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2nd Chakra Series – 21 Ways to Care for Your Sacral Chakra

May 1, 2009

Please note that if you are interested in more women’s energetics work, I now offer an 8-week, self-paced course through DailyOm called Fall in Love With Your Feminine Power, which includes print, video, and audio material. In February/March 2014 I will also be offering my intensive 4-week teleseminar on Energy Healing for Sexual Abuse and Trauma.

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This is the last post in a series on the 2nd, or sacral chakra, in women. The prior posts were on Tantric Sexuality, Intuition and Seeing, Motherhood and Creating, and Spirituality and Bliss. Those posts all gave lots of reasons why attention to your 2nd chakra, and 2nd chakra issues, is so important for women. Hopefully you’re convinced!

This turned into quite the thesis, which I hadn’t intended. I have mixed feelings about the size of this list, because most women don’t need any more ‘should’ or ‘to-do’ items added to their busy lives (not to mention that many of you probably don’t even have time to read this!) I am very anti-guilt. So understand that I was just trying to be comprehensive, and you should determine – with your intuition of course! – what is relevant to you. As you read the list you will probably be drawn to some and not others, and that may change over time.

Also, I feel like I should add a disclaimer along the lines of those medical ads that say “This is not meant to replace a diagnose from a qualified medical doctor.” While I am a firm believer in our ability to each heal and develop ourselves, sometimes a guide or helping hand is essential. So if you really feel like you have some deep-seated 2nd chakra issues, or want to delve further into the chakras themselves, consider finding a therapist, energy healer, meditation teacher, astrologer, Akashic record reader, past-life regressionist, or whatever resonates with you, to help you do so. Let your intuition guide you to the right approach and practitioner (some of the blogs in my blogroll are written by practitioners of various types.)

Along those lines, I realized I couldn’t post this without including some of my own favorite meditation techniques related to the 2nd chakra, and those are not normally relayed in print. I decided to include some basic instructions anyway, but I have also made mp3 recordings of them, as that is often a more effective way of learning these kinds of things.

THE LIST: 21 Ways to Care for Your Sacral Chakra

The first part of this list has to do with healing any damage that may have been done to your 2nd chakra, or any latent discomfort you may have with your own sexuality, sensuality, or reproductive issues that could lead you to shut it down in some way. I hesitated about including this section, but in the end I had too, because I think it is the #1 problem facing many women. From my perspective, if you are a woman, owning your 2nd chakra energy is owning your personal power, so the cost of not facing these issues is high, and long-term, far outweighs the discomfort of doing so.

1) Face and release any past sexual abuse or assault. ‘Face’ is a vague term, and could mean different things depending on the extent to which you have already examined these events from your past. Of course professional therapy or counseling might be needed, or, if you have already done some work in this area, a briefer revisiting, with the intent of really releasing the past. Details on this are beyond what I can do here, but the important thing is, don’t ignore it. Don’t say ‘it was a long time ago, it was just once, it doesn’t matter anymore, etc.’ if there are ANY unresolved feelings of disempowerment, guilt, shame or fear, it will impact your ability to access your 2nd chakra energy. Of course, there is also always the danger of over-identifying with the past, and taking on a permanent victim-mentality, and that’s problematic too. So work with these ideas of facing and releasing.

[NOTE: Since publishing this post, I have published a free e-book that you may want to look into - Women's Energetics: Healing the Subtle Body Wounds of Sexual Trauma.]

2) Review your romantic and sexual history (not always the same thing!), and deal with any continuing attachments to your past, particularly to unhealthy or disempowering relationships. Sex, and even romantic attachments without sex, build some of the strongest possible energy bonds, and if you are holding on to past relationships in your awareness, it can impact your 2nd chakra. Taisha Abelar gives an extreme view of this in her memoir The Sorcerer’s Crossing, and recapitulates every encounter she has ever had, working to reclaim the energy lost in each one. While this method isn’t for everyone, focus on cutting past ties inwardly, and reclaiming attention dispersed in this way. You can even create a ritual to this effect, where you picture yourself cutting a line between yourself and a visualization of the other person with a pair of scissors, and then the energy that was flowing out from you through this line coming back into your own body.

3) Face and release any pain you may be holding onto regarding past miscarriages, abortions, or fertility issues. This is similar to #1, but instead the focus is on issues related to procreation. There are multiple issues here – the first is properly mourning whatever perceived losses  you have suffered, and working at letting them go. The second is letting go of any misdirected self-blame or shame you may be harboring. And the third is the more general issue of sorting out your identity relative to procreation. Women receive so many societal messages tying our worth to our ability or decision to procreate (or not), that we can end up ‘hanging our hat’ on this aspect of ourselves. Own your life and your decisions – this is particularly important for women who decide not to have children, or for whom it just never works out, because there are a lot of ridiculous social messages implying that this leaves us somehow ‘incomplete’.

4) Look at your overall comfort level with your body, sexuality, and sensuality. Do you feel comfortable with your sexuality? How do you use it with others? Do you try and hide it? Do you use it to attract attention? What’s your relationship with your own body? Are you comfortable with it? Look at parental imprinting too – did you ‘inherit’ a generational discomfort with sex and related topics from your mother? Try and unpack your own relationship to your sexuality, and make sure it feels healthy, honest, balanced, and clear.

5) Look at your overall attitude towards being a woman. This is really about facing your own feelings about being a woman, and any negative conditioning that you may have picked up regarding what it means. Are you out to prove something? Have you adopted, or been determined to rebel against, any particular female stereotypes? Face and release any anger you have regarding any situation in which you have been prevented or discouraged from doing something because you were/are a girl/woman.

