One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.
Swadhisthana Chakra: Second Chakra: Sacral Chakra. The Sanskrit name SWADHISTHANA translates to “my own dwelling-place.“
It is located at the genitals and connected to reproduction, the development of personality, imagination, and sexuality.
The color of the SWADHISTHANA is orange: the color of passion and fire. It is everything that lights the way to our most natural way of being and also that which we let stand in our way of being free.
SWADHISTHANA is associated with the tattva water and is life-giving and deeply connected to the fluidity of and between emotions.
The six petals of SWADHISTHANA indicate the presence of the six nadis that run through this energy center. The SACRAL CHAKRA holds a crescent moon at its base formed by two different-sized circles, one inside the other. It is here that the nadis awaken all of our creative pursuits and duties. (Dharma)
The Makara or crocodile is a water loving reptile. Makara has a strong sexual power and is known for its deceptive ways as a hunter. The saying, ‘To shed crocodile tears,’ is used to remark on the displaying of false emotion for manipulative gain.
A balanced SACRAL Chakra is when one embodies the creative and constructive mentality that,
‘We ourselves create that from which we suffer and we alone are the solution.’
SWADHISTHANA is a beautiful lake filled with both the disgusting muck and precious gems of the self. When you’re ready, only you can unearth your true self. We can often see clearly what is in someone else’s lake, but this is avoiding the great responsibility of the SACRAL Chakra.
The SACRAL Chakra holds the empty feeling that can be crippling to some people’s entire lives. The void that some cannot bear, even if it means spending time with themselves, or trusting who they are. It is listening to the truths that come from within. All of our intuition, all of our illusion or disillusion that persists, our sexual hang-ups or the indulgences we pursue.
The SACRAL Chakra is the center of all of our pleasure and all of the guilt that surrounds our traits and desires. With this chakra we have the tendency to create pain and pleasure dynamics.
What’s that? Where we seek one thing to avoid another.
This is not making a choice. It is what people mean when they say the expression, “False Choice.” Guilt is the predominant blocking emotion for the SACRAL CHAKRA. It is only when we can sit and endure the discomfort of our old subconscious ways of being that we can lift anger, disappointment, and regret.The only solution is to create a new way of being.
As long as we are at war with ourselves and caught in internal dilemmas we are avoiding self-acceptance and disconnected to the Divine Self.
“Between the banks of Pain and Pleasure, the river of life flows. It is only when the mind refuses to flow with life and gets stuck in the banks that it becomes a problem.”
If your SACRAL CHAKRA is blocked :
- You have submitted to the distressing conditions of the material world.
- Your expression is repressed or limited and at times you feel powerless.
- You question your sense of belonging, sanity, health and will.
Symptoms may include:
- Mood swings with or without fluctuations of the moon.
- Inability to handle emotions. You may become cold or clingy due to depression, low self-esteem, insecurity, detachment, jealousy, or fear.
- Back pain
- Urinary and kidney infections
- Gynecological cysts
- Abnormal menstruation
- Lack of sexual interest or ability
If your SACRAL CHAKRA is over-active:
If your sacral chakra is overactive, there is an excess of energy that is not freely flowing. This abundance will cause you to look for or create conflict, by developing a combative personality where anxiety, arrogance, or mania sustains unhealthy relationships. You may form excessive attachments to compensate for deep insecurities. Often, you will be unaware of how you behave in relationships as you are being driven by the subconscious.
Symptoms may include:
- urinary issues
- kidney problems
- lower back pain
- gynecological problems
Many individuals push through the discomfort of the SACRAL Chakra by procreating. But it is my belief that we are only truly ready to create new life, after we have overcome this restlessness to develop a new awareness, one that goes beyond societal conditioning and expectations.
Balancing your SACRAL CHAKRA.
- Meditation for your SACRAL CHAKRA
Connect with the moon when meditating with SWADHISTHANA: Use the lunar energy to remember that duality exists in everything. The luminosity of the moon is only possible because it reflects the Sun. That is the inherent beauty of duality: focusing on one eliminates the opposite. Dark and light cannot exist together, just as joy and sadness, too, cancel each other out. As you inhale and exhale, think of your personality as you relate to others. In an effort to have balanced interactions with people, one must rid themselves of jealousy and greed as well as insecurity and control. The SACRAL Chakra is connected to the seed syllable of “VANG.” Use this seed syllable and pranayama to free the flow of energy between the first and second chakra.
- Surround yourself with Orange-colored items or foods
- If crystal energy is helpful for you try: orange carnelian, citrine, or amber jewelry
- Try Aromatherapy with Ylang-Ylang or Sandalwood
If your SACRAL Chakra is Balanced:
You will see this world as an arena for personal evolution and to perpetually gain self-awareness. With a balanced SWADHISTHANA you will avoid the illusions of the material world. You will avoid useless cycles of blindly seeking to fulfill physical desires and instead pursue spiritual experiences.