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Do you lack confidence in yourself? Experience problems with digestion or have allergies? Do you have trouble speaking up in a group? Is it difficult for you to get what you want, or to make things happen? Do you feel like others push you around? Do you wish you could step up to a leadership role? Are you ambivalent about power? Are you exhausted from always trying too hard?
If any of this sounds like you, it might help to learn some ways to clear and balance your solar plexus chakra.Also known as the navel chakra, it is the third of the seven chakras. Called Manipura in Sankrit, it governs our self-esteem and personal power. Clearing, balancing, and opening your third chakra can help you develop a healthy sense of self-worth, stand up for yourself better, grow as a leader, become more effective, successfully set and reach goals, and create the life that your soul longs for. You don't have to be a trained energy healer to heal your 3rd chakra. Read on to learn 5 down-to-earth, satisfying ways that you can give your solar plexus chakra a "tune-up." But first:
The Manipura chakra is located between the navel and the bottom of the sternum (breastbone). Its keywords are "personal power" and "self-esteem." It relates to ego, will, metabolism, personal power, effectiveness, self-esteem, and our digestive system, immune system, adrenal glands, and muscles. The associated color of the solar plexus chakra is yellow, and its element is fire.
Someone with a healthy solar plexus chakra will usually have a clear sense of who they are and where they're going. They have a strong sense of self-worth and self-trust. Because of this, they are decisive and effective at getting what they want and reaching goals.
They have a healthy relationship to power--neither dominating others nor letting themselves be dominated--and use it well, often rising to leadership positions. All of this tends to contribute to an even, sustainable level of physical energy.
People with a healthy navel chakra will usually have sound digestive, immune, and muscular systems. They tend to be free of major allergies, hypertension, diabetes, or adrenal gland disorders.
If you feel you'd benefit from clearing your solar plexus chakra, there are many practical, every-day things that you can do. Here are five ideas:
I wish you a clear sense of your infinite worth, the knowledge that the deep desires of your soul matter enormously, and an understanding that you are an immensely powerful being who can manifest those deep, sacred desires.
Remember, when working with your subtle energy, intention matters! Before doing any of the activities above, set your intention. For example, you might set and hold a general intention for solar plexus chakra healing, or a more specific goal such as increasing self-esteem, standing up for yourself, reaching a personal goal, etc. Just make your purpose clear, perform the activity mindfully, and as you're doing it, occasionally take a moment to silently affirm that your actions are creating your intention. Using any of the activities above in conjunction with an affirmation is especially effective.
Remember, these suggestions are not meant to replace qualified professional health care. If you have any concerns about your physical or mental health, seek the help of a qualified medical or mental health professional.
Want to learn more about the chakras? Visit the Chakras Main Page for access to 19 other articles about the chakras, including
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