The 2nd chakra, also known by the name of the “Sacral” chakra or, sometimes referred to as the “Sexual” chakra, subsequently following the 1st chakra we already have discussed.
Note: There is a shorter version of all the 7 chakras, which will give you an overview.
However, today, we will talk solely about the 2nd chakra and dive deep enough to give you, the reader, an understanding of this chakra’s functioning.
What is the Chakra’s full name and where is it located on the Body?
The Sanskrit name of this chakra is “Swadhisthana” (pronounced: Swud-hest-hunu)and it deals with the duality of our world. The Ying and Yang, as are known through the Chinese, which shows us the two energy forms of male and female.
However, in the famous symbol of the Ying and Yang, shown as a circle with the colors black and white, we also can see that both colors are being presented in the opposite color. This means, according to the Chinese philosophy, that we do carry a part of the opposite energy in us.
Every female has some male energy in her as every male also has some female energy. The symbol further shows us how balanced these two energies are.
How balanced our 2nd chakra is can be discovered and observed throughout this article.
The Sacral chakra is located in the Lower Abdomen, see the following figure.
It does extend from the top pelvic area to the navel where the energetic power of our creativity exists. This chakra is also seen as the vessel of our imagination and the endless flow of our creative juices.
The Kundalini energy is also a part of this chakra. Many chakra experts say that when the Kundalini energy is not awake, it will reside within the Sacral chakra, coiled together like a snake.
If this energy is awakened, it not only will boost the sexual energy, letting go of anything and everything, it becomes aware of the sexual power in us and being able to transform the energy to even greater creativity.
Specifics of the 2nd Chakra
As I have mentioned before, the location of the 2nd chakra is from the top pelvic area to the navel, which also is the location of the umbilical cord nourishing not only the growing embryo but, is also the closest connection with the Mother.
When we become our own individual, right after birth, we will keep the connection on the ethereal plane and yet, it is also the connection to our creativity and sexuality, feeling well and happy in and with our body.
This chakra regulates how we perceive and deal with relationships, handle our creativity and enjoy the pleasure of sex and other things in life without guilt.
Note: We already spoke about sexuality in the 1st chakra, but, there, we mostly have or will use it as a factor to keep “our kind” alive and make sure the human race doesn’t perish. From the view of the 1st chakra we only procreate, it doesn’t care if we also do enjoy the act itself.
Having a positive body image is essential for this chakra to express ourselves. It is not spoken out of term when I say that we in our westerly, civilized society have one of the worst body images ever.
We are ashamed of how we look. Are we too fat, too boney, too short, too tall? Unfortunately, we have created this conundrum and have given away our own power letting “artificial” creations like Fashion Magazines, the Fashion Industry, Television, or celebrities determine what is correct or beautiful and what is a total failure.
To feel and to have pleasure is the real statement for this 2nd
The 2nd Chakra and the Emotion Guilt
Since we are talking about pleasure, sexual pleasure, the Emotion Guilt is not very far either. The first question which pops up in everyone’s mind “Why do we have to feel guilty”?
Feeling guilty is not a natural behavior like feeling fear. In the 1st chakra, we discussed that the Emotion Fear is also important, somehow, to our survival and to let us make the right decisions in every situation. However, the Emotion Guilt was placed in us, due to religion, culture and other social convention for thousands and thousands of years. Therefore, the only conclusion to draw from it, is the fact, that we must feel guilty when we don’t live up to the expectation of our peers.
Note: Can you still remember when you were a kid, or when you had your own children that, at a certain age, it was totally o.k. to run around naked at the beach. No one really had anything negative to say everyone acted as it was the most natural thing and, of course, that how it should. However, when we got older, perhaps closer to our first-grade Schoolday or early as kindergarten; all of a sudden we were told to put something on, at least some bathing trunks. Nudity had lost its cuteness and did become a no-no, at least we were told that this isn’t appropriate anymore and when we asked why the answer probably was something like “to be naked is shameful” or “you are getting too old for it”.
Nowadays, we mostly think of 3rd World countries and other religions, which we also do see as more violent and against humanity, and against other human rights like sexual freedom and to be able to freely express one’s sexual identity.
The 2nd chakra is teaching us this very clearly and it can’t be said in more simple as with these words: “Honor One Another”.
If we are just able to fulfill this saying the world certainly would be in a much better place as it is right now. Tolerance and respect is the main attribute of this chakra and, again, it also can’t be depicted more clearly with the Ying Yang symbol (see image above).
