we do listen to our gut feeling/intuition.

This is the chakra which shows us without any tarnish how we handle ourselves. Do we own our personal power or have we it given away to someone else, co-dependency? And, do we take responsibility for our lives?

Specifics of the 3rd Chakra

The solar plexus represents the fire element. This fire stands for activity, energy, light, and warmth; it represents our sun, the center of our personal power.

As I have said it already, it is located approximately 3 fingers wide above the navel. This chakra takes care of more organs than any other chakra of the 7 chakras.

We can divide it, for a better understanding, into the right and left side and the middle of our body. On the right side, it takes care of the gall bladder and the liver. On the left side, it takes care of the pancreas (which is actually a gland and not an organ), the spleen and the stomach. In the middle, it takes care of the diaphragm and the small intestines.

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Digestive Organs

As you can see it does cover a lot in our bodies and has quite the responsibility to keep these areas functioning. The 3rd chakra is the power that does help us to maintain our individuality of who we are.


The main quality this 3rd chakra represents is in total contrast to the 2nd chakra and here is why.

The energy of this chakra is logic not artistic. It is sophisticated and not innocent. It is rather suspicious than trusting and it shows responsibility instead of being the free spirit, which let everything flow.

To be even clearer on this part, the 2nd chakra would follow the right brain hemisphere where the 3rd chakra will “think” like the left brain hemisphere.

A strong solar plexus has a healthy sense of personal identity and a strong sense of personal power. A person with these healthy characteristics will always be able to lead a life on their own without depending on others.

The individual can take full responsibility for their own life and will accept themselves for who they are with being at peace and in harmony with all life there is.

The 3rd Chakra and the Emotion Shame

Now, when we talk about the emotion shame, we talk about it not in a sense we would talk about the guilt/shame in the 2nd chakra, which was based on sexuality and how it fits in or not with our religious beliefs and cultural society.

The shame we are talking about in this chakra is the loss of our power. We might have given it away without realizing it or, we just did realize that we could own our personal power and that it is totally o.k. no questions asked.

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Emotion of Shame

To be able to decide about ourselves and our lives, we need full awareness and the “power” to decide, where we want to go and what we like to do with our lives. However, co-dependency is one of the conditions which cuts off the individuals own power and let someone else, instead, taking care of our needs and wants.

Shame, experienced through this chakra, has way more ramifications as anyone might think. An emotional imbalance in the 3rd chakra can make us judgmental and critical, especially, toward those who do live their lives free and responsible. This also might lead to a confining life with a very narrow view.

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Codependency

Planning all kinds of things is also very typical; however, it will never get manifested. The energy to do so freely is just not there but, the cry for constant change will never stop.

The Strength of the 3rd Chakra

The strength of the solar plexus is to be in the center of your own power. Your will belongs to you and you, alone; will make the decisions what is good or not so good when pursuing a certain path. You will have a strong but warm personality; you are able to meet challenges being confident and have self-esteem.

Note:  Being all this and more doesn’t mean there are no hidden issues. The key is that we have to find the right balance. Being overly active or just the opposite of it will not serve us without getting us into trouble.

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Own Your Power Be Your Power

The solar plexus gives us the right to be who we want to be. We don’t have to be ashamed in what we believe in, in how we dress, in how we talk. The true power lies in the awareness of having this right and to execute it on a daily basis. Again, to be in balance is the key.

Seeing things more logical is one of the main characteristics of the 3rd chakra and we need it as much as we do need our creativity, a main characteristic of the 2nd chakra.

However, sometimes to show more reasoning is also important and since we are in our personal power it is “we” who decide when and where and how it will happen.

What are the most Physical Problems?

On the physical plane the 3rd chakra supports or is responsible for the following:

  • Liver
  • Gall bladder
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Stomach
  • Autonomic Nervous System

A health problem in one of these areas is not uncommon and probably entails the most known health issues, we as humans, can suffer from. Here are a few health conditions to make the picture complete and for a better understanding.


