Swadisthana (2nd Chakra) One's own Abode ~ Dwelling Place of Sweetness
This psycho-spiritual centre is about flow, change, sexuality, creativity, joy, desire, duality, polarities, passion, movement, pleasure, emotions, and sharing. Its element is water.
When balanced in this centre of consciousness, we are creative, empathic, generous, expansive, flexible, and in the flow. We feel passion for life, our relationships are genuine and empowering, we are open to merging and connecting with another, and we have self-respect and healthy boundaries. Life is colourful, vibrant, and deeply meaningful.
Imbalances in this centre show up as passionate manipulation, guilt, jealousy, possessiveness, and lack of self-respect. Life may be listless and empty, and the world may be tedious and boring. We may carry shame of our body and sexuality, and engage in unfulfilling relationships. We may experience menstrual difficulties, infertility, frigidity, kidney and bladder problems, prostate or ovarian cancer, hormone imbalances, and pelvic or lower back pain.
To touch into the energy of this centre, discover what you genuinely love to do, drink lots of water, be in bodies of water, engage in movement, release stuck emotions, set boundaries, bring more pleasure into you life, and work with the senses - especially taste. Use your sexual energy for sacredness, not as an outlet to release excess energy. Let guilt warn you if you are violating your core values.
"Whenever you do something, do it as a piece of art...Let everything express the Creativity of you." ~ Yogi Bhajan
The 2nd chakra governs all areas of our creativity - the decision about what to do with our finite time on earth is the biggest exercise in creativity that can be made. All liveliness and movement of life comes from the energy of this chakra. ~ Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
"To live a creative life we must lose the fear of being wrong." ~Josepth Chilton Pearce
Mantra for the Water Element: Sat Narayan, Wahe Guru, Hari Narayan, Sat Nam (True Sustainer, Indescribable Wisdom, Creative Sustenance, True Identity)
Have the fingers in Gyan Mudra (thumb tip to first finger tip), palms facing forward by the shoulders, elbows relaxed down by the lower ribs, and chant for 11 minutes. Ajeet Kaur has a beautiful 11 minute rendition of this mantra on her "Sacred Waters" album.
Narayan is the aspect of infinity that relates to the water element. This mantra helps you go with the flow and takes you through the manifest world to experience infinity. It's a mantra chanted for peace, purification, and clarity. Let the sacred waters wash over you with this sacred sound current.
Blessings to All on this Full Moon~Harvest Moon in Pisces! This full moon brings the deep feminine waters of Pisces which supports our emotional expression. Be aware of what emotions are being amplified this full moon, and take moments to really TUNE-IN & LISTEN. Shine your Light of Awareness on what Is. From here the RESPONSE will be natural, effortless, and guided by your Inner Wisdom.
Yesterday my daughter and I went to Goldstream, and instead of going up Mt. Finlayson as we usually do, we decided to try 'the other side' (of the highway). We found this spider and her web at the beginning of the trail, blessing us with plenty of awe-ing and ooo-ing, and then we hiked up past a small waterfall to a railroad trestle.
We walked across half-way and that was enough fearsensation for my little one, and I must admit, I felt my Root Chakra energetically being stirred as I looked though the slats to an abyss below. I played with the sensation a bit, walking closer to the edge, looking down, feeling my root chakra energy centre swirling, like excited space in space. I wonder if this (and similar) would be good therapy to un-stick a stuck root chakra in its excessive form of imbalance?
Railroad trestle at Goldstream
Root Chakra ~ Muladhara. When balanced in this Chakra, we feel safe and secure. We feel comfortable in our own body, and comfortable with the material things of this world. We feel supported, and have a deep sense that we will be provided for. We are in the present moment, trusting, and calm. When we feel grounded, safe, secure and supported, we can truly surrender and accept, and move on with Life.
When this chakra is out of balance (either excessive or deficient) it can show up as Fear, Anxiety, Worry, Resentment, Rigidity, and Lack of Trust. Physically, imbalances in this energy centre can manifest as eating disorders, bone issues, sciatica, low back pain, hemorrhoids, constipation, diarrhea, and a compromised immune system and adrenals.
If you feel your Root Chakra is deficient, bring in the element Earth to re-balance. Spend more time in nature, pay more attention to nourishing your body with healthy food and eating regularly, and engage in embodied practices such as yoga, dance, and massage. Make your home environment and work environment more comfortable and cozy. Be with relationships that engender a sense of calm, safety, and support.
If you feel your Root Chakra is excessive, you will want to work with other elements to balance that out (to be addressed as we move up the Chakras). Or, perhaps play with putting yourself in a situation that evokes fear and feel the sense of excitement and lightness that stirs in your Root Chakra (i.e. walk across a high railroad trestle and look down or let a spider crawl on you...)!
And a lovely Mantra for the Root Chakra: Humee Hum Brahm Hum (We are We, We are God)
Chanting this mantra sets our identity on its true reality - once we know this, we can trust in Life. One version of this can be found on the CD titled "Hummee Hum Brahm Hum" by Gurucharan Singh Khalsa & Gurusangat Singh.
Flower in my neighbourhood
Blessings to All! I look forward to seeing you, and love your questions and comments - let me know what you would like to see here! Sat Nam, Dawn