Solar Plexus 101

Solar Plexus Chakra: Manipura

The solar plexus is the seat of your personal power. It is the energy center for your personal wisdom and will power. It helps with intuition and serves as a connection between the world and your inner knowing. 

Confidence in your personal abilities, willpower, and the self-discipline to carry out action comes from this chakra. 

How you view yourself is influenced by this chakra as well as your willingness to be true to who you are. Conscious decision making and taking responsibility for the choices you make are also tied to the solar plexus. Everyone has their own set of personal gifts and what makes them unique, with a healthy solar plexus you can embark on honing into your power and undergo personal growth that helps you to blossom. 

Your solar plexus helps you to make decisions, feel self-confident, and tap into your personal power. When disappointment comes, the solar plexus helps you to create a new action plan and move forward without getting stuck in the past. 

How To Know if the Solar Plexus is Out of Balance

When the solar plexus is out of balance, you may struggle with being able to feel secure in your authenticity and have issues with embracing your personality. Problems with confidence and self-worth arise when this chakra has an imbalance.

You may have challenges with decision making, self-control, follow-through, and an optimistic outlook on life. 

On a physical level, a blocked or unbalanced solar plexus can result in ulcers, poor digestion, upset stomach, respiratory issues, difficulties with gaining or losing weight, arthritis, hypoglycemia, fibromyalgia and other ailments. 

You may either feel overly confident or lacking confidence. Some tend to be wishy-washy and hesitant to make a stand while others are impulsive. The ability to make sound decisions is not present because the confidence and wisdom are tainted with their fear and confusion.

Underactive Solar Plexus

If underactive, symptoms that emerge include an overall feeling of unworthiness, neediness, timidness, low self-esteem, and hesitancy to make a stand on a decision. A good sign of an issue with this chakra is victimhood.

Lack of confidence, anxiety, and depression are common symptoms of an underactive solar plexus. If you can’t trust your inner power, you may find yourself seeking out others to carry you, resulting in codependent relationships that don’t serve you. 

Overactive Solar Plexus

Conversely, the solar plexus may be overactive when your power extends from your life to others. An excessively energized third chakra may be easily irritated, leaning more towards greed and the desire to control. A lack of empathy and compassion and competition are other signs of an overactive solar plexus. 

Overconfidence can turn into arrogance, which is rooted in the lack of belief in yourself and projected as a mask or defensiveness. On the physical level, this kind of imbalance in your solar plexus may result in digestive issues and problems with your kidneys, liver, pancreas, and appendix.

Chakra Healing for the Solar Plexus 

When any of your chakras are out of balance, you may experience all symptoms from both the underactive and overactive side. 

Healing your solar plexus chakra requires some self-love and compassion. 


Sit in a comfortable position and visualize a golden orb of light shining like a Sun within your solar plexus center. Imagine the light and radiance of this center warming your body and surroundings. 

Meditation with crystals also helps in energizing your chakra. Practice it daily to assist in aligning the sacral chakra.


– I am responsible for my actions

– I am able

– I am willing

– I am flexible 

– I am enough

– I believe in myself

Energize your solar plexus by making a list of things you are good at. Everyone has abilities and talents, and so do you!

Tone the mantra RAM to bring balance to the solar plexus chakra.

Solar Plexus Healing Stones and Essential Oils 

Stones associated with the solar plexus:

– Tiger’s Eye

– Amber

– Lemon Quartz

– Citrine (be careful with this one… Most of the Citrine on the market is heat-treated amethyst which does not have the same properties).

– Jasper

– Yellow tourmaline

– Agate

Essential oils that energize the solar plexus chakra are:

– Ginger

– Bitter orange

– Elemi

– Mint

– Cedarwood

– Cypress

– Ylang ylang

– Grapefruit

Additional Tips

Fill yourself up with some light humor and laugh! Yes, even if it’s those adorable cat videos online… Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. 🙂

Drink herbal teas such as peppermint, chamomile, ginger, or dandelion tea.

Break tasks down into small steps and commit to taking action one step at a time. 

Start paying attention and listen to your intuition. This is one of those things that you have to develop, and the more you follow your inner guidance and wisdom, the more open and clear the solar plexus will be. 

Find ways to combat indecisiveness and stick to your initial instinct. Be kind to yourself if something doesn’t work out for you. That’s part of the journey. 

Make peace with the spontaneousness of life. 

Practice positive affirming self-talk. It is important to practice making mental shifts that support your abilities and personal power. 

Get out of your comfort zone.

Symbol and Symbolism

The solar plexus symbols are the circle, an upside-down triangle, and is surrounded by 10 petals. 

Just like with the sacral chakra, the petals represent emotional aspects for one to overcome. Foolishness, delusion, fear, shame, jealousy, ignorance, personal ambition, betrayal, disgust, and sadness. 

Intuition in the gut, personal power, self-confidence, identity, wisdom, action, and discipline are all symbolism of what the solar plexus helps to maintain. 

Location of the Solar Plexus

The solar plexus sits right above your navel, below the ribs. 

When this chakra is in balance, you believe in your abilities to go after your dreams and aspirations and take action to achieve your goals. 

The Chakras Color of the Solar Plexus 

Yellow is the color of the solar plexus chakra. 

The color yellow evokes happiness and joyful optimism.

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