By concentrating your attention on healing your solar plexus chakra, you can overcome shyness. You can make your voice heard. You can express yourself freely. You can boldly take on new challenges. Above your navel and just below your sternum is your solar plexus chakra, the center of the energy associated with the ego. This is the source of personal power, self-belief and self-worth.
The Solar Plexus Chakra symbol
Your solar plexus chakra is activated:
anytime you muster the courage to do something that scares you
anytime you speak up for yourself
anytime you exert your willpower and self-control
You’ll notice that in these situations, your energy is high, your posture tall and commanding and your voice firm.
Look around you at the people who are successful: they stand tall, speak with conviction and strength and look others straight in the eye. Their personal power is strong and they are comfortable using it! Personal power does not mean power over others; it means self-mastery – the ability to master your thoughts and emotions, overcome any fear and take appropriate action in any situation.
When your solar plexus chakra is blocked, life becomes a series of disappointments and frustrations. People with a weak solar plexus chakra see themselves as victims. They pessimistically walk with their heads down, put up with poor treatment and they have low expectations and aspirations. They are shy and rarely take the leadership role – but are quick to sarcastically put the leaders down!
How can you overcome your shyness or lack of self-confidence, or temper your over-compensatory behavior?
Healing this chakra requires you to work on your self-confidence. One very effective approach is to set goals that challenge you a little and excite you a lot, and take small, consistent steps to achievement. You’ll gain confidence as you see progress!
What to do if your solar plexus is blocked? Practice smiling more, better posture, and slowly you will gain confidence!
Work on the “fake it ‘til you make it” approach. This is not bravado or overcompensation; it’s simply acting the part even before you embody the part.
Do this by:
speaking up when you need to
taking care of yourself with exercise and nutrition
looking people in the eye
using meditation to develop the self-control you need to overcome fear and do what you know you need to do in order to advance.
Over time, these behaviors will influence your solar plexus chakra and you’ll be on an upward spiral of true self-confidence.
However, avoid singing your own praises because this can lead to overcompensation and a tendency to praise yourself without backing your words up with results.
If you’re already on the other end of the spectrum and you overcompensate for your feelings of inadequacy, know that a blocked solar plexus chakra can cause you to behave in potentially selfish and harmful ways. Whenever you feel the urge to boast about your accomplishments in front of others, STOP. Be humble. Let your achievements speak for you – and if you haven’t achieved anything worth speaking about, take on a goal that excites and motivates you, and start taking steps toward it.
Other ways to open the solar plexus chakra:
seek out new experiences and wisdom to expand your repertoire of knowledge and skills; and then quietly use those new tools to express yourself and achieve your goals
eat yellow foods such as bananas, corn, grains and drink herbal teas
wear yellow and introduce yellow into your home environment
encourage yourself to step out of your comfort zone by changing your daily routine. By removing yourself from your comfort zone, your natural resource of confidence and the energy of self belief will be coaxed out of you, and you will have little choice but to be yourself and to focus on action – which will give you even more confidence.
The key to a healthy, open solar plexus chakra is finding a balance between making sure that your voice is heard without being pushed aside, but without overpowering other people with false displays of confidence. In other words, don’t be a pushover but don’t be domineering or boastful, either. Let your actions speak for themselves; and find the courage to take action by focusing on your strengths and taking small proactive steps.
When your third chakra is open, you are assertive without being unfair or overbearing, you are respected without having to demand it, you are not crushed by failures or mistakes, you recognize your positive attributes and you are satisfied, happy and peaceful.