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The Solar Plexus or Manipura Chakra

 

 

 

Oh lustrous gem, shine bright so that I may grow in your light and transform in the heat of your fire.

The chakras are points of light, energy centers within the subtle, energetic body. It is a Sanskrit term meaning “wheel of light”. There are many chakras oustide the actual physical body and 6 (some say 7) within the body. They run in a column up the exact center (in front of the spine) of the body and have fronts and backs. I like to imagine them as a round lotus. The lower three connect us to the outer world

Chakra 1, the root or Muladhara is near the base of the spine and represents our survival and physical earth connection. You can read more about balancing the root here.  It is essential to work from the bottom up when starting this journey, as each informs the other. Chakra 2, the sacral or Svadhisthana in the lower abdomen is our desire, emotion and flow/water. More on this here.

The stability of the root dances with the water of the sacral and enters the fire of the chakra 3 where our will & power reside.  This is the realm of action…the arrival of intellect.

The solar plexus, or Manipura chakra is located between the solar plexus and the navel in the physical body. It corresponds to the element of fire and it’s purpose is transformation. It associates with the pancreas, adrenals, musculature and digestive system. Some physical symptoms of imbalance include ulcers, diabetes and hypoglycemia. Depending on which way the flow is misdirecting, one may feel angry, overpowering, manipulative and power trippy *or* weak willed, low energy and easily manipulated. This chakra governs life from 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 years. We begin to form our opinions about power during this time based on the responses we receive from the world around us. There is a need to be seen here. Think of that age 🙂 It’s very “look at me” “watch this”. It holds beliefs from the time of 16-17 years old and comes through cycle again at 35-42 and lastly at 70-77.

If you have been feeling like a victim, sluggish, angry, insecure, frustrated, afraid or a lack of focus, you may need to bring balance into this area. Luckily, there are many ways! The first and foremost thing always is to love yourself, no matter what. If you need a starting point, give yourself a hug 🙂 If you can go a step further, try “I love you” in the mirror as many times as you can. (this practice is SO powerful and more difficult than it sounds) Other ways to nourish your solar plexus chakra include:

  • get some sun!
  • bring YELLOW on the scene
  • add starches, bananas, cheese, sunflower seeds, yellow peppers or other yellow foods to your diet
  • exercise focused on core strength, yoga, dance
  • try new things, take new risks
  • meditation
  • stand tall, make eye contact, speak up ~ practice owning your power in life
  • spices/teas: ginger, chamomile, mint, cumin
  • scents: juniper, vetiver, citrus oils, mints, ylang ylang, sandalwood, rosemary
  • yellow gemstones such as tiger’s eye, amber, topaz
  • bring carnations into the house
  • if you work with angels or dieties, call upon Amon-Ra, Brigit, Athene or Michael

I wish you the best on your chakra journey!

I hope you get to bask in the sun today both outside and inside. May the inner smile activate and the inner sun shine upon you.

May you always be happy & free!

Love ~ Mama Shoop

 

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