The power of the Sacral Chakra and how we utilize it in our everyday lives
The Sacral Chakra, also known as the Svadhisthana, is the second of the seven primary chakras. In this article we dive into the significance of this energy centre and how to heal the Sacral Chakra.
What is the Sacral Chakra?
The chakra system is an energy system originating from Hinduism and Buddhism beliefs of ancient times. This system has seven chakras namely, the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Throat Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, and Crown Chakra.
Chakras are energy centres in the physical and subtle body from which energy flows. They are sometimes known as wheels and just like wheels they are constantly spinning life force energy around us, unless of course they become unbalanced or blocked.
In Sanskrit, Svadhisthana is often translated as “the dwelling place of the self” or as the place where we “take pleasure in”. In other words it represents the seat of our emotional and sexual energy, as well as our creative energies.
Not surprisingly the Sacral Chakra also has a connection with the water element and the moon which are both synonymous with freedom and movement.
The Sacral Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, below the belly button, and above the pubic bone. It is connected to our kidneys, sexual organs, reproductive system, and associated hormones.
How does the Sacral Chakra relate to color?
The Sacral Chakra is symbolised as a six-petalled lotus flower with a vibrant orange color.
According to colour therapy, orange represents joy, wisdom, and creativity. It fuels our emotional and mental side with hope and optimism, while enhancing the imagination. Physically, it gives our energy levels a boost and is believed to support the healthy functioning of the digestive system and muscular system.
Why should we strengthen the Sacral Chakra?
The Sacral Chakra, or the Second Chakra, holds your creative energy, spiritual wisdom, and emotional and sexual energies.
It's important that this energy spot remains open for maintaining healthy relationships and the overall harmony of your life. In some ways the Sacral Chakra is one of the most important of the primary chakras as it governs our ability to receive love from others and to give it in return.
This is why it's so vital to prioritise healing the Sacral Chakra.
Read on to find out how to spot imbalances in this energy centre and various ways you can engage in Sacral Chakra healing.
What causes Sacral Chakra blockages?
Your body is a temple, and as such, every problem or pain experienced in the past and present leaves a lifelong impact on the physical body, mind and soul.
For this reason, understanding blockages in this chakra often requires you to carry out some introspection and analysis of past relationships.
Experiences that can cause Sacral blockages include:
Any kind of trauma, emotional or sexual, can cause an imbalance in the Sacral Chakra. It's important to acknowledge and seek help if necessary to work through any past trauma in order to move forward with balancing your Sacral Chakra.
It is usually best to begin by healing your Root Chakra first as this will enable you to establish a sense of safety within yourself which you can build on when working on your Sacral Chakra.
The Sacral Chakra is fundamentally linked to our emotional wellbeing. Therefore, any relationship conflicts that are troubling you could well be related to in an imbalance in the Sacral Chakra.
Again, it's important to acknowledge these conflicts and move towards resolving them in order to practice Sacral Chakra healing.
We all face rejection in our lives from time to time, whether that's in our careers, relationships or personal lives. Rejection can lead to feelings of worthlessness and disappointment and when you don't fully process these negative energies they can manifest themselves as an energy imbalance in your Sacral Chakra.
An unbalanced Sacral Chakra can also reveal itself in an unhealthy sexual relationship. For example you may feel like something is missing in your sexual life or you may worry that your partner is not interested in you in a sexual way. These feelings of dissatisfaction and disconnection can all cause imbalances in the Sacral Chakra.
When the Sacral Chakra is blocked
An imbalanced or blocked chakra has trapped or stagnant energy, which can lead to specific behavioral and physical issues within the individual. A blocked Sacral Chakra can manifest itself in the following ways:
Low self worth
An individual with an under-active Sacral Chakra may be lacking in confidence and self-esteem. This is because they are unable to fully accept themselves and process negative energies.
An underactive Sacral Chakra can also leave you feeling unfulfilled and lethargic. Without access to your inner source of creativity, you may find it difficult to find excitement and enthusiasm for your life and the world around you.
The Sacral Chakra governs your emotions and when it's overactive, your emotions can run wild. You can find yourself unable to check your impulses and driven to addictive and damaging behaviors due to unprocessed negative emotions.
An unbalanced Sacral Chakra can manifest itself in all kinds of fearful emotions, whether that's depression, anxiety or loneliness. It can leave us shut off from our emotions and from others which perpetuates these negative energies further.
The Sacral Chakra has a big impact on our relationships. An overactive Sacral Chakra can manifest itself in feelings of rage, oversensitivity and argumentative behaviour, and this can affect our ability to communicate and express ourselves openly in our relationships.
Due to its connection to our sexual drives, an unhealthy Sacral Chakra can also be seen in sexual dissatisfaction, disfunction, low libido and reproductive issues.
There are several physical issues that are connected to a blocked Sacral Chakra. Because the Sacral Chakra is located in our lower abdomen, it is often associated with physical symptoms in the pelvic region such as digestive issues, lower back pain, kidney issues, joint problems especially concerning the hips and pelvis, premenstrual pains, and low energy and anemia.
Benefits of healing the Sacral Chakra
Each chakra relates to different mental, physical and emotional functions in the physical body. When these energy centers are balanced, our chi or spiritual power flows freely throughout the body.
When they become blocked, it can take a toll on our emotional body and physical health.
The Sacral Chakra typically develops between the ages of 8-14, which is when we usually start to discover our sense of self, our sexuality and our creative individuality.
