August 31, 2023 2 min read

🟡 S O L A R P L E X U S 🟡

The third chakra, called manipura, is located at the navel. “Manipura” means “lustrous gem of the city,” and is associated with the natural element fire and directly linked to your sense of self. Its associated color is yellow, hence its links to fire and, more broadly, the sun.
Think of this chakra as your body’s energy power-house. This energy center is associated with your self-esteem, sense of purpose, personal identity, individual will, digestion, and metabolism. When consciousness moves freely in this center, you are empowered by transformative energy.

When the navel chakra is out of alignment, digestive issues can arise. This misalignment can manifest in the physical body in a variety of ways, including:
- Improper processing of nutrients
- Constipation
- Irritable bowl syndrome
- Eating disorders
- Ulcers
- Diabetes
- Issues with the pancreas
- Liver disease
- Diseases of the colon

As you work with the navel chakra, cultivate a willingness to gain insight into your understanding of power, individuality, and identification. Are there areas of your life where you feel powerless? How does this manifest? When your navel chakra is blocked, you might experience some of the following:
- Difficulty in skillful self-expression
-Aggressive, overly rigid, or controlling behavior
-Quick to anger
-A victim’s mentality
-Lack of direction
-Feeling afraid or lacking courage
-Poor self-esteem
-Feelings of stagnation or inertia

When the navel chakra is in healthy alignment, you will be comfortable with your own inherent power and, also, become empowered. You will have a sense of who you are and why you are here. When you connect with your purpose, you gain a deeper understanding of how you as an individual can contribute to the collective in a beneficial way. You will let go of the things—whether it’s your job or bank account balance—that you depend on to define who you are. Those things may have value, but overvaluing anything that subject to change is a quick road to suffering. You have inherent value; take the time through practice to investigate it, and you will be less dependent on external sources of happiness.