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Everything You Need To Know About The Solar Plexus Chakra

by Irina Yugay January 23, 2021

Imagine that you have your own inner sun within you – your solar energy point.

Meet your solar plexus chakra.

What Is The Solar Plexus Chakra?

The solar plexus chakra is the third energy center where your power and tenacity manifests. It is also known to be associated with the color yellow and with the element fire.


The most common Sanskrit name for the solar plexus chakra is Manipura, which means “shining gem,” “city of jewels,” or “seat of gems.” It is also known as:

  • The third chakra
  • Solar plexus chakra
  • Manipura
  • Manipurak
  • Nabhi (navel)
  • The “power chakra”

The Symbolism Of The Solar Plexus Chakra

The main elements of the solar plexus chakra symbol are:

  • A circle with ten petals
  • An downward-pointing triangle

The inverted triangle depicts the fire as the transformative power of the solar plexus chakra. It’s the fuel that transmutes matter into energy that empowers you to move forward on your path with inner strength and courage.

The ten petals are often represented with the color blue, like the blue color of the flame.

Where Is The Solar Plexus Chakra Located?

It can be found at – where else – the solar plexus.

What is the solar plexus?

The solar plexus is a complex network of nerves and ganglia. It is part of the sympathetic nervous system where it initiates the fight-or-flight response.

This network is also known as the celiac plexus. The word, ‘celiac‘ is Greek for ‘belly’ and ‘plexus‘ is Latin for ‘braid’. This region of the body is called ‘solar plexus’ because the ‘braid’ refers to the network of nerves, which looks like rays of the sun. Hence, where the ‘solar’ part of the name came from.

But where is the solar plexus located in the body?

It sits in the center of your stomach, just above your belly button. Because of its location, it is responsible for the function of the stomach, kidneys, liver, and adrenal glands.

That’s why this area of the body is affected when the solar plexus chakra is not in balance.

If you wonder what the solar plexus chakra represents for you in your life, here’s everything you need to know about this important energy center.

What Is The Function Of The Solar Plexus Chakra?

The solar plexus functions as the center of energy associated with ego or your self-identity. It’s the seed of your personal power, self-belief, and self-worth.

On top of that, it’s the foundation of your self-reliance.

What does it mean?

It means that with the balanced solar plexus chakra, you trust your inner guidance without questioning and follow your intuition without hesitation.

And what’s more important, is that you don’t need anyone’s approval or validation when it comes to your decisions, small or big. 

On a larger scale, you unapologetically and courageously pursue your goals and aspirations in life.

The Sanskrit word for the solar plexus is Manipura, or “shining gem”. 

This chakra is represented as being a vivid golden yellow in color. Like a ray of sunshine, the glow of the solar plexus chakra lights your path and warms your body with the glow of self-confidence.

The solar plexus chakra empowers you to follow and not be distracted from your true path.

The Solar Plexus Chakra Is The Seed Of Your Personal Power.

It’s important to distinguish that personal power doesn’t imply power over others. 

It implies self-mastery – the ability to master your thoughts and emotions, overcome any fear, and take appropriate action in any situation with courage and determination.

To summarize, the solar plexus chakra is linked to the following psychological and behavioral functions:

  • Expression of will, core values and virtues
  • Intellectual abilities
  • Personal power
  • Ability to realize ideas and plans
  • Ability to master your instincts, thoughts, and emotions
  • Self-determination and self-reliance
  • Strong boundaries
  • Dedication on your path
  • Self-trust and inner guidance
  • At higher levels, it conveys wisdom

Chakra Key Elements

Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra

Location: Above your navel and below your sternum, in the solar plexus area; it is the third chakra from the bottom in the traditional system counting 7 chakras

Color: Yellow (or golden yellow)

Symbol: A circle with 10 petals in which is inscribed a downward-pointing triangle

Original name in Sanskrit: Manipura

Element: Fire

Interconnection with body: Digestive system, pancreas

Solar plexus chakra healing stones: Citrine, tiger’s eye, yellow tourmaline

Essential oils: Chamomile, bergamot, cedarwood, rosemary are amongst the most popular soothing oils

Blocked Vs. Activated Solar Plexus Chakra

The main function of this energy center is to provide actual momentum to move forward and realize personal desires and intentions in the world. 

It plays a fundamental role in the development of personal power. It fuels your intentionality, your direction in life, and the actions you are to take in order to reach your goals. That’s why it has a great impact on your pursuit of social status and self-image.

So when it comes to a balanced solar plexus chakra, it is the balance of your personal power and self-reliance and harmonious relationships with others.

