Create the Life You Imagine ~ March 2019
Balancing the Lower Triangle
“If we do not understand that the enemy is within, we will find a thousand ways of making someone ‘out there’ into the enemy.”
~ Parker Palmer
The next power center in the lower triangle is the second chakra. The second chakra is associated with the color orange and is located in the sacral area of the bodyin the lower abdomen and pelvis area, just below your naval, and in the small of your back. While the first chakra is attached to the grounding energy of the earth and to your physical body, the second chakra is associated with the element of water and your emotional body. Its energy reflects our emotional nature and represents our requirement for emotional nourishment through relationships. It activates our need for other people and is connected to our ability to give and receive love. A healthy second chakra keeps us connected to the natural flow of feelings, sensations, and desires we experience as we move through life in our physical body and makes connections and relationships with others. The second chakra is our passion center and is also connected to our feelings of sensuality, sexuality and creativity.
Developmentally, the second chakra is connected to our early emotional learning from the ages of about two to thirteen. If you have ever spent time watching two-year-olds at play, you will notice that they start to pay close attention to emotional body language and may mimic and practice expressions of happy, mad, sad, scared and other emotional states. Healthy parenting in this early childhood stage will support children in noticing and naming their feelings. If you have spent time with early teenagers, you might notice that their emotions can be like a tumultuous ocean of energy, and part of this life stage is learning how to process and balance those waves of difficult emotions. Children raised in optimal conditions would emerge from this life stage knowing that their feelings are marvelous indicators of their inner life experience and should not be ignored or suppressed. They would also learn the value of sacred relationships where they can trust that their needs and desires will be attended to and prioritized, and that we can have safe and healthy boundaries with others grounded in mutual love, care, support and respect.
As we move into adulthood this chakra is directly connected to our relationships with others and often reflects the emotional patterns we have learned through our early family interactions. The second chakra closely monitors the connections we make with other people and stores up all the emotional history and baggage that we collect over the years through our personal relationships. If we have unfinished business from a primary relationship with a parent or caregiver during our early life, we store those old traumas in our second chakra. If we pay attention to our current relationship patterns, we may find some of those old family patterns showing up again and again as we continue to repeat and relive those same dramas with new people that show up in our lives.
As our emotional energy center, we want to keep this important information center flowing freely in a steady and balanced state. When our second chakra is in balance we feel happy and content and engage in life with a sense of pleasure and joy. We find that life is an enjoyable experience in the company of family and friends, nourished by our five physical senses as we enjoy the touch of our loved ones, the taste and smells of our favorite foods, and the sounds and sights of the natural world. When this chakra is overactive, however, we may find ourselves feeling overly sensitive or emotional and may take things very personally in our interactions with others. When we feel vulnerable in our second chakra, we may get caught in patterns of power struggles and control in our relationships. When this chakra is suppressed, our passion for life goes flat as we lose that sense of sweetness and pleasure in life, and we are at risk of experiencing depressions or addictions. Second chakra imbalances also show up in our physical body over time in symptoms like low back pain, bladder issues, reproductive challenges, and blood sugar imbalances that could lead to diabetes.