In studying the Root Chakra we learn about desire, which in it's infancy exists outside of the material world, in your mind and spirit. The Sacral Chakra takes that desire, and pulls it into the tangible world by forcing us to feel the desire in the physical body. It is not enough to have the desire floating around in our minds, we have to have a visceral component to the desire or we will not be motivated enough to reach for it. For this reason, the Sacral Chakra is associated with emotions and sexuality.
Sex is the ultimate example of the full journey of Kundalini energy at work, from Root to Crown. You see someone across the room, and you focus on the details of the other person. Soon, your thoughts turn to attraction and desire. The second your imagination involves them in a sexual fantasy, there is an emotional reaction, followed by a physical one. Your cheeks flush red, your stomach flutters. You gather the courage to follow your desire and make a connection with them. You talk, you flirt, and the possibility of intimacy becomes much more likely. Your heart opens to them, and theirs to you. The conversation becomes personal, a bond is made between you. The desire to express your feelings toward them multiplies and the idea of sexual union becomes more than physical. You start imagining a life that involves them. Your identity starts to widen and accept them as part of your self. Eventually, you want to create together, to walk together in life as partners on earth. Through sex your bodies become one, but now your soul, your heart and your energy become one also. From your unity, division occurs. A third form is released into the world that can take the form of many things. A home, a business, a partnership, a friendship, and sometimes even the creation of another little human.
It is through the Sacral Chakra that creation emerges and continues to reproduce and expand. Our emotions become what drives us, what warns us of danger and what opens our hearts to connect with others. For some, the energy of this area is over emphasized, they become ruled by their emotions. They becomes slaves to their fear, anxiety, lust, joy and euphoria. They will do whatever it takes to increase the potency of the energy collected there, and do so at the neglect of the other energy centers. When this occurs, desire and emotions remains stuck. The focus becomes the desire itself, rather than the goal the desire was pulling you toward. The end result is addictive behaviors and a life that runs around in circles and ultimately leads nowhere.
There are also many people who have closed off the energy going to the Sacral Chakra. Perhaps their emotions have hurt them in the past, and made them afraid to feel. These people become lost in their mind, in their thoughts and in their spirit and disconnect. Emotionless people are running on empty. Like robots, they perform well, often with great accuracy and diligence. But, the sacredness of the task is no longer there. Life becomes a series of one task followed by another, and the passion and joy that comes with following desire disappears.
The best way to align the Sacral Chakra is to find a balance between the two. You must connect with your desires and allow yourself to feel your emotions, even the ones that are painful and uncomfortable. If you are depressed, angry and sad – popping a pill, drinking a bottle of wine and finding a one night stand will only bring momentary relief. It's important that we feel the depression, feel the anger, feel the sadness. Cry, scream, wallow (for a time) and discover the reasons why we need to feel this way. Only then will you be able to re-sensitize yourself to the good emotions – joy, happiness, passion and sexuality.
I call this shadow work, and feel it's just as important as light work. Spiritual paths and religions have often demonized negative emotion, and told people they must suppress and ignore them. However, we all know what happens when we bury our grief and anger and pretend to be content. Eventually the volcano blows and everyone is left picking up the pieces. If you learn to connect with your feelings, you will be able to channel your desires back into the current toward manifestation and higher purpose.