By Anna Guggenberger
The third wheel of energy in our body, the solar plexus chakra, is located around the navel, just below the rib cage. It is associated with fire, a symbol of power, self-esteem and a warrior mentality. People with an active third chakra and a strong core stand tall, confident and centred, ready to tackle even the most difficult challenges.
The secret of a healthy solar plexus chakra is to ignite our warrior flames and to understand that we are not just helpless victims of our circumstances, but we have the power to change and shape our lives. ‘Manipura’ is driven by empowerment and the best way to feel empowered is to practice acceptance.
As humans, we are fundamentally flawed. We get angry, jealous, upset and we often feel resentment towards these negative emotions. However, instead of fighting our negative feelings, because we want to avoid pain, our inner warrior’s weapons are compassion and acceptance.
Once we learn to accept ourselves, our flaws and our mistakes, we develop a new form of self-esteem and power that will move us forward and help us realise our desires and aims better than before. Empowered people have a direction and purpose in life. In contrast, imbalances in the sacral chakra lead to a lack of clear direction and feelings of helplessness.
Since the colour of the third chakra is yellow, any crystal or stone with this colour can help opening the solar plexus area and balance ‘manipura’. Carrying Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Citrine, Amber, Yellow Calcite, or Yellow Jasper will boost your confidence, will and personal power.
The ancient talisman is linked to one of the most powerful animals in ancient folklore. Tigers have long been seen as symbols of power and courage, and the ability to destroy the evil. The gold and brown ‘stripes’ of Tiger’s Eye remind us of its majestic name giver. Carrying or meditating with this healing stone can help reduce feelings of inadequacy or helplessness. Enclose the stone with both hands and repeat the following affirmations:
I am powerful and confident.
I feel worthy and empowered.
I feel a great purpose and passion for life.
The metaphysical properties of Citrine have already been described in our last article that dealt with the positive effects of a balanced sacral chakra. Since Citrine comes in different colours, it can be used for both, the sacral and the solar plexus chakra. Yellow Citrine is an excellent aid to solidify new starts. It helps to see things in a different light and gives the carrier the essential optimism that is needed to make bigger changes.
Amber was often considered the ‘Gold of the Sea’, little sun drops that were preserved and washed upon the shores. Even though Amber is neither a crystal, nor a mineral, it is believed to have strong metaphysical properties. The fossilized tree resin often contains animal and plant matters and therefore holds a strong connection to Mother Earth. Amber’s warm colour resembles the light at the end of the tunnel when we’re too concerned with all the darkness around us. It brings cheerfulness and joy and helps us leave the past behind and move forward.
The heart chakra, or ‘anahata’, is the spiritual centre of compassion and love. Learn how to unravel its energy in the next article.
Anna is a thinker, dreamer, and raconteur. She grew up in the Austrian countryside surrounded by mountains, forests, and meadows, where her creative spirit and vivid imagination were cultivated. The aspiring writer seeks to inspire and spark conversations about topics ranging from mental health and body positivity to mindfulness and living in alignment with the energies of nature. For more of Anna’s writing visit her blog: Ardent Wanderess