The Solar Plexus Chakra, also known as ‘The Third Chakra’ or ‘Manipura’, is the repository of energy from which the power of life and vitality flow throughout the entire body. This chakra is related to inner personal power and element of fire.
In Sanskrit, the word Manipura means “lustrous gem,” also “jewel city,” which, in a metaphorical sense relates to something very precious.
The third chakra represents willpower, feelings of power, and identity.
It has a remarkable influence when it comes to personality formation and to the development of a strong sense of self, capable of leaving a mark on the world and carving out space for yourself.
In a way, the solar plexus chakra represents a driving force, an engine propelling thoughts, feelings, and desires.
Solar plexus chakra is related to the ability to know yourself and be aware of your interests.
It is the source of energy, which reflects in a positive attitude towards the activities that enables you to develop your talents and abilities freely.
Manipura stimulates the desire to acquire as much life experience as possible and is thus instrumental in personal and emotional growth.
Even though the third chakra is subjected to the element of fire, it does not relate solely to the areas of energy and power but also to specific values such as mercy, compassion, and human warmth.
Last but not least, the solar plexus chakra is responsible for transforming the ingested food and oxygen into life energy. Out of all seven chakras, the Manipura is the one that will most directly benefit from a healthy diet.
Solar plexus chakra animal is ram.
According to Hindu mythology, a ram is the riding animal of Agni, the god of fire.
Solar Plexus Chakra Symbol
The third chakra is represented by a downward pointing triangle ia a ten-petal rosette.
The symbol of Manipura is connected with the element of fire and on the metaphorical plane this relates to feelings of warmth and coziness, but it also inspires a sense of destruction and fear if it escapes control.
Solar Plexus Chakra Location
Solar plexus chakra is located just above the navel, in the stomach area, between the first lumbar vertebra and the eleventh thoracic vertebra.
The Effects of the Manipura Imbalance
Having some of the following problems indicate that your solar plexus chakra is out of balance:
- uncontrolled emotions
- pent up aggression
- sleeping problems or insomnia
- indigestion problems
Weak immune system and indigestion problems are a clear sign of imbalance in the third chakra.
In the contemporary world, many people suffer from under-active or over-active solar plexus chakra.
Regular exercise, especially yoga and meditation, can help you bring your chakras into balance.
Focusing on activities which strengthen your third chakra can make a big difference in your personal growth and physical fitness.
Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of the Third Chakra
The solar plexus chakra is instrumental in the development of a self-reflective personality.
Excess energy accumulated in the third chakra may present in a range of negative personal characteristics such as preoccupation with power, jealousy, aggression, and destructiveness.
A deficiency in the cosmic life energy prana manifests as insecurity, lack of orientation, sentimentality, and feeling sorry for oneself.
Achieving spiritual and physical balance depends on a balanced intake, storage, and flow of prana.
An unbalanced third chakra can prevent you from being able to let go of negative emotions or get over negative experiences.
Your mind can get stuck on negative thoughts, those trigger negative emotions, and sooner or later you might find yourself living in your own worst nightmare. It might be something you’ve heard before, but life truly is what you make of it. The way you think about things paints your reality in a certain way, and if you are bogged down by negativity, this will reflect on your quality of life.
A solar plexus chakra in bad health can also make you crippled by fear.
Fear is the starting point for many other destructive feelings, behaviors and reactions, such as anger, vengefulness, and aggression on the one hand and fear of life, withdrawal, and inability to assert oneself or take control of one’s life on the other.
Manipura is not only a repository of energy but also of our experiences and how we react to them.
If the third chakra’s activity is impaired, you might find even the most ordinary tasks stressful. Acute stress taints your outlook on life. You start having trouble drawing the right lessons from past experience, and you might misidentify problems, which may lead to poor decision-making.
Properties of the Manipura Chakra
- Common names: solar plexus chakra, third chakra, Manipura, the center of the solar plexus
- Name meaning: Manipura comes from Sanskrit and translates to “lustrous gem”
- Corresponding gland: pancreas
Pancreas gland, associated with the third chakra, excretes enzymes responsible for digestion. It also secrets hormones glucagon and insulin which regulate blood sugar levels.
- Color: yellow, yellowish red
- Mantra: RAM
- Number of petals: ten petals, each containing one of the following Sanskrit syllables ḍaṁ, ḍhaṁ, ṇaṁ, taṁ, thaṁ, daṁ, dhaṁ, naṁ, paṁ, and phaṁ.
- Corresponding deities: Lakini, Agni, Rudra
- Animal Symbol: ram
- Element: fire
- Symbol: triangle
- Sound: oh
- Frequency: 320 Hz
- Corresponding sense: sight
- Corresponding natural phenomena: sunlight, yellow wheat field, flaming fire
- Planet: Mars
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun. It is named after Roman god of war. The temperature on Mars in the equatorial area can reach up to 35 degrees Celsius and one day on Mars lasts 24 hours and 39 minutes.
- Key themes: feelings, willpower, the capacity to sense and to express yourself, self-control, personality, allocation of life energy around the body
- Affected body parts: pancreas, stomach, gallbladder, liver, spleen, small intestine, abdominal cavity, vegetative nervous system
- Positive spiritual aspects: self-awareness, emotional intelligence, compassion, empathy, sensitivity, perseverance, spontaneity
- Negative spiritual aspects: emotional inaccessibility, sentimentality, self-pity, jealousy, obsession with power, inconsiderateness, aggression
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To open your solar plexus chakra you should execute some easy exercises – such as solar plexus yoga poses, breathing exercises, meditation, and mudras. These