THE SACRAL CHAKRA – SWADHISTANA
Located slightly below the belly button, this energy centre relates to the gonads (ie the ovaries in the female and the testes in the male) which secrete sex hormones.
It is also linked with the lower back.
The colour of this chakra is orange;
its sense is the sense of taste;
its element is water
its function is desire and pleasure.
The foods for this chakra are liquids.
This chakra is about feelings and emotions and it is strongly connected to sexuality. It affects the male and female reproductive organs and so problems in this area can result in impotence or frigidity as the person can come to believe that sex is bad and can cause them to be hurt. They might also feel abused and confused, believing that they are unlovable.
It is also about the balance of yin and yang energies — our inner feminine/masculine balance.
Other issues include kidney and bladder problems and stiffness in the lumbar region.
When it is balanced and open this chakra promotes self-respect and a sense of abundance. It enables the you to enjoy pleasure and to create healthy sexual experiences. You feel precious, cherished and special.
This is the second chakra to open. The first gives us a sense of self and this is followed by an understanding of ‘other’. The infant begins to understand that the others in their world are separate beings rather than just extensions of themselves.
This chakra relates to creativity. This is often thought of as reproduction, but it is also the childlike energy to be spontaneous, joyful, creative and exuberant. When this chakra is functioning well it gives us a great sense of freedom to be ourselves.
Our energies can fluctuate during the day, and our chakras can be more or less open in any given situation depending on what ‘pushes our buttons’.
Why not take some time to pay attention to how you’re feeling — whereabouts in your body do you feel tension / pain / ease / lightness?
Are there repeating patterns in your life? Do they serve you or do they leave you feeling stuck?
If any of this has resonated for you I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment or contact me if you’d like to ask any questions or discuss things further:
(This post was taken from my article on the chakras. You can read the full text here)