You know how people talk about having ‘fire in the belly’? That’s an indirect reference to the solar plexus chakra, which is the energy centre concerned with personal power and control. This is an energy centre I’ve had constant blocks in myself so I’m very familiar with it.
Symbolised by the element of fire, the solar plexus is the third chakra, following the base and the sacral chakras. Located in the middle of your back and belly (just above the naval), it’s all about asserting your power without dominating other people, having will power and being comfortable with your place in the world.
People with blocks in the solar plexus chakra might be doormats, or at the other end of the scale they could be bullies. They could be low in self-esteem or they could be workaholics.
If your energy in this chakra is balanced, you’ll be confident, flexible, self-disciplined, able to take responsibility for your actions and have a good appreciation of your personal power (i.e. you don’t need to exert power over others to feel important). You’re just as happy to lead as to be led. You’ll also be warm and playful, because sense of humour is strongly connected to this energy centre (hence the saying ‘belly laughs’).
Even though chakras deal with esoteric energy, your physical energy is also at play in this chakra. If this chakra is balanced, you use your energy wisely – you don’t overextend yourself for long periods, and you don’t waste it on people who drain you.
While the base chakra was about fear and the sacral chakra was about guilt, the solar plexus’ enemy is shame.
(Image: the solar plexus chakra symbol)
Essentially this chakra about owning your identity and being at peace with where you’re at in life – and if you think about it, that’s lacking in people who are bullies, workaholics or constantly angry.
People who are deficient in energy in the solar plexus chakra might display these characteristics:
· Low or no self-esteem
· Share no opinions, ever
· Avoid conflict at all costs
· Say yes to everything asked of them (hello, doormat!)
· Rely on other people’s validation to feel like they matter
· Passive approach to life (letting opportunities pass them by)
· Victim mentality
· Constant worry about what other people think of them
People with excessive energy in this chakra might have some of these things going on:
· Constant need to have things their way (in the extreme, bullying)
· A need to be right and to have the last word
· Always having something to prove (typical of workaholics)
· Aggressive and prone to outbursts of anger
· Domineering and controlling
· Always criticising other people, very judgmental
· Always stressed out
Physically, blocks in this chakra present as problems in digestion (which is how physical energy is obtained in the body), stomach (particularly with ulcers – not surprising given the connection with anger), the muscular framework (especially chronic fatigue) and the liver and gall bladder. Because this chakra is associated with the pancreas and adrenals, it’s also connected to hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia.
Balancing this chakra comes back to instilling a healthy sense of self-esteem. If there’s something deep that’s proving an obstacle to healthy self-worth, seeking professional counsel could be helpful. Setting a goal and working towards it can help, as that requires you to back yourself and see yourself as worthy of success. If outbursts of anger are an issue for you, addressing the underlying issues could also be beneficial. Anger is a secondary emotion – it’s always masking a deeper problem, usually a fear of some sort. And of course, reiki is a brilliant way to clear blocks in any chakra, which is why I’m such a big advocate for this energy healing modality.