Updated: Apr 12, 2021
The Solar Plexus Chakra is located two inches above the naval and deals with our self-esteem, executing our ideas, and regulating our emotions. Through the Solar Plexus Chakra we are able to empower ourselves and others by creating a strong sense of self. To learn about the basics of the Solar Plexus Chakra, click here. When our Solar Plexus Chakra is blocked, the energy is not actively flowing through, making it difficult for us to develop our personal power. Here are five signs that your Solar Plexus Charka is blocked/imbalanced.
1. You experience low self esteem
Your self-esteem is the story you tell yourself about who you are and drives how you view your own worth and value. Example of healthy self-esteem are being confident in who you are and what you bring to the table, focus on your strengths while acknowledging your weaknesses without letting them define you and having strong boundaries with others. You can voice your concerns and feelings while knowing you deserve others time and respect. Examples of unhealthy self-esteem are inability to accept a compliment, difficulty saying no, low confidence and not believing you can succeed at things you want to do (so you don’t even try). You constantly think others are superior to you so you only focus only on your flaws and shortcomings. You live in fear that the worst always happens to you and the future doesn’t look bright.
Low self-esteem can occur when growing up you were constantly criticized, punished, shamed, emotionally or physically neglected, and never validated. You were never taught that your thoughts and opinions matter and are valid. Therefore, you will constantly try to mold who you are to receive validation from others since you cannot give it to yourself.
If you suffer from low self-esteem, remember that you are important, and the world needs the magic that only you can bring. You are here for a reason and all you need to do is believe in yourself. These low vibrational thoughts can be changed and replaced, but it will take time. If you’d like to start right now – make a list of all of the things you love about yourself and the things you’ve accomplished. Then make a list of your ideal self – what you would look like, be doing, activities you would partake in. Then ask yourself what is stopping me from becoming my ideal self? Write down your reasoning for not being able to be your ideal self - Challenge any negative thoughts that come up about why you can’t do it. Write positive affirmations to yourself against your negative thoughts. Start to think about if these negative thoughts are yours or if they were told to you be others.
2. You have a hard time executing
Do you make endless to do lists, but never check them off? Do you have high hopes for a day of productivity but then never get anything done? Are you never short of amazing ideas but have a hard time executing? You may feel extreme resistance towards your tasks or even angry at what you have to do or yourself for not doing it.
One reason you may be avoiding executing on your task is you feel overwhelmed or do not believe you are capable of doing the task. The fear of failure is looming in the air. You may prepare endlessly but still cannot just bite the bullet and get it done. The best thing you can do in this situation is do it for a short amount of time. Workout for 20 minutes in the morning or just go for a walk. Read 15 minutes before bed. Set a timer to clean your house for 10 minutes. This will start to get you into the habit and making time for the things that you need to get done.
You must break the cycle that you don’t do the things that you want, and therefore never see the results you want to see. Don’t let yourself down. If you can’t get it all done, at least you started. Sometimes starting is the hardest part, we are too busy silently convincing ourselves how awful and terrible it will be. If you are trying to work out, but you keep telling yourself you are a lazy, unhealthy person – you will continue to be a lazy, unhealthy person. You are not going to wake up the next day and do a 60-minute workout with ease, but you can take baby steps – walk your dog, walk somewhere instead of drive, do a 10-minute yoga video, do 15 sit-ups; after a few days of this begin to tell yourself you are a healthy person that loves these activities! They will begin to become part of your routine and identity. 3. You give your power away to others
To stand in your power means you are able to make healthy, empowering choices that manifest your own reality. You live in your truth. You make decisions out of integrity; you don’t sell yourself short or make decisions out of fear or guilt. You do what is best for you regardless of other opinions of it. You allow them to think and feel about you how they wish.
When you give away your power, you say you are not in control of your life. You believe other thoughts and opinions trump yours and you do not have what it takes to get what you want. You surround yourself with people who drain your energy and make you feel bad about yourself. You have to put on an act in front of others or are constantly trying to please them. You don’t speak up when they say things that bother you or hurt your feelings. You dim your light because you don’t want to make others uncomfortable. You empty yourself to fill others. You give into others guilt trips. You don’t take a stand when others try to drive your car of life. You refuse to change your circumstances or take hold of the wheel. When you refuse to make decisions, others will do it for you.
We are given the choice to stand in our power or give it away every single time we react to someone else’s decision or behavior.
Taking your power back forces you to stop being a victim, take control of your feelings, your problems, and your voice. Instead of complaining about things, figure out ways to fix what is going on, voice your opinion and let others know how you feel when they do certain things. Take control of your thoughts and actions and have them align. Remind yourself that you have the resilience to get through anything life throws at you and will end up on the other side. Others do not have control over you, your emotions or your value; only you have say on those things as long as you stand in your power.
4. You have issues around shame Shame occurs when you believe that you are bad, unworthy, or inadequate at your core. You may feel as though you are undeserving of love or the life that you want. You are very afraid of judgement and are paranoid of what others will do/say as you will do anything to not be criticized. When feeling shame, you may feel it in the pit of your stomach, turn red and want to or try to disappear.
Shame in childhood could lead to not wanting to be around people or be very secretive when you are as you fear you will not be accepted or judged for your ideas or feelings. You may not allow people to get too close to you emotionally, as you fear they might see the truth of who you are. You may try to fill this void with abusing substances just to get a moment of quiet from the negative self-talk. Persistent feelings of shame can feel isolating and make you want to further isolate yourself from others since you don’t feel deserving or worthy of intimacy or friendship.
5. You have physical issues with nausea, fainting, food digestion and constant fatigue.
The connection between the mind and the body shows us that our body mirrors our emotional state. The longer an emotion is not dealt with (we don’t resolve the problem or suppress it) the more that energy gets trapped/stored in the body. Eventually, you will begin to see this manifested into a physical illness.
You can suffer from nausea when you are trying to spit back up something that is causing you fear, feelings of unsafety, or pain in your current reality. Just as our body wants to reject absorbing something that we have put in it, we can feel the same in the situations we are in. A situation may be happening that doesn’t feel right to you, you immediately feel sick to your stomach. This may bring up feelings of old trauma that you refuse to accept and conflict within your body will arise.
Fainting holds issues with your power and ability to handle everything that is going on in your life. You may be asked to face something that you have been trying to remove from your life. You feel you no longer are able to control what is happening around you.
Constant fatigue can begin when you’ve been in fight or flight too often and too long. You may have given your power away for so long that you have none left. Other’s opinions and wants drive your life, which can leave you feeling depleted. You feel as if you don’t put an act on 24/7 you will not get the love you are seeking. You may feel deep resistance to everything around you as you believe there is no good left in the world or in your life, so what is the point of trying?
The Solar Plexus is known as the “center of digestion.” Issues with digestion could suggest you feel deprived in life. You cannot live as you want as you constantly overcome with worry. You feel let down by others around you which fuels your disappointment and frustrations. You may take on other people’s bad moods, bad ideas, and bad attitudes which leaves you unable to nourish yourself. There is a disconnect in what our gut is telling us and the actions we take. We may want to believe someone has changed but know they have not.
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