Sacral chakra: creativity, energy, joy

The “sacral” or “second” chakra supports your ability to feel joyful, creative, and energetic. It helps you move through life with pleasure and grace.

sacral-chakraThe sacrum, deriving from the word “sacred,” is also the resting place of the organs of reproduction, the holy starting point of life.

Your ability to accept life and your physical body relates directly to your reproductive health as well as to your creativity, energy, and joy.

Many of us, through the endless stream of images and advice in our culture, have developed a negative relationship with our bodies.

Combined with any difficult experiences around sensuality, sexuality, or body image, this leads to imbalances in the second chakra, causing major issues for reproductive health, and affecting the lower back, sacrum, hips, and digestion.

I’ve put together a few powerful techniques you can play with to restore balance to this area of health.

3 ways to tone the sacral chakra

1. Affirmations

Affirmations provide a great way to turn around the negative stories we tell ourselves about life, our bodies, and our own value.

These will help you tap into your well of joy and self-acceptance, and give you access to the deep pleasures of life.

If you see a few that you like, close your eyes for a moment each morning and greet the day with 10 repetitions of your favorite phrase. If you do this for the next 7 days, you’ll be surprised at how much shifts for you:

I love my life.

I am a creature of joy and light.

I honor my body and treat myself respectfully.

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I trust my feelings and give them room for expression.

I receive pleasure and abundance with every breath I take.

I am grateful for the joy of being me.

Goodness, beauty and joy resonate with my soul.

Rest and play help keep me healthy.

I embrace my sensuality and sexuality.

I love myself unconditionally, exactly as I am.

Pleasure is a sacred part of my life.

I am joyful, spontaneous and creative.

I go with the flow with ease and grace.

And for further reinforcement, I made you another printable! with some second chakra affirmations you can put up as a reminder. (update: an astute reader let me know that the link wasn’t working properly. Should be better now!)

(photo credit: Mara ~earth light~ via photopin cc)
 

2. Visualization

Visualizations using the chakra system are a valuable tool for self-healing.  I’m going to lead you through a short visualization to give you the basic tools for clearing.  You can follow along, but be sure to be open to your own creativity.  Follow your instincts if inspiration hits!

Begin by taking a few deep breaths.

Feel them filling your entire body, down through your feet.

As you begin to feel stable and present, bring your awareness to the base of the spine. 

Continue to breathe deeply, and begin to imagine a cord lowering effortlessly from your body down into the ground.  It could be a few inches wide, or as thick as a tree trunk. 

second chakra relative location

Imagine this cord lowering down into the earth, further and further, until it reaches the earth’s core.  Take a few deep breaths enjoying this connection. This will be your grounding cord, through which you can release anything that no longer serves you.

Leaving this cord in place, bring your awareness to your lower abdomen, breathing into the organs of reproduction.

Begin to see a bright, vibrant orange emanating from this area.  Take a few deep breaths into the color, making it brighter and clearer.

Begin to see this orange ball moving and spinning.  Breathe into this movement, slowing it down if its going to fast, and speeding it up if its too slow.

Now, as you breathe into this vibrant orange, look with your inner eye for any discoloration, dark spots or strange shapes.  If there are any, keep breathing deeply, and see bright orange light infused with white light flowing through your second chakra, dissolving any darkness and clearing the space.  You can place your hands over the heart and lower abdomen, infusing this new cleansing light with love. 

As the dark spots dissolve, let any remaining darkness drop down through your grounding cord, into the earth. Continue to shine your orange light through the abdomen until the color is pure and clear,  and spinning smoothly.

Breathe deeply and stay here as long as you like.

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This might seem like a lot, but as you get into the habit, you can also do this clearing quickly.

Try this out with me this week: any time you see something orange (street signs, clothes, halloween pumpkins!) do a short version of this visualization, sending translucent, clean orange light through the lower abdomen.  Getting into this habit should give us nice balanced sacral chakras in no time : )

If you find something you need help with while doing your clearing, feel free to get in touch with me for further support.

3. Movement!

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This is important! 

No matter how much affirming and visualizing you do, your second chakra will not flow nicely unless you move. your. hips. (!)

Movement supports the healthy rocking of the pelvis, promoting the lymphatic drainage so crucial to reproductive health.

So let’s get moving!

Start by taking some deep breaths into the pelvis. As you breathe in and out, feel the pelvis titling forward and backward.

Keep breathing, and begin to swing your hips back and forth.  nice and slow.

Add in some circular movements, and some movement from front to back.

Now you take over!  Use this momentum to continue moving spontaneously.  Put on some music, and move those hips!

Spontaneous, unstructured movement is a powerfully healing exercise.

I hope you have fun with it!

(photo credit: Pat McDonald via photopin cc)

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Another thing I really enjoyed doing along with this second chakra work was drawing the chakra!  I didn’t realize how powerful the imagery of the symbol was until I tried to recreate it.  If you like drawing, consider trying it out!

Any more ideas on how to tone the sacral chakra?  Share them below!

If you liked this, you may also enjoy the root chakra and solar plexus chakra posts.

Comments

  1. This was great!

  2. Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for, some practical tips to incorporate. I’m excited to give them a try.

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