I don’t claim to know a great deal about the chakras system, but what I do know is that I’m in touch with my body emotionally, so I pick up disturbances quite quickly and know how to resolve them.
The first time I learnt more about chakras was around one year ago. I was going through an intense healing crisis and knew things were ‘off’. I didn’t feel right internally.
But in this Blog post I’m going to specifically talk about the solar plexus chakra, and share some of the signs and symptoms I personally had which may resonate with you, and also explain how I healed mine.
So where is the solar plexus chakra?
It’s located in the upper part of your stomach, where your diaphragm sits. There are seven chakras in total and the solar plexus one is classed as the third from the bottom, if we count them that way.
Knowledge states that the solar plexus chakra is linked to the digestive system, and I believe this to be true based off the symptoms I had when I discovered mine was blocked.
Physical symptoms of a blocked solar plexus chakra
As I was involved in a healing crisis, I was out of whack everywhere, but these are the physical signs that appeared to be the loudest relating to the solar plexus chakra for me:
- Poor digestion
- Sensitive skin
- Difficulty losing weight
I struggled to eat whole meals. I had a period where I could only eat half of what I normally would as I felt instantly full, to the point it was uncomfortable, and I hadn’t ate much at all.
I tried changing food sources, but the same thing happened. The bloated feeling wasn’t in my stomach area which felt very strange; it was higher up towards my diaphragm, which I sensed was my solar plexus area.
Throughout the day I had an underlying feeling of nausea. At times I would feel the urge to vomit, but nothing would come up. This feeling lasted for a few weeks.
I had started power walking to get fitter and lose some weight. I was walking miles each week, and at a fast pace, but I wasn’t losing fat. Combined with eating almost half of what I was due to feeling full almost immediately, I was stumped as to why nothing was changing.
The only way to describe it is as though I was carrying around a large amount of water retention in my body.
Psychological signs of a blocked solar plexus chakra
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what was connected to the solar plexus chakra, but during this time I was experiencing the following quite heavily:
- Low self-esteem
- Low zest for life/not wanting to do much
I remember specifically that I was struggling with confidence in many areas. I was aware I was at the time, yet it was so overpowering.
I found it extremely uncomfortable making eye contact with anyone – even those I know closely. I felt like a nervous, shy child most of the time. One time I was out walking and was so concerned people driving past in their cars would be staring at me.
As for the addiction; well this doesn’t necessarily have to be alcohol, drugs, food or sex – although it can be for many who suffer with a blocked solar plexus chakra.
I had an issue with eating too much sugar. I felt a tremendous desire to eat it, like I’ve never had before.
It can be any form of addiction. It can be something simple like repeatedly doing the same thing over and again seeking a form of comfort.
It can be bad habits etc. These are all addictions on a deeper level.
Ways to heal the solar plexus chakra
- Take charge.
Become empowering. Be a leader and be confident in your decisions, even if you feel you lack confidence. Face fear and do it.
Speak your truth, stand your ground in an assertive and calm manner. Anger and aggression does not need to be involved in order to be assertive and stand your ground, though many act otherwise.
If people disagree with you, yet you deeply feel the decision is right for you – follow it through and do what is right for you and your heart.
2. Commit to change
You cannot change without wanting to, and wanting to requires commitment.
Vow to yourself that your self-esteem, confidence and getting to know your inner-self on a deeper level is very important to you. Doing this and believing this will prompt change.
3. Be in solitude
It’s always good to try spending some time alone each day if possible.
Listen to your body and see what it is telling you. Let thoughts pass and keep focusing on the body. This will bring you closer to your core self than ever before.
This helps open the solar plexus chakra.
4. Meditation for solar plexus chakra
There are many specific solar plexus meditations out there, so in my opinion it is always worth trying some to see if they help.
There are also stones that you can place on your solar plexus area, or hold to meditate with, which again, is worth trying as many swear they have healing properties.
My personal favorite is simply lying down, closing my eyes and resting my awareness on the solar plexus area and scanning it ever-so gently. No force, no intense focus or concentration – just nice and slowly putting some attention in the area.
If this is done correctly, you can quite literally feel energy disperse the area – and this goes for any area in the body where there is a blockage.
5. Get moving
One thing I found that really helped me open up and get in balance was working the lungs.
I noticed a big shift when I was getting my lungs and diaphragm moving and full of oxygen. I began running and haven’t looked back, but any exercise will help.
Exercise, in my opinion, can really disperse blockages in the body.
Signs that your solar plexus chakra is balanced and open
- You tend to be level with good rationality most of the time. You do not feel the need to dominate anyone.
- Very high physical energy and mental level.
- Good leaders.
- Driven towards goals and tend to reach them.
- Follow their truth
- Believe in themselves as a person in how they come across to others
- You know who you are
Balancing the solar plexus chakra can take time, so patience is important. It is a work in progress and the more you work on balancing it, the more natural it becomes and you feel a nice flow in the diaphragm area with no blockages.
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