2nd Chakra Series – Intuition and Seeing
This is the second article in a series I am doing this week on the 2nd, or sacral, chakra. The intro post was on Tantric Sexuality, and the posts after this are on Motherhood and Creating, Spirituality and Bliss, and 21 Ways to Care for Your Sacral Chakra.
This article and the next one,Motherhood and Creating, are complementary posts, covering the inward and outward aspects of the 2nd chakra respectively, particularly in women. These can also be seen as the yin and yang aspects – intuition and seeing are related to the yin, receiving, or inward movement of 2nd chakra energy, while manifesting and creating are related to the yang, acting, or outward movement of its energy.
Intuition is often associated with the third eye, or 6th chakra, just above the brow midpoint, but I think all the chakras are involved to a certain extent, because they are all part of our energy ‘data collection’ system in the form of our energy body (or various energy bodies, depending on which mapping system you are using.) And speaking very broadly there are at least two steps involved in intuitive insights of any type:
1) Data collection – observations and energy imprints, structures, and momentums, all picked up by our energy body/chakras and subconscious
2) Data Processing – the ability to discriminate between useful and irrelevant pieces of data, see patterns, and process them into some form of conscious knowledge
I am definitely of the school that everyone is intuitive, and everyone can learn to be more so, but I also believe in true ‘seers’ – individuals born with special gifts, just like some are born with innate musical or artistic talent. Regardless of which type someone is, I think most individuals need to focus on developing one or the other of these two steps if they want to develop their intuition: Some need to focus on data collection – becoming more sensitive to ‘raw’ energies and impressions – while others collect plenty of raw data, but don’t process it into knowledge (in which case all those impressions and energy just tend to clog up their own energy system.)
In general (and of course one always has to be careful with generalizations!), more men tend to fall into the first category, and more women in the second. And I believe the reason why is at least partly because of the difference between men’s and women’s 2nd chakras, and how that affects our energy bodies. Many different traditions describe the differences between men’s and women’s energy bodies, and while they use different language, the basic difference comes down to this: Women’s are more open, absorbent, and fluid, while men’s are more solid, fixed, and protective. Another way of putting this is that women’s are more receiving, and men’s are more emanating. Which of course corresponds exactly to the primary physical difference between women’s and men’s bodies, in terms of the form and function of our reproductive organs.
As I talked about in the first article on Tanric Sexuality, women’s 2nd chakras are viewed as a doorway directly into creation. No other chakra is discussed in those terms except the 7th, which is literally the doorway between life and death, and the seat of spiritual awakening. So women’s 2nd chakras share many properties of the 7th chakra, by virtue of being this doorway. The connection to that doorway creates a centripetal force, as opposed to men’s 2nd chakras which are more centrifugal. Our second chakra literally pulls other energies towards and into it. One obvious use of this in some women is sexual allure – allure means to pull something towards us, and some women are very adept at it. Men tend to attract through emanating out – showing off is the most basic form. (If you have any doubt about either of these statements, just go to a bar with lots of singles, or anywhere there is a pick-up scene, and observe. If you have any energy sensitivity at all, the difference is not subtle.)
So the 2nd chakra plays a special role in women’s intuitive and seeing abilities, a role it does not play in men’s. It is an additional and very powerful data collection system. It is also a very direct connection to life source. It’s not that men can’t be intuitive – some of the world’s most famous seers have in fact been men – it’s just that the process functions differently in them. This may be the root of the phrase ‘women’s intuition’ – the sense that there is something different about how women access and develop such insight.
Of course having this additional data collection system has no benefits if you can’t process the data. And I see this as a problem for many women. I think many of us absorb a lot of the energies around us – the thoughts and emotions of others particularly – and own them, instead of processing them. Meaning we take them on as our own thoughts and emotions, not realizing they weren’t generated by us, that they came in from the outside. This is particularly true for women who have some 2nd chakra imbalances already – often from past sexual abuse – or for mothers who have a hard time managing the energy lines that extend from them to their children, which is largely managed by the 2nd chakra (more on that in the next post.) Many women’s awareness becomes increasingly scattered or disassociated over time – in fact, I think this is part of the myth that we lose brain cells with each child we have, or at menopause (and yes, I recognize that science has found hormonal links for some of that also, but our phsyical and non-physical work together, and often parallel each other.)
The ancients had an acute knowledge of the relationship between women’s 2nd chakras and seeing. In the traditions where there were female seers – the most famous being in Ancient Greece (the Oracles of Delphi), but many others cultures had similar traditions – they were all virgins, and if a women chose to marry and have children, she left her post. It had nothing to do with moral purity, just energetic purity (Christianity really messed this up later on.) The more ‘stress’ a woman had on her second chakra, the more difficult it would be for her to collect and sort through all the energetic data.
So, you might be thinking, what can I do about this? What’s the point of knowing all this, if I don’t plan to sit in a cave and meditate on my 2nd chakra all day? Well, in the final post I’m going to cover some specific 2nd chakra care and development points, but I think even just an awareness of the link between the 2nd chakra and intuition, and the other ideas discussed here, can really help you develop your intuition if you want. I think it’s particularly helpful to just start noticing when you are being impacted by the energies of others around you, and to practice shielding yourself with your intent when you don’t want that, or to try processing what you are feeling when you do. Trying to become more aware of how you use your sexual energy is also useful, and trying to feel the energetic line between yourself and your children, if you are a mother. And more on that in the next post, on Motherhood and Creating…
I know many of you reading this have powerful intuitive skills and knowledge, so please share your thoughts…
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