"Nothing in this world
is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible,
nothing can surpass it."
What does the element of water mean to you? Have you every really thought about it? Water in all of its mysteries is one of the most potent elements on the planet. It is every where and in every thing. It is magnanimous . It is all encompassing. It can have attitude or gentleness. It can be healing or destructive. It can be warm or cold. It can pretty much display any thought you could have about it. And we can not live with out it. In the future, wars could be fought over water and yet, we can create water in our own bodies if we chose to know how to do that. We could live without ever drinking another glass of water if we really took the time to develop our minds, apparently if you were to ingest sunlight for long periods at a time, the light would be all the energy you would need for food and water. I guess that is why there are so many picture of the Ancient Kamitians(Ancient Egyptians) absorbing sunlight. Now I know at this day and time, we have not cultivated ourselves to be able to do that and our bodies are not structured any longer to function that way but what if you could develop yourself to that point? Would you even try? Have you ever thought about changing yourself complete to becoming a different person. Or, developing yourself that those dormant strains of your DNA become ignited and you develop into someone else. I certainly think that way. But then again, I am not your ordinary person. I sometimes wonder how much we lost over time in our abilities, do you ever think of that? This is a little off the subject but it came up in my mind so I just reflected the thought out into the universe. I have been thinking a lot about water and it's properties. I have been thinking alot about the water chakra and the energy that flows though it. I have been thinking a lot about emotions and all emotions are based in the water chakra and I have been thinking about the kundalini and its home in the water chakra so I thought I would explore water a little more and see if I can get a little more understanding. Do you know the elements? Ether, Air, Fire,Water and Earth. Have you ever studies them in great detail. They say that the great magicians have power over them, do you believe that? I kinda think that I do. If one truly believes that we were created in the image of the Divine, would we have been created without the ability to master all things? Just a thought.
SVADHISTHANA~~ THE WATER CHAKRA
The second chakra is located in the lower abdomen centered between the navel and the genitals, although it encompasses the whole section of the body between these two points. It corresponds to the nerve ganglion called the sacral plexus. This plexus hooks into the sciatic nerve and is a center of motion for the body. Because of this it is often called the "seat of life.
In male anatomy the genitals are very close to the first chakra, and the differences between the first two chakras are very subtile, allowing for possible confusion. But in female anatomy the womb is a definite second chakra, and is easy to perceive it as a separate center than the male second chakra.
The Water chakra corresponds to bodily functions having to do with liquid: circulation of blood, urinary elimination, sexuality and reproduction, as well as all the qualities of water, such as flow, formlessness, fluidity, and surrender.
This chakra is the center of sexuality as well as emotions, sensations, pleasure, movement and nurturance. In the Tree of Life, the second chakra corresponds to Yesod, the sphere of water and the moon. It's associated celestial body is the moon which pulls the oceans of water to and fro in a dualistic rhythmic motion.
One of the most important functions of the second chakra is at the base of the spine, where it lives what some has referred to as a coiled up serpent. Kundalini is also know as circular power in an individual's basic evolutionary force. Each of us is born with some of this energy already flowing. The amount available and usable determines whether a person has low intelligence, is a genius, or is somewhere in the middle. We must awaken the greater amount of Kundalini reservoir located at the base of the spine. Kundalini has its own sense of direction. Its natural flow is up the spine and out the top of the head; along the path it brings new awareness, new abilities, and transcendental states. Kundalini pushes us to reach for enlightenment. A fully developed person will have exceptional paranormal gifts, great spiritual awareness and truly be considered genius or God-like. Each of us must deal with the Kundalini sooner or later; the more knowledgeable and ready we are, the more wonderful the experience will be.
SEXUALITYSexuality is a sacred ritual of union through the celebration of difference. An expansive movement of the life force, it is the dance that balances, restores, renews and reproduces. It is the production ground of all new life--and in that sense--of the future. Mover and healer of the life force within us, sexuality is a profound rhythm pulsing through all biological life. The second chakra rules the feminine component of sexuality, whereas the first chakra rules the masculine component of sexuality. The second/navel chakra is more sensual than sexual. It tells us how we feel about sex and having children, whereas the first chakra rules sex that is for enjoyment, power, and/or procreation. The second chakra governs survival, but from the perspective of the feminine polarity. The first chakra governs the fight for survival, whereas the second chakra rules the instincts for survival. The first chakra would urge us to battle for and protect, whereas the second chakra would aid us in using our instincts to find a safe place to hide, to live, and to rear our young. Like the first chakra, the second chakra also rules money, but again, in a different manner. The first chakra rules money and the power that it holds, whereas the second chakra rules money and the security that it brings.
