Our manipura chakra, a yellow lotus of ten petals, located at the solar plexus – the place where we get those butterfly feelings when we feel scared or powerless. Its element is fire -fire that radiates and transforms matter into energy, giving light and warmth. This chakra represents our “get up and go,” our action, our will, our vitality and our sense of personal power. Its name, Manipura, means “lustrous gem.” We can think of it as a glowing yellow Sun, radiating through the center of our body.
On the physical plane, the mainpura chakra rules metabolism, the process whereby we turn food (matter) into energy and action.
Digestion problems, stomach issues, hypoglycemia, diabetes, ulcers or addictions to stimulants (such as caffeine) are all related to malfunctioning of the solar plexus chakra. Weight problems may also be an indication that the body is not properly turning its matter into energy.
We can also assess the health of this chakra by examining our body structure at this level: tight, hard stomachs, sunken diaphragms or large potbellies are all indications of solar plexus chakra excess or deficiency.
Examining your relationship to the properties of fire can give further clues to the nature of your manipura chakra. Are you frequently cold, physically or emotionally? Do you get overheated or hot-tempered? Is your style quick and energetic or slow and lethargic?
When the solar plexus chakra is blocked, one may feel tired, afraid, shaky, quiet or withdrawn. There is a fear of taking risks, confronting people or issues, taking charge and with all this, a lack of energy. There may be too much seriousness and not enough laughter, ease or fun, all of which help the third chakra open and relax. Pleasure from the chakra below helps make the fire warm and easy; without it, our fires are cold and hard.
If the chakra is too open, then we have a kind of bully archetype – someone who always needs to be in control, to dominate, to seek power, prestige and ambition. As the lower chakras in general are more ego-oriented, third chakra excess can make a person narcissistic or self-centered.
An appropriate concept for a healthy balance in this chakra is the archetype of the warrior -standing strong, staying in touch with feelings, confronting only when appropriate and quietly maintaining a sense of power. A healthy manipura chakra can take on a task and complete it, take on a risk and not be bound by perfectionism or act in the role of leadership without domination or self-aggrandizement. It follows that suppressed anger and depression are the psychological obstacle of this chakra. It is important that you apologize not only for the one whom you have hurt but also forgive yourself.
If you torment yourself with anger and cannot let go, then the detoxification of the inputs does not occur, so this affects the stomach, liver, intestine, spleen and pancreas.
Balanced Solar Plexus Chakra:
A balanced solar plexus chakra expresses itself in people who are spontaneous and uninhibited; they have strong personal power and high respect for self and for others. You will find these people have a well-developed self-confidence and high self-esteem. Here you will find the archetype of the spiritual warrior with a purpose and the courage and conviction to be.
Overactive Solar Plexus Chakra:
The overactive solar plexus chakra expresses itself in the tendency to be aggressive and the need to be in control at all times. People might have issues of uncontrollable anger, with a judgemental and superior attitude. Over-functioning solar plexus chakra can also be expressed as workaholics, who like to rule through fear and intimidation.
Under-Active Solar Plexus Chakra:
An under active solar plexus chakra will have just the opposite effect on people’s outlook on life. You will find issues about fear of rejection and being overly concerned with what other people think. They will be highly sensitive to criticism from others with very low self-esteem, self-confidence and self-respect. A blocked solar plexus chakra will generate feelings of insecurity, fear of being alone, with the need for constant reassurance. They will avoid the responsibility for making decisions and may have issues around trust and personal honour.
Illnesses Associated with The Solar Plexus Chakra:
All the diseases associated with the digestive tracts ranging from chronic or acute indigestion (not wanting to keep something down), anorexia and bulimia, gastric or duodenal ulcers (can’t stomach this), colon /intestinal problems, cancer of the stomach, intestines and pancreas and weight issues (This is eating me up!). Solar plexus chakra issues also express themselves in the diseases of the liver, (which is responsible for detoxification of the body) such as liver infections, hepatitis and liver cancer and gallbladder cancer. The solar plexus chakra also influences the function of the pancreas, which can result in pancreatitis, diabetes, hypoglycaemia or pancreatic cancer. Other areas affected range from arthritis, chronic fatigue (ME), to allergies and adrenal malfunction.
Healing of The Solar Plexus Chakra:
The main issue around the solar plexus is how we have mastered the individuation process during childhood development. Energetic healing will assist in releasing anger in a responsible way and releasing inhibitions through inner child healings and energetic restructuring of the chakra or of damaged organs in the solar region. Process work which releases the inner critic from limiting belief patterns and self-sabotaging behaviour. Intention alignments help with setting healthy goals and establishing health lifestyle changes.
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