Last updated: June, 22, 2020
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.
Learning to truly accept ourselves allows us to set healthy boundaries, make positive choices and find the willpower to move forward in our lives fearlessly.
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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.
KNOW YOUR TRIGGERS
Imagine the Solar Plexus chakra is like a filter funnel 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, taking in the consciousness of the other beings, social media, or even large-scale issues, such as wars or natural disasters. Therefore, it’s essential to protect and clean our filter appropriately to allow the energy moving within it.
The Solar plexus chakra begins to evolve when we start to create our identity, usually from seven to ten years old. Since our parents pass down their perceptions and beliefs to us from an early age, our Solar Plexus chakra can collect these energies and create a pattern for our adult self. As a result, when we become adults, we might get triggered at certain situations, a sign that indicates we are carrying self-limiting beliefs in our unconsciousness.
When we are aware of these triggers and do inner healing, we shed our identity created as a child and transform it into a new adult identity with healthier core values and opinions.
HEALTHY SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
Have you ever met someone who radiates inspiration and motivation just by entering a room? That person is likely to have a healthy Solar Plexus chakra. These people own their personal power and uplift and empower others through their actions.
When our Solar Plexus chakra is healthy and balanced, we are able to integrate our inner and outer worlds effectively as we have a strong belief in ourselves. We know who we are, we have accepted our imperfections, without judgements, and as a result, we are able to live authentically.
People with a healthy Solar plexus chakra can carry more than one thing in their lives, such as, have a family, job, and social life, with ease and grace.
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.
UNHEALTHY SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
We live in an age of excess, in a society driven by technology, dubious media, and superficial social media platforms.
We live in a world where there is an excessive amount of energy exchange travelling at a fast speed. Often, our inability to control the excess of energy that we take in from the external world, lead us to a state of exhaustion.
This excess of energy taken in can manifest weight gain as a way of protecting oneself from the outside.
On the other hand, too much energy given out can lead to physical and mental fatigue, causing chronic diseases in the digestive organs, such as heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers. A clear example is overachievers or perfectionist individuals.
Signs of an unbalanced Solar Plexus chakra include:
- Overthinking behaviour.
- A tendency to compete, or obsession to accomplish.
- A tendency to control external situations.
- Inability to interact with the external world.
- Lack of self-esteem.
- Inability to inspire others.
- Trying to do it all.
- Fatigue from working too hard or too long.
- Feeling depressed at the inability to control life.
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
The Solar Plexus chakra is associated with the digestive system organs.
It is the core of our physical relationship with food and our metabolism; the ability of our body to breakdown the food we ingest and its transformation into energy.
This energy centre is linked to the Root and Throat (fifth) chakras. Symbolically, the Throat chakra represents the ingestion; the Solar Plexus chakra embodies the digestion; and the Root chakra, the elimination of food.
Also, the Throat chakra is responsible for the thyroid function and other hormones which work with the digestive organs to control appetite and metabolism.
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA
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.
FOODS FOR POWER AND TRANSFORMATION
The food we eat transform us. If it carries nourishing energy, it will nourish us. If it carries negative energies, we will take on those energies.
The Solar plexus chakra is the core of this transformation and the key for unlocking the messages of food.
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 a drained Solar plexus chakra because of the quick energy income. 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 because of an imbalance in the root chakra. When the Root chakra is 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 rich in antioxidants to protect our bodies and our energy centres.
You can find examples of these foods in the graphic below.
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Resource: Chakra foods for Optimum health by Deanna M. Minich, Ph.D., C.N.
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