In the Solar Plexus we come to the Third Chakra where we discover our relationship to the fiery expressions of Manipura. Here we encounter our power, our will, and the drive take action. It is in Manipura that the emotional experience of the self (found deep in the belly, in the Second Chakra) is channeled and directed into the world.

With a healthy Third Chakra, we feel confident, able to act and initiate, and clear about our ambitions, while imbalance in this energetic center creates distortions around our agency, drive, and the achievement of our goals. An over-charged Third Chakra may hold rigidity, stress, and an over-exertion involving our will to be and do. It can also involve distortions involving power dynamics, including the need to control and dominate others, and the drive to realize personal ambitions at all costs. Weakness in Manipura Chakra manifests low vitality, challenges in the ability to stand up for oneself, and a lack commitment, enthusiasm and drive,

The Third Chakra is a stronghold of the ego and, as we dive into the work of energy healing, we find many of our belief systems exist here, at our solar plexus. Working with the consciousness of this chakra helps us to see what beliefs are held in the structure of this center. Connecting to Manipura with awareness, touch, and love can shift the painful convictions which live here and transform the perceptions which mold our experience of reality. In the process of this work we find a healthy relationship to our capacity to take action, an ability to direct our energy, and to positively achieve our objectives without strain or force, manipulation or anxiety.

Chakra: 3rd

Physical location: the solar plexus

Corresponding body parts, systems & organs: stomach, gallbladder, liver, spleen, digestive system, muscles

Element: Fire

Sense: Sight

Associated emotions (imbalanced): stress, rigid thinking, weakness, anger & power issues

Associated qualities & life experiences: leadership, willpower, confidence, mental clarity, personal power