Yesterday, I wrote about the Root Chakra and how it can inform our writing in terms of our own or our characters’ identities in relation to the concept of tribe. Today, I’m writing about the second chakra, the Sacral Chakra, which is about partnership power and our power to create.
The Sacral Chakra relates to our ability to go with the flow, so while all the chakras are important, this one is especially important when it comes to creative flow. Creative flow can mean a lot of things. It can mean artistic flow and creating in that way, or it can mean actually creating life. This chakra is about self-expression in a very deep sense, and it also aligns with partnership, sexuality, pleasure, and relationships. So, while the Root Chakra was about our relationship to our tribe and our place in it, the Sacral Chakra is about our relationship with another.
I’ve observed that, oftentimes, creative people have a difficult time finding that balance between honoring their creative impulses and their relationships, and all too often, their writing practice takes a back seat. While the Sacral Chakra is about creating, as mentioned above, it’s also about creating ourselves, and if we’re to successfully create ourselves, it means we means we have to find balance in our relationships so we don’t get lost in them.
Below is a brief explanation of the Sacral Chakra and some ways we might integrate its attributes into our writing.
Second Chakra – Sacral Chakra
Lower abdomen, slightly below the navel
Ability to take risks, to protect oneself and survive financially and physically, to recover from loss, and to recreate oneself
Loss of control at the hands of another (rape, impotence, abandonment, betrayal, addiction, financial) and loss of physical body due to death or illness
Creativity, confident self-expression, adaptability, flexibility, bringing forth new life (literally and figuratively), setting healthy psychological boundaries and creating a sense of personal identity
Anger, jealousy, killing of creativity due to fear
Accepting that we cannot be in control
Aspects we might consider for our characters or ourselves
Ability to protect oneself, creativity and self-expression, fears around loss of control, anger and jealousy
As with yesterday, below you’ll find a meditation specific to the Sacral Chakra, and some prompts to help you think about how to use the Sacral Chakra to deepen your writing and your understanding of yourself.
Try the following meditation and exercise, and let me know what you come up with.
Feel free to post it below this post, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Close your eyes and do a short visualization of the Sacral Chakra: An orange, pulsating orb in your abdomen, just below your navel. Imagine it expanding and contracting and spreading out to each hip. Sit with this pulsating, enthusiastic and creative energy for as long as you can, breathing deeply, for 5-10 breaths. Count to ten slowly on both the inhale and the exhale for each one. When you’re ready, let the energy begin to recede and return to its original size. Maintain its presence in your body as you open your eyes and begin the following writing exercise.
Think of a character you’ve created, maybe one you’ve been working with recently. It can be a new one, or it can be the one you used yesterday. Imagine a relationship for your character with one other person. This can be any sort of relationship (intimate, familial, platonic, work-related). The characters can be any gender or age. Feel free to build on the exercise from yesterday, if you like. Is this other person a family member your character is on her way to visit and you’ll just continue on with the story you set up yesterday, or is this other person a stranger on the train? What is the overarching tone of the relationship? How do these two characters relate to each other? Do they speak, or is their entire interaction internal for them both, or for only your initial character? What do they think about or say to each other? What happens between them?
Creative Non-fiction Writers / Memoirists
Pick a relationship from your life. This can be any sort of relationship (intimate, familial, platonic, work-related).
What’s the overarching tone of this relationship?
How do creativity, sexuality, and/or abundance (or lack of) figure in to this relationship? Are you generally on the same energetic plane with each other? If so, how? If not, does the energy of one of you overshadow the other and drive the relationship somehow?
Sending you mad writing mojo…