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The Solar Plexus Chakra & Learning How To Claim Your Personal Power

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Is your third chakra — the solar plexus chakra — balanced and open? Do you know how to tell for sure?

Well, how’s your self-esteem? Are you confident from your core, not your ego? And what does that mean?

Finding the right balance for your chakras is an important task that takes practice and effort. If one part of your inner self is blocked, you'll feel it through many areas of your life.

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Your solar plexus chakra explained.

The third chakra — or solar plexus chakra — is located at the navel. It's the center for your personal power and self-esteem, and the ability to master your thoughts and emotions.

The color of this chakra is yellow and its element is fire. I liken the third chakra to the power of a radiant sun. You hold the light of transformation within your navel.

The first chakra is earth, the second chakra is water, and the third is fire. It is the fire or desire that burns in your belly?

What does the solar plexus chakra represent?

Your solar plexus chakra is about your passion, power, desire, and will. 

The third chakra is about overcoming challenges you face in life by having the self-worth to forge forward. It's about learning and transforming from these challenges.

When your solar plexus chakra is engaged, you don't let them bring you down, but rather make you stronger and more resilient.

Your solar plexus chakra helps you learn from mistakes.

This chakra helps you learn from your mistakes and begin making better choices for yourself.

The solar plexus chakra helps you learn how to let go of old, defeating behavior patterns and grow as an individual. This takes will and action.

The third chakra expresses itself in its highest form when you align your will with divine will, moving through life as divinely empowered, with ease and grace, and knowing your worth.

The good and bad of the solar plexus chakra.

Each chakra represents a "superpower." Each also has negative expressions, as well, which occur when they're blocked or ungrounded.

For the solar plexus chakra, your strength lies in worthiness and commitment. The negatives, though, reside in overt self-sacrifice to the point of hurting yourself.

This could mean sacrificing what's right for you because receiving approval from another is more important. Or when you're a people pleaser and have a hard time saying "no."

You may think you're being "giving," but what you're doing is being hungry for approval and aren't serving anyone (yourself especially) from a place of "fullness" in your life.

Being “too nice” and unable to set healthy boundaries for yourself is another issue with this chakra. Being a martyr in an intimate relationship is a negative expression of the third chakra.

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What are the symptoms of an imbalanced or blocked solar plexus chakra?

Imbalanced solar plexus chakra behaviors to be aware of are...

Need for approval

Giving from a place of fullness.

In order to express the power of your solar plexus chakra fully, you need to give from a place of fullness. Giving because you want to give and truly expecting nothing in return is a positive expression of this chakra.

Another positive expression of the third chakra is when you feel fully confident within yourself and operate from a place of integrity. You know your self-worth and you act accordingly. Hence, you are able to stand up for yourself.

That includes the ability to set healthy boundaries for yourself in your relationships.

Other examples include high self-esteem, self-discipline, ambition, courage, and generosity.

Deeply honoring yourself with your solar plexus chakra.

It’s about knowing your own self-worth and knowing that you matter.

Have you ever had a sick feeling in your stomach during relationship turmoil — possibly feeling abandoned and lonely or fearful of moving forward? When you have that feeling, you need to connect with your inner child and let them know that you are worthy, loved, and lovable.

You need to tell yourself (and your inner child) that you are an amazing person. You need to step in and be your number-one cheerleader.

This exercise is not a physical exercise. It's having you tune in and learn to be there for yourself when you perceive others aren’t.

The next time you get that sick feeling in your gut, know that it's your self-esteem needing a boost. Your own inner dialogue cheering you on will literally release the pain in your gut.

So, next time this happens, stop, then take your hands and place them on your heart. Feel the warmth of your hands on your chest. Take a nice, deep breath and be there for yourself.

With that self-presence, say to yourself, “I am perfect, whole, and complete just the way I am.”

Take another breath, feel the comfort. Then say the same thing again, but use your name as if you're talking to your best friend. For example, “Linda, you are perfect, whole, and complete just the way you are. I love you.”

This is a powerful exercise that will help you lift your confidence, and you can also include gemstones to help as well.

How is your solar plexus chakra expressing itself in your day-to-day life? Do you feel worthy?

Are you a person that can make a commitment and follow through?

Or are you a people pleaser, even if it means sacrificing what you know is right for you?

Are you able to create healthy boundaries for yourself in relationships?

Remember this chakra is about your personal power and knowing that you are worthy just the way you are. If you can unleash the positive power of your solar plexus chakra, you'll discover a world just waiting for you to embrace it.

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Anna-Thea is an author and Divine Feminine educator. If you want to know how to navigate your negative emotions in a positive way, check out her book, Empower Yourself by Loving Your Body for tools to overcome your struggles.

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This article was originally published at Anna Thea. Reprinted with permission from the author.