svadhisthana: the sacral chakra
COLOR: ORANGE | LOCATION: LOWER ABDOMEN | ELEMENT: WATER | ENERGY: FEMININE | MANTRA: VAM | FUNCTION: PASSION, CREATIVITY | BODY PARTS: REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM, GENITALS, WOMB | TAROT SUIT: CUPS | ARCHANGEL: GABRIEL
The sacral chakra, located 2 inches below the navel, is the home of your creative, sexual and emotional energies. This energy centre holds your personal power and your life-force energy. It gives you your ability to attract resources, opportunities and people into your life.
In Sanskrit, Svadhisthana means 'the dwelling place of the self'.Associated with the water element, it represents fluidity and versatility and provides you with the ability to flow with change. The color of the second chakra is orange, expressing joy, vibrancy and fun.
This chakra is responsible for your emotion. It carries whatever feeling you have in your energy field, whether that is love, hate, passion or fear. An essential part of balancing your second chakra is learning to understand your emotions and how they affect your experiences and attitude to life. Consider the emotions you feel most often and which ones you have trouble processing. Being consciously aware of your emotional state is a powerful way to connect to your sacral chakra.
A balanced sacral chakra radiates warmth, bringing a sense of creativity, joy, abundance and vitality. It is centered on personal identity and is deeply connected to our partnerships with others and our relationships with the things that bring us happiness and fulfillment in life. This energy centre is all about creative expression and using your personal power to create the life you desire.
When the sacral chakra is out of balance, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and emotionally unstable. One of the most challenging emotions to process is shame. When we feel ashamed, it often stems from low self-esteem and low self-worth, which can be difficult to clear from the sacral chakra. Like water - the element corresponding to this chakra - our emotions move up and down in waves. This energy centre teaches us to go with the highs and lows, and to allow our sensitivity to be a part of life. The sacral chakra is a powerful tool for those who feel deeply. Learning to ground yourself and distinguish your own emotions from those of others is essential for individuals who experience high levels of empathy.
This chakra thrives on a mentality of abundance: believing that you already have enough, and that what you want to achieve is on its way to you. When your sacral chakra is balanced, you can feel this energy already available, enabling you to notice the people, opportunities and experiences that you need to help you your goals.
diagnosing the sacral chakra
In working with this chakra, you will address your relationship with both others and yourself. Personally, you’ll discover you have unlimited creative power; you’ll learn how to cultivate a healthy relationship to pleasure; and you’ll gain insight into your default reactions and deepest emotions and learn how to sit with the depth of your feelings. You will more freely express your wants, needs, and emotions with others. You will also learn how to express yourself more skillfully and how to begin setting healthy boundaries.
food | herbs & flowers | essential oils | crystals
The Sacral Chakra holds the element of water, which is receptive and allows us to access flexibility, flow, movement, adopting the shapes of that which it encounters, following the path of least resistance, yet gaining power and momentum as it flows. The sacral chakra encompasses more of the feminine qualities associated with receptivity, emotions and nurturance. This chakra is also associated with the moon. Like the moon's pull on the tides, our desires and passions can move great oceans of energy too. It supports personal expansion and the formation of identity through relating to others, and to the world. There’s a myriad of ways to open, and balance your sacral chakra - and since the key to this chakra is creativity, get your creative juices flowing!
FOOD & HERBS: Oranges, Papaya, Mango, Orange Peppers, Passionfruit, Butternut Squash, Mandarins, WATER!, Calendula, Damiana, Fennel
ESSENTIAL OILS: Bergamot, Neroli, Orange, Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang
CRYSTAKS: Carnelian, Tangerine Quartz, Orange Calcite, Sunstone
I feel safe, secure, and aligned
I feel good about my life, and my choices
I choose to feel joy and excitement
I receive pleasure and abundance with every breath I take
I breathe in powerful golden light
My emotions are free flowing and balanced
I am a creative being
I allow creativity to flow through me freely
I honor the sacred body in which my soul resides
I welcome sensuality into my life
My intuitive senses are awakened
I embrace my vibrant sexuality
ritual bath for positive energy
Try this powerful self-care ritual to alleviate mental fatigue and promote emotional balance. Use warm, vibrant and energizing elements, such as calendula flowers and carnelian crystals, to balance the second energy centre.
YOU WILL NEED:
Sage, feather & a dish to catch ashes
Sacral chakra crystals
Sea salt or Epsom salts
Sacral chakra flowers 🌸 & herbs 🌿
calendula, ginseng or damiana tea
Orange beeswax 🐝 or soy candles
Cleanse the bathroom, following the instructions here.
Run the bath, slowly adding in your healing crystals, bath salts and flowers. Add the herbal tea directly to your bath water for extra herbal infusion or sip it while you are bathing. Light your candles and play calming music to create a peaceful atmosphere.
Once you are comfortably in the bath, start to focus on your breathing. Close your eyes and visualize your sacral chakra as a bright spinning wheel of energy.
Let go of any tension in your body as you begin to feel centered. Choose an affirmation or intention relating to your second chakra to meditate on as you attract new positive energy into your life.
Extinguish the candles safely.
Enjoy feeling vibrant, uplifted and inspired as you continue your day or evening.