The Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra, also known as ‘The Second Chakra’, is the center of sexual energy and of feeling the joy of life.
In Sanskrit the word ‘Svadhishthana’ means sweetness, and in a metaphorical sense, this relates to the sensual and sexual pleasures of life.
The sacral chakra is related to energy and properties of the water element.
SACRAL Chakra Meaning
The sacral chakra is the center of female energy. It enables reproduction, the survival of the species, birth, and creation of the new.
The main themes associated with the sacral chakra are sexuality, creativity, and sensuality.
Svadhishthana is a link between the male and female aspects, between the Sun and the Moon.
While the base chakra gives you a stable foundation for exploring, the sacral chakra provides you with the joy of life necessary for seeking out and enjoying new experiences.
The second chakra is the link between experiencing the world with our senses, reacting to it with our feelings, and evaluating it all with our mind.
Happiness is one of the driving forces in your life and the ability to revel in the pleasures of life stimulates playful learning and fosters creative expression.
Fish, all sea creatures, and crocodile are animal symbols of the second chakra.
Alongside the close connection with the element of water, these animals also represent fluidity in movement, which is one of the primary energy aspects of Svadhisthana.
Sacral Chakra Location
Sacral chakra is located above the spleen, in the lumbar region, just above the sexual organs, and beneath the navel.
The Effects of the Shvadhisthana Imbalance
In case you are experiencing some of the following problems, it indicates that your sacral chakra is out of balance:
- Mood swings,
- uncontrolled urges,
- the inability of creative expression,
- no joy in life,
- sexuality issues,
- reproductive organs health problems.
While modern medical and psychiatric methods can treat some of the symptoms, it is advised to address the problems in their roots.
The second chakra is associated with being aware of one’s own body, with vitality, and healing energy. It helps you to be more persuasive, and happier.
A balanced sacral chakra ensures an improved flow of vital energy throughout the body and gives you the flexibility necessary for exploring and enjoying the world around you.
Restoring balance to the sacral chakra is crucial for your journey towards inner happiness.
Putting some effort to work on your sacral chakra balancing might help you fix these issues in their origin. Simple daily exercises can make a huge difference.
Sacral Chakra Symbol
The second chakra is represented by the symbol of water, which indicates movement, fluidity, flexibility, and signals the eternal flow of life.
Apart from water, the crescent moon is also an important symbol of Svadhishthana. It represents the female energy and establishes a link with the subconscious.
The six petals of the Svadhishthana symbol have the orange glow of invigorating impulses that encourage creativity and the joy of life.
Psychological and Spiritual Aspects of the Second Chakra
It is only when life’s energy flows freely through Svadhishthana that a person can develop their creativity to its full potential.
A fully functioning sacral chakra is demonstrated by a confident, vital individual that revels in the joys life has to offer and is accepting of the people around them.
A stable sacral chakra enables you to have a healthy attitude about your sexuality, one that allows passion and feelings to be realized instead of suppressed.
A person with a healthy second chakra can accept and be comfortable with their own body, not minding all the little imperfections and shortcomings. They are fulfilled by their partner’s eroticism and exhibit a healthy amount of devotion to their spouse.
The problems connected with a dysfunctional sacral chakra manifest in either repressed or overly-expressive sexuality.
Conscious efforts to address a poorly functioning second chakra can address issues associated with a lack of control over one’s urges, or with repressed passions. Both of these matters are connected with negative emotions such as jealousy, sexual addiction, fear, and sexual frustration.
The effects of lust on the psyche are not to be underestimated.
In India, it has for centuries been well known that many mental disorders stem from unhealthy sexuality. Indian scholars have long been aware of the importance of a balanced Svadhishthana, and in Europe Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis had come to realize how important sexuality is to the entire psyche.
In Hinduism, a practice of Tantra includes harnessing the sexual energy and using it for spiritual practices.
Tantric sex is a western construct. Still, the practitioners of Tantra can control their orgasms, which can last for a very long time.
Properties AND RELATIONS of the SVADHISHTHANA Chakra
- Common names: Sacral Chakra, Second Chakra, the center of sexuality, the seat of life
- Name meaning: Svadhishthana comes from Sanskrit and translates to ‘sweetness.’ Being associated with a range of earthly delights the name is rather appropriate.
- Corresponding gland: gonad
- Color: orange
- Mantra: VAM
- Number of petals: six petals, each containing one of the following Sanskrit syllables बं ban, भं bhaṃ, मंmaṃ, यं yaṃ, रं raṃ and लं laṃ.
- Corresponding deities: Vishnu, Rakini
Hindu God Vishnu is one of the three principal deities in Hindu cosmology. Vishnu is the protector god, who acts whenever the world is facing chaos or destructive forces.
- Animal Symbols: fish, all sea creatures, crocodile
- Element: water
- Symbol: crescent moon
- Sound: Ooo
- Frequency: 288 Hz
- Corresponding sense: taste
- Corresponding natural phenomena: moonlight, running water
- Planet: Venus
Venus is the second planet from the Sun. The name Venus comes from the Roman goddess of love. Planet Venus is also the brightest object in the sky seen from Earth (apart from the Sun and the Moon).
- Key themes: sexuality, fertility, creativity, self-awareness
- Affected body parts: sexual glands, reproductive and abdominal organs (lower abdomen), lumbar region, pelvis, uterus, kidneys, circulatory system, bodily fluids
- Positive spiritual aspects: awareness of one’s own body, vitality, creativity, healing energy, inventiveness, passion, joie de vivre, female energy
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