The second chakra, Swadhisthana, is located in the lower abdomen and is concerned with the main issues of emotional balance and sexuality.
Swadhisthana is concerned with the main issues of emotional balance and sexuality. This chakra represents all of our pleasures and desires. This is in the form of physical, sexual and all material desires.
Emotional stress is the main reason behind this chakra being blocked. As this chakra rules the emotional body, it can directly affect the heart and throat chakras.
When Swadhisthana is unbalanced, compulsive-obsessive habits and addictions may form. Depression can also be a side-effect of sacral chakra imbalance. The more we chase earthly desires, the more we are distracted from our spiritual growth.
The danger with desires is that the more we fulfil, the more we want. Thus, we will never be satisfied and it leaves us wanting more and more each time. This will become addiction and the constant unsatisfied feeling means that we will never be happy in life.
To find balance in Swadhisthana, we need to know where to draw the line with our material desires. The middle point is where we are not depriving ourselves and not overindulging either.
When Swadhisthana is balanced, we are able to express our emotions to others in an empowering and positive way.
Sanskrit name: Swadhisthana
Colour: Vermillion orange
Represented by: Lotus with six petals
Bija mantra: Vam
Energy flow: Anti-clockwise
Auric layer: Emotional body
Location: Lower abdomen
Regulates: reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder, prostate, pelvis, body fluids, adrenal glands, lower-back
Sense: Taste (tongue)
Associated with: Sexuality, procreation, material and earthly desires, emotional balance, sensuality
Crystals: Carnelian, honey calcite, orange calcite, moonstone, sunstone
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