Along the susumna nadi lie the seven major chakras, and within each chakra there is masculine and feminine energy. The masculine energy can be traced through the Pingala nadi, and the feminine energy can be traced through the Ida nadi. Masculine energy can also be observed as Solar, or Yang energy. Feminine energy can also be seen as Lunar, or Yin energy. Masculine is active. Feminine is receptive.
As we observe blockages in the spine, as discussed in Energy 1.1, we may notice that a blockage is in an area associated with a particular chakra. It’s very common to find that a physical block in the spine at the area of a particular chakra is manifesting in behaviors or challenges associated with that particular chakra. For example, low back pain is in the sacral area of the second chakra. Typically, when low back pain exists, there is also some area of that person’s life where they are not living in alignment with the truth of what they’d like to create in the world.
If we look deeper at whether the imbalance in the second chakra is on the left or right side, we will be able to see whether the misalignment is manifesting in a masculine (yang) or feminine (yin) way. A masculine misalignment could be a result of unconsciously holding or acting out one’s masculine ancestry. It could be a result of having to be overprotective of one’s self in early childhood as in cases of abuse or neglect. Masculine misalignment could be a result of past life issues, or any number of other reasons. When masculine or feminine energy is excessive, the opposing energy is always deficient. The nature of our energy systems is that they seek balance, there cannot be an excess of energy somewhere without there being a deficiency of energy somewhere else.
Wherever we notice the misalignment, whether masculine, feminine, excessive, deficient, or simply out of alignment with the central core of the susumna nadi, we can trace threads of the misalignment to discover the nature of how the misalignment has manifested in mind, body, heart, and spirit, and what other aspects of the energy system have been involved to compensate. Some very broad, isolated, generalizations and examples of how imbalances could manifest in each chakra are below. Typically imbalances in each chakra also have physical pain associated with the corresponding area of the body.
- 1st Chakra – Muladhara
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with stability, security, birth experiences, and feeling grounded and safe on Earth. Excess masculine energy in the Muladhara chakra typically manifests in an aggressive or stagnant nature. Aggression or stagnation could manifest in areas related to one’s home, finances, or family. Excess feminine energy the the root chakra could manfest as having a tendency to avoid financial security, a stable home life, or long term ties.
- 2nd Chakra – Svadhisthana
The sacral chakra is located in the lower abdominal area below the naval, and is associated with creation and intimate relationships. Excess masculine energy in the second chakra may manifest as sexual aggression, or forcing one’s ideas or creations onto others. Excess feminine energy in the second chakra could manifest as an inability to allow one’s truth to be put into the world, an inability to connect authentically with others, or a feeling of never being good enough.
- 3rd Chakra – Manipura
The chakra located at the solar plexus, Manipura is associated with power, self esteem, and presence. It is also where our ability to interact with others in a healthy way is rooted. Excess masculine energy in the solar plexus may look like excessive self confidence, or overpowering others. Excessive feminine energy in the third chakra may appear through low self confidence, allowing one’s self to be walked on, or having a hard time being seen.
- 4th Chakra – Anahata
The heart chakra is associated with compassion, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Excess masculine energy in the heart chakra tends to manifest as blockages preventing authentic and vulnerable relationships. Excess feminine energy in the heart chakra tends to come out as trusting too quickly and in challenge with handling one’s emotions.
- 5th Chakra – Visuddha
The throat chakra is associated with our ability to speak and hear deep and authentic truth. Excess masculine energy in the 5th Chakra may come out in speaking too loudly or too much, and without the ability to notice if people are listening. Excess feminine energy in the 5th Chakra may look like the opposite… an inability to speak one’s truth clearly, or an inability to hear others deeply.
- 6th Chakra – Ajna
The third eye is located near the pineal gland in the center of the brain. Excess masculine energy in the Ajna chakra typically manifests as a blockage in seeing higher truth. Excess feminine energy in the 6th chakra often results in challenge with being fully present on Earth, or an inability to bring galactic truths down to Earth.
- 7th Chakra – Sahasrara
The crown chakra is our opening to spirit, and is located at the crown of the head. Typically masculine and feminine balances are less common in this chakra, and blockages result from other influences. Fear, past life blockages, and the energy of others often show up as blockages in the 7th chakra.
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