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Solar Plexus Chakra Meaning: Honoring Intuition

The solar plexus chakra is located at the naval, center of intuition (a gut feeling). This chakra is connected to both service and desires. This is the chakra where we get a gut feeling about people, places and events. This chakra is the seat of the self and the center of transformation, emotions and abundance. The third chakra or solar plexus chakra is known as Manipura. The name translates as the “city of jewels.” “Mani” means “gem” while “pura” means “city.” When purified, this is the chakra of inner peace.

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The solar plexus is connected to the individuation process and the ability to take on responsibility. This chakra can be a place of personal authority and emotional strength. If misused, the solar plexus becomes the seat of addictions. This article includes solar plexus chakra meaning, solar plexus sounds, the chakra symbol, essential oils, healing stones and more.

Solar Plexus Chakra Sounds

In the Vedic tradition, there is an understanding of an energetic body surrounding each of us that is composed of sound. This is known as the mantra parusha. The syllable “ram” (pronounced rahm or rum) is the central sound for the solar plexus chakra. This sound strengthens all of the related abdominal organs.

An example of a Vedic mantra for the solar plexus chakra is “Om Ram Namaha Ram.” Other mantras using the name “Ram” are beneficial for the solar plexus chakra. An example of this is the chant “Sita Ram” found on the Vocal Medicine Album Tracks page. This is a reference to the Hindu deity Ram and his consort Site.

Other sounds related to the solar plexus chakra include “GA” and OH.” GA is part of the Eastern sargam system, which is similar to the Western system naming notes of the musical scale as DO-RE-MI-FA-SO-LA-TI-DO. Sargam actually preceded the Western system which was developed to help monks learn complex daily chants.

Another system is to use vowels for each chakra. Vowels can be held or extended for a kind of internal sound bath. Vowels are unformed energy when compared with the short sounds made when consonants are spoken or sung. Learn more about Chakra Sounds.

Solar Plexus Chakra Meaning and Symbol Petal Names

Solar Plexus Chakra Symbol

The solar plexus chakra is represented as a ten-petaled lotus. The lotus petals symbolize the unfolding of spirituality or divinity. The lotus is also connected to the energy of creation.

Each petal corresponds to Sanskrit letters: dam, dham, nam, tam, tham, dam, dham, nam, pam, and pham. Each petal represents the overcoming of ten negative characteristics: ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness.

The downward triangle represents water, a feminine element. The center symbol is the Sanskrit character for the seed syllable RAM, the central sound for the solar plexus chakra. The symbol of the single stroke with the dot above at the top of the solar plexus chakra symbol represents the moon and the emotions, another source of feminine energy.

Learn about the symbols for all seven chakras in Chakra Symbols.

Chamomile Essential Oil for the Solar Plexus Chakra Meaning
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Essential Oils for the Solar Plexus Chakra

Imbalances in the solar plexus chakra can appear as indigestion, panic attacks, liver problems, chronic illness, and high blood pressure. There are essential oils to help heal and balance the solar plexus chakra. The corresponding belief for a balanced solar plexus chakra is “I stand in my power.”

Essential oils can be used directly on the skin (sometimes diluted in a carrier oil such as almond, grapefruit seed or jojoba oil) or diffused into the air. Buy essential oils with Kathleen Karlsen as your mentor (Brand Partner #1043288) at Young Living Essential Oils. Or learn more on this website about Chakras and Essential Oils.

Three useful essential oils for the solar plexus chakra are cinnamon, peppermint and chamomile. Cinnamon essential oil is centered around energy and abundance. Historically, cinnamon was used in a blend for protection against the 15th century plague.

Peppermint essential oil is stimulating and purifying to the mind. Peppermint can increase mental accuracy and clarity. Peppermint is also well-known as a digestive aid. Peppermint is also known to be effective for headaches.

Chamomile essential oil can stabilize heightened emotions like anger and fear. This essential oil is distilled from the daisy flower. Learn more about the symbolic significance of daisies in the article Daisy Meaning in Mythology, Religion and Around the World.