These health conditions are a sign that the solar plexus, is either weak or overactive. Dealing with ulcers of the stomach, liver problems like jaundice; suffering from gallstone and gas pains, indigestion, cramps, and spasm, are not uncommon and we can hear about them almost on a daily basis when watching TV and seeing the commercials.

Constipation and diarrhea, dealing with type 2 Diabetes, stress, fatigue and depression are also conditions known to an imbalanced solar plexus.

What are the Signs of a Weak or of an Overactive 3rd Chakra?

When we deal with a weak 3rd chakra we can find ourselves of having some lack of discipline, like to procrastinate, feeling physically and emotionally cold which also can lead of being less companionate with ourselves and with our environment.

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Procrastination

Others may be able to easily manipulate us since we are so weak-willed. We can create a victim mentality and like to blame others for our shortcomings, playing “the blaming game”. We also become unreliable and have poor self-worth or a low to none self-esteem.

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In comparison, if we are overactive in our 3rd chakra we might show it as followed. To be stubborn and arrogant are just two of the criteria’s when dealing with an overactive solar plexus.

Then, there is the need of being always right and having the last word, as well as being overly aggressive, domineering and controlling.

Having a temper tantrum when not getting their way and showing some violent outbursts are also, unfortunately, not uncommon.

Being also very power hungry and deceitful are also major criteria’s for an overactive solar plexus. And, to complete this part, instead, of being manipulated they actually are the manipulators. So, please, watch out!

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Note: Please do understand that everything which I just have mentioned is done so in the pure form of its energy the 3rd chakra stands for. There are so many variables and form of shades which cannot be addressed in its fullest scope. This article only wants to show what can be expected and let the reader decide for themselves what to take from it.

How to get to a Balanced State with the 3rd Chakra?

A person with a healthy balanced 3rd chakra is self- reliant, self-responsible, has a good sense of humor and playfulness. This person is also very confident knows its strength and its weakness and has a warm personality as well a feeling of inner and outer peace and harmony.

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Balance your 3rd Chakra

Nevertheless, what can a person do who is aware of the fact that they are NOT in balance with their 3rd chakra and want to change it?

The following chapters will give a few possibilities in how we can strengthen and balance the solar plexus, helping it to get back to its “natural” state of well-being.

You can choose and try out what is speaking to you. You don’t have to do all the recommendations at once. Go step by step and take it easy.

What is the Emotional State of the 3rd Chakra?

As we already have discussed, the emotion in close relation to the 3rd chakra is Shame. A balanced person will be aware of its emotion and will deal with it accordingly, not losing its self-esteem; it’s kindness toward others and so forth.

We are being made aware of our personal power and, unfortunately, in many religions and cultures, we are being suppressed by using our personal power.

We can see, that this still happens when we look at how women are being treated. In a country like Saudi Arabia, for example, where women can’t go anywhere alone without a male person allowing it is, in my book, pure abuse.

The effect of one’s personal power constantly being suppressed will show, sooner or later, its result. It might show up in form of a health condition, see the chapter on physical problems, or being in strong codependency, weak-willed and unaware of one’s own “real” individuality.

In the end, a person who is not balanced will show constant anger; flying off the handle is a very good description for someone who can’t handle that others also have their opinion and the will to voicing them.

The “typical” bully can fall into this pattern, but also a person who was suppressed, by a bully, not being able to show or live their personal power. It always goes both ways.

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I am Empowered and I Empower Others

The following chapters will show how you can get into a more balanced state and therefore can live a healthier life.

Colors

Colors are a part of our daily lives, even though we are not consciously aware of it. We have, usually, a favorite color which also can dominate not just our wardrobe, but how we decorate our home, apartment, workplace and so forth.


Too much of any color, either way, can tell us if we are lacking it or if we overcompensate.

Note:  I.E. wearing the color Black, in many western societies after someone has died, shows the outside world that we are in mourning and that we are vulnerable, and being in grief. The color Black, furthermore, communicates that we are in need of more protection from the outside world. Many teenagers are also going through the so-called, “black phase”. It makes sense since young people are very vulnerable and therefore are in need of more protection. Remember, protection from outside energies, “unseen” energies.