Therefore, when it’s out of balance, you might be struggling with pursuing your life goals, making decisions and trusting your inner guidance without seeking validation from others. 

Also, Imbalances in the solar plexus chakra can manifest as an excessive control and authority over your environment and people, being manipulative and intrusive.

When your Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked you…

  • Feel powerless or victimized
  • Give your power away in pursuit of validation and acknowledgement
  • Misuse your power, impose your beliefs, manipulate others to meet your interests
  • Find it difficult to take actions on your dreams
  • Have a low self-esteem
  • Suffer from stomach pains and anxiety

When your Solar Plexus Chakra is open you…

  • Have a strong sense of your own power and how to use it in healthy ways
  • Admire others with power and influence and choose to emulate people who are
  • Want to use your power and influence for good in the world
  • Trust your intuition and inner guidance
  • Don’t feel need in other people’s confirmation and validation
  • Being assertive
  • Exert your will in a way that leads to the expected results somewhat effortlessly
  • Have harmonious relationships with your surrounding

7 Ways To Open The Solar Plexus Chakra

The key to a balanced solar plexus chakra is in finding an equilibrium between your personal power and self-reliance and your relationships with others. 

Remember, that it’s that “shining gem”, your inner sun within you that propels you through any external circumstances and fuels your life goals and aspirations.

And at the same time, on the collective level, you seek to build harmonious relationships with other people without violating their integrity. 

Here are simple ways to strengthen this energy centre:

  • Practice yoga
  • Eat yellow foods such as bananas, corn, grains
  • Drink herbal teas
  • Wear yellow and introduce yellow accents into your home environment
  • Encourage yourself to step out of your comfort zone by changing your daily routines
  • Make decisions for yourself without seeking advice from others
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Step out from your comfort zone
  • Adjust your posture by standing tall with your shoulders open
  • Speak up without questioning yourself
  • Have open eye contact with people
  • Smile more

How Do You Meditate On The Solar Plexus Chakra?

Meditation at Mindvalley University, 2019, Pula

By concentrating your attention on healing this chakra, you can overcome indecisiveness, lack of trust in your own inner guidance, and low self-esteem.

To meditate on your third chakra, bring energy up from the heart of the earth through your root and sacral chakras first, then allow it to fill in your upper abdomen, igniting your inner sun.  

Imagine a ball of golden yellow energy lighting up your solar plexus area, getting larger with every inhale.  

Now, picture this ball of light rotates in a clockwise position, 360 degrees, and getting larger, until you feel the slight tingle in your upper abdomen. Recite this affirmation:

“I trust my intuition and guidance, and follow it wherever it leads me without question and hesitation.”

Specific chakra meditations often make use of mudras, mantras, and chakra jewelry to help balance and restore the flow of energy.

Give meditation a try to focus your efforts and release any stagnant, stuck energy in your solar plexus.

Do you have any chakra healing tips you’d like to share with us?

Achieve Perfect Balance In Life By Unblocking Your 7 Chakras

Ever felt you weren’t good enough?

Having trouble with your finances? Or maybe you feel like something’s off (but you don’t know what)?

These could be symptoms of a blocked chakra.

Blocked chakras create a lot of imbalance in our minds, bodies, and spirit. Consequently, all other aspects of our lives – like our finances, relationships, career, and health – also start to suffer.

Thankfully, we can unblock our chakras and restore the flow of celestial energy in our bodies.

Once our energies flow naturally, we’ll be able to break the cycle of pain, frustration and anxiety. We’ll start to lead a more balanced, whole, and fulfilled life.

So, if you want to learn how to unblock your chakras and bring balance into your life, then join this Free Masterclass with world-class Chakra Expert & Energy Healer, Anodea Judith

You’ll also learn:

✅ The “architecture of your soul” through your seven chakras – and how each chakra impact key elements of your human experience (from your wealth, your love life, your ability to communicate, and more.)

✅ How to rapidly diagnose which of your chakras are open or closed so you can identify which area of your life to focus your attention to most.

✅ How to use the “2-Way Chakra Energy Current” so you can manifest your ideal life AND tap into a higher consciousness for inspiration – all at the same time.

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by Irina Yugay
Even as a young adult, Irina understood the power of words and how they could affect change. After completing her degree with a major in International Journalism, she helped expose the political fraud happening in Kyrgyzstan during their national parliament elections. Today, Irina specializes as a transformation and self-development writer at Mindvalley, believing that words are the best tools to communicate our most inspiring ideas, transcendental feelings, and omniversal values.

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