The solar plexus chakra, also called Manipura, is the third energy centre and the highest “physical” body chakra. It is associated with the expression of will, personal power and mental abilities, such as the ability to make decisions, our self-esteem transformation, self-assurance, self-discipline, motivation and confidence.
THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA DELIVERS ON THE MISSION OF THE ROOT AND SACRAL CHAKRAS THROUGH THE ACT OF WILL.
True to its name, it is located in the solar plexus area, slightly above the belly button and it is associated with the colour yellow and gold, and the element of fire.
Symbolically, it’s the link between the upper (“heaven”) and lower (“earth”) and it has a very important role for our bodies and minds.
Imagine that the Solar plexus chakra is like a funnel filter built which can collect everything that surrounds us, including thoughts, perceptions, criticisms, judgements, opinions, and so on.
The Solar plexus chakra responds quickly to these external energies, it can take in and integrate the consciousness of our work colleagues at work or of our relatives in a family dinner, and also large-scale issues, such as wars or natural disasters. This is why it’s essential to regulate the Solar plexus “filter” to allow the right energy to come in and out.
The Solar plexus chakra begins to evolve at the age between seven and ten years old and normally it is shaped by the perceptions and beliefs of our parents. It’s not surprising that when we reach our adult age, we behave according to the many self-limiting beliefs that we have carried in our unconsciousness.
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
The Solar plexus chakra is associated with the organs of the digestive system:
- Small intestine
The Solar plexus chakra is the centre where our organs transform the energy of the foods we eat into an energy that will empower us, physically and emotionally, to move forward in our lives.
People with a well-functioning Solar plexus chakra have healthy digestion and metabolism. They can almost eat any food and keep an average weight. Energetically, they are physically and mentally very active.
OPEN AND WELL-BALANCED SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
A balance Solar plexus chakra is reflected when the energy flows in and out at ease. You strongly believe in yourself, you not only accept your imperfections but also embrace them to claim your true worth. As a result, you perceive the world and the people who surround you without judgments, expectations or overreactions.
Other signs indicating a healthy Solar plexus chakra are when you… :
- Are able to integrate the inner and external worlds and live authentically and in harmony.
- Have the courage to do something that scares you.
- Deal with their careers, relationships, family and social life with calmness and grace.
- Speak up for yourself.
- Have great confidence and inner drive in your life.
- Use your willpower and self-control.
Have you ever been in a room with other people and felt powerful and inspiring energy coming from someone? That person has likely embodied what it is called ”The power of presence”.
POWER IS GAINED NOT THROUGH DEMEANING OTHERS BUT BY UPLIFTING AND INSPIRE THEM IN A WAY THAT LEADS THEM TO FIND THEIR OWN BRILLIANT SELF.Deanna M. Minich
UNBALANCED SACRAL CHAKRA
An unbalanced Solar plexus chakra can lead to the following behaviours and signs:
- Inability to think logically.
- Inability to manifest personal power in the world.
- Negative attitudes toward the self.
- Health issues such as stomach pain, ulcers, weight gain,
- Not being able to filter the perceptions coming from the external world and treating them as the Truth.
THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING OUR CHI ENERGY BALANCED
Imagine our Solar plexus chakra is like a watering can and the water is our chi, our prana energy. Every day, our watering can is filled with water that we will use to water the plants of our garden, a beautiful garden that is divided into three sections, our past, our present and our future.
Now, if we water the plants of the past’s section too much, we won’t have enough water for the plants of the present and future’s sections, or if we use the water for the plants of the past and future’s sections, we will run out of water for our plants of the present. As a result, these plants will start wilting, like us with no energy.
It’s essential to take care of our energy flow every day to prevent us from feeling drained or fatigued.
So… how can we do this? You guessed it… through foods!
FOODS FOR POWER AND TRANSFORMATION
Carbohydrates provide the Solar Plexus chakra with the energy we need. There are different types of carbohydrates:
The Solar Plexus chakra liberates the energy we need to function from carbohydrates.
If this centre needs to release energy slowly for consistent output of energy, it would be best to ingest carbs that slowly release sugar to the blood. These carbs are called “low glycaemic index carbohydrates” which are designed to break down more slowly.
Low GI foods that nourish the Solar plexus chakra are:
- Some fruit and vegetables
- Wholegrain foods, such as porridge oats.