The frequency of the color Yellow is 508-526 THz (Terahertz) and its complementary color is Violet.

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If you are not a big fan of the color yellow try to wear a bit more of the color violet. However, I always like to mention that, even though, we don’t like the color we still can wear it in form of an undergarment or, at night, in form of a PJ. No one will judge us for it.

In most western cultures the color yellow is depicted as the color for jealousy which is, in my honest opinion, not true. Yellow is the color of the sun and the sun gives us joy and happiness.

Everyone will understand this when I say how wonderful it feels when the sun can be seen again after many days of rain showers or snow storms. It immediately will change our mood and will lead us out of our “confinement” being out again in nature.

Crystal & Gemstones

Using crystals and gemstones on a daily basis is actually one of the easiest routines you can imagine.

You can wear these lovely stones in the form of jewelry. Wear a necklace, a bracelet, a pair of earrings, and a finger ring. You also can wear a tumbled stone in the pockets of your pants or jacket, as long as you wear them near you. Taking a stone and leave it in your purse isn’t okay, you need to have it near you, in your auric field, your own energy field.

Anyway, here are my suggestion for crystals and gemstones.

  • Amber
  • Citrine
  • Emerald
  • Gold
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Topaz

Meditation

Meditation is something which also should become a part of your life’s routine, so to speak. I am not saying you should meditate every day, however, if done so it certainly will improve your health, your chakras and your life as a whole.

Nevertheless, even meditating once or twice a week is also very efficient. The following meditation is a guided one and suitable for beginners. Enjoy!

Affirmation

Affirmation, as I already have pointed out in my previous articles, discussing the first two chakras, isn’t really effective on its own. Of course, you will still achieve some positive results; however, to get to it it will take you 100% commitment on your part by repeating the affirmation more than once, per day.

In the beginning, we are very diligent to keep it up, but might, over time, losing our grip and, eventually, will stop it altogether. It is human nature and there is no need to feel guilty or angry about it.

Do as you can and also use some other tools too, so you can strengthen and balance the Solar Plexus.

Here are some suggestions for affirmations you can use to start with it. Feel free to do more research on the matter.

  • I always treat myself with honor and respect
  • I value and respect myself for who I am
  • I accept my personal power and it is getting stronger each and every day
  • I am worthy of Love and Kindness
  • I know I can do everything I put my mind to it
  • I know everything is for my highest good and joy
  • I love life, my life

Feed your Body the right Food

The foods we eat are very important too when it comes to living healthy and also to balance our chakras. I have written about foods and herbs already in my articles on the 1st
chakra and the 2nd chakra, but I am not shy to repeat myself when writing about each chakra.

Food for the 3rd Chakra

A healthy balanced diet may be different to everyone, but one thing can be said for sure, when you feel the need, after reading this article, that your 3rd
chakra would benefit from incorporating some of the following suggestions on foods and herbs into your diet, then do it.

Here are some suggestions, but always feel free to do your own due diligence by researching even more.

Foods:

  • Bananas
  • Corn
  • Eggs
  • Lemons
  • Olive Oil
  • Yellow Peppers
  • Yellow Squash

Herbs:

  • Alfalfa
  • Cleavers
  • Cornsilk
  • Dandelion
  • Garlic
  • Stinging Nettle

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is one of my favorites. I do love using Essential Oils for almost everything.

You can sniff the oils, just 1-3 times in a row and it can make you feel great right away. You also can put 2-3 drops in your bathtub or in your foot bath and you might feel the relaxation coming on to you.


Or, you can just use the oils by using a diffuser, only using 1-3 drops. It really doesn’t take much to smell the aroma of the oils and feel relaxed, energized, whatever you need and prefer at any moment.

Less is always more when it comes in using essential oils, so please, use them carefully.

