The Solar Plexus Chakra
Chakra means 'wheel' or 'vortex' in Sanskrit and most often refers to the seven major energy centres of the body although there are many hundreds of more minor chakras. The solar plexus chakra refers to the third chakra situated in the upper abdomen between the heart chakra above and the sacral chakra in the pelvis below. This chakra is associated with the colour yellow
Each chakra is linked to an endocrine organ and in the case of the solar plexus chakra this is the pancreas and the hormones insulin and glucagon that it produces that between them control blood sugar. Some authorities also classify the endocrine outer rind of the adrenal glands - the adrenal cortex - as belonging to the solar plexus chakra along with the steroid and sex hormones it produces.
Each chakra is also associated with a plexus of nerves and in the case of the solar plexus chakra this is the coeliac plexus, where the vagus and other nerves supplying the digestive system and kidneys interchange.
The solar plexus chakra is very aligned with the concept of Dantian from Chinese medicine which is regarded as the seat of the self and many exercises encourage centering breathing techniques on this point which is also the centre of balance and gravity in the body. This is also thought to help to control thoughts and emotions and in yogic philosophy is the seat of prana which radiates outwards to the entire body.
In Chinese medicine the solar plexus is associated with the element of fire and with the digestive system, the eyes and the feet.
The solar plexus chakra develops between the ages of 7 years of age and puberty and coincides with development of the Mental Body. During this time the child will 'try on' various identities during play and from this will develop their goals, aspirations and deep longings within this lifetime as their soul pupose makes itself known.
Organs associated with the solar plexus chakra
The solar plexus chakra governs the functioning of more organs than any other chakra governing the liver and gall bladder to the right; the spleen, pancreas and stomach to the left; the diaphragm above; the small intestine below and the adrenal cortices to the rear. The solar plexus chakra also governs the entire sympathetic nervous system (which stimulates all the automatic functions of the body) and the corresponding region of the back from waist to rib cage.
These organs all have parallels in our emotional life such as the kidneys acting as a filtering system for toxins in the blood stream representing the way in which we approach life with caution and fear; the liver is responsible for eliminating substances that are harmful to system and this can represent self-protective anger; the adrenal glands correlate to our panic response; the pancreas to assimiliation of life and the diaphragm to expelling stale air from the body and thus releasing whatever is passing from your life.
The dysfunctions which have their origins in the solar plexus chakra therefore are digestive problems including indigestion, anorexia and bulimia, stomach ulcers, intestinal tumours and diseases of the colon in addition to diabetes, pancreatitis, hepatitis, cirrhosis, adrenal imbalances and arthritis.
The emotional significance of the solar plexus chakra
Whilst our 5 senses provide information about the world around us, our solar plexus provides information about feeling, sensing atmospheres, understanding the potentials and opportunities present in situations and also sensing personal threat. The solar plexus chakra is the seat of our intuition and it is probably impossible to hear this still, small voice within without self-esteem and so we end up listening to - and being controlled by - others.
The Solar Plexus Chakra is an emotional centre that is also the centre of inner knowing and intuition. The solar plexus chakra is known as the power chakra because it governs personal power, self-esteem and assertion. The Western world is probably unique in the history of mankind in paying little or no regard to the past, the cycles and ways of nature and to primal instincts. Our genetic and soul inheritances are stored in this chakra, along with messages about who you uniquely are in the larger context of the universe, who others want you to be, what you should be and parental messages about expectations.
There is an energetic 'belt' between the second, sacral chakra which governs feelings, sexuality and security and the third, solar plexus chakra. This belt may act as a blockage to spontaneity, trust and faith resulting in self-hatred and often results from attempts to shape the identity of the child to differ from that to which they were naturally inclined. As this blockage is cleared, energy from the sacral chakra can rise to the solar plexus chakra and knowledge of a kinder, gentler self can filter up and self-condemnation and self-hatred can dissolve in this new understanding.
