The solar plexus chakra is our power centre. The word solar suggests a beaming star, and that’s the perfect way to envision this chakra – as a miniature sun that is radiating light from the core of our being. The Sanskrit word Manipura loosely translates as ‘city of jewels or shining gem ’.
When this chakra is fully activated and aligned, we are blessed with precious gifts of willpower, personal strength and the ability to transform thoughts and ideas into real-world manifestations.
This chakra is vibrant, sunshine yellow in colour, and is depicted by a ten-petal lotus leaf. Each petal has a syllable imprinted on it to signify each of the 10 vrittas of spiritual ignorance.
It is said we must first overcome these hurdles of the mind in order to have a strong and nourished solar plexus chakra. In the centre of the lotus is an upside-down triangle which signifies the chakra’s key element of fire.
This chakra is all about our own personal identity. When it is healthy and balanced we feel in control of our lives, we feel powerful and know that we can create anything that we put our minds (and hearts) to. It gives us that inner fire that fuels our creative projects and helps to propel us through life. It acts as a doorway that opens us to our true inner potential.
Take this short QUIZ to discover if any of your chakras are blocked.