I think my sacral chakra is out of wack. Why? Because I'm having a moment of self-doubt. Just the other day, someone did something that made me doubt my ability to accurately assess a person’s character and create a connection. Amazing how the actions
of one person can affect me so profoundly. What happened? They returned a gift. I felt, well, dishonored. I quite literally thought I knew this person, not in a deep way, but enough.
And I was so terribly wrong. And now I am trying to figure out
where I went wrong. Most likely, I projected a personality onto this
person that fit my past experience. With the clothes they wore and the
words they spoke, I concocted a persona. We do this every day of our
lives and seldom have the occasion to doubt our interpretation. Do we go
along under false assumptions on a regular basis, then? Because we can't
possibly get it right all of the time. I for one would like to know.
But is my doubt really
about my ability to assess personality? Or is this fundamentally
about rejection? Because I allowed myself to question who I am. I
haven't felt like that in a long time. It has me turning to chakra energy theory for healing. Based on my overemotional reaction to this situation
and feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, I'm guessing my sacral chakra has
been knocked out of balance. Makes sense, when you understand what the
sacral chakra, sometimes referred to as the spleen chakra, is all about.
The Sacral chakra, swadhisthana
in sanskrit, is the second chakra located at your pelvis, from your
lower abdomen to your navel center. It is associated with the
color orange. It is our creative and emotional center and key to our
sense of identity. If we don't know who are (or are doubting who we
thought we were), then it’s likely our sacral chakra is weak or out of balance.
If it is overactive we may be highly emotional and we may
attach too much importance to what other's think of us. If under active,
we may lack the ability to connect with others or the creative spark. And not least of all, it is the center of our
sexuality. Many of us have a problem
with our sexual identity, whether we like to talk about it or not.
Actually, the fact that
people have such a high-anxiety reaction any time sex is talked about speaks
volumes about the unbalanced state of the sacral chakra in our society. But
that’s a topic to discuss at length in another post.
My people watching has led
me to believe that there is an epidemic of unbalanced sacral energy. Most of us wear a persona to function in this
world; that’s normal. What’s not good for us is the pretending we do to get
by. Because we are uncomfortable in our
skins and need validation, we don a different mask for everyone we meet. We tailor our words, our mannerisms and our
clothes to a certain extent so that we have the least likely chance to
offend. On one hand, this is just common
courtesy. But when does it cross the
line from good manners to deception? It’s
obviously polite and respectful to dress appropriately and mind our language when
we go to church. It’s deceptive when we
pretend to be something we’re not so another will accept us. But there’s so much in between.
Are you being true to
yourself? Are you sure you are seeing
people for who they are? Take responsibility for self-deception and let go of
what you can’t control: They’re self-deception.
Which is another important element of the sacral chakra: the ability to let go. I’m working on it. Put on an orange shirt today. Follow my Sacral Chakra Pinterest board this week for more on healing and balancing the sacral chakra.