Welcome back for the second article in my Chakra Series! If you didn’t get to check out the first piece in the series, The Root Chakra: Signs of Blockage and How to Heal, I suggest that you start there. It’s much easier to balance and open the other chakras if the root chakra, which connects us to the earth, is first balanced. Now, we are going to take a closer look at the sacral chakra, the second of the seven major chakras.
Imagine yourself in your most creative state—maybe cooking, gardening, painting, writing, or building things makes you feel “in the flow,” so to speak. We have our sacral chakras to thank for the creativity that flows through us.
The Sacral Chakra
The sacral chakra (svadhisthana) is located above the pubic bone and below the belly button, and it also includes the genital region. It is the second of the seven major chakras, as well as the second of the chakras of matter (i.e. having to do with the physical world). Its color is orange, and it is symbolized by a lotus with six petals.
Let’s remember that chakras are essentially swirling centers of energy within our bodies that mark the convergence of the physical and spiritual aspects of our beings, and that each chakra carries its own particular energy and purpose.
The sacral chakra is our center of creativity, sexuality, and emotion. When the energy at this chakra is flowing, we feel creative, abundant, joyful, and full of pleasure. Unfortunately—like with our other chakras—the sacral chakra can become imbalanced or blocked at times.
Signs of Imbalance or Blockage
When the sacral chakra is imbalanced or blocked, there are a variety of physical, emotional, and spiritual symptoms that may be experienced. It is important to note that the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our being are very closely related, so it is common for physical ailments, for example, to be a sign of a deeper spiritual issue.
Here are some symptoms that your sacral chakra may be blocked:
Constipation, lower back pain, infertility, gynecological cysts, kidney problems, abnormal menstruation, sexual dysfunction, impotence, depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders, insecurity, detachment, fear, and jealousy.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is possible that there is a blockage in your sacral chakra. Thankfully, there are a variety of techniques and practices that can be used to clear the energy of this chakra and heal.
Unblocking the Sacral Chakra
As mentioned in an article I previously wrote as an overview of all the major chakras, meditation is a wonderful practice for balancing and clearing blockages. My go-to chakra-clearing technique involves the visualization of bright lights radiating from the locations of each of the chakras along my spine.
To begin meditating to heal the sacral chakra, sit or lie down comfortably with your eyes closed and your palms facing up. Begin to focus on your breathing and allow your mind to relax. As you are meditating, put your attention on your sacral chakra, which is between your navel and pubic bone. Envision a bright orange light radiating from that location, and allow the light to penetrate and heal you.
Affirmations are a powerful tool for attracting joy and abundance. I have always been a big fan, and I’ve used them periodically throughout my life in order to attract my desires, improve my self-esteem, and heal myself spiritually.
Affirmations that help to balance the sacral chakra are as follows:
I am sensual. I am creative. I am abundant. I attract nurturing relationships into my life. I live life with passion and feel a great deal of joy. I am comfortable in my sexuality. I am radiantly beautiful. I am strong. I acknowledge my uniqueness. My senses are alive and connected.
Many people use crystals as a means of improving their energy and engaging in spiritual healing. I still have intentions of learning more about crystals, and, as always, I welcome comments down below telling me about your experiences with them. I recently purchased a book about crystal healing, and I’m very excited to learn about and experience their healing powers.
Look for these crystals to help you balance your sacral chakra:
Red jasper, red and brown aventurine, garnet, orange carnelian, orange sapphire, and peach moonstone.
You can wear these stones as jewelry or simply keep them with you.
The food we eat can be incredibly nurturing to our spiritual bodies, and certain foods can help us balance our chakras.
Make an effort to eat these foods in order to balance the sacral chakra:
Almonds, melons, papayas, pumpkins, oranges, coconuts, mangos, passion fruit, walnuts, and carrots. The commonality here is that many of them are either healthy orange foods or tropical fruits.
I do not have much experience with aromatherapy; however, I’ve talked to many people who do, and they love it. Tangerine, neroli, jasmine, rosewood, grapefruit, and geranium are all wonderful essential oils to work with in order to balance and heal the sacral chakra.
Yoga has always been one of my favorite and most effective ways to open, balance, and heal my chakras. I mentioned in the Root Chakra article how my mom is a fantastic yoga teacher, which makes me very lucky. I highly recommend yoga as a practice for general well-being. It unites the mind, body, and spirit, which of course includes our chakras.
Try these poses for healing the sacral chakra:
Cobra pose, triangle pose, dancer pose, and seated pelvic circles.
As you can see, there are a variety of ways for us to open up and heal our sacral chakra, which connects us with a sense of creativity, sensuality, and joy. If you haven’t checked out my Root Chakra article yet, please do, and stay tuned for the third article in the Chakra Series, which will be about the solar plexus chakra!