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Manipura: The Third Chakra - Solar Plexus Chakra Color, Location, & stone

While the sacral chakra is located below the belly button, the solar plexus chakra is located approximately two inches above the belly button. This chakra exists as a center for an individual’s willpower; it strengthens a person’s ego and authority in the world. However discipline is also rooted in this chakra and helps to keep the sense of authority in check when properly balanced.

The solar plexus chakra is represented by the color yellow; this yellow is typically very bright and vibrant—more of a sun yellow than a sand yellow. In Sanskrit, it is referred to as Manipura, which can be translated to closely mean “lustrous gem”. Symbolically, this chakra is drawn as a circle with ten petals with a triangle inside the circle.

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The solar plexus chakra connects to the mode of power and the state of action. When balanced, energy flowing freely through this chakra can assist a person in action to achieve his or her goals. The action associated with this chakra is “I act”. Clearly speaking and/or writing these words helps to focus the energy of this chakra.

To become in tune with this chakra point, an individual could sound the musical note of E. This can be very helpful during meditation. Additionally, the mantra “Ram” can help bring focus to this chakra. Chakra healers also recommend making the sound “Da” to connect with the solar plexus chakra. During meditation, it may be beneficial to surround oneself with the scents of bergamot, cinnamon, ginger, lavender, and/or rosemary.

Whether burned as incense or worn as an essential oil, these scents support the solar plexus chakra and help to increase energy flow through this area of the body. Remember: before placing essential oils on the skin, they should be mixed with a carrier oil such as almond. Essential oils may also be added to the laundry to infuse clothes with a gentle scent.

This chakra is linked to the sense of sight; since the solar plexus chakra emboldens one power and ego, it makes sense that sight, would be the sense it supports. Being able to clearly see a path to success is an important aspect in realizing one’s goals.

Several gemstones are additionally associated with this particular chakra; these gemstones typically are yellow or have yellow aspects to them. Gemstones that support the solar plexus chakra include amber, citrine, yellow topaz, and tiger’s eye. These gemstones may be worn as jewelry while working on balancing or opening the chakras, or they can be placed around the meditation space and/or placed on the upper abdomen.

The metal associated with this chakra is iron. Astrologically, the signs Scorpio and Aries are closely linked with this chakra. Two celestial bodies, Mars and the Sun, also support the solar plexus chakra. It should come as no surprise that a ram represents this chakra point; its stubborn nature and sheer will power align closely with the benefits of this chakra. It is additionally associated with the element of fire.

Balancing and opening this chakra can work to improve an individual’s self-esteem and self-confidence. An improvement in these two aspects can then lead to improved power in a person’s personal and professional lives. Energy flowing freely through this chakra additionally assists a person to work towards achieving important goals in his or her life.

Since the solar plexus chakra is located in the upper abdominal region, the body parts associated with this chakra include the stomach, intestines, and liver. A blocked or sluggish solar plexus chakra can result in digestive issues and ulcers. Liver issues are common as well. Diabetes and hypoglycemia are also physical issues that may result from a poorly functioning solar plexus chakra.

Emotionally, feelings of fear, hate, and self-loathing are common with a weakened solar plexus chakra. Additionally, some people report heightened feelings of indifference, both to themselves and others. An overwhelming need for power may also result if this chakra point is unbalanced or blocked.

When this particular chakra point is functioning perfectly, a person should achieve a state of simply being. Confidence and power will radiate from an individual, but these two states work toward achieving goodness in the world. The best way to assist energy flow for this chakra is belly dancing or conscious, deep breathing. Engaging in movement focused on this area can help to unblock energy. Yoga is also a great support for this chakra. Karma yoga is the ideal style; poses such as cobra, cat, and bow are all excellent options for supporting the solar plexus chakra.

Nature exists as another excellent resource for opening and supporting chakras. Since the solar plexus chakra focuses on yellow aspects in the world, yellow nature aspects best support this chakra. Growing or walking through a sunflower field is one option; or, if it is the fall, walking through leaves changing colors could be another alternative. Another option could be soaking in the sunlight. Simply being outside can help to strengthen this particular chakra.

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