How to Balance the Sacral Chakra – Ultimate Guide!

How to Balance the Sacral Chakra – Ultimate Guide!

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Today I will be discussing how to balance the sacral chakra.

Did you ever come across with somebody who radiates a sincere kind, warm and positive energy?

The kind of person who embraces the world and with whom you immediately feel comfortable and at ease?

Well, chances are you have met someone whose second chakra is balanced.

People with a balanced Sacral chakra, or Swadhisthana chakra, are open to the world around them.

They are energetic, emotionally stable and connected, compassionate and experience a true joy in life.

Swadhisthana chakra is the centre of passion, emotion, pleasure and creativity.

This chakra is located in the pelvic area, about 4 fingers below the belly button.

When Swadhisthana chakra is out of balance, you might experience trust issues, behave cold and distant towards others, or you might experience the opposite and be overly needy and dependent.

People with Sacral chakra imbalance often feel overwhelmed and hyper sensitive and tend to experience sexual problems.

They are prone to suffer from depression and addictions and they seem to be drawn to conflict and drama.

Imbalance of the second chakra also manifests itself on a physical level through urinary issues, kidney problems, gynaelogical problems and lower back pain.

 

 

The Sacral Chakra at a glance

Name in Sanskrit: Svadhisthana means the “dwelling place of the self
Location: The lower abdomen below the tailbone (includes lower pelvis, womb, and genitals)
Colour: Orange

Mantra: VAM
Element: Water
Signs of balance: Feelings of creativity, playfulness, and sensual and sexual pleasure
Signs of imbalance: Addictive/compulsive behaviours, sexual dysfunction, fear of change, emotional instability. In the body, the sacral chakra connects with reproductive issues (infertility, impotence, or menstrual issues) and lower back, kidney, or stomach disorders.

Below are the location points on the body of all the chakras:

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The Svadhisthana chakra relates to the water element, and like water, the sacral energy controls fluidity, versatility, and freedom, whether sexual, emotional, or creative.

When in balance, someone feels an abundance of creativity and pleasure. When out of balance, a person feels emotionally unstable, sexual dysfunction, and a lack of creative energy.

 

Benefits of healing the Sacral Chakra

The Sacral Chakra may be the most common blockage but healing this chakra is one of the most empowering feelings there is.

Just like the rest of our chakras, imbalance can look like two different things: overactive and underactive.

In order to tap into the power of the Sacral Chakra, the aim is to find balance.

The key aspects of balance in the Sacral Chakra are respected by these 3 things

When you heal the Svadhisthana, you’ll feel:

  • An enormous sense of inspiration
  • Confidence in expressing your true self
  • Able to pursue your heart’s desires
  • Deeper, more fulfilling connection in your relationships
  • More present & able to engage fully in the world around you

When you stop chasing pleasure and denying pain, you’ll feel a healthy balance of being engaged in the present.

You’ll learn how to take pleasure in what you have instead of chasing instant gratification. Instead of fearing discomfort, you’ll be able to engage with it until it passes.

When energy is flowing through this chakra, we allow others to see our vulnerabilities and allow ourselves to take risks, with resilience to failure.

Our sacral chakra gives us the green light to live out our greater purpose and let go of the control dramas of our past.

In our non-intimate relationships, it allows us to show our true selves, pursue our dreams, and give to others without attachment to results.

When this chakra has been well developed, we can differentiate ourself from the tribe that raised us.

We accept and embrace our true self and listen to our individuality to live out our dreams.

 

When the Sacral Chakra is blocked

So how do you know if you have a blocked sacral chakra?

The Sacral Chakra rules some pretty complex feelings and concepts and it may be hard to identify what balance feels like here if you’ve never experienced it.

Cause and effect of Sacral Chakra blockages

All chakras can manifest their blockages in physical, mental, or emotional expressions.

Here are the most common examples of what blockages feel like for most of us struggling here.

Low Self Worth

The sacral chakra can become blocked when we live in fear of what others think of us or what we think of ourselves.

An example of low self-worth is when we replay shameful memories or failures in our minds on repeat.

Holding onto a negative emotion like shame makes us unable to step into our full power, creativity, and confidence.

Another example is when we can’t handle criticism or differing opinions.

To overcome this lack of self-worth, we need to learn to fully love and value ourselves and all aspects of our being and not seek it from the external world.

Path to healing your self-worth in sacral chakra

Lack of fulfilment

Svadhisthana represents experiencing joy and pleasure. In balance, we experience this feeling through a fulfilling life path.

In fact, in balance, we even learn to find pleasure in pain because we are so fulfilled by the challenges on our path.

When we’re not living a fulfilling life, we seek to be distracted by other forms of satisfaction and gratification.

Inspiring quote to practice vulnerable self-expression

Inability to create intimate relationships

When the sacral chakra is blocked, you may find yourself unable to tap into your personal power.

