November is right around the corner, and that means Halloween and All Saint’s Day is coming up, when the veil to the other side is thin, and we can have easier access to communicate with our deceased loved ones, ascended masters, angelic guides and so on. We have some powerful numerological days coming up, too, with 1/11 and 11/11, which are also significant days to connect with Spirit. When you do though, always make sure to protect yourself with white light and so forth, so that you don’t connect to anything nefarious, as those types of beings do roam about too (these days perhaps more than ever, since a battle of good and evil is playing itself out on our planet at the moment). This battle is activating the inner warrior in many of us these days, and so that ties perfectly in with my topic for today, where I’m continuing my climb up the chakras, focusing on the solar plexus chakra for this post.
The solar plexus chakra is located just above the navel, right at the solar plexus (hence its name), and is known as the Manipura chakra in Sanskrit, which means “lustrous gem”. It is also known as the center for the inner sun, which goes right along with that notion. Physically it governs our digestive system, including the liver, gall bladder, spleen, stomach and small intestine, as well as the pancreatic glands and our muscles. It is associated with the element of fire, the sense of sight and traditionally linked with the color yellow, often seen as a sort of golden yellow, resembling our physical sun, and just like it, serves as a source of energy and power for our entire energetic system.
The solar plexus chakra is the seat of the masculine, or yang consciousness (inherent in both men and women), and is guided by the divine masculine symbols of the sun, fire and the warrior. As we explore this energy center (the functional archetype is the Warrior, once again), we may connect with various aspects of our masculine or warrior self. The element of fire, which is at the center of this chakra, may assist in purifying both our energetic and emotional bodies, and also manifests as the digestive fire in our physical body. It burns away any stagnant energy, resistance and blocks that may be holding us back from reaching our goals. Working with this chakra helps us to connect with our inner strength, determination and confidence. It also strengthens our rational and analytical behavior, giving us the energy to get things done, as we also find joy in our activities.
When the solar plexus chakra comes out of balance, it can manifest in a myriad of ways. Any physical ailments always start energetically, and so any issues in the aforementioned physical organs, may be connected to an unbalanced sacral chakra. Those with deficient energy at this chakra may find themselves low on energy, with a lack of motivation, will-power and discipline, low self-esteem, poor digestion, a victim mentality, and may be unreliable, aimless and unable to take responsibility for their actions. They may often be attracted to stimulants, and tend to give away their power and relinquish control to others, in a submissive manner. An overactive solar plexus chakra may show up in that person being overly aggressive, competitive, narrow minded, manipulative, self-centered, conceited, hyperactive and power hungry. This person is often a workaholic, with a need to always be right. The dysfunctional archetype for this center is the Servant, and lack of boundaries, giving away power and low vitality are key words.
Through healing this chakra, we connect to our inner strength and can move through life with genuine confidence and self-esteem. Once we activate our inner warrior, and channel his fire and excitement into our projects, it helps us cultivate our true purpose in life, finding our sense of direction and the courage to pursue our dreams. Great ways to help balance this chakra, is practicing martial arts, or similar physical pursuits that brings out our warrior, such as strength training and weight lifting. Yoga exercises that focus on the navel and abs are also good, as well as working with crystals such as citrine, honey calcite, pyrite, lemon quartz, sunstone and amber. Essential oils such as lemon, ginger, chamomile or mint are nice to diffuse or wear on the solar plexus chakra point above the navel.
Meditating on the solar plexus chakra, and exploring how you may be acting like a servant in your life, are good ways to clear and heal it, as well as reflecting on how you can embrace your inner Warrior. Here is a simple breathing exercise utilizing the breath of fire that you can do to connect with the energy of the solar plexus chakra, and help purify and energize you:
Place your hands on your belly. As you breathe in through your nose, your lungs fill with air and your belly pushes out. Feel your belly pushing into your hands. As you exhale through your nose, empty your lungs and flatten your belly. At the end of your exhalation, gently pull your navel towards your spine. Then, breathe in gently through your nose, feeling your belly expand. Exhale through your nose as you press your navel towards your spine, gently using your abdominal muscles. Begin to do this quickly, almost like a dog panting, only through your nose. Feel your belly bounce. Do this rapid breath about 30 times, making sure that you breathe in and out of your nose each time. If you feel comfortable with this breathing, you can repeat the 30 breaths up to 4 times. Fire breathing is a powerful way of cleansing and energizing your solar plexus and energetic field. It is a wonderful exercise to do when you feel exhausted and stressed.
I hope this gives you some deeper insights into the solar plexus chakra and how you can activate it and strengthen its vibration. I wish you all the best in exploring your own masculine center, and with that I’ll wrap up my post for this week. I hope you have a wonderful day, and as always, I send you much love & light!