Recently, I wrote about the Root Chakra, which lies at the base of the spine and holds the often unconscious messages of The Tribe. Up now is the second or Sacral Chakra — our sexual center, our creative center.
The Chakras are the seven “wheels of energy” (in ancient Sanskrit) that manifest health or dis-ease in our physical and energetic bodies.
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Your Sacral Chakra is positioned just behind and below your belly button. Here are some indications that you’ve got things going on in your Sacral Chakra.
Symptoms Indicating Root Chakra Imbalance
Do you have any of these emotional symptoms?
- Blame and guilt
- Money and sex
- Power and control
- Ethics and honor in relationships
Do you have any of these physical symptoms?
- Chronic lower back pain
- OB/Gyn problems
- Sexual potency
- Urinary problems
- Disease of the reproductive organs
The Sacral Chakra is where we deal with primary relationships. Addictions and a sense of powerlessness are often based here.
- The color is orange. This is the place between the groupmind of the Tribe (red, 1st chakra) and the seeds of Self (yellow, 3rd chakra).
- The element is water. There is ebb and flow, an awesome power to both create and destroy.
- The seed sound is “vum” .
- The verb is “I feel.”
- The sense is taste, a very sensual way to experience the material world.
- The associated endocrine glands are the gonads.
- The sacral chakra has to do with partnership, creativity, power and control.
- Christian Sacrament: Communion. The symbolic meaning is to receive grace (the “host”) representing holy union with Christ and with the people closest to you.
- Jewish Sefirot: Yesod, the procreative force of God, merging energy into physical form.
- Healing thought: Honor one another.
In the Seat of Creativity is Choice
We come into the world with an energetic need to connect, at a soul level, with others. People come into our lives reflect us to ourselves, and to help us find Truth. All is one and Honor one another are two such Truths. We’ll see more Truths as we progress through the chakras.
Whereas the first chakra is rooted in oneness (the groupmind of the Tribe), the second chakra brings out duality and opposites, primarily the male/female.
In this seat of creativity is choice. Every time we make a choice, we are creating our reality. Ultimately, it’s not really the choices we make that matter, but how we make them. For when we choose from fear, there is nothing but our own ego (which is an illusion) to support our choice. However, when we choose from love, we receive the full support of the Universe. To do so requires the proverbial leap of faith.
The Sacral Chakra is about control, and how we all eventually come to the conclusion that we can’t really control the physical world. What we CAN control is our inner responses to the external world. Through our lives, we tend to look for the external “it” that will bring order to our chaos.
I’ve called this my “I’ll be happy whens.” I’ll be happy when I get the degree; find the dream job; meet my soul mate; have a baby; complete my family; make a little more money.”
But when my happiness is pegged to something outside me, there is always another externality to take its place. In the meantime I am not happy now — only looking toward happiness in the future.
Blocked energy in the second chakra can bring on impotence, infertility, endometriosis, depression. But when energy is free to flow through our Sacral Chakra, we are able to continually renew our lives. Flowing creating energy frees us from habits and ruts. It manifests when we create music, poetry, videos, blog/journal entries, artwork of any medium, and any other manner of expression.
Gossip, manipulation and meanness — expressions that come from fear — are also ways to use creative energy, but with a net drain from the Sacral Chakra.
Writing is, for me, a creative activity. It has me looking at my world with more observant eyes, a more conscious mind. Whenever we create with awareness and intention — through art, music, dance, poetry, etc — we opening the Sacral Chakra.
Here is a short story about my own healing process. A long time ago, my main issue was my health — primarily in my lungs. I experienced an allergy to a common mold that was affecting the quality and possibly the length of my life. At the time I was running an adult education network, and my job was to interview applicant teachers and help them develop their course descriptions.
One day two people came in to propose a class on a holistic way to manage allergies. As an aside, the man looked at a kitschy plaque on my desk that said, “I am allergic to morning.” He suggested I put it away, that I not insert the word “allergy” into my mind multiple times a day. I think it, I am it, he explained. The Universe pays attention to my mind chatter.
I have since become more aware of the words I use, of the words I even think. The lung issue has been resolved, thanks to many energetic shifts I’ve made over the years.
What do you create with your words and thoughts?
This post researched, in part, from Anatomy of the Spirit , by Caroline Myss, PhD.
The paintings for this series were created by Lisa Brown-Olsen. Her work is featured at Maitri Yoga, included with permission.