SENSE: The sense of taste is related to this chakra. The sense of taste is important for identification of edible vs. non-edible food and for the enjoyment of eating, which is also ruled by the second chakra. Taste is a very emotional experience and is the basis for the nurturing and comfort that eating provides. Eating, more specifically suckling, forms the important first bond between mother and child and serves as comfort as well as nutrition.
Preparing and serving food is often an act of love and community, and "family meals" bind the family together. Eating and food is very culture specific. For generations after a family immigrates to a new area, they maintain their preference for the food of their culture because of the security and sense of belonging that it provides.
The Tantra philosophy teaches that the body is sacred and the senses can bring enlightenment, ecstasy and joy. It is for tis reason that Westerners often equate Tantra with sexual practice, even though Tantric philosophy is far wider in scope and embraces a combination of many yogic and Hindu philosophies of which sexual union is only a minor part.
Among elements of Tantric philosophy is a polytheistic worship of deities, of which the union of Shiva and Shakti, bring supreme bliss. Through weaving together complimentary threads, such as masculine and feminine, spirit and matter, light and darkness, self and other, we escape the separation of dualistic thinking and enter a more wholistic philosophy. Tantra seeks to embrace rather than deny, yet still has as its goal, the liberation of consciousness into supreme realization.
The purpose of Tantra is the same as any other aspect of yoga--to attain liberation from limited consciousness, most commonly by raising energy up the spinal column. The transcendental experience of the union with another soul serves to bring one into an alter state of consciousness. In this state, entry into the higher worlds is more accessible.
Most Tantric practices attempt to use the force created by the arousal of sexual energy to awaken the Goddess Kundalini, and push Her up the spine. It is not believed that the untrained can achieve this liberation without previous instruction and practice in discipline designed to open and arouse these centers, such as meditation or yoga. Like the use of celibacy, it is only through knowledge of psychic pathways that this experience
can be transcendance. Yet, there are many cases of spontaneous awakening from tantric sexuality without guru. Whether it's Kundalini that is triggered, or merely an ecstatic state of union, tantric sexuality is a religious experience--achievable by anyone.
Nurturance is the final summation of sexuality and a fundamental need of the body, the mind and the soul. Nurturance means caring for, feeding with energy, love and touch. Nurturance is the essence of maternal qualities our first experience of blissful transcendence of warmth and security.
The simple act of touching is of extreme importance to the healthy functioning of the human organism. The skin can be considered the outer layer of the nervous system. The skin is the boundary of our bodies. Through touch, that boundary is gently broken down permeated by another and our whole internal system enhanced and stimulated.
Nurturance helps to control the production of hormones responsible for growth by stimulating the limbic system of the brain. This also aids in relaxation of the heart and breathing rate, controlled by the autonomic nervous systems
Anyone can nurture. Everyone needs it. Like watering a thirsting plant, we respond to flow, to movement, to the dance of life in its infinite pleasures and mysteries. Through this act, life is renewed and preserved.
Clairsentience is the psychic sense of the second chakra, the first stirrings of "higher" consciousness and the development of greater sensitivity toward others.
Clairsentience is the ability to sense other people's emotions, also called empathy. Sensing is experienced more so as a subtle feeling, as if we were experiencing the feeling ourselves. Just as we can ignore some of our own emotions, many clairsentient people do not recognize the emotions they pick up from others, yet their body and ensuing actions still respond. Still others may recognize the emotions while not understanding that the source was outside of themselves. Feelings and thoughts can come from outside yourself. It is important to understand that not all feelings and thoughts are yours. Because we are so interconnected we do have the ability to sense others.
Most people are clairsentient to some degree. The phenomenon usually occurs more strongly in people who have a proclivity for clairvoyance or telepathy, characteristic of the upper chakras. Clairsentience is a valuable source of information and helpful in the development of psychishm. With conscious attention, it is an aid rather than a detriment. Recognition of the phenomenon is the next step. Many clairsentients feel compelled to respond to the needs they psychically pick up from others and with recognition, this can become a choice rather than a duty
E M O T I O N S
In a preverbal child, emotional expression is the only language spoken or understood--the only means for a child to express his inner state. When emotions are appropriately mirrored by adult care takers, a child forms a reasonable emotional identity. This emotional identity enable us to identify different emotional states later in life, both in ourselves and others.
