The Sacral Chakra
Sacral Chakra healing: Everything you need to know about it
The Sacral Chakra, or the Second Chakra, holds your creative energy, spiritual wisdom, and sexuality.
Blockage of energy here can disrupt you from achieving your goals and cause issues like procrastination and emotional instability. It’s important that this energy spot remains open for maintaining healthy relationships and the overall harmony of your life.
If you're experiencing feelings of frustration or lack of focus, then read on to find out how to spot imbalances in this energy spot and various ways you can engage in Sacral Chakra healing.
What is the Sacral Chakra?
The chakra system is the subtle energy system originating from Hinduism and Buddhism beliefs. This system has seven chakras namely, the Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, Root Chakra, Third Eye Chakra, Throat Chakra, and Crown Chakra.
The Sacral Chakra (also known as the Sex Chakra or Swadhisthana Chakra) is the second of the seven principal energy centers located around our bodies. The Swadhisthana Chakra in Sanskrit translates to Swa, meaning self, and Adhishthana, meaning established.
Its symbol is a six-petalled lotus flower with a vibrant orange color. The Chakra also has a connection with the water element and the moon, as both are seen as representative of freedom, flow and movement.
The Sacral Chakra is located in the lower abdomen, below the navel, and above the pubic bone, having connection to our kidneys, sexual organs, reproductive system, and associated hormones.
Additionally, the Sacral Chakra represents our creativity, willpower, and relationships with others as lovers or friends. It governs our ability to receive love from others and to give it in return.
Causes of imbalances in the Sacral Chakra
Your body is a temple, and as such, every problem or pain experienced in the past and present leaves a lifelong impact on the 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:
Trauma: 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.
Relationship conflicts: The Sacral Chakra has a solid link to our emotional well-being. Therefore, any relationship conflicts that are troubling are likely to result 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.
Rejection: 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 emotions they can manifest themselves as an energy imbalance in your Sacral Chakra.
Sexual issues: 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.
How to identify if you need Sacral Chakra healing?
Each chakra relates to different mental, physical and emotional functions in the human body. When these energy centres are balanced, our chi or spiritual power flows freely throughout the body. When they become blocked, it can take a toll on our emotional 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.
Signs of a balanced Sacral Chakra
The Sacral Chakra balances the energy of warmth, confidence, and generosity.
- A fully activated Sacral Chakra is characterized by passionate emotions, enhanced sensuality and sexuality.
- The balancing of this energy center is directly related to cultivating a healthy and pleasurable relationship with your partner. As a result, we can experience harmony, pleasure, and nurturing in our relationships with ourselves, and the world.
- Our ability to discover our creative abilities and inner sight is intensified.
- We start to gain access to our deepest emotions and fears and learn the ability to address and process these feelings
- Not only that, but we start learning and understanding the art of freely expressing our needs and emotions to others and making healthy boundaries with people in our life.
Signs of an imbalanced Sacral Chakra
An imbalanced or blocked chakra has trapped or stagnant energy, which can lead to specific behavioural and physical issues within the individual:
- An overactive Sacral Chakra can manifest itself in feelings of rage or oversensitivity.
- Argumentative behaviour, sexual dissatisfaction as well as muscle tension are also common signs of an overactive Sacral Chakra.
- An individual with an under-active Sacral Chakra may experience feelings of pessimism, laziness, emotional numbness, lack of confidence, creativity loss, or low libido.
How to heal your Sacral Chakra
Have you identified any of the above problems in yourself? If so, then you may benefit from the following methods of Sacral Chakra healing:
The first step towards healing is acknowledging that your soul, mind, and body require your help and support.
Analyse 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.
Use the colour orange in meditation
The colour 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.
Follow our guide to Chakra healing meditation.
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”
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.
With an open Sacral Chakra, your 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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