Recently, I had to scold myself. At work, I find myself always hunched over, in a slouching position. Not only is this uncomfortable after some time, but I noticed a persistent back and neck pain forming again. I have a history of chronic back and neck pain, so it was much to my dismay. (I may or may not have scheduled an immediate acupunture session). Little did I know that the simple act may have been an action revealing a deeper problem. My sacral chakra might be blocked, and if you keep reading you will see how.
The chakras represent the power centers of our bodies and are vertically aligned, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. The second chakra in our body is called Swadhisthana – in translation from Sanskrit, this means sweetness. It is also called the sacral chakra and is located at two fingers under your tailbone.
The chakra system was first recognized in the Orient as the foundation of certain Hindu, Buddhist and Taoist teachings. The chakras form what these cultures call the anatomy of the human spirit.
What is Swadhisthana or the Sacral Chakra?
Swadhisthana is all about movement, flow, care, pleasure, sexuality, relationships, procreation. It represents the male and female valences of ourselves. It is about creating joy, happiness and loving relationships.
The energy of the sacral chakra stores desires, feelings and emotions. The society we live in does not encourage us to be ourselves, to live and express our emotions. From a very early age, I usually repressed my emotions and desires. In our society, we are told not to cry, not to express ourselves publicly and to be ashamed of our own sexuality. All this suppressed energy remains stuck in the second chakra and causes imbalances. Also, the sacral chakra hides the so-called “shadow“ or our dark side. In other words, all those things that we do not like about ourselves.
However, they can never be completely eliminated and may continue to manifest in our lives in one way or another. “The Shadow” usually manifests itself in the faulty relationships we have or in all kinds of circumstances that repeat themselves over and over again.
When we begin to work with our sacral chakra, we will have to deal with our suppressed emotions and feelings of guilt and shame. We will also have to face and accept our flaws and understand that they also contribute to who we really are and actually help us to be a whole. It is only when we reach this understanding we will find relief.
How to Recognize if Your Sacral Chakra Is Blocked?
When your sacral chakra is balanced, you are a radiant, exuberant and uninhibited individual. You are full of creative energy and are spontaneous, free and happy.
However, when this chakra is unbalanced or underactive, you may experience the following symptoms:
- lack of creativity
- repetitive dysfunctional relationships. You may have the same unpleasant experience over and over again.
- lack of motivation
- lack of sexual appetite or unpleasant sexual intercourse
- emotional confusion
- you feel unimportant
- you think nobody loves you
- you think you are unaccepted by those around you or by the society
- you think you do not know how or you cannot take care of yourself
On the other hand, if your sacral chakra is too active or running at max speed, then you may be
- a workaholic
- dominant in relationships
- obsessed with pleasure
- addicted to all kinds of activities that you use as a substitute for love.
How to Heal Your Sacral Chakra
I read that if you tend to hang or have your shoulders bent, it is very likely to be because of your unhealed sacral chakra. Well look at that, I must have some work to do. Trying to bring your shoulders to the front is an attempt to hide your chest or sexuality.
It can also be a gesture to protect your heart chakra. If you straighten your shoulders and open your chest, your heart chakra would open and it would be too painful to bear all the unhealed pain. However, the sacral chakra goes hand in hand with the heart chakra since both are related to suppressed emotions and unhealed wounds.
So, in order to heal your sacral chakra, you should make few changes in your lifestyle:
Take care of yourself
Sleep enough, eat healthy foods and take longer showers if that helps you relax. Try going to a spa once in a while.
Be understanding with yourself
Do not criticize every action you take.
Be near water
Either by the sea, river or lake – anything that has to do with water can be helpful.
Drink plenty of liquids
Drink water, fresh juices, soups.
Focus on your hobbies
These can be any activities that help you unleash the creativity inside you.
Make love in a tantric way
In other words, make love with lots of gentleness and attention. Treat the sexual intercourse as something sacred.
Heal or give up on toxic relationships
No longer maintain connections with people that do not promote or support your growth. If there are unsolved issues or unsaid frustrations, be open and resolve them in a calm way.
Balance your masculine and feminine energies
You can try some techniques for balancing the masculine and feminine energies inside you. Yoga exercises that involve hip opening or hip rotation are excellent.
You could also try a spontaneous dance where you let your body follow the rhythm of the music as it will help you release the blocked energies.
Remember that a change starts from within. If you wish to improve the quality of your life, you must identify what causes imbalances in your sacral chakra. Then, you need to patiently remove any obstacle.
If you have experienced some of the above symptoms, please share your journey in the comments below and how you healed yourself!
Until next time,