Also known as the Solar plexus Chakra or 3rd chakra, the Manipura is located just above the naval and below the rib cage.
It is our energy center and it radiates vital life energy (prana) throughout our entire body.
It is where our Will Power comes from; our ability to achieve, self-esteem, raw emotions, and self-discipline are all governed by the Manipura. It is where we can have a mental understanding of our emotional self.
The Manipura not only governs the emotional and mental aspect of your psyche but also your psychic experiences. Often a feeling of intuition or “gut feeling” in a certain situation will benefit you greatly if you listen to it.
All aspects of the digestive tract, including the assimilation of nutrients, are controlled by the 3rd Chakra.
When this Chakra is in balance
You will be in complete control over your emotions and thoughts. Your ego mind or small mind will have no unwanted influence over your actions.
You will know without a doubt, and accept your place in the Universe, have self-love and, in turn, have a great appreciation for all the people in your life and the uniqueness that they bring to the world.
When in tune, your Solar plexus chakra will radiate warmth and joy throughout your entire being, and to others who come into contact with you.
Over-active Solar plexus Chakra
If your chakra is over-active you may be judgemental or critical – and you will easily find fault in others.
You may be demanding and have extreme emotional problems, be very rigid or stubborn (it’s either your way or no way). Often anger or aggressiveness result from an over-active chakra.
You may always be planning to do things, but never do, and your work or interests become a priority over things you have to do (a workaholic). You may also be a perfectionist and can’t settle on something that is already good enough, it always has to be better.
Under-active Solar plexus Chakra
If this chakra is under active it can cause severe emotional problems. You may have a lot of doubt and mistrust towards the people in over emotional, healing under active solar plexus your life, and worry too much about what other people might think about you.
You may also run on “auto-pilot” avoiding your feelings of depression or anxiety; you may feel afraid or alone when you start to look at what you have been avoiding.
You also may feel that you are not good enough and be seeking a constant approval of others, this can lead to a need or dependency on the people in your life.
Physical Symptoms of a Solar-plexus imbalance:
Poor digestion, weight problems, ulcers, diabetes, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, arthritis, pancreas, liver or kidney problems, anorexia, bulimia, hepatitis, intestinal tumors, colon disease.
Healing the Manipura
There are many ways one can begin to balance their Chakras. Below you will find several useful methods; including color, nature and sound therapy.
Affirmation for the Solar plexus:
I am confident in all that I do. I am successful and release my creative energy into this Reality, effortlessly.
Colour of the Solar plexus:
The Manipura is associated with the color yellow. Picturing a beautiful yellow sunflower where the chakra is solar plexus chakra symbol color yellow located can have an instant effect.
Yellow Candles or surrounding yourself with pictures of yellow things can begin to bring this chakra into balance. You will feel a warm glowing from the Manipura when this begins to happen!
Organs/Glands governed by the Solar plexus:
Large Intestine, Stomach, Digestive System, Adrenal Glands, Pancreas, Liver, Lungs.
Crystal Therapy for the Solar plexus:
Malachite, Jasper, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Yellow Tourmaline, Golden Beryl, Rhodochrosite
Nutrition for the Solar plexus:
Bananas, granola, and grains such as bread, pasta, rice, flax, sunflower seeds. Dairy such as cheese and yogurt, and spices that include ginger, melissa, chamomile, turmeric,
Aromatherapy/Essential Oils for the Solar plexus:
Rose, rosewood, sandalwood, chamomile, rosemary, myrrh, frankincense.
Healing the Solar plexus with Nature:
The Solar plexus’ Element is Fire. Taking a walk out in the sun is extremely beneficial. Sitting in front of a campfire, or fireplace can have an instant healing effect.
Sound Therapy for the Solar plexus:
The note “E” is what the Manipura vibrates to; Chanting RA, in “E” will begin to bring the chakra into balance!