The Chakra System
It is known that every living being on this planet, even the planet itself, is comprised of energy. Chakras are associated with specific parts of our body, but they are not “physical entities” per se. They can be described as the crossroads of the material and the immaterial and pertain to the body, mind and spirit altogether.
In the chakra system, there are 7 main chakras locate in select spots on the mid-line of our torso that allows energy to flow. The first chakra starts at the bottom of the torso and the last, the top of the head. The chakras on the lower part of our body represents our intellectual side, while the ones located on the upper part of our body represents our mental side. All in all, they govern our psychological properties.
Each chakra is associated with different elements, colors, foods, mudras, healing stones, essential oils, asanas (poses) and more. Ideally, each one of our chakras would be open and work together harmoniously giving us balance. By working together, they would give a balance of feelings and thinking. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as life throws so many twists at us.
Some chakras are blocked or aren’t open enough (under-active) and can have adverse effects on our mental and even physical state. When this happens, other chakras must compensate for the under-active chakras causing them to be overactive, which can have adverse effects on us too. When this happens, they need to be healed and balanced.
In order, the 7 main chakras are, the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. This article will explain a little more in depth about the solar plexus chakra.
The Solar Plexus Chakra “Manipura”
Location: Upper abdomen in stomach area
Animal: Bear; Lion
Representation: The solar plexus chakra represents our ability to be confident and in control of our lives. It also represents asserting yourself in a group.
Signs of Imbalance
There are different ways to tell if your solar plexus chakra is out of balance. Being out of balance could mean that it is under-active overactive. These could be both mental issues or physical issues.
Symptoms of Imbalance
If your solar plexus chakra is underactive, you may tend to be passive and indecisive. You are also most likely timid and don’t get what you want when you aren’t assertive. If your solar plexus chakra is overactive, you may be just the opposite. You may be domineering or even aggressive. You may even be manipulative, be excessive with control and authority over your environment and people around you.
Physical signs of an imbalanced solar plexus chakra would include digestive problems, liver dysfunction, chronic fatigue and diabetes. Emotional issues evoked by the solar plexus chakra include low self-esteem, fear of rejection, issues with personal power and fear of criticism.
When your solar plexus chakra is balanced, you feel assertive, in control and have sufficient self-esteem. You can have harmonious relationships with others and your surroundings
Healing and Balancing the Solar Plexus Chakra
When you have realized your solar plexus chakra is out of balance, there are measures you can take to balance it back out; open or close an over or under active solar plexus chakra. Here are some things you can do to balance and heal your solar plexus chakra.
Healing Stones or Crystals
Healing stones and healing crystals have been used for centuries. They have been believed to aid in the healing process of the chakras by healing the body, mind and spirit. These stones and crystals can be worn as jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets or can simply be held or placed in a prominent area.
Below is a list of healing stones and crystals that can be used to heal and balance the solar plexus chakra.
• Tiger’s eye
• Lemon quartz
• Yellow jasper
• Yellow tourmaline
• Any Yellow gemstone or crystal
Aromatherapy has also been used for centuries. It includes using essential oils for healing properties. These aromas can be inhaled through sprays, candles, incense or wax cubes, ingested through teas or applied topically through massage oils, lotions or body butters. Taking baths with bath salts containing essential oils are also beneficial.
When used, the aromas can have healing properties to fight all different kinds of ailments and mental issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Essential oils that can be used in balancing or healing your solar plexus chakra include the following.
Food for the Solar Plexus Chakra
When trying to balance the solar plexus chakra, food is always there to help. By nourishing your body with the following foods- and others, you can help heal your solar plexus chakra.
• Yellow curry
Carbs and whole grains
• Brown rice
• Sprouted grains
Any food that benefits the liver or digestive system
Herbs for the Solar Plexus Chakra
• Any herb that benefits the liver or digestive system
Meditation is about relaxing and refusing to get caught up in everyday anxieties. Meditation is a practice where you use techniques such as mindfulness or focusing your mind on a particular thought, object or activity. It is used to train attention and awareness and to achieve a mentally clear or emotionally calm and stable state.
When meditating for the solar plexus chakra, imagine your solar plexus chakra as a ball of yellow light glowing in your abdomen. With each breath, imagine yellow light entering your body and going straight to this area, making it glow even brighter. As your solar plexus begins to radiate, your confidence and personal power will become stronger. Visualize this for at least 3-5 minutes before opening your eyes. Sit for a few minutes before continuing with your day.
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. Some mudras can involve the entire body, but most are performed by the hands and fingers. There are hundreds of mudras that are used to help channel your body’s energy flow. Mudras are often used in correlation with meditation.
One of the easier mudras to perform is called the Hakini Mudra. To perform his mudra, put your fingertips together making a tent position with your hands, fingertips pointing away from your body. Cross your thumbs, left thumb over right thumb. You can hold this position for a few minutes or while you meditate.
Asanas are most commonly known as a seated posture used for meditation. Now, in yoga, the term is used for any physical posture of Hatha yoga. In yoga, it helps to keep the physical body healthy and is important for spiritual development. Asanas can increase discipline and concentration, have a range of emotional and energetic benefits, and ready the mind for meditation.
The reverse plank or Purvottanasana is one of the simpler asana for healing and balancing your solar plexus chakra. To perform this asana, sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Place your palms, with fingers spread wide, on the floor slightly behind and outside your hips. Press into your palms and lift your hips and torso toward the ceiling while looking up at the ceiling. Point your toes, and keep your arms and legs straight.
Keep your entire body strong and form a straight line from your head to your heels. Squeeze your core and try to pull your belly button back toward your spine. Hold the position for up to 30 seconds. If your hips begin to sag or drop, lower yourself back to the floor. Perform up to three sets of 30-second holds.
Affirmations refer to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. It allows you to have a positive mental attitude towards daily stresses in our lives and that we will achieve success in anything.
Affirmations can be repeated to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts. Through repetition, our minds take these affirmations and make it part of our identity, positive or negative. It is important to state affirmations in positive and in present time.
Positive affirmations for the solar plexus chakra would include some of the following phrases:
• I am worthy
• I am confident
• I am powerful
• I am free from power struggles
• I am positive
• I am free from the need to always be right
• I have high self-esteem
Listening to music in the note of E or listening to nature sounds such as thunder can be very beneficial to healing and balancing the solar plexus chakra. Other music such as binaural beats and solfeggio frequencies also help for this chakra. There are many resources online that are geared to healing and balancing the solar plexus chakra.
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