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The second chakra is located at the navel. The navel was once our umbilical cord
that was our attachment to our first physical home, our mother and the nurturing
that she provided. The second chakra also represents our attachment to Mother
Earth as well as all the plants and creatures that call Her home.
This chakra has six petals or spokes. In numerology, six is the number that
represents responsibility and nurturing for family and community as well as
finding balance and harmony with our environment.
NOTE & MANTRA:
The note for this chakra is D and the mantra is "vam" or "o" as in home.
Chanting these mantras in the key of D while focusing our attention on this area
of our body can enable us to more consciously access the second chakra.
The color of this chakra is orange. Orange is the color of emotion. In the Hindu
chakra system, the color orange is associated with death of the old. This
"death" refers not only to physical death, but also to death, or total
liberation, of painful emotions that have been repressed. This “death” also
refers to the discharge of the defense mechanisms that were created in order to
survive those emotions, as well as the situations that caused them.
The second chakra rules our VITAL, SENSUAL body. This chakra governs sexuality,
reproduction, emotions, instincts, food, and general communication of the body
with the consciousness that lives inside it. The second chakra rules the
feminine component of sexuality, whereas the first chakra rules the masculine
component of sexuality. The second/navel chakra is more sensual than sexual. It
tells us how we feel about sex and having children, whereas the first chakra
rules sex that is for enjoyment, power, and/or procreation.
Besides reproduction, the second chakra also
governs other kinds of creativity. Swimming, hiking, and gardening make use of
the second chakra's connection to nature. Sculpting and carving use materials
and objects of nature as a medium, and nature is often the "subject" of painters
and photographers. With dancing and martial arts, the navel area is seen as the
base, the Hara Center, the area to be kept in alignment with the earth so that
perfect balance can be maintained.
Like the first chakra, the second chakra
governs survival, but from the perspective of the feminine polarity. The first
chakra governs the fight for survival, whereas the second chakra rules the
instincts for survival. The first chakra would urge us to battle for and
protect, whereas the second chakra would aid us in using our instincts to find a
safe place to hide, to live, and to rear our young. Like the first chakra, the
second chakra also rules money, but again, in a different manner. The first
chakra rules money and the power that it holds, whereas the second chakra rules
money and the security that it brings.
The sense of taste is related to this chakra. The sense of taste is important
for identification of edible vs. non-edible food and for the enjoyment of
eating, which is also ruled by the second chakra. Taste is a very emotional
experience and is the basis for the nurturing and comfort that eating provides.
Eating, more specifically suckling, forms the important first bond between
mother and child and serves as comfort as well as nutrition.
Preparing and serving food is often an act
of love and community, and "family meals" bind the family together. Eating and
food is very culture specific. For generations after a family immigrates to a
new area, they maintain their preference for the food of their culture because
of the security and sense of belonging that it provides.
The astrology sign of Cancer is associated with the second chakra because Cancer
rules emotions, receptiveness and fertility.
Water is the element associated with the second chakra. Our first physical home
in the amniotic sac was one of water. This chakra reflects how we feel about
being in or near the water. Psychologically, water is the metaphor and symbol
for emotion. The second chakra deals with "gut instincts," basic emotions such
as fear, rage, and joy and basic interpersonal emotions that are often unspoken.
The second chakra also rules the kidneys,
which is where we eliminate our water. This chakra rules our second dimensional
self, which is represented by the plant kingdom and less evolved creatures such
as fish. Both plants and fish must have water to survive.
The second chakra depicts our emotional consciousness, our "animal instincts"
and our tribal consciousness. This chakra represents the mammalian portion of
our brain where the limbic system rules our emotions and short-term memory. The
limbic system is an important center for creativity and learning because it is
where emotion and memory combine. We all know that it is easier to learn when we
are emotionally engaged than when we are bored. Also, a deeply loving experience
is usually imprinted in our conscious mind. However, an extremely frightening
experience is often banished to our unconscious mind, as the memory of it is too
Higher mammals such as dogs and monkeys
remember what they are taught because they have an emotional relationship with
the teacher, or because the food that is given as a reward makes them feel happy
and nurtured. Humans also use emotions and food as a means of reinforcement and
The second chakra represents ages 2 to 4 when the child is going beyond basic
survival and is beginning to develop his or her position in the family. It is
also a time when they are creating their own sense of individuality, but they
are still dependent on their "tribe". It is at this age that children are
beginning to associate their emotions with specific events, but they are
dependent on their caregivers for interpretation and guidance. Emotional events
that occur during this age are often unconscious to our adult self, but they
form the basis of many of our core beliefs about our selves and our abilities.
Anthropologically, the second chakra represents the time when civilization
advanced beyond living in caves and was able to settle into tribes. At this
time, many tribes began agriculture and animal husbandry. Since the people lived
off the land, they worshiped the Goddess with ceremony and sacrifice.