6) Own your sexual choices. If you are celibate, own it. If you are sexually active, own it. Don’t just let things happen, one way or the other. Of course, these things aren’t 100% within our control, so part of working with this one may be accepting the situation you are in, and trying to work with the benefits it has. From an energetic standpoint, celibacy has the benefit of helping you consolidate and clear your energy field, because you are not dealing with the powerful energy lines to another person that sex creates. Sexual activity, in a healthy situation, has the energy benefit of helping you clear and activate your 2nd chakra through release. Own your situation, whatever it is, and work with it. And, if it’s possible, consider working with periods of one or the other by choice when you need to.

The next few items have to do with the absorbent nature of women’s energy bodies, because of the centripetal action of our 2nd chakras, as discussed in the Intuition post.

7) Work to refine your awareness of the energies you absorb from others. This is very important, because otherwise over time your awareness will just get more and more dispersed from the constant stream of energies you are absorbing, and you will not be able to focus well or draw on your personal power (let alone access your intuition.) Developing this awareness is mostly a matter of just starting to pay attention to it. Monitor how you feel before and after group situations, and before and after individual encounters. Review times when your mood or mental state dramatically shifts for no apparent reason, and see if you can identify an energy source for the shift. Don’t get paranoid about ‘negative energies’ (this is a slippery slope that leads downhill fast!) The goal isn’t to become a hermit – the goal is to develop your ability to recognize when this unconscious absorption is happening, so that you can halt the absorption, or use the awareness of energies to foster your intuition.

8 ) Protect your subtle body. Over time, you can learn to make your subtle body less absorbent when you need to – to shield it in a sense. One simple way to develop this skill is to try the following exercise, which is available as an mp3 file here:

- Sit quietly with your eyes closed, and place your hands over your navel chakra, about one inch below your navel. This is the 3rd chakra in the system I use, not the 2nd as in some systems, and is associated with will, intent and personal power. Some systems place the 3rd chakra higher, up by the solar plexus, so experiment with what placement feels right to you. Belly breath for several breaths.

- Imagine a red-orange sphere of light sitting right under your hands.

-Visualize this sphere growing larger and larger until it surrounds your entire body. Sense how you are holding this protective shield in place with your awareness.

Because the 3rd chakra is associated with intent and personal power, a more yang energy, by focusing on it in this way you can learn to ‘solidify’ your energy field a bit. Eventually, the visualization will not be not necessary – you will be able to trigger this sense of protection in an instant. Try this whenever you are heading into a crowded place or potentially difficult situation. (And BTW, this is closer to how most men’s energy bodies feel all the time.)

9) Establish regular routines for clearing your subtle body. Everyone has different ways of doing this, but the two biggies are nature and exercise. The elements from nature that I personally most associate with the 2nd chakra are water and trees. So spending time near one or the either is great (and yes, a nice warm bath is a mini-version of clearing in this way too.) In terms of exercise, intense aerobic exercise can really help push out negative energies you have absorbed. And then of course yoga is entirely designed to clear and open the chakras, although it is not always explicitly taught that way. So find a combination that works for you and your life – when I worked in Manhattan and dealt with a lot of abrasive energies on a daily basis, I needed more aggressive forms of exercise (martial arts and aerobics) to clear my subtle body. For most energy healers of psychics, this kind of intense clearing is usually essential. Now I am more into walking and yoga, and that works for the energies I am dealing with.

One technique associated with physical pelvic health that can also be useful is Kegel exercises (here’s an explanation of how to do them.) Although often associated with childbirth preparation, Kegels are simply one way to exercise and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. They are also part of many yoga asanas (although not usually called Kegels), and even chakra meditation techniques taught in some traditions.

The next few items have to do with learning to work with your natural cycles and life phases, many of which are ruled by 2nd chakra functions.

10) Recognize the life phase you are in, and contemplate how you can work with it. As women, the phases of our lives are driven by our reproductive phases in a way that men’s are not. Each of these phases draw on and challenge our 2nd chakra energies in different ways. I talked about this a bit in Women’s Energy Bodies – Cycles and Phases, and a book mentioned in the comments on that post, Joan Borysenko’s A Woman’s Book of Life, has a lot of interesting material along these lines.

11) If you are a mother, routinely assess your energetic balance. Recognize the phase of mother/child relationship you are in, and think about pacing, balance, and energy access issues as discussed in the Motherhood and Creativity post. Allow yourself solitude.

12) Learn to recognize, accept and work with your personal cycles of going inward and outward. A lot has been written about women’s menstrual cycles, and how that impacts our energy field and awareness. The general theme is that during the first half of our cycle, from the end of menstruation to ovulation, we are more externally focused, yang-driven, and intent and creation oriented. Then during the second half, from ovulation to the start menstruation, we are more internally focused, yin-driven, and intuition and incubation oriented (and more absorbent.) But I think many women have other larger personal cycles too, of going inward and outward in phases (and of course, if you don’t menstruate or are irregular, your cycles may be different also.) So the point is, try and look for these cycles of naturally turning inward and incubating vs. moving outward and creating. Learn what you need to provide for yourself during each phase, and communicate with those around you regarding them, to the extent possible.

There are thousands of different techniques and methods for balancing and clearing the chakras. Here are just a few to consider in relation to the 2nd chakra.

