My most and least favourite chakra in equal measures.

When I left my old work job, they gave me a leaving gift – a chakra bracelet, “I assumed you were the Solar Plexus Chakra?” Sheri said, “all over’, I thought.

I once pulled a chakra badge out of a lucky dip – eyes closed – which one did I get? The Solar Plexus Chakra.

I toyed with the idea of getting a Solar Plexus tattoo at one point but then I decided not to, because as much as I love being so full of this Chakra energy, I definitely have way too much at times, and in the last 18 months of my life I’ve felt that actually when I have too much, those are the bits of this Chakra energy I could really do without, and I’d like to balance out with other ones, like the root, or the third eye for example.

Let me explain…

The Manipura Chakra, or Solar Plexus Chakra is all about the fire in the belly.

It is the centre of our personal identity. It rules all aspects of our personality and ego, especially our sense of self worth, self-esteem, and personal identity.

This energy centre also influences self confidence, personal power and freedom of choice.

Right balance, and you get the sort of person I am – strong, independent, knows what she wants, marches to the beat of her own drum, wants to empower, inspire – and hopefully does it well, and without pissing people off… but then we get to the downsides of this energy (both of which I fall foul to).

Too much = egotistical, cocky, self assured and ignorant (I’d like to think this was more the younger Emily, but I know my husband would agree this Emily is still there from time to time).

Too little = worrying that you are too much, lacking self esteem, self confidence, self worth (this Emily just rears her ugly head whenever she’s not wanted, and people never believe it because I am so good at acting the big I am, at pretending in the ego, but in actual fact I suffer from a lot of anxiety and worry about what people think).

… or at least I do from time to time – right now for example neither of those are me, because I’m in balance, but that’s because lately I’ve been drawing in the energies of other chakras, in order to let me balance this little minx out, and this is because previously my energy was in so much in the negative that I took actions to bring it into the positive… and then maybe it just went out of balance the other way for a bit too… Who knows?

Either way, right now – definite balance – or is that me being too cocky? (joke!)

Strong affirmations for the solar plexus chakra?

  • I am worth my weight in gold
  • I am worthy because I exist
  • I am confident in my ability to make my life work
  • I choose the power of life

How can we work through negativity around this chakra to create more balance?

  • Develop a sense of your own person
  • Spend time alone
  • Find out where your talents and gifts lie
  • Travel and explore
  • Most importantly – don’t be afraid to try new things

Other things associated to this Chakra:

  • Star sign: Aries (me!), Leo
  • Oils: Lemon, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper
  • Element: Fire
  • Plant: Carnation
  • Metal: Iron, Gold
  • Colour: Yellow
  • Type of Music: Marches

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