The endocrine glands for the second chakra are the gonads, which consist of both
male and female sex organs. These include the ovaries, testes, and prostate
gland. The prostate gland is also ruled by our first chakra. Hormones have a
strong influence on mood, as any woman with PMS will confirm. What is not as
often noted is the interaction between testosterone and adrenaline. When a man's
fight/flight syndrome is activated, the adrenaline in his system interacts with
the testosterone to create an explosive combination. Steroids also create strong
Healthy male and female sexual organs make
our personality radiant and magnetic, our eyes sparkling and luminous, and give
us an air of self-reliance. The inner warmth of vibrant sex glands prevents the
tendencies for inflexibility, hardening, and stiffening that can come with
aging. In fact, a healthy active sex life can bring a vitality and balance to
life even in our "old age."
The second chakra is located at the lumbar plexus, which rules the reproductive
system, abdomen, and lumbar region of the back.
When the second chakra is clear we feel patient, enduring, nurturing, and
secure. We feel intimate with our family, friends, neighborhood, and planet. We
feel "at home" in our bodies and are able to communicate with our "self." Our
emotions are balanced, and we are able to trust our instincts and "gut
Our sex life is natural and loving, and we
are able to balance both the male and female components of sexuality. We eat the
healthy food in the correct amount for our bodies' needs and enjoy the comfort
and nurturing free of any addictive behaviors. Our elimination of waste material
is regular and our sex organs, bladder, and kidneys are healthy.
When the second chakra is unclear, we feel impotent, frigid, or over-sexed. We
may not be able to enjoy sex or we may use it as an addiction to cover what we
are really feeling. We may feel disassociated from our friends and family and
ill at ease within our home. Our eating and drinking can become addictive in
that we eat or drink to comfort ourselves and to cover emotions that we don't
want to consciously face.
Fear and anger are just beneath the surface
of our awareness, which makes us anxious and/or depressed. Old core beliefs of
limitation and fear sabotage our behavior and keep us in "survival mode." Life
feels like a day-to-day struggle, and we feel like we are living hand-to-mouth
because we are unable to make enough money to feel comfortable in our home and
secure in our family life.
Although our Western minds have discounted it, the Earth is a living being just
as we are. In "evolving" beyond our tribal consciousness, we have lost our
association with and respect for the planet who is a Mother to us all. Mother
Earth's second chakra is in the Brazilian Amazon. This is a fitting place for
Her second chakra for it is a paradise of fertility and growth. That is, if we
humans do not continue to destroy it.
The second chakra rules our second and third dimensional bodies. This chakra,
more than any other, represents our humanoid "animal." Animals have emotions,
just as we do, ask any pet lover. It is through conscious, third dimensional
awareness of our second dimensional emotions that we are able to become the
protectors of Mother Earth, rather than Her destroyers. If we feel the warmth
and protection of a tree, if we can honor the food that we eat and the water
that we drink, we will not want to pollute or destroy our planet that provided
them for us.
However, if we harbor repressed emotions of
terror and rage, we will see the world around us as an enemy, which we must
conquer. When we can heal our past pain, we can feel our connection to the Earth
and all Her creatures. It is vital that we love our own bodies, for when we can
truly love and respect our own bodies, we can love and protect the Earth whose
body we call home.
The second chakra symbolizes our emotions and how they inform us of our feelings
about life and our selves. Unfortunately, emotions are often dominated by the
pain, guilt, anger, and fear from our past. This backlog of old negative
emotions acts like a full wastebasket, and one more piece of paper is enough to
cause the contents of the wastebasket to spill out. Our unconscious,
specifically the unconscious which is harbored in our second chakra, is that
wastebasket. Our repressed emotions are the old pieces of paper that fill it.
Too often we are operating at the edge of
"overwhelm" and cannot allow ourselves to "feel" too much for fear that the damn
will burst. However, our emotions are important gauges to guide us through both
our inner and outer lives. If we can allow ourselves to consciously “have our
emotions” without losing our self-control so that “our emotions have us,” they
can serve us much like the gauges on the dashboard of our car. These “gauges”
tell us when we need repair, when all is working well, when we are in danger,
and when we are safe.
The brain centers for emotion and memory are
intimately related. Our memory works by association and memories filled with the
same emotions are stored in the same "file." Therefore, repressed emotions from
our forgotten past threaten to "tack onto" present situations that activate the
same emotion. At this point, the past emotions amplify our present emotions to
For example, if we suffered a loss in
childhood and never received adequate comfort and support, we will be over
sensitized to any losses that we experience as adults. In other words, our
"sorrow" file is filled. Since we have repressed our childhood experience, we
cannot understand why we feel such sorrow in reaction to what seems to be a
relatively insignificant event.
Fortunately, our child is alive and living
in our unconscious mind. If we can give our inner child what was needed before
and never received, we can begin to heal our old pain. In this manner, we will
learn to discriminate between the pain of our childhood and the pain of the
present. Then, we can take a moment to reassure our inner child that he or she
is safe and that we, the adult, will handle the situation at hand.
One of the foundations for creativity is the
sensual sensitivity of our physical body. If we can clear the fear and pain from
our past, we can begin to feel our emotions with the same power and clarity that
we did as children. When we can do that, we will awaken the wonderful
imagination that we "grew out of" as adults. If we can consciously communicate
and love inner child, we can be intuitively tuned in, as well as solidly rooted
in a mature understanding of how we create our reality.
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