As I shared last week, after a recent session with a spiritual healer, I’ve been called to explore the energies of my body’s chakra system. Last week, I shared my experiences in healing my root (1st) chakra. This week, I am moving onto my second (sacral) chakra.
The Sacral chakra, located at the navel, is our creative and emotional center. Often associated with sexuality, it’s more about pleasure and passion in general. Dysfunction in the sacral chakra often manifests as fear, shame, guilt, or anger, and may manifest as difficulties in personal relationships.
According to Brenda Davies, our sacral chakra develops between 4 and 8 years of age. The idea being that once you have a clear idea of who you are and you know you will be safely provided for, you have the freedom to begin to explore your world. In an ideal world, we will develop all aspects of ourselves in an equal fashion. Of course, most of us don’t live in an ideal world.
This imbalance in aspects of ourselves will only magnify as we get older unless we do something about it. For example, my family put emphasis on developing my intellectual and physical sides when I was a child. As a result, my emotional, social, and spiritual sides were neglected. This led to a 40-year-old academic who had to break her heel and have a crisis of faith before she would listen to her spiritual and emotional sides!
But, listen I am. And those previously neglected sides are flourishing at lightening speeds as I strive to get my balance back. Of course, this also means that my intellectual and physical sides have taken a back seat for a while, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
And what I have realized is that underneath it all, I never really felt like I was enough. That who I was wasn’t good enough. That’s why I kept striving, kept pushing intellectually and physically. Because growing up I was taught that was what mattered; that success was shown in intellectual and/or physical pursuits. So pursue them I did, at the expense of everything else. No matter what I did, what I achieved, it never felt like enough. I was never comfortable enough in my own skin for that to be enough.
If my words resonate with you, then let me tell you something. Goddess, YOU are enough. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like or what you have or have not accomplished. YOU right here, right now are absolutely 100% perfect just as you are. There is nothing you can do that will make you whole, better, more successful. You are fabulously wonderful right now. That, for me, is a hard lesson to learn. But it’s one I need to hear.
I’ve found myself drawn to the energy of Lakshmi as I’m working through my second chakra issues. A Goddess of prosperity (in all forms), beauty, and purity, She reminds us that all we seek in this life is already within us. We only need to shine our light and reveal the beauty that is within each of us. That is where we find our passion; that is where we give ourselves permission to seek pleasure in life – in whatever form it make take for us.
Next week we’ll discuss the third chakra, your power center. Until then, you are enough!