Guest Author - Deb Bonam
When it comes to creativity, you keep hearing about the color orange, why is that? In Kundalina Yoga the 2nd or Sacral Chakra is represented by the color orange as well as amber and gold. This area is located one level up from the root chakra in the groin area. A chakra is an energy center to which life energy flows. Along with sexuality, empowerment and sincerity, creativity is housed in the 2nd chakra. The development of this chakra occurs during early childhood between the ages of 3 to 14, therefore it’s important to take a serious look at one’s childhood to analyze whether or not the 2nd chakra likely needs healing work in adulthood. Psychologically when we are having difficulty expressing ourselves artistically, we can often dig deep into the past and discover unresolved pain that has blocked our 2nd chakra. Although all the chakras work in harmony for us to be healthy, specific chakras, are sometimes in need of special attention.
Blockage in this area manifests itself in the form of sexual guilt and emotional problems such as severe depression. Restlessness, anxiety and confusion can consume a person with a major imbalance in the sacral chakra. A balance must be arrived at if the person is to tap into their creativity in an open free state of mind. A sacral chakra out of balance could cause a depressed lack of interest in creative expression all together leaving one empty and feeling lethargic in life. Equally so, an overactive sacral chakra could propel a person into a life of fantasy to the elimination of all practical coexistence with daily living. The mission of the 2nd chakra is to feel, sense and to discover. In order to do those things one must get in touch with his or her inner person, essentially his inner child. The healthy child is free to express, explore, sense and discover his or her world. We may not be able to return to childhood, but we can return our minds to innocence, free will, no rejection, openness, spontaneity and lack of control. We do this through daily meditation.
You only need to set aside 20 to 30 minutes each day to sit quietly and to weed out the thousands of thoughts that enter your mind. The ultimate goal of meditation is to slow down the vibration of your physical body and to enhance consciousness. Guided visualization is a good way to repair or balance your chakras however, any kind of meditation can be helpful in the process of quieting your mind. Here are some types I recommend:
1. Guided Visualization (Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain or Garden of Light by Reverie with Karla LaVoie, Music through Mahoteh)
2. Silence (focusing on your breathing)
3. Chanting a mantra (i.e. om)
Sometimes the 2nd chakra is overactive to the point we cannot calm our minds down long enough to hone our creative skills to productivity. Some quieting fragrances to use in the form of essential oils are Musk and Amber. They can be put in a diffuser close by to the area to which you mediate or swiped lightly on a wrist for you to lift to your nose frequently to inhale its fragrances and calming effects. I put the fragrances on a small cotton ball and leave that cotton ball sit near my meditation table.
To balance the 2nd chakra the inhalation of Ylang Ylang soothes negative emotional states generated by confusion and brings the mind back to a state of serenity and calmness. Ylang Ylang leaves one neither over stimulated nor under stimulated, but soothes the central nervous system.
There are times that your 2nd chakra needs stimulation because your creative juices are dulled or have ceased all together. Fragrances that are helpful in this case are Rosemary, Rose, Rose Geranium, Orange and Sandalwood. I use an essential oil that has a combination of several fragrances in one bottle.
Some crystals and gemstones that aid in the development of the 2nd chakra are Amber, Citrine, Orange Calcite, Topaz, Blue Jasper, Red Jasper & Moonstone. I hold Citrine in my hand while I meditate. Carrying any of the above in your pocket and purse overtime can also be an empowering tool for your creativity. You can also place these stones in designated creative spaces, on a window ledge and even under your pillow.
A balanced sacral chakra is a source of inspiration for our greatest creative exploration. Like our minds, we must take care to keep it healthy and operating in unison with the other chakras so that we are feeling at our optimal mental and physical health. With our sacral chakra lit up bright orange we’ll be sparked to create whenever the desire hits us.
White, Ruth, Working with your Chakras, Barnes & Nobles, Inc. 2002