Enhance Your Chakra Qualities – The Sacral Chakra
The Key to your Personal Purpose
I would like to share with you the important dynamics of your second chakra, that liberates you to express yourself with free abandon! Located about three finger widths just below the navel, this is also the point where martial artists are taught to store energy, or extra life force. They focus on specific breathing exercises to bring in and build up their life force, which can then be drawn up and directed with force to use a kind of kinetic energy to displace their opponents.
And so, we look to our own sacral chakra, and wonder how we can even awaken it, let alone store extra power within it. The key is to tune into your sense of your own reason for being here. We need to take stock of our life and decide what really drives us and gives us a sense of passion. It is too easy to be led astray by external obligations and the expectations of others. We accidently start to feel more validated by the encouraging feedback we receive from others than from the intrinsic appreciation we have for our own endeavours. We find that we are shaping ourselves and our lives to meet the needs of others and we have forgotten what our own important needs are. We may be meeting the lower-order needs, in keeping with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, where we meet our basic needs for food, shelter and safety. And perhaps we have slightly higher needs met, where we are working, being productive, and feeling like we belong within our peer group and society. However, what of the higher-order needs, for self-actualisation and grasping what you’re really here for? Often times, that’s too scary to look at, for it may take us away from the popular activities we undertake with others that meet our needs for acceptance. Or it may cause us to admit that we really can’t stand the dynamics of our workplace or the monotony or our job. We have lost our spark. We may be able to act up beat, but where has that inner creative flow gone? We come up blank just trying to imagine what it could feel like to be truly inspired, expressive and content.
Well, the second chakra resonates to the colour orange, and is the vibration of creativity, artistic expression, fun, spontaneity and passion. This includes our sensuality, and it physically correlates to our reproductive organs and hormonal glands. This is where we tune in to our expressive, affectionate and playful self and seize the joy in the moment. Hm, where has that gone? If you are feeling a nagging dissatisfaction, a flat-lining lack of motivation and your emotions keep bringing you down, then awakening your sacral chakra is a good place to start to revitalise your sense of purpose and meaning.
It can be very confronting to consider that our lifestyles, choices and current paths do not really support the flourishing of our individuality and free expression. This requires some honest reflection and owning up to how we have shifted our priorities away from honouring ourselves and recognising our personal needs.
If we consider the colour orange, we see that it is created from the blending of red and yellow. Red vibrates to the base chakra, which sustains our physical strength and the energetic foundations that support the rest of our being. Red also resonates to the healthy use of will, to move forward with positive intention and resolve. And then there’s yellow – the colour of joy and empowerment. It resonates to clear insight and stimulates our minds with productive and positive thought. So, these are the two vibrations of red and yellow that are tapped into to support the orange. Consider how red is in the base, below the sacral chakra, and yellow is harnessed in a happy solar plexus, which is just above the sacral chakra. So, the sacral chakra is framed either side by the main qualities it can draw from to find itself. For you to find yourself. And who are you truly?
To help you with this, you might like to reflect back to your childhood. What were your original dreams and aspirations, no matter how crazy you may now find them? How far have you wandered from your passion? How much time do you allow for free, creative expression on a daily basis? And that’s not as unrealistic as it sounds. Although you may not have time to write a poem or artistically create every day, you can keep this frequency alive within you until you do have time, at least weekly, for this kind of necessary expression. And how can you harness this, even on a busy day? You acknowledge the liberating power of your Inner Child. Yes, the Inner Child resonates within your Sacral Chakra. Here, you tap into that indomitable spirit that does not acknowledge externally imposed boundaries, and rips through those that you’ve imposed on yourself. Your Inner Child is the spirited, childlike part of you that sees the wonder in the simple things and can laugh at itself with humility and joy. This is not to be confused with being childish. That connotation places a judgement on you that your playful spirit is immature or selfish. No, the Inner Child, when embraced without adaptation to please others, is the part of us that has a healthy sense of humour. That finds the fun in the every-day and plays often and fair with loved ones. The Inner Child can relate to children and join them in their fantasy world, prioritising quality time with family, with a genuine warm-hearted involvement. The Inner Child can secretly laugh at the temper or ego in others and see a way around them, even how to best cajole them into laughing at themselves. And the Inner Child sees the windows to climb out of, off on another adventure, when someone closes a door. And so, allowing in your Inner Child becomes a choice, an orientation, where you prioritise changing your perceptions of the world around you.
And so, we come back to empowering the sacral chakra. This power lies within you – to see the beauty around you and remember why you are here. To love passionately and share affectionately. To sit down and seriously take stock of your life and how you utilise your time. How much effort do you really put into managing your priorities to allow you the time to embrace your own hobbies and activities? And how much energy do you waste on things that do not directly honour and support you, so you are left feeling too drained to be creative? What has to change? You can still work productively and affectively, without it consuming all that you are. This comes with the art of healthy detachment, which is the main focus on the next chakra we will explore – The solar plexus chakra. So it lies within each of us to take stock of what we are currently investing in, and what are the true, intrinsic rewards our activities are really bringing us.
Breathe life force into your sacral chakra. Bring it in through the Crown on the in breath, and see it stoking a bright orange furnace, glowing warmly within your Sacrum. And on the out breath, visualise that you just breathe out air. So each in breath is loading you up and you are holding on to the life force and expelling only air. You would benefit from taking a few classes in Qi Kung (or Chi Gung), which is a special form of exercise designed specifically for building life force, inner strength and balance. This is like the introductory level for the martial art form of storing life force as power, which is kept in internal reserves. It’s very effective, and is part of what I include in my Meditation Classes. So see who teaches it near you.
And so, you can learn to focus on this centre that helps you hold on to what you’re really here for. To remember your dreams and seize your purpose. What did your Soul first come into incarnation for? What are your most important life lessons and opportunities for full and free expression? If you haven’t thought much about this, then start to prioritise sitting with this gently within yourself. No beating yourself up and pushing the river. Nurture yourself, remember what makes you happy, and make a point to laugh out loud more often. Grasp the idea of loving yourself and all that you are. Open your heart and listen to yourself. It is within the stillness of surrender and gentle allowance that your dreams can speak to you.
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Posted on June 30, 2013, in Meditation and tagged chakras, energy balancing, enlightenment, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, meditation, personal development, sacral chakra, self mastery, spiritual development. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.