13) Experiment with different food choices that are associated with a healthy 2nd chakra. There are lots of different theories on what foods contribute to the health of each chakra. But guess what one of the most commonly sited signs of a 2nd chakra imbalance is? An unhealthy level of craving for sweets and carbs. The 2nd chakra is partly about desire, and when it’s off balance, we can attempt to fill the resulting void with a ‘quick fix’ of sweet satiation. Although I hesitate to recommend just one chakra food system, a recent book that I did like was Chakra Foods for Optimum Health, by Deanna Minnich. If you feel you have food-related issues, this book is worth your time (and it has recipes!) Some of the foods she associates with a healthy 2nd chakra are: Water, healthy oils and fatty acids, fish, seeds, tropical fruits, nuts, and orange-colored foods (orange is associated with the 2nd chakra in many chakra systems.) Here’s some of the associated recipes: Honeyed Papaya with Raw Coconut flakes, Grilled Salmon with Apricot Orange Sauce and Baby Carrots, Yam Pecan Bake, and Walnut Pesto. Yum!!

14) Explore other chakra balancing/healing/clearing methods. There are lots out there, so explore what resonate with you. They all work on the same principal – each chakra is associated with a certain vibration, and when you come in contact with elements of that same or a supporting vibration, you strengthen that chakra. Some popular examples are essential oils, crytals/gemstones, sound vibrations, and color therapy.

The following items all have to do with supporting feminine power and yin in your life and endeavors.

15) Explore your creative power. We don’t often put ‘creative’ and ‘power’ together, but for women, this is exactly what it is, as explained in the Motherhood and Creativity post. So make sure you have a creative outlet in your life, of any type. Sometimes you may love it, and sometimes it may torture you, but that’s the muse for you. When you create, you are drawing power through your 2nd chakra, and since that is the seat of the kundalini or life force for women, you are in fact empowering all your chakras, and your entire being.

16) Have some activity in your life that forces you to draw on your personal power, as distinct from creative power. This is especially important for women who are too yin. It is possible to become so absorbed in intuitive and creative processes that you end up swinging your 2nd chakra too far in that direction. Signs of this might be difficulty focusing, difficulty completing projects, chronic indecision, or difficulty manifesting change in your life. If this is so, you actually need to bring some power through your 2nd chakra and up into your 3rd chakra, associated with will and intent. Challenging exercise, concrete goals and target dates, a goal-oriented career or project, and martial arts are all examples of activities that can help you draw on this.

17) Compile a selection of powerful and iconic female images. This might be pictures or statues of favorite goddesses, female symbols, deities, or female saints. As i talked about in a recent Art and Mysticism post,art and symbols are doorways, and we can use them to connect to energies we need. My own favorites are pictures of Tibetan Buddhist female teachers and deities such as Yeshe Tsogyal (called the ‘Bliss Queen’) and Green Tara (deity of compassion.)

18) Consider the yin/yang balance of your surroundings/decor, clothing etc. Does your decor and.or clothing reflect a healthy balance of yin and yang? Do you feel nurtured and supported within it? Do you find it beautiful? Experimenting with color can be very helpful here – red-orange is traditionally associated with this chakra, but I find a healthy dose of colors we often associate with femininity – yes, I actually mean pink – can be nice in this regard. One week when I lived in NY and was feeling particularly stressed and off-balance, a friend into color therapy told me to surround myself in pink all weekend. I wore pink, bought pink roses, burned pink candles, ate pink food, and more. It actually worked. I have occasionally done this with red-orance too, when I felt the issue was more about feeling depleted. So experiment. Everything is vibration.

This last part is the most esoteric, and has to do with the principles behind Tantric sprituality and sexuality. As I discussed in the Tantric Sexuality and Spirituality and Bliss posts, technically this is about 1) going into the 2nd chakra, as a doorway to bliss, and 2) bringing the kundalini up through all our chakras. It is really about transmuting the energy of desire into bliss. While teaching how to do that is entirely beyond the scope of this post, here’s a few meditations you can experiment with along these lines (and here’s an mp3 recorded walkthrough of each too)

19) Meditation 1: 2nd Chakra Bliss Bubble – First a note on location. I mentioned in the Tantric Sexuality post that I use the 2nd chakra location that is low, at the cervix, or bottom of our uterus. But it is a plane of energy, and encompasses our entire lower belly or womb area, and the lower part of our spine, 2-3 inches from our tailbone. So you can use any of those locations to access it, and in fact, I usually recommend that people use either the belly or lower spine locations as a point of focus during meditation, because the internal focus can trigger strong sexual energies that are difficult to redirect. But it’s up to you, so experiment.

- Place your hands over your lower belly and take several deep belly breaths.

- Imagine a sphere of gentle white light centered in whatever 2nd chakra focal point you are working with.

- With each breath in, imagine this sphere getting slightly larger, covering a little larger area. Hold the size on each exhalation. Gradually expand the sphere until it engulfs your entire body.

- See if you can feel a blissful energy emanating outward and engulfing you through this meditation. At the end you may want to move directly into a few minutes of the next meditation, your heart chakra, or another meditation form that you like, because staying with your full attention on your 2nd chakra is often not a good idea.

As an aside, this is a great meditation to do while holding your children, pets or another loved one when they are sick, stressed, or otherwise in need of balance and nurturing. Include them inside your ‘bliss bubble’.

20) Meditation 2: Kundalini Rising – An aside here: Kundalini rising techniques are often considered risky because of the energy that can be released, and lineages that teach them often say that they should only be transmitted through direct student-teacher interactions, so that the teacher can assess if the student is ready. For various reasons, in this day and age, I have decided that I think that is complete rubbish, at least in the context of basic meditations like this. All the same, if you experience any discomfort, stop.

- This actually requires picturing light at all the chakras, so if you are not familiar with them, look at some of the resources listed in the next section, and/or the diagram in the Tantric Sexuality post.