This not only affects creativity, but also your ability to have a passionate and trusting relationship, and the self-worth to pursue your desires and express your individuality.

If you find yourself clinging onto past relationships or past hurts it may be time to heal the sacral chakra.

When we let go of shame, we gain the confidence we need to meet the world with a strong sense of self and individuality.

Addictive behaviours

There’s a good chance that if you’ve ever experienced addiction, you probably have a sacral chakra blockage.

The sacral chakra represents engaging in joy and pleasure without feeling the need to be constantly satisfied.

An excessive need for joy typically represents an overactive Svadhisthana.

hat blockages in the sacral chakra may look like

Other symptoms of a blocked sacral chakra

  • Lack of Creativity
  • Lack of Motivation or Inspiration
  • Depression
  • Urinary or Reproductive Issues
  • Low Libido or Hormone Imbalances
  • Hip Injuries or Tightness

 

Overactive Sacral Chakra

When a chakra is overactive, it means that the chakra is distributing too much energy.

It is working in overdrive and bringing imbalance to the chakra. When your sacral chakra is overactive, it affects your overall wellbeing.

If your second chakra is overactive, you may be experiencing issues of excess and conflict from thriving on drama to having unhealthy relationships.

When the sacral chakra is overwhelmed with energy, it will make you feel overwhelmed.

You may feel emotions more deeply, experience mood swings, or become overly dependent on others.

Signs of an overactive sacral chakra

  • Emotional Overreactions
  • Dramatic
  • Aggressive
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive Emotional Attachment
  • Co-dependency
  • Addictive Personality

 

How to Balance the Sacral Chakra – Ultimate Guide!

Below, you’ll find 14 powerful healing practices to open, balance, and activate your sacral chakra.

You can use any of these practices as part of your daily routine, or you can choose a few when you feel like your sacral chakra is blocked and imbalanced.

 

Get creative

How often do you make space in your life for creativity?

Actually, let me rephrase that.

How often do you make space in your life for creativity that has absolutely no end goal?

It’s not meant to be productive. It’s not meant to be good. And it’s definitely not meant to be perfect – it’s just pure, unrestricted, joyful creativity.

This is the type of creativity you feel when you’re in a total flow state. And there’s a good chance it’s not the type of creative outlet you’re best at.

For instance, I’m a writer. I’m writing blog posts and articles most days. But even then, I have a very hard time letting go of my inner perfectionist.

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So, when I’m working with my sacral chakra, I never turn to writing to stimulate my creativity.

Rather, I often do something that I’m not very objectively good at, like creating picture quotes or drawing.

I embrace the fun and play of it all, and I let go and allow my inner creative to guide me wherever it wants to go.

Embracing your creative flow is one of the most beneficial practices you can do when working with your sacral chakra.

Do something you feel good about that isn’t related to your job and that you don’t feel the need to be perfect when doing.

Let it be both messy and beautiful!

 

Spend time in water

The sacral chakra’s associated element is water, and there are several powerful ways you can use water to connect with this energy centre.

My personal favourite practice is to take a luxurious bath. When your sacral chakra is open and balanced, you have a positive relationship with your body and embrace your own divine sensuality.

A warm bubble bath is the perfect way to honour your body.

Of course, you can also find water all over nature, which is one of our greatest teachers and healers of all.

Oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams all offer opportunities to connect with your sacral chakra. If you’re not too keen on getting in the water, that’s okay!

Even sitting near the water while meditating, journaling, or simply sitting in silence can offer meaningful healing.

 

Mirror work

Mirror work can be a beneficial practice for your entire chakra system as a whole.

But I especially like it for sacral chakra healing, because it can help build self-esteem and connect you to your body, which are all important aspects of the sacral chakra.

What does mirror work entail exactly?

First, stand in front of a mirror and look yourself in the eyes. If possible, try to use a mirror that shows at least half your body.

Bring a gentle smile to your lips. As you’re looking yourself in the eyes, start complimenting yourself.

Affirm all the things you love about yourself, both inside and out. If you’re complimenting your arms, you can gently brush your fingertips against your arms in loving reverence.

The same goes for your face, chest, legs, and all the rest of your divine being.

If you’re feeling super confident, you can even start dancing in front of the mirror. Your dancing can be fun and joyful or sultry and sensual; do what feels most comfortable to you!

When you’re about done, look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself I love you. Repeat this practice as often as you want.

 

Uplifting affirmations

Positive affirmations are a powerful way to lift your vibrations and align yourself with the energy you want to attract.

For sacral chakra healing, focus on words that affirm your joy, creativity, passion, prosperity, openness, sensuality, and sexuality.

Use these affirmations throughout your day.

Below, you can find some sacral chakra affirmations to get you started.

