The Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) +5 Tips How To Open It

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Sacral Chakra Symbol

The sacral chakra is the 2nd chakra of the 7 chakras. The 7 chakras are inner energy fields, which all have their meaning and role for you and your body. Each chakra moves in a circle within your body and stabilizes your internal energy flow.

The second chakra tends to be associated with one thing in particular: sexuality. Yet it stands for much more than that. Indeed, it’s a symbol for joy of life and inner energy.

In this article, we will explain the second chakra, the sacral chakra, in detail. We will mainly focus on its meaning for you and your well-being. You will also learn how to detect if your sacral chakra is blocked. Finally, we will give you some proven tips and tricks on how to cleanse your sacral chakra. 

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What Is the Meaning of the Sacral Chakra?

The color orange

The sacral chakra, also called Svadhisthana or sexual energy chakra, is the second chakra in your inner energy system. It’s located below your belly button, slightly above the root chakra.

Svadhisthana is Sanskrit, the philosophical (ancient Indian) language of Hinduism, and means “your own place” or “your own spot“. It consists of the parts “Sva” and “dhisthana“. “Sva” means own, and “dhisthana” means place, location, or space.

Water, sense of taste, and the color orange symbolize the sacral chakra. The colors have a unique role to play when it comes to chakras. If you want to find out which one, read our detailed article about chakra colors.

Svadhisthana, in its meaning, stands for emotions, creativity, joy of life, pleasure, sexuality, and all the beautiful things in life. Your own place (Svadhisthana) means above all to give yourself a place for a little self-love and all the things that beautify your life.

You can also draw a connection between the sense that stands for the sacral chakra (sense of taste) and pleasure. Another symbolic-energetic link is the color orange, which stands for the joy of life.

When your sacral chakra is in balance, you feel emotional, sensual, creative, and joyful. At the same time, it also means the opposite when your sacral chakra is blocked. Overactivity is also a problem.

When Is the Sacral Chakra Blocked?

Stones standing on each other next to a river

With the sacral chakra, it is crucial to maintain balance. The same applies to all other chakras as well. Each chakra can be under- or overactive. As mentioned above, blockage and overactivity can have severe effects on your health and well-being. 

Over-activity is just as much a problem as a blockage. With an overactive sacral chakra, you will excessively consume the many things you enjoy. This leads to an addiction, where the more you “enjoy”, the more you lose the sense of real pleasure. This, in turn, leads to a lack of enjoyment and missing peaks in life.

The Svadhisthana stands for emotions, creativity, lust for life, and enjoyment. To find out if there is an energetic blockage, simply look for any disturbance among these values. 

The sacral chakra is blocked, for example, when you:

  • Feel dull and listless.
  • Have trouble finding your inspiration and creativity.
  • Have bonding issues.
  • Let no one into your life.
  • Have little self-confidence.
  • Rarely feel emotions or not intense enough.
  • Have problems with your sex life.
  • Find it difficult to talk about your own emotions and feelings.

Your introversion towards others leaves its mark on the other chakras. For example, the throat chakra, which stands for communication and interaction with others, suffers primarily from a blocked sacral chakra. It’s entirely possible that a blocked sacral chakra influences or blocks other chakras.

Physically, a blocked sacral chakra manifests itself in:

  • Back pain.
  • Menstrual cramps.
  • Impotence.
  • Hip Pain.
  • Problems with kidneys and bladder.

Yet how does it come to an energetic blockage which leads to a blocked sacral chakra? The reasons can be various. As mentioned above, overactivity can be the result of your own behavior. In other words, if you reward yourself too often, the reward quickly looses its sparkle. Without that mentioned sparkle, you don’t see the reward as such and feel like you’re neglecting yourself. A feeling of neglect, in turn, can lead to a blocked sacral chakra.

Yet most of the reasons for an energetic blockage, which leads to your sacral chakra becoming underactive, often lie in the past. Traumas and other formative events from childhood are common triggers.

5 Tips on How to Open the Sacral Chakra

As we explained in our guide on how to heal chakras, there are many ways to open and cleanse the sacral chakra. Here are the well-known and most effective ones. 

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) Meditation

Man and Woman are meditating

Meditation is one of the best ways to open your sacral chakra. The beauty of meditation is that you can use the many styles in different ways. One type of meditation is the chakra meditation, where you meditate purposefully for a selected chakra.

If you’re new to meditation, we recommend starting with our meditation guide for beginners.

Sacral chakra meditation is one of the best methods to cleanse, open and balance your sacral chakra. To do so, sit down and close your eyes. 

During the sacral chakra meditation, as with any other chakra meditation, you must focus on the part of your body where the sacral chakra is located. Place your palms on the abdominal area just below your navel to further stimulate your chakra.

First, focus on your breathing and calm it down with a few deep breaths. Now visualize your chakra as it circulates as an orange energy ball in your lower abdomen. Focus on your palms and the things you feel through them.

