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.
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.
Its Sanskrit word is “Manipura” (pronounced: Mu-nee-poo-ru) and the topic it represents can be named as such as “Honor One Self” or, “The Power in You”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Gall bladder
- 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The following chapters will show how you can get into a more balanced state and therefore can live a healthier life.
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.
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.
- Tiger’s Eye
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, 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.
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.
- Olive Oil
- Yellow Peppers
- Yellow Squash
- Stinging Nettle
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:
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?
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