- Picture a white sphere of light at your tailbone (root chakra). On the inhalation, imagine it getting slightly larger, and then on the exhalation, imagine a white column of light streaming up your spine and out the top of your head.

-  Picture a white sphere of light at your 2nd chakra (use focal points described above), and do the same thing – on the inhalation, imagine it getting slightly larger, and then on the exhalation, imagine a white column of light streaming up your spine and out the top of your head.

- Do the same thing with each chakra moving your way up: navel, heart, throat, third eye, and crown. For all the chakras after the 2nd, I usually use a focus point on the front of the body, instead of the spine, but either is fine.

- Repeat, 2-3 times.

- Center yourself in your 2nd chakra for a moment, picturing a white sphere of light there for a minute or so there.

- Repeat for the navel, heart, and third eye chakras (note that you skip the root, throat, and crown.)

- Transition to another meditation form that you like, or just sit in stillness and/or silence. It might take a moment to quiet down your awareness after this, because it activates the kundalini. So sit with it a bit.

As an aside, some form of this meditation is taught as part of Tantric Sexuality – i.e. trying to activate the kundalini rising during sex. So experiment with that if you feel so inclined.

21) Find your bliss. ‘Nuf said.

Other Resources

The 2nd chakra is just one chakra, and I chose to write about it because I think it so central for women. But if you want to learn more about all the chakras, this site Chakra Energy is one of the better ones that I found. It is coming from a healing perspective, which is different from my own, as I discussed at the start of the Motherhood and Creativity post. Also, the site uses the more common 2nd and 3rd chakra locations, as described in the Tantric Sexuality post. But I think it is a good general resource.

As I mentioned in a comment, one of my favorite intro books about the chakras from an overall healing perspective is Anatomy of the Spirit, by Caroline Myss, because she discusses them from a physical, psychological and spiritual point of view (this book has been mentioned in no less than three blog posts I have read this week, so I am not the only one that likes it!) And of course, I’ve already reviewed Cyndi Dale’s The Subtle Body, although that is more of a reference book for healers. (She mentioned in our interview that one of her other books is being re-released this summer, so I might review it at that time.)

I’ve listed several other books on Women’s Energetics here.

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  1. Uzma permalink
    May 1, 2009 8:09 pm

    This is great. I love the list and can easily identify what to work with. I seem to be caught up in way too much yin, so that part really helped.

    Thank you so much.

    God bless
    Uzma

  2. May 1, 2009 8:22 pm

    This is SO amazing. Truly. I don’t say that very often at all. Obviosuly it’s resonating with me right now, but it’s, imo, a very important area for women to explore, focus on, and work with.

    I’m going to work through each and every one (that’s relevant anyway). That’s how amazing I think this is.

    I look forward to your mp3 thingy, but no rush. There’s so much here! And I’m going back to the other posts too.

    What an fabulous piece of work you’ve shared here. Have I said I love it yet? lol

  3. May 1, 2009 8:35 pm

    Lisa,

    Each time I read one of your post, I am just WOWed. You had better write that book! It would almost be easier to comment if there was room for comments under each item!

    #7 – As I have stated in some of my posts, the energy that is exchanged between people is so subtle and yet can affect us so much!

    #9 – Nature, especially trees and water have always been a big draw for me. Maybe that’s why!

    #2 and #3 actually came up for me recently – not sure why, perhaps because I have decided not to have any more children and I am getting married!

    Thanks again for writing this and have a great weekend!

  4. May 1, 2009 8:54 pm

    Great work, Lisa!
    This is the end of the series? Will you write similar series on other chakras as well? Please?

    I especially like 6) Own your sexual choices. So many women think things, esp relationship related things like sex, happen to them, rather than consciously choosing one option for themselves.

    I’ve spent many years in celibacy and as you pointed out, it’s good. It brings clarity a lot easier. And because I’m the one making choices, I can switch any time I choose to any way l like ^_^ Life is good.

    And thank you for mentioning Akashic Record Reading.

  5. May 1, 2009 9:39 pm

    Hello Lisa,

    This is all very good information for taking care of oneself for both men and women. I remember one teacher who said,”Who really knows what a chakra is or if they exist.” If we are respectful of the divinity in ourselves and others, that is the key. It matters not where your second chakra is located or if you have one, but to be mindful of energy disturbances and to self-care to come back to wholeness.

    Thanks for all of this amazing info. Look forward to the MP3.

  6. May 1, 2009 10:49 pm

    Uzma, I am glad this is helpful to you and, it’s great that you saw one issue so clearly. Working on pulling the energy up from your 2nd into your navel may really help you manifest, and up into the higher chakras may open new spiritual doorways for you. I know you also do yoga, so exploring that from a more explicit chakra perspective may open up new insights regarding it also. I hope so, and thanks for your support of this series.

    Mon – it means a lot to me that you like this series, because I really love your blog, and it has made me think about a lot of things differently. The pull to do this series, and to do it all at once like this, is still kind of a mystery to me, but I do think we all help pull things through each other, so perhaps others in my blogosphere like yourself have helped pull this one out of me. (Not sure if that makes sense or not, I’m somewhat sleep-deprived at the moment.)

    Amy – Thanks for your support and comments on specific items. It is so gratifying to me to see different people connecting with different items. You do have a lot of big things going on in your life, and of course are very sensitive energetically, so I’m not surprised.

    Akemi – More chakras?? You are showing signs of being a chakra geek too. Maybe someday – this series came as a bit of a surprise to me, and I think was partly triggered by your reading as I mentioned in a prior comment, so we’ll see if more chakra writing is on the horizon. It is different than the kind of writing I thought I would do on this blog originally, but that’s evolution, right?