  • I am open to the flow of creativity.
  • I am creative, passionate, and inspired.
  • I feel joyful, energetic, and alive.
  • I am pure, positive energy.
  • My emotions flow freely in a balanced and healthy way.
  • I allow the flow of positive energy to effortlessly move through me.
  • I live a creative, vibrant, passionate life.
  • I am vibrating pure joy, abundance, and prosperity.
  • Endless prosperity flows to and through me.
  • I am cultivating a beautiful life free of stress, worries, or fear.
  • I deserve absolute and unconditional bliss.
  • Unconditional joy is my birth right.

 

 

Dance

When your sacral chakra is blocked, you may feel withdrawn, tense, negative, and/or fearful.

Dancing is one of the best ways to allow energy to flow freely throughout your body as you release any tension you may be holding onto within.

Does the idea of dancing in front of people feel too overwhelming? That’s okay!

This practice can often be most beneficial when you’re completely alone.

If you’re at home or somewhere safe, play some music that resonates with you.

It can be fast and upbeat or slow and sensual. You can set the mood by turning off lights, lighting candles, and/or changing into clothes that make you feel your best.

Then, all you have to do is simply dance. Let loose, knowing you are completely safe.

You can move in any way that feels right to you, but I do recommend connecting to your hips and lower abdomen from time to time in order to stimulate the energy in and around your sacral chakra.

 

Meditation

There are several ways you can use meditation to connect with your sacral chakra and guide you toward profound healing.

One sacral chakra healing practice is to envision a bright orange glowing orb in your lower abdomen.

As you breathe in, see the orb getting bigger. As you breathe out, see it growing brighter.

You can also recite some uplifting affirmations as you do this.

You might also choose to envision living a day in the life as your truest, most authentic self with an open and balanced sacral chakra.

Meditation

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?

What do you do during the day?

How do you speak to yourself and others?

How do you incorporate play, fun, creativity, and joy into your day?

How do you feel about your body?

See all the details play out in your visualisation, and feel the positive feelings of having an open sacral chakra.

There are tonnes of Sacral Chakra guided meditations on YouTube, below is one I use regular:

 

 

Write a letter to your inner child

When you were a child, was using your imagination encouraged or discouraged?

Did you engage in creative activities?

Did you find creativity to be fun, or were you often preoccupied with being perfect?

Did anyone ever say anything to discourage your creativity?

Were you forced to grow up too fast?

Take some time to sit and write a letter to your inner child.

Affirm to this part of you that it’s safe to be creative. Encourage them to play more and to do things that bring them joy.

Tell your inner child everything he or she needs to hear regarding play, fun, creativity, and joy.

Build up their self-esteem. Was there something you always wished an adult would tell you? Tell it to yourself now.

 

Journaling

Journaling is one of my personal favourite practices for connecting with all of my chakras.

If you can, I recommend making journaling a sacred time in which you’re not interrupted.

Journalling

If you have a quiet spot in your home, set some time aside to go there so you can connect with your inner self. You might even choose to surround yourself with crystals, essential oils, and other healing.

Below are 30 journal prompts to get you started:

  • What can I do in my daily life to add more opportunities for play?
  • What are my favourite creative activities? How do I feel when I get to express my creativity?
  • What are some creative activities I’ve always wanted to try but never have? What first step can I take toward trying one of these activities?
  • What are some creative activities I love to do but don’t make space for in my life as much as I’d like to? How can I create more space for these activities?
  • Express your creativity: Write about a movie or book idea floating in the back of your mind. What is it about? Who are the characters? What’s the central theme? Write as many details as possible, and have fun with it!
  • Invent something: Write about an invention that doesn’t exist yet but definitely should. What is its name? How does it work? How will it improve people’s lives? Get creative, and make it as crazy, far out, and illogical as you want!
  • What inspires me? Are there things in my daily life that keep me inspired every day? If not, what might help?
  • What brings me joy? In what ways is my life filled with joy?
  • How can I cultivate more feelings of joy in my daily life?
  • How often do I daydream? What kinds of things do I daydream about? In what ways can daydreaming support my wellbeing?
  • Reflect on this statement and what it means to you: “Play is not irresponsible. Creativity is not impractical. Fun is not frivolous. “
  • What does it mean to me to be prosperous? In what way(s) is my life prosperous?
  • Why is it important to me to be an open and honest person?
  • Why is it important to me to be a forgiving person? Do I ever find it difficult to forgive myself or others?
  • Write a letter forgiving yourself for a mistake you made in the past.
  • Write a letter forgiving someone else for actions they took or words they said that caused you pain.
  • What types of situations and experiences make me feel tense, insecure, and withdrawn? What can I do to help myself in these situations? Are there any frequent experiences like this in my daily life that I can change?
  • What do I feel passionate about in my life? How do I express my passion?
  • Why am I always worthy and deserving of respect from myself and others?
  • How do I show myself respect? What choices do I make for myself that are rooted in self-respect?
  • What are five practices I can incorporate into my life to boost my self-esteem?
  • Why am I awesome? What are my superpowers? What makes me an incredible person?
  • What are ten things I love about my sacred body?
  • Why is this body of mine special? What makes it beautiful?
  • How do I define sensuality? What does it mean to be a sensual being?
  • Do I consider myself sensual? What’s my personal relationship with sensuality? How can I cultivate a positive relationship with sensuality?
  • How do I define intimacy? What forms of intimacy are there? Do I easily embrace intimacy with others, or do I have a hard time with intimacy?
  • Do I consider myself a sexual being? Do I have a healthy relationship with sexuality?
  • List all of the positive things you associate with sex and sexuality.
  • What does an ordinary day as my most creative, passionate, inspired self-look like? How do I carry myself through the day? How do I treat others and myself? Write about this day in detail.

