The solar plexus chakra is the third of the seven main chakras in our bodies and when this chakra is open and healthy, we feel confident, have a strong sense of self and can healthily assert ourselves. When any chakra is out of balance or has stuck energy, it can cause both physical and emotional symptoms within us.
Chakras become blocked due to common occurrences, such as stress, past traumatic experiences, and emotional upsets. Not to worry though, because not only is it easy to unblock them, but it’s also a beautiful spiritual experience which includes growth, healing, and connection.
In this article
- Definition of the solar plexus chakra, or manipura
- How to tell if it’s out of balance
- Crystals + essential oils for healing
- Healing meditations
- Oracle/tarot spreads for connecting with the solar plexus chakra
- Healing affirmations
- Healing foods
- Physical activities to heal the solar plexus chakra
- Sacred self-care ritual to balance the solar plexus chakra
Here is a quick, easy-to-understand definition of the chakras from a book I’m currently reading Practical Magic:
We all understand and accept that there is energy throughout the universe–dark energy, kinetic energy, solar energy, magnetic energy, gravity, and so forth. A chakra is an energy center in the body. It is generally envisioned as a wheel or swirl found in specific places along the spine (the word chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel”), spots where our nerves are bundled and our hormones secreted. They are connected by prana, which can be described as our life force or interpreted as our peripheral nervous system. It’s really the same thing–the difference is in how you think about it and whether you believe we have the power to consciously influence it. Qi gong, tai chi, acupressure, acupuncture, EFT, and Reiki all work with prana, though they may call it different things (energy meridians, nadis, qi, etc).
There are thought to be over a hundred chakras, but we tend to focus on just seven of them. In order for the body, mind, and spirit to be whole, each of these chakras needs to be open and balanced. A physical issue with a chakra can create an emotional or mental issue, an an emotional or mental issue that relates to a chakra can produce a physical response. Your body is not separate from your mind and spirit; all three are intertwined.
Each chakra has it’s own color, element and sound associated with it that can be used during meditation to open the chakra. This blog post will cover sacred self-care for healing the solar plexus chakra; how to know if it’s out of balance and how to heal it.
The manipura, or solar plexus chakra, is found in our solar plexus (upper part of the belly) near the adrenal glands and endocrine system. It’s in this chakra that we carry our feelings of independence, self-assurance, intellect, and decision making. I think of it as our center of personal empowerment.
The color associated with this chakra is yellow and it’s element is fire. When it’s balanced and open, you feel self-assured, decisive, calm, self-disciplined and confident in your abilities and judgements. You’re able to put your plans into action, directing your life towards what you want to manifest.
Signs that it’s out of balance
Physical organs related to the solar plexus chakra are digestive functions, liver, gall bladder, stomach, spleen, small intestine, pancreas, autonomic nervous system, lumbar vertebrae, diaphragm, and immune system–so if you’re having trouble or health issues relating to these areas, your solar plexus chakra is likely imbalanced.
An imbalanced solar plexus chakra can cause chronic fatigue, digestive issues (stomach pains or anxiety), stomach ulcers, liver disfunction, constipation, hypoglycemia, blood sugar disorders, hepatitis, diabetes, addiction to stimulants, poor memory, high blood pressure, bulimia, obesity, and anorexia.
Emotional signs your solar plexus chakra is imbalanced: not moving forward and taking action due to fear and/or rejection, difficulty controlling emotions, taking too much action (micromanaging and feeling the need to control everything), feelings of helplessness or the opposite–feeling egotistical and arrogant.
If you’ve been reading my chakra posts and are feeling worried that all of your chakras are possibly not balanced, it’s okay. I’m also seeing that my chakras are not perfectly balanced either while writing these posts! Actually, with each chakra I study, I have the thought “Oh, now THIS is the chakra that’s got me all messed up” before moving onto the next chakra and realizing that chakra is even worse off. Ha!