If your mind starts to wander or you lose yourself in your thoughts, gently direct your focus back to your palms or breath. 

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) Affirmation

Affirmations are, simply put, sentences with which you direct your subconscious in a desired direction. For your subconscious to react to affirmations, you must formulate them as follows:

  • Positive: negative words reinforce negative emotions. If you want to use affirmations successfully, you must formulate them positively. Your subconscious mind cannot distinguish between positive and negative wording when it hears the affirmation.
  • Active: when you phrase things in the active, your subconscious mind actively accepts them. Besides, you will strengthen the feeling of having more control over your own life.
  • In the present: your mind always processes information in the present. For it to accept your affirmations as such, you must continually formulate them in the present.

For the affirmations to affect your sacral chakra, you should include the values that the sacral chakra stands for. Sacral chakra affirmations can look as follows: 

  • I am creative.
  • I enjoy my life. 
  • I have pleasure in my life.
  • I fulfill myself.
  • I am sexually attractive.
  • I trust others.
  • I talk about my emotions.

Repeat the affirmations (you can also make some up by yourself) several times a day and, most importantly, regularly. In this way, you get your subconscious to prepare your sacral chakra for an energetic cleansing.

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) Crystals and Stones

Orange crystal

Crystals and (healing) stones are a popular method of cleaning the sacral chakra, even though their real effectiveness is mostly unexplored. 

If you want to open your sacral chakra energetically, you should use any crystals and stones that are orange (the color of the sacral chakra). 

Place these crystals and stones all over your house (ideally in the areas of your home where you spend the most time). You can also hold them in your hand while you meditate. 

Crystals and stones for the sacral chakra are not a solution per se but rather an accelerator for energetic purification. This means that stones and crystals alone will not open the sacral chakra. Use them additionally with other methods, such as meditation, to strengthen their effect on your sacral chakra. 

Keep in mind that the actual effect of crystals and stones on the energetic cleansing of your sacral chakra isn’t researched or proven.

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) Essential Oils

Whether and how essential oils affect the sacral chakra is mainly unexplored as well. For some people, oils work particularly well, for others less so. In the best case, you test different oils for the sacral chakra and then decide for yourself whether they make a difference or not.

Popular essential oils and ingredients for the sacral chakra are:

  • Sandalwood.
  • Bitter Orange.
  • Vanilla.
  • Orange.
  • Pepper.
  • Myrrh.

As with the healing stones, you must become active to open your sacral chakra. You can’t just use beautiful-scented oils and hope that your sacral chakra cleanses itself. 

Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) Mantra

Mantras are phrases that you repeat during meditation to enhance its effect further. Mantras don’t have to be spiritual, religious, or holy to unfold their effect. Everyday phrases like “I’m enjoying my day” are already mantras that you can chant.

Yet, what is the difference between a mantra and a positive affirmation?

Mantras are often (but not necessarily) religious scriptures and sacred phrases, while affirmations are purely motivational. There is no clear-cut definition, and the terms are often used as synonyms. Mantras also don’t have to be complete sentences. “OM” is an excellent example of this.

We distinguish between mantras and affirmations based on the way you say them. Unlike affirmations, you don’t speak mantras; you chant them. Likewise, we closely link the concept of mantra to meditation. Affirmations that you speak while meditating become a mantra, in our opinion.

How do mantras help your sacral chakra? 

First, they help beginners to strengthen the effectiveness of meditation. Often the only reason for this is because they give your mind something to do, and you don’t drift so easily in your thoughts while meditating. 

Furthermore, Mantras help you to visualize things during meditation. For example, if you chant “Orange” while you meditate, you make it easier for your mind to visualize the color orange.

Popular mantras for the sacral chakra are:

  • I feel.
  • I live.
  • I love.

You can also use spiritually-inspired mantras, such as:

  • VAM (especially suitable for the sacral chakra)
  • Har Haray Hari Wahe Guru.
  • Adi Shakti.
  • Eka Mai.

Nevertheless, you can draw on any mantra that has a connection to the meaning of the sacral chakra.

Conclusion

The sacral chakra is the 2nd chakra of the 7 main chakras. It stands in its meaning for lust for life, creativity, sexuality, and more. 

If blocked, the sacral chakra can have severe consequences for your physical and mental health. Often a blocked sacral chakra can even lead to depression. 

Therefore, you must work on a long-term basis to balance and cleanse the sacral chakra. Good ways to do so are meditation, affirmations, mantras, crystals, and oils. 

However, you can rather see the crystals and oils as accelerators for the cleansing process and enhancement of the meditation, affirmations, and mantras. They are not the solution, per se.

The first step towards balancing your sacral chakra is to find out if it’s blocked. To do so, you need to know how to apply mindfulness successfully. Mindfulness is crucial because you need to be able to understand yourself and expose your problems as such. After all, you can only work on an energetic blockage if you know that it exists and why it does.

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