The Sacral Chakra balances the energy of warmth, confidence, and generosity. Sacral Chakra energy is also responsible for:
Passion is at the core of a fully activated Sacral Chakra. This passion doesn't just include romantic and sexual relationships but also how we approach life - allowing us to grab life with both hands and find fulfilment in our work, hobbies and relationships.
The balancing of this energy center is directly related to cultivating healthy relationships, both romantic and platonic. A balanced Sacral Chakra allows us to open up freely and love generously. This leads to more balanced, harmonious and pleasurable relationships with ourselves and those around us.
The Sacral Chakra powers our creative thinking. This is because it allows our emotions to run freely so we can fully embrace every aspect of our being and the world around us. In so doing we tap into new ideas and perspectives with ease.
Healing the Sacral Chakra can help us gain access to our deepest emotions and fears. It is only by accessing these emotions that we are able to learn to address and process uncomfortable emotions and work through our fears. Working through challenging emotions and tackling fear face on can help us to build our personal power.
Sacral Chakra healing is ultimately about self-expression - the ability to understand and express our emotional needs freely to ourselves and others. This fuels creativity and supports healthy boundaries with our loved ones.
How to heal the Sacral Chakra
Have you been battling with some of the emotional or physical challenges we’ve mentioned? If so, then you may benefit from the following tips for healing the Sacral Chakra:
The first step towards healing is acknowledging that your soul, mind, and body require your help and support.
Analyze your relationships, both past and present, to identify any issues that could be causing you distress. Seek help if necessary from a therapist to help you process any difficult emotions.
Aromatherapy for the Sacral Chakra
Sacral Chakra aromatherapy is an effective and pleasurable way to restore feelings of creativity, sensuality, and wellbeing. Classic essential oils which are said to heal the Sacral Chakra include sandalwood, cardamom, bergamot, ylang ylang and neroli. These oils can be used in a variety of ways, you could use them in a restorative massage or dispel the aromas around your home using a humidifier or aroma-burner.
Meditation for the Sacral Chakra
Meditation is a very popular way to heal this chakra. Meditation comes with a whole host of benefits - it can calm the human body, dispel negative emotions and improve focus to name just a few. There are lots of different ways to practice Sacral Chakra balancing meditation but we recommend combining meditation with other tools such as affirmations, crystals and candles to help focus your practice.
Find a calm, quiet spot where you won't be disturbed. Get comfortable and slow down your breathing. Then set your intention for your meditation session - saying a Sacral chakra affirmation, lighting a sacral candle or holding a sacral crystal can be a great way to focus on your intention.
Then use your breathing to guide you as you clear your mind and focus on your Sacral Chakra. Feel its powerful energy fill your body. Listening to a guided meditation for the Sacral Chakra can also be very helpful, especially for beginners.
Use the color orange in meditation
The color orange is closely associated with the Sacral Chakra. Using orange chakra candles and orange crystals such as tiger's eye, orange calcite, and carnelian crystals during chakra healing meditation, can help you to focus on the Sacral Chakra.
Affirmations for the Sacral Chakra
You may find that self-affirmations can help focus your mind on working through emotions and feelings. Self- affirmations can be spoken out loud at any time of the day, or you might choose to repeat them silently to yourself during meditation. These affirmations work particularly well for the Sacral Chakra, but you can always come up with your own:
“I am connected to my community”
“I am connected to my family”
“I am a creative being”
“I attract people who treat me with respect”
“I embrace my vibrant sexuality”
Sacral chakra candles
Chakra candles combine the healing powers of essential oils with color therapy to supercharge healing energy sessions and meditations. Look out for candles with sandalwood, cardamom, bergamot and ylang ylang.
Sacral Chakra candles can also be used during meditation and mindfulness sessions. Focusing on the flickering flame of a candle can be a good way to focus the mind and reduce unwanted mental chatter.
Yoga poses for the Sacral Chakra
Yoga can be a great way to focus on opening your body and releasing tension. Hip-opening yoga poses such as Upavistha Konasana (Open Angle) and Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle) are particularly effective at targeting the Sacral Chakra as they get right to the heart of the Sacral Chakra's location in the body.
There are many different yoga traditions to choose from, many of which combine yoga with other healing practices such as meditation. Sri Sri Yoga for example, combines well known asanas (yoga poses) with breathwork and meditation, allowing you to work on healing the subtle body as a whole.
Crystals for the Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange and golden crystals such as amber, tiger's eye, carnelian, citrine, moonstone, and sunstone can be particularly useful for healing this chakra. .
There are several ways to practice crystal chakra healing. You could
- Place a healing crystal on your body during meditation or create a crystal circle around you.
- Hold a protective stone in your hands while saying affirmations or mantras.
- Wear chakra crystal jewelry like necklaces or bracelets.
- Light a crystal chakra candle. Our chakra candle collection includes crystals within each chakra candle.
- Add a golden stone to your bath water when you're having a relaxing soak.
Or you can just place them around your home to support the flow of energy in your daily life.
With an open Sacral Chakra, your positive energy will move freely, leading to increased feelings of peace and stability.
Sacral Chakra healing comes in many forms, and it's worth trying different methods until you find a healing practice that works for you. You may find that you gravitate towards one technique over another.
Most importantly, be patient with yourself. Healing an imbalanced chakra takes time and often benefits from both emotional and physical healing practices.
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