The role of emotion in health and wellbeing – third chakra

Third chakra - self identity and self esteem

Leading on from previous blogs on “The Role of Emotion in Health and Wellbeing”. Lets look at the third chakra more closely:

The Third Chakra also called the Solar Plexus chakra is located in the centre of the body above the navel. This chakra puts order in our lives.  It gives a sense of control over our own lives, whilst also being the seat for decision-making and intuition.  It is the energy centre associated with self esteem and self worth. The identity of the ego.  Do we feel empowered in our jobs and home life?  The third chakra is yellow and it is here that we feel intimidation and fear.  Hence the saying “Yellow Belly”.  When criticized it is usually in the “gut” that we feel discomfort, “knotting” and in extreme cases, even pain.

The Solar Plexus chakra represents mental matters, knowledge and how we communicate with others.  It stimulates activity, focuses attention and brings zest to our purpose.  Emotions associated with the third chakra are repressed anger, fear and panic.

As this chakra is associated with the stomach, liver, pancreas and the duodenum, people who feel overwhelmed and stressed by their responsibility will usually feel this in their stomach, complaining of stomach pains and indigestion.  “I can’t stomach this!”

If the Solar Plexus chakra is malfunctioning this will be seen in the physical through disorders associated with the organs of the body that it governs:

  • Stomach pain and discomfort
  • Indigestion
  • Heart burn and acid reflux
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Blood sugar imbalance, potentially leading to diabetes

Solar Plexus chakra energy is in its developmental stage between 18 months to four years.  To develop this chakra effectively the child needs to be nurtured and encouraged to show his/her abilities, thus developing self worth and inner confidence to stand on one’s own.  To be empowered.  Balanced characteristics of the Sacral Plexus chakra are:

  • Good self esteem (a balanced ego strength)
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Ability to make decisions
  • Warm personality

To help develop, stimulate and support the third chakra the following affirmations are useful:

  • I honour the power within me
  • I accomplish tasks easily and effortlessly
  • I can do whatever I choose to do
  • I love and approve myself and I alone create sweetness and joy in my life
  • I trust my inner voice, I am strong wise and powerful

To heal oneself on the physical level it is important to re-connect with the “sweetness” of life and appreciate it.  Be kind to yourself.  Love and approve of yourself.


“In the affinity of life where I am,

All is perfect, whole and complete.

I see any resistance patterns within me

only as something else to release.

They have no power over me.  I am the power in my world.

I flow with the changes taking place in my life as best I can.

I approve of myself and the way I am changing.

I am doing the best I can.  Each day gets easier.

I rejoice that I am in the rhythm and flow

of my ever-changing life.

Today is a wonderful day.

I choose to make it so.

All is well in my world.”  

Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life


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