Today thousands of people woke up feeling stuck in their lives. Someone with an artistic soul is doing a dead-end job with no creativity. A busy entrepreneur is feeling lonely and isolated. A woman is recovering from yet another heartbreaking argument with her spouse.
Does this sound like you? Are you stuck in a job or relationship that makes you feel sad, stranded, and hopeless?
In situations like these, the chakra may be imbalanced or totally blocked. When this chakra is flowing freely it can be a wellspring of fresh creative energy, but when it’s blocked your life will lack satisfaction and creative expression.
Overview of the Sacral Chakra
The 7 main chakras are part of an ancient chakra system of energy flow. It is also called the second chakra or the Svadhisthana in Sanskrit, is located in your lower abdomen and helps form your intimate connections like romantic relationships, sexuality, pleasure, and self-identity.
This is also the chakra of creativity. It fuels creative people with the magic spark that inspires art, music, design, dance, and much more. When you have an “aha!” moment of creative insight, your chakra is speaking to you.
You may not even have realized the power of your sacral chakra as it has influenced your work, hobbies, interests, relationships, and personal drive to succeed. Even the simplest act of biting into a juicy piece of fruit involves the sensations of this chakra.
The sacral chakra is the energy center of sexual energy, reproduction, movement, and emotion. Reproductive and fertility issues are commonly associated with this chakra being out of balance.
Vibrant orange is the color of this chakra and it is also associated with the element of water, which stretches and expands into any space it occupies. Strong, powerful animals like the tiger and crocodile are connected to this chakra.
It is represented by a six-petaled orange flower with the Sanskrit letters ba, bha, ma, ya, ra, and la. The central, or seed, sound of the sacral chakra is vam. The symbol also incorporates a crescent moon, which is closely associated with this chakra.
How Do I Know if My Chakra Needs Healing?
Your chakra is in need of healing when certain sensations and emotions are clearly out of balance: creativity, passion, confidence, pleasure, joy, and self-reliance. Your imbalance may be felt as either a lack or an excess, due to an underactive or overactive second chakra.
Signs of an Underactive Second Chakra
Common emotional symptoms of an underactive chakra include laziness, pessimism, and overwhelming fear. You may become so buried in negativity, it’s difficult to find any pleasure in the things you used to enjoy.
Self-deprecation, or making fun of oneself, is another sign. It shows that the connection to your inner self-esteem has been broken, which causes you to treat yourself carelessly.
In a similar way, both depression and obsession can be linked to under-stimulation of the sacral chakra. This may include excessive fantasizing, undereating or overeating, social anxiety, and extreme isolation.
In your physical body, constipation, bladder trouble, urinary tract infections, irregular menstruation, and abdominal pain are the signs of an underactive chakra. It’s also common to have a low libido and issues with the reproductive organs.
Signs of an Overactive Sacral Chakra
Sexual addiction can be attributed to an overactive chakra because the overstimulation can be difficult to release and the person may seek unhealthy outlets for the excess energy. If you feel the urge toward sex but can’t gain satisfaction from ordinary sexual experiences, this could be at the root of the problem.
Anger and rage are also associated with an overactive 2nd chakra. If you’re quick-tempered and find yourself arguing with lots of people throughout the day, examine your sacral chakra balance.
In relationships, you may form codependency and an over-reliance on a romantic partner or best friend. This can lead to jealousy, fear, and bickering with the people you love.
Physically, muscle tension is a hallmark of an overstimulated sacral chakra. You may have persistent muscle pain, pulled muscles, strains, tension, and aching in your head and abdomen due to the blocked energy flow.
In addition, your entire life may begin to feel out of control. Since you are unable to connect with your passions, you tend to either turn into a control freak or tune out and ignore the things that used to excite you. You’re in a rut and devoid of self-love.
What it Feels Like to Have a Balanced Sacral Chakra
A person with a balanced sacral chakra feels open and joyous about each new day. Although they see and understand the daily challenges in front of them, they feel accepting and emotionally grounded enough to face these challenges with confidence.
