The Solar Plexus or Manipura is the 3rd chakra which translates to “lustrous gem.” This chakra is where your self-confidence, identity and personal power are born. The solar plexus chakra gives you the ability to rise to the occasion in times of need and difficulty or anytime you are challenged. Its energy comes from the fire element, this fire element has the power to transform us and by extension the world we live in.
This fire has power — but it’s not meant to destroy or dominate. When in balance, it’s meant to nourish and sustain us. Make an effort to recognize when you are feeling empowered, capable and confident, notice where that energy is located in your body, how you feel and the quality of your thoughts while existing in that space. Our greatest strength lies in our ability to believe in ourselves and simultaneously encourage others to explore their own unique set of gifts.
Location: The solar plexus starts in the center of the belly button and extends up to the breastbone or where your two sets of ribs connect in the center of your chest.
Signs of an Balance/Unbalanced Solar Plexus
When in balance: You will have a great sense of control in your life, and be very satisfied with the path in life. You are joyous, and you laugh often. All things are feeling balanced: you enjoy your job, you feel that you’re following your dreams, you feel in control of your relationships. You are happy, and free from suppressed emotions. Everything is on the surface, and you like it that way.
When out of balance: You may be feeling trapped in your life – as if you’re not in control of your life. Often, this is due to a job that you hate, a relationship that isn’t serving you, or the act of living an unauthentic life. It can also be blocked by repressed / withheld emotions – the kind that bubble up and spill over if held in for too long.
Crystals for the Solar Plexus
Citrine: One of the best known crystals, Citrine is excellent for strengthening any mental work you need to do by promoting clarity, focus, and will power. It also provides inspiration for ideas and aides with all academic pursuits.
Pyrite: Also known as Fool’s Gold, Pyrite amplifies the energy of the Solar Plexus. As it is particularly helpful for balancing and enhancing masculine energy, it stabilizes confidence and encourages the user to take action.
Tiger’s Eye: Tiger’s Eye is a fantastic stone for courage and strength. Not only does it help you to overcome fears and persevere through obstacles in your path, but it provides grounding and protection to keep you safe and centered throughout the day.
Solar Plexus Mantra
“I empower myself and others.”