“Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.” – Irene Claremont de Castillejo
The first Chakra in our journey through Chakras is Root Chakra (Muladhaar). Root Chakra makes us aware of our existence; whereas Sacral Chakra – the second chakra – makes us aware of our feelings. Sanskrit name of this chakra is Swadhisthana which means “one’s own abode”.
Sacral Chakra is located in the abdominal region; below the naval. The element of this chakra is Water and its colour is Orange. It controls the fluid circulations in our body such as blood circulation, urine elimination and working of reproductive organs.
Once we satisfy our survival needs, we move towards our emotional needs. We focus doing the things which bring pleasure into our lives. These could be very simple things like walking bare feet on grass, listening to a favourite song, doing some creative work or eating your favourite food. When we recognise our feelings and emotions, we create balance in our Sacral Chakra.
Symbol of Sacral Chakra
The symbol of Sacral Chakra is a lotus having six petals. It also contains a crescent moon within. Moon represents the emotions and feelings. Bija Mantra for this chakra is Vam and the animal associated with Sacral Chakra is Makara, a fishlike crocodile, which represents our desires. Our desires push us into the action and on their successful fulfilment we become inactive till we find our next desire.
Right to Feel
The issues related to this chakra are feelings, emotions, pleasure, sexuality, creativity, desires, change and movement.
Root Chakra keeps us connected to the ground; whereas Sacral Chakra encourages us to move. The actions like walking and dancing bring movement in our physical body. On the other hand, various emotions and feelings bring movements in our inner world. In Chinese philosophy, there is a concept of yin and yang. Yin means subtle, feminine; whereas yang means very active, masculine. Energy of Sacral Chakra is Yin energy whereas that of Root Chakra is Yang energy.
All the things which are essential for making our life meaningful and bring us pleasure, fall under the Sacral Chakra. When we are able to do the things which bring us joy, we are stress free. We could feel the energy of excitement when we experience such things. This means pleasurable activities give rise to some sensations in our body and mind. If our activities do not invite pleasure in our lives, then we shut off our senses. Our feelings and emotions become numb. Consequentially, we feel disconnected from our life. This creates a blockage in our Sacral Chakra. To stay and feel healthy, we need to have joy in our lives. If we discourage ourselves from engaging into pleasurable activities, then we create blockage in our second chakra.
The word ‘emotion’ is derived from the latin word ‘emovere’ which means to move out. When we feel joy, anger, nervousness, fear or any such things, we express those emotions with the help of some bodily movements. Anger creates stiffness in muscles; whereas nervousness can be felt in belly. We take a deep sigh when we are relived from some stress. We sometimes jump when we are overjoyed. Every emotion is expressed by some or other body movements. When we try to suppress our emotions our body feels frozen. This way the emotions get trapped in our body. Such trapped emotions can invite chaotic situations in future. Releasing these trapped emotions with the help of bodily movements heals the body and thus facilitates smooth flow of life force throughout our body.
Sexuality is a life force. If expression of sexuality is suppressed, then our life force decreases. We deprive ourselves of the pleasure which life offers us. Sexuality represents union of two individualities. Physical illnesses like pain in hip and lower back, poor circulation, kidney dysfunction, knee pain etc could be result of repressed sexuality. Denying the feelings of sexuality and intimacy creates energy blockages in second chakra. This, in turn, affects the root chakra.
Needs and Desires
‘Human needs are unlimited.’ You might have heard this sentence several times. Needs represent the basic things necessary for a meaningful life and desire is the force that encourages us to take action. In the childhood, many of us have been taught to keep the needs and desires to the minimum level so as to avoid frustrations and disappointment. We feel guilty if we have more needs. However, if a person accepts his needs, then he declares that he is taking the responsibility to fulfil them. If we do not recognise our desires, then we will never come to know the real purpose of our soul. Therefore, accepting and honouring our needs and desires provides a boost to our life force.
Guilt is the demon of the Sacral Chakra. People keep feeling guilty for various reasons. An overweight person would feel guilty while eating. On the other hand, a mother would feel guilty if she gives more importance to her own needs over their kids’ needs. Some people also feel guilty for wishing to have more success. Such feelings do not allow us to enjoy of lives to the fullest. It also leads to mood changes and eventually cuts the connection between mind and body. As a result, we end up in reacting in extreme ways. We also loose our decision-making ability and don’t make any move in life. This goes against the movement principle of second chakra and creates energy blockage.
Excess and Deficiency
Imbalance in the Sacral chakra creates numbness in our senses. Therefore, we fail to recognise our feelings. As a result, we also fail to understand the feelings of those around us. A person can have both excessive and deficient characteristic in second chakra in different aspects.
Following table depicts the basic characteristics of deficient, excessive and balanced Sacral Chakra.
|Deficient Characteristics||Balanced Characteristics||Excessive Characteristics|
|Stiffness in body||Graceful body movements||Mood swings|
|Numbness in emotions||Emotionally intelligent||Over emotional|
|Change resistant||Embracing change||Addicted|
|Lack of desire||Enjoys pleasure||Need for constant movement|
|Fear of sexuality||Balanced sexuality||Highly sexual|