Named Svadhisthana in Sanskrit it is also known as the sacral or second chakra. This chakra is our emotional center. It holds within it our ability to connect whether to ourselves and express it or through intimacy with another.
How Do Chakras Become Blocked?
Chakras can be understood as energy centers that are gathered around the midline of the body and work their way up the spine. They gather around major organs and can be visualized as small vortexes of energy within the body that also radiate their energy outwards about one foot.
The chakras encompass the emotional, physical, and spiritual layers that correlate to that specific chakras purpose. Each chakra holds a different aspect of our psyche as well as has different elements and physical organs associated with it.
The chakra system works similar to a river segmented into seven sections. If one section becomes clogged it will affect the water flow within the other sections of the river. Each chakra can become blocked by suppressed emotions, fears, and holding onto what we need to let go of for our evolution.
Louise Hays, an author of many books such as Heal Your Body A-Z and You Can Heal Your Life, wrote these on the concept that our thoughts and emotions are what creates disease within the body. She goes to explain how negative emotions manifest within the body and work as a mirror to reflect back to us what is going on within our inner world.
The chakra system similarly works as a mirror into our emotions and beliefs around what the energy that chakra represents. We can look into imbalances and pain within the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual bodies and trace it back through the chakra system to the chakra it correlates with and find ways to heal it.
Symptoms Of A Blocked Sacral Chakra
When the second chakra is imbalanced emotional symptoms such as feeling bitter, rigid, dull, or uninspired can arise. Repressed emotions can gather and ferment here blocking our full capacity to feel pleasure or bliss.
Struggling to trust others, be vulnerable, authentic, or allow yourself to receive pleasure are all symptoms. This also includes lacking self-confidence, addictions and obsessive tendencies, and rigidity or inability to form structure.
Physically it rules the womb, testes, bladder, bowels, and large intestine. It includes the hips, lower back, and pelvis. When the sacral chakra is out of balance it can manifest as sexual dysfunctions and urinary tract infections.
It can also show up as kidney problems, hip and lower back pain, and reproductive difficulties. This includes infertility, erectile dysfunction, and low or overly active libido.
What Are The Gifts Of An Open Sacral Chakra?
As the Svadhisthana is our center for connection this relates to our ability to connect to ourselves and express ourselves freely. This relates to our relationship with ourselves and allowing ourselves to nonjudgmentally experience life as well as allow ourselves to connect with others.
When the sacral chakra is open we are able to fully experience the full spectrum of our selves. We feel inspired to work as our creativity shines through, there is a passion for life, and an ease in navigating our emotional realm. When the sacral chakra is in healed women menstrual cycles are not painful and they feel confident in their femininity.
How Can We Balance The Sacral Chakra?
To balance the sacral chakra one can practice journaling their emotions in order to allow themselves a healthy space to self reflect, explore, and process their internal world. Making time for pleasurable activities such as a warm bath, baking a special treat, or lighting candles to create an enjoyable ambiance.
Spending time near any body of water from the ocean to the shower will nourish this chakra. Dancing is another great way to activate our feminine and receptive energy which everyone has regardless of gender.