Here are a few essential oils for the use to balance the 3rd Chakra:

  • Bergamot
  • Citronella
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemongrass

Summary

With this chakra, we have completed talking about the three lower chakras. They are being called the lower chakras out of two reasons 1) they are the chakras below the Heart chakra, 2) they are closer to earth and therefore are representing our physical manifestation.

We learned that the 1st chakra deals mostly with the “basics” of human existence such as food, shelter, social connections for survival and much more.

The 2nd chakra picks up on it and develops more the part where we realize that we are not just male or female but also that we do carry the “opposite” energy as well. Creativity, for the 2nd chakra, is essential and makes up a huge part of our unique individuality and, it doesn’t matter if we do believe in it or not.

With the 3rd chakra, the circle of personal manifestation is completed. Here, we become who we are with all the power to our disposal. It is up to us what we do with this power of ours, do we give it away to others or are we constantly on a power trip and abusing it?

YOU decide!

The next chakra, where we will take a closer look, is the 4th chakra known as the Heart Chakra.

Please stay tuned!

In the meantime, please feel free to leave a comment and ask questions about the 3rd chakra. I also like to hear about your own experience and how you like to balance the chakras.

Until then, have always a wonderful day

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Author: Sylvia Mann

Sylvia Mann has worked as a Geriatric Nurse and as a Nursing Instructor for many years. However, her passion also lies in holistic healing and seeking complementary healing modalities such as Reiki, Body Talk, EFT just to name a few. Spiritual topics about psychic abilities, the supernatural and more are also of interest to her. To be able to "heal yourself" is always the main focus to Sylvia when she writes an article to inform her readers.

18 thoughts on “The Complete Chakra Guide to the 7 Chakras Part Three – The 3rd Chakra –”

  1. This is my first article on chakras and I certainly will read the others too.
    I might be in a codependent relationship but not sure if it is true.
    How can I find more about it?
    Thank you
    Taylor

    1. Taylor, my only suggestion is to seek help from someone you trust and voice your concern about your relationship.
      You also can seek professional help from the counselor or therapist.
      I hope this helps you to do the right steps.
      Sylvia

  2. This was great! Both this and the previous two. I honestly hadn’t done any research on any of the chakra’s before, and so far you’ve done an excellent job breaking them all down and explaining the purposes of each. After reading them, I’d say I have an overactive 1st, a pretty balanced 2nd, and an under-active 3rd. It’s interesting to know which color goes with which chakra now, because I can pinpoint the exact point in which my 1st chakra became overactive, which was when I was 13, and in that exact same time, red became my most favorite color. And with the third, I’ve never really been a big fan of yellow(In fact it’s probably my least favorite color), nor have I ever had a very strong “left brain.” Can’t wait for the posts about the others, this has been really helpful thus far!

    1. Hi Mike,

      Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your personal experience with the chakras.

      It is sometimes amazing what we can discover when we just spend a few moments to reflect upon what we just have read and how it might have an impact on our lives.

      Happy that my article gave you this reflection.

  3. Hello Sylvia, I’m just beginning to learn something related to the chakras, and of course, your site has been a surprising source of information. This post, in particular, has interested me a lot because it touches several sensitive aspects, both those diseases related to food and digestion as well as emotions and self-esteem. I want to reread it several times because without a doubt it explains in a transparent way how the loss of harmony in these functions can lead you to states such as obesity, diabetes, gastritis, but also the difficulty in making decisions or self-discipline. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Tommy, for sharing your thoughts on the subject matter and leaving a comment.

      Yes, it is amazing what we can learn when we just look a bit closer and most of all, being honest to ourselves. This, of course, is not always easy to do. However, I personally have found that in the long haul it certainly can help to make healthier changes as we would have, otherwise, done so in the past.

  4. This is an amazing article, it’s my first time reading a article like this about the different strength of chakra with no idea that chakra really exist, hearing the term in alot of anime such as Naruto they always speak of chakra with me thinking it’s an anime thing but your article as open my eyes as to what it really is a well written article on chakra I thank you for sharing this

    1. You are welcome, and I am glad that my article could help to see the bigger picture and what is it about the chakras and how they, too, are important to our overall health.