Emotions are a complex, instinctual reaction to pleasure and pain. They begin in the unconscious and through movement are allow to come in to consciousness. To block an emotion, we restrict movement. Then the emotion may remain in the unconscious--meaning we are unaware of it--yet it still wreak havoc on our lives. It is acting from unconscious motivations that so often gets people in trouble.
It takes energy to repress emotion, so releasing emotions releases tension (if done appropriately). Absence of tension creates a harmonic flow with in the body/mind. This creates pleasure of an even deeper level, allowing deeper connections with others.
The suppression of primary pleasures creates a need for overindulgence, turning pleasure into pain. Pain is an indication that we are going in the wrong direction. The suppression of pleasure creates a deprivation in the body that demands more of our consciousness than it deserves. Only through satisfaction and resolution can our awareness evolve safely to broader levels.
Pleasure and emotions are the root of desire. Through desire we create movement. Through movement we create change. Consciousness thrives on change.
There is so much more that we could discuss when we talk about the Water Chakra, it's color is orange, it's mantra is Vam. I could talk a great detail about Vam. But, I feel you have read quite a bit so far, maybe later I will write a post about it. All of the above attributes are aspects of the Water Chakra. But I feel that all of them in totality is the summation of Relationship. So I call the Water Chakra the relationship chakra. Relationships consist of everything your family, your friends, your mate(lover/partner), your relationship with nature, with food, with life itself and most importantly your relationship with yourself and with the Divine.
It is through this chakra that we initiate and sustain attachment to other people, we get our human needs met through meaningful and emotional relationships. Feelings flow here and attachments are formed whether they are healthy or unhealthy. Our addictions also start in this chakra. In addition to its functioning as a sensory center that forms initial attachments to others and then shares pleasure with them, the second chakra can also form attachment to unhealthy relationships, or can become addictive. The same mechanism designed to connect us to healthy people and things can also attach us to unhealthy and toxic individuals and things. The childlike (and pre-verbal)IQ of the second chakra may be unable to discern the difference between all these options for relationship until later in life.
If the second chakra develops well we are able to form healthy relationships with others that provide companionship, and with whom we can share pleasure. The vital energy created in this chakra flows through all parts of the human body, to provide the fire that burns within us, to both create and maintain like. Unless we learn how to form attachments to others both in infancy and in later life, we will not develop into fully functional people. This chakra keeps you emotionally healthy and your energy field charged with prana. It tells you what you like and don't like, or warns you of potential danger. If something doesn't feel right, or doesn't smell good, it probably isn't right. We refer to this as our "gut instinct", the common experience of intuitively knowing something hidden about people, or sensing something about a situation that may cause us problems.
It also in this chakra that one can heal the DNA patterns associated with our parents and ancestors. At a practical level this means strengthening and clearing the second chakra as an energetic organ (so that it functions well), to heal trauma if present, and to support any lack of development in second chakra. Then we can move into cleaning the chakra head of lower astral influences that may be feeding off any unresolved past emotion. One example is sentimentality-which is any lingering feeling state disproportionate to a real situation--as well as any other emotional pattern that keeps a person locked into the past. These emotional habits can be energetic food for the lower astral world. We all deserve to have our second chakra be in-the-moment to be clean of history, and able to fully serve us in the moment.
We grow as human beings through relationships and through the ending of relationships. The second chakra provide the basic attachment functionality of our personality. It transmit the consciousness in how we make--or end--relationships. It energize our desires, and support our immune systems response to danger. Through the second chakra we grow into our humanity, but we may unconsciously hold the consciousness of how we unknowingly restrict our potential. The pleasure and pain of human relationships rests on this, the root consciousness system flowing out of (and into) the second chakra. If you want to grow a healthy plant you have to nourish the roots. Human beings are energetically rooted into other people and into family karmic patterns. Our strengths and problem-solving skills flow from our emotional functioning. We all know that if we don't heal the past we will revisit it, again and again. Lets get to the place in our unsatisfying relationships where enough is enough...let's heal them, or move on from any restrictive, self-abusive habits of our past. Let's embrace our full emotional potential now, rather than to die unfulfilled or to acknowledge a life full of regret.
PEACE, BLESSING AND LOVE~~IN LAK'ESH, I AM ANOTHER YOURSELF
(excepts from Wheel of Life, Chakras/Archetype)