Solar Plexus Chakra

yellow solar plexus chakra mandalaControls the energy associated with: Willpower, Joy, Self-Belief, Spontaneity, Empowerment, Intention, Practical Intelligence, Manifestation, Ambition, Focus, Clear-headed thinking, Self-control

Location: Between the Diaphragm and the Navel

Associates Gemstones: Sunstone, Citrine, Yellow Calcite, Rhodochrosite, Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Fluorite, Yellow Jasper, Amber, Malachite, Pyrite,

Blocked by: Shame, Harsh Comparisons, Abuse/Bullying, Negative Self-Talk or Self-Judgment

Dysfunction can present physically: Stomach, Digestion, Gall Bladder, Nervous System, Liver, Pancreas, Diabetes, Constipation

Dysfunction can present mentally/emotionally: Anger, Fear, Arrogance/Ego, Low Self-Esteem, Lack of Motivation, Laziness/Giving Up, Defensiveness, Criticism of Self or Others, Control Issues, Fatigue, Anxiety, Over-sensitivity, Easily Offended, Lack of Self-discipline

Color: Yellow

Sound Association: Tone of E

Mantra: RAM (pronounced ROM) “I am capable. I am powerful. I am worthy”

Astrological Association: Leo, Aries, Gemini

Scent Association: Lemon, Chamomile, Vetiver, Lemon Balm, Juniper

Herbs and Foods to strengthen the Sacral Chakra: Whole Grains, Dairy Foods (yogurt in particular), Marshmallow Root, Chamomile, Fennel, Goldenseal, Lemon Balm, Juniper

Strengthened by: Aerobic Exercise, Pilates, Core-strengthening Yoga, Tai-Chi and other Martial Arts

Suggested Solar Plexus Chakra Meditation: When using gemstones to enhance your meditation experience, I recommend holding either two of the Chakra-strengthening stones you have selected to work with (one in each hand) or, as an alternative, you may choose to hold the Chakra-strengthening stone in your non-dominant hand while holding an amplifying clear quartz (or other quartz associated with the chakra you are working with) in your dominant hand. It is important to note that the energies of the stone(s) held in your non-dominant hand will be the energies drawn into your energy body during meditation (reception). The energies of the stone(s) held in your dominant hand will enhance the distribution of the held stone’s energies from your energy field into the world around you (projection).

Sit or lie down quietly in the meditation posture of your choice. Holding your stones in your hands, and inhale deeply, focusing on bringing prana (life force) up from the ground, through the Root and Sacral Chakras, into the Solar Plexus Chakra itself, located between the diaphragm and the navel, and then traveling up the spine to exit at the crown of your head. You may visualize a yellow vortex of energy, spinning at the location of the Solar Plexus Chakra, clenching the muscles of the upper abdomen in a gentle way, stimulating the area. Visualize the Solar Plexus Chakra spinning steadily, increasing its speed with every breath. Reverse the flow on your exhale, pulling in the energy of the Divine through your Crown Chakra, down your spine, pausing at the Solar Plexus Chakra and, finally, out through your Root Chakra into the Earth. As you exhale, you may repeat the root mantra “Ram” or the example affirmation listed above. Repeat the breath sequence with focus, letting the energy flow through you like an ocean wave, pulling sustaining energy from the Earth and cleansing energy from the Divine with each breath. There is no set length of time that this meditation should be maintained, but maintain the practice until you feel your energy flowing freely and your mind staying clear. As you exhale, consciously feel yourself as a worthy, empowered force in the world, capable of good ideas and right action. Exhale your low self-esteem and feelings of powerlessness, allowing the simple act of breathing and being to fill you with capability and self-worth.

Once you have cleared your energy and feel it flowing smoothly, you may focus further on the Solar Plexus Chakra by placing the gemstone(s) on or hold it/them near the chakra itself. Continue to breathe prana into this sacred energy center, visualizing the color and circular movement of the energy within the chakra. Focus on that spot, inhaling and sending your gemstone energy to that location, enhancing and bringing it to life. As you exhale, visualize any debris that has become lodged in the chakra, causing it to become slow and sluggish, being whirled away from your energy field.   Remain here for as long as necessary, until you feel the energy of the chakra flowing unimpeded.

As always, use your intuition to guide you through this process. Take the time to get to know your stones, clearing them with sage, a night out under the moon, or by holding them under running water (when appropriate – not all stones can tolerate water).   Look at them carefully, getting to know them intimately by both their look and their feel. Building relationships with your stones’ energy can create a symbiosis in which even looking at or grasping your stone will bring an immediate sense of the energy that they carry, helping you to manage your thoughts, emotions, and behavior in a way that allows you to create your best life in every moment, even when faced with difficult circumstances.

In closing, it is important to realize that when life gets hectic and stress ensues, we will not always possess the time or even the desire to engage in prolonged meditation at the times we need it most. At these times of frustration, take a few moments to close your eyes, touch your stone, and breathe deeply. Even taking a short break to consciously reset your energy in times of chaos or emotional upset can produce dramatic results.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about working with your gemstones. I am committed to the creation of a bountiful life both for myself and any and all beings who may cross my path in life. I am always happy to help!

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