15 March 2023
The Chakra Chapters: The Solar Plexus Chakra
Welcome to the third chapter in my series of deep dives into the chakras, let’s explore the third in the seven chakra system: the solar plexus chakra. If you missed the two previous stops on our chakra tour, you can learn about the Root Chakra here and the Sacral Chakra here.
Located in the upper abdomen, just below the rib cage, the solar plexus chakra is associated with personal power, confidence, and the ability to manifest our desires. I must confess that this chakra is my weakest, and something that I am actively working on strengthening to enhance my core energy and connect more deeply with my personal power.
What is the Solar Plexus Chakra?
The fiery energy of the solar plexus chakra resides in the upper abdomen, nestled in the space between the navel and the diaphragm. This chakra is bathed in the glowing radiance of the sun, its vibrant yellow hues representing the warmth and vitality of the element of fire. It holds the key to unlocking our sense of personal power, self-esteem, and willpower, helping us to ignite the flames of our deepest desires. When in balance, we are filled with a sense of confidence, motivation, and empowerment, ready to take on the world with fiery determination. To bask in the energy of the solar plexus chakra, consider practices like visualisation, affirmations, or creative expression.
Solar Plexus Chakra Blockages
When the radiant energy of the solar plexus chakra is stifled, it can cause a blockage that can wreak havoc on our physical and emotional well-being. It’s like a dam blocking the flow of a powerful river, preventing its natural force from flowing freely. This can lead to a variety of physical symptoms, such as digestive issues, weight gain, and adrenal fatigue, as well as emotional ones, such as feelings of powerlessness, low self-esteem, and a lack of motivation.
It’s important to be mindful of the factors that can contribute to the blockage of our solar plexus chakra. This can include negative self-talk, toxic relationships, and a lack of self-care. To prevent blockages from occurring, one must cultivate self-love and set boundaries that honour our inner power. It’s time to awaken the fiery passion within and unleash our true potential.
Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent and release blockages in the solar plexus chakra. By practising yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature, we can connect with our inner power and strengthen our sense of self-worth. We can also engage in practices that stoke the flames of our inner fire, such as creative expression, journaling, or setting intentions that align with our highest purpose. Remember, the power of the solar plexus chakra resides within us, waiting to be unleashed.
How to Balance the Solar Plexus Chakra
Fasting is a powerful tool to help balance the solar plexus chakra. By abstaining from food, we allow our body to rest and rejuvenate, giving our digestive system a break from the constant demand of processing food. This allows us to tap into the deep well of energy within, cultivating our inner fire and connecting with our inner power. There are many different types of fasts, from intermittent fasting to juice fasting, so it’s important to find the right approach for your body and your needs. I sometimes like to combine fasting with meditation, to make the most of both practices.
Breath of fire
Breathwork is an incredibly powerful practice with many healing abilities for our mental and physical health. The breath of fire is a powerful breathing technique used in Kundalini yoga to stoke the fires of the solar plexus chakra. To practise this technique, sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight, and begin breathing rapidly and rhythmically through your nose, pumping your belly in and out with each breath. This powerful breathwork can help to increase your energy levels, stimulate your digestive system, and clear any blockages in your solar plexus chakra.
Eating yellow foods
A simple and delicious way to nourish your solar plexus chakra is to eat more yellow foods. Incorporating more of these sunny-hued foods into your diet can help to activate and balance this chakra, as they are associated with the colour of the solar plexus chakra itself. Yellow foods like bananas, squash, turmeric, and lemon are not only vibrant and pleasing to the eye, but they also contain nutrients that support digestive health and boost energy levels. By consuming yellow foods, you can tap into the healing power of nature and connect with the energy of the sun.
If you want to take your solar plexus chakra balancing to the next level, consider incorporating a vegan or plant-based diet into your lifestyle. Eating a diet that is rich in whole, plant-based foods not only supports physical health, but it can also help to promote a more compassionate and mindful way of living. This can in turn help to cultivate a deeper sense of self-awareness and connection with the world around us.
The sound vibration of chanting can be a powerful tool to help balance the solar plexus chakra. The mantra for this chakra is “Ram,” which is believed to activate and stimulate the energy of the solar plexus chakra. To practise chanting Ram, sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and repeat the sound of “Ram” aloud or internally. Allow the sound to resonate within your body, awakening your inner fire and strengthening your sense of personal power.
Abs stimulating workouts
Engaging in physical activity that targets the abdominal muscles can help to balance and activate the solar plexus chakra. Yoga posts like plank, bow and boat pose open the solar plexus, toning and strengthening the abdominal muscles, while also increasing blood flow and energy to your core. These poses allow us to tap into our inner fire, igniting our sense of self-worth and power. As we engage in these physical movements, we can envision a bright, yellow light radiating from our solar plexus, clearing any blockages and energising this chakra.
The use of crystals is a common practice in chakra healing. For the solar plexus chakra, there are several crystals that can be used to balance its energy. Citrine is a popular choice, as it is associated with personal power, abundance, and joy. Tigers’ eye is also a great option, as it helps to boost confidence and self-esteem. Yellow calcite is another crystal that can be used to balance the solar plexus chakra, as it promotes a sense of courage and self-worth. Lastly, Libyan desert glass, also known as Libyan gold tektite, is a powerful crystal for the solar plexus chakra, as it helps to release any stagnant energy or blockages that may be present.
To use these crystals, you can simply place them on or near your solar plexus chakra during meditation or throughout the day. You can also carry them with you as a reminder of your intentions to balance your solar plexus chakra. If you’re feeling called to a certain crystal, trust your intuition and work with it in whatever way feels right for you.
Reiki is a form of energy healing that can be used to balance the chakras. With Reiki self-healing, you can focus on healing your own energy centres, including the solar plexus chakra. To do this, simply find a quiet and comfortable space where you can relax and focus on your breath. Place your hands on your solar plexus chakra and visualise a warm, healing energy flowing through your hands and into your chakra. You can also use symbols or affirmations to enhance the Reiki energy.
Self-Reiki can be a powerful tool for balancing the solar plexus chakra, as it allows you to connect with your inner power and promote self-healing. It can also help to release any negative emotions or thoughts that may be contributing to a blockage in this chakra. As a trained Reiki practitioner myself, I can attest to the healing benefits of this powerful ritual.
The solar plexus chakra is all about tapping into your personal power and taking action towards your goals. Remember, the journey towards balance is unique for each individual, so trust in your own intuition and listen to your body’s wisdom. Ignite your inner fire, set your intentions, and take action towards your dreams. Your personal power awaits.