So this chakra stores the positive aspects of ego and its lessons are about:
Honouring and respecting yourself and your power
Instinct and intuition and
The shadow side of the solar plexus chakra is about:
Abdicating your own personal power out of your need for approval
An inability to withstand criticism
Trouble expressing your opinions and needs
Difficulty with personal boundaries and self-protection
Loss of face
A lack of personal identity
Health spirit and body
Fear of rejection
Fears of our secrets being found out
The feelings that register as 'gut instincts' are very real, they are just not physical. So when you feel that you have been kicked in the guts - you have - in your emotional body.
When the solar plexus chakra is open and balanced the result will be a deeply fulfilling emotional life with an outgoing, confident, sociable attitude towards the world. You will appreciate the good things in life and have a sense of belonging and understanding your place within creation. This chakra is associated with the charismatic leader and the explorer.
When the solar plexus chakra is overactive the result is an individual ruled by ambition, pride, fear, desire for fame, passions, and likes and dislikes. Someone dominated by an overactive solar plexus chakra can be overly concerned with their status in life relative to others and may crave company and be incapable of being alone.
When the solar plexus is not functioning properly the individual may only feel superficial emotions or negative emotions such as anxiety, panic or worry. These individuals may be closed to experiencing joy or the non-physical side of life and they may fear change. The result is that they may be overwhelmed by their emotions or become prey to delusions or schizophrenia.
The lower three 'ordinary' chakras are all linked to, and reflected in, the upper three 'non-ordinary' chakras. In the case of the solar plexus chakra this means that it is linked to the brow chakra which contains the soul's knowledge and information received via the solar plexus chakra is checked out by the mind and mental information is checked out by the intuitive solar plexus chakra. The health of the mental brow chakra is required to keep order and define reality.
If the solar plexus is fully functioning the individual should experience a fulfilling emotional life whilst not being overwhelmed. Whereas if the solar plexus chakra is open, but not protected, the individual may experience extreme emotions and feel buffeted by outside influences. If both the sacral chakra and the heart chakra are open, but the intervening solar plexus chakra is blocked, this will lead to problems with the individual not being able to express their love sexually or being able to relate sex to love.
Orgasm is said to be a discharge of energies between the sacral and solar plexus chakras which revitalises the body causing the energies to be cleansed and, as such, is vital to healthy function.
When we are born an energetic umbilicus remains between our mothers and ourselves and this is attached to the solar plexus chakra. And, as we go through life, attachments to others form in this way with stronger and more etheric cords being formed as we form close relationships. As relationships come to a close, these cords can be seen to disconnect or to be severed and this is a necessary process to moving on with our lives.
Each of the chakras is a lens through which you can view the world and we all move between chakras all the time, but will have a preferred 'home' chakra. When you change the primary motivating force in your life you move your home chakra and this results is a shift in perceptions. The shift between the solar plexus and heart chakras is thought to be a particulary large one and is represented in the body by the physical barrier of the diaphragm.
The shifts that can cause these changes are referred to by the philosopher Gurdjieff as 'shock points' and transition can be rough or gentle.
The lessons of the heart chakra have to do with love and acceptance and relinquishing personal control and letting go. Seemingly external events in your life may force an abrupt departure from the old way of being as a 'physical or mental breakdown' which obliges you to release the existing way of being.
Whereas many may seek to get back to their old ways of doing and being, they may find that these no longer serve them and the new order in their lives obliges them to redirect their attention to the new ways. The simple fact is that once this 'shock point' event or transition has occurred you cannot go back to the way things were because that way of being no longer exists.
For some, this process may feel as though they are dying and although your physical life may not be in peril, your consciousness has undergone a major transformation. Some describe this as the death of the ego and it is inevitably followed by a rebirth of some description.
After these transitions, things will slowly start to make sense to you in a different way. Some may even sense this shift as a feeling of physical pressure between their solar plexus and heart chakras.
We are all collectively evolving through the chakras too and the planetary group consciousness has for the last 2,000 years been concerned with the solar plexus - the ego - the 'I'. This has led to power struggles and abuse of power as countries have been concerned with their own interests at the expense of the whole.
There are no mistakes and there are no accidents - the universe works perfectly. It only seems chaotic to our limited perceptions - looking at the reverse side of the tapestry, as it were.
It is possible that as a fatigue syndrome sufferer, you may have volunteered at a soul level to go through this transformative process in order to accelerate planetary consciousness.