Manipura – the solar plexus chakra – an overview

This chakra is concerned with matters of power, boundaries & responsibility. Responsibility for one’s words, actions and their consequences – for self and others. It is an active, dynamic, outwardly focused, yang energy chakra. Its energy yearns to do and make things happen. Its corresponding element is fire, its colour golden yellow.

Having a healthy, balanced solar plexus chakra is a key aspect of good self esteem and integrity. On the negative side this means taking it on the chin and not passing blame. 0n the positive side, this is being able to graciously accept the rewards and praise that come when one has reaped good sowings.

Ideally we live the way of the so-called peaceful warrior – respecting ourselves and others. People who are comfortable in their own identity, experience and power are not easily thrown off course when difficulties or doubts arise. They are not threatened by the thought of having to learn or receive help.

They are not defensive or threatened by others. They pick their battles if challenging situations arise: by either not engaging, or, if necessary, standing ground and refusing to be mistreated. They will not turn a blind eye to the mistreatment of others, and protect them if need be.

The attributes of the manipura are yang..typically traits that are considered masculine in many cultures. Everyone needs a healthy balanced manipura chakra, but males in particular this chakra really is important in feeling a strong self identity as a MAN – feeling strong, respected, powerful and able to protect those he cares for.

The manipura chakra comes online in toddlerhood (The tantrums of the Terrible twos!) and matures in the teens – a time of testing boundaries, and often risk taking whilst exploring adult freedoms and responsibilities. In both these life stages there is a big reassessment of our place in the world and how we can effect it.

When blocked or overactive, this energy can become frustrated, angry and even abusive – this may direct inwards or at other people. Taken to extremes – a need to dominate, always be right or play power games.  A person with an underactive manipura may lack personal boundaries, and be passive or apathetic to challenges, or carry a victim mentality.  In either case, the result may manifest as competitiveness or a need for external validation. In tantric practise releasing pent up energy or emotional blocks in the manipura chakra can release immense energy. Experienced martial artists can consciously harness and manipulate this energy.

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