This is the second in a series about the 7 major chakras of the body. Chakra is Sanskrit for energy wheel, or vortex. The body chakras represent the major energies of the body for the specific area and are generally associated with body functions, organs and glands.
The Right to Create
The sacral chakra is the first feminine chakra and is where our creative energy is housed. The sacral chakra also our emotional center. When our sacral chakras are balanced, we feel creative, sexually and emotionally balanced. When out of balance, we feel stagnant, sexually “off,” disconnected or stuck in our emotions.
Emotions are motive, or mobile and are to move through us, or to help us to move forward. Whether we recognize it or not, our emotions are the fuel that drive our creativity, sensuality and sexuality. Afterall, procreation (or the act of it) is one of highest forms of creativity.
Ultimately, the sacral chakra represents our potential ability to create. As the first feminine chakra, the sacral chakra can be represented by the maiden who has the potential to create. The first form of the divine feminine.
Sacral Chakra Specs
Sanskrit Name: Swadhisthana
Sound & Note: D, Vam
Yoga Poses: Triangle pose, child’s pose, Dancer’s Pose
Essential Oils & incense: Orange, palo santo (holy wood), Neroli, Lemon, Ylang-Ylang
Archangel Gabriel God’s Messenger
Hindu Goddess: Pavarti is the Goddess of power, fertility, and fidelity. Her husband is Lord Shiva: creator, destroyer and regenerator.
Associated with: sense of self, emotions, desires, procreation, fertility, creativity, innerconnectedness
Foods: oranges, pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, nuts & seeds
Rocks, Minerals and Crystals: Tangerine Quartz, Carnelian, Orange Amber
Animals: Water-based mammals such as dolphin & mermaids.
Body organs and glands governed: reproductive organs, ovaries and testes
Song: Can’t Stop by Red Hot Chili Peppers
When out of balance we can feel: a low self-esteem or egocentric, emotionally labile/hyper-sensitive or shut down emotionally/apathetic, uncreative as with “writer’s block”, excessive or lacking libido, disconnected from others
Activities that promote the sacral chakra:
Creative projects, sex, allowing feelings, sensuality (especially taste), swimming, being in or near water, bathing, creative movements and outward expressions, belly dancing and child-like playing.
Often times we avoid feeling our emotions, tamping them down or ignoring them. Yet, emotions are not the enemy. How we view our emotions or how we use them is where we can create our difficulties.
When utilized properly emotions can assist us in making changes. For instance anger can be a powerful driving force to help protect us in the face of danger via fight or flight. Anger can also help to propel us forward when a major change is in order.
If you can see emotions as potential energy, they can be used as tools for transformation.
Another advantage of the sacral chakra is the use our sexual energy to charge creative projects.
So why is this important? The sacral chakra is our center of creativity. By being aware of our emotions, we can use them and our desires to create the lives we want. Without awareness and acceptance of our emotions, we plant seeds that manifest what we do not desire. By healing our emotions, we create the space to create our desires.
Artwork: Courtesy of Will at tfunkgear.com
Additional reading & Sources:
MacLaren, Karen. Your Auras and Your Chakras: An Owner’s Manual
See additional sacral chakra meditation, below
In High School, I stumbled upon a book about Chakras written by a medium who once lived in the area where I grew up. Since then, I’ve taken several workshops and read books about chakras. I’ve also expanded my knowledge and work by taking various energy-based courses. At present, I have completed training to be a Reiki Master and Oneness Blessing Giver, as well as Healing Touch to Level II. While I do not see energy like some of my colleagues (clairvoyance), I “know things” and can feel energy, even at a distance (claircognizance).