  7. May 1, 2009 11:00 pm

    Miruh, thanks for your comment. I think I know where you are coming from in terms of saying the real focus is on wholeness and the divinity/source/awareness/light within us rather than on techniques and chakra location debates. I actually hesitated to write this series because it is so easy to get distracted by things like chakras (and I mentioned a bit about this in some of the prior posts, in terms of healing not being the same thing as spiritual insight and spiritual experience not being the same thing as spiritual realization.) But I have to say that in my own journey, I needed to explicitly address some of these things in order to let go and connect at a deeper level with that which is within. And that seems to be more true for women than men, because of the imbalances that still exist energetically in this world (and those imbalances impact men too.) So in the end, that is why I decided to address these, and I am glad you see value in them.

  8. Uzma permalink
    May 2, 2009 9:13 am

    Yup, the issues became crystal clear to me, as you mentioned them. It was brilliant. Now I need to get to work to move the energy up. The heart chakra is a lil low on energy so now, I know what to do.
    God bless

  9. May 2, 2009 5:03 pm

    Lisa,
    You have really outdone yourself with this post. It is a WEALTH of information and insight for women. Bless you for gathering all of this together and putting it into concise and clear form so we can truly understand ourselves better. I know that this 2nd chakra issue is huge for women and can influence so much of our development—past, present, and future. As I’ve been out in the world talking about the 12 Truths in my book, the one focused on the body has brought the most response–and pain–from women who struggle with theirs. I sense so much of their pain is sourced in the 2nd chakra. Ironically, this Truth “I Trust My Body’s Divine Connection” organically emerged as the 2nd Truth, in alignment with your noticings. Isn’t the Universe grand?!

    I esp. resonate with what you say here about knowing when to extend and when to withdraw; going inward and outward. Personally, this is a core issue for me and is a constant source of discernment.

    I think you have a marvelous book brewing here. Have you considered this? Or at least a comprehensive e-book of your chakra posts? It would be such a powerful resource for our well-being.

    Thank you for being such a wise and wonderful presence in our lives!

    p.s. sorry I haven’t been around more, offering thoughts. i have been swamped (in a good way :-)), but busy. my inward time seems to have ended and now i am being called to extend. Hugs!

  10. May 3, 2009 1:49 am

    Lisa, this detailed information encourages women to feel more comfortable opening up about sexuality. Many women are brought up with the idea it is taboo and they thus resist exploring how they can help themselves. It can be helpful to recognize that many other women experience similar psychological blocks related to the second chakra.

    I have not yet explored all the other posts in this chakra series, yet your generous gift of these insights invites one to learn more. One of the wonderful things about this post is how many segments offer book references that could be used for further research. I agree with the idea that this material is straightforward and accessible. You are a blessing as an author and spiritual guide. Love & Light to you.

  11. mommymystic permalink*
    May 3, 2009 4:14 pm

    Jan – I had a feeling from your own posts that you were in an ‘inward/transition’ phase right now. I think that is one of the challenges of blogging and having an online life – it can feel hard to take a break and go inward, but then whenever I do, it is so rejuvenating. I do remember that chapter in Your Truest Self, and it was one of the most moving. I was slow in my own path to realize the necessity of this kind of work – since I started out in traditional Buddhism, I tended to view gender-related themes as unhelpful because they enforced a gender identification that could be a hindrance to realizing and accessing deeper levels of our awareness. But as I got older, and especially once I started teaching, I began to realize that many women, including myself, needed to do this inner work. Thanks as always for your comment~

  12. mommymystic permalink*
    May 3, 2009 4:17 pm

    Liara – thanks so much for your kinds words. Yes, the whole ‘sex is taboo’ can be a particular issue within spiritual circles – I even felt some resistance in myself to writing about many of these themes. I’m glad I worked through it, and that you and others got some value from this…

  13. Eloquent Bohemian permalink
    May 3, 2009 4:20 pm

    Lisa…

    I have been reading and re-reading this series of posts all week long and for one of the few times in my life, I am at a loss for words to express what’s going through my head.
    Mysticism is about mystery and shedding light on mystery. There is no greater mystery to the male of our species than the female and this is one of the major reasons I read your blog. Areas of this vast mystery are revealed to me in language and terms I can grasp and believe me, that is a blessing. :)
    I can have no conception (pun intended) of what it can mean to be female or what motherhood is all about yet, here I am given glimpses and knowledge.

    This series you have done on the 2cd chakra is eye-opening for me, to say the least. Again, I am at a loss for words.
    I will echo jan’s comment and say that there is definitely a worthwhile book here, for women (if I may be presumptuous) and for men.

    May your fingers never grow weary of typing.

  14. mommymystic permalink*
    May 3, 2009 9:05 pm

    EB, wow, thanks so much. It did occur to me in the midst of writing all this that this could be a precursor to a book, although that wasn’t my thought beforehand, because I just didn’t think there was enough to say about 1 chakra. But I could have gone on and on about some of these topics, so that may happen someday. Writing this series, and doing it in one big sweep of momentum like this, was really an example of following a strong intuitive urging, and I can’t even begin to describe all it taught me about my own creative process. Of course, I am in the ‘pacing’ phase of motherhood, with young kids, and have to take my own advice, so it could take awhile to do more with this…but one of the most gratifying things has been the encouragement of others I respect like yourself and the other commenters here.

  15. May 4, 2009 1:56 am

    This is an incredible post MM! I’m going to take my time to digest it slowly and will keep referring back to it. Thankyou so much for writing this, it truly is a gift.

