The second chakra in the energy system is the sacral chakra. It is located in the lower abdomen just below the navel and is associated with a vibrant orange color. Its associated element is water. The primary purpose of the sacral chakra involves emotional control, relationship development, financial success and creative expression.
The sacral chakra provides the tools for helping to build your own self-reality. The key components are the evolution from the “roots” of your group and family identity (the root chakra) into your own identity and being able to provide for yourself. This involves building your own personal and business relationships, creating financial security through work and discovering the creative energies within you.
Sacral chakra energy is bold and determined. It is oriented in survival instincts and balanced with resilience and creative energy. When open and balanced, the energy center helps us work through all types of life challenges. The second chakra oversees our ability to make good choices for ourselves over less desirable ones such as breaking the law or succumbing to addictions. A person with a balanced energy center will be eager to experience life, adapting easily to change as it occurs and feeling safe in the process. They will have a hobby or job that promotes and fulfills their creative desires and are often seen as entrepreneurial.
Both creative and procreative energy housed in this chakra are vital to our overall health and sense of well being. Uninhibited creative energy allows us to carve out our own identity in society, distinguishing us as unique, productive members of society. It fosters success in building friendships and allows us to raise and nurture our children. We are able to fully express our emotions, feel confident in who we are and happy in our life choices.
Do you often feel that work is the center of your life? Do you feel that life has become a daily grind? When was the last time you experienced the feeling of joy, wanted to try something spontaneously or had a desire to pursue a creative project? Has a spouse or friend told you lately that you don’t express your feelings? These can all be signs that your sacral energy may be unbalanced or blocked. It can also manifest itself as a physical ache or pain in the lower abdomen or back. You may experience emotional turmoil, wanting to withdraw from friends, family and responsibilities, feel a lack of motivation and make poor decisions.
If you feel out of balance, try spending time near open water, or swim! Surround yourself in a place where you find personal beauty, whether it’s a garden in full bloom, an art museum or a concert listening to music. Introduce the color orange into your wardrobe, your office or home as a reminder. If you meditate, visualize a vibrant orange; it will help ground your energy center to your physical body. If you work with mala beads, the gemstones related to the sacral chakra are carnelian, garnet, tiger’s eye and moonstone. Incense can also be a useful centering aide. Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang and Sandalwood are associated with the sacral chakra.
In the next issue, we will explore the third or solar plexus chakra its color, meaning, how to restore balance and its relationship to the root and sacral chakras.