Swadhisthana is Sanskrit for ‘sweetness’. The Sacral Chakra is the seat of pleasure, and of taste in its broadest sense – not just food, but clothes, music, design and colour. It is all about attraction and, in particular, sexuality (sexual identity and pleasure rather than the primal sexuality of the root chakra). The Sacral Chakra is also the centre for our emotions. Please read up on chakra healing, it is very important that all chakras are fully operational.
The Sacral Chakra is the most feminine of the seven chakras. It is profoundly connected with fertility and is ruled by the moon, which pulls not only the seas and oceans, but the water within our own bodies. A balanced Sacral Chakra is often characterized by physical fluidity and grace.
The Sacral Chakra is represented by a lotus with six orange petals surrounding a white circle – which indicates water – and a light blue crescent moon. The Sacral Chakra governs bodily fluids, emotions and sexuality. They ebb and flow, drawn like tides by the moon.
The Sacral Chakra is situated in the lower abdomen between your navel and genitals. It governs your spleen, reproductive organs (testes and ovaries), kidneys and bladder, and all your bodily fluids, including blood, saliva, seminal fluid, and lymph. Our bodies are mostly fluid – we are about 75 per cent water – and water therapies are the most effective way of balancing the Sacral Chakra.
Good sacral-chakra balance is characterized by physical grace, whereas lack of balance results in physical awkwardness or lack of co-ordination. Teenage boys, coming to terms with their emotions and sexuality, typically have unbalanced Sacral Chakras.
As well as being graceful, people with a balanced Sacral Chakra tend to be friendly, open and trusting, in touch with their feelings and able to express them, willing to see the positive rather than the negative, and able to turn problems into challenges. An out-of-balance Sacral Chakra brings about guilt, self-pity, manipulative behaviour and envy. If your Sacral Chakra is too open, you may forget your own needs, and occupy yourself so much with the needs of others that you end up feeling like a martyr. Lack of balance in the Sacral Chakra can also give rise to sexual problems, jealousy and obsession – sexuality is at the heart of the Sacral Chakra.
It is sexual awareness – rather than primal sex drive, – that characterizes the Sacral Chakra. It guides our sexual identity, our ability to bond with a partner and to take pleasure in our sexuality. When in balance, the Sacral Chakra can give us profound sexual and emotional happiness. When out of balance, all kinds of problems can arise. If you have a closed or blocked Sacral Chakra, you can become obsessed with sex or your own sexuality, and have total disregard for partners. You may see sex as a purely physical, hedonistic act, devoid of emotion. At the other extreme you may become frigid or impotent. Sexual abuse is a common cause of a closed second chakra. It is worth reflecting, perhaps, that the word ‘sacra’ comes from the same root as ‘sacred’. Sex is not meant o be a casual, meaningless event, but nor is it meant to induce guilt. Rather, with openness and empathy, it is something that brings great joy and pleasure.