THE SACRAL CHAKRA AND OUR RELATIONSHIPS
- The SACRAL chakra is located just above the pubic bone on the front and back of the body. Its tip goes into the center of the sacrum. Called the Svadisthana (vital force) chakra, it represents optimism, self-confidence, enthusiasm and courage. The social ray of service to mankind resides here. This area is the key to centering our emotions of sensuality and sexuality. This is the chakra of duality, yin/yang and understanding the significance of opposites, especially ourselves in relation to society.
- The GOAL of this second chakra is "...performance of one's duties for God without a self-motive or attachment to the fruits of action" (old Krishna teaching)
- CONNECTED with the pelvic chakra are the color orange, the note D, the sound VAM, the element Water, the Moon and the planet Venus.
It is associated with the sexual organs, large intestine, lower vertebrae, pelvis, hip area, appendix and bladder. Caroline Myss in the Anatomy of Spirit refers to it as the relationships chakra and lists the primary strengths of this energy as: the ability and stamina to survive financially and physically on one's own, to defend and protect oneself, to take risks, and the resilience to recover from loss. John Ruskin in Emotional Clearing identifies the primary feelings that indicate blocks in this chakra as: sexual desire, frustration, compulsiveness, inhibition, cravings for touch, food, drink, smoking, drugs, entertainment and luxury.
- PSYCHOLOGICAL IMBALANCE in the pelvic chakra may manifest as greed, abandonment, defensiveness and self-consciousness.
- PHYSICAL IMBALANCE may manifest as sexual disorders, immune system dysfunction, muscle spasms and weakness.
- BALANCED, clear and bright, this orange energy provides optimism, hospitality, and humanitarianism. Balancing the second chakra results in the ability to overcome suspicion, insecurity, and lack of trust and the power to follow good rules and overcome bad habits. The pelvic chakra contains belief patterns associated with our sense of self, our sexuality, and our relationships to society. It is the chakra of attachments. Having developed to some extent a comfortable relationship with our own bodies, we now reach out to explore others. We become attached to our mate, our house, and our position in society. Any change disrupts our sense of self and we spend a lot of time avoiding all change. This avoidance dampens our creativity and our ability to go beyond our present conditions. The work of the pelvic chakra is about taking risks, taking charge of our lives. It is about choosing our companions wisely and gently allowing the negative to leave our lives. Remember that the element water is associated with this chakra. Discover in the pelvic chakra how to let go and flow. We detach from our addictions to food, drink, drugs… and from our addictions to people, places and things. An affirmation I have found helpful and repeat often is "I relax, I release, I let go, and I flow in the spirit of love". Below are some guidelines to assist you in balancing this orange energy which supplies your relationship needs.
ACTIVITIES AND RITUALS
- Use the color orange in your environment to stimulate social enterprise and creativity. Orange is a social color and good in community centers, meeting places, areas of creative study and hospital rooms. An orange wardrobe will fill you with feelings of courage and optimism. Eat orange-skinned fruits and vegetables (oranges, tangerines, carrots…). Use your creativity to bring more orange into your life!
- Listen to music in the key of D, or simply hum this tone.
- Chant the sacred sound of "VAM" over and over, out loud, and let its vibration heal you.
- Play with gemstones. Carnelian is the most common gemstone associated with the second chakra. Place a carnelian stone in your pocket and each time you touch it, affirm your physical vitality and material well being. Sleep with a stone in your hand all night to allow your subconscious to affirm your willingness to accept improvement in all conditions associated with relationships and creativity.
- Imagine floating down a gentle river. Release all attachments by making them part of the passing landscape. You observe and you let go. Call to mind all things you think you must have to be happy, and let each go. If you have a moving body of water near you - a creek, stream or river, write down your attachments on a piece of environmentally friendly paper. Shape the paper into a boat and watch your attachments float away from your life.
Difficulties with relationships, with sensuality and sexuality, and resentment and blame of others indicate blocks in this chakra. This chakra is often closed by early negative experiences with groups. (Remember trying to be with the In-crowd in high school? or experiencing difficulty on your first job - again the issue of fitting in).
To open this chakra often requires acts of forgiveness. Use gentle meditations to release past hurts and resentments. Sometimes it requires a change of attitude about people and society. I like the model used by the Nature Conservancy. Instead of condemning society for the destruction of natural habitats, or organizing protests, the Nature Conservancy simply goes about quietly buying land. When they see land that is going to be used for a potentially harmful activity, they buy it. They don't use hate or anger. They quietly make a difference because they know that if they own the land, then they can use it to benefit nature and the Earth.
You, too, can quietly make a difference in your relationships. Change your attitude and accomplish your goals in a new way. This is the message of the second chakra.