Leading on from my previous blog on “The Role of Emotion in Health and Wellbeing”, lets look at the second chakra more closely:
The Second Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, the Sacral Plexus and is the colour orange. It represents our ability to feel personal pleasure and pain. Our reproductive organs are energetically nourished by the second chakra as are the kidneys and bladder. The second chakra lives in the now and brings us to being personally centred and connected to vital life forces. The sacral plexus is the centre of creativity, procreation and new ideas.
Whilst first chakra problems can arise from being out of sync with tribal relationships, this chakra is more about relationships on a one to one basis. Energy blockages in this chakra are often due to dysfunctional personal relationships around ethics and aspects of honour, whether sexual, business or in friendships.
The second chakra is also about our relationship with money, whether we feel we are earning our true worth, and how financially secure we feel. As this chakra links through to the lower back, it is not uncommon, if having monetary problems to experience recurring pain in the lower back.
This chakra can represent how we exercise power over another person. Governing the sexual organs it relates to our level of comfort around our own sexuality as well as how we sexually relate to others. Sexually traumatic events such as sexual abuse or rape are stored in the muscles around the sacral plexus and it is not uncommon for women who have been abused to develop recurring infections such as chronic cystitis and pelvic inflammatory disease. The infection is not only caused by microbes that inflame the tissues, but also an energetic starvation of the second chakra pelvic tissues, leading to a greater susceptibility to recurrent pelvic infections.
If the Sacral Plexus chakra is malfunctioning this will be seen in the physical body in disorders associated with the parts of the body that it governs:
- Disorders related to lack of and poor sexual energy
- Rigidity in body and attitudes
- Lower back pain
- Bowel and bladder issues such as IBS and bladder tumours
Sacral Plexus chakra energy is in its developmental stage between 6-24 months. To develop this chakra effectively the child needs to be nurtured in order to feel pleasure. Balanced characteristics of the Sacral Plexus chakra are:
- Emotional intelligence
- Ability to experience pleasure
- Ability to nurture oneself and others
- Ability to change
- Graceful movement
- Healthy boundaries
To help develop, stimulate and support the second chakra the following affirmations are useful:
- I embrace and celebrate my sexuality
- I deserve pleasure in my life
- I absorb information from my feelings
- I move easily and effortlessly
To heal oneself on the physical level it is important to re-connect with the body through movement and dance, inner child work, development of friendships – relating to others on a deeper-than-everyday-level, including emotional release or containment, boundary work and unconditional giving and receiving of love. For addictions it can be addressed through step-by-step programmes.