Strengthening the Solar Plexus Chakra

What is it?

In the last few decades, Chakras have become a part of popular culture. Many people reference the colors, imagery, and feelings related to these energy hubs in their daily lives. There are seven chakras in the human body, and five more outside, making up the 12 major chakras. Each chakra has its own characteristics, and some people may exhibit one chakra more than another.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is located approximately where our diaphragm is. It connects our sacral and throat chakras and is characterized by the expression of will, personal power, and mental abilities. You may have heard of Abraham Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs. In regards to educating adolescents, Maslow’s hierarchy supports that adolescents must have their basic needs met before they can begin to do any higher-level processing. The same applies to your personal system of chakras. We discussed in Strengthening Your Sacral Chakra that by providing that strengthened sense of love and relationship we would be able to support our sacral chakra enough to progress to the next chakra, the Solar Plexus. And still following Maslow, the next step is to work on our feelings of accomplishment. I continue to be in awe of how Maslow built his pyramid in a way that mirrors the chakras.

Visibility

The Solar Plexus Chakra is not only our center of expression of personal power but really is about making decisions and taking responsibility. Some examples of the Solar Plexus chakra energy in action:

  1. I am Possible
  2. Direction
  3. Self-image
  4. Power

As mentioned before, Earth also has a chakra system. It is widely believed Earth’s Solar Plexus chakra can be found in Australia, at Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Unbalanced

So how will I know it’s my solar plexus chakra that is unbalanced and not my heart chakra or one of the other chakras?

The most obvious sign of a solar plexus blockage is an overall lack of self-esteem or inability to make decisions. This may look like shyness. The most obvious sign of an overactive solar plexus is a manipulative or over-controlling person. There are many other indicators and variations of those included in the image to the right.

Our pets might show an imbalance in their solar plexus chakra by excessively herding the other pets (or humans), digestive issues, or even excessive barking.

Plants show an imbalance in their solar plexus when they fail to transport nutrients from the leaves to the rest of the plant.

Even Earth is showing an imbalance in her solar plexus chakra. A balanced Earth Solar Plexus chakra would result in an overall feeling of peace and everyone in their place. Unfortunately, only a small, small percentage of us feel that balance. For the rest of Earth, our suicide rates are up (the #3 cause of death), and people, in general, don’t seem to like themselves. Then there’s all the war and conflict. Those folks have overactive solar plexus chakras. There’s definitely a MAJOR imbalance.

Balancing

How can we begin to balance out all of this imbalance? 

As humans, we have many different ways to heal our own chakras, especially the solar plexus chakra. 

Affirmations

One way to work on adjusting energy in the body is through affirmations. For the solar plexus chakra, we want affirmations that address the challenges for the chakra itself:

  • I am strong, powerful, and confident.
  • I am aligned with my purpose.
  • I am enough, just as I am.
  • I confidently welcome new experiences.
  • I know my value and will not lessen or shrink myself for anything or anyone.
  • I am fearless in the pursuit of what sets my soul on fire.
  • I am worthy of respect from myself and others.
  • I love the person I am, both inside and out.
  • I am perfect, whole, and complete.
  • I can accomplish incredible things. 

Activities

In addition to affirmations, other physical activities will support balancing and strengthening our solar plexus chakra. These include but are not exclusive to:

  • Add more yellow to your life
  • Eat more yellow foods: bananas, corn, yellow curry, yellow bell peppers, pineapple, lemon in your water
  • Strengthen your core through exercise and fitness.
  • Improve your diet by listening to your gut.
  • Practice breathing exercises and meditation.
  • Tap into crystal energy: citrine, amber, tiger’s eye, calcite, yellow tourmaline, topaz.
  • Tap into essential oils: sandalwood, lemongrass, myrrh, and peppermint.

Impact

Imagine a world where everyone’s Solar Plexus Chakra was open and balanced. What would it look like? 

WE ARE STRONG.

What does that look like? Begin with defining your power. Do something new. Have a little fun and shuck those fears and anxieties.

What would the surface of the Earth look like if it’s Solar Plexus Chakra was balanced? For Earth, a healthy Solar Plexus energy hub would mean the empowerment of the collective, and maybe even a balance of power across the globe. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

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