But we’re always learning and growing and the Universe gives us all of these clues and signs that help us know where we need healing. It’s okay to not be perfect! I like not being perfect. The game would be over if we were.
Below I’m going to share ways in which you can begin to unblock and connect with your solar plexus chakra.
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Crystals and essential oils for the solar plexus chakra
Stones and crystals are a form of energy healing that you can use to help open your chakras and keep them healthy. You can read my post here about how they work and how I use them personally. You can lay the stone in the area of your body where the chakra is located, carry them in your pocket or wear them as jewelry.
For stones that absorb negative energy, make sure you are clearing them frequently. Amazon has a beautiful crystal chakra set that comes with a crystal for each of the chakras, but here are crystals specifically for healing the solar plexus chakra:
Amber (not truly a crystal but fossilized tree sap): transmutes negative energy into positive, strong psychic protection, great for inner child work and trauma release, aids in clairsentience, draws disease from the body, increases feelings of calm and peace, relieves stress and depression.
Citrine: stone of self-healing, regenerates and detoxes your spiritual self from daily negative exposure to other energies, increases energy and drive, uplifts mood, promotes optimistic attitude, helps to treat issues related to the urinary tract, kidneys, and digestive system, helps regulate imbalances in the thyroid, helps to relieve constipation, strengthens the spine, improves blood circulation.
Golden Calcite: brings physical and mental energy, builds self-esteem and courage, helps in recovering from the emotional effects of abusive situations and relationships, encourages responsibility, self-worth and confidence.
Golden Topaz: stimulates solar plexus, strengthens self-belief, increases optimism, neutralizes cancer activity, enhances meditation, connects the spiritual with the physical, enhances wisdom, helps one to forgive, increases physical and mental strength, often used as a talisman, promotes harmony.
Orange Calcite: stimulates creative and sexual energy, helps with depression and phobias, brings motivation to act on divinely inspired ideas, helps to heal sorrow and grief, increases confidence, brings insight, helps to release old patterns, helps to ease stomach related and fertility issues.
Sunstone: relieves depressive thoughts, uplifts spirit, clears all chakras, extremely useful in removing hooks and cords from your aura to draining people, removes codependency, facilitates self-empowerment, helps with seasonal affective disorder during winter months, increases self-worth, relieves stomach ulcers and chronic sore throats, helps with rheumatism and general aches and pains.
Tiger Eye: brings clarity and personal power, increases self-discipline, grounding, encourages patience and determination, courage, aids entire digestive system, stimulates brave but sensible behavior, enhances psychic ability.
Yellow Jasper: carries the energy of the sun, promotes positivity/happiness, healing, relieves depression and anxiety, increases self-confidence in social situations, inspires one to accomplish tasks, boosts positive energy, relieves travel sickness, used for digestion, nervous system, skin problems and breathing disorders.
Choose a crystal based on how drawn you feel to it; that crystal is likely what your body/mind is needing the most.
I am very much a proponent of aromatherapy and the healing properties of essential oils. I use them daily and keep roll-on’s and sprays in different parts of my home so that I can easily put them on throughout my day to keep me feeling grounded.
You can buy/make aromatherapy mixtures or you can also use essential oils alone, like a few drops in your bath’s epsom salt or mixed with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil for a massage or dabbing onto certain parts of your body.
