Destructive Behavior and the Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra is our “second chakra” and is located just below the navel. This chakra color is orange and its element is water. It is associated primarily with emotional behavior and is often referred to as the center of emotions. This chakra is also associated with a woman's reproductive function.
When the second chakra is blocked, energy cannot flow in a natural manner and this causes an unbalanced situation. An unbalanced second chakra can cause both physical and emotional distress if not corrected soon. This chakra can become either over-active or under-active with each leading to different symptoms. An over-active second chakra can cause emotional overreactions, obsessive attachment to people or objects, excessive neediness in relationships, co-dependency, muscle tension, and abdominal cramps. An under-active second chakra can cause a paranoia for lack of happiness and pleasure, self-sabotage, low libido, lack of creativity, depression, pessimism, irregular menstrual cycle, and urinary infections. Unfortunately, family dynamics are often a source of disturbances, especially with regards to the sacral chakra.
Some of the destructive emotional behaviors are envy, jealousy, rage, and anger. These excessive emotional reactions are detrimental to our feeling of well-being and are dis-empowering. Another negative emotional behavior is co-dependent behavior. The needy person can become very tiresome to and very demanding of a loved one without realizing that this is an unbalance of energy.
Being consumed by fantasies about life’s pleasures instead of enjoying them is another destructive behavior. For instance, you may lose yourself in sexual fantasies rather than connecting with an actual or potential partner, or you may be obsessed with connecting sensually or sexually with every attractive person who crosses your path. Or shaming yourself due to strict morals, contradictory values, or a traumatic experience with sex can repress sexuality and lead to serious imbalances in the second chakra. From the physical health perspective, healing the second chakra can also help prevent more serious problems such as infertility, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages, prostate and testicular diseases, endometriosis, and ovarian cysts.
Healing the second chakra therefore consists of being more mindful of one’s thoughts and intentions, as well as being more aware of the types of emotions arising at specific times and the reasons for them. Understanding our emotions is the first step to the healing and balancing of the second chakra. Here are a few suggestions for healing and balancing the second chakra:
- Meditating, listening to music, and taking deep cleansing breaths can help bring about calmness to your body and mind.
- Using chakra healing crystals such as orange colored stone to promote calmness and good health. Some examples of these stones are carnelian, orange calcite, tangerine quartz, cinnabar, and orange jasper.
- Eating orange-colored organic foods such as orange melons, orange peppers, orange citrus, orange tomatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, and acorn squash, plus cooking with cinnamon.
- Using essential oils. Some examples are: Sandalwood, patchouli, orange and rose oil. Essential oils can be used along with the healing crystals and also in meditation by placing a few drops on a candle before it is lighted.
- Yoga or slow and relaxed exercise will help move the energy through the body. A slow swaying rhythmic dance such as a hula dance can also help.
- Drinking enough water daily. This is because the second chakra’s element is water. Drinking 8 glasses of water each day refreshes the body and rids the body of toxins.
The energy of the second chakra is fluid and cool. When this chakra is in balance it can be envisioned as a gently moving stream flowing throughout the body. This chakra feeds vital energy into the other chakras. Since in times of stress we draw emotional strength from this chakra, it is important to keep this chakra healthy and balanced. If you find yourself or a loved one having bouts of depression, co-dependency or rage there are health care professionals that can and should help you with this. Remember you do not have to do this alone. Keeping your second chakra in balance can enhance the healing along with the advice and treatment you are receiving from your health care professional.