  16. May 5, 2009 1:29 pm

    Interesting article..you may also be interested in our shop, which has a wide range of meditation, sound therapy and chakra information and products

  17. Hathor permalink
    May 5, 2009 9:20 pm

    MM, I am so thankful for the 21 ways to help the 2nd Chakra. After having issues related to sexual abuse and ultimately having some of that negative energy removed due to surgery and meditational/spiritual work, I feel thankful to have an actual concrete framework to work with. In regards to the nutritional information provided, I would like to say that after surgery on my ovary I had this craving for sweets that I had not had before. After reading the Chakra nutrition book you mentioned I added carrots and oranges to my daily diet. Since then I have not had the same craving for sweets. Since my surgery I have made more of an attempt when out to guard my 2nd chakra energy by placing my hand over it and bringing my energy back in to this spot. This has really helped in the energetic impact of others on me when I am out. There is so much I gained from this series, and am still gaining. Thank You!

  18. mommymystic permalink*
    May 6, 2009 2:09 am

    Hathor, thanks so much for sharing your experience, I think it is so important that women discuss these issues, and they have traditionally been taboo. I salute you for the work you have done to work through this yourself, and thank you for commenting on it here.

  19. February 3, 2010 4:34 am

    salam dari kami, please comment in my blog and to be successfull 1001 comment ((here))

  20. March 25, 2011 12:29 pm

    Wow. Thanks for providing very useful information about caring for chakras. One can really learn a lot from it.

  21. mohan kamble permalink
    May 30, 2011 11:46 pm

    2nd chakras make u to fill vary strong in ur own life .. this is actual ur future jumping groud..

  22. DeAnne permalink
    June 7, 2011 1:12 am

    thank you. I am processing a number of personal issues that I don’t really want to post here but I find your “thesis” to be both comforting and inspiring. thank you

  23. June 7, 2011 3:51 am

    Deanne, I am glad to hear that, and thanks for commenting. Feel free to email me (address on the About page) if you’d like to interact further. And sending you good wishes for your processing and healing…XOXO

  24. September 26, 2011 4:02 am

    Thank you so very much

  25. September 26, 2011 9:31 pm

    I’m glad you liked it, I will check out your blog, the name is very intriguing:-)

  26. September 26, 2011 9:35 pm

    Thanks, its just starting to come along…I should be in full swing in the next couple of months. Big ideas, lots of articles written, very little time : )

  27. Karen permalink
    September 30, 2011 3:24 am

    Thanks for this!! Im in the process of shedding light on my second chakra issues. For the last 10 or so years I have had hot, burning and itching sensations in my second chakra area. It is only now that I am starting to understand that it has to with my my relationship to being a woman and living on mother earth. I dont really know where to begin to heal this part of myself but I trust I will be guided as to how to heal the lost and broken parts of myself.

  28. September 30, 2011 1:57 pm

    Karen, yes those are common sensations in any chakra, but especially the lower ones, when there is kundalini activity in them (although it’s always best to check with a doctor re: physical symptoms also, because they can be related.) I have just posted more audio files of guided meditations for working with the 2nd chakra as part of an e-book on healing the subtle body of sexual trauma, you may want to check that out (most of the exercises are good even if you do not consider yourself a victim of trauma)…just look under Top Posts and click on the Ebook…take care

  29. October 3, 2011 11:47 pm

    Hi Mommy mystic, I came across your site as I was looking for information on the second chakra and womanhood, fantastic resource and blessings for your mission of spreading this information!
    In the Spirit of Ubuntu, the Southafrican philosophy of sharing our gifts for the greatest good of all,
    Í´d like to share also this free resource I felt compelled to write and share: a therapeutic tale to help teenagers overcome bullying with psycho-emotional tools:
    The Boy who Set Himself Free.
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/40818124/The-Boy-Who-Set-Himself-Free

    Hope someone will benefit from it!
    Blessings,
    Barbara

  30. lara permalink
    April 28, 2012 3:24 pm

    I have to say, there is something to the color vibration energy. When I wore a lot of pink (including my hair) and had pink and green in my bedroom, I was much more cheerful and popular. Since then, I’ve changed my room to more light blue, grew out my pink hair, and wear more professional black to work, I feel more grounded, but also much more blahand sometimes lethargic. I’m so glad I stumbled onto your post :) Keep up the good work!

  31. April 29, 2012 10:30 pm

    Lara, that is so interesting. I don’t work with color a lot personally in my clothing or surroundings, but I do pay attention to it, and may dress in a certain color if I’m feeling one chakra is particularly off and could use a ‘boost’. I think it’s also very interesting in terms of how people perceive us – what different colors portray, which is also linked to the chakra vibration structure. I mostly work with colors in terms of visualizations – I definitely visulize the standard rainbow chakra colors in certain healing meditations, and there are other color meditations I do, although I sometimes work with other color systems, particularly Tibetan, which is different than the Hindu color scheme.

  32. Leon permalink
    May 7, 2012 1:29 pm

    Wow! many thanks Lisa,
    I am unable to viscerally, emotionally & spiritually know (experience) what it means to be a woman at any stage of life. Although I do understand all living beings contain – in fact are partly composed of – a feminine imprint/essence in our existence.

