Solar Plexus Chakra – Manipura
The Solar Plexus Chakra, located between the navel and solar plexus, is the core of our personality, our identity, of our ego. The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who you are. The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable.
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality. The energy of this chakra allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and mover forward in your life.
The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner. What does that mean? It means consciously harnessing the energy of the solar plexus chakra. It means being proactive rather then reactive or inactive.
Beings with excessive third chakra energy react to life circumstances, they have emotional outbursts and are often stressed out. Beings with blocked or deficient third chakra are passive and inactive – allowing life to pass by while they do nothing.
Strong third chakra reflects the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power. It reflects the ability to make conscious choices to choose and to act.
The message of the third chakra is: You have the power to choose. You can choose to achieve your life purpose or you can live out your karma or past experiences. What do you choose? Do you choose love, light and healing? Do you accept that you have the power to choose? Do you feel a sense of freedom when you make a choice?
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem. Every time you judge or criticize yourself, you deplete this chakra and weaken your willpower. Self love, self acceptance, and acknowledgement of your own worth are the building blocks of the third chakra.
A woman with an open and balanced Manipura Chakra values herself and her work, is confident in her ability to do something well, loves and accepts herself, is willing to express herself in a powerful way, knows that she has the freedom to choose to be herself and direct her own life.
Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations
I choose to love and accept myself.
I choose to stand up for myself.
I choose to be strong and courageous.
I choose to be worthy of love, kindness, and respect.
I choose the best for myself.
I choose to express myself in a powerful way.
I choose to be proud of my achievements.
I choose to honor my self.
I choose healthy relationships.
I choose to be authentic.
I choose to direct my own life.
I choose to appreciate my strengths.
I choose to feel my own power.
I choose to be free in any situation.
I choose to seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.
I choose to be at peace with myself.
Solar Plexus Chakra at a glance:
Sanskrit name: Manipura (jeweled city)
Shape: Triangle (downward-pointing)
Petals of the lotus: Ten
Seed sound: Ram
Vowel sound: Ah
Rights: To act
Endocrine gland: Adrenals, pancreas
Physical association: Digestive system, liver, gall bladder
Psychological function: Will
Identity: Ego identity
Developmental stage: 18 – 42 months
Plane: Celestial plane
Planets: Sun and Mars
Deity: Rudra, Lakini
Mythological Animal: Ram
Incense: Saffron, musk, sandalwood
Herb: Cinnamon, ginger
Sephira: Hod, Netzach
Solar Plexus chakra essential oils can be used for getting in touch with your emotions and for balancing the third chakra. Located between the navel and the solar plexus, the solar plexus chakra is associated with the will and identity, the perception of who we are.
On the physical level, the solar plexus chakra is associated with the digestive system, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.
On the emotional level, solar plexus chakra imbalances may manifest as selfishness, stubbornness, domination, and desire for power.
On the mental level, someone with a solar plexus chakra imbalance may display cynicism, sarcasm, competitiveness.
On the spiritual level, solar plexus chakra issues may show up as feelings of worthlessness, fear of death, or being stuck in the ego/person/identity.
Essential oils embody the frequencies and healing properties of plants. These frequencies and properties work on all levels of being. Choosing essential oils is best done in consultation with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Working with the seven chakras and their imbalances is complex as everything is interconnected.
The following are the most commonly used solar plexus chakra essential oils:
This sweet and citrusy oil encourages release of pent up feelings and helps to disperse stagnant life force energy. It may help to alleviate anxiety, stress, and tension. Bergamot harmonizes stagnant liver energy by releasing feelings of anger, especially when the anger is turned inward and manifests as depression. Bergamot is also known for its beneficial effects on the digestive system.
Lavender is considered one of the most universal oils. Its effects go where balancing is needed and is often used as a “rescue” remedy when high emotions are present. Like Bergamot, Lavender encourages release of pent up feelings, dispersing stagnant life energy. It works to cool and calm an overactive liver, restoring emotional balance. The oil has a sweet, flowery aroma and is often used to ease insomnia due to overactive mind.
Rosemary has been regarded as a sacred shrub by many ancient civilizations. Rosemary oil is used for digestive issues, such as indigestion, bloating, stomach cramps as well as liver and gallbladder support. This strong herbaceous oil is used when one is experiencing lack of will, lack of inner fire. The oil warms the soul and allows one to get in touch with an essential quality of inner strength.
Mandarin oil is beneficial for strengthening of the digestive system and liver. With its sweet, citrusy aroma, the oil is gentle, relaxing, and promotes joyful feelings. When there is an excessive buildup of stress, mandarin can help disperse stagnant energy within the liver and release tension and frustration. A very gentle oil with sedative qualities, Mandarin has also been used for insomnia and irritability.
Earthy, sweet, with a slight woody aroma, Patchouli is another oil used for easing digestive issues. The oil may be used when there is deficient energy in the spleen and pancreas areas. On an emotional level, Patchouli is tranquilizing, calming, and relaxing. It harmonizes the emotional center with the mind center, stabilizing the mind when excessive worry is present.
Herbaceous, spicy, and sharp, Clary Sage is useful in cases of weak digestion and intestinal cramps. On the mental and emotional level, this oil helps with clear seeing of what is present in the moment, it brings about clarity into situations, and helps ease of anxiety and depression. One of my favorite solar plexus chakra essential oils, Clary Sage inspires us to stay with the present and to seek the truth of who we are.
Another oil helpful for digestive troubles, such as indigestion, flatulence, nausea, and constipation. The oil of Spikenard helps us to connect with Spirit, letting go of our strong ego identity, our need to control and overpower. In ancient Egypt, Spikenard has been used to ease anxiety, promote restful sleep and as a holy oil during meditation.
This calming and relaxing oil helps to balance the emotional and nervous system. Roman Chamomile helps the liver to release stagnant energy, purify the liver and to discharge toxins. Sweet, gentle, fruity, with a fresh aroma, Roman Chamomile has been used for centuries to ease stomach discomforts and to calm children.