Guest post by Jyotish Patel
The second of the seven major chakras is the “sacral” chakra. It is located in the sacrum and pelvic area. It is about our relationships, creativity, erotic sensuality, control and money. The second chakra is the seat of pure creative energy through which we connect with the deepest voice of the self, the deepest stillness and wisdom.
The translation of Svadhisthana its Sanskrit name means “her special abode” In this area resides stored ancestral energy and a portion of the collective unconscious. The very nature of the force fields of this center act as a block for the rising of the jewel maid, the kundalini energy through the energetic core and beyond this chakra.
In yogic philosophy is the notion that energy generated and activated through this chakra may be raised upwards to higher levels of awareness, and integrated as a creative force for internal growth. It houses the energy for procreation but its great potential is to activate higher centers within the energetic core.
In religious orders throughout the world, the power of the sacral chakra is specifically addressed. At one extreme are the monastic, religious paths which advocate retaining the full sexual powers inside the body for transmutation to higher potential. The polar opposite is the tantric school of yoga, which prescribes and instructs the aspirants in ways to achieve “oneness” through energy inherent in sacred sex. In both, the power of the second chakra is being harnessed in hopes of advancing the individual along the spiritual path, towards the point of unity and a closer, deeper relationship with to the Universal Soul.
The sacral represents the journey from dependence to independence and individuation, realising we are a separate entity from our parents and family. We learn about the polarity of opposites, Yin and Yang. While the Root Chakra is satisfied with survival, the 2nd chakra seeks pleasure and enjoyment. Relating and relationships with the opposite sex are explored here, sometimes bringing experiences of jealousy, betrayal, control and power plays.
The second chakra holds our innocence, (inner sense) free, pure and unafraid. It is the energy of who we were before life’s challenges and lessons. The umbilical cord that connected us to our mother sits at the top of our second chakra, it is also the energetic cord that connects us to creativity, radiance and a source of our natural healing potential. People with strong capacity for healing often feel as though the umbilical cord is still active and they are receiving information from the cosmos. The insights, intuition and knowing of the second chakra are not mental.
The gift of this chakra is experiencing our lives through feelings and sensations. It is the center of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy, and connection. The energy of this chakra allows you to let go, to move, and to feel change and transformation occurring within your body. It allows you to experience this moment as it is, in its own fullness.
One of the challenges for the second chakra is the conditioning of our society, where feelings are not valued, where passion and emotional responses are kept in check. We also experience the wounds of our collective cultural struggles over many sexual issues partly arising when, on one hand sexuality is magnified and glorified, and on the other hand it is rejected, creating confusion and imbalance. This can result in excessive second chakra activity, when a person’s focus resides in this chakra, everything is flavoured by sensuality and sexuality and events are interpreted from that viewpoint. It can lead to a disconnect from the body, the wellspring of feelings, enjoyment and sensuality.
Thoughts, feelings and experiences filtered through the second chakra, that influence your perception may include expressing your creativity, comfortable with your sexuality, able to receive nurturing from others, the need to need to control, or give your power away, addictive traits, excess guilt, shame, anger, and judgments, difficult to make money, standing up for yourself, everything can feel like a crisis.
Sacral chakra resonates with Radiant Circuit energies and ceremonial magic.
“I am radiant, beautiful and strong and enjoy a healthy and passionate life”
“Life is pleasurable! I embrace and celebrate my sexuality! I have and attract deep and meaningful relationships”