The Sacral Chakra

An artist’s rendering of the sacral chakra symbol

The Sacral Chakra: The Center of Creative Energy

The sacral chakra, or svadhisthana, is the second of the seven chakras in our chakra seriesRoot, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and, finally, the Crown.


It is the energy center of all creativity, relationships, sexual energy, and feeling. When out of balance, the sacral chakra is a dangerous place. Should we live unconsciously to the underactive or overactive energy in this center, we would find ourselves deprived of vital enjoyment and personal power on the one hand or, on the other extreme co-dependencies, cravings, and compulsions. 


Where is the Sacral Chakra?

Seated above the root chakra between the frenum and the navel, the sacral chakra gushes with orange swirling hues. The sacral chakra is the seat of our addictions and ultimately gluttonous behaviors. If we work to balance this energy center, we discover a world of joy rather than sensory overload.


How to Balance It

The sacral chakra is a double-sided coin. Blocked or overactive, the sacral chakra results in the lower body feeling either cramped or loose. For example, the kidneys, bladder, and adrenals can become infected, inflamed, or hypertensive. One’s lower back may be tight or spasming. The belly may hang out, pronouncing evidence of an indulgent lifestyle of fat and sugar. 


Not surprisingly, this is associated with guilt which claims the right to pleasure and joy. It argues that pleasure has led to terrible things and therefore must be repressed. This is a common mistake we make when working at psycho-spiritual healing. If guilt overwhelms the sacral chakra, one may go on living as the rational do-gooder but it suffocates the soul of experience and true personhood. Creativity chokes behind the strong grip of guilt.


We seek to balance the sacral chakra. Smell, taste, longings. As we spend time opening up to the realm of guilt, pleasure, and joy, let us all keep in mind the animal and vegetal soul. There is a natural and worthwhile place for the sacral in life. The instincts may be wilder than we want and this is why the root chakra needs to be opened first. Dealing with fear, the root chakra grounds our experiences in a place of balance and security.


How to Heal It

The problem is not the desire for pleasure, but the relationship one has with pleasure. For example, if we seek our pleasure at the expense of our souls, there is, as most of us have seen, great destruction that may accompany our ‘natural’ inclinations. 


On the other side of the coin, pleasure of the sacral chakra promises great relief from the mind and a realm of expression and sensation that can detox the negativity within us, become blissful and filled with wonderful hormones. A balanced sacral chakra is one that allows the salivating self to taste and enjoy the process. 


The Chakra As a Current

For example, watery energy is a flowing, sometimes completely calming and soothing realm. Other times, it is rapid and powerful. With riptides and undercurrents of emotion sweeping us off our feet and thirst-quenching nectars of heavenly sweetness, the moisture of feeling deserves our deepest attendance, respect, and indulgence.


The mind thinks itself into existence and one great danger to the soulful life would be to dismember the thinking existence from the rest. Should we become convinced that our thinking defines our existence, we gravely miss the simple pleasure of existence.


The simplest of things often are the most complicated. The mind whines, demands, and even tantrums as the high-chair tyrant. Self-importance and endless attempts at total domination make it so.  Yet looking toward the expressions and experiences of bodily notions begin to open and engage the sensuous fields of the present. Such glimpses bring us profoundly into the dimensions of the soul that we found ourselves starving to call home.


Sacral Chakra Meditation

Unblock your sacral chakra with this meditation exercise.


25 Sacral Chakra Affirmations

  1. I am the co-creator with the divine
  2. I am creative
  3. Creativity flows through me
  4. I feel my emotions and I feel my pain
  5. I love to feel pleasure in my body
  6. Sexuality is sacred and is meant to be enjoyed
  7. I release all blame and guilt
  8. I easily accept pleasure
  9. What others do is none of my business
  10. I am a sensual being
  11. I am a creative being
  12. My emotions are balanced
  13. I can and will receive and give pleasure
  14. I am exactly where I need to be in my life
  15. I release the need to control others
  16. Goodness beauty and joy resonates with my soul
  17. I attract what I need and I am blessed
  18. I accept my uniqueness
  19. I am grateful for the joy of being me
  20. I embrace my sensuality and sexuality
  21. I am connected to my body
  22. I am fully present in all the little pleasures of my day
  23. I love myself unconditionally and exactly as I am
  24. I receive pleasure and abundance with every breath I take
  25. I belong 


Sacral Chakra Healing in Orange County, CA

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