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While the predominant theme of the root chakra is foundations: safety, security, belonging, and abundance. By comparison, the sacral chakra is about setting things in motion: movement, emotions, pleasure, and play. Guilt is the demon that blocks flow, and grace is the mark of a healthy sacral chakra. We talked about what it meant to be graceful, to live in grace. In the fullest sense, grace is being in the flow, being able to sense the motion of life and going with trust, and joy. If we are balanced in our second chakra, we move through change with grace and ease, recognizing that resistance only makes it tougher to get to our next step.
The ability to maintain our emotional boundaries is another skill belonging to this chakra. Those who experience trauma or a lack of nurturing related to the development of this chakra have a difficult time distinguishing their own emotions from the feelings of others. Children who have had to be responsible for other people’s emotions, or have had to become masters at reading other people’s energies as a survival mechanism often grow up to be adults who often gladly take on other people’s pain. I keep seeing the label empath bandied around as if it’s something to be proud of, but to me it’s just another area for growth. Enmeshment is not the price of clairsentience (even though there are a lot of energy workers, and people who identify as “psychic,” who have a lot of trouble taking on other people’s stuff). I myself work constantly at maintaining emotional and energetic boundaries, and getting more deeply in touch with my own feelings.
Although pleasure and play are also very important topics to explore in relation to the second chakra, we focused the rest of the workshop on maintaining healthy boundaries, opening to change with strength and grace, exploring our emotional life, attending to our feelings with compassion, and transmuting our anger into a positive force for change.