On the other hand, carbohydrates that have a high glycaemic index are those that are broken down quickly and cause a rapid increase in blood glucose and therefore, deplete the Solar plexus chakra.
High GI foods include:
- Sugar and sugary foods such as cakes, biscuits, doughnuts, and ice cream.
- Sugary soft drinks.
- White bread products.
- White rice.
- Processed breakfast cereals.
Some low GI foods, such as wholegrain foods, fruit, vegetables, beans and lentils, are foods we should eat as part of a healthy diet. It proved that eating low GI foods improve body weight, blood lipids, blood sugar and insulin.
However, not all foods with a high GI are unhealthy and, in the same way, not all foods with a low GI are healthy. For example, pumpkins and parsnips are high GI foods, while chocolate cake has a lower GI value.
Fibre is a type of complex carbohydrate that is found in fruit, vegetables and grains. There are two types of fibre: soluble and insoluble.
Insoluble fibre is the non-digestive carbohydrate that passes through our digestive tract without breaking down and carrying other bulk in the intestine through it until the end. They support the activity of sacral and root chakras as they provide movement and flow of bulk.
Insoluble fibres are found in the outer skins of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and grains.
Soluble fibres support the Solar plexus chakra and also help balance the Sacral chakra. Soluble fibres dissolve in water and gastrointestinal fluids when it enters the stomach and intestines. They become a gel-like substance, which traps particles like sugars so that they are released slowly into the blood.
Soluble fibre is found in oats, peas, beans, apples (peeled), citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.
QUICK-RELEASE SUGARS & SWEETENERS
Processed and refined foods that are not complex and whole would block or imbalance the Solar plexus chakra. Foods such as soft drinks, cakes or sweets tend to release quick energy due to their high content of simple sugars causing the exhaustion of the Solar plexus chakra.
When we ingest a sugary snack, we feel quickly energised but an hour or so later, we feel tired as our body rapidly processes the sugars. Then, we reach for another snack to get our energy back and it’s when the cycle begins, causing our Solar plexus chakra to be drained by the quick energy coming in. If we don’t break this pattern, it could lead to diseases such as obesity, diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Legumes are a great source of protein and carbs and key foods for aligning the root and solar plexus chakras.
The protein helps us ground, while the complex carbs allow the chakras to flow energy slowly to support the solar plexus chakra. As a result, we experience a slightly heavy feeling when we eat them.
All legumes are useful including all type of lentils and beans, and chickpeas.
Whole grains such as porridge, bulgur, cooked pearled barley, and buckwheat are excellent sources of quality carbs like fibres and starches and therefore, an excellent food for balancing an overactive Solar plexus chakra.
Some people can’t process refined or whole grains for several reasons. On an emotional level, these people tend to live busy lives, rushing around with stress, and therefore, eating carbs all doing long to keep up. By doing so, they are depleting the Solar plexus chakra with so much energy coming in. However, getting their lives into balance, practising meditation and mindfulness will heal the centre and eventually, they are able to incorporate grains in their diets.
Coeliac disease is an immune system reaction to the protein (gluten) in wheat, barley, rye, spelt and, in some cases, oats because of contamination with other grains. When gluten is digested, the body’s immune system damages the small intestine and nutrients can’t be absorbed.
Surprisingly, a new study shows that coeliac disease is far more common today than it was 50 years ago.
On an energetic level, the reason for this increase in our society could be caused by an imbalance in the root chakra. Our root chakras are less grounded, we might feel less safe due to the world events we hear every day, and our Solar plexus chakra is probably more overactive than ever before.
It’s important to mention that eating gluten-free products from the supermarkets don’t help balance the Solar plexus chakra as processed gluten-free products tend to be higher in sugar.
Starchy vegetables such as parsnips or beetroots not only help balance the Solar plexus chakra but also the Root chakra.
Others like pumpkin or butternut squash are good healing foods for the Sacral chakra.
Potatoes and corn are a good source as well as long as their intake is not excessive.
A healthy Solar plexus chakra vibrates at a frequency similar to the colours yellow, gold or tan.
Similar to the orange and red-coloured foods, yellow-coloured foods contain carotenoid pigments like lutein. All foods supporting the lower chakras (Root, Sacral and Solar plexus chakras) have the common nutritional aspect, they are packed with antioxidants to protect our bodies and our energy centres.
You can find examples of these foods in the graphic below.
RECIPES FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA:
Resource: Chakra foods for Optimum health by Deanna M. Minich, Ph.D., C.N.
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