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Chakra basics – The Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra - Manipura ChakraThe solar plexus Chakra is our powerhouse, which is easy to see from its element of fire and its radiant colour of yellow / gold. In the same way that the digestive system transmutes food into energy, this Chakra extracts and stores prana. This energy is used to create our world – our self image, our image of and interacts with others, and how we create everything in our lives. In effect, this Chakra determines how we operate in the world we have created.

When the solar plexus Chakra is functioning harmoniously, you will allow yourself to shine and experience the life that is all around you. While some days it may be difficult, you will see the joy the exists in all life. Feelings of joy, inner peace, richness of spirit, and harmony will abound in terms of your relationship with yourself, with others and the world around you. You will also see events for how they add to the richness of your life, and your development (rather than acting as ‘the victim’).

When the solar plexus Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you will want to control and manipulate yourself, as well as everything happening around you. Your inner world will be one where you don’t believe in your own power and abilities so you will seek fulfilment in the material world around you. You also seek acceptance of those around you, which further invalidates your own dreams and desires.

The emotions you are suppressing will bottle up within you, and will occasionally break through your control and overwhelm you. As time passes you find yourself being nervous and anxious about your ability to manage and control your future. You will freeze up when faced with challenging situations. Where possible you shut yourself off from new experiences and doubt whether you are up to the challenge of surviving its this ‘dog-eat-dog’ world.

Name: Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra
Location: Above the navel (approximately two finger spaces)
Purpose: Power, will, self-mastery
Colour: Yellow to gold
Sound: Ram
Element: Fire
Sense: Sight
Symbol: 10-petaled lotus
Associated parts of body: Digestive system, stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder

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