The second chakra is also called the sacral chakra or the spleen chakra. It is located approximately two inches behind and below the navel. In Sanskrit it is depicted as the Svadhistthana mandala, meaning “one’s own place.” Its element is water and it is symbolized by a fish.
The sacral chakra also governs our emotional body, our passions, our sensuality, and our sex drive. It influences our ability to cooperate, compromise, be open-minded, and be amicable when we disagree with others. The lower abdomen, spleen, liver, bladder, kidneys, sexual organs, and fertility are influenced by the second chakra.
If this chakra is out of balance, our physical health will suffer from liver toxicity, kidney disease, bladder infections, fertility problems, and diseases related to the sexual organs. Frigidity and impotence are common. We may become addicted to sex, food, alcohol, or drugs because of our obsession with pleasure and emotional escapism. Denial to unconscious emotional trauma reinforces these addictions. Stubbornness, arrogance, ruthlessness, paranoia, jealousy, distrust, and obsessiveness may consume us when this chakra is blocked.
Where the root chakra governs the ego, the sacral chakra rules the ego’s shadow, and so when it is imbalanced, we will be in deep denial of this hidden part of ourselves. Secret addictions and fantasies need to be addressed. Projections of judgment, criticism, blame, and condemnation onto others is common amongst those who need to have this chakra balanced.
When this chakra is healthy, however, we tend to open up to life, open to opportunities, open to relationships, and open to whatever happens in the Now. We are present and are willing to accept unconditionally whatever the universe brings to us, no matter how “bad” it may seem on the surface. We don’t resist, react, or rebel against what life is trying to teach us. Because we are open to life, doors open for us and everything we touch seems to turn to gold.
Seeking out advice from a spiritual counselor can help you to unblock and balance the sacral plexus chakra. Some spices recommended to heal the sacral chakra are: cinnamon, vanilla, carob, sweet paprika, sesame seeds, and caraway seeds. For an herbal tea, the following herbs are recommended: orange peel, rosehips, annatto seed, cloves, allspice, organic peppermint and organic lemon grass. The crystals and gems recommended for healing are: gold, citrine, amber, golden topaz agate, chrysoprase, lithium, smokey quartz, turquoise, malachite, tigers eye, yellow calcite.
About the Author:
Jason Lincoln Jeffers is a Wellness Coach and Spiritual Life Coach who founded Sunlighten and co-founded Sunlight Day Spa; two holistic wellness companies dedicated to infrared radiant heat therapy, sound therapy, and massage therapy. His Wellness Coaching and Spiritual Life Coaching practice embraces infrared sauna purification, upper cervical care, and adhering to an alkaline-forming, nutrient-dense, anti-oxidant rich, ketogenic diet.
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