Sacral (Navel) Chakra: Center for pleasure, creativity, and emotion   Sanskrit Name: Svadisthana   Seed Sound: VAM Location: Lower abdomen, below navel   Timeline: 6mo.-2 yrs Color: Orange  Sense: Taste, pleasure  Element: Water Rights: to feel, to want   Statement: ‘I feel’                 Vibrational Note: D

The second (sacral) chakra is an energetic orange and the associated element is water. It is located in the pelvis, near the sacrum. It is the center for pleasure, creativity and emotions. The message behind the sacral chakra is that what we have and do is enough. It governs our appetites for food, sex, and pleasure. It is the seat of pleasure and wellbeing and is tied with our sense of worthiness, and knowing we deserve pleasure, health, goodness, joy and abundance. This chakra is deeply connected with the emotional body, and our willingness and ability to feel our emotions. It also is about pure attention and knowledge and connects us to the inner source of inspiration and creativity. It may help to get a feel of root chakra concepts by reviewing these words from The Sevenfold Journey:

Change      Movement      Emotions      Pleasure     Sensuality      Intimacy      Socializing      Sexuality     Polarity      Desire      Water     Fluidity

The statement that embodies the sacral chakra is “I feel.” The birthrights of this second chakra are the right to feel (our emotions, pleasure and pain) and the right to want. The sacral chakra develops throughout life but is most strongly influenced during years 1 and 2. Information that is stored inside the sacral chakra includes: emotional feelings (joy, anger, fear, shame), magnetism (being drawn to what we desire), controlling patterns (constrictions on ourselves and others), and duality (seeing two parts, often opposites such as good and evil, male and female, black and white).

A person with a balanced, healthy sacral chakra tends to be energetic and positive about life. One enjoys sexuality, sensuality, pleasure and joy without guilt or imbalance. There is a healthy connection to emotions, able to relate to others with ease. Changes are accepted and we can move with fluidity through them. Like the water element, we become liquid and flowing, able to be flexible and adaptable. A balanced the sacral chakra allows us to let go of shame and unhealthy guilt. When the energy here is moving freely we relate well, are intuitive, resilient, light, able to dream and have healthy desires.

An unbalanced sacral chakra may be accompanied by unhealthy feelings of shame, a sense of being wrong, flawed or bad within the inner essence of who we are. The source of such shame is often a result of projected emotions from others during childhood and once felt, we adopt these beliefs as our own. An unbalanced sacral chakra may include an inability to see the goodness in life, often resulting in depression. There may also be a sense of being stuck, unable to move forward. One may also have a hard time adapting and flowing with the constant changes of life. Those raised in an environment where emotions were repressed or pleasure denied are more likely to lack energy in this chakra. An under-active sacral chakra tends to leave one stiff, unemotional, closed from relating with people. One may be out of touch with their own emotions, unable to understand or express them well. There may be denial of pleasures, stern self imposed boundaries, and possibly healthy practices done in the extreme. A person with an over-active sacral chakra may be overly emotional, have unhealthy emotional attachment to people, and often overly sexual. There may be issues with addiction, whether sexual, food, drugs, etc. One may be in a constant state of flux, unable to ground or set boundaries.

Sacral chakra questions for self-awareness:
Do I nurture myself? Do I feel allowed to nurture myself?
What are my desires for my mind? …my spirit? …my body? other desires?
What brings me pleasure? How does pleasure make me feel? Do I feel free to accept or shame and guilt?
Do I feel balanced emotionally? Am I able to acknowledge and express my feelings?
Do I feel deserving and worthy to express myself and experience healthy pleasures?

Physical Associations: The second chakra is located in and regulates the lower abdomen. It governs certain physical areas of the body: the liver, kidneys, sexual organs (testes, ovaries), stomach, upper intestines, gallbladder, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, and lower spine.

Physical ailments and dysfunctions associated with an unbalanced sacral chakra include: low back pain, sciatica, pelvic pain, hip joint problems, libido, and urinary problems. Reproductive issues including the ability to have children is also associated with the sacral chakra.

Gwen Austin
Gwen Austin