 

Visualisation

Visualisation can be a powerful tool in connecting to your inner self, healing your energy, and manifesting the life you desire.

One reason it can be especially powerful for sacral chakra healing is that it allows you to engage with your imagination.

If you haven’t used your imagination much since you were a child, this can be an especially profound healing method for you.

There are several ways you can use visualisation to connect with the sacral chakra.

You can use any of the exercises outlined in the mediation section above, or you can simply allow your imagination to take over your visualisation and see where it leads.

Since water is the element connected to the sacral chakra, you might also visualise yourself playing beneath a waterfall or floating in a river.

Imagine that the water is rinsing away all negative and blocked energy and healing your life force within.

 

Yoga

Yoga is a profound healing practice for all of your chakras, but I especially love it for working with the sacral chakra because it allows you to connect with your body in a personal and powerful way.

For sacral chakra healing, make sure to incorporate hip-opening poses into your practice.

During your practice, breathe into your lower abdomen and focus on connecting with your sacral chakra.

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Let this practice be a sacred time in which you honour your body and treat it with respect and reverence.

Here are some poses (asanas) you can incorporate into your practice when working with the sacral chakra:

  • Pigeon
  • Butterfly
  • Cobra
  • Frog
  • God/Goddess squat

 

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural plant extracts for therapeutic healing.

This is favourite method for many and a underutilized healing practices, and it’s super easy to incorporate into your daily routine.

For sacral chakra healing, use citrusy and/or spicy scents such as Orange, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Bergamot, Neroli, Cypress, Cardamom.

 

Colour therapy

In chakra healing, colour therapy is the practice of surrounding yourself with the corresponding colour of the chakra you want to open, activate, and/or heal.

For sacral chakra healing, that means immersing yourself in all thing’s orange.

You can eat orange food, write in orange pen, wear orange clothing, and surround yourself in orange items.

One of my favourite colour therapy practices is to write empowering affirmations on coloured post-it notes.

So, for sacral chakra healing, you might write uplifting sacral chakra affirmations on orange post-its.

One of the most important things to remember here is to be intentional with this practice.

Choose your items with the intention of healing your sacral chakra.

You might find it helpful to play an affirmation game with your colour therapy practice.

For instance, if you decide to wear a piece of jewellery that has an orange gemstone, say an uplifting sacral chakra affirmation every time you touch or see this item.

You can also decide that anytime you see an orange item while you’re out and about during the day, you’ll internally say a sacral chakra affirmation or express gratitude for an aspect of yourself related to the sacral chakra.

 

Food

Food can have a profound influence on your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual self.

While we often think of food as primarily affecting the body, it also affects the mind and spirit as well.

For sacral chakra healing, add your favourite spices (such as cinnamon) to drinks and meals.

Add orange produce such as carrots, mangoes, and oranges to your snacks or meals.

You can also add sweet, antioxidant-filled honey to your tea, yogurt, or toast. (Or however you best like to savour it).

 

Crystals & Gemstones

Each chakra is linked to powerful crystals that help you to connect to your energy centres and stimulate the effortless flow within.

For sacral chakra healing, you can use crystals that stimulate creativity and passion, such as Orange Calcite, Jasper, Carnelian, Red Tiger’s Eye, Coral, and Fire Opal.

Use these crystals in meditation, as jewellery, in crystal grids, in a sacred space, or keep them with you throughout the day.

 

How to Balance the Sacral Chakra – Final thoughts

After reading all this information, you might be wondering what you should do next.

I recommend picking a handful of activities from the list above that you’re naturally drawn to.

Make sure you identify whether you have a deficient or excessive chakra blockage (or a mixture), and choose accordingly.

Experiment with each healing modality for a couple of weeks and observe how you feel.

What are you doing to live a better life?

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!

If you have any questions please reach out to me via adam@adam-lawrence.org. I would love to hear from you!

I really hope you found inspiration in this article.

 

 

 

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