About the Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura
The Solar Plexus Chakra is located approximately 1-2 inches above your naval, its color is yellow/gold, and its element is Fire. This chakra is the center of your personal power and thoughts. When we have gained the “will power” to choose our thoughts, and therefore our behaviors, actions, words, and attitudes, we are consciously in control of our life. On the other hand, if our thoughts, behavior, actions, words, and attitudes are not consciously chosen, then we are reacting rather than responding. Then, we do not feel like we are "in control" of our life because we are unable to choose a response that empowers us.
The Solar Plexus Chakra represents our third dimensional consciousness, and it is also ultimately the gateway to our fourth dimensional consciousness on the Astral Plane. The third chakra represents the struggle of the currently incarnated ego system, first with ourselves and others as described above, and then ultimately with our Soul, or Higher Self. When we find our power within ourselves, we no longer need to struggle against others. Then, our ego must learn to recognize the still, small voice of our Soul and the little “i” must learn to surrender control to the greater “I”.
When the Solar Plexus Chakra is balanced, you are confident and empowered with a healthy level of self-esteem. You have respect for yourself as well as the respect of others. You have a strong sense of self and your personal power and you use it responsibly. You are a good decision maker, skillful and intelligent, and are most likely doing what it is that you were meant to do in this life. You are outgoing, cheerful, expressive, and eager to take on new challenges. You live consciously. Your power struggles with others are minimal because you accept responsibility for the creation of our own reality. Therefore, you do not feel victimized or controlled by others.
The Solar Plexus Chakra rules the pancreas, stomach, liver, gallbladder, and spleen so when this chakra is out of balance, you may experience problems with these organs and with digestion. When there is excessive energy running through this chakra, you may be judgmental, domineering, a perfectionist, overly intellectual, uptight, and a workaholic. When the Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked, you may lack confidence and have low self-esteem, lack direction, have confused thinking, be indecisive, and constantly worry about what others think.
In addition to the chakra clearing and balancing meditation, there are several ways that you can focus your energy and intention on balancing and clearing the Solar Plexus Chakra. Connect with the mineral energies of citrine, yellow or gold topaz, tiger’s eye, amber, and gold. Use spices that are warming and aid digestion, such as ginger, peppermint, turmeric, cumin, and fennel. Drink ginger, peppermint, or chamomile tea. Gift yourself a sunflower. Practice exercises that strengthen the core muscles. Become aware of your thoughts, particularly those you have about yourself, and consciously choose to transform negative thoughts into positive ones. Begin a meditation practice, if you have not done so already, in order to still the mind of the ego in order to hear the voice of the Soul. Realize that you are your own Creator, you are the Architect of your reality, and as such you are the most powerful person in your world.