The Solar Plexus Chakra is located at the navel, also called Manipurna and is the color yellow. The color yellow stimulates mental faculties, and reawakens enthusiasm for life, counteracting depression. When in excess this energy leads to nervousness and excessive thinking.
In this Chakra is the integration of feeling and being. The essential oils of this Chakra include Chamomile, Lemon, Thyme and Ylang Ylang. Crystals include Amber, Tiger’s Eye, Citrine and Topaz. Its symbol is the 10 petal lotus and its element is fire.
When out of harmony the individual experiences a lack of trust in the natural flow, with a need to dominate, emphasizing the material and having a great need for material security (Andrews, 11).
This Chakra is associated with power, will, transformation, action, purpose and self-esteem. When balanced the individual experiences joy, laughter and inner peace. The spectrum of health of this Chakra ranges from inert and passive to dynamic and active.
It is through our will which we create healthy behaviors, which lead to good or poor mental health. It is also our will which enables us to overcome challenges, transforming us into states of wellbeing. It is our intelligence which forms intention, which shapes our will and directs activity, all of which impacts our mental health.
When imbalanced, we feel withdrawn, lacking power, depleted and are of ill mental health. When our enthusiasm is depleted, we turn to substances like coffee and sugar, developing dependence and ill mental health. It is the struggle for power which causes the great illness of man, such as warfare, political conflict and environmental crisis.
The lack of individual power and societal power leads to social isolation, loneliness and ill mental health.