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the Solar Plexus Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Colour: Yellow – Golden
Element: Fire
Sense: Sight
Fundamental Principle: Shaping of things
Body Association: Lower back, abdomen, digestive system, stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder, autonomic nervous system
Glands: Pancreas, which plays an important role in the digestion of food and the secretion of insulin

Purpose and Function

The 3rd chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra) is located about two finger-breadths above the navel. Its functions are highly complex. It represents our sun and our power centre. We absorb the solar energy through the Solar Plexus, which nurtures our ethereal body, energising and maintaining our physical body. Also, our emotional energy radiates from here. The foundation of our personality is represented through the Solar Plexus Chakra. Our social identity and our desire to confirm it by personal assertion, our will to achieve, our striving for power, and our adaptation to social patterns all are influenced by the Solar Plexus Chakra. The most important task of the Solar Plexus Chakra is to purify the desires and wishes of the lower chakras (Sacral and Root). To consciously control and use the creative energy of these lower chakras and allow the spiritual higher chakras to manifest in the material world is the greatest possible fulfilment.
The Solar Plexus is directly connected to our astral (emotional) body, which is the centre of our wishes and desires. If we accept and integrate our feelings, wishes and experiences in our lives, this will help our Solar Plexus relax and open up, thus increasing our inner light and illuminating our situation in life.
Our moods are influenced by the amount of light we permit to shine within us. 

When the Solar Plexus Chakra is opened, we feel enlightened, full of joy, and an inner richness. If it is blocked, closed or disturbed, we feel gloomy and unbalanced, etc. It is important to note that we also PROJECT the same moods and sensations into the world (environment) around us. Life, therefore, may seem either bright or dark to us. It is the amount of light within us that determines the clearness of our vision and the quality of what we see.
We also directly perceive the vibrations of other people through the Solar Plexus and react accordingly. If we are confronted with negative vibrations, this chakra warns us. You’ve heard the saying, “I’ve got a gut feeling.” This is your Solar Plexus talking to you.

Harmonious Functioning

You feel peace and inner harmony with your Self, life in general, and your place in the world. You have accepted yourself completely, and you respect the feelings and character traits of others. You also accept your feelings, wishes and experiences in life. You see them in the “right light.” Your feelings, wishes and experiences are integrated in such a way that leads to wholeness of being. As an additional bonus, if your Third Eye Chakra (6th chakra) and your Crown Chakra (7th chakra) are also open, you can recognise that all visible matter consists of varying degrees of light vibrations. Since all visible matter is light, when these chakras are functioning in harmony with each other, your wishes are fulfilled spontaneously. You are connected to the energy of light in all things, and therefore, you attract everything you are in search of to yourself.

Disharmonious Functioning

The Sacral Chakra comes alive during puberty. This is when a malfunctioning Sacral Chakra often originates. The awakening of sexual energies cause a state of uncertainty within you. Parents and educators rarely teach people how to handle these energies. During your early infancy, there may have been a lack of tenderness and bodily contact, which may later lead to the rejection of sexuality. As a result, you are unable to experience the uninhibited expression of your creative sexual potential and these uninhibited energies may express themselves in the form of excessive sexual fantasies or suppressed desires. You may also see sex as a drug. What you need to understand is that your creative sexuality has just been misdirected. These actions breed uncertainty and sexual tension between the sexes.

In most cases, inadequate functioning of the Sacral Chakra can be traced back to childhood and infancy. Your parents probably withheld their own sensuality and sexuality. Additionally, you probably had a lack of sensual stimulation in the form of touching, caresses, tenderness and affection. Consequently, you suppressed your feelings and withdrew your antennas, so to speak, turning off these sensual messages. Then, during puberty, you may have blocked off your developing sexual energies completely. This suppression results in a lack of self-esteem, emotional paralysis and sexual coldness. Life in this light seems dreary and you may feel life is not worth living. These feelings often amplify teenagers’ tendencies to commit suicide