This month we are exploring the role each chakra plays in creating the symphony called prosperity. The second chakra is the seat of our emotions. It is located in the lower pelvic region and often called the Sacral Chakra.
In this chakra, blocks to living in prosperity and ease are often caused by our inability, or better stated – our unwillingness – to allow ourselves to experience the depth and breadth of an emotion. We often find this happening with anger, fear or some of the other hard to experience energies. We often shut down or turn away from fully experiencing these “negative” emotions.
Being authentic means cultivating our awareness of what we’re feeling from moment to moment. Not judging those feelings to be good or bad, OK or not OK. Every feeling is an OK feeling. Anger is an OK feeling. In fact, the deeper we can look at the not-so-nice feelings the more insight we can gain about what out desires truly are.
Pema Chodron, in this Shambhala Sun article, The Answer to Anger & Aggression is Patience,speaks about sitting in patience and allowing anger to surface. To sit in meditation experiencing the emotion. Not running out the door to take care of the situation or calling someone on the phone to release our anger onto them. It’s sitting with it in meditation and allowing it to be. Not resisting, not fixing, not blaming another and not spinning the tale, becoming a victim to the drama. Just allowing it to surface, that is all.
She talks about what happens as we do this – as we reach under the emotion of anger and meet it with patience – we uncover the want, the unmet desire. We might expose the feeling of abandonment, and our unmet desire to be accepted. Or we might uncover feelings of jealousy and hurt buried deep inside the capsule we call anger.
Then we can say to ourselves, “Oh – anger, I see you. I am not afraid of you. I can sit with you and be uncomfortable without a need to fix the situation.” And right there – in that moment of realization the anger dissipates. It loses its power.
As we display this ability to experience a broader depth of emotion, we allow this chakra to open more fully. We are able to allow the flow – not blocking, resisting or covering it up with pretty pink bows. This openness to receiving is the key to bringing this chakra into harmony with prosperity and abundance.