Solar Plexus Chakra Stones and Meanings Malachite
Malachite for the Solar Plexus Chakra

Healing Stones for the Solar Plexus Chakra

There are many stones and crystals recommended for each chakra. Among the most prominent stones believed to positively influence the solar plexus chakra are malachite, calcite, and topaz. Learn about healing stones and crystals for all of the chakras at Chakra Stones and Meanings.

Malachite are a rich dark green color and hold power to transform. This stone amplifies emotion by bringing emotions to the surface that need to be processed. Once processed one can heal and grow and transform. Malachite can also strengthen boundaries and provide protection. Historically, malachite was worn to protect against the “Evil Eye” as an amulet or talisman.

Calcite can serve many wonderful purposes from cleansing negative energy from the environment to deepening intellect. Calcite is the main ingredient in limestone and marble. Calcite assists in increasing learning and awareness and in renewing commitments to positive change.

Topaz recharges and re-centers those who wear it. Thought to provide strength by the Ancient Greeks it was used in the breastplates of the Hebrew high priest. Topaz can promote truth and forgiveness as well as relaxing the mind and body.

Lakshmi Hindu Goddess of WealthGoddess
Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth by Rose Karlsen

Deities for the Solar Plexus

The solar plexus chakra is associated with the deities Ruhdra, his consort Lakini, and the goddess Lakshmi. The solar plexus is the fire center, often symbolized by the color yellow or a sun-like image. 

Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. Her name is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning goal, aim or sign. In addition, Lakshmi is usually shown seated or standing on a lotus. The lotus symbolizes creation, beauty, harmony, diversity, stability, and support.

The goddess Lakshmi is associated with gold coins as well as rice and basil. Lola is another name for Lakshmi meaning one who is moving or flowing. This chant to Lakshmi in this video is “Om Hrim Shrim Lakshmi Bhayo Namaha” meaning “Honor to Lakshmi who gives us blessings.”

Physical Organs and the Solar Plexus Chakra

The solar plexus chakra governs the power of transformation. In the physical realm, this includes digestion, pancreatic function, the liver, the large intestines, the stomach and the adrenals. The solar plexus chakra is the center of digestion of food on the physical level as well as the digestion of thoughts and emotions on the mental and emotional levels.

The solar plexus is the fire center, often symbolized by the colors yellow or red and a sun-like image. The solar plexus is the center of gut-level intuition. I learned the importance of listening to my gut at a point in my life when I was collaborating with someone on a large creative project.

My partner in the project appeared to have a commitment as deep as mine. I was excited and joyful about the project. Yet I simultaneously had a growing sense of anxiety at the core of my being. My heart and gut were clearly in conflict.

I found the experience to be confusing and distressing. Sure enough, my associate suddenly and inexplicably changed directions. Communication stopped. My attempts to reach out were rebuffed. I had never experienced such a deep division within my own being: heart-felt enthusiasm combined with deep gut-level concern and warning. I determined that the next time I would listen to my gut!

Brain and Solar Plexus Chakra

My experience is in keeping with the concept of the three brains which I first heard discussed in a podcast several years ago. Russell Brand interviewed Ed Stafford, a survivalist, adventurer and author of Walking the Amazon. Stafford attributes the concept of the three brains to a discussion he had with one of the native people that befriended him during his travels.

According to indigenous wisdom, the first brain is the thinking brain. In the western world, we have historically given prominence to the thinking brain. The second brain is the heart. As a society, we have tried to shift to heart-centered living in more recent times. We tell our children to “follow their hearts.” Preschoolers sing songs with words like “my heart tells me what to do.” This seems to be a step in a more holistic direction.

Spiritual Meaning of the Body

The third brain is the gut. I have now come to view the messages from my gut as communications from my soul. The soul seems to have a way of getting a bearing on what is unforeseen, or perhaps notices the red flags that we choose to ignore.

Today I have a cascading hierarchy for decision-making: If the brain and heart are in conflict, follow the heart. If the heart and soul are in conflict, follow the soul. This has been my take-away from my own experiences supported by indigenous wisdom.

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SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA MEANING SUMMARY

The solar plexus chakra is the seat of gut feelings and intuition. The physical organs related to the solar plexus chakra are organs of the digestive system. This article includes explanations of the solar plexus chakra symbol, healing stones, essential oils and Hindu deities that are associated with solar plexus chakra meaning.

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