Where is your solar plexus???
solar plexus, dense cluster of nerve cells and supporting tissue, located behind the stomach in the region of the celiac artery just below the diaphragm. It is also known as the celiac plexus. Rich in ganglia and interconnected neurons, the solar plexus is the largest autonomic nerve center in the abdominal cavity (see nervous system). Through branches it controls many vital functions such as adrenal secretion and intestinal contraction. Popularly, the term "solar plexus" may refer to the pit of the stomach. A blow to that area, if it penetrates to the true solar plexus, not only causes great pain but may also temporarily halt visceral functioning.
The celiac plexus, also known as the solar plexus, is a complex network of nerves (a plexus) located in the abdomen, where the celiac trunk, superior mesenteric artery, and renal arteries branch from the abdominal aorta. It is in back of the stomach and the omental bursa, and in front of the crura of the diaphragm, on the level of the first lumbar vertebra, L1. (source: Wikipedia)
According to Hindu texts, the Solar Plexus is the seat of your third Chakra. This Chakra is situated just below the sternum (where your ribs attach in the front). You can imagine it to be a beacon of light, which radiates from the center of your body. Its energy jet propels you to move forward, toward fulfilling your dreams and goals.
And you can further imagine that the Solar Plexus Chakra is where one can find and cultivate energy that can enable you to turn DESIRE into ACTION!!! It is home to our Want Power muscle (previously known as Will Power muscle).
WANT – WILL – ACTION
What we WANT fuels our WILL and it, in turn, provides a spark of energy that ignites us into ACTION.
The Solar Plexus is the crucial point in our bodies where our ‘parts’ – often opposing parts – have an opportunity to meet and join forces.
“Part of me wants to be as healthy as humanly possible and say no to foods that are processed, overloaded with saturated fats, salt and sugar, BUT the other part of me simply wants the fried chicken and the cake with extra frosting – now!”
Now, let’s add philosopher Ken Wilbur’s words into the mix, “No one is smart enough to be 100% wrong.” When I heard these words, I thought, “what a wonderful concept to bring to my battling self.”
These words can shed light on your inner battle, as they help us to understand that our desire to eat cake is not 100% ‘wrong,’ nor is our desire to say ‘no thank you,’ healthy 100% ‘right.’ And if neither side is wrong or right, then there is an opportunity for understanding, for loving-kindness and inner-peace.
When we scan our bodies from top to bottom, moving down from our foreheads to our toes, let’s remember to pause at the Solar Plexus with an open heart and allow both ‘parts’ to say what they need to say so that the battle can end.
The third chakra is the center of willpower. While the Sacral chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment, the third chakra is all about the perception of who you are.
The gift of this chakra is sensing your personal power, being confident, responsible, and reliable.
The third chakra is the center of your self-esteem, your willpower, self-discipline, as well as warmth in your personality.
The energy of this chakra allows you to transform inertia into action and movement. It allows you to meet challenges and mover forward in your life.
The main challenge for the third chakra is to use your personal power in a balanced manner.
What does that mean? It means consciously harnessing the energy of the solar plexus chakra. It means being proactive rather then reactive or inactive.
Beings with excessive third chakra energy react to life circumstances, they have emotional outbursts and are often stressed out.
Beings with blocked or deficient third chakra are passive and inactive - allowing life to pass by while they do nothing.
Strong third chakra reflects the ability to move forward in life with confidence and power. It reflects the ability to make conscious choices to choose and to act.
Solar Plexus Blockage
A blockage in the third chakra, also known as the solar plexus chakra or Manipura, can be especially serious because it is where our sense of self originates. Chakra imbalances are difficult to avoid. When you face a difficult or traumatic situation, the coping skills you develop to get through it may cause disruptions in your energy and prevent you from healing fully. Blocked chakras can cause mental, emotional and physical issues.
Symptoms of a Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra
A healthy solar plexus chakra allows you to know yourself and live with confidence and strength. Someone with a balanced solar plexus chakra will be able to set boundaries and be assertive without being aggressive. It allows you to know yourself, judging yourself and others fairly but not critically.
Since it plays such a fundamental role in self-confidence, an imbalance in the third chakra can cause many problems. Some common symptoms of a blockage include:
• Low self-esteem
• Inability to set or maintain boundaries
• Lack of self-control
• Depression or anxiety
The solar plexus chakra is also important for physical health. It is closely tied to digestive health, but a blockage can cause an issue with other systems as well. Common physical symptoms of a blocked third chakra include:
• Poor digestion, gas, nausea
• Asthma and other respiratory problems
• Organ problems, especially in the liver and kidneys
• Nerve pain and fibromyalgia
• Difficulty gaining or losing weight
Solutions for a Blocked Solar Plexus Chakra
Clearing the blockage in your third chakra and allowing energy to flow freely through it will help return you to health. It is best to try to do daily healing work because falling back into old patterns can allow the blockage to form again.
Solar Plexus Chakra Affirmations
I love and accept myself.
I stand up for myself.
I am strong and courageous.
I am worthy of love, kindness, and respect.
I choose the best for myself.
I express myself in a powerful way.
I am proud of my achievements.
I honor my self.
I choose healthy relationships.
I am authentic.
I direct my own life.
I appreciate my strengths.
I feel my own power.
I am free to choose in any situation.
I seek opportunities for personal and spiritual growth.
I am at peace with myself.