“Manipura” is a Sanskrit term that translates to “lustrous gem” or “shining jewel,” referring to the third chakra – the solar plexus chakra.

A human being has 7 main chakras, which are energetic centers through which energy flows. Each chakra has its own frequency, functions, and is associated with different aspects of our being, emotions, mental health, physical health, and spiritual health.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is the third energy center from the bottom in the body and is located between the navel and the base of the sternum. The name of the Solar Plexus Chakra in Sanskrit is Manipura, which means “lustrous gem.” Its element is fire, and similar to the sun, it emanates warm yellow light. It is our center of energy, the sun within us, which gives us vitality and strength.

From this area, our emotional energy also flows outward. Our interpersonal relationships, likes and dislikes, as well as the ability to engage in long-term emotional bonds, are largely governed by this center.

For the average person, the third chakra is the location of their personality. It is the place where they find their social identity and try to affirm it through personal strength, willpower, ambition, or conformity to social norms.

An important task of the third chakra is conscious direction and utilization of creative energy, as well as manifesting spiritual abundance from higher chakras in the material world. Through the Solar Plexus Chakra, we directly perceive the vibrations of other people and react accordingly to the frequency of those vibrations.

The symbol of the Solar Plexus Chakra is a lotus flower with ten petals, with a downward-facing triangle inside. Around it, there are three symbols in the shape of the letter “T,” which represent the Hindu symbol of fire. The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the energy of the Sun and the planet Mars. The sound of this chakra is “RAM,” the zodiac signs are Aries and Leo, the sense is sight, and the scents associated with it are cinnamon, clove, lemon, bergamot, and rosemary. The stones that raise vibrations in the Solar Plexus Chakra include yellow citrine, calcite, quartz, tiger’s eye, and amber. The animal associated with it is the ram. The archetypes of Manipura are:

  1. Spiritual Warrior: Their power lies in inner strength combined with faith in the guidance of divine forces. This strength is refined through overcoming external obstacles. In the spiritual warrior, logic and reason work in conjunction with supernatural abilities, instinct, and intuition.
  2. Servant: This archetype manifests when we become dependent on the approval and recognition of others, seeking permission to act. A person with a servant mentality attributes to others the qualities and abilities they themselves desire. They fail to recognize and develop their own potential.

Manipura acts as a center for intuition and willpower, like a “brain in the abdomen.” Harmonizing this chakra is crucial in decision-making because our body is a repository of internal knowledge about life and events in this and other worlds.

The Solar Plexus Chakra is the center of lower emotions such as anger, hatred, irritation, resentment, worry, anxiety, tension, fear, selfishness, aggression, aversion, and tendencies towards addiction. When a person exhibits aggression, the Solar Plexus Chakra becomes excessively stimulated. By normalizing its function through cleansing and energizing, it can be calmed in a very short time. In the treatment of mental disorders, this chakra is usually, if not always, addressed. When someone experiences stress or harbors deep resentment towards others, the Solar Plexus Chakra becomes filled with negative energy.

This chakra is also the center of courage, perseverance, determination, and the desire for victory.

The solar plexus chakra is associated with a strong sense of self and assertiveness, expressed through statements like “I want this,” “I desire that,” or “I need…” It is considered the center of self-control, moderation, and inner discipline. However, excessive self-control and a focus on the ego can create barriers and fears related to losing the familiar world. These fears can take various forms, such as fear of starting something new, fear of oneself and one’s impact on the world, or fear of helping others.

Working with the solar plexus chakra involves self-confrontation, exploring one’s emotions and thoughts, and embracing one’s true self. When the energy of this chakra flows freely, it brings a sense of harmony and acceptance of oneself, gratitude for one’s place in the world, and a seamless connection with the external world. It allows for balancing the influences of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, avoiding excessive emotional reactions or overly rational and cautious approaches. Individuals with a well-balanced Manipura chakra are perceived positively by others and are often charismatic, popular, and admired.

The solar plexus chakra is also associated with physical aspects such as the pancreas and adrenal glands, which are responsible for energy conversion and the functioning of the digestive system. Imbalances in this chakra can manifest as digestive problems, chronic fatigue, diabetes, and other related issues.

The life lessons related to the solar plexus chakra include building self-worth and self-confidence, having faith in one’s abilities, making confident choices and decisions, embracing courage and taking risks, maintaining dignity and respect, acting purposefully and effectively, and achieving goals while respecting the world around us.

Excessive activity in the Manipura chakra may lead to traits such as a desire for dominance, arrogance, anger outbursts, power-seeking, exploiting others, control tendencies, stubbornness, manipulative behavior, egocentrism, and excessive busyness. Physically, it may manifest as stomach ulcers and diabetes.

On the other hand, a deficiency in the energy of this chakra can result in pessimism, a sense of injustice, blaming others, lack of purpose, depression, victim mentality, low self-esteem, resistance to change, feelings of shame, lack of motivation, and indecisiveness. Physically, it may manifest as digestive problems and chronic fatigue.

To unblock the solar plexus chakra, it is important to realize that healing energy, strength, and wisdom reside within ourselves. Gradual changes and exercises are needed to cleanse the energy. Practices such as diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, chanting mantras, and yoga can be helpful. Surrounding oneself with warm colors and incorporating a diet rich in wheat, oats, bran, bananas, lemons, cinnamon, potatoes, eggs, and herbs like fennel, juniper, or chamomile can also support the solar plexus chakra. Aromas such as myrrh, lavender, lemon, chamomile, anise, and cinnamon can stimulate the energy of the solar plexus.

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Additionally, maintaining proper posture with an upright spine, a forward and elevated chest, and lifting the head upward can enhance self-confidence.

Engaging in exercises that promote self-acceptance will also help balance the solar plexus chakra. Working with the solar plexus chakra can be particularly beneficial during the winter when access to solar energy is limited. Sit down in a comfortable position. Time to meditate.

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