As we’ve learned in the last two sections, the crowning tool for balancing and improving the flow of energy through your chakras is with awareness of their nature. The Root Chakra grounds us to the physical universe, providing the basis of our survival and relating to our very basic energies and drives. It’s deep red relates to the element of earth, and corresponds with our sense of comfort, well-being, and foundation. The Sacral Chakra exists just above the Root Chakra, serving as the Seat of Emotion within the body. It’s bright orange represent fluidity, openness, and the sense of sexuality.
In this next section, we’ll explore the final of the three physical chakras, or chakras that deal primarily with the physical universe. As you work through balancing and understanding your own chakras, remember that moving upwards, and beginning with the physical chakras then moving to the spiritual chakras, does most for clearing all paths of prana through the body.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
The third of the seven major chakras is the Solar Plexus Chakra. As we’ve moved up the body from the foundation of our pranic flow, we begin to see more “complex” levels of energy in this chakra. In of the chakra being composed of more basic energies of survival and pleasure, but Solar Plexus Chakra begins to deal with the energy of fulfillment and sense of awareness and control. It relates to one’s personal power and your inner authority.
This chakra is called Manipura in Sanskrit, and it’s position is just above the Sacral Chakra, about two inches above the navel at the diaphragm of the body. Here, this chakra connects us to discipline, desire and gut instincts. It affects the sense of power and comfort one has with their surroundings, and when it is out of balance, the chakra can affect our sense of certainty.
Here are some symptoms of an unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra:
Symptoms of an Unbalanced Solar Plexus Chakra
- Weak concentration
- Poor memory
- Uncentered, uneasy feeling
- Food allergies
- Skin conditions (acne, eczema)
Element, Color and Sense Associated with Solar Plexus Chakra
The Solar Plexus Chakra is most associated to the element of fire. Consider the idiom of having “fire in your eyes.” Beyond temper (somewhat unrelated), this is an example of one’s sense of personal power. It’s a feeling drive and a sense of purpose and control. Usually, when one has fire in their eyes, there’s little that they’ll allow to get in their way. This relation to fire deals with one’s presence within themselves.
Because of its hot, changing nature, the Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the color yellow. The color represents vibrance, youthful, optimism and energy. At the same time, like a hot yellow sun, the color represents knowledge and wisdom. It’s connected to introspection, intellect and guided autonomy.
Due to its deep connection to wisdom and knowledge, it corresponds greatly to our sense of sight and the action of movement. It is “the center of etheric-psychic intuition,” which is a type of knowing based on a specific sight we carry with ourselves.
Tips for Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra
- Bask in sunlight
- Start a bonfire (safely) and sit around it with friends
- Talk a walk in the sun
- Practice mantra Ram
- Meditate and practice metacognition (think about how you think)
In the following section, we’ll begin the transition from the physical based chakra to the spiritual based chakras. Here, we’ll start by exploring the Heart Chakra, the passageway between these two zones of energy.
For more information on the chakras, explore the complete guide:
- The Chakras: Introduction and Overview
- Part 1: The Root Chakra
- Part 2: The Sacral Chakra
- Part 3: The Solar Plexus Chakra
- Part 4: The Heart Chakra
- Part 5: The Throat Chakra
- Part 6: The Third Eye Chakra
- Part 7: The Crown Chakra