The Sacral: Svadhishthana

Second Chakra

The second, or sacral chakra – Svadhishthana in Sanskrit – is related to experiences of pleasure, of all kinds – emotional, physical, sexual. The emotional threat (a term I much prefer to “demon”) of the second chakra is guilt. This story is, of course, consistent with both Eastern and Western proscriptions against hedonism (think values of work over play, the emphasis on moderation found in most religions, and the moral frames we impose on sexual desires, situations, behaviors and activities). The issues of empowerment related to second chakra blockages are thus around the right to feel. When this chakra is in balance, we are comfortable with change, nurturing of ourselves and others, emotionally intelligent, and able to pursue and enjoy pleasure. A blocked or underactive Svadhishthana leaves us feeling emotionally distant or numb, bored, leisure-avoidant, sex-phobic, bored or excessively concerned with maintaining boundaries. Excess in the second chakra is related to poor or no boundaries, emotional instability, neediness or obsession, excessive mood swings and feelings of addiction to stimulation or pleasure.

The sacral chakra is about sensory and emotional experience. Often people are having trouble with energy in the second chakra when they are thought to be “out of touch” or “not in tune” with themselves, or when they are emotionally “all over the place.” (Svadhishthana translates to “one’s own place,” according to Judith.)

Physical symptoms (or causes) of problems with energy flow in the second chakra are in the sacral region, below the navel and through the genitals. Reproductive problems, lower back and hip pain, bladder trouble and lower bowel issues are related to trouble with energy flowing through the second chakra.

If you are struggling with these kinds of issues, you might want to give some thought the lessons you learned in childhood, or the pressures you face now, regarding your right to feel however it is you feel, and your right to pursue pleasure. Believing that we don’t have the right to our feelings or that we are not entitled to pleasure is will pretty much ensure that we have trouble with guilt, since whatever we do, we are going to have feelings, and, at least at some points, we are going to either experience pleasure (however controlled or modestly) or crave it.