I personally use and trust the brand Plant Therapy and they sell directly from Amazon as well, which I like. Below are essential oils that help with balancing and opening the solar plexus chakra:
Black Pepper: relieves aches and pains, aids in digestion, lowers cholesterol, antiviral, helps circulation, has anticancer activity, eases anxiety, helps with cigarette cravings, helps to detoxify the body, appetite stimulant, food preservative, eases joint pain
Cedarwood: helps with connection and loneliness, helps to calm and relax, natural decongestant, grounding earthy aroma
Cinnamon: decreases inflammation, relieves depression, fights viruses, increases circulation, stimulates immune system, fights parasites, helps with digestive issues
Clove: joy, prosperity, abundance, treats digestive and respiratory problems, energizing, fights bacteria and fungus
Coriander: detoxes and purifies the blood, helps to eliminate excess gas from the body, relieves depression and stress, aids in digestion, improves appetite, helps maintain good stomach health, eliminates mouth and body odor, relieves muscle and joint pain
Cypress: creates emotional balance, helps with feelings of anxiousness, aids in calm feelings while also energizing
Geranium: alleviates menopausal effects, balances hormones, relieves stress, reduces depression, improves circulation, reduces blood pressure, increases urination
Ginger: stimulates circulation, helps digestion, anti-nausea, used for natural pain relief
Grapefruit: diuretic and lymphatic stimulant, treats UTI’s, reduces yeast and bacteria responsible for candida, relieves stress, increases detoxification and urination, lowers sugar cravings, lowers inflammation, increases blood flow, eases headaches, menstrual cramps, and muscle pains, increases mental focus, acts as a mild antidepressant
Juniper: helps with skin issues such as acne, relieves stress and helps to clear the mind, relieves sore muscles and joints, natural sleep aid, contains strong antioxidant properties, natural insecticide, promotes and improves circulation, removes excess gas from stomach, relaxes muscle cramps, helps to stop hair loss, cures toothaches, removes toxins from body, helps to overcome fatigue and depression
Lemongrass: reduces stress, relaxes muscles, improves blood circulation, diuretic, menstrual cramp relief, treats stomach issues, relieves headaches, treats digestive disorders
Mandarin: purifies blood and removes toxins, facilitates digestion and excretion, protects from ulcers and stomach infections, promotes growth of new cells and tissues, strengthens liver, relieves stress and inflammation
Peppermint: relives muscle pain, helps with sinus issues, eases sore joints, reduces hunger cravings, natural energizer, relieves allergies, reduces fever, eases headaches, helps with bloating and indigestion, balances hormones
Meditations for the Solar Plexus Chakra
So much of energy healing can be done through meditation and visualization. Actually, I’ve read that meditation is the most powerful and quickest way to begin opening and balancing your chakras.
Solar Plexus Chakra Healing Guided Meditation – this is a beautiful and relaxing guided meditation that will help heal and open your solar plexus chakra.
Activating Qi Flow of Solar Plexus Chakra Meditation – another relaxing guided meditation that uses Solfeggio 528 hz and binaural beats.
Solar Plexus Activation & Healing – this is a 9-hour long meditation sleep audio that helps to heal and activate your solar plexus chakra.
Clearing Stuck Energy – Solar Plexus – beautiful guided meditation that helps you release self-limiting beliefs and stuck energy that will balance and open the solar plexus chakra.
Oracle/Tarot Spreads for the Solar Plexus Chakra
One of my most favorite ways to bring clarity to anything I’m healing is to connect with the Divine and ask. I absolutely love using my oracle decks and allowing my spirit guides to shine light on areas I need help with. I found a helpful spread for oracle and tarot to help aid in healing your solar plexus chakra:
Affirmations for the Solar Plexus Chakra
Affirmations are powerful ways to reprogram your subconscious mind in order to hold new beliefs and begin manifesting a different reality. At first an affirmation might feel silly, but the more you repeat an affirmation to yourself, the more natural and true it feels. That’s when you know your subconscious has accepted it and your life will powerfully shift.
Below are affirmations to help heal your solar plexus chakra:
I am worthy of my own self-love
I release the knots in my stomach
I am stronger than I think
I trust myself and my decisions
I stand up for myself
I deserve a beautiful, healthy life
I choose the best for myself
I am an authentic person
I am proud of my accomplishments
I choose the kind of life I lead
I am at peace with myself
Healing Foods for the Solar Plexus Chakra
Like crystals and essential oils, all food carries specific energy that can help to heal us energetically. The following foods help to connect with and heal the solar plexus chakra:
- Yellow colored foods: bananas, pineapples, corn, yellow peppers, yellow lentils,
- Starches: granola, whole wheat bread, cereal, oatmeal, flax seed, brown rice, quinoa
- Teas: peppermint, chamomile
I also love this Solar Plexus Chakra Smoothie.
