The Seven Chakras: What Are Their Purposes? – Part 2/7

The sacral chakra. Credit: Dreamstime.com

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

Continued from Part 1

Now, we’re going to move on to chakra #2: the sacral chakra. I’m interested in this chakra because of its connection to our emotional and sexual expression, and we need to take care of it as much as any other chakra if we want to reap its flowing creative benefits.

The sacral chakra has a lot to do with our creativity, and something tells me this chakra provides a needed ‘umph’ to our creative works, which is one of many reasons we should keep it healthy and balanced.

Eclectic Energies tells us about the benefits of a healthy, aligned sacral chakra.

“The Sacral chakra is about feeling and sexuality. When it is open, your feelings flow freely, and are expressed without you being over-emotional. You are open to intimacy and you can be passionate and lively. You have no problems dealing with your sexuality.” (1)

We’re also told about the emotional stiffness that results from an underactive sacral chakra, as well as the overemotional and hypersexual nature of an overactive one.

“If you tend to be stiff and unemotional or have a ‘poker face,’ the Sacral chakra is under-active. You’re not very open to people.

“If this chakra is over-active, you tend to be emotional all the time. You’ll feel emotionally attached to people and you can be very sexual.” (2)

Kellie Jo Conn describes the sacral chakra, telling us exactly where it’s located.

“The second chakra is often referred to as the belly or sacral chakra. It is located two inches below the navel and is rooted into the spine. This center holds the basic needs for sexuality, creativity, intuition, and self-worth. This chakra is also about friendliness, creativity, and emotions.

“It governs peoples sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way.” (3)

There’s a reason creativity and our sense of self-worth seem to go hand in hand: the same chakra governs both of them. When our creativity seems depleted, we tend to feel down on ourselves; as if we don’t have ‘what it takes’ to be creative like we really want to, and in the same vein, our self-confidence is strong when our creative flow is strong.

Of course, we don’t have to hinge our sense of self-worth on how strong our creative flow is, but some people naturally do. The human mind is very concerned with being ‘good’, and sometimes, the desire to simply exist and enjoy the wonders that are all around is trumped by this perceived need.

We tie our emotions into our creative successes and ‘failures’, and our positive perception of ourselves tends to be based on the things we achieve. This is because these functions are aligned with the same chakra, and if our self-confidence is naturally strong, it can allow us to create great things.

Our sacral chakra is influenced by the things we experienced as children, Kelly tells us. She also affirms what we learned from Mind Body Green about the nature of the sacral chakra.

“It¹s influenced by how emotions were expressed or repressed in the family during childhood. Proper balance in this chakra means the ability to flow with emotions freely and to feel and reach out to others sexually or not. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative, obsessed with thoughts of sex or may lack energy. (4)

I can say from experience that the ability to let our emotions and expressions flow freely is a gift from the divine. It feels great to be open and receptive to the influence of spirit, enthusiastically using spirit’s ‘voice’ to assist with various helpful creative projects, but when the sacral chakra’s blocked, the shadow self can kick in to a very strong degree.

Like a lot of channeled sources and spiritual teachers have said, the ‘shadow self’ is really a product of our reception to lower energies and thought forms, and it doesn’t actually exist. We bring forth the illusory shadow self (and essentially become it) by being receptive to negativity, but we won’t have this problem if our chakras are open and balanced.

We won’t have to worry about the seemingly overbearing influence of negative thought forms, because they won’t be around us anymore. In their place will be self-created angels, guides and helpers who’ll love and support us as they funnel energy through our ever-opening and expanding chakras.

Kellie then outlines the physical problems associated with the sacral chakra, and she also tells us about the gemstones that energize it and balance it out.

“Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms. Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine. The main color used with this chakra is orange. The gemstones are Carnelian Agate, Orange Calcite and Tigers Eye.” (5)

In some articles about chakras, we’re encouraged to visualize the color of a specific chakra in an effort to strengthen it. In this case, we’d visualize a bright, burning orange merkaba a couple inches below our belly button, which is responsible for our creativity, our sexuality, and a wealth of other important functions.

We can strengthen this and every other chakra with visualization, and the practice of visualization will render a lot of other positive effects that haven’t yet been discovered. In this case, visualization helps us solidify our perception of any particular chakra we focus on, and the work we do in visualizing balance actually helps the chakra(s) it’s aimed at.

Footnotes:

  1. Eclectic Energies: “Introduction to the Chakras” – http://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/introduction.php
  2. Loc. cit.
  3. Kellie Jo Conn: “The Seven Major Chakras” ibid.
  4. Loc. cit.
  5. Loc. cit.

Continued in Part 3 tomorrow.

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