The third chakra, known as solar plexus, corresponds to the element of fire. It is located in the solar plexus, about a hand's width above the navel. The symbol is a yellow lotus with 10 leaves and a triangle pointing downwards.
This chakra regulates personal willpower, and the ability to be mentally clear and make effective decisions about the direction of life. It defines self-esteem and self-awareness and forms the center of personal power. It also stands for the courage to stand up for yourself, to say "no" to things that don't serve you, and to set healthy personal limits. It also influences the ability to trust one's intuition and take responsibility for one's own life.
A healthy solar plexus chakra helps to strengthen personal boundaries and take responsibility for one's own life. It leads away from the emotional and physical dependence on others for your own happiness, but you stands up for yourself and your life. You recognize what is important and meaningful in life and can make healthy decisions without compromise or fear. When balanced, the chakra gives you a positive charisma as well as courage and strength to take the right decisions in your life.
In contrast, people with a overly strong solar plexus chakra have an excessively high self-esteem, which leads to selfishness and egoism, but also to jealousy and passive, senseless aggression. Also with an overemphasized third chakra the empathy is reduced - one becomes emotionally cold and ruthless. The feelings and needs of other people are no longer of interest for you.
The solar plexus chakra connects us with the life energy that supplies the whole body. It is therefore the most important source of our energy system. If this supply does not work properly, it affects the whole organism. A weak third chakra can cause a lack of self-confidence and passive-aggressive behaviour. It lacks life energy and assertiveness for one's own desires and needs. Very often there is also a lack of self-esteem.
On a physical level it can lead to digestive problems, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, gallbladder problems, overweight and loss of appetite, but also to dependence on substances. In case of any kind of digestive problems, balancing the solar plexus chakra can have a healing effect.
Balance the solarplexus chakra
The third chakra can be activated with very simple things:
Spending time in the sun (the sun stimulates the solar plexus)
Pilates and yoga to strengthen the core
Keep warm (especially in winter)
Meditative color visualization (solar plexus meditation)
Sense: sense of sight
Gemstones: yellow topaz, citrine, tiger eye
Emotional aspect: action
Physical aspect: respiratory system, stomach, liver, gallbladder, abdominal and salivary gland, spleen, small intestine, lower back and sympathetic nervous system
yellow foods such as corn, peppers, lemons, bananas, pineapples, etc.
whole grain products and complex carbohydrates such as oats, quinoa, buckwheat, lentils, beans, whole grain rice