If there is one icon for the Manipura Chakra, it is Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi had a vision.
To communicate without violence.
To use his influence and power for good.
To trust his own wisdom and guidance.
To ignore others who undermined him.
Gandhi was confident, powerful, influential, and charismatic.
And he emanated an aura that drew people to him. And he never abused it.
Although Gandhi was, is and always will be an icon, the area which rules our personal power resides in each one of us.
This Place of Personal Power is Manipura
And true to its Sanskrit translation of “Place of the Jewel”, this is where we discover what we can offer to the world and manifest our will.
The place where, when fully activated, the Real You shines through.
But there’s a catch to Manipura because when it is out of balance, you will either burn bridges with Manipura’s element of Fire or burn yourself out.
If you are yet to present the world with your unique gifts, read on to find what resides in your Place of the Jewel.
Manipura or Solar Plexus Chakra
The Third Chakra
Represents: Self-Confidence, Self-Worth, Identity, Power, Will, Clarity
Blocked by: Self-Doubt, Shame, Disappointments
Location: Under the Rib Cage, Above the Navel
Nature Sound: Crackling Fire
Stones: Citrine, Golden Calcite, Topaz, Fire Agate, Tiger’s Eye
God/Goddess: Surya – The God of the Sun or Lord Rama – One of the Incarnations of the Hindu God Vishnu
Governs: Functioning of Digestive Organs
Governs Emotions: Contentment, Joy, Pride, Hope
Purpose: To Manifest What You Created at the Sacral Chakra
Common Addictions: Alcohol, Drugs, Work, Nicotine, Coffee
Essential Oils: Lemon, Sage, Ginger, Peppermint, Cardamom
Why Should I Work on My Manipura Chakra?
- If you know, deep down, you were meant to be a leader. You were put on this earth to inspire and lead others because when your Manipura is balanced, you emanate an aura that attracts others to you.
- If you worry about other people’s opinions of you all the time. Due to this fear, you hardly make decisions in case it is the wrong one. The constant anxiety depletes you of your energy and you can fall into depression.
- If you stay passive because you are insecure about your abilities and your self-worth. When someone pushes your buttons, you resort to a passive-aggressive response which makes you feel worse.
- If you experienced some disappointments that you can’t seem to let go. You are consumed by the shame of that experience and find comfort in avoidance.
- If you have some creative ideas you’d love to pursue but you are afraid because you don’t believe in yourself.
If these ring true to you, don’t give up on yourself. Explore your Manipura with us.
Symptoms of Overactive Manipura Chakra
- High Cholesterol, Hypertension, High Blood Pressure
- Acid Reflux
- Headaches and Migraines
- Egotistical and Arrogant
- Manipulative and Controlling
These symptoms occur when people are very ambitious and focus on money, power or authority. If your Manipura is overactive, you need to balance it out with humility and work in conjunction with the Heart Chakra.
Symptoms of Underactive Manipura Chakra
- Passive or Passive-Aggressive
- Indecisive and Insecure
- Low Self-Esteem
- Feeling Powerless
- Inability to Take Action
- Chronic Fatigue
- Depression and Anxiety
- Inability to Focus
What Can I Do to Heal My Manipura?
- Soak up the Sun
Take a walk in the sun. Visualize yourself becoming energized by absorbing the sunlight.
- Face Your Shame and Crush Them
- Ask yourself “What brings me the most shame?”
- Think about your reasons
- Write down your Top 2 Reasons
- Read the reasons aloud to yourself
- Ask yourself “What is the Worst That Can Happen?”
- Accept your fears
- Commit to making the change
- Core Strengthening Exercises
Core strengthening exercises like Pilates, the Yoga pose Navasana or forearm planks will fire up your Manipura.
- Spend Time with Passionate People
Spend time with people who love what they do. Their enthusiasm and zest will positively influence your own self-worth.
- Brain Teasers or Puzzles
Gain clarity and confidence by giving your brain a workout. Games or puzzles that require thinking will boost your mental energy and ignite your Manipura.
- Energize with the Stones
Take a bath with Citrine or other stones in the tub.
- Wear Yellow Clothes or Accessories
Wearing yellow or surrounding yourself in this color is the easiest way to awaken the power.
Hum Ram as you breathe out or Chant “Om Shri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram”
- Listen to 528Hz Frequency
- Take a Bath using Essential Oils
- Alternate Nostril Breathing Exercise (Anulom Vilom)
This exercise is recommended for everyone to keep their Manipura and Svadhisthana in balance.
- Chant Manipura Affirmations
- “I Accept All Parts of Myself”
- “I Trust My Intuition”
- “I am Ambitious and Capable”