Colour: Yellow – Golden
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
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.
When your Solar Plexus Chakra is malfunctioning, you want to manipulate everything in accordance with your own wishes and desires; you want to control your inner and outer worlds and conquer and exercise power. An inner restlessness and discontent drives you. You develop an enormous urge to keep active and busy. This urge is your way of covering up your persistent feelings of inadequacy and shortcomings.
You just can’t let go and relax. You need to understand that material wealth and recognition cannot provide you with true, long-term happiness.
Acceptance and material well-being are of primary importance for you. Your true emotions are all blocked, therefore, you are unable to express them. You get upset easily. Your irritation and agitation are an expression of all the anger you have swallowed over a long period of time. You feel dejected and discouraged. You see obstacles everywhere. You believe these obstacles are preventing you from fulfilling your desires.
When faced with a difficult situation, you may feel queasy and uncertain, or you may get so nervous your actions become haphazard and disorganized. You want to hide from and avoid all new challenges in life. Your perception of life is not good. You see unhappy endings everywhere you turn.