Physical & Emotional Healing for the Solar Plexus Chakra
Since the solar plexus chakra relates to our will power and self-confidence, doing activities that help calm and inspire you would help you to get in touch with this chakra. Meditation or writing in a journal would be two great ways to bring inner peace and release any anxiety or stresses you are holding onto.
I know for sure that I have tremendously healed my solar plexus chakra with sacred self-care. Taking time to be alone, letting go of my worries, and getting closer in touch with my intuition have all helped to raise my confidence levels and the amount of love and trust that I have for myself.
Since the solar plexus chakra affirmation is “I WILL”, spend time discovering what it is you truly desire out of life and also reflecting on what you’ve accomplished so far.
Throw anything you believe about yourself out the window if it doesn’t promote your confidence. We have a tendency to believe certain aspects about ourselves if it says it’s “true” in our personality type reports or our birth charts, etc. You are what you believe you are at any given moment, regardless of what anything says.
Define what you want to be and then believe it into being.
Self-Care Ritual for the Solar Plexus Chakra
After everything I’ve learned while researching the solar plexus chakra, here is my plan for a mini self-care ritual anytime I want to balance and open this chakra:
Ramp up your inspiration: since this chakra is all about your willpower and self-confidence, do something that will help clear your energy AND invigorate you. Go for a run, lay out under the sun, listen to music, get sweaty in a workout–something that brings you joy or pleasure and that also gets you in an inspired-feeling place.
Journal: once you’ve ramped up your inspiration a little, get your journal or a piece of paper and let everything out. What stresses and fears you’ve been holding onto, how you’ve been feeling, what you’re ready to let go of and what you’re ready to invite in.
Create a list of self-limiting beliefs: after journaling, take any of those fears that are lingering and put them down on another piece of paper. Take a sheet of paper and fold in half with one side being your self-limiting beliefs and the other side being your new, empowered beliefs (I also have one pre-made in the Anything Can Be law of attraction worksheet bundle). Write out all of your fears and negative beliefs, no matter how silly they feel. This is how you empty the irrational, subconscious beliefs that are holding you back from manifesting the life you want. On the other side of the sheet, replace your fears with new beliefs that make you EXCITED. Doesn’t matter if you don’t really believe it yet…just make sure it’s something you want to believe. Look at your new beliefs DAILY. This will train your subconscious to accept them as your new reality.
Connect with Source: in whatever way you receive guidance from Spirit, do that now. My favorite method of divination is through pulling cards, so that’s what I would do at this point. Use the solar plexus tarot spread and receive guidance for what direction and energy you should focus on.
Write down your new intentions: once you’ve done everything above, you’ll likely have some good ideas on directions you want to take and desires you want to manifest–write them down at this point (and watch them manifest)! What do you want? How do you want to feel? What do you want your life to look like? You can have anything you imagine, so don’t limit yourself.
Meditate & Visualize: take a moment to sit with your Spirit and show the Universe through your visualizations what you want to attract into your life. Breathe. Release. Get excited and feel the gratitude pulsing through your body.
Create a vision board: as an extra bonus step, create a beautiful vision board if you feel inspired to do so. Cut out photos of things that excite you and that you want to bring into your life. Cut out words that describe how you want to FEEL and BE. Make it uniquely YOU. Put this board where you can see it every day so that your subconscious begins to see it as your reality. It won’t be long before you are manifesting this vision in the most mundane and powerful ways.
I hope you enjoyed this post. What are you favorite ways to keep your solar plexus chakra balanced? Please let me know in the comments below.
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