The third primary Chakra in the Vedic tradition is the Solar Plexus, known in Sanskrit as Manipura: This can be translated as “city of jewels” – “resplendent gem” – “lustrous gem”.
What I know it translates to is ‘the seat of my personal power.’ When my Solar Plexus is blocked, holding stagnant energy or feels inactive, it can be reflected by my giving away my power. More often than not it’s me playing loosie goosie with self-control. (I hate all you can eat buffet restaurants!) Having a good strong activated Solar Plexus allows me to “KNOW” that I belong, that it’s OK for me to take up space, that it’s not only OK but necessary for me to be me.
I found this “The Manipura Chakra contains many precious jewels such as the qualities of clarity, self-confidence, bliss, self-assurance, knowledge, wisdom and the ability to make correct decisions.” here. Being the gem hound (horder) that I am I though it was perfect 🙂
If you like to work with crystals and stones to aid in the process of working on/healing your chakras here’s a list for the Solar Plexus (3rd) chakra (mostly Yellow as you might imagine):
Chrysocolla | Re-energizes all chakras. Draws negative emotions from Solar Plexus to reverse destructive emotional programming.
Yellow Labradorite | Beneficial for Solar Plexus & expands mental mental body bringing in higher wisdom.
Mahogany Obsidian | A stabilizing stone. Restore the correct spin to the sacral & solar plexus chakras.
Peridot | Opes, cleanses & activates Heart & Solar Plexus, aids release of “old baggage”.
Rhodochrosite | Clears Solar Plexus & Base chakras, gently bringing painful & repressed feelings up for emotional release.
Sunshine Aura Quartz | Gold & Platinum fused to Quartz – Activates & cleanses Solar Plexus releasing old emotional trauma.
Yellow Spinel | Stimulates intellect & personal power. Opens & aligns Solar Plexus.
Yellow Tourmaline | Stimulates Solar Plexus & enhances personal power.
Balancing and aligning ALL your chakras helps to create grounded confidence. Chakras.
Here’s some more to correspond with the ‘gem’ qualities of the Manipura:
clarity – Malachite – Gets to the core of a problem, enhances intuition & insight, enables absorption & processing of information.
self-confidence – Agates – Facilitate self acceptance & build self-confidence.
bliss – Citrine – Happy, generous stone. Imparts joy to all who behold it.
self-assurance – Jaspers – Lend determination in all pursuits. Bring courage to get to grips with problems assertively & with self-honesty.
knowledge/wisdom – Labradorite – Allows for synthesis of intellectual thought & intuitive wisdom.
With love & blessings. J