Article by Angie Webster
I recently wrote about the Heart chakra and the Throat chakra, and I mentioned how they are connected in various ways. Today I want to share how the solar plexus supports the function of both the heart and the throat chakra.
While the heart center is extremely important and I have often looked at it as the main and most important center in the body, the solar plexus chakra must be in balance and functioning properly in order to support its function. Just as when the throat chakra is blocked or out of balance, the heart and the head cannot communicate effectively, when the solar plexus is out of balance, weak or blocked, the heart chakra becomes weak in its efforts to connect and receive and the throat is less able to communicate.
The solar plexus allows us to feel strong and safe, supported in who we are. It gives us the ability to discern and separate what is good for us from what is not. When we don’t feel we are able to properly do that, we become weak in most every other area. Our defenses are down, things get in that are not healthy and we are not replenished with the things that nourish us. This is true on a physical, mental, emotional and energetic level.
When the solar plexus is strong and in balance, we have healthy digestive systems, are able to tolerate most foods with little or no food allergies or intolerances, and we are confident with a healthy and balanced sense of self-esteem. We are able to easily make decisions, do not fear rejection, and don’t have a victim mentality. People with a healthy and balanced solar plexus are able to relax easily and feel very at ease in their own skin. They are at peace in their own life and they are in control of their own affairs. They have no difficulty focusing and procrastination is not a problem for them.
When we experience imbalance in the solar plexus, we will have any of a variety of digestive issues, from gas, to ulcers, to simple upset stomach. We will be more prone to immune system disorders and allergies of various types, especially food allergies. Kidney, liver spleen, pancreas and gall bladder disorders are all associated with the solar plexus. The liver and the kidneys are very critical to the circulation of life force energy in the body. They are also areas where negative emotions can become trapped. The solar plexus is a vital region for the flushing of these energies and the circulation of new and fresh life force. When we are unable to do this, we feel trapped, bitter, aggressive, diminished, weak, resentful, or we may find that we are in a codependent relationship, which perpetuates the imbalance.
The solar plexus has a great deal to do with our ability to protect ourselves energetically as well. We are not properly able to do this when our life force is not being circulated in the ideal manner, so it is important to keep the solar plexus functioning at its best, especially if you are a healer or work in large groups.
When we bring the solar plexus into proper balance, we allow the energy to flow upward into the heart. This allows for the best possible function of the heart, which supports the energetic connection we have with others and with the world around us. It better enables us to give and receive with balance and from a place of strength and courage, rather than from weakness. Balance here will also move upward to the throat, allowing for more effective expression of ideas and the will. It also balances when there is a need to remain silent and simply observe and receive information.
Much like the throat chakra, balanced expression is a wonderful way to open and balance this chakra. Particularly, expressing your own ideas. The color yellow is also very helpful. You may find that the use of candles or other fire energy is useful as is being outside in the sun, absorbing solar energy. Imagine it moving down into your solar plexus. The most useful way to balance this chakra that I have found so far is the use of breath work. Pull in a deep breath through the nose, all the way down to the bottom of the belly, filling it up and expanding it. Hold it for a moment, then expel it fully and completely through the mouth, perhaps even making a noise or an audible sigh as you do so. I also like the use of Lion’s Breath, which is actually very helpful for the throat chakra, but pushes energy up through the solar plexus through the heart and throat.
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).