    I was going to challenge your views about the actual differences between the male sacral chakra and the female sacral chakra, but after typing out many lines of my own reasoning, discovered that my dominant knowledge (classification) system based on materialistic cause/effect was more questionable than your very sensible and simple perspective. I am thoroughly grateful for finding your blog post, I think it is very timely even though I read it three years hence – I was enlightened by your statement early in the series about the energy ‘transmission’ in a book or body of text as being more important than the words used, because i am deeply and consistently learning how much our interpretation of ideas and events is shaped by previous knowledge, experience and prejudices (i suppose you could say the frequency of our consciousness). The subjective understanding of (what we see as) reality is highly fluctuating in response to our state of mind, and I’m glad to have found your thoughtful and insightful description of the power in re-interpreting the energetic differences (at a general level) between the genders… centred on the sacral chakra

    thank you for expanding this male’s 20-year-old awareness :-)

  33. May 7, 2012 5:14 pm

    Hi Leon, thanks for your thoughtful comment. As it turns out, in later posts since this was published I actually have spent some time clarifying my own thoughts on what is the same and what is different between men and women. In the model of the chakras that I use, they are layered. There is a level that connects to our physical body, that is the layer energy healers most often use, and where the differences are most pronounced, because of course our physical bodies are different, especially in the areas of our reproductive organs, which are associated with our sacral centers. Then there are other layers related to our karmas, and then the purest essence of each chakras, which in the case of the sacral chakra is related to creativity, sensuality, sexuality, our emotions and our fluidity/adaptibility. Then at the core, each chakra connects to pure Source, pure Enlightenment. On these deeper layers of the chakras, there aren’t gender differences really, and as you say, we are all a collection of yin and yang, and all the chakras’ light. But in this world, that light and all its expressions comes through our bodies – our bodies are the conduit or vehicle for their expression and experience – and so men and women do experience them differently. That is also reflected on a cultural level, and because gender iniquities have been part of our culture for a long time, these are reflected largely at a sacral chakra level too. Fortunately, all of this is shifting, and that is good news for all of us, as it will free up sacral energy on an individual and cultural level – including for co-creation of a more compassionate, balanced world.

  34. May 9, 2012 1:12 am

    Fantastic!!! I am going to repost this tomorrow : )

  35. May 9, 2012 4:55 am

    Thank you so much Savannah, glad you liked it.

  36. Anonymous permalink
    July 19, 2012 5:33 pm

    I don’t have much to say except thank you! This has reconnected my interest in chakras and my ongoing stomach issues/people issues!

  37. July 20, 2012 2:33 am

    Anon, I’m glad to hear it. Stomach issues have been coming up a lot lately, and it’s making me think I need to do a similar series on the third chakra. I find that so many women have boundary challenges, and it’s often related to 2nd AND 3rd chakra issues. So perhaps that will follow at some point, but you may want to explore writings on the 3rd chakra to help you explore boundary issues that may be contributing to your stomach problems – i.e. that you are taking in other’s energies into your digestive system.

  38. Phoenix permalink
    August 8, 2012 12:17 pm

    Thank you. Having spent around 20 years in counselling i reached a point where i believed i had processed sexual abuse on a mental level. This post has given me clear direction on the action steps of where to from here. For this i am more grateful than i have the words to express. It is time now to question so many things that have felt in many ways comfortable and safe to believe yet they are not ‘my truth’.

  39. August 8, 2012 4:01 pm

    Phoenix, I am glad if this helped you to move to a new level in your healing. And glad you have gotten counselling support, so many survivors don’t, as I’m sure you know. But yes, often energy work takes the healing to a subtler level for many people, once they have worked through it on other psychological levels. And I do firmly believe you can entirely ‘rebirth’ yourself, like the Phoenix you used as your name. It sounds like you are on the way to doing that and finding your truth. Many continued blessings as you do so. XO – Lisa

  40. Cris permalink
    September 6, 2012 4:15 am

    Thank you so much! I found what I was looking for.

  41. October 11, 2012 6:54 pm

    I have to repost this!! Thank you for sharing, we need to talk about these things:)

  42. January 1, 2013 6:57 am

    Thank you for visiting my brand new blog. I look forward to seeing more of your articles.

  43. February 9, 2013 6:46 am

    Very extensive research and a great resource. I’m going to have to bookmark this post to refer to many times! I appreciate your discussion of our inward and outward cycles, something I’ve always been sensitive to. Am taking a year off from outward responsibilities to focus on home renovations. And, I regularly enjoy being scolded by Carolyn Myss while listening to her Energy Anatomy CDs on my two hour drives to work at a children’s clinic each month. Great post!

  44. Damascus permalink
    March 13, 2013 12:54 pm

    As a man I actually found this very helpful with my healing and emotional awareness. Thank you.:)

  45. March 13, 2013 2:17 pm

    Damascus, that is wonderful to hear. Truly this is about healing the sacral energy within all of us, although I am more focused on how it is blocked or wounded in women. But the rise of the yin or feminine power within each of us, and the related shifts in awareness, are what I really hope to contribute too, so I’m happy to hear this:-)

  46. May 2, 2013 10:36 pm

    Thank you! I really appreciate your mix of detail with the general open-hearted message that their are many paths to healing and joy available.

  47. May 3, 2013 5:57 pm

    Thanks for the visit and positive feedback Joan!

  48. Crystal permalink
    May 9, 2013 7:54 pm

    I have difficulty distinguishing if what i feel is an intuition (whether someone is lying to me/whether something is good) or just the ego reacting. Sometimes there is this contracting in the sacral area. Other reactions is the contraction in the stomach area. Can someone please help on this.

  49. May 9, 2013 8:04 pm

    Hi Crystal, sorting out true intuitions from other reactions is an ongoing process that we all are constantly working to refine. There really isn’t an absolute way to tell that applies to everyone. The best way to approach it is to experiment for yourself, and try to keep track of the ‘results’ to the extent you can. In other words, journal or otherwise note whenever you have some sort of insight that you are not sure about, and also the contractions that you feel in each area of your body. Then once you find out the ‘truth’ (in those cases where you eventually do) go back and see what you had experienced. Over time, you may see a pattern that helps you sort this out. This is a process I recommend for everyone developing their intuition, as we each experience it differently.

