Sacral Chakra Overview
The Sacral Chakra is the second of the seven energy centers. The main color of this chakra is orange. Located in the lower abdomen. This chakra is the center of emotions, passionate energy and creative powers.
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Our attention on the Sacral Chakra turns from basic needs and survival from the Root Chakra, to our relationships in the world. We are no longer merely concerned with self-preservation, but now there are others in our life at stake as well. The major life force in this energy and emotional center, is the gravitational pull of others.
Examining our relationships with others helps us examine ourselves, our motivations and our hearts. Self-discovery through introspection will heal this chakra. When you understand yourself, through your relationships, you are able to let go of the past and its hurts. You release any excessive guilt. This opens the door to forgiveness, for yourself and for others.
The sacred Truth of the sacral chakra, is "Honor One Another." The lesson here is to learn how to balance our relationships with others in a conscious manner. The most difficult thing to understand in this energy center is that all relationships that we attract in our lives are there for a purpose. And that purpose is to help us come to know ourselves better. When we release our tendency to judge everyone we see, and instead see every relationship as a spiritual messenger, we can better understand our own strengths and weaknesses!
The right to feel as we do, without guilt or blame, is a basic right for the 2nd chakra. With an open and aligned Sacral Chakra, life is full of awe and wonder. Those with a balanced Sacral Chakra tend to be happy and adaptable, with an ability to go with the flow. In contrast, those with a blocked Sacral Chakra often feel confused about their place in the world. The Sacral Chakra responds to creative and emotional self-expression; art, dance, and music.
Nothing heals and balances this emotional center more that the Power of Forgiveness. Knowing that you are forgiven, releases guilt. And releases the need to blame others or seek vengeance.
The Sacral Chakra is a strong link to our mother's womb. If unbalanced, it produces fear of living, worthlessness and resentment. If balanced, it expands our desire to form relationships. The lessons from this Chakra are to learn how to eliminate our need to control everything in our lives and open ourselves to surrender our beliefs in right or wrong and making judgments.
This energy center focuses on our emotions more than the other chakra. Experiencing and feeling our emotions, through pleasure, through loving relationships and through our personal creative energy are very important to each and every one of us. If we lack in our personal relationships we lack in joy and creativity.
Living life as a pleasurable endeavor, is what makes us laugh, play, cry and interact with one another as human beings. Without the pleasure principle, life would be dull indeed! This chakra's energy has the ability to create joy in our lives!
Sometimes suppression of our life-force is caused by a subtle feeling that we are not meant, or do not deserve, to enjoy life in totality, and that too much happiness is not allowed. Insufficient emotional energy in the second chakra occurs whenever a loss is experienced. It may be a loss of control of the physical body, or loss of attractiveness or sexual performance. When you are a victim of abuse, betrayal, abandonment, your energy in this area is affected and you can become closed.
As such, life becomes a set of duties and pressures. Everything is something one “should” do, and even when one wants or craves something, it is just in order to fill some hole inside that never seems to be satisfied. Delicious food might be consumed, but without deep satisfaction; sexual indulgence might be experienced, but without true joy. Pleasures then become rather mechanical and artificial, and actually one turns to them because life seems so boring.
Such an intense decrease of passion for life can be caused by many factors. Traumatic experiences can lead one to conclude that ‘feeling’ is dangerous. Moral imprints taken in early childhood through educators such as parents, religious figures and teachers, can make one treat life as a place of reward and punishment. The general pressures and expectations of life, like family obligations, stressful work and time management, can lead a person to feel that life is about duty.
Psychological symptoms of the blocked Sacral Chakra are depression and addiction. One doesn’t find excitement in waking up in the morning; there is no energy and one often needs to drag oneself out of bed. Since life seems like a list of duties.
The key to Second Chakra healing is correcting one’s relationship with enjoyment, joy and excitement. First and foremost, one needs to clear away any lasting impact of experiences that mixed enjoyment and pain at the same time.
Returning to the true source of nourishment, liveliness and joy within and without, takes place through the process of letting go. When the only hope is to get in touch with life’s sweetness through sweets, or with life’s beauty through artificial means, one needs to redirect this confusion with the understanding that all these are just symbols of a much deeper longing.
Opening the Sacral Chakra is deeply related to finding freedom to feel joy and happiness. Since the human condition is all about hunting for pleasure and avoidance of pain, one needs to get out of this cycle and find the joy of simply being in the world with all the lessons and blessings.
Sacral Chakra Guided Meditation Video
This guided meditation brings energy to a person’s capabilities, strengths, talents, and skills, bringing light to that which is ready to shift.
Sacral Chakra Affirmations Video
Speaking positive affirmations helps awaken the heart of this chakra. Repeat the affirmations out loud, within self, and/or write them out on a piece of paper.