The solar plexus chakra is the third energy center of the chakra system. Its physical functions are related to digestion, the immune and nervous systems. Emotionally, the solar plexus chakra centers on a person’s authentic power. It is no wonder that when many people feel anxious or indecisive, they experience a stomachache or other gastrointestinal issues.
The strong emotion of fear resides within this chakra, although fear can affect any of the other chakras too. Fear is often based on feelings of doubt, not believing in one’s abilities to face a problem or situation. We may believe we have little personal power and see ourselves as failures in life.
Like all the other chakras, the imbalance can play out in the opposite direction. There are many people who think they deserve all the power, overriding others’ best interests. These beliefs result in greed, arrogance and other self-serving behaviors. It may seem the solar plexus chakra is strong, but in reality it is an exploitative, abusive use of power.
If you feel powerlessness in certain areas of your life, there are many ways to achieve a better balance by working with the energies of this third chakra. Here are some ideas:
Many energy healing modalities are also useful in this area. Reiki energies flow to the underlying causes of physical and emotional problems. For example, if the root cause of fear is associated with emotional abuse as a child, the healing energies flow to your past, healing the pain and powerlessness you felt when those hurtful words were directed at you. Psychotherapy can also be helpful in changing the long-term effects of cognitive beliefs.
“Know thyself” is truly the most important function of the Solar Plexus chakra. It is the transition from defining yourself based on the words and actions from others – to knowing the Divine loves you unconditionally, just as you are. When you reach this level of wisdom, this chakra is in perfect balance!