Each one carries a tiny part of the other one and this alone deserves the honor to be respected.
The Strength of the 2nd Chakra
This chakra connects us to the other side of our existence, the part we can’t, not yet, see very clear and therefore like to ignore it. We know by now that each male and female carries attributes of the other one and, sometimes, even though we are from our physical presence show exactly who we are, might act in certain situations as the opposite.
Note: I had a wonderful client, some years ago, coming to my practice for a Reiki session. She was a very beautiful woman, medium height, a terrific figure, a face like an angel, so her hair and altogether just a lovely demeanor. When we talked, she also had a very soft voice and we had a good client/ practitioner relationship.
She came to me once a week for many months and since most of the time, she was my last client of the day we had a short chat afterward. One day, when we were chatting, she received a call from her office, she was a criminal lawyer, and hearing her what she had to say and how she talked on the phone almost gave me some chills along my spine.
There was no soft voice anymore and the words coming out of her mouth sounded more like a machine gun. Her facial expression had also changed and everything that has shown her as a lovely, sweet female was gone. This was my first real encounter in how one person can activate the opposite energy, which she obviously needed to do so, due to her job profile, in the blink of an eye.
This story I am telling you is certainly one of a kind and in many cases, we barely will see this kind of a drastic personality switch. Nevertheless, we are all doing it if we find it, sub-consciously and, consciously the need for it.
My advice to you, watch yourself when you interact with others and also watch the other person. It doesn’t take long to discover certain attributes of the opposite sex in yourself or in the other person.
Another strength of the 2nd chakra is creativity. We all are creative at one degree and sometimes it will take a while to see it. Not everyone will become a Picasso or Mozart, but this shouldn’t keep you from pursuing a trait or a hobby in a certain field.
If you love painting, playing the piano, writing short stories and everything in between, so do it. Let your creative juices flow.
For this chakra it isn’t important if we reach fame and wealth. Although, it is aimed towards it and it is up to us if we use this internal “plugin”, to be a bit modern in today’s language, to reach our creative goals. To activate this “plugin” is ageless and it can happen at any time to get our creativity flowing.
Just find out what is your creative interest.
What are the most Physical Problems?
On the physical plane the 2nd chakra supports or is responsible for the following:
- Pelvic area
- Reproductive System, ovaries and testes
- Kidneys and Bladder
- All the Body liquids like blood, lymph, gastric juices, cerebral spinal fluid, mucus, sperm
What are the Signs of a Weak or of an Overactive 2nd Chakra?
The signs of a weak Sacral chakra can be found when urination becomes more frequent and also painful. Lower Back pain, here we have to understand that this pain also can belong to the 1st chakra, sometimes, the lines between two chakras being so close to each other can get blurred.
Another visible weakness of this chakra is swollen feet and hands
Then, there are poor social skills, the person doesn’t know any boundaries when in interaction with others. I.e. standing too close to another person, not respecting any personal space, speaking a lot out of term. Furthermore, the person is in denial of any form of pleasure which can incorporate any social activity there is and shows a lack of compassion as well as any form of excitement.
And, of course, the immediate fear of any sexual activity. For a female frigidity, the lack of getting aroused is a huge part of this chakra’s weakness. A male also can experience this form, but here we usually speak of a low sex drive, which in reality is nothing else as being frigid.
When we talk of having an overactive 2nd chakra we can find it in these forms of a) having an addiction to all kinds of pleasure like food, alcohol, other stimuli drugs, going out every night, partying etc.
The person literally feels driven to do more and more and more. They just can’t stop. I also would add to be a workaholic to the mix; then b), there is the sexual acting out, being promiscuous is normal for the person in question. For a woman being a nymphomaniac also falls into this pattern of an overactive sacral chakra.
Furthermore, with an overactive 2nd chakra the person can be emotionally sensitive (flying off the handle syndrome) it has also poor boundaries and has an obsessive attachment like having control issues, anger issues, or an aversion of physical touch, unable to show physical affection are just a few examples.
What is the Emotional State of the 2nd Chakra?
As we already have seen in the section how an overactive 2nd chakra can look like the term “flying off the handle” was mentioned and it certainly was done with a good reason.
The overall emotional issue a person can have is being unable to get along with other people. As we know by now that having control and or anger issues with an overactive 2nd chakra isn’t that uncommon. At the same time, however, they are always worried what others would think or say about them.
Therefore, they like to follow the crowd, but at the same time they are power seeking and they like to get the upper hand; and, they will just do that because they are also very “creative” in manipulating their whole environment.