    On an ongoing basis, any work you do to identify your own most deep-seated ego patterns – your fears, insecurities, doubts, and irritations – will help you know your ‘triggers’ well. Then you can be on the lookout for these – when you are in a situation that is potentially a ‘trigger’ for you, you will know to questions insights, while in other less trigger-laden situations, you may feel more comfortable trusting it.

    On a more general level, I will say that the difference between second and third chakra intuitions is that the second chakra ones are usually emotionally based – we are picking up on someone’s emotional state. Third chakra are usually more mentally based – we are picking up on their thoughts or mental state. So the different contractions you experience may be related to that. Our third chakra is also related to our boundaries, so often people experience discomfort there when their boundaries have been violated in some way. However, it is also possible for us to have energy lines in almost any chakra, so if the contractions are more common in relation to certain people, you may want to consider some line cutting, clearing and empowering work – this is included in my free ebook for subtle body healing of sexual abuse and trauma (look in the right sidebar), and you can do this exercise apart from the rest of the ebook. It’s also included in my overall DailyOM women’s energetics course if you are interested in other kinds of energy work related to this.

    I hope that helps! – Lisa

  50. June 4, 2013 2:01 pm

    Reblogged this on Drama Queen Productions and commented:
    Found this absolutely fascinating!

  51. June 4, 2013 2:19 pm

    I’m only very new to WordPress so still finding my way around things however as fate would have it, this blog is exactly what I needed at this point in my life. I had a chakra healing the other day and it was interesting that my sacral and root chakras were the two that needed and still need work.
    Long story short, there are a lot of repressed memories from childhood (unsure what exactly and not really sure I want to know, but I have been on my “journey” to find myself again for about six months ago when I found out I had cervical cancer issues. That is still ongoing but now I have bowel issues too, so I’m very much looking forward to trying everything you’ve written about and reading more. I hope you don’t mind me rebooting your articles.
    You are an amazing, intelligent lady.
    Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge. Xoxo

  52. June 6, 2013 6:54 pm

    Hippydramaqueen – so sorry to hear about your cervical cancer, but so glad to hear that you are incorporating energy healing into your treatment program. Yes, as you read, childhood issues are often centered in these two lowest chakras – they are our foundation. I am sure you have seen the courses I offer – you might want to consider the upcoming energy healing for abuse and trauma one even if you don’t consider yourself a victim of overt sexual trauma or abuse. Any dysfunctional familial patterns can be worked on through this work. I offer it on a sliding scale basis also, especially in your situation.
    In any case, thank you for the reblog, and I wish you much healing and support in your process. – Lisa

  53. June 6, 2013 6:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, and I just responded to your comment on my blog also. Blessings to you on your healing journey.

  54. Anonymous permalink
    September 26, 2013 2:05 am

    Thank you so much. Exactly the information I was looking for.

  55. bethany permalink
    September 29, 2013 2:31 am

    Hi I just discovered this and fell in love. Any chance you’d post more meditations on releasing past trauma from miscarriage?

  56. September 29, 2013 2:59 pm

    Hi Bethany, yes that’s a great idea, I don’t have anything specific for that posted online, although I have done guided work with people in private sessions around this. Energetically there are usually 2 main components, if you want to try some work on your own before I get to posting something here:

    - Emotional healing – from an energy perspective this is about surfacing, healing and/or releasing any emotions still held in the body. There are often so many complicated emotions involved here. Of course usually sadness and grieving, then also fear/trauma around the physical pain if it was a difficult miscarriage, and often also self-blame or guilt (especially if someone already is holding these for some other reason), anger at the unfairness – the list goes on and on and is different for each woman. The most important thing here is feeling the emotions in the body, and working to nurture them with compassion so that they can gently dissolve. They may or may not be felt or held in the sacral chakra area (self-blame often is, the others are often in the navel and/or heart.)

    - Sacral healing – this is the more explicit chakra work, and a great one for this is the sacral lotus visualization, which I do include in the guided recordings for my sexual trauma healing ebook and the DailyOm course, so check that out. This is a gentle, feminine visualization of a lotus in the sacral area with roots extending down through the root into the earth, and light emanating up through the rest of the chakras and subtle body. Working with this for a time really helps heal the entire feminine subtle body.

  57. January 3, 2014 4:41 am

    Great info. Lucky me I recently found your website by chance
    (stumbleupon). I’ve bookmarked it for later!

  58. January 31, 2014 11:41 pm

    Hey! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Many thanks

  59. February 1, 2014 12:57 am

    Of course I appreciate you sharing my site with anyone you think may be interested. Thank you!

  60. Anonymous permalink
    February 18, 2014 7:37 pm

    the unbelievable 2nd chakra L4 Le5 pain

  61. dulz permalink
    March 6, 2014 12:36 pm

    I saw a link to u on instagram absolutely loved this series. Thank you for taking the time to write it. Very relatable. Made alot of sense for me

  62. March 8, 2014 4:16 pm

    Dulz, thank you. I’m glad to hear someone linked to it on Instagram as I haven’t gotten on there yet!

  63. mary permalink
    March 14, 2014 6:43 pm

    Thanks for this-really good checklist!

  64. April 17, 2014 2:33 am

    Well constructed list. Very factual.

  65. April 17, 2014 7:09 pm

    I’m glad you found it helpful Marioca.

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