Stepping up from our roots at Mooladhara Chakra to..
Swadhisthana chakra is translated as the ‘self dwelling place’ chakra, it’s located between the naval and the genitals. It’s main aspect is sweetness, the sweetness of love and life, flowing with our emotions; thus is also has a connection to the water element. The parts of the body it associates with it are the genitals, womb, bladder, circulation, tears, and kidneys (i.e. the more wet, or watery parts of us).
The purpose of development at this chakra is to assist our letting go and flowing with the movement of life; accepting what it. Also, it is about our connection with ourselves and others, at times ‘reclaiming our right to feel'(1) our needs, desires, pleasure and emotions.
Some of the characteristics displayed if one is balanced in this chakra are:
- Ability to change
- Emotional intelligence
- Has healthy boundaries
- Graceful movement
- Ability to experience pleasure
If one is working with issues in this chakra they may either have excessive of deficient energy, or both, and thus will potentially display:
- Sexual acting out or addiction and seductive manipulation
- Ruled by their emotions (mood swings, drama queen, hysterical)
- Poor boundaries, invade other’s boundaries
- Oversensitive and/or emotional dependency
- Rigidity and frigidity in body and sex
- Lack of desire, passion or excitement and denial of pleasures
- Poor social skills
- Excessive boundaries
Working with the swadhisthana chakra means we look at ways we can assist our flow and connection within our bodies, emotions and relationships. Helping to reclaim our right to feel, this chakra is first established between 6 months and 2 years of age.
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(1) Eastern Body Western Mind, Anodea Judith (available at the Book Depository with free delivery)
(2) The Subtle Body: An encyclopedia of Your Energetic Anatomy, Cyndi Dale (available at the Book Depository with free delivery