The third chakra is the solar plexus chakra. This energy center revolves around your personal power and the perception of who you are, your identity, and your self-esteem. It is located between the navel and solar plexus (upper part of the belly, where your diaphragm rests). This chakra relates to how we feel about ourselves, and how we present ourselves to the world.
It is about our internal power, independence, self-love, self-acceptance, personal growth, confidence and conviction in ourselves, willpower, and social identity. The solar plexus chakra relates to acknowledgment of our worth and feeling the freedom to be who we are and direct our own life. This energy center controls the energy associated with vitality, intention, action, and our identity.
When this chakra is in balance, you feel confident in yourself, comfortable in your own skin, trusting of your abilities, secure in your knowledge of self, confident in standing up for yourself and your beliefs, filled with purpose and motivation, and able to assert yourself. When all is well in this energy center, you are fully aware of your inner power and how to come from this powerful place in all decision and actions. You feel energized, focused, confident, powerful, and able to make conscious choices and act on them.
When out of balance we feel drained, fatigued, and lacking in vitality. Other signs include feeling insecure, lacking in self-confidence, fearing rejection, feeling shame, feeling self-conscious, having digestive system issues, feeling weak and powerless, and having a poor self-esteem.
This chakra can become blocked from traumatic experiences, being continuously forced to suppress who you are, being raised in a strict or abusive environment, or through beliefs forced upon you as a child.
The solar plexus chakra is connected to fire, and our sense of sight. The color yellow represents this chakra.
Healing your solar plexus chakra allows you step into your personal power. Instead of feeling like a helpless victim swept along with the current of life, you are able to powerfully create each day. It begins by loving yourself and recognizing that everything about you is worthy of love. A healthy solar plexus chakra allows you to live in your personal power, be confident, feel your inner fire, and have the willpower to carry you through. You recognize your personal power – your power of choice. You get to choose your thoughts, feelings, actions and behaviors.
A few ways to heal the solar plexus chakra:
Affirmations: I am capable and worthy. I am a powerful being. I love and accept myself as I am. I stand strong in who I am. I am a powerful force of creation. I am worthy of love and respect. I acknowledge my power of choice and use it wisely. I respect and honor who I am.
Find your tribe: Surround yourself with a supportive tribe that helps you to feel empowered and allows you to be at your most confident.
Journal: Sit in quiet spot where you feel safe. Close your eyes and take few deep breaths. Listen to the beat of your heart. Now ask yourself a few questions: Why am I feeling insecure or afraid? In what ways do I hide my true self? What matters to me personally – without the influence of those around me? For any experience that repeatedly comes up in your life, ask yourself what you need to know about it?
Nurture yourself: Give your mind, body and spirit what it needs each day. Make time to devote to your well-being and personal growth. By creating this time for yourself, you are telling yourself that you value your being. Just devoting this time to your needs will allow you to open your solar plexus chakra and begin healing.
Are you standing in your personal power right now?