The sacral chakra is the second chakra, which is located in the area of your navel, lower abdomen, low back and sexual organs.
It is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity. It encapsulates your sexuality, self esteem, creativity, relationships, empathy, nurturing, pleasures and frustrations. It governs life lessons involving blame and guilt, sex, power and control. It is the base of you creativity, change, manifesting, money and prosperity.
Its element is water and equals cohesiveness, its energy is characterized by flow and flexibility. It represents your ability to go with the flow – grace and acceptance and allowing yourself to enjoy your life and achievements. Your personal magnetism, your patterns of control and your sociability also emanated from Swadhistana.
The associated body parts are your hips, lower back, sexual organs, bladder, kidneys, stomach, large intestine, pelvis, appendix, and bodily fluids/ liquids; blood, lymph, mucus, semen, urine and saliva.
The most common Sanskrit name for the sacral chakra is “Swadhistana”, which means “your own place” or “the dwelling place of the self,”
The sacral chakra is associated with the following functions or behavioral characteristics:
The sacral chakra is associated with the realm of emotions. It’s the center of our feelings and sensations. It’s particularly active in our sexuality and the expression of our sensual and sexual desires.
Motivated by pleasure, it’s the driving force for the enjoyment of life through the senses, whether it’s auditory, through taste, touch, or sight. Opening your sacral chakra allows you to “feel” the world around and in us. As such, it’s an important chakra at the foundation of our feeling of well-being.
The second chakra is instrumental in developing flexibility in our life. Associated with the water element, it’s characterized by movement and flow in our emotions and thoughts. It supports personal expansion and the formation of identity through relating to others and to the world.
The sacral chakra is most commonly represented with the color orange. Orange is composed of red and yellow in equal parts and it is a color of vitality and strength. It is a fun, creative & warming colour.
What happens when the sacral chakra is imbalanced?
When the sacral chakra is balanced, the relationship with the world and other people is centered around nurturing, pleasure, harmonious exchange. Imbalance in the sacral chakra can manifest as:
Dependency, co-dependency with other people or a substance that grants you easy access to pleasure
Being ruled by your emotions
The opposite: Feeling numb, out of touch with yourself and how you feel
Overindulgence in fantasies, sexual obsessions
Or the opposite: Lack of sexual desire or satisfaction
Feeling stuck in a particular feeling or mood
When this chakra is out of balance, a person may experience emotional instability, fear of change, sexual dysfunction, depression, or addictions.
When in balance
A balanced second chakra leads to feelings of wellness, abundance, pleasure, and joy. You can open this chakra with creative expression and by honoring your body. The energy of this chakra is feminine, passive, and lunar so a Yin practice is very beneficial.
Besides being open to creativity in your daily life, you can balance the second chakra by maintaining a healthy sexual life and honoring and respecting your body. Get in touch with your emotions and see if there are any feelings you’re holding onto. Make a commitment to process those emotions in a healthy way.
Creativity: The Focus of The Second Chakra
As humans, it is part of our nature to create. This creativity can be expressed as procreation but the second chakra energy is certainly not limited to making babies. When we cook, bake, or garden, we are creating. We create when we find a new solution to an old problem. Any time we take raw materials, physical or mental, and transform them into something new, we are using our creative energy.
The problem with creativity is that we are often discouraged from creative efforts, starting with education. Once we pass through the phase where coloring, painting, or cutting paper is completely acceptable, it seems that we must mold into less creative beings. In order to conform, follow the rules and fit in, we sometimes lose our creative energy and thus, our unique ideas in the process. Adults become used to following what’s right, the latest trend, or what’s acceptable to others. Then, when asked to abstractly invent something new, we might have a difficult time doing it.
Play Like a Child to Awaken Your Creative Energy
We might feel open and creative in some aspects of life, while self-conscious in others. Ask me to write a book or essay and I can perform with ease. But if you ask me to draw a picture, paint, or even create a great meal without a recipe to follow, I feel much less than skilled. But, if you told me I had to paint a nice picture because my life depended on it, I would most likely rise to the occasion. Why? Because I would take the risk to get the job done.
The reason, that we stopped being creative or stopped taking risks creatively, is because along the way, someone told us that we weren’t good or that we couldn’t do it. In opening your second chakra energy, you must take risks and not be afraid of failure.
Play is a great way to begin this opening. Have you ever watched a child play? A child will spend several hours building a Lego tower, a sandcastle, or an exquisite dollhouse. Then, the same child will smash their masterpiece in an instant and start over from scratch as if it was no big deal.
Start to play like a child. If your gourmet meal doesn’t turn out, so what? If your potted plant dies in a week, plant another one. And yes, if your work project is a flop, it doesn’t mean your career is over. Like the child at play, start again. You have an infinite amount of creative energy within you, so use it.
Sacral Chakra Mediation
I am a sensory being full of creative potential.
I embrace life with passion and enjoy plunging into joy and happiness.
My senses are alive, aware and connected.
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Our sacral chakra influences artistic expression, healthy sexual desires, seeds for creating life and to develop the ability to flow with emotions freely. I am creative. I go with life’s flow. I embrace pleasure and abundance.
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