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Understanding Your Sacral Chakra: A Complete Guide To Activating & Balancing Your Second Chakra

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What is the second or "sacral" chakra? Where is it located and what does it mean?

The concept of chakras first appeared in India around 1500 BC. They're believed to be energy points in your body, and when they're blocked, it can indicate health issues or even emotional problems.

Your chakras each have their own type of superpower. Some, like the second chakra, express themselves both negatively and positively.

Each chakra represents the lesson you’re here to learn. Therefore, you may need exercises to balance and open your second chakra and engage in self-reflection about what it means for you.

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What is the sacral chakra and how can you activate it?

The second chakra, also known as your sacral chakra, is the sex, power, and money chakra. It’s located between the navel and the genitals and encompasses the whole area between those two points.

The sacral chakra is your creative center as well as your sex center.

The Sanskrit name for the second chakra is Swadhisthana. The chakra’s color is orange and the element is water.

The sacral chakra can be intensely emotional.

Water is related to emotions, therefore, issues of the second chakra can get very emotional.

As the sex, power, and money chakra, it teaches you how to move with your sexuality in the world in a way that is honoring to yourself and others. Your desires for relationships, pleasure, sensuality, and being nurtured come from the second chakra.

The second chakra is connected to sensuality and touch.

Touch is a basic human need. Our sacral chakra is connected to learning how to touch in a respectful, healing way.

It's where you learn how to give and receive from one another in a way that is creative and life-affirming, instead of destructive. This includes the agreements you make with others regarding sex and money.

The second chakra holds the power of creating partnerships.

It’s how you relate to others outside your family of origin. The manifestation of relationships — the expression of your sexuality and discovering your power of choice with this powerful force.

Your sacral chakra's "superpower" is creative expression and manifestation.

Signs your sacral chakra is blocked.

When blocked, this chakra carries some negative aspects, too.

Sexual repression, guilt, and shame are all negative expressions of the second chakra. Having disempowering sexual experiences is a negative expression of the second chakra.

Using people for your own advantage, using sex to manipulate or control, and giving sex to get something, are all negative expressions of the second chakra. I call these "disempowering crotch contracts."

Narcissism, guilt, lust, attention-seeking behavior, addiction to sensual pleasure, and addiction to pornography are all signs of an imbalanced sacral chakra.

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There are many positive aspects to the sacral chakra.

A positive expression of the second chakra is when you're resourceful and resilient. It's when you express your natural talents.

This chakra is connected to your ability to birth something into the world, whether that is a healthy, welcomed, well-prepared-for baby, or a creative project you're passionate about.

Having a positive attitude about sex and a healthy relationship with money are positive expressions of a healthy second chakra. It's also connected to your ability to nurture yourself and others.

Strong survival instincts, perseverance, healthy sexuality, sensuality, financial acumen, and a willingness to take risks are all signs of a healthy, well-balanced sacral chakra. 

What lessons do you need to learn from your sacral chakra?

The second chakra teaches you how to honor each other and your own sexuality. It teaches you to make agreements with others that are mutually empowering.

These two exercises are excellent for keeping your sex organs healthy and clearing stuck energy.

Here are 2 exercises that can help heal your second chakra.

1. Pelvic rock.

Lie down on your back with your legs bent and feet on the floor. Slowly begin to tilt your pelvis upward and downward.

As you inhale, tilt your pelvis down, arch your back, and fill your belly up with your breath. As you exhale, tilt your pelvis up, press your lower back into the ground, and squeeze your pelvic floor muscle, pulling the energy in and up from the bottom of your body.

Continue rocking on your pelvis in this way to bring energy into your second chakra and up the spine, igniting your creativity.

You can do this exercise with music. Fast-paced, rhythmic, tribal drumming music is excellent for this exercise.

Do this for up to 20 minutes and then rest on your back. Feel the sensations you have cultivated.

Coral and carnelian are great gemstones you can use to open this chakra up, and you can check out some lovely essential oils, as well.

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2. Dance medicine.

Our culture holds sexual shame, and the female body consciously or unconsciously has not been given a safe space to express itself.

Therefore, many women are sexually and sensually inhibited. Many suffer from sexual health issues or think there's something wrong with their sexuality.

The truth is, female sexuality hasn’t been supported or celebrated in our culture.

Dance medicine, where you move your body — especially your hips — provides you with the much-needed medicine to heal the cultural shame you've been born into.

This excercise allows you to express the full creative potential that lies within you and your pelvic bowl in the privacy of your own home.

Spend time in self-reflection when working with your sacral chakra.

It's important to spend time with self-reflection while you meditate and do your exercises to open your sacral chakra.

Ask yourself the following questions:

How is your second chakra expressing itself in your day to day life? Do you express your creativity in positive ways?

Are you struggling with issues related to sex, power, and money? Do you use your sexuality (your power or your money) to manipulate or control others?

Are you living an authentic expression of you? What do you want to give birth to?

Do you have a positive, respectful, and honoring attitude about sex?

Learning how to open your sacral chakra will help you in many areas of your life. Practice these simple exercises, and watch your life change!

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Anna-Thea is an author and Certified Divine Feminine Educator. She educates people on how to claim their bodies as sacred. If you’d like to open and balance your chakras, check out her Guided Chakra Meditation for beginners.

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This article was originally published at Anna Thea. Reprinted with permission from the author.