      Thanks for leaving a comment, appreciated.

  5. Very nice post. A great reminder of the body-soul-mind connection and how easily things get out of kilter when these are not aligned with each other. As a former martial artist, I totally understand how important this can be for overall wellness and health. I still meditate, do deep breathing exercises and use aromatherapy. But I will add your 3rd Chakra suggestions to my repertoire and look forward to your next discussion about the 4th Chakra! Thanks for the excellent information!

    1. Thanks, Bob for taking the time to comment and for sharing your thoughts on the matter.

      We have to take our time to reflect upon what we read and how it might have an impact on our lives or perhaps not.

      As a former martial artist, you are certainly aware of the fact that we are more than just our physical presence, that our mind and soul are also important; and that they have to be integrated when we want a more balanced and happier life.

  6. I haven’t actually read anything about the 1st and 2nd chakras but I was just intrigued by this write up I had to finish it first before I get to the others. Unlike what chakra means when you’re watching the popular anime naruto there is a huge difference between both chakras according to this article your chakra can be find in you and it has a lot of effect on what you do and how you think and you must also learn to balance your chakra so that you can make and take the right actions am still yet to get the full gist about the 7 chakras but I will make sure I visit all other chakra related posts on your website and am sure I will have a lot of fun reading your amazing masterpiece. You did a very good job with this article I learnt a lot of new things and I hope you keep it up. The post couldn’t have been better. Nice work 

    1. Thank you, Dammy, for your kind words and for commenting on the matter.

      Yes, for some people hearing or reading about the chakras can lead to reactions of none-belief to be a laughing matter. it is okay though since we all are on a journey on how we want to live our lives.

      The fact, however, to some people and myself included, is to know that there are more factors we should need to take a closer look at when we want to understand why we react to things the way we do.

      The chakra system is only one of these factors which, in my opinion, can give some clues and understanding to better understand our behavior and reaction towards personal matters and the outside world.

  7. Yes, being at the centre of your own power is very important not to co-depend on others. This is derived out of the sheer impact of being true and confident to oneself. I totally agree with the third chakra.

    Actually, I might purchase the complete book of chakra healing, I have been looking for a further study on chakra. Is that $15.35 delivered or do you also have to pay delivery fees?

    Your 10 minute guided meditation video almost sent me to sleep, cool, I did the breathing as well. Strangely I feel rejuvenated after this video 🙂

    Thank you very much, Sylvia, for such a long and detailed summary of the third chakra, looking forward to eating some alfalfa, it’s actually so refreshing, to be honest, I’ve missed it, thanks for reminding me, Dave.

    1. Thanks, Dave, for your comment and insight on the 3rd chakra.

      If you like to purchase the book, or anything else for that matter, on Amazon, yes, there are delivery charges. Not sure though how much, it will depend on the country.

      I know, when meditating it can relax a person that much so they can fall asleep. Glad you felt rejuvenated 🙂

      I personally though never ever have tried alfalfa, something I should try.

  8. I never really believed in the whole holistic medicine/acupuncture/eastern medicine culture, until I really tried it.  I have suffered from numerous ailments, my back pain being the biggest one, for a long time.  After getting tired of taking pain pills and seeing a chiropractor, I decided to try acupuncture.  At the same time my wife was getting into essential oils.

    After only one session of acupuncture, I was feeling great.  This is no BS!  I never would have believed it until I tried it.  My point is this, I am now a huge believer in the holistic approach to life…..If my body feels better, my mind feels better, which makes me feel better.

    Thanks for this article and I will be waiting for part 4!

    1. Thanks, Terry, for your comment and for sharing your personal experience using holistic medicine.

      Yes, it sometimes takes a long time to get to the point where your inner”gut feeling” is telling you that there is more you actually can do to finally feel and get better.

      If my article is helping to reach this point my work is done. 🙂

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