The second chakra, called the Sacral Chakra, is located in the pelvic area above the pubic bone and below the navel. The Sanskrit name for the sacral chakra in the Hindu model is “Svadhistana,” which means “The Dwelling Place of the Self.”  The sacral chakra represents the energy of creation, and is associated with the reproductive organs. It is also the location of the womb in a woman’s body. The sacral chakra houses energy is associated with sexuality, sexual identity, sensations, pleasure, movement, nurturance, and emotions.
As the first (root)  chakra is associated with the Self, the second (sacral) chakra is associated with the energy of Connection to others. Because the sacral chakra is associated with the number two and our relationship with others, it is also associated with friendships, romantic partnerships, childbearing/parenting, and all of the emotions that are associated with each. Because the sacral chakra is associated with creation, it is also associated with creativity.
Creation is not always just about reproduction, or parenting, but also about how we express ourselves as males and females, and what we create around us and in the world. When we express ourselves in the form of wardrobe and style, we are embodying the energy of the sacral chakra. When we cook a meal, redecorate the living room, garden/maintain the yard, or find a new or innovative solution to an old problem, we are creating, and as such, we are embodying the energy of the sacral chakra. Anytime we take raw materials, physical or mental, and transform them into something new, we are using our creative, sacral chakra energy. 
In the root chakra, we experience the energy of connection to the Earth, being grounded, still, and aware. As we move into the energy of the second chakra, which is associated with water, we embody the energy of change. Through change, we are able to experience difference, which creates polarities. With polarities we have attraction and movement which is essential to all life. 
As we move up from the root chakra energy of grounding & self-awareness into the sacral chakra energy of relating to others, we experience an added “psychic sense” in the form of emotions. Humans (and most animals, actually,) are social creatures by nature, and our connection to others is a significant one: This is why emotions are such a central part of the sacral chakra energy. This is also why ‘solitary confinement’ is commonly considered to be the worst punishment prisoners can be given.
The majority of the wide array of emotions—from happiness, love, joy, excitement, contentment, and peace, to sadness, hate, anger, fear, despair, and sorrow, to name just a few—are typically related to our interactions with others, because an emotion, by definition, “is response to a specific stimulus that can be internal, like a belief or a memory. It is also generally agreed that emotions have intentional content, which is to say that they are about something, often the stimulus itself. Moods, on the other hand, are typically not about anything, and at least some of the time, do not appear to be caused by a specific stimulus.”  So, even when we feel the emotion of loneliness for example, this is generally a response to unsatisfactory/insufficient, changes in, or total absence of interaction with another/others.
A Balanced Svadhistana Chakra
When the sacral chakra is balanced, you experience feelings of joy, pleasure, abundance, connection, and passion. When this chakra is out of balance, you may experience emotional turbulence, depression, sexual dysfunction, or certain addictions. You may experience emotions more deeply than normal, have severe mood swings, or seemingly thrive on conflict and drama. The excess of emotions can also lead to poor personal boundaries making you overly dependent on others or even obsessive.
If you have an overactive sacral energy center, you may also be extremely emotional, or pick up on others’ emotions too easily, giving you frequent and dramatic emotional episodes. You may also develop fixations on certain sacral energies, such as promiscuity, sex, emotional drama, socialization/fun at the expense of your responsibilities, and/or feelings of detachment/viewing others as mere objects to achieve sexual gratification. 
You may have an imbalanced sacral chakra if you fixate on, heavily-rely upon, or are addicted to any of the following specific, physical substances:
- Starchy carbohydrates
- Grain-based alcohol
- Chocolate (Subtle Body p320)
If your sacral chakra is closed or depleted, you may be out of touch with your emotions, lacking passion for and desire in life, or have little/no interest in sexuality.
How to Balance Your Sacral Chakra
To restore energy to a closed sacral chakra, make sure you are expressing your emotions in a healthy manner, and letting go of unhealthy emotional baggage. Find a friend to talk to and vent your challenging feelings; try journaling, or expressing yourself in written form, so that you can release the emotional weight and focus on your happiness again. The most important thing you can do to cleanse and heal an overactive sacral chakra, is to be mindful of behaviors that interfere with your ability to interact with others and develop, nurture and maintain healthy relationships.
The sacral chakra is associated with the color orange, a hue representing energy, creativity, and pleasure. To balance an overactive sacral chakra, you may also surround yourself with its opposite color, blue. 
Tap back into your creativity! Make having fun a priority, and play like a child. Get together with friends, and make time for dating/connecting, whether you are single, or in need of rekindling the romance with your significant other. You can explore the arts as well, through fun & enjoyable hands-on activities that get your creative juices flowing.
Besides being open to creativity in your daily life, you can balance the second chakra by maintaining a healthy sexual life and honoring and respecting your body.  Exploring various archetypes  that appeal to you and the energy that you would like to embody is a fun way to see yourself (as well as honor your body,) from a more creative perspective.
After learning more about the sacral, “Svadhistana” chakra, did any of the symptoms of imbalance resonate with you?
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