In this series on Chakras and the Body-Mind-Soul Connection, I have previously discussed how the chakras are the soul component of the person and the glands are the body component, and promised that we would use our minds to help us bridge the gap in understanding between the two. In this article, we will look at the natural function of the adrenal glands to help us learn about the supernatural function of the sacral chakra.
The Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands are located at the tops of the kidneys. They are in charge of regulating digestion, self-defense, and blood pressure. The adrenal glands produce the hormones cortisol, aldosterone, adrenaline, as well as the hormones that regulate our blood sugar and keep our body processing then nutrients we receive.
Cortisol is released in response to fear. Aldosterone regulates blood pressure, the flow of blood to and from the heart. Under stress, the blood vessels constrict in order to protect the body in case of blood loss. Adrenaline is released in order to prepare the body to run or fight. Lungs are affected by this hormone.
If the gonads are releasing panic signals, these hormones swing into action. It heightens our senses to make us aware of potential dangers and get us out of harm’s way. Long term stress leads to high blood pressure, weight gain that does not respond to dieting or exercise, frequent panic and anxiety attacks, fatigue, and difficulty sleeping.
The Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra is located right beneath the belly button. It is in charge of digesting the information we are receiving from the world, taking the good out of it and discarding what is harmful to us. It is in charge of protecting our sense of self-worth and keeping our sense of identity from harm. It is in charge of regulating the flow of energy to and from our heart and our head. Connecting with our sacral chakra is about learning to discern between what is truly harmful to us and what is not.
When the Sacral Chakra is Blocked
When we are not able to receive the divine energy that tells us how to distinguish between what is good for us and what is not, we will be ruled and controlled by our fears. We will end up feeling unable to get enough of anything because what we truly need isn’t able to be processed or digested properly. We’ll stuff our lives full of things we don’t need in an effort to fill the hunger that never seems to go away.
When the Sacral Chakra Is Too Open
If we’re too discerning, we risk becoming too regulated and too controlled. We count every calorie in every bite of food we eat and never enjoy the richness of life. We count every dime and penny and we never enjoy the money we have earned. We block out anyone who even hints at making us unhappy and miss out on the lessons that those people have to offer us. We don’t listen to anything that doesn’t fit with what we think is right and as a result can miss out on growth opportunities. We become so focused on purging what is harmful from our lives that we fail to absorb what is good.
Balance Is the Key
The head tells us to block out everything that would hurt us. The heart tells us to trust everything. The key is to balance those two demands. We need to keep the flow of what is good coming into us and the flow of what is not good going out of us in a steady rhythm.
In this coming article, we will examine the solar plexus chakra and what the pancreas tells us that can help us understand the needs of the soul better so that we can continue to improve our lives, our health, and our happiness.