There are seven main chakras, one of which is the Manipura, or the Solar Plexus chakra.
This chakra is responsible for the radiance of self-confidence, which is why it is often referred to as the lustrous gem. It shines like the sun, showering the light of goodness and positive energy.
When this chakra is well opened and ‘healthy,’ it radiates. We wish to maintain this state for the rest of our lives! But sometimes, what we experience is little or no self-belief, needing assurance from others.
Occasionally, we back out and cannot face challenges because of an incredible lack of motivation. These problems are easily traceable to the damaged solar plexus chakra.
We’ll explain the solar plexus (Manipura) chakra, identify the causes of imbalance, and explore the signs of an unhealthy chakra. Then, we’ll go into details about how to heal a ‘sick’ solar plexus chakra. Let’s look at how to do that.
Solar Plexus Chakra Explained
So, what exactly is the solar plexus chakra? Remember, every chakra must be open to work well. When closed, it manifests in physical and emotional damage to the body.
To maintain the physical drive that causes fulfillment and achievement, the solar plexus chakra needs to remain open daily.
Known as the lustrous gem because of how it radiates when opened, the solar plexus chakra is one of the seven main energy centers in the body. The seven main chakras, aligned along the spine, are:
- Third Eye
- Solar Plexus
The solar plexus itself is a nerve center in the abdomen that is responsible for automatic acts of digestion and respiration. The solar plexus nerves are also known to activate the appropriate responses when the body is threatened or attacked.
This specific chakra, identified by the bright yellow color, is located in the upper belly of the diaphragm and acts as a store of personal capabilities.
Because it is located at the center of the body, the solar plexus rules the individual’s personal identity and influences a person’s ego and originality.
This chakra, when fully activated, can improve how a person views themself and enhance self-worth. Physically, since it is located around the belly, it influences the digestive system and the gut.
Gastric issues, indigestion, stomach pain, acid reflux, nausea, and ulcers are common in those suffering from a damaged or closed solar plexus chakra.
The sun is the natural element used to identify the solar plexus. This explains why it radiates when opened and creates cold darkness when closed. There are factors that can cause an imbalance or closure of the solar plexus.
What Causes a Solar Plexus Chakra Imbalance?
The sun shines in the day and rests at night, yet there are times during the day when the cloud covers the sun’s rays. The solar plexus chakra is often a victim of imbalance when certain experiences or habits have clouded the body.
Generally, the solar plexus chakra would be damaged if a person has undergone life-changing trauma or some form of abuse.
A person who has been a victim of bullying, threats, or a very harsh upbringing would most likely have a damaged solar plexus chakra. Deep forms of abuse, like sexual, religious, or moral abuse, often disrepair the solar plexus chakra.
In general, anything that reduces any person’s self-esteem can damage the solar plexus chakra. If someone also has poor eating habits, maintains an unhealthy lifestyle, or acts in shameful ways, the solar plexus chakra may be harmed.
Let’s look at signs that would cause the solar plexus to be blocked.
Signs of an Unhealthy Solar Plexus Chakra
Certain signs, such as a lack of confidence, are apparent when the solar plexus chakra is damaged. Three levels of unhealthiness are associated with the solar plexus chakra.
First, it could be unbalanced; then, it could be underactive. Thirdly, it could be overactive. Being underactive or overactive is also a sign that this chakra is unhealthy.
With an unbalanced or closed solar plexus chakra, conditions can manifest, such as low self-esteem, lack of willpower, indecisiveness, lack of self-trust, and feelings of inadequacy.
Other signs that would be seen include physical issues like poor digestion, ulcers, acidity, and nausea.
These symptoms are similar to when the solar plexus chakra is underactive, in which case depression, laziness, fatigue, and low glucose level may result.
When the solar plexus chakra is overactive, it leads to an excessively competitive nature, an overly aggressive attitude, and self-centeredness.
If the solar plexus chakra is not in perfect, healthy condition, the body lacks the motivation to achieve all it was meant to achieve. Emotionally, if left unattended, an unhealthy solar plexus chakra could lead to thoughts of suicide and depression.
Ways of Healing the Solar Plexus Chakra
Now that we know the dangers associated with a damaged solar plexus chakra, how do we heal it? Here are proven steps that can help you in the healing process.
Let’s start with one of the most overlooked steps: sunbathing. Since the element connected with the solar plexus chakra is the sun, sunbathing will definitely help.
Ensure you are in a solemn place, away from noise and distractions. Also, maintain postures that help the solar plexus. An example of such a posture is the half-moon crescent pose.
However, one of the most important steps you can take to heal your solar plexus chakra is meditation. When you meditate effectively, you can rechannel the lost energy back to the solar plexus and return the chakra to its proper state.
When meditating to heal the solar plexus chakra, you should always visualize the beautiful sunshine and imagine its warm rays flowing through you. Music, especially when it is made for meditation, is helpful in the healing of chakras.
Also, chanting special mantras can help, especially when meditating. The RAM mantra pairs with the solar plexus chakra, which is vital in helping to heal when it is out of shape.
Another helpful step is to use certain oils that match the vibrational frequency of the solar plexus chakra. Some examples of such oils include myrrh, rosewood, and chamomile oil.
Words of affirmation are very important. If you want the solar plexus chakra to be reignited and to radiate, you need to say words of affirmation to yourself, such as:
- I am capable
- I am worthy
- I am deserving
- I am free from limitations
- I am equal to the task
- I am not inferior to others
- I manifest with ease and grace
- I win because I am special
Make sure to say these affirmations as you mean them. Whenever you’re unmotivated, speak these words to yourself and find yourself radiating with confidence again.
Finally, the use of healing stones, which can be worn as pendants or rings, can heal chakras. The solar plexus chakra works with stones such as jasper, yellow sapphire, and sunstone.
When the solar plexus chakra is damaged or closed, it has several physical and emotional effects on the body.
But when it is fully functional, you accept yourself and appreciate yourself more. If you don’t appreciate yourself, you won’t be appreciated by others.
To heal the wounded solar plexus chakra, you need to take steps to acknowledge yourself and release every negative energy from your body.
The steps required to open the solar plexus chakra are so simple that you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it all along!