Did you know that there is an energy point that serves as the epicenter of our identity, ego, and willpower? It drives us to better understand ourselves and form our identity separate from external influences and our own internal pressures. It relates to our conscious self known as our ego and gives us the will to pursue what we want in life.
This energy center is the solar plexus chakra that governs one’s personal power and self-esteem. Its original name in Sanskrit is “manipura,” which means “lustrous gem” or “city of jewels.” In tantric traditions, this means “to shine like a pearl,” just like how we want our own unique personality to stand out.
This spinning wheel of energy gives you the courage to achieve your goals despite challenges. It also gives you the will and strength to follow your intuition without other people’s validation.
In this article, you will:
- better understand your solar plexus chakra and how we associate it with elements and symbols
- learn where it is specifically in your body and the parts it covers
- know the effects when this energy center falls out of balance
Understanding the solar plexus chakra
We associate the solar plexus chakra with the yellow color. Yellow radiates energy, power, and positivity. It also exudes warmth and brightness, the same qualities of fire or flame, which we also associate with this energy point.
The solar plexus chakra’s symbol is a circle with ten petals with a triangle pointing downwards. The inverted triangle signifies the element of fire and this chakra’s transformative ability. Its yellow color represents the sun and its radiating energy.
The ten petals in the symbol represent the ten subtle energies based on the context of Ayurveda. From this perspective, people believe that the petals point to the ten pranas or vayus, each with its own function and movement in the body.
The healing crystals that people use for this energy center are the ones that come in yellow. Citrine, topaz, yellow tourmaline, and tiger’s eye gemstones can help heal and unblock this chakra.
The solar plexus chakra in your body
Where is the solar plexus chakra? It is in your abdomen just above your navel, covering it until the breastbone. Your solar plexus chakra encompasses your stomach, digestive tract, and the middle of your back.
Below are the organs it covers and the physical symptoms and manifestations of solar plexus chakra imbalances.
Digestive tract organs
This part or system in your body breaks down the food you take in and turns them into carbohydrates, nutrients, proteins, and fats. The organs including your food pipe, stomach, intestines, and anus make up your digestive tract.
The physical illnesses resulting from a solar plexus chakra imbalance involve stomach-related issues like acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic stomach aches.
Accessory digestive organs
The pancreas, liver, and gallbladder are not part of the digestive tract, but they have specific roles in digestion.
From the medical perspective, people call them the accessory organs as they aid digestive activities. An imbalance in the solar plexus chakra can cause diabetes, pancreatitis and liver-related issues.
This energy center also governs the adrenal glands responsible for producing adrenaline and the stress hormone cortisol. The effects of the solar plexus that falls out of balance include anxiety, restlessness, nausea, vomiting, and other gastric symptoms.
The solar plexus chakra and your behaviors
This solar plexus chakra is governing positive characteristics, such as courage, self-confidence, willpower, and self-control. A balanced solar plexus chakra gives you a strong sense of yourself that helps you find the courage to follow the path that you desire. You also have a clear direction and clarity on what you want to do in life.
An imbalance in this specific wheel of energy can cause physical manifestations rooting from one’s experiences and psychological baggage. You may have negative emotions and fear of rejection and criticisms. You also don’t want the feeling of being ignored and always seek everyone’s validation.
When there’s a deficient energy in your solar plexus chakra, you will experience powerlessness and the inability to express your anger. You will also have a low self-esteem and difficulty making important decisions.
The physical symptoms in your digestive system also link back to the mental and emotional effects of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra. It happens when you cannot take in too much stress and pressure happening around you. This leads to anxiety and corresponds to digestion system-related issues.
As mentioned, the solar plexus chakra is the core of your ego and self-identity. Whenever we do something good and someone recognizes that action, we feel good about ourselves. This gives a boost in our ego.
An imbalance in the solar plexus chakra, however, makes us seek validation all the time. We feel unappreciated and think we lack people’s attention. It is also a bad sign when we have this thinking we will only do good when people can see it and that we always seek other people’s approval in everything we do.
It is good to understand your solar plexus chakra and which of your body organs and aspects of your life it governs. This is so you’d know which part of yourself needs your attention and which aspect needs to improve.
Activities like yoga and meditation can help you maintain balance and heal your solar plexus chakra. You may use other tools like gemstones and chakra candles to aid you with healing. Cleansing yourself off negative thoughts and emotions can also make your solar plexus chakra work in harmony with other energy centers in your body.