Updated: Oct 16, 2019
The 3rd or solar plexus chakra is the center of personal power. This is the location of your life force which holds the energetic potential needed for achieving goals, fueling passions, and making life what you want it to be.
The energy- or lack of energy- at this center determines how you feel about yourself, and how you are treated by others.
In my experience with clients, this chakra is a particularly powerful one for many, especially for those who teach, are public speakers or deal with large groups of people. But even those who have a large capacity for third chakra energy may still need support. Those with highly developed 3rd chakras can often be recognized by their “sunny dispositions”.
Those with highly developed 3rd chakras can often be recognized by their “sunny dispositions”.
The 3rd chakra can help bring you to peak performance in many areas of your life. When strong and well balanced, clarity and strength is provided by this chakra as it helps move you towards your goals in healthy and meaningful ways.
If your third chakra needs balancing you could be experiencing any of these issues:
Having control issues or exhibiting bullying behavior (overly stimulated chakra)- or experiencing this behavior from others (subdued chakra)
Feeling a need to withdraw from others, not wanting to engage (subdued)
Low self esteem -not feeling good/attractive/smart/etc enough (subdued)
Feeling superior or dominant over others (stimulated)
Having unclear goals (subdued)
Physical issues with stomach, liver, large intestine, pancreas (imbalance either way)
Anger issues (stimulated)
Muscles get stronger with use, and so do the chakras. Here are some ways to strengthen the solar plexus chakra:
Do things that you’re afraid to do
Concentrate on accomplishing things that you’ve put off- even baby steps are fine!
Stand up for yourself and others when appropriate
Look into things you’ve been interested in exploring, but have been putting off
Share feelings honestly, take note if it’s difficult to look someone in the eyes
Get more yellow (the 3rd chakra color) into your life!
See your energy medicine practitioner
The third chakra can help determine whether you’ll achieve success or failure, if you’ll feel engaged in your life and the world around you, and if you’re “comfortable in your own skin”.
Solar Plexus Chakra Information
Sanskrit Name: Manipura
Location: Upper belly, a couple inches up from the navel to the diaphragm
Healing stones: Tiger’s eye, citrine, amber, pyrite
Essential oils: bergamot, rosemary, vetivir, juniper, cinnamon, ginger