Many cultures believe that the key to health, happiness and spiritual connectedness lies in a balance of chakras. There are 7 main energy centers comprising the chakra system and it is believed that each chakra has a specific purpose. If a chakra, which in Sanskrit means "wheel of light," becomes disturbed, illness can take place. Each chakra is connected with an area of the body, a color, a gemstone, an essence and a musical note, so in order to most effectively balance an area, consider using gemstones, music and essential oils. The solar plexus chakra, or third chakra, is located in the center of the stomach. It is associated with the color yellow and responds to the musical note E. An imbalance of the solar plexus chakra can lead to difficulties with self-esteem. This chakra controls our intuition and, if not balanced, can cause stomach ulcers, tumors, diabetes, pancreatitis, indigestion, anorexia, hepatitis, adrenal imbalances and arthritis. If the solar plexus chakra is not flowing freely, the fear of rejection, an oversensitivity to criticism, self -image fears, indecisiveness and self-esteem issues can arise.
Place your hands over the center of your stomach; let your hands hover there. Do not place your hands on your stomach.
Visualize your stomach area opening up like a window or door. Imagine the color yellow flowing from the chakra.
Use your mind's eye to make the area glow a beautiful yellow. Watch as this brilliant yellow flows out of the solar plexus chakra. When you see this bright yellow color, say to yourself--"I purify, energize and balance the solar plexus chakra now."
Take your right hand and make 3 counterclockwise circles over the chakra, then shake out your hand to remove negative energy. Repeat this step until you feel the energy is balanced.
Take your left hand and make 3 clockwise circles over the chakra, then shake out your hand. Repeat this step until you feel the energy is balanced.
Visualize the chakra glowing to its brilliant bright yellow and sweep your hands over your head 7 times--the number of your main chakras.
Visualize the solar plexus chakra closing like a window or door as you brush your hands over the area.
Ground yourself by imagining tree roots growing out of your feet and burrowing deeply into the ground.