A balanced sacral chakra offers a deep well of personal power that allows someone to turn dormant, dusty thoughts and dreams into vibrant reality. Creative insight comes naturally to them. They’re always brimming with fresh ideas in a way that is almost child-like with open energy.
This person doesn’t fear the future, because they have a strong sense of self that helps them burst through any roadblock. They also find clever solutions to relationship problems and thrive on pursuing their passions in life.
Perhaps you’ve met someone like this – someone intensely creative and charismatic – and thought, “That person just shines.” This is likely someone with a healthy sacral chakra, who is fully open to the energy of the universe.
Harnessing Healing Power for Your Sacral Chakra
If you’re not the sparkling, passionate person we’ve just described, don’t worry. Many people struggle to keep their chakra in balance, but there are some time-tested energy healing techniques that can help.
Sacral Stones and Jewelry
Healing stones help restore and maintain chakra balance. Here are the gemstones that soothe and repair your chakra.
Moonstone: The second chakra’s ancient connection to the moon also connects it to the moonstone. These cloudy white, grey, or lightly-colored stones bring good fortune, insight, and prophesy. Wear one while gazing at the moon, and you may be able to see your future.
Tiger’s eye: Like the powerful tiger, the striped tiger’s eye stone gives courage and fierceness. The bright “flash” seen in the eye of this gemstone gives moments of deep insight and inspires the warrior spirit within you.
Citrine: The golden yellow citrine is a rare gemstone in its authentic form, so ensure you find a genuine stone. Citrine has healing properties and is thought to promote healthy interpersonal relationships.
Orange carnelian: This warm orange-red stone is strongly associated with the second chakra and symbolizes courage, safe passage, hope, and comfort. It is thought to protect its wearer from negative influences so they may find a lifetime of prosperity.
To heal your sacral chakra, try Shakti Mudra, which is a type of spiritual yoga that stimulates the pelvis and passion through hand movement. In Sanskrit, shakti means “empowerment,” and mudra means “gesture.”
- Touch the tips of your pinkie fingers together at their pads
- Do the same for your ring fingers.
- Fold your thumbs across your palms.
- Wrap your other two fingers down over your thumbs.
- Hold your hands over your heart and close your eyes.
- Envision an orange light that shines from your lower abdomen. Some people also picture an orange lotus flower or orange crescent moon.
- Focus on this image and allow the orange light to shine from your root chakra, through your sacral chakra and upward through your body, into your solar plexus chakra, up through your neck, and out your third eye chakra, located between your eyes. Let go of all negative energy.
Yoga Poses for Sacral Healing
There is a series of 11 yoga poses that can open your chakra and fuel creativity. Start in Hero Pose and progress through them:
- Hero Pose
- Child’s Pose
- Downward-Facing Dog Pose followed by Low Lunge
- Half Monkey God Pose
- Goddess Pose
- Warrior Pose II
- Reverse Warrior Pose
- Wide-Legged standing Forward Bend C
- Frog Pose
- Seated Forward Bend
- Reclining Bound Angle Pose
Food and Diet Suggestions
The second chakra color is the color orange, so seek it out in the foods you eat. Oranges, melons, coconuts, papayas, and other sweet foods help open, nourish, and heal your sacral chakra.
Beneficial foods also go beyond fruit. Try sweet potatoes with a sprinkle of cinnamon, which is a sweet-spicy combination that can stimulate the second chakra.
Sacral Chakra Affirmations
Nurture chakra balancing through positive affirmations. Here are a few to try.
- I am open to the natural creativity within me.
- I have a zest for life.
- I am sensual, pleasurable, and artful.
- Abundance is part of who I am.
- I release fear and welcome creativity.
- I am a creator. I add beauty to the world.
Rediscovering Creativity With Sacral Chakra Healing
If your creative spark has fizzled out, try the techniques above and give yourself some time to heal your sacral chakra. But if you’re still struggling, take a look at Carol Tuttle’s new book, “The Modern Chakra Guide: 7 Steps to Awakening Your Energy in Today’s World.” It’s a new way to restore chakra energy flow and rediscover the creative fire that burns deep within you.