How to get to a Balanced State with the 2nd Chakra?
When a person is balanced in this chakra by accepting the opposite energy, which is also part of their whole existence, life will be just beautiful for them. Having Love and pure excitement for life, in general, is not uncommon. There is also the ability to change if it is required without breaking out in panic.
Furthermore, there is the ability to experience pleasure in all areas of life without shame or guilt. The acceptance of the individual’s body image is a given and will be never questioned.
Desire, unfortunately, many spiritual disciplines disapprove of desire they say that it will take us away from our spiritual path, keeping us trapped and distracted. I personally and totally disapprove of such statement.
Sexual desire, for example, is the ultimate expression of the Sacral chakra. It embodies our movement and sensation of pleasure, of experiencing the right to feel and the right to healthy sexuality.
Therefore, allow the free flow of pleasure throughout your body by seeing, feeling and tasting without any guilt.
To achieve a balanced 2nd chakra can be reached with the content, discussed, in the following chapters starting with colors.
Colors are very important and you might have noticed it or even don’t believe in it, but you will dress yourself each and every day the way how you feel.
However, colors are an important part to balance your chakras and it is also very cost effective to do so.
The main color of this chakra is the color Orange. Orange stands for pleasure, being full of life. It supplies us with an abundance of renewing and stimulating energy.
The color orange can free us from stagnant, emotional patterns and encourages us to enjoy the joy we will get from sensual pleasure. Orange is the color for success and when a person loves this color, it also loves life in general, count on it.
On the physical plane, orange will stimulate the blood and our circulatory process, which affects our mental, nervous and respiratory systems.
The frequency of the color Orange is 484-508 THz (Terahertz). The complementary color is Blue. If you have an aversion to the color orange at least try the color blue, wearing some undergarment in one of these colors won’t hurt.
Crystal & Gemstones
Here are a few stones which are mostly used to strengthen, enhance and balance the 2nd chakra
You can wear them as a tumbled stone in the pocket of your pants or jacket as long they are close to your body. You also might like to wear them in for of jewelry like a necklace, earrings or bracelet, the choice is yours.
- Tiger’s Eye
Meditation is, in my opinion, very easy to do, even for beginners. I will recommend Meditation for all the chakras since it is easy to follow (is guided) and won’t take much of your busy time.
I already have written about the affirmation and even though they are important in the long haul, as a standing alone method they won’t be as effective. I wrote a bit more in detail in the 1st chakra article.
Here are some good affirmations for the 2nd chakra. Feel free to add your own version it is easy to do.
- I am creative and have the power to transform my life
- I am opening myself to others naturally
- I deserve and have pleasure in my life
- I feel pleasure during lovemaking
- I feel good being in control of my life
- I feel joy
- I allow abundance and prosperity into my life
Feed your Body the right Food
We all know by now that having a balanced diet by eating the right food is essential to our overall health. The following foods and herbs are just suggestions and it is up to you how you will integrate them into your daily diet.
- Orange Peppers
Using essential oils is a feast for me. I love many scents and I use a diffuser, almost every day, with a different scent. It is important though that you don’t try in overdoing it, nothing can be far from the truth when using too much of, any, essential oils. Use only a couple of drops; this is most of the time enough to achieve the wanted outcome.
You don’t want that your room or even the whole house is covered with a thick, overbearing scent. This is not what aromatherapy wants to achieve.
Here are the most used essential oils to balance the 2nd chakra:
As you have discovered by now the 2nd chakra is very important when it comes to our own identity, the way we like to see ourselves and be seen by others. You also received the information that this chakra is responsible for how we live, use and accept our creativity.
Being creative is a part of our human being and yes, not everyone will become a famous artist, but this is not the point. The point is that you will discover where your creativity lies and using it to relax and find joy by doing what you love doing. After all, it is no one else’s business only yours.
The last part we discussed in this article is the pleasure of sex and experiencing it without shame or guilt. We are “sexual” beings; even being slightly touched by another person is some sort of sexual contact. Sexuality is not just intercourse it is way more, it is being ourselves.
Unfortunately, the rigid beliefs of many religions, cultures, and societies teach us the opposite, ergo creates a huge imbalance in our personality, oppresses and suppresses who we are and, in my personal opinion, is responsible for many sexual crimes committed worldwide.
If we would be taught, the proper way, that feeling sexual pleasure isn’t a sin the world would be already in a much better even peaceful place.
Stay tuned for the 3rd Chakra.
Feel free to share your opinion and personal thoughts.
Wishing you always a wonderful day!