The 2nd, Navel or Sacral Chakra, the word Svadisthana is Sanskrit for “dwelling place of the Self”. This is the chakra that rules our physical manifestation, is the seat of our creativity and it’s balance determines how we see ourselves in the physical world. It is this chakra that allows us to experience our true desires, and to see the world as a magical and profound place! It governs our self worth and our relationships with others. It is located on the spine just below the navel.
When in balance or open properly, your feelings flow freely and you can express yourself without any problems! You have great self confidence, you know your strengths and can handle anything that life throws at you. You have no problems with your sexuality, and are very much open to intimacy (you certainly don’t shy away from it!). You have a Great Passion for Life and want to live it to it’s fullest, experiencing every day as a gift from God.
Over-Active Sacral Chakra:
If you have an over-active sacral chakra you may tend to be over emotional, creating drama over people or events that happen in your life. You’ll probably have an unhealthy emotional attachment to people and will become out-of-sorts if someone doesn’t show up on time or if your plans don’t work out. Sexual addiction may be a problem if you are in a relationship or not taking proper caution with your partner(s). Mental, emotional or physical tension of muscles will be another sign that things aren’t in balance.
Under-Active Sacral Chakra:
If your Svandisthana is under active you may experience a fear of pleasure and deny yourself from the things that can make you feel good! (And you’ll make up any excuse not to have something you really want). You will probably lack creativity, feel sluggish, lazy or suffer from chronic fatigue disorder and have a weak sex drive. “Fitting in” with people may rule your daily interactions and you will find it hard to be your true or authentic self. You’ll find that trying to stand out requires the necessary energy that comes from a properly functioning naval chakra. You can’t manifest what you desire because your thoughts and emotions tend to lean towards negativity.
Physical Symptoms of an Imbalance: An unbalanced in this chakra may manifest as aches or pains in the lower abdomen with irregular menstration cycles or bladder, urinary and kidney infections. More serious conditions are infertility, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancy, pre-menstral syndrome, testicular or prostate disease.
Balancing The Sacral Chakra:
There are many ways one can begin to balance their Chakras. Below you will find several useful methods, including colour, nature and sound therapy!
Affirmation for the Sacral Chakra: I live life passionately, with good health and vitality. I am unafraid to be myself. I am confident and am achieving my dreams!
Colour of the Sacral Chakra: The Navel Chakra is associated with the colour orange! – The vibration of the colour orange can help this chakra come back into alignment. Lighting orange candles, or picturing a bright orange (or anything orange) while focusing on your naval chakra, will begin to balance it.
Organs/Glands governed by the Sacral Chakra: Reproductive, large intestine, all fluids of the body, circulation of blood, hips pelvis, sacrum, kidneys, lower back.
Crystal Therapy for the Sacral Chakra: Hematite, Orange Carnelian, Amber, Orange Calcite, Citrine, Blue Jasper, Red Jasper, Topaz.
Nutrition for the Sacral Chakra: Almonds, Cinnamon, Strawberries, Melon, Coconut, Oranges, Mandarins, Water
Aromatherapy/Essential Oils for the Sacral Chakra: Jasmine, Rose, Ylang ylang, Sandalwood, Clary Sage.
Balancing the Sacral Chakra with Nature: The Svadisthana’s element is Water. Sitting by water whether it be a lake, river or ocean and absorbing the energy will help with its proper alignment.
Sound Therapy for the Sacral Chakra: The note “D” is what the Naval chakra vibrates to; BA being chanted to in “D” will begin to balance this chakra!